Reopening of Tots 'R' Us Nursery following COVID-19 closure

Phase One - From 18th June 2020* | Phase Two - From 29th June 2020* | Phase 3 - From 6th July 2020*

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for their support during this difficult time.

Following recent guidance from the Department for Education, we have continued to prepare for reopening the Nursery, ensuring that the safety and welfare of our children and staff is at the heart of our decision making.  

We are looking forward to seeing some of you when we introduce our phased return commencing Thursday 18 June. This will entail prioritising certain children, as recommended by the Department for Education (DfE), and provided that Government guidance continues to confirm that it is safe to do so.

We have made some changes to our sessions, taking small steps to ensure that we get it right, before moving on to a Second and Third Phase and introducing more children. We aim to provide the opportunity for as many of our children as possible to return to Nursery.

Our sessions from 18 June will run each morning from 9am to 11am. We will facilitate afternoon session during Phase Three, if we have more parents/carers who wish their child to return. Phase Three will be our final phase, before the end of the summer term.

We understand that many parents and carers may feel anxious about their child returning to Nursery. Below you will find more information about how the Nursery day will be organised, to enable you to make an informed decision about whether you would like your child to return to Nursery. Parents/carers will be contacted when a place becomes available. Please do not turn up, unless invited.

Thank you

*Subject to staffing and Government guidance that states it continues to be safe to do so.

Latest Updates

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18/09/2020 Parents & Carers Update

Thank you all so much for bearing with us and being so encouraging and patient while we find our feet with the new arrangements this term.

What are we doing?

As well as thorough cleaning throughout the Nursery sessions, we are also taking the following measures:

  • Sanitising children’s hands as soon as they arrive and overseeing regular hand-washing and/or the use of hand sanitisers throughout the Nursery session, including before and after snack.
  • Supporting our children through activities to improve their understanding of germs, hand washing and “Catch it, bin it, kill it”.
  • Staff keeping to social distancing guidelines at all times, including during lunch time.
  • Ensuring all resources in Nursery are changed ready for the next session.
  • Holding Nursery visits outside, and Nursery staff and parents/carers keeping to social distancing guidelines throughout. This has allowed our new children and their parents to meet their key person safely.
  • Reviewing our policies and risk assessments in line with the most up-to-date Department for Education guidance

 

You can help us by following our procedures below:

  • Only one adult per household may drop off/pick up.
  • Standing on the marked areas when waiting for drop off or collection.  Please may we politely request that you do not wait around to chat for any length of time as this causes congestion around a very small entrance? If you would like to speak to a member of staff or need any further information please call the Nursery where we will be happy to answer any queries that you have.

On the 20th July, the Department for Education updated their guidance for early years confirming that children and staff in nurseries and pre-schools will no longer have to stay in separate groups or bubbles. Due to these changes we no longer need to have two bubbles in our Nursery sessions. 

The NHS website gives details about how to check for the main coronavirus symptoms.

As a reminder: if you, your child or anyone you live with develops any of the following symptoms:

  • A new, continuous cough and/or
  • A high temperature and/or
  • A loss or change to their sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

then you must follow Government guidance to stay at home.

Should your child become sick or need to self-isolate, please report this to us in the usual way by calling the Nursery and speaking to a member of staff.

You can use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next or read the Government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

We appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

30/06/2020 Important Information for Parents & Carers

Dear Parents and Carers

On the 29 June we implemented Phase Two and welcomed back five more children. We are pleased to say that to date this has gone extremely well. If you have visited our Facebook page, you will have seen photographs of children and staff engaging in activities.

For your information we have also posted our policies and procedures, more detailed information, video, photographs of how the Nursery has changed, and links to guidance, on our website at www.totsruseastlea.co.uk

We are now preparing for Phase Three and anticipate welcoming back more children from Monday 6 July. In order to keep children and staff as safe as possible, places for Phase Three are extremely limited and are available for afternoons only.

We invite parents and carers to contact the Nursery if they would like a place for their child in Phase Three, by notifying your child’s Key Person or Nursery Manager on 07484032308.

Please do not attend unless it has been confirmed you have a place. A copy of the letter, which informs parents and carers of some of the most important aspects of the plans we have put in place, will be sent out to you and will be on our website.

All of the measures we have in place remain in line with Government guidelines, and are in place to keep you, your child and our staff as safe as possible as we continue to open our doors to our community.

We hope to provide as many children, as safely as we possibly can, with the opportunity of returning to Nursery before the end of the summer term, however, Phase Three is our final phase.

