Happy New Year! – Monday 4th January 2021-

All four nurseries are currently open as normal.

Update to Government Guidance Autumn 2020

The first phase of easing out of lock-down has now been in place for a month – but just as we have started to get used to our ‘new normal’, that guidance has changed. From the 20th of July 2020 nurseries are no longer required to keep children in quite such small groups – but are still expected to minimise mixing where possible. Whilst we are clearly delighted that this ultimately means more spaces becoming available for our families, the reintroduction of more children to the nursery will require some planning.

Due to the restrictions on group sizes that we’ve been operating with, we have been keeping small static groups of children together, with the same group of staff on rotation. In order to facilitate this, normal age bands for rooms have been temporarily suspended so that we have been in a position to keep siblings and family groups together. We are delighted to let you know, that given the changes set out by Government, we can now begin to revert those groups back to being organised more closely by ‘age and stage’. The nursery team will shortly be discussing with you any changes this may result in for your child. To support this change we will be un-furloughing all staff so that there are more familiar faces around to help the children to adapt into new (yet, familiar) surroundings and/or social groups.

If you have had to make changes to your usual booking pattern as a result of Covid-19 restrictions then over the next few days, your Nursery Manager will be contacting you to discuss your current requirements and our availability. Each request, or follow up, needs time and care to process so we would ask, once again, that you bear with us while we put these plans in place. Following this, from Monday 27th July, we will be in a position to open spaces up to more families in our nurseries.

In line with government guidance, and to reduce risks of any transmission, we’d like to remind you that your child is still only able to attend one childcare setting at this time. If your child would normally attend multiple childcare settings, including childminders, then you will need to choose which you would like them to attend. If this has any impact on your booked place/sessions with us then please notify us of any changes as soon as possible.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous patience and understanding you’ve shown us throughout this time. We will get through this together!