2020 Monthly Newsletters
It feels like such a long time since we have had a newsletter! After a rollercoaster of a few months, we are glad to say that we are getting used to our ‘new normal’ at Tiny Tots. The children that have returned over June have certainly put a smile on our faces. It has been so refreshing to hear the children’s laughter and to witness their joy at being back at nursery with their friends. We very much look forward to welcoming more children back to nursery from the 6th July.
Until we have further guidance from the Government and Department for Education, we will continue to arrange the children into bubble groups. This new model has caused more than a few headaches over the past month and we thank all of the parents who have been flexible with their days and timings to allow this to happen. Each child starting in July should now have an allocated start time for their bubble group. We will try to continue to be flexible over finish times however this does continue to be monitored with our top priority always being the health and safety of the children in our care. Our current opening hours of 8.15 - 4.00 will remain in place for July and August and will be reviewed for September.
As more children return to nursery and in order to ensure that bubble groups have their own space, we have thought carefully about the areas we can utilise in the building, garden and woodland. You will notice that the rooms have been subtly divided to create separate areas for each bubble group. In the baby room for example, each section of the room has its own sleep area. In the ladybird room, the staff can choose which zone their bubble group wants to spend time in that day. The Dragonfly Room has a natural divide and will accommodate 2 groups of 8 children per day.
The children will continue to spend as much time as possible outside and we are very lucky that the garden is large enough to ensure bubble groups have their own space for the day. The woodland has had a revamp! We now have a new pyramid shelter, an assault course, new additions to the mud kitchen and some eating areas for the children to have their snacks and lunch.
Leading our bubble groups in July:
Caterpillar - Emma Boucher, Emma Shelley, Leah
Ladybird - Abby, Danielle
Dragonfly - Shannon, Charlotte
Sadly, Jenna will not be returning to Tiny Tots. Jenna has been such a big part of the nursery for so long and she will be hugely missed. Jenna will be reading a story and saying goodbye to everyone on Zoom over the next few weeks and we very much hope that she will be able to feature in the school leavers photo. We wish Jenna the absolute best of luck in the future.
We have introduced many new procedures since reopening which directly impact on
parents and carers:
Drop off and pick up procedures
What to bring for a day at nursery
Having a face covering to hand if needed (especially for babies)
Parents not gathering in the carpark
Queuing at a 2-meter distance
Allowing more time at drop off for routine questions to be asked and temperatures to be taken
We ask that none of these procedures begin to relax. Each has been careful thought
through and planned with the safety of the children, families and the staff in mind.
Please help by remaining vigilant at all times. If you need to refresh yourselves on our
risk assessment and policy, please visit our website https://www.tinytotsltd.com/covid-
These sessions have now come to an end. Thank you to everyone who has utilised this
resource. It has certainly allowed the staff, children and families to stay connected over
We hope to continue to use this platform to hold transition meetings with parents and
carers whilst it is difficult to meet face to face.
Sadly, we haven't been able to say goodbye to all of our school leavers in the usual
way. Jenna has now contacted all of the Reception teachers to talk about each
individual child. The children’s learning journeys will also be ready for collection over the
next couple of weeks. We ask that your child takes their learning journey to their new
school in September as this will be an invaluable resource for teachers at the beginning
Information regarding the arrangements for the leavers photo has been posted on our
facebook page or emailed to anyone who doesn’t follow us on Facebook. Please let us
know if you would like to be included in this photo.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to run our Holiday Club throughout the summer holidays
this year. In order to ensure that each of our bubble groups have enough space, we will
be utilising the woodland throughout the holidays. We will review this for October half
term and keep you updated.