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Coronavirus guidance for Bookbug Session Leaders
Last Updated: August 2021
Please note that this guidance may change at short notice, so please check this page regularly.
Welcoming families back to in-person Bookbug Sessions
The past year has been challenging for everyone. We have been encouraged and amazed by the response of our Bookbug community to the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, adapting to online Bookbug Session delivery and then moving on to find creative ways to safely deliver in-person Bookbug Sessions whilst complying with COVID-19 guidelines.
Following the Scottish Government decision to move out of the Coronavirus Level system(this will open in a new window) from Monday 9 August 2021 Bookbug Sessions can resume in full across Scotland.
Guidance for running in-person Bookbug Sessions beyond Level 0
Key guidance documents from Scottish Government:
Things to consider when planning and delivering Bookbug Sessions from August 2021
- Now that Scotland has moved beyond Level 0(this will open in a new window) there are no longer specific guidelines or restrictions for ‘Organised Activities for Children’ which previously covered Bookbug Sessions.
- Session Leaders can plan to deliver Bookbug Sessions without restrictions, both indoors and outdoors, in line with their own organisation’s Health and Safety Risk Assessments.
- If your Session is indoors, in a public building, you and adults participating in the Session, will still need to wear a face covering(this will open in a new window) while moving around the building. You can still give families the usual big Bookbug welcome with your smiling eyes and masks can be removed when adults sit down to participate in the Session. As always, please wear your Bookbug T-shirt or Bookbug high-vis vest when running your sessions so that families can easily identify you.
- It is important that you continue to collect Test and Protect(this will open in a new window) contact details, in line with your organisation’s Health and Safety Risk Assessment. Depending on your organisation’s protocols and the capacity of your venue, you may no longer need families to book in advance as long as you have a mechanism to collect their contact details when they arrive for the Session.
- With the relaxation of restrictions, Sessions may now include some of Bookbug’s favourite things like Lycra, puppets or Bookbug stickers. However, these should only be done if your organisation has deemed it safe to do so and you have appropriate hygiene and infection prevention protocols in place.
- Singing is now allowed indoors and outdoors but there is still an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 because of the respiratory aerosols which are exhaled during these activities and the close proximity of participants(this will open in a new window). Your local Health and Safety Risk Assessment should determine if it is safe to sing during the Session and please remember we have a whole range of (this will open in a new window)Session Plans on our website to give you some inspiration.
- If your Bookbug Session is taking place in a venue which has a public venue licence you can always play music from the Bookbug app in your session to highlight the benefits of singing with babies and young children for their development. Please do encourage families to sing with their children at home and remind them about our Bookbug Song and Rhymes app, the Song and Rhyme Library and other resources available on our website.
Key reminders for parents
- Look out for parents and carers who have had a new baby during the pandemic and are new to Bookbug. They may appreciate extra help and support to start sharing stories, songs and rhymes with their baby. There is some helpful information on our website about getting started with Bookbug.
- Let parents know where to collect their Bookbug Bags from if they have missed out due to COVID restrictions.
- Remind parents that they can download the free Bookbug app and access the Song and Rhyme Library to continue sharing songs, rhymes and stories at home.
- We run an online Bookbug Session on Facebook Live(this will open in a new window) every Friday at 10am, with videos available to view afterwards. Families can watch this for free, which may be useful if they cannot access face-to-face sessions.
Further support from Scottish Book Trust
To help you prepare for sessions restarting we have a range of resources to support you as Session Leaders, including webinars and training, themed Bookbug Session plans and the Song and Rhyme library.
You can also find films of an indoor and an outdoor Bookbug Session from May 2021 which will give you some more ideas you could incorporate in your Sessions.
The Early Years team at Scottish Book Trust can be contacted at email@example.com(this will open in a new window).