2021 Monthly Newsletters
As we approach the end of the summer term, we are saying goodbye to many of our Tiny Tots children as they continue their path on to school. We will miss each and every one of you but know that you will fly high and approach life at school with curiosity and wonder. Thank you to all of those families that are leaving us for their support during your time with us. For many families, we are saying goodbye to the youngest of 2 or 3 children so it will be a sad farewell.
The leavers day photo has been completed by Jess with details of how you can view and purchase to follow. The staff team at Tiny Tots have been taking part in a series of staff meetings in anticipation of the revised Early Years Framework, which comes into use in September. The new document gives more autonomy to us as practitioners, relying on our professional judgements and knowledge of child development as opposed to observation and assessment. As a result, it is likely that you will see less in the way of written observations in Learning Journeys, however, this will allow for staff to spend more quality time with the children, better understanding their current levels of development and in turn, providing activities in the moment, that will further increase your child’s understanding and skills.
In August, we say goodbye to Chrissie, who is moving on to a role at the new Primary School. I am sure that you will join us in thanking Chrissie for her contribution to our outdoor learning ethos over the past 4 years. Our outdoor activities will be unchanged, with existing staff being highly skilled after spending the last few years learning from Chrissie. A staffing update will follow in the coming weeks.
As we move into Step 4 of the lifting of Government restrictions, we have been discussing which elements it is still important to keep in place, at least whilst case numbers are so high. Restrictions that will remain in place:
Parents and staff will continue to wear a face-covering at drop off and pick up times.
Drop off and pick up at the main entrances will remain as they are now (this is unlikely to change in the future).
We will continue to keep groups of children separate wherever possible. We will however relax this in order to allow for some transition for children moving to a new room and where it is absolutely necessary to ensure statutory staff ratios.
We will continue to monitor children’s temperatures on arrival.
We have been advised by the Government of the change to isolation procedures.
From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Our Risk Assessment listing all changes will be updated and shared with you, via our website, in due course.
Arrangements for September
You should all now have received a letter outlining fees for September as well as the re-introduction of morning and afternoon snack and hot lunches. The lunches will again be homemade by a local business, The Coffee Pot and delivered to us daily. We are asking that all parents complete our lunch survey, giving their preference for either a hot lunch (£2.50 per meal) or if they will continue to send a packed lunch. https://www.tinytotsltd.com/lunch-survey
FAMLY - New Nursery Management System
You will soon receive an invite, via email, asking you to download the FAMLY App (this can also be accessed online). We will send out a separate letter to accompany this, giving information on how to use the app and what information we need you to complete when you register. The app will be used for all Nursery administration including invoicing, registers, holiday requests, medication, sickness, requests for extra sessions, newsfeed, sharing of photos and observations, contacting the staff in the rooms, children’s daily routines etc.
If you haven’t already, please complete a Holiday form for any upcoming holidays that you have booked. Our holiday forms are quick and easy to complete and can be found under the 'forms' tab on our website. https://www.tinytotsltd.com/copy-of-reservation-form-3
It is an OFSTED requirement that our registers are accurate at all times therefore advance notice of non-attendance is crucial.