Will every child be back in September? We desperately hope it will be safe enough for all children to return to Nursery at the start of the Autumn term.  Although no guidance has yet been given, we are starting to try to think of ways in which this can be done in as safe a way as possible. We will continue to keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

In the meantime, on behalf of the team at Tots ‘R’ Us Nursery and Eastlea Community Centre, best wishes and stay safe.

Margaret Blackwell

Chair and Ofsted Registered Nominated Person

24/06/2020 Important Information for Parents & Carers

Dear Parents and Carers

On the 18 June we implemented Phase One of reopening our Nursery and welcomed back five children. We are pleased to say that to date this has gone extremely well. If you have visited our Facebook page, you will have seen photographs of children and staff engaging in activities.

For your information we have also posted our policies and procedures, more detailed information, video, photographs of how the Nursery has changed, and links to guidance, on our website at www.totsruseastlea.co.uk

We are now preparing for Phase Two and anticipate welcoming back more children from Monday 29 June. In order to keep children and staff as safe as possible, places for Phase Two are limited and are available for mornings only.

We invite parents and carers to contact the Nursery if they would like a place for their child in Phase Two, by notifying your child’s Key Person or Nursery Manager on 07484032308.

Please do not attend unless it has been confirmed you have a place. A copy of the letter, which informs parents and carers of some of the most important aspects of the plans we have put in place, will be sent out to you and will be on our website.

All of the measures we have in place remain in line with Government guidelines, and are in place to keep you, your child and our staff as safe as possible as we continue to open our doors to our community.

Subject to the successful return of more children in Phase Two, we will look again at phasing in more children from Monday 6 July. We hope to provide as many children, as safely and as we possibly can, with the opportunity of returning to Nursery before the start of the September term.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

In the meantime, on behalf of the team at Tots ‘R’ Us Nursery and Eastlea Community Centre, best wishes and stay safe.

 

Margaret Blackwell
Chair and Ofsted Registered Nominated Person

17/06/2020 Important Information for Parents & Carers

Dear Parents and Carers

We have continued with our plan to have a phased return, and pleased to say that our Nursery is now ready to reopen on Thursday 18 June. We are looking forward to welcoming some of you back.

Phase one is for priority children only, who have already been contacted and invited by letter to attend the Nursery. Please do not attend unless you have been invited. A copy of the letter is on our website, which informs parents and carers of some of the most important aspects of the plans we have put in place.

All of these measures are in line with the Government guidelines and are in place to keep you, your child and our staff as safe as possible as we open our doors to our community.

We will be planning a second phase for children who will not be joining us on 18 June. Parents and carers will be contacted by Friday 26 June to introduce Phase Two, to see if they would like their child to return to Nursery before the start of the September term.

Please visit our website at www.totsruseastlea.co.uk for our policies and procedures, more detailed information, photographs of how the Nursery has changed, and links to guidance.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

In the meantime, on behalf of the team at Tots ‘R’ Us Nursery and Eastlea Community Centre, best wishes and stay safe.

Margaret Blackwell
Chair and Ofsted Registered Nominated Person

Our Nursery Environment is Changing

We have taken steps to change our provision so we can continue to provide the best possible care whilst keeping the children, their families and our staff team safe. Our Nursery room is divided in two, creating two groups ‘bubbles’. Each bubble will consist of no more than five children. Wherever possible, staff will remain with the bubble of children who they are allocated to and not come into contact with other groups. We have named our bubbles,’ Caterpillars’ and’ Butterflies’. Each bubble will have access to their own washroom space.

We have undergone a deep cleaning and cleansing process, as well as decorating our Nursery. In addition we have minimised resources to those that can be cleaned effectively. 

Prior to children returning, our staff will be contacting parents and carers to find out how best we can support children to understand the changes and challenges they may be encountering as a result of COVID-19. Staff will ensure they are aware of children’s attachments and their need for emotional support at this time. Children will be supported in developmentally appropriate ways to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

Here are some pictures to show you what our Nursery will look like for your children returning.

Social Disancing Bubbles - Butterfly  & Caterpillar Areas

Caterpillar

Butterfly

Changes to how you arrive and line up at the Nursery

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Hand Washing

Please watch the video below featuring a song to teach the children how to wash their hands.

Hand washing Instructions and Song

Let's learn the proper steps of hand washing with this jingle! Lyrics: It's fun to wash your hands and I know you understand, so we washy washy clean, scrub s...