Preschool COVID Guidance

Opening hours:

Our opening hours are 8.45am-3pm. We run two sessions a day from 8.45am-11.45am and 12.15pm-3pm. Our lunch club runs from 11.45am-12.15pm for those families needing longer childcare places. We can also provide a hot meal freshly cooked onsite.

Socially distanced entry:

We have extra precautions in place to ensure the highest level of hygiene and safety for you and your child.

  • If you are collecting following our morning session, we ask you to arrive at 11.40am.
  • If your child is joining us for lunch club we ask you to arrive at 11.45am.
  • For collection after lunch club we ask you to arrive at 12.10pm For arriving for the afternoon session, we ask you to arrive at 12.15pm.
  • At the end of the day, we invite you to start collecting your children from 3.10pm.
  • We will then have a deep clean each day ready for the next days fun.

We ask that you are on time for dropping off and collection. 

There will be hand gel available for the children as they come into preschool or they can go to the bathroom to wash their hands if they prefer.

Bags and comforts:

We allow one bag to be brought in to Preschool. We will therefore be providing nappies, wipes and changes of clothes. Children may be limited in bringing in any toys for their abs your safety. If your child will need a comfort toy while with us, please provide one that can remain at Preschool, although it would be best to avoid bringing one in if at all possible.

Lunch and drinks:

We invite your child to bring in their own water bottle that can be washed each day at home. These will need to clearly labelled. Your child can bring in a packed lunch in a washable/wipeable lunch bag. These will also need to be clearly labeled. If you are unable to label these items we will use a permanent pen to ensure they are clearly named.

Clothing:

We ask that children wear different clothing each day they attend the setting and where possible, shoes are wiped each day if wearing the same pair. You can provide a pair of wellies that can stay at Preschool, again theses must be clearly labelled with your child's name. Please do bring in a labelled coat/jacket/hoodie to ensure they can access outside each day in all weathers. We will be using our outside area much more.

Seeing Preschool:

We are hoping to create a virtual tour of the setting before the start of term and will add this to the Preschool section on the school website. For those starting with us for the first time, you can visit with your child so they can see the fun space they will soon get to explore. Safety measures will be in place. Please let us know if this is something you would like to do.  We will also upload photos/videos to Tapestry so you can see what the room looks like and the fun your little ones are having.

Feedback:

We will not be able to have the same length of chats at the end of sessions as we did before due to the systems we have to put in place. We will of course let you know of any accidents/incidents or any other important information from the day. If there is something we need to talk with you about we can arrange to move somewhere quiet outside or arrange a separate meeting. Likewise, if you have something you need to talk to us about we can do the same. We will use Tapestry to communicate the days play and learning as well as an information board outside for you to read.

The Department for Education has asked early years providers in England to reopen in September for children of all ages.

Key guidance you may like to read includes:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Updated December 2021)

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings