Letter to Parents 25 September 2020
Dear Parents / Carers
We have had some more new starters this week and I would like to extend a warm welcome to all children
and parents joining us for the first time. The children have settled in well and are engaging in the fun
End Of Week Three!
The drop off and collection of the children is getting easier as the weeks go by and that is largely due to all
of you, so I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your support and cooperation.
End Of The Day Collection
Please ensure that you collect your nursery child before collecting any school children. Once you have
collected your nursery child you must then go up the stairs and across the playground to the classrooms to
collect your school children. School children MUST NOT enter the nursery site at any time. Thank you.
Please ensure that you do not enter the site without a mask or visor. We have a duty of care to all of our
stakeholders therefore should you forget your mask we will provide you with one at the entry gate for a cost
of 50p. Numbers of positive cases are growing nationally, however we are still in one of the safest areas in
the country. These measures will help us to keep it that way.
As you can imagine there are lots of colds and sniffles around at the moment as children who have been in
lockdown begin to mingle in the Nursery bubble. Who said sharing was caring? I was reflecting on the
government’s isolation strategy and our policy which sits alongside it. I was thinking how frustrating it is to
be told to self-isolate for 10 days just because your temperature has become high.
The problem we face is that we do not know the reason behind the temperature rise. Most children’s first
line of defence to any ailment is a temperature rise and therefore a temperature spike may well be short
Therefore, if you feel that your child may be poorly and in danger of running a high temperature, I think it
would be better to keep them at home for a day or two and monitor them to see how this develops. You can
then make the appropriate decision yourself rather than sending them to nursery and then running the risk
of being asked to self-isolate. If you are having to administer paracetamol or ibuprofen in the mornings then
please do not send your child to nursery.
Please ensure that your child comes in to the Nursery with a complete change of clothes in a backpack or
bag. Ideally these will come in on a Monday and go home on a Friday, providing they haven’t been used of
course, however I do understand that some children are attached to their back packs in which case they
must be brought in daily.
I’ve gone from asking you to apply all day sun cream to now asking that children come to Nursery with a
coat all in one week! To enable the children to enjoy the outside area please ensure that an appropriate
coat for the weather is brought in to the Nursery daily.
We are currently taking bookings at the Nursery for children who are eligible to join us. If you have a child
or know of someone who does aged two or over and would like them to join our Nursery, or your child
already attends and you wish to increase their sessions, please speak to Nicola in the Atrium for more
Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they will be due to transfer to
primary school in September 2021. Places are not issued automatically and an application must be
submitted online to Milton Keynes Council, www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The application portal is live and it is imperative that you apply for your child in good time and before the
strict deadline of Friday 15 January 2021. We had some families last year who missed the deadline and
were not allocated a place at TPA. Please note that children who attend Eaton Mill Nursery are given
priority for Reception places at TPA but ONLY if you complete the online application before Friday 15
January 2021. The school currently has a waiting list of 24 children just for Reception so please complete
your application ASAP. If you need any assistance with the process then please speak to one of the ladies
in the Atrium.
Water Eaton Community Larder
This is a completely brilliant initiative. Hats off to whoever came up with this concept. It is basically open to
everyone and costs £10.00 to join and then £3.50 per week for an individual or £7.00 for a family. For that
you will receive 10 items of non-perishables per week (pasta, tins etc.) per week plus fresh fruit and
vegetables. Absolute bargain!
All items at the Water Eaton Community Larder would have been sent to landfill despite being delicious and
having several months or even years left until their expiration dates! You are actually helping the charity
and the environment by joining this initiative. Sign up at www.sofea.uk.com
Last Day of Learning Block 2
Finally, we would like to remind you that the last day of Learning Block 2 is Friday 2 October. We close for
one week and re-open on Monday 12 October.
Nursery holiday dates for 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022 can be collected from the Atrium or viewed online at
Finally I would ask that you please respect our staff and their personal space as they are working
exceptionally hard during a very difficult time. Thank you.
Chief Operating Officer