Evaluation on 2 bubbles:
Observing how the children have reacted to the two bubbles, we have been extremely pleased on how well it has worked. The
setting seems to be a lot calmer within the smaller areas, with less running around. The younger and less confident children have really thrived and our little ones with special needs all seem to
feel more secure in a smaller space. The children generally seem to be more focused and spend longer periods of time engaging in activities. We will keep the two bubbles for the foreseeable future
and continue to evaluate the situation.
Many thanks for taking the time to complete the feedback forms and for the lovely comments and very positive
We have a little surprise for the children. This week we will be re-opening as one hall again. We have many reasons why but
one of the main reasons is that children are missing their other friends in the other side and so are the staff!
Parents are still to use the same entrance that they have been using -
This will help with the flow and to reduce waiting time when dropping off and picking up.
Thank you and see you all soon
Parents please find below some links that you may find helpful at home with your children during
please find below infomation on why we are still allowed to remain open.
The Department for Education has provided the below response to
queries on why early years providers have been asked to remain open while schools have been instructed to close, following our meeting with children and families minister Vicky Ford earlier today:
5th January 2021.
- The reason schools have been restricted is not that
they are unsafe but because additional measures are needed to contain the spread of the virus. The wider restrictions in place as part of the national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus in
the community enable us to continue prioritising keeping nurseries and childminders open, supporting parents and delivering the crucial care and education needed for our youngest children.
- Early years settings remain low risk environments for
children and staff. 0-5 year olds continue to have the lowest confirmed rates of coronavirus of all age groups, and there is no evidence that the new variant of coronavirus disproportionately affects
young children. Evidence shows that pre-school children are less susceptible to infection and are not playing a driving role in transmission. There is no evidence the new strain of the virus causes
more serious illness in either children or adults and there continues to be strong evidence that children are much less susceptible to severe clinical disease than older people.
- PHE advice remains that the risk of transmission and
infection is low if early years settings follow the system of controls, which reduce risks and create inherently safer environments.
- Early years settings have been open to all children since
1 June and there is no evidence that the early years sector has contributed to a rise in virus cases within the community. Early evidence from SAGE showed that early years provision had a smaller
relative impact on transmission rate than primary schools, which in turn had a smaller relative impact than secondary schools.
- Early years childcare providers were one of the first
sectors to have restrictions lifted last summer, in recognition of the key role they play in society. Childminders and nursery staff across the country have worked hard to keep settings open through
the pandemic so that young children can be educated, and parents can work. The earliest years are the most crucial point of child development and attending early education lays the foundation for
lifelong learning and supports children’s social and emotional development. We continue to prioritise keeping early years settings open in full because of the clear benefits to children’s education
and wellbeing and to support working parents. Caring for the youngest age group is not something that can be done remotely.
Foundation Years - Hungry little minds-
COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing-