Please find our latest updates regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and nursery closure below:

 

Covid Update: 10/05/20 @18.00

As we eagerly await Boris’s update this evening, I thought it would be a good opportunity to send out a quick update to you.

We hope that you all continue to remain safe and well and using varying strategies to support you and your families during this strange period of lockdown.

Last week we emailed our Orchard Lea families as below:

Good Morning to all our Orchard Lea Families,

We sincerely hope that you are keeping well, safe and managing to juggle the new challenges that we are all being set.

We would like to offer our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to those of you that have lost loved ones during this time. We have been thinking of you and sending you virtual hugs.

As we approach the end of week 6 in lockdown and our government is asked to deliver an exit plan we too have begun to plan our return from lockdown.

Whilst we are ultimately guided by government policies, our most practical and logical next step would be to extend our offer to include families where one carer is a keyworker.

Depending upon take up will really decide whether we will continue to offer childcare from only Keynsham nursery or, should demand be sufficient, we will plan to reopen Kingswood nursery too.

A few Q&A’s before you respond to the below questionnaire:

What families are Orchard Lea now opening up to offer childcare for:

All families where one or more carer is classified as a critical key person as per government guidelines :https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
and for all vulnerable and SEND families.

If our family meet any of these criteria do we have to take up our place at all, in full or partially :

No, not if you don’t need or want to at this current time.
We have tried to be as flexible as possible, changing and dropping attendance on a weekly basis. We are all trying to keep safe, work from home and socially distance reducing everyone’s risks and the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate that “there are lots of differing considerations and demands during this period” e.g. changing working patterns, unavailability and availability of significant others to support families etc… which we are all trying to juggle.

When will the extended offer start:

Keynsham nursery has been open throughout our lockdown period, being staffed by our amazing core team from both of our nurseries, for which we cannot thank them enough.
If you would normally have a place / or be able to (and happy to) travel to Keynsham then, subject to “resettling in visits”, we would like to start to offer this during weeks commencing 11th and 18th May.

What about Kingswood nursery, I can’t travel or would really prefer to stay at Kingswood :

Yes, we completely appreciate this. For us this is a little more complicated and really depends on what your needs are. So please let us know. Also think about what you might need in a few weeks. This will allow us to plan.
As you can imagine, restarting Kingswood will take a little longer, but should the need be there we could look to reopen Kingswood for settling in sessions towards the mid / end of May.

We usually attend Kingswood, I can travel to Keynsham, but now I don’t know what to do …..

Tell us that please. We need to know your needs, preferences and thoughts. We will look at the demand for Kingswood and come back to you as to whether it will be feasible to reopen. This will allow you to make an informed decision.
We want to avoid the possibility of your children just settling in Keynsham and then 2 weeks later we open Kingswood nursery.

Why did you decide to use Keynsham nursery during stricter lockdown:

We had more families that needed childcare support from Keynsham nursery so we went with the majority.
Keynsham nursery is a newer purpose built building making risk management much easier. e.g. Large on site car park, physical layout of building with office being adjacent to main door, large external entrance space where parents can socially distance should they arrive at same time etc…

Why are you offering “resettling in” sessions again:

It’s been a long time and we feel it’s really important to start back near to the beginning. “Resettling back in sessions” will be an hour visit followed by an hour and a half visit after which we can then review with you and plan together.

Will nursery be safe:

During this quieter and restricted period of lockdown we have all been preparing, planning and reviewing for social distancing. Something that is very hard with young children.
We have reviewed many of our practices and procedures and managed to source varying and new suppliers for PPE, cleaning supplies and other consumables.
During this period none of our team or children attending have been taken ill.
With a controlled and measured approach to increasing attendance numbers we hope to minimise risks for all and to continue to work within our new working methods. The welfare and health of our team and our families will always be our priority.

We’re not critical keyworkers, what about our children:

Unfortunately at the moment we are restricted by government guidelines in our offer. We will update you as soon as things change. Please continue to keep in touch with nursery. It’s been lovely to see all of you pictures and the exciting things you have been up to at home.

We then went on to ask our families to complete a questionnaire regarding their childcare needs. We then continued with ….

On a further note:
Whilst we are emailing you regarding our planned increase in our services we would like to give you a bit of a financial update:

We have received confirmation from our insurers that we will be eligible to receive varying levels of support with our loss of income at Kingswood nursery for a maximum of 3 months and to a max total claim value. This will also be honoured to a lesser degree at Keynsham Nursery as it has still remained operational.

BANES council has supported us with an additional weekly payment for our children who live within BANES and continue to attend nursery. BANES council have been very forward thinking in acknowledging the additional financial pressure remaining open has caused. We would like to say “Thank You”, this payment is very welcome and appreciated.

In light of the above information we have decided to reduce our 20% charge for April 20 down to 5%. As previously mentioned our 20% charge always sat very uncomfortably with us which was why our invoices were so late in being sent to you. We have always promised to review this as more information became available.

We would like to thank you all for your solidarity and the support you showed by the unquestionable prompt payment ( and arrangements to pay) of this invoice by 99% of our families, at a time which is uncertain for us all. Your overpayments can remain on your accounts for May etc.. or should you prefer please contact us with your bank details for your repayment.

Once again our May invoices will be delayed whilst we assess our financial situation, implications of recent HMRC backtracking on Early Years furlough claims and take up of places with us during May. So that we can make an informed decision please do not expect your invoice for at least another week.

I am sure that you will all agree that it’s has been a very strange and bumpy ride that has challenged and continues to challenge us like never before.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all , both our families and staff team for the support we have received.

Let’s hope that soon there is light at the end of this tunnel, but in the meantime, keep social distancing, washing those hands and looking out for each other.

With our very best wishes
Orchard Lea

Throughout the week our families have emailed their replies giving us an opportunity to try to plan a way forward.

In light of these responses we have decided to reopen Kingswood nursery from W/c 25th May 20 by initially returning our Kingswood families back from Keynsham. This shorter 4 day week will allow for a gradual transition for both staff and children giving us an opportunity to arrange “resettling in sessions “ for families where only one parent is a keyworker during this week and thereafter. This has yet to be formally announced to our families, so please keep this to yourselves at the moment.

In light of this increase in childcare requirements we will be contacting members of our team to return from furlough to support us with this extension of our service.
At both nurseries, any increase in numbers of children wishing to access childcare will be carefully monitored with a measured approach ensuring safe working guidelines can be maintained at all times.

The process of “returning from furlough” will be the mirror, but in reverse, of our original furlough process, where we identified members of the team who initially needed to stay / now needing to return to support their key children.

We will be in contact with you toward the middle of the week to update you individually.

In the meantime apologies for interrupting your Sunday.

Take care everyone and hoping we are all
given some clear, positive but measured next steps this evening.

Wishing you all the very best and hoping that it won’t be too long before we are returned as a team.

Stay safe, stay alert.

Covid Update: 04/05/20 @ 8.45

We sincerely hope that you are keeping well, safe and managing to juggle the new challenges that we are all being set.

We would like to offer our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to those of you that have lost loved ones during this time. We have been thinking of you and sending you virtual hugs.

As we approach the end of week 6 in lockdown and our government is asked to deliver an exit plan we too have begun to plan our return from lockdown.

Whilst we are ultimately guided by government policies, our most practical and logical next step would be to extend our offer to include families where one carer is a keyworker.

Depending upon take up will really decide whether we will continue to offer childcare from only Keynsham nursery or, should demand be sufficient, we will plan to reopen Kingswood nursery too.

A few Q&A’s before you respond to the below questionnaire:

What families are Orchard Lea now opening up to offer childcare for:

All families where one or more carer is classified as a critical key person as per government guidelines : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
and for all vulnerable and SEND families.

If our family meet any of these criteria do we have to take up our place at all, in full or partially :

No, not if you don’t need or want to at this current time.
We have tried to be as flexible as possible, changing and dropping attendance on a weekly basis. We are all trying to keep safe, work from home and socially distance reducing everyone’s risks and the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate that “there are lots of differing considerations and demands during this period” e.g. changing working patterns, unavailability and availability of significant others to support families etc… which we are all trying to juggle.

When will the extended offer start:

Keynsham nursery has been open throughout our lockdown period, being staffed by our amazing core team from both of our nurseries, for which we cannot thank them enough.
If you would normally have a place / or be able to (and happy to) travel to Keynsham then, subject to “resettling in visits”, we would like to start to offer this during weeks commencing 11th and 18th May.

What about Kingswood nursery, I can’t travel or would really prefer to stay at Kingswood :

Yes, we completely appreciate this. For us this is a little more complicated and really depends on what your needs are. So please let us know. Also think about what you might need in a few weeks. This will allow us to plan.
As you can imagine, restarting Kingswood will take a little longer, but should the need be there we could look to reopen Kingswood for settling in sessions towards the mid / end of May.

We usually attend Kingswood, I can travel to Keynsham, but now I don’t know what to do …..

Tell us that please. We need to know your needs, preferences and thoughts. We will look at the demand for Kingswood and come back to you as to whether it will be feasible to reopen. This will allow you to make an informed decision.
We want to avoid the possibility of your children just settling in Keynsham and then 2 weeks later we open Kingswood nursery.

Why did you decide to use Keynsham nursery during stricter lockdown:

We had more families that needed childcare support from Keynsham nursery so we went with the majority.
Keynsham nursery is a newer purpose built building making risk management much easier. e.g. Large on site car park, physical layout of building with office being adjacent to main door, large external entrance space where parents can socially distance should they arrive at same time etc…

Why are you offering “resettling in” sessions again:

It’s been a long time and we feel it’s really important to start back near to the beginning. “Resettling back in sessions” will be an hour visit followed by an hour and a half visit after which we can then review with you and plan together.

Will nursery be safe:

During this quieter and restricted period of lockdown we have all been preparing, planning and reviewing for social distancing. Something that is very hard with young children.
We have reviewed many of our practices and procedures and managed to source varying and new suppliers for PPE, cleaning supplies and other consumables.
During this period none of our team or children attending have been taken ill.
With a controlled and measured approach to increasing attendance numbers we hope to minimise risks for all and to continue to work within our new working methods. The welfare and health of our team and our families will always be our priority.

We’re not critical keyworkers, what about our children:

Unfortunately at the moment we are restricted by government guidelines in our offer. We will update you as soon as things change. Please continue to keep in touch with nursery. It’s been lovely to see all of you pictures and the exciting things you have been up to at home.

It would be very useful if you could take a few moments to think about your current and immediate future childcare requirements and reply to this email including the following information: (copy and paste is ideal)

Child’s name

Please delete or highlight as appropriate:

1). We currently don’t meet the criteria to access childcare support:

2). We are currently socially isolating, but meet the criteria to access childcare support and :
2a. Would like to decline at the moment:
2b. Would like to accept from : (date)

3). We currently meet the criteria to access childcare support :
3a. Would like to decline at the moment:
3b. Would like to defer until : (date)
3c. Would like to accept as soon as possible:

You will only need to continue with your answers if you have answered Yes to questions 2b / 3b or 3c. but please continue to read the whole of the email.

Sessions you are requesting with days and times:

Is this likely to change each week?:

If so do you have any idea of the pattern needed?:

On a further note:

Whilst we are emailing you regarding our planned increase in our services we would like to give you a bit of a financial update:

We have received confirmation from our insurers that we will be eligible to receive varying levels of support with our loss of income at Kingswood nursery for a maximum of 3 months and to a max total claim value. This will also be honoured to a lesser degree at Keynsham Nursery as it has still remained operational.

BANES council has supported us with an additional weekly payment for our children who live within BANES and continue to attend nursery. BANES council have been very forward thinking in acknowledging the additional financial pressure remaining open has caused. We would like to say “Thank You”, this payment is very welcome and appreciated.

In light of the above information we have decided to reduce our 20% charge for April 20 down to 5%. As previously mentioned our 20% charge always sat very uncomfortably with us which was why our invoices were so late in being sent to you. We have always promised to review this as more information became available.

We would like to thank you all for your solidarity and the support you showed by the unquestionable prompt payment ( and arrangements to pay) of this invoice by 99% of our families, at a time which is uncertain for us all. Your overpayments can remain on your accounts for May etc.. or should you prefer please contact us with your bank details for your repayment.

Once again our May invoices will be delayed whilst we assess our financial situation, implications of recent HMRC backtracking on Early Years furlough claims and take up of places with us during May. So that we can make an informed decision please do not expect your invoice for at least another week.

I am sure that you will all agree that it’s has been a very strange and bumpy ride that has challenged and continues to challenge us like never before.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all , both our families and staff team for the support we have received.

Let’s hope that soon there is light at the end of this tunnel, but in the meantime, keep social distancing, washing those hands and looking out for each other.

With our very best wishes

Fees Update Wednesday 25rd March 17:30

Apologies it has taken us some time to confirm fees during nursery closure, we wanted to understand what support would be available, which would in turn help us determine what reduction we can give for our families. We are still awaiting some details, but time is marching on and we understand the worry that financial uncertainty can bring during this unprecedented time.

We can confirm that fees will be reduced down to 20% of the normal session prices for April, May and June for children who are placed on hold and as such will not require a place at nursery while we are closed. If we continue to be closed past June, we may need to review this reduction.

This will ensure that when the government reopens schools, nursery will be able to fully resume and your child’s place will be available immediately. We can then all hopefully get back to “business as normal”.

For vulnerable children and children who have critical key working parents, if we are offing you a place full fees are chargeable. During this unprecedented time, we are allowing variations to normal nursery sessions to try and reduce everyone’s risk. We will however need notice to be able to plan staffing accordingly.

Unfortunately, if children or families are self-isolating our sickness policy still applies and fees are chargeable, this is because we had planned to provide childcare during this time.

We would like to thank all of our parents and families for their support and understanding during this difficult time, we are trying to ‘do our bit’ and provide care where needed to support the COVID-19 response. We hope this fee update will go some way to reassure any financial uncertainty and worry during this time.

We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing everyone on the other side.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 8 – Tuesday 24th March 13:00

Following Boris’ lock down announcement yesterday evening we have decided to put nursery into a strict lock down service for the next 3 weeks.

We are currently only providing provision for vulnerable children and children of Critical Key Worker parents.

During lockdown we will only provide care for Key worker children where:

  • Both parents are critical workers (1 parent if single parent family)
  • Neither of which can work from home, or there are no other childcare arrangements.
  • We will require Proof that parents are critical Keyworkers and cannot work from home.

Unfortunately, if critical parents do not meet these criteria will we not providing care for your child during this lock down period.

We advise that children should only be bought into nursery as a last resort. We are all better off at home where we are not exposed to an increased risk of infection.

We have taken these measures to try to minimise the risks for those critical working families who still require our services and our staff team and their families.

We will be communicating fees during closure this week via a separate email.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 7 – Friday 20th March 14:00

Following further clarification we can confirm that, subject to staffing levels, we will be open from Monday morning (usual opening hours) to provide a limited number of childcare places for provision for critical “Key Workers “where there is no other form of alternative and appropriate childcare.

We will be looking at our availability and prioritising as below. Please remember than we will also be operating at a reduced staffing level as some members of our team are self-isolating and others are advised to stay at home due to underlying conditions.

Priority will be given to:
Families where both parents or if a sole parent, are classified as “Key person”
SEND and Vulnerable Children
Families where one of the parents is a key worker.

We hope to be in a position to offer everyone who falls in the above categories a place subject to staffing levels. We will look to covering additional staffing needs using agency staff but would prefer to keep this to a minimum as it is our current strategy to reduce all visitors into nursery.

We will be working over the weekend to send individual emails to confirm or decline your place and any additional requests.

We will be using the government guidelines as per links below to establish which families this offer will be extended to. They are below for your information:

Full guidance for maintaining educational provision can be found here:

There is further guidance available for parents and carers which can be found here:

The guidance is clear that:

Where a child can be kept at home, this remains the best option.

Parents should not rely upon childcare from others who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing group: grandparents, elderly relatives, friends or family members with underlying health issues.

Parents should ensure that children are not mixing socially in a way which can spread the virus and should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

If any parents work is critical to the COVD-19 response, or they work in one of the critical sectors identified in the guidance and they cannot keep their child safe at home then their child will need to be prioritised for childcare provision.

Please rest assured we will look at each individual returned questionnaire and notify you via email. If you disagree with our decision then please come back to us with further advice.

We appreciate that your current situation may change and that employers are using secondment processes to redeploy people and adapt their roles. Please let us know of these changes and we will continue to support you as best we can.

I apologise that this email doesn’t give you a clear yes or no for your childcare provision from next week, but I hope that many of you will have a clearer understand of our process.

