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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest Updates

March 22 – 2020

Dear Parents,

The past week has been one of challenges and uncertainty as we’ve tried to make sense of the Government guidance and determine how it affects High Legh Pre-School Nursery.

As you’ll be aware, the Government has ordered that all schools, nurseries and other educational establishments close, other than to parents of key workers, in an attempt to contain the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Thank you to all parents who are key workers and have let us know your intentions with regards to continuing to send your children into pre-school. If you are a key worker and have not yet confirmed whether you’ll be sending your children to pre-school next week, please can you let us know as soon as possible.

We can confirm that we will be open from Monday next week (March 23)  for those children whose parents meet the Government criteria for key workers. We’ll be open for our normal opening hours of 8am – 6pm and children can attend on their usual days. Parents who need additional hours must contact us to confirm.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to commit to our opening arrangements beyond next week, and will be taking it on a week-by-week basis, based on Government guidance and funding support available. We will of course keep all parents fully updated as the situation develops.

We’d also like to remind parents that nursery provision during this time is a last resort, and in line with Government advice, children who can be cared for safely at home should remain at home. Any parent sending their children to nursery will be asked to sign a disclaimer to confirm they have read the guidance and confirmed with their employer that they are a key worker and that their child cannot be cared for safely at home.

For all other parents, we are in the process of putting together educational packs and resources that you’ll be able to use at home while your children are unable to attend pre-school.

We understand that many of you will have questions and we will endeavour to answer them as soon as we’re in a position to do so, but we ask that you please bear with us. Each day presents a new challenge, but we’d like to assure you that the committee and staff are doing everything in our power to ensure the future of our pre-school.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

March 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

Following the Government’s latest guidance released today, we are hopeful that nursery can remain open in some capacity for the parents of key workers and those playing a vital role in the infrastructure of the community during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has now released a list of keys workers whose children are able to continue to attend school and nursery at the present time.

We’d urge parents to check this list and please let us know if you meet the criteria and intend to continue to send your child to pre-school.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

School and nursery closures are in place to help limit the spread of Covid-19 and in line with Government advice, if children can stay at home safely then they should. However, High Legh Pre-School will remain open from next week for those children who absolutely need to attend, until Government advice changes.

It is also important to underline that schools, nurseries and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

As always, the safety and well-being of our children, staff and parents remains our priority and in line with latest Government guidance, we’d like to remind parents to adhere to the advice. If your child or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Covid-19 you are urged to self-isolate the whole household for 14-days

This is obviously a fast-evolving situation and we will endeavour to keep you all updated as and when the situation changes.

 

March 18 – 8pm

Dear Parents,

We’re sure you’re all aware of the latest announcement today regarding the Government’s plans to close schools and nurseries in a bid to deal with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

In line with Government guidance, all schools and nurseries are required to close from this Friday, March 20, except for children of key workers and those playing a vital role in the infrastructure of the community during the outbreak.

We’d like to inform you that pre-school will be open tomorrow (Thursday, March 19) as normal, and the staff and committee are currently trying to determine how the Government’s proposals will affect pre-school and our ability to open from Friday.

We believe we may have a number of parents who fall within the key worker category, and as such we are trying to determine whether it would be possible for pre-school to remain open in some capacity.

The guidance from the Government is not yet clear, but we believe this may include:

  • NHS workers
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Teachers and nursery staff
  • Prison and probation service
  • Local authority planners
  • Environmental Health workers
  • Highways Agency workers
  • Ministry of Defence Personnel
  • Farmers
  • Health workers
  • Care workers
  • Supermarket workers
  • Delivery drivers

 

This is in no way a definitive or authorised list, but we’d urge all parents who think they may meet the criteria and would like their child to continue to attend pre-school to contact us as soon as possible to let us know. Please can you also let us know your job role and which category you think you fall into. Please email nursery.highlegh@gmail.com

We understand that parents will have lots of questions about what will happen next, and in particular with regards to nursery fees. As we’re sure you can appreciate, this is a fast evolving situation and we can assure you that the staff and committee are working very hard behind the scenes and doing everything in our power to ensure the future of pre-school. We will keep you updated as the situation develops and we ask that you bear with us while we determine the next steps for pre-school.  We will endeavour to answer all your questions as soon as we are able to.

As always, the safety and well-being of our children, staff and parents remains our priority and in line with latest Government guidance, we’d like to remind parents to adhere to the advice. If your child or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Covid-19 you are urged to self-isolate the whole household for 14-days.

We will be providing another update on the situation tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

March 18 – 10am

Dear parents,

Following the updated advice issued by Government yesterday, we are writing to keep you up-to-date with the latest guidance and the measures we’re putting in place to help combat the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and parents remains our priority and in line with latest Government guidance, we would urge all parents to adhere to the advice. If your child or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Covid-19 you are urged to self-isolate the whole household for 14-days. If children develop symptoms while at pre-school, we will contact parents and you’ll be asked to collect your child. Children who are sent home will unfortunately be unable to return to pre-school until after the 14-day period, unless Government advice changes.

Symptoms include a new, continuous cough, a fever or a temperature above 37.8degrees.  Further details about the symptoms and advice for self-isolation are available on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We’d also like to reassure parents that we have implemented a number of measures within pre-school to help limit the spread of infection. Staff are carrying out ongoing deep-cleaning of the building and all equipment and we’re educating the children about the importance of handwashing and cleanliness.

The handwashing station has been relocated to the entrance hall and all staff and children are being asked to wash their hands on coming in and leaving the building. As of today (Tuesday, March 17) we are also implementing a new procedure at drop-off and pick-up. Parents will be asked to handover and collect the children at the door and not enter the nursery building.

In accordance with Government guidance, pre-school remains open for the time-being and we will continue to operate for as long as we can provide a safe environment for the children, or unless Government advice changes.

We appreciate this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone involved, but we’d like to assure you we’re doing everything we can to keep our community safe and we thank you for your ongoing support.

This is obviously a fast evolving situation, so we will keep you updated of any changes as and when they arise.