ENFORCED NURSERY CLOSURE IN RELATION TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Nursery Updates 22/12/20
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!
From all of us at Eastwood we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our children, parents and neighbours a Merry and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We know it might be a tough one this year but we will get through this together and we look forward to seeing you all from Monday the 4th January 2021.
Eastwood has been open throughout the pandemic offering our nursery provision to all parents in line with the government requirement - firstly the children of parents who work for the NHS and other vital work forces and once the lock-down was over we were back to normal offering provision to all our parents and will continue to do so.
We will close for Christmas at 1pm. on the 24th December 2020 and re-open after the Christmas break on the 4th January 2021 at 8am. to offer full provision to all our parents and really look forward to seeing you all.
Some of our parents are asking for extra sessions - in addition to the granted sessions - please let us know asap if you would like extra sessions to help your children.
The staff would like to thank all our parents for the lovely presents - they were so appreciated.
Early Years Development
At Eastwood Nursery we believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and that their learning should be expanded as and when they are individually ready as each child can develop at a different pace to others.
Following the Early years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets out standards to ensure that goals are reached by a certain age is now going to be changed and teaching certain levels within one particular age is now going to be changed and the age bands are being removed to allow appropriate leaning to take place for individual children as they are ready for them and they will not have to wait before they are taught because of the age band.
The Prime areas -
(a) Communication and language
(b) Physical development and
(c) Personal, social and emotional development
Specific areas -
(c) Understanding the world
(d) Expressive arts and designs will stay the same but children will not be stopped being taught certain things because they have not reached the age laid down by EYFS.
This is good news as each and everyone of us develop differently and if a child is ready for the next learning step they should be allowed to be taught it.
Our staff will be working on this from January 2021 so it is all in place as from September 2021 when the areas can be taught to children as they are ready to learn them to enhance their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and formal relationships at the right time for each individual child who will not have to wait until the next age band to learn something that they are capable of learning at an earlier time.
Staff are really looking forward to this change.
Nursery Updates 03/09/20
Dear children who have moved to school from Eastwood Nursery School - We wish you a very happy and successful time in your newly chosen school and we will be in touch with you all to arrange a get together as soon as it is possible.
Best wishes to you and your family from all the staff at Eastwood Nursery.
Nursery Updates 25/08/20
Eastwood Nursery will re-open on Monday the 7th September 2020 in line with government requirements.
Parents have been informed and those who are eligible for funding will need to apply, if they have not already done so, for their grant.
The staff are so looking forward to seeing the children again and meeting the new starters.
Nursery Updates 5/07/20
We hope that you and all your family are keeping well.
We confirm that the decision has been taken, by management, that the nursery is remaining closed because of the virus and the need to be mindful to take every opportunity to stay as safe as we can. We are also not able to offer holiday clubs or after school collections at this time.
Please be mindful to stay well and safe and please give your children our very best wishes - we really do miss them.
Nursery Updates 11/06/20
We trust that you and your families are well and staying safe.
After feedback from parents and taking into consideration all that has to be put in place to successfully and safely open the nursery we have taken the decision that we will not be opening from Monday 15th June 2020.
We are also following the updated guidance from the Department of Education on 2nd June which states that only registered providers, which operate on school premises, are permitted to provide after school clubs.
Please watch the website for further updates. Emails are being sent to the few parents who have informed us that they would like or they may like to send their children back to nursery.
If you have changed your email please let us know on email@example.com
We would like to take the opportunity to say that the staff so miss all the children and send you their very best wishes.
From all staff at Eastwood
Nursery Updates 26/05/20
We would like to thank our parents for completing the survey on the potential re-opening of the nursery on 1st June 2020. We did not receive a reply from all parents and ask that if you did not receive an email from us please provide us with your updated contact information.
After much consideration and following Redbridge Borough Council’s advice that nurseries re- open, at the very earliest on the 15th June, we have decided to follow their guidance and will not open on the 1st June.
Additionally we have to ensure the correct PPE is in place so we will be ready to offer children the safest environment.
Please check the website news page for any further update. If you have changed your email then please let us know so we are certain that all emails sent out will be received.
We wish you well and miss you all.
Nursery Updates 20/05/20
We are currently making careful plans in accordance with changing advice and guidelines, with regards to the possible reopening of specific parts of the Nursery in June if the government thinks it is then safe to do so.
It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but please rest assured that we are going to be doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive children if it is safe for our nursery to reopen in the coming weeks.
We are currently in the process of creating a detailed action plan which will include risk assessments for all areas. Possible changes to our usual routine may include:
Limiting class sizes.
Staggering break times, and pick-up and drop-off times.
Keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home.
