Eaton Mill Wraparound | Letter to Parents 6 November 2020

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Letter to Parents 6 November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Lockdown Two

As we have now entered our second lockdown of the year I am delighted that we are able to
remain open for our children and families.
We have been very fortunate to get to this point without any incidences of confirmed COVID-19
cases, however we cannot rest on our laurels. We do not want to be a nursery that has to shut for
any reason so we are looking at our procedures and in line with Government advice we will be
making some minor changes.

Dropping Your Child Off At The Nursery

The children have taken to being dropped off at the door exceptionally well and we are confident
that we can now extend the procedure to ensure that all adults are consistently dropping their child
off in this way; if your child is having an anxious morning, please be reassured that they will settle
very quickly with our support. If you need to complete a medication form, then please let a
member of staff know and they will assist you. Also if you need to pass on any information, then
again please let a member of staff know and someone will come to you to help.

Social Distancing

In order to ensure everyone’s safety please stand on the white line markings when queuing to
collect your children. I observed a too relaxed approach yesterday and we are in a national
lockdown with Milton Keynes now having 100 infections per 100k people, so please be as vigilant
as possible. Thank you.

Daily Feedback

In order to speed up collection and limit the time that adults are in the one-way collection zone at
the end of the day, we are giving our daily feedback before you enter the internal one-way system
to collect your child. There will be a member of staff on hand to speak to you outside whilst you
are waiting to collect. Therefore, everyone must observe the white lines to ensure privacy as well
as safety.

Parent Consultations

In the current climate we are unable to hold Parent Consultation Meetings. As soon as we are in a
position to be able to do these safely I will let you know. However in the meantime please do not
hesitate to email admin@eatonmillnursery.co.uk should you have any questions or queries
regarding your child’s learning and development.

Reporting Absence

It is really important that you let us know if your child will not be attending their session for any
reason. Please call 01908 373621 press option 2 or alternatively you can email
absence@eatonmillnursery.co.uk.

Gourmet Food At Knock Down Prices

There is an absolutely brilliant initiative taking place at the Water Eaton Church Centre every
Tuesday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. For £3.50 per week you can literally bag yourself two full
bags of food shopping. A parent from TPA sent in a message this week so I thought it was worth
sharing:
“This week’s produce was amazing, I had a ruck sack and carrier bag full. All fruit and veg is free
and there is also a freebie table from donations.”
Everybody is welcome and items are well within date. It really is too good to miss. If you would like
to talk through the process of becoming a member then you can ring 07435 884980 between
normal office hours.
For more information, please click the link: https://www.sofea.uk.com/

A Re-Mind-er – Mind: Supporting Better Mental Health

Many people are currently experiencing difficult feelings and emotions about coronavirus and this
is nothing to be ashamed of. These can range from being worried about ourselves or our family
becoming ill to simply feeling fed up with the Government restrictions and not being able to see an
end to the current unprecedented challenges.
Mind is a well-established registered charity that is there to help anyone to maintain their mental
wellbeing: please visit https://www.mind.org.uk/coronavirus-we-are-here-for-you/ where you can
get tips which you may find useful.
Alternatively please feel free to speak to either Tracey or Victoria who will be happy to assist with
directing you to gain some support.

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’s place 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 for our current 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.

Nursery Places

We are currently taking bookings at the Nursery for children who are eligible to join us. If you have
a child aged two or over, or you know of someone else who does, 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 details.

Reports

We will be releasing your child’s Autumn term report during the last week of learning block 4 which
is before we break for Christmas. Hopefully you will have activated your child’s Tapestry account
by now. However, if you haven’t or are having difficulties then please speak to Nicola or Jo in the
Atrium.

Last Day of Learning Block 3

We would like to remind you that the last day of Learning Block 3 will be Friday 13 November.
We close for one week and re-open on Monday 23 November.
Nursery holiday dates for 2020-2021 and 2021 – 2022 can be collected from the Atrium or viewed
online at www.eatonmillnursery.co.uk.

Finally I would like to thank you all for your continued support and cooperation. Have a great
weekend.

Yours sincerely
Michelle Severn
Chief Operating Officer