Dear Parents and Carers,

13th May 2020

Hope you are all safe and well. 

As you are aware, on Sunday, 10th May 2020, the Government set out a plan to leave lockdown. In readiness from this and other announcements we are now beginning to look at our operational procedures. We also want to start talking to you about your child’s return to nursery.   We really do appreciate that some of you may feel a little anxious about your children returning.

The guidance provides some conditions and considerations to ensure that we minimise the risk of transmission and provides us with a framework on how to operate. With the confirmation of the requirements, we will be working on our specific plan that takes in to account our very own nursery premises, our staff team, and your child’s needs. Details of this plan will be shared with you once complete.

Step Two has highlighted ‘A phased return to Early Years Settings and Schools’. – The date for this is the 1st of June at the earliest and it may well be pushed back if Step One measures are not successful. We do not have all of the information to be able to let you know exactly how this ‘phased return’ will be implemented. More information will be released over the coming week by the Government and DfE that will support us to develop our plans for reopening.

As you are all aware, we are open to support the childcare needs of critical key workers and vulnerable children. We will be putting into practice an even more detailed COVID-19 Risk Assessment which sets out in more detail our safe practices, especially around hand washing, social distancing, PPE, wellbeing and management of any child or member of staff who may have symptoms.

We are happy to send this out to you if you would like to view this document prior to your return. Both documents will also be uploaded to our social media in due course.   

Returning to nursery will be a very different to what we are used to. There is much to think about in order to risk assess the environment and current policies and procedures to ‘minimise risk’ of transferring Covid-19 amongst the nursery. We are currently working on a strategic operational plan, which we will share with you in due course.

Here is a link with some questions and answers you may have:

 What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

We appreciate that some of you may feel a little anxious about your children returning to nursery. Some of you will be able to continue to work from home and will not need to return to nursery. While others will need the childcare to continue to work, although this may be less than what you were doing before the lock down.

Our priority is to keep the children safe and healthy yet enable their natural desire for exploration and enquiry. There will be some carefully considered changes to the pre school, the room layout, and the toys and resources available. It will be necessary to alter the way you as parents attend the pre school to drop off and collect your child. We intend to implement stringent procedures and to date have not had a confirmed case of Covid 19. Despite these changes, every nursery day will be full of fun, laughter and learning for your child. 

 Whatever your situation is we are asking that you all get in contact with us to give us some indication as to what your plans will be for childcare come the 1st June. This will help us to move forward with our planning and organising our staff teams.

We will send you our COVID-19 Setting Operating Procedure. This document will inform you of what we have put into place to ensure safety for yourselves, your children and our staff within the setting in respect of the current pandemic. we hope you will find this document helpful. If you think you may need to make any changes, please can you let us know at the first possible opportunity to help us support yourselves and our business continuity. 

Anyone wishing to discuss in more detail our strategy, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist. We thank you in advance for your support in this situation. We will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

We would like to thank you for your continued support over this challenging period, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the nursery again soon.

Keep well and stay safe, 

Kind regards, 

Appleton Management Team