Covid-19 - updated Thursday 19 March 2020
I’m sure you have all been following recent developments in the government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the announcements made on Tuesday and yesterday regarding decisions for both financial support and the education sector, including Early Years providers.
In particular, yesterday afternoon the government announced that schools (including nurseries, private schools and sixth forms) will close on Friday 20th March 2020, until further notice, for all children, with the exception of the children of key workers and vulnerable children (defined as those with a social worker or Education Health Care Plan).
As a pre-school, we are still trying to go through the details of these announcements, and we are waiting for clarification on a few points. Please bear with us, and be assured that we will let you know as soon as possible what exactly these new developments mean for Tytherington Pre-School.
The pre-school remains open today and tomorrow. Please continue to follow guidance on hand washing and self-isolation.
**Staff have prepared personalised home learning packs for our children. If you haven't already received it, please could you let staff know by the end of today if you would like one. If it is possible (in terms of self-isolation) to do so, please arrange with staff to collect from the pre-school today or tomorrow - I know some of you are already doing so via the WhatsApp group and these messages will be passed on to staff.**
We know that these uncertain times are unsettling and difficult for many, and we thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Covid-19 - updated Tuesday 17 March 2020
Government advice continues to change regularly and we are receiving updates and checking how any changes in guidelines will affect our Pre-School. We will still be adhering strictly to government guidelines and ask that you do too.
As long as staff remain well, we will continue to open the pre-school as usual until the UK Government advice suggests that we should close. However, we appreciate that many parents may make the choice to keep their children away from pre-school for the time being. Whilst we are not in a position to advise individuals on the best course of action, we would like to draw your attention to the following extracts from the government guidance:
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and / or
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
if you live with others and you or one of them have (one or both) symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
if you have coronavirus symptoms:
do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
Re.: hand washing and respiratory hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
The above advice is taken from the latest Government publications for which you can follow the links and read in full. They may be of interest to us all.
Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
COVID-19: Guidance to education settings
Finally, here's a brief outline of extra measures that we have introduced at pre-school:
- we are asking parents and children to use the handwashing station upon entry to the pre-school
- children are being supervised in washing hands regularly throughout the day, in addition to the usual times (at before snacks / meal times and after visiting the toilet)
- we will not be using play dough or sand, but instead will use alternative sensory materials
- learning journeys are usually sent home with children in the last week of term. In the event that the preschool is closed for the last week of term, learning journeys will be available in the first week upon re-opening. If your child is already off pre-school and does not return before the end of term, learning journeys will also be available in the first week upon re-opening.
- staff are looking into preparing personalised home learning packs and more details about these will be sent out in due course. In the mean time, feel free to visit www.twinkle.co.uk/offer and use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to access resources for your child while at home.
News and Events
At the start of Term 2, we warmly welcomed Chiyo as our new Pre-School Assistant. She has settled in well, has fitted in to our small team nicely and children have really taken to her! We look forward to supporting her on her journey in Early Years Education with Tytherington Pre-School.
Thank you to all the preschoolers who joined us as we took part in the Tytherington Remembrance Parade.
Thank you to Cotswold Homes and Renishaw who have both recently made very kind donations to Tytherington Pre-School. Some of this money has been put towards renewing our outdoor clothing - a new set of wellies and waterproof dungarees - so we can keep going out in (nearly ) all weathers!
What a busy term 6, with our Sports Day and Graduation Ceremony as a fitting grand finale! The children competed in their races like superstars, and were cheered on by a huge crowd of family and friends. We all enjoyed a delicious celebratory lunch and saw many of our children graduate to 'big school'. The pre-school has prepared them so well, and they all seem ready and raring to go in the next phase of their education adventure.
We're famous! Tytherington Pre-School featured inthe April 2019 issue of Thornbury Voice. Thank you to this local magazine for their lovely article about our recent Ofsted inspection. Check the article here.