As you can appreciate this is a very difficult and challenging time for nursery. We are keen to re-open and welcome back our children at the earliest possible opportunity. In light of COVID-19 guidance, we MUST ensure this is done safely and with every manageable risk managed effectively. As a direct result of ensuring health and safety is in place for all staff and children returning, as well as you as parents, Bright Lights will NOT be opening until Tuesday 9th June. If we can source supplies to ensure health safety earlier than this, we shall be in touch again.
We have risk assessed for the return of some of the children as best as we possibly can for now and, no doubt as time goes on, we will learn and make changes to improve practice in line with new and upcoming government guidance.
There are key pieces of information that you, as a parent, NEED to be aware of:
We completely understand that deciding whether to send your child back to nursery at this stage is an extremely difficult decision and many of the parents we have contacted have decided not to send their child back at this point. Some parents will have no choice and they have to send their child back due to work commitments, whilst others may be able to keep their child at home. Due to the situation we will continue to monitor attendance. However, rest assured low or non-attendance at this point will NOT affect your child’s nursery place with us.
There is no possible way that we can accommodate all children in the setting whilst adhering to the current government guidelines. Therefore, we have decided to prioritise our children of key workers, working parents and vulnerable children in the first instance.
Should this phase go well, we will be looking to offer spaces to the older pre-school children who are of school age (Due to start in September) so they get some time in the setting before the summer holidays. We have not planned any further than this at present and will continue to plan as time goes on.
What will nursery look like for your child?
What if a child or adult shows signs of COVID-19?
If a child or adult in the ‘bubble’ shows signs and symptoms of COVID-19 the entirety of the bubble will be expected to go home immediately and will not return until 14 days isolation is completed or a negative test has been achieved.
We want to reassure parents that we have risk assessed the whole of the setting. I do appreciate that we are living during very difficult times at the moment. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the management team via telephone or email.
Stacey Whitehouse (Manager- working from home)
Emma Hickman (Acting Manager – working at nursery)