We will notify you as soon as available staffing has been confirmed and places allocated.

This will be before the end of Saturday.

Please take good care of your families and loved ones.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 6 – Friday 20th March 10:00

As many of you are aware the government has given an indication as to their interpretation of a “Key person”.

Please see below for their guidelines here:

We still haven’t had a firm response from either our local councils, our insurers to confirm as to whether we can offer this provision. This is something that we would like to support our families with.

In preparation for this provision, whether it is offered by Orchard Lea or the local council we would like you to respond (preferably via email) to the following questions. Before answering could you read the above link carefully:

Childs Name:

Current booking at Nursery:

Are you classified as a Key Worker: – YES or NO – if Possible could you identify your role and in what sector as we may be asked to provide this information. ( At this stage we are not asking for proof)

Are other members of your Household classified as a Keyworker? Yes or NO and again if possible could you please identify your role and in what sector as we may be asked to provide this information. (At this stage we are not asking for proof)

If YES to above : Do you have access to any other childcare support?

Do you think that you might need an adjustment to your current childcare booking patterns?:

I know this is difficult to judge but would you have an idea of what this would look like?:

Are you classified as a Key worker but would prefer not to access childcare provision at this time:

We appreciate that you are all experiencing the same challenges as ourselves and that your response today will change next week. We apologise if some of our questions are more personal than normal and if you would prefer not to answer them please feel able to refuse.

Once again many thanks for your continued support and patience. Your messages of support have been deeply touching for us all.

Please keep an eye out for those that are particularly vulnerable at this time.

Take care everyone.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 5 – 19th March 18:00

Following on from yesterday’s announcement of schools closing from the end of day on Friday 20th March, we wanted to provide our families with a further update today. Please note that there hasn’t actually been a lot of definitive fresh information provided since yesterday.

We understand that legislation is currently being passed that will force us to close as 18:00pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.

We want to provide factual information to our families and are still awaiting confirmation around the Keyworker childcare provision. More specifically what jobs classify as a keyworker and whether we will be providing this provision or if there will be a dedicated setting provided by the local authority. We will ask for parents to confirm whether they are a keypersons in due course.

Many of you have been asking about fees when we close, again we are awaiting confirmation of our business interruption insurance. Once we have a clearer understanding we will be able to give an indication of how much of a reduction of fees we can provide during the closure, whilst still being able to provide a wages payment for our staff.

To give a worst-case scenario, if we are not covered by our insurance and there is no support from the government, we envisage 25% percent reduction of fees payable less meal charges, however we are hoping this will not be the case. In an ideal world we would prefer to not charge any fees when we are closed. Should this closure continue for several months we will need to review this on a month by month basis to ensure that there is a fully functioning nursery to return to.

If you decide to give notice during the closure, you will be charged full fees for the 1 month notice period and your place will be offered to another child on our waiting list. If you give notice and then revoke the notice our waiting list process will apply.

I know this information it a little scarce, but unfortunately it is still a waiting game at this stage. Come on Boris get a move on.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and patience.

It is a very difficult time for everyone, stay safe and keep wash those hands.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 4 – 18th March 21:45

Further update following the statement today from government to close schools from this Friday 20th March.

Understandably this evenings announcement has come as a surprise to all of us. It’s news raises concerns and questions for everyone, us included.

At this moment in time we probably know as much as you, as there has been no official communication from the Department for Education, Ofsted or our Local Authority.

The statement that has been released is somewhat ambiguous.Until we receive further, more accurate information, we are unsure as to whether we will be forced to close after Friday and for how long.

As soon as there is some clarity, we will inform all of our families as to our position regarding closure.

We would like to try to provide some relief to our families with fees during any closure, we would also like to continue to pay our amazing and hardworking staff team.

We are unsure as to what level of support small businesses can receive from the government and what level and duration our business disruption insurance will cover us for.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and patience.

It is a very difficult time for everyone, stay safe and keep wash those hands.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 3- 17th March 16:00

Further to the government’s announcement yesterday (Monday 16th March) we would like to clarify their further advice which we will be strictly adhering to:

If you or any other member of your household (someone that lives in your home) or anyone that you have had close contact with has:

1) Had Coronavirus confirmed

2) Had contact with some one that has had Coronavirus confirmed

2) Shown signs of a new persistent cough and or a temperature of 37.8 or higher

All members of your household should now self-isolate for 14 days. (This is a change from yesterday which was 7 days and didn’t include other household members or close contacts)

We appreciate that financially this is a difficult and worrying time for us all (Orchard Lea included).

