Newsletter

Autumn Term (1st Half)

Wednesday 7th September to Friday 23th October 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back after the Summer holidays, we trust you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed the weather. This term brings the arrival of some new children and we extend a warm welcome to them and their parents/carers.

I apologise for the length of this newsletter but we have a lot of information to pass on.

The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased since schools and nurseries restricted their opening to most pupils in March, we understand more about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments in preschool.  There will still be risks while coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, and that is why preschools have been asked to put in place a range of protective measures. In order to effectively manage the risks that remain, things will be a bit different when children return for the new academic year. This letter sets out some of the changes and protective measures the government is asking us to put in place, and what you as parents and carers will need to do to help ensure we make preschool as safe as possible for everyone.

When arriving:

  • Please ensure you child is wearing clean clothes every session.
  • If you drive please park in the car park opposite the Preschool.
  • Wait outside following social distancing rules.
  • Only one adult to drop off your child.
  • You will be called in three children at a time (please be patient this process may take a few minutes.)
  • It is mandatory you wear a face covering upon entering (adults only).
  • You must wash yours and your child’s hands following guidance for 20 seconds.
  • Please hang all of your child’s belongings on their peg.
  • You will be expected to say goodbye to your child at the hall door: however we understand that some children and parents will feel anxious for the first couple of weeks so you may enter the hall where there is a new ‘DROP OFF’ zone and your keyperson will be ready to meet you. Unfortunately you are unable to stay as we will be in our secure bubble.
  • You will exit following our one way system.
  • Your keyperson will keep you informed of how your child’s day has been via our online journals (tapestry).

 When collecting:

  • Please inform us if someone else is collecting you child (remember: they must be over 16 and be on your collection list, and they will be asked to provide the password before we hand over your child.) Please ensure they know our safety measures and what we expect of them.
  • Wait outside following social distance rules.
  • Your child will be brought to you by their key person, we will ensure they have washed their hands before leaving.
  • Please disperse quickly when you have collected your child to avoid overcrowding.

Following government guidance for early year’s providers, we shall be in our secure ‘bubble’ with a detailed risk assessment and regular cleaning procedures in place. The preschool is encouraged to avoid visitors entering their premises while children are attending to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Where it is essential that any professionals make visits to the setting in person, then they will be expected to adhere to the setting’s protective measures.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT COME TO PRESCHOOL

You should get tested. Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
Tests are free of charge.

Symptoms include a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell.

If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, then you and your household should immediately self-isolate by staying at home for at least ten days from when your symptoms started.

If you’re planning a holiday, please inform the preschool. If travelling from an exempt country you will not need to self-isolate. You should check the list of exempt countries before you travel, as this can change quickly and often.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Julie Doo back to the team, and to say a sad farewell to Rebecca who has gone on to ventures new, we wish her all the best.

Each week a new policy is added to the notice board for you to read. We would appreciate you spending a couple of minutes reading this as it helps us in our annual review of policies, whilst also ensuring that you are aware of policies and procedures within the setting.

Please send your child to playgroup in appropriate labelled clothing, remembering that we DO go outside in ALL WEATHERS. You need to provide waterproof clothing and wellington boots.

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations last term,

As a charity we rely heavily on your kind donations.

THIS TERM DONATIONS NEEDED PLEASE:

  • Antibacterial spray
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Antibacterial soft furniture spray
  • Tissues for noses

For information on updated term times please go onto our website.

Kind regards,

Chantael
Supervisor

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