Is it safe to Dance?
I’m sitting here listening to Boris’ latest announcement and wondering how closing the pubs at 10pm instead of 11pm makes any difference to the spread of Coronavirus whatsoever! But then, none of this makes any sense does it? I can meet 5 friends from 5 different households, but my family of 4 cannot meet my brother and sister -in-law and their two children…that would make 8- albeit that their two children are 3 years old and 2 weeks old! If I was in Scotland or Wales our two households could meet, and that would be fine… CONFUSED? Me too!
Safe to Dance?
What I do know is that, as a business, Tappy Toes IS a Covid secure business. Supervised activities provided for children are exempt from the rule of 6. We have made sure all our teachers have completed safety courses regarding Covid and know how to keep their dancers safe. You’ll see our teachers greet you with their plastic visors on. You’ll be asked to sanitise your hands upon arrival. There will be a one way system in and out wherever possible, and a gap between classes to avoid any cross over of students. You can read more on the Government website regarding what you should expect children’s activities providers to be doing to keep you and your family safe.
Tappy Toes Covid Secure Procedures
- Teachers have completed Covid Safety courses run by the CAA (Childrens Activity Association)
- Hand sanitiser as you enter our dance spaces
- Face masks to be worn by all adults
- Visors will be worn by teachers
- Spot markers will be placed over 2 metres apart for adults to stand on
- One way in and out systems (Where physically possible)
- Gaps between classes to prevent any cross over of classes attendees
- Limited class numbers in line with Government Guidelines
- Props sanitised before and after use and only used with one class
- Individual prop bags available to purchase
- Lesson plans adapted to avoid all contact with others
- Class sizes strictly limited to ensure safe distancing between dancers
We’ve made some adaptations to our dance classes, to avoid teacher/ child contact and child to child contact. You may notice that some of the dances we usually do have been adapted. For our regular dancers, you’ll be expecting us to start holding hands in a big circle for example, we have changed this to account for the new rules. BUT, I can promise you that every Tappy Toes class will still be FULL of fun, energy, creativity and will help your little one let off some steam!
We have allocated a set of props for each class, that will not be shared with any other classes. They will still be sanitised after each use, but will then be left in the bag untouched, until your next class. Where this is not possible- for teachers who have too many classes to be able to do this- we will give an alternative movement that can be done without the use of props. However, we also have our props bags available to purchase, so you can have your own individual props. This is the safest way to ensure that no one else touches your props. Plus your little one gets to practice what they have learnt at home with their own pom poms! It’s a win-win!
Keeping Adults Safe
We have checked the square meterage of all of our Tappy Toes dance spaces and ensured that we have limited the numbers allowed in the rooms in line with the government rules. Grown ups are asked to wear masks for the class and stay 2 metres apart at all times. You’ll see our spot markers laid out, so that everyone knows where to stand. Everyone attending our classes is registered on our system so that we are inline with track and trace regulations.
We are confident that the measures we have put in place makes it safe to dance! We want you to continue to enjoy the valuable service that Tappy Toes provides to our mini dancers. By attending our classes you get a little break from entertaining them at home, which let’s face it ALL parents need! Dance is proven to release endorphins and help you to feel good. At Tappy Toes we are passionate about mental health and well being. Not just for our mini dancers, but also for our grown ups too!
You can book your trial class here
To purchase a prop bag just ask your local Tappy Toes teacher.