Depending on the size and the layout of individual buildings, schools have been asked to consider how floor space, rooms and outdoor space can be organised to ensure physical distancing between staff and groups of children.
However, providers must meet the following indoor space requirements:
- Children under 2 years need 3.5 metres squared per child
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- 2 year olds need 2.5 metres squared per child
- Children aged 3 to 5 years need 2.3 metres squared per child
Area dividers may help to keep children in different parts of the room, and floor markings could be helpful in assisting staff with keeping groups apart, the government said.
The use of communal spaces should be managed to limit the amount of mixing between groups as much as possible, the new guidance said.
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