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May 2020 Newsletter COVID-19 Update- reopening information

Dear parents and carers, firstly we hope you are well and thank you for your patience waiting to hear about information and the re-opening of Summertime Nursery. We like the rest of the country heard from the prime minister on Sunday 10th May that nurseries should re-open as from the 1st of June. We then had to wait for more information on exactly what is expected of us to keep your child safe and then interpret that information before relaying it forward to parents and staff.

Please send us an email with replies to these questions as soon as possible but before

FRIDAY 22nd MAY  at the latest so that we can re-organise the learning environment, arrange staff rotas, buy in food from Tesco and re-order the milk summertimenursery@hotmail.co.uk

  1. Will your child be starting back at nursery from Monday 1st June and will they be attending their usual hours?
  2. Will your child be starting back at nursery from Monday 6th July and will they be attending their usual hours?
  3. Will you be keeping your child at Home? Please still reply so that I know you have received this information.

(please remember once your booking is made your will still be charged if your child does not attend)

Summertime will re-open its doors to children on Monday 1st June (obviously if government change their policy and stop nurseries opening, we will have to abide by the rules) It may be wise not to build your child up to this expectation too soon in case it doesn’t happen but providing all is going ahead they will need to be encouraged and looking forward to returning without fear.

Opening time will be 7:30 am till 17:30 Mon-Thurs. 7:30- 17:00 Friday. These slightly shorter opening times in the week will allow staff to do extra cleaning of the toys etc at the end of the day before the cleaners arrive to do the normal cleaning plus extra measures.

Depending on numbers of children returning it is possible we will have to cap numbers. The priority will be given to the children of key workers first and then in order of first to reply.

Summertime took the morally right approach and did not charge any parents any fees while the Nursery was closed. We totally understand you may not feel ready to send your child back to Summertime yet but to remain financially viable the following charges will apply to retain your place.

  • June you will be charged a 40% retainer.
  • From July onwards you will be charged a 50% retainer

Your funded hours are still in place and you will be asked to sign the agreement and your child can still come in and use these free hours.

Here are the new routines we will be asking you to adhere to

  • Do Not send your Child to nursery if the are unwell or have a raised temperature. We may implement temperature checks on entry to the nursery for staff and children any one with a temperature of 37.8 will be sent home.
  • Only one parent to drop off or collect (this can be any combination ie mum drop off, dad collection
  • You will be asked to socially distance inside the gate if several parents arrive at the same time
  • To reduce the risk and keep the nursery as safe as possible we will be asking parents to drop off and collect their children at the entrance door rather than coming inside as usual.

Below are some information points from our COVID-9 Risk assessment but please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have via email summertimenursery@hotmail.co.uk

  • A full COVID-19 Risk Assessment has been written following the early years sector government guidelines. This is out for consultation by staff and committee members and when finalised this will be displayed at the nursery and could be emailed to parents at their request.
  • Orders have been placed for PPE and extra cleaning products (which are being charged at 4 x the usual price for a box of gloves!)
  • Outside play will be increased to as much as possible.
  • We understand that children have been at home for several weeks which is a significant time in their lives, and they will require extra love and reassurance when starting back into nursery. Staff will give all the extra time and love possible and although they will be aware of social distancing your child will be given a cuddle when they are upset or hurt.
  • We will Increase the frequency of handwashing. All staff and every child must wash their hands for 20 seconds on entering the nursery and leaving
  • High contact surface cleaning. Door handles, kitchen surfaces and toilet areas to be cleaned regularly with an extra midday clean (Cleaners will be in as usual at the end of every day).
  • PPE  - gloves and aprons supplied. Face covers and additional antibacterial soap are supplied. Staff will be very professional and vigilant.
  • Additional hand sanitising pumps will be installed (hopefully stock has arrived)
  • Extra signs and posters displayed to build awareness of good handwashing technique and the need to increase handwashing frequency and the catch it - bin it of tissues.
  • Staff will make every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government (keeping people 2m apart wherever possible).
  • Due to the nature of childcare and the environment staff occasionally work face-to-face for a sustained period with a small group of colleagues and children. It is up to every staff member to try and reduce this time as much as possible. Maybe adopt back to back when possible. However children if they need a hug  because they are upset or hurt will be cared for.
  • Windows and doors must be left open as much as possible.
  • The layout of the nursery does not allow for a one way system but staff should will use common sense and self-regulate the use of high traffic areas including corridors and walkways to maintain social distancing.
  • Nursery visits will be discouraged.
  • As always there is an open-door policy and staff and parents must feel comfortable to express concerns and we recognise that everyone’s welfare, mental and physical health are very important.
  • Group times such as sitting close together for stories and lunch will be rearranged.  
  • We have a stock of face covers etc and will update the Covid-19 Risk assessment on any new measures announced by the government as they happen.

                                                     Many thanks from your Summertime team

 

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Please contact us for more information or to come and have a look around.

We are Located at: 

Summertime Nursery & Preschool

C/o Thomas Hardye School

Queens Avenue

Dorchester

Dorset

DT1 2ET

(near 1610 leisure centre)

Please contact us on

Tel 01305 257756

Email

office@summertimenursery.co.uk

 

Opening Hours

we are open all year except for a week over Christmas.

Monday - Thursday

07:30     - 18:00

Friday 

07:30     - 17:00

 

Free Funded Places

Subject to availability we offer funded places for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds including the full 30 hours working parents childcare which may be spread across the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All about Summertime

 

The Organisation. Summertime is a 35-place nursery which opened in 2007. We take a maximum of 9 babies age 0-2 years in the baby room and up to 26 children aged between 2 and 5 years in the preschool room. This makes us a small nursery with a family atmosphere ensuring everyone knows your child and that we provide a warm, nurturing environment.

 

We are registered with Ofsted and comply with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. All our Staff are DBS checked before recruitment and are fully Pediatric First Aid trained.

 

We are a committee run registered Charity which gives you the opportunity to be as involved in the daily running of the nursery as you wish and have time for.

 

We are an Equal Opportunities nursery and ensure that children are treated fairly and have the same access to all nursery facilities and equipment.

 

Ethos. As a parent or carer we understand that choosing the right care for your child is a massive decision, that is why we take the responsibility of caring for your child very seriously. We want you to feel that you are always welcome and that we are here to help. We will always try to answer your questions and accommodate you and your child's very unique requirements in any way we can.

 

It is our aim to provide a caring, happy, stimulating nursery which gives the highest standard of support, care and education for all the children. We provide an enriched and enabling environment so that your children thrive, grow and develop. It is important that children  become confident and independent lifelong learners able to meet their full potential, ready for life and ready for school.

 

Essentials.  We offer a settling in period allowing you to attend a series of short complimentary sessions before your child’s care with us commences. This helps to gradually build up your child’s confidence, as well as familiarity with their new surroundings, and adapting to the absence of parents. We feel that the settling in period is important to help your child to feel comfortable in joining us.

 

We ask all parents to supply their own child’s nappies and wipes which we keep at the setting.

 

Parents are asked to provide lunch boxes. We do not prepare and cook our own hot meals but are happy to re-heat meals you supply.

We Supply fresh fruit and vegetable snacks, milk and water for your child at snack time.

 

The main entrance is controlled by a security system and all the boundaries are secured by metal railings.

To find our Nursery is not difficult however the postal postcode is misleading. Instead use these instructions, drive/walk up Cobury Road

 DT1 2HR following signs to the 'Leisure Centre' (1610 leisure Centre). Walk down the sloping road keeping the Astro turf on your right and you will see the nursery infront of you. Come through the gate and ring the bell you have arrived! Open PDF for image

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