Firstly, a very big, warm welcome to all of our new families at Paws, along with a huge welcome BACK to all of our old friendly faces! We have been looking forward to welcoming everyone, fresh and full of energy, to start the new academic year, and we’re hoping things are slightly more back to ‘normal’ this term. We hope that everybody managed to enjoy somewhat of a summer holiday, and we hope you are rested and ready to bring in the new term.
In the forth coming half term, here at Paws, our first week is all about “settling in”. For the children who are returning, we will use this time to ‘re-adjust’ back into nursery life after what we are sure was a busy summer holiday! We have also made a few changes to the setting over the holidays so these first few days will be a re-adjustment. Over the course of our first half of term, our activities will be based along a topic of ‘All About Me’. The children will be discovering all about themselves, their families, and the world around them.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that, whilst we do provide aprons for messy play and a spare clothes box, please remember to send your children to nursery in comfortable, appropriate clothes. There are allocated “welly shelves” on the decking if you wish to leave a pair at nursery. Please also pack your child with a healthy snack for both morning and afternoon, separately labelled to lunches, which gets transferred into their trays in the morning, along with a labelled drinks bottle. I have listed below some “essentials” for your child’s nursery bag. The numbers are a guideline minimum! Please ensure all items are labelled.
Nappies (where necessary)
Scarves, gloves, hats, suncream
Please could I advise parents of the yellow ‘keep clear’ zig zags at the front of the nursery. Although there are no actual parking restrictions down the rest of Hayley Green, to help us keep our neighbours happy, please could we ask parents to park down Hayley Green lane next to the field, as opposed to outside the houses.
Please see below some of the measures we have put in place to help combat the risk of infection at Paws Nursery. We ask families to follow the guidelines, to help us ensure all of our staff and families are kept safe.
•Parents to adhere to social distancing when dropping off/collecting children. Please use the space in the play-ground appropriately and try not to crowd the doors. We do understand that you may need to use the covered area in adverse weather. Please have your child ready to enter nursery (bag on back, lunch in hand) where they will be called by a member of staff to enter. Once bags are placed on pegs, child and staff member will then wash hands at sinks and enter the nursery. The same routine will happen, in reverse, at collection time. It would be helpful, where possible, for parents to explain this routine to their child before attending the setting.
•Paws Nursery will not provide shared drinking/eating tools (such as cups, spoons etc) so please ensure your child has their own labelled drinks bottle, and anything they should need to eat their food, packed in their snack/lunch box. Anything that needs cutting/peeling etc, will need to be done by parents prior to attending nursery.
•Social distancing is not only impossible, but also not required by any government guidance, once children are in the setting. Practising safe hygiene routines will help minimise the spread of any infections. In addition to normal hygiene routines (washing hands after toilet, before eating etc) children will be asked to wash their hands at specific periods throughout the day, and be supervised by a member of staff.
•Following normal nursery hygiene practise, surfaces will be kept clean using disinfectant throughout the day.
•Floors will be mopped throughout the day (when children are in the garden) with bleach, along with the regular deep clean of the nursery at the end of each day.
•Whenever children are outside, a staff member will be undertaking cleaning duties inside the nursery.
•Any child that displays symptoms whilst at nursery, will be isolated from the group, and be asked to be collected from nursery as soon as possible. They will then be unable to return to the setting for 14 days unless they have undertaken a COVID-19 test which produces a negative result.
•Any child or family member who tests positive for COVID-19 must inform the nursery as soon as possible.
Wednesday 2nd September – Friday 23rd October
Monday 2nd November – Friday 18th December
Natasha & The Paws Team