With guidance ever changing, we compiled a 'Reference Guide' to try and cover some potential Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and scenarios for our families to refer to.
We know some local schools have done this, and have found it really useful, so we hope you do too.
As ever, if any of our parents are unsure whether to bring your child to nursery or not in a given situation, please just ask :)
Thank you as always for your support and cooperation.
We are pleased to announce that we are hosting another show around day on Saturday 17th October 2020.
If you are interested in our nursery and would like to come and have a look around, please get in touch on 01922 455755 or email us/message us via our contact us page.
We hope to meet you and your families soon!
Please see the below link which takes you to a breakdown of the latest Government guidance updated 7th October 2020.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about how any of the Government guidelines relate to nursery.
Due to the huge success of our recent show around day we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another one on Saturday 22nd August.
If you, or someone you know is looking for childcare then please get in touch to book in to view our lovely little nursery.
Please contact Clare on 01922 455755 or email us.
Over the weekend the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced that they were advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain. [UPDATE: Since the weekend's update, this now includes the Balearic and Canary Islands].
In relation to nursery, the FCO and Government guidance therefore means, that any of our families and/or staff members who are returning from Spain, and/or the Balearic or Canary Islands, on or after 26th July 2020, must quarantine for 14 days from date of return, and therefore keep themselves/their child/children away from nursery for this 14-day period.
For avoidance of doubt, some of the popular holiday destinations that parents and/or staff will have to quarantine/isolate for 14 days if returning from, are:
We must also stress that if you have any extended family members and/or friends who are returning from these countries/areas (that you may currently be seeing in line with social distancing guidelines), or grandparents/family members etc. that may be helping you with childcare, you should not see them at all if they have returned, or are due to return, from Spain, Canary or Balearic Islands after 26th July 2020.
Government advice says that those having to quarantine upon return from one of these destinations should not have visitors (including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care). Should not go out to work, school/nursery, or visit public areas. Should not go shopping (including buying groceries).
This guidance will remain in place until further notice.
The full list of what else you can/cannot do if you are having to self-isolate can be found here:
Complete guidance about the FCO and Government travel advice can be found here:
Thank you as always for your cooperation and understanding.
We are pleased to announce that from August we will be accepting new registrations. Our show around process is slightly different at the moment but if you would like to enquire about
We posted previously about the Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds campaign which features tips and practical activities that parents can do at home with children to support their early learning. There are many simple ways to help children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’. Having everyday conversations, make-believe play and reading together all make a big difference to children’s development.
We also want to direct parents to the BBC’s Tiny Happy People. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore their simple activities and play ideas to assist with your child's early development during this time.
There are some great resources available online published on the Government website, which you can find here.
Also remember, we are only at the end of the telephone and email. If you need help, ideas and/or guidance for your little one during this time, we are here for you to talk to.
Stay home and keep safe.
No one expects parents to act as teachers or childcare providers. Or to be able to provide all the activities that a nursery might.
While children gain a lot from nursery, things that parents do at home can help their development more.
How to help young children learn at home
You can help your child to learn through the little things you do with them, for example:
Find ideas for new things you can try at Hungry Little Minds.
You do not need to set separate time or plan complicated activities dedicated to learning. These activities can be built into everyday life and play.
You know your child best. Avoid forcing them into lengthy planned activities if they naturally respond better to a mix of shorter activities. This can stop them getting bored or frustrated and keep them active, interested and learning through things they enjoy.
Keeping a routine
Do not worry about trying to keep to the full routine that your child had in nursery or with their childcare provider. However, children will feel more comfortable with a predictable routine, so try to make sure they:
Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total.
It’s also good to get some fresh air every day. If you do not have a garden and are taking children outside to exercise, make sure you follow the rules on social distancing.
While inside, there are plenty of things you can do to keep children active, such as:
Television and digital devices
There are lots of ways to help your child to learn such as reading together and make-believe play. You can also use what they have watched on television or the internet to help their learning. Talk with them about what they are watching or use their favourite television characters in other games and activities.
Digital devices such as a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone can help some children learn. If your child does use them, try downloading some apps that will help them learn.
Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices young children are using and supervise their use of websites and apps. See advice on keeping them safe online.
Try sharing things your child makes with your friends and family online and encourage others to do the same. Your child might enjoy seeing things they have made on the screen or seeing what other children have done.
You can also visit Hungry Little Minds for ideas of activities to do together without using a device.
Socialising while social distancing
Spending time with other children is important for your child’s development, but at the moment it is important that they stay at home.
It will help them if everyone in the home talks with them through the day, responding to them and being led by the things they are interested in.
Visit Hungry Little Minds for more information about talking with your child.
If you can, try a video call with other children. Younger children may not have a conversation as you would, but they can share activities or show each other things they have made or like.
Try a call with other people that your child knows, such as grandparents.
Sit and do the call with them to help. If your child does not like it try again another time, or have a call with family members while you are sitting down and eating a meal.
Try sitting with your child and looking at pictures of their friends or family. Talk about them and the things you have done together.
Complete guidance is available here.
Heres some useful guidance on food hygiene and social distancing when shopping, food packaging, food storage and use by and sell by dates of food. Stay home, save lives and protect the NHS.
Please see the latest guidance provided to all education establishments regarding coronavirus:
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