Any student that is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend camp. Furthermore, any student that has come into contact with any person who has tested positive or shown symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to camp, should also not attend camp. Upon arrival to camp, Smile Club Ni will be operating recorded temperature checks for every student and staff member.
Reducing Contact at Drop-Off
Our Camp Managers will sign campers in on the parent’s behalf and will be wearing visors. Where additional forms are required to be filled in, parents will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided on our front desk. All parents dropping off will be respectfully asked to wear a mask when coming indoors.
Maintaining Consistent Group Bubbles
Students will be allocated into a year group bubble for their camp week. Out of the year group bubble we will form small daily bubbles. (Information on size of group bubbles can be found below in point 5.) Throughout the camp day contact between group bubbles will be minimised. This will include ensuring staggered lunch and breaks and increasing space between groups to allow for social distancing. Each year group bubble will be allocated staff members, who will remain with the same group throughout the camp.
Booking in Advance
Smile Club Ni is proud to offer great flexibility for parents, however during these limiting times we will be fixing our group capacities. Therefore to avoid disappointment we advise booking in advance.
Low Student to Staff Ratios (ensuring continuous care and adult supervision)
Our daily group bubbles for our 4 to 5 years-old (Early Years) students will have a maximum of 8 campers, with at least one Activity Instructor. For our 6 to 7 years-old campers our bubbles will have a maximum of 14 students, and for 8+ bubbles there will be a maximum of 15 campers per bubble with at least one Activity Instructor. Bubbles will be supported by our Camp Manager and Senior Activity Instructor.
Designated Camp COVID-Coordinator
As well as all our staff receiving additional ‘COVID Secure Camp Strategy’ training, we will also be appointing a designated COVID Coordinator at each camp. They will be a friendly and welcoming staff member who will be responsible for ensuring that all campers understand and follow requirements expected of them. Across the camp we will also be ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. They will also be responsible for responding appropriately to any student illness whilst on camp.
Adjusting Our Programme
At Smile Club Ni camps we offer an extensive range of activities, games, challenges however, unfortunately, we are not anticipating that we will be able offer swimming presently although this may change. Despite this, there is still a huge range of activities on offer to keep children engaged.
Enhanced Cleaning Measures
Each of our group bubbles will carry a cleaning kit, with staff members ensuring that surfaces and touch points are regularly disinfected. Students will be expected to wash their hands more often, particularly after every activity, and hand sanitiser will be provided throughout the camp. Smile Club Ni will also additionally apply enhanced daily cleaning of facilities including toilets and washrooms.
PPE and Increased Social Distancing Instructions/Signage
During sign in and temperature checks our camp staff will be using visors and PPE. Students and staff will not wear PPE during the normal camp day whilst in their day bubble. However, staff will have additional PPE equipment at hand when dealing with any intimate care and first aid requirements. Students will also see social distancing directions, marking and signs throughout camp. Reminders and rules will be communicated to students during the day by staff.
If a Child Feels Unwell at Camp
Any child who becomes ill with symptoms which could be Covid-19 during their time on camp will be taken to a secure area of camp and isolated away from other children. Their temperature will be checked again, and the parent/guardian will be called to come and collect immediately from camp. If the child becomes seriously ill, we will call 999. The isolation area will then be fully sanitised and cleaned after each use. If a child or member of staff has suspected symptoms of Covid-19, they will be sent home and must follow the Government guidance for households with possible Covid-19 infection. This includes self-isolation and taking a Covid-19 test. See: