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Coronavirus guidance for Bookbug for the Home practitioners

This page contains advice for practitioners using Bookbug for the Home in person with families and how they can mitigate and manage risks during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Last updated: Wednesday 9 June 2021. Please note that this guidance may change at short notice, so please check this page regularly.

Face-to-face Bookbug Sessions are resuming, either outdoors or indoors, adhering to Scottish Government guidance. Anyone engaging with more than one family with Bookbug activities at one time should refer to the Bookbug Sessions Coronavirus guidance.

This guidance is intended to support the safe delivery of Bookbug for the Home activities. In the first instance, please refer to the Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines for your area at all times, along with the health and safety policies for your own organisation. In some cases this may mean that it is not possible to run in-person Bookbug for the Home activities, in which case you might want to consider if running a digital Bookbug for the Home session might be appropriate for this family. We will continue to monitor national guidance and update information relating to Bookbug for the Home activities as and when required. You should monitor guidance for your local area and ensure your knowledge is up to date.

Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Key guidance documents from Scottish Government

Below are some excerpts from the Scottish Government guidance specifically in relation to singing that will be relevant to planning Bookbug for the home activities.

Please visit the Scottish Government website(this will open in a new window) (this will open in a new window)for the most up to date advice around Coronavirus in Scotland.

"A number of activities for children including singing, are known to have many benefits. However, singing, especially in large groups, is considered a higher risk activity at present because of the potential for aerosol production and the absence presently of developed scientific analysis to assess this specific risk.

Some of the risk is reduced if the activity is taken outdoors. It will be up to each individual group/organisation/service provider to consider how or if this can be done safely." From Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children: Drama and music(this will open in a new window).(this will open in a new window)

“However, the sub-group recognises that children sing naturally in the course of activities and play, and should not be discouraged from doing so, and that singing can also be used to comfort young children when necessary.” From Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare (ELC) services: Singing, music and drama (this will open in a new window)

While the above web links will help you find most of the relevant guidance, there will likely be more specific information for your type of organisation and location. You should consider all of the relevant guidance for your particular circumstance and conduct a COVID-19 Health and Safety Risk Assessment, as determined by your organisation, before planning to run a Bookbug for the Home activities.

If someone displays symptoms of COVID-19 during a session you should follow your local COVID health and safety procedures.

Planning your in-person Bookbug for the Home visit

If you are meeting up with families in person you will need to make sure you comply with:

Below is a list of things you might need to consider when planning your Bookbug for the Home visit. Your organisation’s own risk assessment process will cover much more detail on keeping everyone safe, but these are some specific safety precautions you might want to consider when delivering Bookbug for the Home activities:

Bookbug for the Home Refresher Training

If you haven’t delivered Bookbug for the Home for a while, you might benefit from attending Bookbug for the Home Refresher Training. Sign up for our regular Working with Bookbug newsletter to be notified when new dates are available.

Further support

We have a range of resources available to support you with delivering Bookbug for the Home during the Coronavirus pandemic, including webinars and training, ideas for online sessions and our Song and Rhyme Library and Bookbug App.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the Early Years team at bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com.(this will open in a new window)