In an ideal world we would like to be able to say that no fees would be chargeable.

Unfortunately, at this moment in time we do not have enough information regarding support packages available for small businesses to make a decision of this magnitude.

If we are in a position to offer support with fees during isolation periods, we can apply this to accounts retrospectively, trying to ease the financial burden for our families whilst maintaining the sustainability of the nursery and ensuring that we continue to provide our service.

Things that we would like you to do to support Orchard Lea with:

To ensure that everyone uses the anti-bacterial hand gel as you enter and leave the building.

Promoting and re-enforcing regular hand washing with our children

Cancellation of home visits

Cancellation of Mother’s Day “Join us at nursery for a Story session”

Restriction of one person to bring / collect children from nursery.

Updating Nursery with details of your absence from nursery and the reasons for your self-isolation.

Things that Orchard Lea has put into place to protect our nursery team and families:

A comprehensive cleaning programme that is implemented on a sessional basis.

An end of day cleaning routine that pays particular attention to high traffic areas and touch panels.

Extensive deep cleaning completed every weekend.
Nursery will isolate children who are awaiting collection due to concerns regarding their health.

Strict isolation of 14 days for children, family contacts and colleagues.

Nursery will only close if instructed by DFE or Dept of Health.

As you are aware this information is changing daily and is for all of us unique.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult and worrying time for us all.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Please see below link for current information here:

 

Coronavirus COVID-19 update 2 – 13th March 10:20

Following the COBRA meeting held yesterday afternoon. The government are not closing schools at this stage, they are however telling everyone with the following symptoms the self-isolate for 7 days which can be viewed here:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough

Some helpful guidance for self-isolation can be viewed here:

We are pragmatically following this guidance as it applies to everyone including children.

Therefore, effective immediately, please do not bring your child into nursery if they have a new cough or high temperature (over 37.8 degrees C).

Please do not dose your children up with paracetamol (Calpol) or ibuprofen (Nurofen) before coming into nursery this only masks the symptoms for up to 4 hours.

If your child develops these symptoms whilst in nursery, we will ask you to collect your child, or make arrangements to collect immediately. They will need to stay at home and will be excluded from nursery for 7 days.

Likewise, if you or any other family member or friend is currently self-isolating, please stay away from nursery.

We are following the guidance issued by the government and trying to minimise the spread of the virus.

Please can all parents and children use the antibacterial hand sanitiser before entering the nursery and continue to wash hands regularly.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 1 –  5th March 2020

We thought we would update you with our current strategy towards an outbreak of Coronavirus.

Hopefully any outbreak will be minimal, however should there be an outbreak, we will stay open until instructed to close by Public Health. Cases will be assessed by them on an individual basis. In the extreme and unlikely case that we are instructed to close, we will keep all parents informed.

We are currently following the guidance issued by the Department for Education and Public Health which can be viewed here:

Steps we can all take to help minimise any spread of the virus:

  1. Please inform us if you have recently, within the last two weeks, or are planning to travel to any of the infected areas. Please follow the issued guidance regarding self-isolation if you are feeling unwell and have symptoms. The areas can be found here:

Please see the latest guidance here:

Self-isolation guidance here:

  1. Parents, children and staff please use the anti-bacterial hand sanitiser when entering and leaving nursery. These are located next to the front door, with one at child and adult height.
  2. Please see the attached information poster for how we can all help minimise any spread of Coronavirus.

Steps we are actively taking in preparation:

  1. We performed a deep clean of the nursery over the weekend.
  2. We have started to stockpile antibacterial surface cleaners, antibacterial hand sanitisers, hand soap, disposable gloves, face masks.
  3. We have increased our already rigorous cleaning routine, and we are actively using antibacterial surface sprays on all commonly used areas, door handles etc at the end of everyday.
  4. Continuing to reinforce handwashing with the children, especially after using the toilets and before meals. Encouraging children to catch their coughs and sneezes with washing hands after. Please could families continue this practice at home.

Should you have any queries please feel free to contact us.