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There are a number of steps that have been made to reduce the risk of Covid19 in our School and Family Centre.  Government guidelines are followed at all times, with a focus on keeping children, staff, families and visitors safe.  If at any time you are feeling unwell with one of the coronavirus symptoms, please remain at home and visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information.

A full copy of our current Risk Assessment is below.

Please note, our procedures may be subject to change at any time as the national and local risk levels change.  If your child attends our nursery, please ensure we have the correct contact information for you and your PMX account is set up so that we can contact you quickly. We will also endeavour to ensure the website and social media pages have the latest information @dorkingnursery and @molevalleyfamilycentre 

In our school:-

  • Home visits will not take place, all children will be offered a settling in session in school, with a limit on the number of children and adults present at any time.
  • All parents are required to use hand sanitiser on arrival and support their child to do so.
  • Specific start times have been allocated on a child's first day only to reduce the number of adults in the classroom.
  • Children are grouped into one of 3 bubbles - 2-3s, 3-5s (including PSLCN) and the SNSC.
  • Start and finish times vary for each bubble to reduce the number of adults on-site at any time.
  • Parents can enter the building to support their child to settle at drop off. All children are taken to their parents outside the building at collection times.
  • There are separate entrance/exit points for each bubble. 
  • If parents need to speak to the office staff, they can enter the main doors, alternatively they can call the office on 01306 882397 or email admin@dorking.surrey.sch.uk.
  • 'Footprints' have been painted on the path to the school to enable parents and children waiting to be socially distant from each other.
  • A one way system has been introduced for parents/children entering and leaving the premises to reduce contact.
  • Parents are asked to contact the office as soon as their child is not attending due to a Covid19 symptom - see flow chart below - What do do if your child is unwell.
  • Parents are asked to inform us if they are taking any overseas travel, as this could  impact on the return date of your child due to quarantine. 
  • Children are not to bring items from home, such as soft toys or other comforters - only school bags/book bags with changes of clothes.
  • Visitors are not permitted on-site without a prior appointment, and each one will be individually risk assessed to determine whether they are required to wear a face covering or other PPE. 
  • The EYFS Curriculum will be followed at all times, resources have been reduced and additional cleaning is in place. No resources are shared between bubbles, unless quaratined for 72 hours inbetween. 
  • The outdoor classrooms are an integral part of the curriculum and their use will be maximised. 

There is a wealth of information on the internet to support parents - visit the Department for Education site to find out more about what parents and carers need to know.

In our Family Centre:-

  • Home visits will be prioritised based on family need.
  • All parents, professionals and vistiors are required to use hand sanitiser on arrival .
  • Parents and professioanls are asked to use a separate entrance and exit point to staff.
  • Staff areas are kept as a staff bubble and are not to be accessed by parents or professionals.
  • Visitors can access the main reception desk one family at a time.
  • Support groups will follow the Risk Assessment and guidelines so that social distancing can be adhered to. 


Please visit the testing website to book a test online or call 119. There are a variety of local test sites that you can visit. 

Risk Assessment

Please click here to view a copy of the Risk Assessment for September 2020. Note this is a working document and will be updated regularly.

Version 2 of the Risk Assessment - updated October 2020.  Updates/amendments noted in green text.

Continuity Plan

A number of measures are in place and being developed so that our organisation can continue to provide a continued offer in the event of a partial, local or national lockdown. An overview of this can be viewed, please click here to read more




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