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Monday 25th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are writing to you to set out some of the arrangements we have made to open Abacus Nursery School from 2nd June.

Before we set out these arrangements, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and cooperation since we had to close on 20th March. We know that this period has been challenging for many families, in particular when you have had to juggle work commitments and managing childcare.

We are pleased to let you know that, further to the government’s announcement that Abacus will, hopefully, open from 2nd June. We are working hard to take the necessary steps to be ready to welcome back all children. We will open only if the government confirms that their five key tests justify taking this step.

The government is now encouraging all early year’s children to attend nursery and says it is no longer necessary to keep them at home.

From the 2nd June, Abacus, hopefully, will welcome back children, if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time. For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their early years setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.

It may be necessary for us to have a temporary cap on the numbers of children attending nursery due to the availability of staff. If this is necessary we have to prioritise vulnerable children, children of critical workers and then the Stepping Stones children who will be transitioning to school in September.

Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for reopening include:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, must not to attend nursery. That includes children and staff who work here.
  • Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible and minimising contact with other groups around the nursery.
  • Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or to use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, doors handles and play equipment.
  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household. We will publish a dropping off and collection protocol shortly.
  • Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to nursery.

 

What can parents and carers do to help?

There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.

  1. We will outline guidance on what to do if your child or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms and that they should not come to the nursery.
  2. We will outline the nursery’s agreed protocol for responding to a suspected coronavirus case and parents will need to immediately collect their child if they develop symptoms while at the nursery.
  3. We will outline what parents and carers should do to provide reassurance to children facing changed routines and different groups.

 

Testing

All children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test.

 

Conclusion

We hope that this letter has given you a better understand of arrangements we are making to enable children to return to us from 2nd June.We are looking forward to welcoming the children back and we hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

When the Government confirms that we can reopen at the start of June we will post on the nursery Facebook page and our website a protocol for dropping off and collection. This will be attached to the June Parent’s Newsletter.

Take care and stay safe.

Shirley and Jill

 

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