Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-23

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Life After Lockdown for Little Ones in Southport


NO play dough, sandpits, or water games, but plenty of reassurance from staff and outdoor play in smaller groups, and 'NO' floor markings for children's play areas or timed toilet breaks. That's the life after lockdown plan for a Southport Nursery provider, which has already reopened nurseries in countries 1st affected by Covid-19, including Singapore and Malaysia. Busy Bees, the UK's leading provider of quality childcare and early years education, has confirmed that its health and safety plans for its Busy Bees nurseries in Southport won't require children to play in hoops as some Schools have suggested. Instead, it will focus on dividing children into close friendship groups, limiting the number of people children come into contact with, reducing the space that children can explore and increasing the time spent outdoors. All children and staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival, and those families waiting to enter the Nursery will be asked to stand two metres apart at drop off and pick up. Regular temperature checks for both children and team members will continue throughout the day, as will frequent hand washing and disinfecting of communal areas. Crucially, the childcare provider, which has 378 centres across the UK and Ireland, will keep life as close to normal for children, advised to cuddle their key children if they become upset during the day and to only wear face masks for temperature checks. The Nursery provider, which has kept over 100 of its centres open throughout the crisis to support key worker families and vulnerable children, and one of the largest providers of childcare to the NHS, has looked to its colleagues around the globe including:- Australia, North America and in particular South East Asia for learning, and is confident its measures will be enough to protect families in its care. Busy Bees also plans to use its safety mascot Safety Buzz to help promote safety, health and wellbeing in all aspects of children's lives both at home and whilst in Nursery. The Safety with Buzz programme is unique to Busy Bees and provides a range of activities and information for educators and parents alike to use to educate their child in a positive way and is designed to help children understand risks and make good decisions on how to stay safe.

Emily Brimson Keight, Head of Safety at Busy Bees, said:- "There is much speculation about how life after lockdown could look in nurseries and Schools, and parents are understandably very anxious. The biggest priority for us is, and always will be, the safety, welfare and happiness of the children in our care. That's why we have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare to open all centres, including those in Southport, since they first went into lockdown, and we are constantly sharing ideas and looking at best practice to ensure the personal and emotional wellbeing for children and team members when they return. We're committed to providing the best start in life for children, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in; which is why we're proud to have kept over 100 centres open to provide crucial care, education and support for the children of key workers during the Covid-19 crisis. Now the lockdown is set to be relaxed, we're keen to offer assurance and debunk the myths about the new normal for parents at this unique time, and are confident our plans ensure the safety and crucially, the development and happiness of children when we welcome them back."

As part of its plans for life after lockdown, Busy Bees  will also continue its:- "School readiness programme, for those children starting School this September using the time they still have left at Nursery to prepare them for School. All of this will be supported by Busy Bees digital learning programme Unleashing Potential (UP) which helps to bridge the gap between Nursery and home learning."

Insurer reveals most common accidents during lockdown, with spike in Wildlife being hit

THE Admiral is a UK based insurance company that has been running since 1993. Currently they are rewarding the firm's car and van customers, for following UK Government advice and staying at home, by giving back £110 million. And you don’t need to do anything to receive your refund. For more information visit the Admiral Stay at Home Refund Page. But for those who still find themselves out and about, this they have seen a very interesting change in claims being made. The Head of Claims, at  Admiral, Lorna Connelly, said:- "Since lockdown began, it's not surprising that overall the number of road accidents has fallen as the number of cars on UK roads have dropped, but they haven't stopped completely, and we've seen a marked change in the types of accidents that have been more common in recent weeks. A ⅕ of all motor claims we've received since 23 March 2020 have involved drivers hitting our customer's parked and unattended cars; that's an increase of 8% compared to before the lockdown. Meanwhile, we've seen, claims, where our customer has hit someone else's parked car, have also increased, accounting for 9% of claims; that's 2% higher than before the pandemic. There are several reasons why claims involving parked cars are so common at the moment; firstly there are simply more cars parked on our roads as fewer people are using them, then there may be some drivers who are out of practice behind the wheel and have lost confidence with their parking or are struggling with spatial awareness. Recent reports also suggest some drivers are taking advantage of the quieter roads, increasing their speed, and exercising less caution than normal. Sadly, we've also seen an increase in the percentage of claims where animals are hit by vehicles. Before lockdown these only accounted for 0.7% of all claims, but this is now up by 2% during the lockdown. Wild animals are particularly susceptible, with deer and pheasants being the two most commonly named wildlife involved in these claims. We've actually had more claims where deer and pheasants have been hit during the lockdown period than the same period before. There have been several reports of more wild animals venturing onto the quieter roads and these could be catching drivers by surprise. There's a risk that incidents involving wildlife could increase further when people venture to rural areas and beauty spots as lockdown measures are relaxed. If you see deer warning signs or are travelling through a forested stretch of road, be sure to check your speed and stay alert. If you see deer, dip your headlights as this may cause them to 'freeze' so you should always be prepared to stop. If you do have to stop, it's important to use your hazard warning lights to alert other drivers. Don't be tempted to approach an injured deer, as it could be dangerous, instead you should notify the Police. Regardless of how many cars are on the roads, it's important that drivers remain vigilant at all times and stay alert to their surroundings while behind the wheel. If you do hit another vehicle or wildlife, it's important to contact your insurer as soon as it's safe to do so. If you haven't driven for a while because of the lockdown or are feeling less confident make sure you feel as prepared and safe as possible before getting back onto the roads. Practicing manoeuvres such as parking and reversing in open spaces such as car parks could go a long way to increase your confidence before you get back on the roads again.."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 2,959 cases and the total number now stand at 257,154, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 36,675. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 282 according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of 32,666 confirmed cases. North West - total of 24,720 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,581 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 908 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,227 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 742 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 387 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,485 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,073 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,170 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,512 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,037 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 787 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,146 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 993 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 758 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 717 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 674 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,043 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 402 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 22/05/2020. Last updated 4.02pm GMT.. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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