Letter To Parents 17 December 2020
Dear Parents / Carers
We Made It – Phew!
I am absolutely delighted to be able to report that we made it! We have got through a very difficult Autumn term with NO children and NO staff testing positive for Covid-19 in the Nursery. Without a shadow of a doubt the measures that we have in place have played a huge part and will continue following the Christmas break. Heart-felt thanks from the whole nursery team to our families for working so positively with us on this.
Christmas Relaxation Of Rules
We all have a part to play in continuing to control the virus. With the school holidays and festive season approaching it is tempting to not stick to the rules. However, with the high rates of infection it is now more important than ever that we continue to:
- Social distance from anyone we don’t live with
- Wash our hands regularly
- Wear a face covering
- Self‐isolate if we have symptoms, test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace and asked to isolate
Mixing with other people increases the risk of spreading the virus. Whilst for most young people they only experience mild symptoms of the virus they can pass it on to others who may have underlying conditions or be elderly and so much more likely to be very ill from the virus. This is why it is vitally important that young people limit their social contact with others.
Positive Tests Over Christmas
If you or any of your family test positive between now and 4 January please email the details in to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be monitoring the email over the holiday and will be communicating with the necessary contacts / authorities as necessary.
Christmas Jumper And Festive Lunch
Just a gentle reminder that tomorrow is Christmas Jumper Day where the children are invited to wear their favourite Christmas or Winter themed jumpers.
We will also be serving Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings with a halal and a vegetarian option. Yum Yum!
The work to replace the Nursery roof has now been completed. The contractors are in the process of removing the scaffolding which means that post-Christmas, the old Hedgehogs playground and equipment will be back in action.
Onwards And Upwards
Please note that when we return in January we will continue with the regime that we have in place for drop off and collection. The end of day release has been working really well so we will continue to release the children via the main Nursery door. Please remember to queue on the white lines as this ensures privacy for feedback as well as safety.
We will continue to ask that you do not send your child in to the Nursery if they are unwell in any way.
Face masks must be worn by adults entering the front gate of the school site. Please ensure that the mask covers your nose. With the 5 day relaxation planned for over Christmas I believe that January could see a surge in infections and we must all work together to remain safe.
This term, parents/carers have all been fantastic and I have no doubt that you will continue to embrace our processes and procedures which should keep everyone safe and the Nursery open.
We have now uploaded your child’s autumn term report on to Tapestry. Hopefully you will have activated your child’s account by now. However, if you haven’t or are having difficulties, then please speak to Nicola or Jo in the Atrium.
If your child has joined the Nursery within the last 6 weeks they will not have a report on Tapestry. A separate letter and form will be sent via ParentMail tomorrow.
End Of Term
As reported in my previous letter, The Premier Academy will be closing at 2.00pm for a deep clean. We have decided that the Nursery will remain open for the afternoon session, as normal. However should you wish to collect your child/ren early then please feel free to do so. We will open our gates at 2.00pm in line with the Academy so if you are also collecting a Nursery child, please ensure that you collect them BEFORE you collect your school child/ren.
What A Team!
I am sure that you will all join me in saying a huge ‘thank you’ to the Nursery team. Our staff have been working exceptionally hard during a very difficult time. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the children have a safe and secure environment and above all a fun time. With all this in place the learning comes naturally and it has been wonderful to see the children grow and develop over the past 3 months.
So ‘well done team’ – your dedication and efforts are very much appreciated.
Finally I would like to wish you all a very happy, safe and socially distanced Christmas with everything crossed for a better year in 2021!
With our very best wishes from all the staff at Eaton Mill Nursery.
Chief Operating Officer