Introducing a phased return to ensure the safe and smooth implementation of our processes, e.g. only one group to return on the first opening date, followed by the second group several days later and so on.
Parents to provide packed lunches if our cooks are unable to return to work.
Children will remain within their own class group and will not be allowed to socialise with other class groups until it is deemed safe to do so.
At this time, and in order for us to successfully draw up oNur action plan, it is important that we have a clear understanding as to how many children from each age group might return to nursery. We understand that you may have questions that you would like to ask prior to letting us know whether your child will be returning. However, we anticipate that to enable us to answer these questions, we first need to have a clear understanding of the numbers of pupils we might expect to return. For this reason we would ask you to complete and return by email the following information as soon as possible and by Wednesday 20th May at the latest.
(1) Roll number / child name:
(2) Room (Baby Room, Toddler Room, Pre Reception Room):
(3) Do you intend to send your child to nursery from 1st June 2020?
We would like to thank you for your continued support and wish everyone well.
Nursery Updates 20/04/20
Dear parents and children,
All our staff are thinking of you all. We wish you all well, really miss you and look forward to seeing you all soon. In the meantime please see the sites listed below which are filled with different activities to keep you all engaged. Stay safe.
(code for parents to enter is PARENTSTWINKLHELPS)
Nursery Updates 26/03/20
Please can we remind parents/carers to reconfirm their 30 hours and Tax Free
Childcare codes, whether settings are open or closed. If you do not reconfirm and become
ineligible, nurseries will be unable to fund you for the additional hours in summer term 2020.
Nursery Updates 25/03/20
Friday the 20th March 2020 was a hard day for us all but also a day where there was a sense of community and we would like to thank all the parents for the warm wishes and support shown to the staff at this time.
The nursery day ended in sadness as no one wanted this to be the Pre Reception children’s last day and we all hope it will not be.
If we do not return before July, we will organise a get together before the pre-reception children start school.
All our staff at Eastwood Nursery will miss you all - from the babies to the Pre Reception children - and we wish you well. We will be re- opening to all children as soon as we possibly can.
Lastly, please look after yourselves and follow the government guidelines to keep safe.
We hope to see you all soon.
Nursery Updates 24/03/20
Following the Government guidelines we have closed Eastwood Nursery with effect from Friday 20th March 2020 (except for the children of key workers). In light of this please see the information below.
Funded Nursery Places
If you have a funded place you do not need to do anything. Your place will be held until opening hours return to normal albeit you will need to renew your funding code on an ongoing basis when required. If you receive a funded place and need key person childcare (outside of your funded hours) this will be charged at the usual rate.
Non funded Nursery Places
If you have a non funded place, you will not be charged any fees for the time your child is not at nursery (with effect from week commencing 23rd March 2020) and your place will be held until the end of the forced closure so long as your account is up to date. If you are in arrears your place will not be guaranteed.
If you are a key worker and need childcare during the forced closure, you are welcome to attend but will be charged for the sessions you use. Please let us know if you need to make use of our nursery service. If you are a Key Worker who requires childcare and pays for your child's place please contact us ASAP.
Updated invoices will be calculated for parents and if you have paid in full for March 2020 your invoice will show a credit balance.
Please check the website for updates and we will be in touch again when the picture becomes clearer about the extent of the enforced closure.
Nursery Updates 20/03/20
Following the directive from the Government on 18th March 2020, Eastwood Day Nursery will close on Friday 20th March until further notice.
The nursery will remain open for children of frontline key workers and vulnerable children only. In order to follow the Government’s urgent guidance on social distancing, unless you are a frontline key worker, the nursery can not offer you nursery provision.
The most current information and advice from them can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Below are answers to some of the questions you may have. This page will be regularly updated.
Will the nursery be closing?
The Government has announced that all schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March 2020, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. As such, Eastwood Day Nursery will close from Friday 20th March 2020 onwards for all children except for children of frontline key workers and vulnerable children.
What do I do if I am a frontline key worker or if my child is vulnerable and I want my child to continue attending nursery?
The Government has identified key workers to include NHS Staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. The purpose of this is so that key workers are able to work during the current crisis on the front line, without the worries of childcare and having to rely on grandparents for support.
Please let the nursery know by speaking to us or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 am on Friday 20th March 2020 if your employment fits into the categories of key worker listed above, or you believe your child is vulnerable, and you wish your child(ren) to remain in nursery.
How will you keep in touch with us while the nursery is closed?
We will keep in regular contact with parents by our web site. Please ensure you check the site regularly.
The closure of nursery provision is a challenging time for all parents and Eastwood appreciate all parents' positive and supportive comments. Our teaching staff will continue to come into work with a smile on their face, allowing us to remain open, and we will continue to offer parents, who are key workers, our service.