Attending Tots 'R' Us following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

From 19th July 2021

We will continue to maintain COVID-19 safety measures at nursery following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. We kindly ask that you continue to keep to our social distancing rainbows to minimise the spread in an already high-rate area.

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that we have all had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.

The health and well-being of our children, families and the team remain our priority.

Thank you all once again for your ongoing support.

Thank you

Latest Updates

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19/07/2021 Parents & Carers Update

Re: Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings

As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12 July that Step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19 July.

One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.

NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.

This letter sets out in more detail below how that process will work and what you need to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.

Self-isolating and taking a test

  1. If your child has symptoms, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a PCR test for them. If the PCR result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the PCR result is positive, they, other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
  2. If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, they and other members of the household should self-isolate – and you should inform their education or childcare setting. You should immediately order a confirmatory PCR test. If the confirmatory test is taken within two days and the result is negative, they and other members of their household can stop self-isolating (unless instructed to self-isolate for other reasons). If the confirmatory PCR test is positive (or is taken more than two days after the LFD), other members of their household and any close contacts identified by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the LFD test.
  3. PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
  4. PCR test results will be recorded with NHS Test and Trace automatically, but you should also communicate the result to the education or childcare setting during term time or summer provision.

Contact tracing

  1. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.
  2. You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice (see below).

 

Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts

  1. At present, anyone identified as a close contact is legally required to self-isolate and must not attend their education or childcare setting (the only exception is if they are participating in a daily contact testing trial). Anyone identified as a  non-household close contact by NHS Track and Trace must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of their most recent contact with that person. If they live in the same household, they must self-isolate until 10 days after the date of that person developing symptoms (see point 1 above) or, if that person was asymptomatic, the date of their test (see point 2 above). NHS Test and Trace will notify you of the day on which the self-isolation period ends.
  2. Close contacts are also advised to take a PCR test. If the test result is negative, they must still complete the full self-isolation period, as the test will not detect all positive cases. If the result is positive, they will need to self-isolate for a further 10 days – and NHS Test and Trace will contact them to identify any close contacts.
  3. From 16 August, if the close contact is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate (in line with the policy for fully vaccinated adults) but will be asked to take an PCR test immediately, other than for very young children identified as non-household contacts, and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If the PCR test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch to identify close contacts (see points 5 and 6 above). Further guidance on these changes to self-isolation will be provided shortly.

We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.

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...