May 2020 Newsletter
Many thanks to all parents for their support in these difficult times. A big thankyou to all the keyworkers for keeping things going for us all. I would also like to thank our own staff who have been absolutely brilliant, working tirelessly and ensuring the children are cared for despite the obvious risks to their personal health. Well done team Nursery Rhymes. Ian
Nursery will stay open for children of critical workers.
We are still open for the parents of critical workers and hope to continue to do so. If you need to return to work, please contact us and refer to the government advice. Briefly this is outlined below:-
Critical workers Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home must be.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Most parents will be aware of our changes to drop off and collection of children. I am sure you will appreciate our efforts to maintain social distancing for everyone. Please be patient if this takes a little longer than normal. We are grateful to one of our parents whose company has provided us with special cleaning fluid which is effective against viral contamination. We would also like to thank the parent who delivered hand sanitiser to us. It is much appreciated that our parents care and support us in so many ways.
Can I go to the park? (Government advice)
You can still go to the park for outdoor exercise once a day but only alone or with members of your household, not in groups. Communal places within parks such as sports courts, playgrounds and outdoor gyms have been closed to protect everyone’s health.
We ask that households use parks responsibly and keep 2 metres apart from others at all times.
Activities in Nursery
The Corrugated Case Company gave us some large cardboard sheets which Rachael, with a lot of help from her little friends created a rainbow on. Lots of paint lots of mess and lots of fun resulted in a huge beautiful rainbow in support of the NHS and key workers. This was featured online by the Derbyshire Times. Local residents have admired the rainbow, some shouted a well done to the children, some clapped and others have given the thumbs up. You will all be able to see it for yourselves soon, when we can all be together again. The company also donated a Wendy House, Rocket and Box activities. It is amazing how kind and supportive local businesses are, well done Mark!
The life cycle of a frog
Mr B has brought in a tank full of tadpoles, I’m not sure about them myself. The children really like them and are feeding them on cucumber slices, which the tadpoles swarm upon. It takes between 6 to 9 weeks before the tadpoles grow hind legs becoming froglets so maybe everyone will get to see them too.
Fun in the sun
We hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine. We have got the paddling pools out, washed the sun hats, sun cream is out and we have had great fun with balls watering cans and water wheels.
A massive thankyou to all our parents who have been able to pay fees and for paying on time. This will enable us to pay our staff in April and continue to provide care for the children of keyworkers. We have received support from the government and we are hoping to recover some wage costs through the furlough scheme. With the above support we are able to pay our May wages bill without asking for any contribution from parents who do not attend. We will therefore not issue any bills for May. Hopefully we will be fully open soon and we will charge appropriate bills for attendance at that time. We will let you know as soon as possible of any changes to this.
The children are busy making cotton wool ice creams and moon sand lollypops for our Ice cream parlour role play. We are waiting for you to return and we will provide you with the menu and coloured sprinkles, then we can finish it off all together.
We hope you are all well and we are looking forward to seeing those not attending very soon. Stay safe and we have lots of catching up to do when you return. We can’t wait to hear your stories and share with you some of the things we have been up to whilst you have been away from Nursery.
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