2020 Monthly Newsletters
A huge welcome back to all of the children that have returned to nursery over the last two months. It has been so lovely to see so many familiar faces! The staff have worked hard to settle the children back into nursery life and introduce children to some of the new procedures that are in place.
We have also had lots of new children start with us. Welcome to Tiny Tots to all of the new families.
In line with current Government Guidelines, children are now arranged in larger groups which incorporate their whole room. The children in each room are kept apart from each other and therefore have their own allocated outside space. Staffing is kept consistent in each room.
Drop off procedures
Children now have allocated start times of either 8.00, 8.30 or 9.00. Drop off procedures remain the same in that Caterpillars are dropped to their garden gate, Dragonflies to the front door and Ladybirds through the main garden gate with access to the Ladybird room from the garden. Although it will be regularly checked, we ask that all parents ensure that they lock the main garden gate on arrival and departure.
From 8.00 to 9.00, all children in the Ladybird and Dragonfly Rooms will be kept inside in order to safeguard the children whilst the Ladybird children are being dropped to the garden. At 9.00 the gate will be padlocked and therefore any late arrivals will need to arrive via the front door.
Much of the feedback from our parent surveys centred around parents of Ladybird children who were very worried about the emotional impact of dropping their children at the front door and therefore not having any opportunity to settle their children if they were distressed. With this in mind, we made the decision to allow the parents of Ladybird children through the main garden gate and around to the ladybird patio. This has been hugely appreciated by many parents of children who find drop off tricky. We will keep this procedure under review, especially as children become more confident and refamiliarise with their surroundings. In time, it may be that we revert back to both Ladybird and Dragonfly children arriving via the main front door. We will keep you updated on this.
We are very pleased to have recently employed two new members of staff who will be starting with us from the week beginning 7th September. Jessica holds a level 5 qualification and has extensive knowledge of working with preschool children. Jessica will be working alongside Shannon in the Dragonfly Room. Lauren will be joining the Ladybird Room. Lauren holds a level 3 qualification and is looking forward to starting her career as a nursery practitioner with us.
Staffing will be as follows:
Dragonfly Room - Shannon and Jessica
Ladybird Room - Abby, Charlotte, Louise, Lauren
Caterpillar Room - Emma Boucher, Emma Shelley, Danielle, Laura
Chrissie will be working across the nursery delivering the forest school curriculum. To ensure consistency, this will happen in whole block weeks. You will be informed if your child’s key worker changes.
Please ensure you have a face covering to hand in case you have to breach the 2 metre rule when handing your child to a member of staff in the mornings.
Our medical form is now available in electronic form on our website. Please complete this form each time you would like us to administer medicine. Please make sure the form is completed before your arrival.
Please also update us if there has been any change to your child’s medical needs, including asthma, so that we can update our records.
If your child has any Covid-19 symptoms including, a high temperature or a new persistent cough or a change to taste and smell they must be booked for a test by calling 111. Children will not be able to return to nursery until a negative result has been given. All members of the household should also self-isolate until the child has a negative result.
If a member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms, please do not send your child to nursery.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Education has had a suspension in place of the broader aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Instead there has been a focus only on the Prime Areas of learning which include
children’s personal, social, emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. During this time, there has been no expectation of settings to take observations of children’s development or to update learning journeys. Whilst this suspension is still in place until at least the end of September, the staff will in fact now be starting to reintroduce some initial baseline assessments of the children. This will allow us to have a better understanding of the children’s current interests and schemas and therefore plan activities and learning environments accordingly.
We understand that it is now more difficult to talk to staff or to Janine and Emma face to face now that visitors are not allowed into the building. Please rest assured that both Janine and Emma are available to speak at any time during the day. We have lots of outside space where this can take place. One of us is normally at the nursery by 8.00 each morning.
If you would like to speak to your child’s key worker, this can be arranged at the end of the day, either face to face in an outside space or via Zoom. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment if you have any queries or concerns.