We’ve had so much fun today celebrating pancake day, we started our day with all the children telling us what their favourite topping on a pancake was, we then did some sticking and gluing making our own pancakes, at snack time we got to eat some lovely pancakes, choosing if we would like chocolate or banana or both. At story time we spoke about pancakes and read goldilocks and the three bears with pancakes.
Today we’ve had fun celebrating Chinese New Year! The year of the dragon! We have made dancing dragons, coloured in pictures and learnt how to use chopsticks. At snack time we enjoyed noodles, rice and prawn crackers. At circle time the children watched Peppa Pig ‘ Peppa’s Chinese New Year’ and then enjoyed some Chinese songs.
From September 2022 we will be offering a Breakfast Club from 8.30am - 9.30am. Children will be given a light breakfast of cereal or toast along with a drink. Parent's will need to book their child in for Breakfast Club at least one week before the beginning of the half term and will be required to pay for the provision for the half term in advance.
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We are still providing our Lunch Club Tuesday - Friday 12.30pm - 1.15pm for children attending our morning sessions. There is no need to book, however, you will need to provide a packed lunch for your child.
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I'm delighted to say everything is looking very positive for us to re-open on Monday 7th September!
The Government seems very keen to get our little ones back to school and nursery so let's keep everything crossed there will not be another wave of this nasty virus.
Obviously, we have had to make quite a few changes to the way we will be running the sessions but I can assure you that should your little ones need a cuddle or a high five for reassurance, the staff and I will be on hand to offer it.
A copy of our COVID-19 Policy & Procedure document is available for you to read on our website.
I will also be posting out a COVID-19 questionnaire which you will need to complete, sign and return to us on your child's first day back.
We will not be able to allow your child entry without this completed questionnaire so please make sure you have it ready.
You will also receive an arrival and collection procedure along with a clear plastic carrier bag for you to bring your child's possessions in. We realise the new procedures are not creating the warm, personal welcome to you; the parents, we are so used to providing, however we have to do everything possible to keep you and your little ones safe.
Please ensure you read the policy thoroughly and do not hesitate in contacting us if you have any questions.
We all look forward to seeing you all soon.
We've been trying to think of the safest way to say our goodbyes to your little ones this year whilst complying with the Government guidelines.
Obviously, parental choice has to be the main factor this year; therefore we have decided to let you all know we, (the staff) will be at Needham Lakes (near the refreshment kiosk) on MONDAY 27th JULY at 2pm in our little bubble of 6!
If you would like to bring your children along to see us, we would love to see them too!
We must follow the social distancing measures at all times which sadly means we won't be able to accept any hugs from your little ones.
You may decide this is going to be too difficult for them and we totally understand if you decide not to come.
Sadly, this year has caused us a lot of uncertainty and we feel meeting in a public place at a distance is the only safe way to say farewell.
I'm actually quite emotional as I'm typing this and I know my girls all feel the same.
Thank you again for sharing your children with us, we all wish them the very best for their future and will miss them all terribly!
With love to you all
With more of the lockdown measures being lifted, it is looking very promising for us to re-open in September! I personally can't wait to get back to some kind of normality and I know my entire team are really missing your little ones.
I am now looking at the intake for September and would be very grateful if you could take the time to reply to this email with the preferred sessions you would like your child to attend. We are all hoping to be able to resume our normal sessions (Mon, Thu & Fri 9.30am - 12.30pm and Tue & Wed 9.30am - 3.30pm) if the COVID-19 regulations allow without causing any more financial harm to the pre-school.
The Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon session will be dependent upon the number of families wishing to make use of the full day care facility.
I am planning to meet with the staff on Thursday afternoon to discuss planning our re-opening, therefore I would be really grateful if you could reply before Thursday morning.
Really am looking forward to seeing you all soon! Sending lot's of love to you all.
With the re-opening of schools and nurseries looking more and more likely for 1st June, I am sorry to inform you we will not be able to re-open Barking Pre-school.
After the response we received from parents; we would now only have 4 children returning to pre-school. Sadly; this is not financially viable whilst complying with the guidance.
Please be assured we are regularly assessing the situation and have an on-going risk assessment in place which is being used to write a COVID-19 Policy & Procedure document for when we are able to re-open. We are now aiming for this to be September 2020.
We will continue to liase with the primary school teachers for the children who will be moving on in September and will be creating transition reports which you will find on Tapestry in the next few weeks. We will also notify you when your Tapestry Learning Journey is available for download. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's transition, please email us.
For the children who will be joining us again in September, we will keep you updated on the current situation. We will need parent's to complete a questionnaire before starting back and may need to change the days your child attends to comply with the new guidance. This will all be arranged nearer the time once we have further information.
If you would like any more clarification or information on our decision to remain closed, please email us.
Thank you all for your understanding and co-operation during these difficult and unprecedented times. We really do hope we can all find some kind of normality really soon.
Stay safe everyone!
Out of the 41 families we currently have in our setting, 9 have said they would feel happy to return, 5 were apprehensive and would like more details, 17 families said they would not be sending their child and 10 parents did not reply.
I am currently reading through all Government guidance, completing risk assessments and following checklists to see whether it would be beneficial to open for those 9 children.
What I can tell you is the pre-school experience would be very different to the experience your children are used to.
Government guidance suggests children are to be kept in small groups of 2/3 with 1 adult (the same staff member each time they visit) and where possible; they should be in different rooms. The children will not be able to mix with other groups. We have been informed we would not be able to use water/sand play, dressing up clothes, play dough and soft play equipment.
All toys and resources used must be cleaned with anti-bacterial cleaner once each child has finished playing with them and children are not to share resources such as pencils, paints etc.
Children would not be able to bring in toys or food from home and we would probably only offer the morning sessions to overcome the packed lunch issue.
Parents would be asked to hand over children in the car park and would not be permitted in the village hall.
This is just a very brief outline of what we are expected to do; in the event we do re-open for the six week period before the Summer holiday I will send a copy of our COVID-19 policy and procedures.
We are still awaiting guidance from Suffolk County Council (they have been extremely supportive) on the issues Early Years Providers face and are speaking to other providers daily to try to overcome the obstacles.
For the children who will be leaving us in July; I can confirm I have begun speaking to Reception teachers and we will do everything possible to make the transition in to primary school as smooth as possible. If you haven't already confirmed which school your child is attending, please do so as soon as possible. Without this confirmation I am unable to share any information with your child's reception teacher.
We will be arranging a leavers picnic/party for those who wish to attend as soon as it is safe to do so; we desperately want to say farewell to the children who will be leaving us.
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