The Autumn school term in 2020 will be unlike any other, with the political and physical agenda of our lives hanging over all aspects of daily and yearly activities.
With this in mind Tigers Childcare, which has recently launched in the UK, is taking extra steps to ensure that all new starters are safe and are also ensuring that the parents’ wellbeing is front of mind, with the introduction of staggered settling-in sessions and one-on-one care for all parents and children.
To help combat anxieties about virus transmission within the nursery Tigers Childcare have adopted ozone generators in all their sites. With an ‘ozone pod’ in each station, the pod produces enough ozone to saturate an entire room with enough concentrations to oxidise and treat the source of odour, mould, and help eliminate bacteria and viruses.
Ozone (O3), also known as ‘activated oxygen’ contains three atoms of oxygen, rather than the two atoms that constitute the Oxygen (O2) we normally breathe. Ozone is found quite readily throughout nature and is one of the most powerful sterilisers in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odours.
Karen Clince, Founder, Tigers Childcare
Tigers Childcare has 14 centres across Dublin, Meath and most recently, London. Clince is also chair of the Fingal Childcare Committee in Ireland and acts as an advisor to many Government departments and voluntary bodies on childcare and early years education:
The lockdown due to Covid-19 has been a worrying and strange time for all of us- not least our children. Their worlds have changed significantly and as we return to a more normal society, we must remember that the transition may not be as easy for our little ones. Everything, including a return to creche or preschool, will be new again.
Understanding attachment: Children form strong relationships with key adults in their lives. They then use these adults to judge new situations.
The past few months has seen our children at home with a small number of people for a significant amount of time. It is important that the adults in their lives are happy and confident with their child’s return to childcare, as the child will sense this and pick up on those feelings.
When dropping off to their childcare facility it is common for a child to get upset when a parent leaves, and even more so now as it all feels so new again to them. This is a normal part of a child’s development and nothing to be concerned about. Generally they will settle easily after a few days. If your child becomes overly distressed you can look to ease them back in slowly so that they can get used to things at a pace that works for them. If working make sure to allow for this – given the situation, most employers will understand and be flexible enough to accommodate any issues for a few days.
While Covid-19 restrictions make it difficult to have parents on the premises for settling in, most facilities should provide a parent’s room for this, or outside garden with a key worker as long as social distance and hygiene standards are maintained. Once the child has become more comfortable with the keyworker it makes it easier for a parent to leave.
Persevere: It is hard to break any routine, so you and your child may hit bumps in the road on your return to normality. However, if you persevere and stick to your new routine, your child will settle back into their childcare arrangement happy and content with their return.