How do I apply for my child to return to nursery in June?
We are now gathering information on which families need their children in nursery and what kind of sessions they will need.
If you would rather keep your children at home with you we completely understand; do not worry as no one will be losing their place at nursery if they decide not to come in. Children spaces will continue to be reserved until they can return.
If your child is in the Baby Room or Pre-School we will be having those children returning first as well as those children with parents working on the front line and those classed as essential workers.
We will also email you with direct information on what has changed at nursery such as how arrivals/collections will work, routine changes, etc. Please follow the instruction and directions given by the team so the transition is as seamless as possible and the children so not get distressed.
Children returning to nurseries in June
The Prime Minister made an announcement on Sunday 10th May 2020, which contained information regarding the latest changes to current restrictions, as well as laid out future plans to lessen restrictions if targets were met.
Following the Prime Ministers announcement, the Department for Education made a statement that Early Years and Educational settings should prepare to receive more children from the 1st June 2020.
As these future plans will only come into effect if the targets are met by the end of the month, it is important that you keep up to date with the latest in the event that plans change later on.
If you missed this announcement, please follow this link to the transcript on the GOV.UK website.
Can my child go to nursery?
As of Monday 23rd March 2020, the only children attending the nursery are those of key-working families and vulnerable families. We are only offering childcare whilst parents/carers are working.
- If you (or your partner) are not working, your child will NOT be allowed into the nursery.
- If anyone in your household is at risk due to underlying health/medical problems, your child will NOT be allowed into the nursery.
- If anyone in your household has symptoms of potential corona-virus (ie. persistent cough, high temperature) your child will NOT be allowed into the nursery.
Why can’t my child go to nursery?
As the UK and government proceed with plans to prevent the further spread and exposure of those vulnerable to COVID-19, all schools and childminders across the country have been asked to close and ONLY offer childcare to front-line parents and vulnerable families.
We understand that this can be upsetting. The aim of children being at home and away from the nursery is to protect them and yourselves from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, as well as limiting the spread of the disease if you and your family were to catch it or we had a case in the nursery.
What happens if a case of COVID-19 occurs in the nursery?
Inform us immediately if you or your child has contracted coronavirus!
We are required to report all confirmed cases of coronavirus, which have occurred in relation to our setting, to the Health & Safety Executive (RIDDOR) and the local Health Protection Team.
We are additionally required to report dangerous occurrences to RIDDOR which can include but is not limited to, a failure to follow current restrictions put in place by the government and local authorities, failures to establish and maintain the safety of others at nursery, etc.
Specifically, if a child, parent/carer or member of staff attending nursery has been tested and confirmed to have COVID-19, we must report it. We must also report occasions that can endanger others, such as members of the public not following social distancing or large gatherings occurring on our site.
Again please inform us immediately if you or your child has been tested and confirmed to have coronavirus!
By reporting to us, we can:
- Report new cases of the coronavirus to the local authorities, so the local community can continue to stay alert of new occurrences,
- Inform and isolate staff and other individuals that came into contact with yourself and/or your child to prevent further spread,
- Launch an emergency deep-clean to remove the virus from nursery and thus, allow other key working families to continue using our service.
What will change at the nursery?
We are currently taking steps to change our provision so we can continue to provide the best childcare whilst keeping the children, their families and our staff team staff.
Our policies are changing slightly and are still in the works, and we will go into more detail about specific changes that are happening at nursery, including how arrivals and collections will be organised, as well as routine changes in the classroom.
On arrival at nursery, all staff and children will have their temperatures checked with our non-touch thermometers and recorded in their files ad in the child’s notes. If it is noted that a child has a raised temp, we will not be permitted to take that child into the nursery and they must be returned home. Again if a child develops the snuffles or a runny nose, we will call the parent to come to collect the child as we need to be very mindful that we limit the levels of infections on the premises
Parents will also not be allowed into the nursery premises during these unprecedented times, again to limit and prevent the incidents of cross-infection. Staff will also continue to monitor the children during the day and we will try to practice distance play as much as possible.
We are still finalising the details how things will work efficiently – once everything is ready, these will be available on email and our website.
Once these changes have been made, they will be posted clearly both on the Website and at the Front Doors. In the meantime, please keep an eye out for further updates.