Coronavirus

Friday 20th March 2020-

Thank you for your continued support in following the advice and guidance of Public Health England to ensure those in our community are kept as safe as possible from COVID-19. As you are no doubt already aware, the guidance issued by Government on Wednesday 18th March in relation to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) was for schools and nurseries to close from Friday 20th March.

The latest Government advice states that if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. However, as per these guidelines, we will also offer essential childcare to children of key workers (operating to our normal working hours). This is limited to those who are critical to the Covid-19 response who would otherwise have no option but to stay at home to ensure safe supervision of their children. 

To find the latest information including the list of critical work sectors:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The aim is to keep the number of children coming into nursery to a minimum. Please therefore review this information carefully to identify whether you fall into one of the key worker categories and inform us of any essential childcare requirements at your earliest convenience. Children whose parents do not fall into these groups should remain at home.

We feel it prudent at this point to emphasise that we do not currently have any information about what will happen in regard to fees but as soon as we have any update on this we will communicate this to you.

Thank you once again for your support of the nursery and understanding during this challenging time. We intend to do the very best for our families and will work our very best to support you. We will be using social media and email to keep in touch and provide suggestions around activities you can be doing with your children at home.

Please do everything you can to stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones.


-Thursday 19th March 2020-
Further to advice and guidance issued yesterday, we are still awaiting further details on how we support the care of children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff). As soon as we have this detail, we will finalise our plans and communicate this to you including how/who is classified as a key worker and what kind of provision will be in place. We are now unlikely to be able to provide any further information until tomorrow (Friday 20th March).

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you


-Wednesday 18th March 2020-
Further to advice and guidance issued by Government this evening (Wednesday 18th March) in relation to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), First Steps Childcare nurseries will be closing from the end of the day on Friday 20th March.

We are in discussion with the Local Authority regarding how we support the care of children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff). The details of this are still being finalised and we will provide more detailed information on this tomorrow (Thursday 19 March). This is a fast-changing and challenging situation and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

We understand that you will have a number of questions and we will provide a further briefing at the earliest opportunity