Covid-19 information

The safety of the children, as well as nursery and research staff, during the COVID-19 pandemic is our upmost priority.

We will work together with each nursery setting to ensure that we work in line with government guidance, as well as the policies that are specific to nurseries and the University of Bristol who are hosting the research.

The following general safety measures will be implemented during the study to reduce the risk of COVID-19:

Before data collection:

  • Regular review of Covid-19 government guidance, University and nursery policies
  • If research staff experience COVID-19 symptoms or have received/living with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test (within previous 10 days) they will not attend a nursery
  • We will ask nursery managers to notify the research team of any confirmed COVID-19 cases among children or staff that have occurred 10 days before a nursery visit and adapt accordingly
  • Research staff will take twice weekly lateral flow tests
  • Provide options for remote meetings with nursery staff and e-consent and e-questionnaires for parents who wish their child to take part


During data collection

  • Research staff will take their temperature in the morning before visiting a nursery and will not attend if their temperature is 37.8C or higher
  • Regular hand washing with soap and water or cleaned with alcohol-based hand rub
  • Research staff will wear gloves and masks, unless specified otherwise by the nursery
  • Data collection will be carried out either outside or in a well-ventilated space


After data collection:

  • On return, activity monitors will be quarantined for 72 hours and sprayed with antibacterial disinfectant spray
  • Following a nursery visit, any research staff who receive a positive test result (confirmed by PCR) within 7 days will be reported back to the nursery manager
  • We will ask nursery managers to notify the research team of any COVID-19 cases among children or staff at the nursery who have mixed closely with research staff within 7 days of a visit