COVID-19 Financial Support for Education
Updated 20 May 2020
Businesses across the UK are reopening as social distancing measures and restrictions ease. It's important to stay vigilant as people begin to return to the 'new normal'.
Many businesses are reeling from the downturn and isolation. Accessing financial support through government policies is a priority for many.
Clarity and assurances on these policies have not been speedy. Consider the following guidelines for operating an educational facility during this period of reopening.
Financial Support for COVID-19
It's difficult to understand the provisions listed in official documents corresponding to relief for financial difficulties incurred by loss of income and business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Educational facilities exist in a fuzzy middle where public and private funds cross. Gaining access to relief funds is necessary for many but stymied by confusion.
What You Need to Know
There are two important pieces of information to understand while running a childcare or educational facility.
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, be it a child or a staff member, should be sent home immediately.
Second, supervision needs to be stepped up to ensure that surfaces and hands are being thoroughly washed. Children are prone to touching their faces and sticking hands in many locations.
If someone is sent home, it's important to thoroughly wash and disinfect any surfaces they came into contact with. Keep children calm by making hand washing and use of sanitizers routine throughout the day.
Actions to Take if Someone Develops Symptoms
It's important that staff where PPE and checked for fever/symptoms at the start of each day. If they develop or exhibit symptoms during the day they are to go home immediately.
Children likewise must be sent home but ideally should be isolated a minimum of two meters away from staff and other children while waiting collection. They should not be left alone outside but supervised while isolated spatially.
If they require the bathroom before collection use a separate room if possible and clean the space immediately after they leave.
Steps to Limit Coronavirus in the Classroom and Beyond
Frequent and thorough cleaning of surfaces and hands is the erst way to limit spread.
Post provided promotional posters to help educate and direct attention.
Hand washing needs to be done with water at temperature and for a minimum of 20 seconds to break the lipid layer protecting the virus.
Cleaning and Waste Disposal
The use of disposable sanitation equipment is recommended. Whenever possible use paper rolls, disposable cloths, and disposable mop heads for cleaning surfaces. Place waste in a sealed bag and tie when full. Move items soiled with bodily fluids to a sealed container immediately.
If lacking in access to disposable tools, place soiled cloths aside in sealed, marked bags and launder. Carefully carries laundry bags to avoid shaking and dispersing virus into the air. Clean or dispose of laundry bags after use.
Use the warmest water and regular detergent. Allow all laundered items to dry thoroughly before using again.
Tools to Use in Childcare and Education
For those trying to keep a childcare or educational facility afloat, these are trying times. Navigate the choppy waters of relief policies and funds to find financial support by contacting KG Accountants.
How KG Accountants can help
- Help and assist you to fully comply with the government guidelines on managing the risk of Covid19.
- Forecasting – both for your own planning and for the business loan applications.
- Help prepare simple cash flow monitoring tool to ensure your road to recovery is as smooth as possible.
- How to set up a payment plan with HMRC.
- Businesses who have negotiated a rent holiday.
- Our regular blog on how you can get funding during this pandemic.
- Everything you need to know on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and furloughing.
- Managing your personal finances – our financial planning team’s top tips.
- If there’s anything else you need help with not listed above, please ask, and we’ll find a way.
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