Group Bubble FAQs
Why do our children need to be in group bubbles?
Under current government guidance, we are required to keep children in small consistent bubbles of no more than 15 children to minimise the mixing of our children and staff and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.
The idea is that if someone within a group bubble displayed any symptoms, only that particular group bubble that would need to close and not the whole camp.
If a group bubble was to close, those within it would need to follow the latest government self-isolation and/or testing guidance.
Do all children need to be in group bubbles?
On Tuesday 21st July government guidance was updated stating that any child aged 3 to 5 years old is no longer required to be in bubbles of 15 as long as they are not mixing in groups with any children 6 years old or above. So from Monday 27th July our ‘Playtime’ age group (3 & 4 years old) and our 5 year old children will no longer be in group bubbles.
Any children aged 6 or above are still required to remain in small consistent groups of no more than 15 children. This will include any 5 year olds who, for logistical purposes, will need to be in a group with 6 year olds.
Can I request that my child is in the same group bubble as their friend?
This has been one of our main challenges around the bubble system, whilst trying to keep everyone safe we recognise that children are on occasion not being grouped with their friends.
We believe that one of the great things about summer camp is meeting new people, making new friends and interacting with different people, we do recognise that the children also want to be grouped with their friends from outside of Camp, particularly after the disruption to schooling this academic year.
We have worked closely with our onsite teams to show a degree of flexibility, where possible, from Monday 27th July to ensure that children who have friends attending camp will be in the same bubble. Whilst we cannot guarantee that a whole friendship group will be together, we will look to ensure that a child with friends at the camp does not find themselves in a group where they do not know anyone.
If you would like to request that your child is in the same group bubble as one of their friends the best thing to do is email the camp that they are attending directly and where possible before Friday of the week prior to your arrival. You can find the relevant email addresses contained within the ‘Camp Location Guide’ section of our Parent Welcome Pack.
Can my child move to a different bubble?
Unfortunately not, once a group bubble is set we cannot move children between them to ensure we keep everyone safe and avoid any spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.
When are you re-opening your camps?
After successfully welcoming over 6,000 children safely to camp this summer, we are re-opening our camps for October half term from 19 October, please check out the dates and prices section of the website for the latest dates and availability.
Will anything be different to the Camps you operated in the summer?
The main difference is that we are asking ALL parents to wear a mask for sign in/sign out, unless you are medically exempt.
Are you allowed to open your camps under current guidance?
Under the current guidance, we are able to operate camps during any of the three new alert levels. ‘There are exceptions from legal gatherings limits for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups. This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.’
You can find the latest guidance by clicking the link below, then at the bottom of each tier summary is a link to a more comprehensive guide on restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know#what-local-covid-alert-levels-mean
What are you doing to ensure everyone’s safety?
Having successfully and safely operated 16 camps this summer, we have developed comprehensive COVID-safe protocols. There are 10 key ways that we will be keeping everyone safe at Camp Beaumont this autumn:
- Reduced camp capacities
- Group bubbles of up to 15 children
- Programme adjustments
- Clear onsite social distancing signage
- Personal protective equipment for our teams
- Regular hand washing, hand sanitiser stations throughout and enhanced cleaning measures
- COVID secure sites – no symptoms onsite and daily temperature checks
- Contactless sign in/out
- Staggered lunch times
- Clear communication with children, parents and our teams
Keep an eye on our Blog and Social Media Channels for further updates. Our goal is to continue to offer a much needed service to parents in the safest way possible and continue inspiring children throughout the school holidays.
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
If you cancel then our booking terms and conditions will apply as normal, however we are offering extra flexibility to reschedule your booking to a later date.
What if I had booked but now you are closed the week that I booked for?
If we are unable to operate camp for any reason, we will help you move your booking to another holiday, offer you a credit note, or give you a full refund.
Why is Camp Beaumont allowed 15 in a group when current government guidelines state only six people can meet?
We are an OFSTED registered childcare provider so following current guidance it recommends us to operate in consistent Group Bubbles of no more than 15 children.
Our biggest bubble group based on our current safety plan is 15. We will however maintain our ratios of 1:8 (3 to 7yrs) and 1:12 (8yrs +). So if we had a Group Bubble of 15 in our Magic Group (5 to 7yrs) we would have two members of our team with this Group Bubble. These Group Bubbles will not come into contact with other bubbles throughout the camp day and will keep a consistent Camp Team leading the activities.
Will you accept children for who attend for just a few days per week? How will you ensure that groups are kept consistent?
We will be accepting children where the childcare requirement is less than a week. We recognise the significance of our responsibility to keep everyone safe and of the childcare requirements over the summer holidays which will go further than just weekly booking requirements.
Current government guidance says that, these Group Bubbles should remain consistent and that is what we intend to do. We have a responsibility to create a COVID secure environment, which we will do through all the measures we have set out, and we expect that our parents/guardians to also act responsibly. It is vital parents/guardians do not allow their child(ren) to attend if they are showing symptoms or are required to meet isolation or testing protocols after coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
We will record every child who has been within a Group Bubble on a weekly basis and try to minimise daily changes as much as possible so that each child only comes into contact with a maximum of 15 other children within their Group Bubble. If we are contacted by a parent/guardian or NHS Test and Trace to inform us of a positive test, we are then able to alert all parents/guardian with a child may have come into contact with the infected individual.
What if my child is in a Group Bubble that then is closed due to someone showing symptoms?
You will be notified immediately and required to come and collect your child from Camp as soon as reasonably possible. Whilst waiting all children in the Group Bubble will be subject to our ‘Displayed Symptoms Procedure’ and isolation protocols. Your child and household will then be required to adhere to government self-isolation protocols. If your child or member of your household starts to display symptoms then they will be eligible for a test.
We will welcome your child back to camp once self-isolation and/or testing protocols have been met and it is safe for them to return. You will be entitled to a credit note or you can reschedule the days missed free of charge to a later date.
What are your isolation protocols?
If someone on camp starts to display symptoms of COVID-19, the entirety of their Group Bubble will be required to isolate until they are collected. All parents/guardians will be notified immediately and required to come and collect their child(ren) as soon as reasonably possible.
The Group Bubble will be isolated with the individual showing symptoms isolated separately –outside where possible – whilst being monitored by our team.
All of the Group Bubble are then required to meet government guidance on self-isolation and/or testing including our team members before returning to camp. If anyone shows symptoms they will then be eligible for a test.
The rest of camp will continue as normal avoiding the areas that the isolated Group Bubble used until these have be thoroughly/cleaned and disinfected. The camp will then be completely cleaned and disinfected overnight with support from external specialists.