A CLYDEBANK nursery was keen to welcome children back this week after a wide range of safety measures were installed to keep the little ones and their families safe.

Nursery Times by the River are one of the first early years education establishments in Scotland to get their hands on a touchless thermal body camera, which monitors the body temperatures of everyone who enters and leaves the building in Dalmuir.

The device detects a high temperature, one of the main Covid-19 symptoms, and anyone showing this will be denied access to the building.

Donna Smith, an early years practitioner at the Cable Depot Road nursery, said: “For myself it is reassuring that the nursery has went to these extra lengths to ensure we are all as safe as possible.”

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As well as a strict cleaning schedule, the nursery has also invested in disinfectant mats at entrances to clean the soles of shoes, as well as antimicrobial electrostatic spraying which will be used on all surfaces, toys, electrical devices, and furniture.

Nicola Hamilton, nursery manager, said: “We are very excited about the nursery being reopened and the new procedures that have been put in place.

“These enhanced procedures have been very reassuring to the staff and parents that the nursery is doing the utmost to help protect all of our children and staff.”

The nursery welcomed back children on Monday following a four month closure due to the coronavirus crisis.

Nicola added: “The first day back went brilliantly. All the children settled really quickly. It was like they’d never been away.

“The camera was really good because it’s not intrusive, the children just come in and start their day - you don’t have to physically take their temperature. It’s nice to be back to the new normal.”