We were delighted to welcome you all back to nursery during the week commencing Monday 20th July 2020.
The name of your child’s cohort, the staff who are caring for them, the room the cohort is situated in and the days attended are noted in the header of this email.
We know you will all have lots of questions and hope this letter will allow for an easy transition between home and nursery next week.
We must ensure that our staff maintain distancing between each other at all times, and with you as parents. The following procedures have been put in place to achieve this.
Your child will be cared for in a distinct cohort of no more than 8 children, thus they will mix with only the same up to 7 other children on each day they attend nursery.
Children can mingle and play with each other within their cohort, and with the staff caring for them. The staff within a cohort will however maintain a 2 metre distance between each other, as will the different child cohorts.
Cohort working will continue for as long as is required by current Scotgov guidance. In her statement on Thursday 16th July, the First Minister confirmed this current guidance will be reviewed at the end of July and that meantime current guidance as set out in previous communications with you will remain unchanged.
Two members of staff have been assigned to each cohort. The same two staff members will care for your child on each day they attend nursery.
Cohorts are cared for by our most experienced and qualified staff, who have returned from furlough leave.
Our Nursery Manager, Kirsty Watson, is on site and will co-ordinate all activities of cohorts, and all communication with you as a parent as required.
Staff have all attended training for our revised COVID-19 policy and procedure, as well as risk assessments which set out new protocols including enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all the children and staff in the building.
Additional PPE such as face masks, visors etc are not considered appropriate for an early years environment. We continue to use PPE where appropriate for nappy changing etc.
Meals & Snacks
These will all be prepared as before by our Nursery Cooks from fresh ingredients sourced from our local supplier base.
Drop off/pick up
Parents should ring the main office number 01224 628862 on arrival at Nursery.
The Nursery Manager will contact your child’s cohort and a member of staff from that cohort will come to the main nursery entrance to welcome you and your child to nursery.
Please be patient as drop off and collection may take slightly longer than previously.
The staff member will then wash your child’s hands on entry.
It is important that parents remain socially distanced from staff and other parents. We ask that you remain in your vehicle or if this is not possible, please stand whilst maintaining a distance of not less than 2 metres from other parents and children until the previous child has entered the building and the parent has departed. We have placed a sticker as a guide to the required distance.
Whilst the staff member is greeting you and your child, you and the staff member must maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from each other at all times.
Please do not allow your child to play with another child whilst waiting for entry – the other child may not be a member of the same cohort as your child.
We ask that an exact time of collection be provided. This can always be changed by telephoning the Manager throughout the day. This will allow us to have your child ready for a prompt collection.
If you have information to discuss with the nursery, it would be beneficial if this could be done via telephone after drop-off to prevent prolonged periods of time with the staff member outside of the nursery.
Taking things from home
We appreciate that many of the children will have grown out of the clothes that are currently at nursery. If you would like your child’s clothes replenished then please take a bag containing the change of clothes, shoes etc and staff will ensure this is all taken care of.
Please do not allow your child to take any toys to nursery with the exception of essential comforters. We are happy to take essential comforters to help settle your child back into nursery.
The Nursery Manager will email a medication form to all parents first thing on Monday. Please complete this form if your child requires medication and email it to the nursery.
If your child requires medication on Monday 20th July, please pass the medicine to the member of staff who greets you on arrival – they will take a note of instructions for administering medicine to your child that day and a medicine form will be scanned and emailed to you, if not already done so. Please ensure that you e mail the completed form back to us promptly to enable us to administer medication to your child. The Nursery Manager will contact you directly to inform you that the form has been received and completed correctly prior to administering medicine.
The medication policy remains as before the closure.
As before immediately lockdown in March there will be minimal exchange of paperwork with the nursery.
Any incident and accident forms will be scanned and emailed to you.
The nursery has the facility to email the parents of children attending each cohort as a group.
Individual feedback on your child’s day at nursery will take place with the staff member who greets you when you collect your child, although this will of necessity be brief.
Please phone if you need to, and the Nursery Manger will be happy to have a chat with you and discuss any matters of importance to you.
If Your Child Becomes Unwell:
Your child will be taken to the Nursery Manager’s office and the Nursery Manager will call you to collect your child.
If your child displays COVID-19 symptoms you must contact NHS (dial 111), and follow the instructions you are given.
Further guidance can be found here.
- A high fever/temperature of 37.8 degrees C or above.
- A new, continuous cough. This means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if there is usually a cough then it may be worse than usual)
- Loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Children’s Progress & Developmental Needs
It is some time since your child last attended nursery.
If there is any aspect of your child’s development or care needs that you wish to make us aware of, please do so by replying directly to this email and stating your child’s name – this allows us to direct the email quickly to the relevant staff caring for your child.
These might include:
- Update on food allergies
- Particular areas of interest at present
- Any significant family events – eg birth of a new brother or sister, or a new pet
- Anything else you consider relevant or important that we should be aware of to assist us in caring for your child when they return to nursery
This is a transitionary period and cohort working is new to all of us. We remain committed to providing your children with the very best of nursery care as we reopen our nurseries and hopefully progress to more normal times.
Please feel free to contact your Nursery Manager if you require any further information.
Your Summers Nursery Team