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Update on our Response to Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Please check www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for upto date information

29th March 2020

Thank you to all our parents for their understanding this week.

We remain partially open, and are able to offer emergency childcare for critical workers who need childcare to go to work to help us fight this.

Our guidance from the government clearly states
“Care should be provided to children of critical workers and vulnerable children only in order to limit the spread of the virus. Other children should remain at home, in order to further reduce the number of social interactions and thus flatten the upward curve of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many working parents who are critical workers may also be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”

Please protect our staff team by only using us if absolutely necessary. If your child does not attend you will not be charged. We want to keep our staff team as safe as possible.

(A HUGE thank you to those kind parents who are sending fees our way anyway as they are on full pay themselves – we are very grateful and we are looking forward to our re-opening party already!)

#covid_19 #corona #earlyyears #criticalworker

20th March 2020

Thank you for your well wishes, our team are being incredibly positive and we’re pulling together. We’ve had a few parents offering to send us April payment anyway, as they’ve not suffered a financial loss, or are receiving funding towards their place. We are INCREDIBLY grateful for this and thank them hugely for their kindness and compassion.

 We have now received the list of job roles which allow your child to still attend our settings. We are also happy to receive other children, new to us, who’s parents perform these vital job roles. We will not be cutting the hours of our staff team, unless they request this, so our usual team will be available to continue offering this essential care.

 The full list can be found here…

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Our managers are doing their best to contact relevant parents today, if you are attending, or not attending, please feel free to ring in and let us know too.

 Any relevant invoices for April will be send out later once Shiree and Ben have the information from Managers. Please do not be offended if you get a call from my team asking for any outstanding fees from last month – they are crucial to our cash flow. We are grateful, as ever, for our prompt payers and are overwhelmed by your kind words.

 During the break:

 We know your little person will be missing their usual routine, their friend and our staff. We are working on developing some content to share on social media, story times, sing alongs, possibly live sessions. We would like you to share these with your little person where possible so they are still seeing familiar faces and are looking forward to seeing us again in a few weeks time. This partial closure is sudden, and it’s a scary time for them. Please chat to them about it, assure them they’re just taking a break, and stick to facts, be careful not to over dramatise the situation.

We have already been sharing some germ education bits that you might use to talk to your child about what is going on.

We will try and help you all keep your sanity at home by sharing some ideas for activities and inspiration.

 

Feel free to get in touch with us,

 

Vicky Hallas-Fawcett

Company Director Little People Nurseries Tel: 0113 2556394

19th March 2020

Following last night’s announcement we will be FREEZING childcare places, and will not be issuing invoices as planned this week. Your place will be ready for you to use when you need to resume it.

We will continue to offer care for children of Key People, including out-of-school care at all sites. We will continue to offer care for children who have a Social Worker or children on an EHC plan.
The Government will soon be declaring the categories of Key People, we are waiting clarification but expect this to be:
NHS Staff
Care industry staff
Education staff
Food Retail staff
Emergency Services staff

We envisage that we may have space for children of these Key People who do not usually attend and will be struggling for childcare due to school closures, or because they are usually cared for by grandparents.

We appreciate it is a difficult time for lots of families, and we are happy to do whatever we need to support you if your family circumstances have changed.

You can keep us updated by emailing finance@littlepeoplenurseries.co.uk or speaking to our managers and deputies.

In 30 years of business we have never known such uncertainty and we thank you for your ongoing support of our hardworking staff team.

Stay Safe,

Vicky Hallas-Fawcett

Company Director Little People Nurseries Tel: 0113 2556394

 

17th March 2020

We continue to be led by latest Corona Virus update from the Government, we are thankful that the virus does not seem to be targeting children, however we must be mindful of following the recommendations to keep our community safe.

As with any infectious disease it is our policy to follow health guidelines on exclusion periods. The current exclusion period for a child with Corona Virus symptoms is 7 days from the start of the symptoms.

The current symptoms of the virus are:

  • a high temperature – child feels hot to touch on their chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means the child has started coughing repeatedly

Your child can attend after the 7 day period provided their temperature has gone, they may continue coughing for longer. However the rest of the family should remain in isolation for 14 days since the start of your child’s symptoms to allow their own symptoms to develop should they have contracted the disease.

To help us protect our staff team please do not attend our setting to collect your child if you have symptoms yourself. If you are being sent home from work to isolate please ask someone else to collect your child. If this is not possible please ring the Nursery manager who will advise. If you have symptoms yourself you should keep your child home for 14 days following the government’s “Stay at Home” advice for households. Keep up to date here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Additional Care / Cancellation of places

The latest guidance will impact different families in different ways. We have had some families who have requested extra sessions so that children do not need to spend time with grandparents who are the most vulnerable group. We have also had some families handing in their notice to spend the Summer at home. We will do our best to work with you and meet each families’ needs. This will include potentially offering some care for children in the event of a school closure – dependent on government recommendations.

For extra sessions, which will be dependent on our ongoing staffing, we will priortise our parents who work for the NHS and in our emergency services.

We really appreciate all of your kind words to our worried staff team in these uncertain times, and appreciate your understanding should we need to contact you to advise you of symptoms. If there is anything that we can do to support you or your family please let us know.

Vicky Hallas-Fawcett

Company Director Little People Nurseries Tel: 0113 2556394

13th March 2020

The latest Corona Virus update from the Government has made us all appreciate that this a marathon rather than a sprint and we are taking steps to protect our children, communities, and our staff over the coming months.

We really value your support as we head into unknown territory.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people (including children), coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

If you, or your child, display the above symptoms please do not attend the setting and follow the government advice of staying at home for 7 days. Stay at Home guidance here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you are planning on travelling, or recently returning from abroad, please keep our manager informed.

We envisage more staff absence than normal – this may be prolonged over the coming months as the virus spreads. We will keep you informed if this will impact our ability to operate.

 

Infection Control Government Guidance is…

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

We will also add some additional, sensible precautions as follows;

  • Handwashing – educate the children with an effective handwashing technique and wash your own hands more frequently
  • Increase hygiene around nursery on frequently touches areas – such as anti-bac door handles and hand rails.
  • Keep areas clear, tidy and free of clutter, and confidential information in case we need to bring in deep cleans at short notice.
  • Remove malleable play
  • Visitors to Nursery will be asked not to attend if they are showing the symptoms, we’ll display a notice at the entrance to remind people of this (attached). This includes interviews, French lessons, Play and Stay, Baby Massage – ask “Are you displaying symptoms? If so, can we reschedule for in a weeks time?”
  • Keep show-arounds, and meetings, brief and keep your distance – Close contact is 15 minutes contact of closer than 2 metres (3 steps). Explain to the parent that we are protecting our children and our staff from close contact.
  • We have contacted AVT and asked for all student contact this month to be done by telephone or facetime – this shouldn’t cause a delay for our trainees but means we do not have assessors coming in who have been visiting lots of other settings. This has been approved by the Awarding Body as being acceptable.
  • Stop community visits, no visits to libraries, residential homes, shops or parks for the coming months, or until we know more.
  • No external training visits to other places/sites for the coming months or until we know more.

 

Review, Communicate and Continue to Keep Updated: We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes where necessary advise is changing on a day-to-day basis and we may need to do more in the coming months, we will keep you up to date with any changes that impact you,

If you have any specific queries please do not hesitate to contact your nursery manager,

Keep an eye on the vulnerable, together we can fight this.

Vicky Hallas-Fawcett

Company Director  Little People Nurseries Tel: 0113 2556394