To help us get nursery up and running quickly and efficiently please ensure you bring the following on your child’s first day of nursery.
Unless it is very wet on the first day of nursery, we intend to spend the session outdoors. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather, including sunscreen should we be luckily enough to have sunshine ☀️
Remember your child should be brought to nursery by only one adult. Social distancing should be maintained by staff and adults at all times.
To allow us to get hand hygiene and other routines well established, snack will not begin until October. Please ensure that your child has had a snack and drink before coming to nursery and that they have gone to the toilet.
We look forward to seeing you in the first week of September.
It is hoped that our nursery will open with full numbers attending in protective bubbles. Below is the information released by Mrs Millar with regard to nursery opening.
The document can be read in full on our website under the section called - RESTART PLANNING
Please download our school app, so you can be notified immediately as plans develop. I will also post developments which apply to nursery here.
1. Protective Bubbles
a. It is acknowledged that children, particularly very young children, cannot reasonably be expected to remain apart from each other during the day, and this is not conducive to play- based learning and development.
b. Guidance (19 June 2020) states that ‘settings do not need to implement social distancing between children’ if they are organised into ‘protective bubbles with consistent membership’.
c. In line with the Guidance, each nursery group (of 26 children) will, therefore, be considered a distinct protective bubble.
2. Settling In
a. As is the normal process for settling in, children will be phased into the nursery setting within the first few weeks of the new term. This will begin, with the first cohort on Tuesday 31st August.
b. Guidance will be given on steps that parents can take to minimise the need for physical contact or intimate care, including encouraging independence with toileting, wearing clothing (including shoes and coats) that pupils can put on and remove independently, and refraining from bringing unnecessary items to school.
c. Parents will be actively discouraged from entering the school building as a means of preventing spread of the virus. Where it is necessary for parents to visit the preschool premises, appropriate hygiene measures will be in place and social distancing between adults maintained. Where possible, such visits will be arranged to take place outdoors.
3. Attendance and Timings
a. As pre-school education settings are not expected to implement social distancing within groups, after the short period of induction, it should be possible to deliver the nursery experience for pupils five days per week.
b. Both to avoid congestion and facilitate additional cleaning drop off and collection times will be staggered.
Drop off and collection timings
Following our settling in period drop off and collection times will be as follows.
Am Group A 8.50-11.10
Group B 8.55-11.15
Group C 9.00-11.20
Pm Group A 12.20-2.40
Group B 12.25-2.45
Group C 12.30-2.50
Groups will be organised by alphabetical order of surname. Parents will be informed of which group their child is in on their first day of nursery.
The drop off and collection point is at the rear of nursery.
Children must not arrive before their allocated time.
Please note- Nursery children should have a change of clothes in a draw string bag (which remains in school) in case of toileting accidents. These clothes do not need to be regulation uniform. The bag should clearly be marked with your child’s name in large writing on the outside.
No bags, car seats or other belongings for after- school arrangements (such as day care) can be left at school. Parents in such circumstances should make other arrangements.
Appropriate PPE for staff and all necessary hand sanitisation, etc., will be provided by the Education Authority to all schools. Staff will also have gloves and aprons and it is up to staff if they choose to wear these. You should prepare your child that their teacher may have a mask, gloves and an apron on. Staff will be instructed to wear PPE for delivering close-contact first aid or intimate care;
All pupils and staff will have to use soap upon entering and exiting the building.
As our priority during this pandemic is to keep children and staff safe, we must implement much more strict procedures for managing sickness:
a. If a child feels unwell in any way, do not send them to school;
b. If a child has arrived in school and feels unwell in any way, we will phone parents to collect them immediately;
c. If a child has a cold or a cough they should be kept at home. If a child is in school with a cough or cold they will be sent home immediately, even if they feel well;
d. Parents must make arrangements for such eventualities.
Now is the time to start getting your child prepared for nursery. Teaching your child to properly blow their nose and wash their hands is essential. Your child should be taught to dispose of dirty tissues and not put them in their pocket or up their sleeve.
Below are some online stories which you can use to teach your child about good hygiene.
Practice, Practice and More Practice develops Independence!
A big part of our nursery curriculum is to develop confident, independent learners. This year more than ever it’s important that children come to nursery with well developed self help skills. Now is the time to get practising!
1-Your child should be fully toilet trained. They should be able to take down and pull back up their underwear and be able to clean themselves at the toilet. They should also be taught to flush.
2-Your child should be able to take off their clothes and put clean clothes back on. This is an important skill should they have a toileting accident or become wet or dirty during play. A good place to start is to teach your child how to put on and take off their pyjamas.
3- Effective hand washing is essential. If hands don’t look dirty, children find it very difficult to understand the importance of washing their hands properly. Teach your child these five important steps- Wet, Lather, Wash, Rinse, Dry.
4- Teach your child to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze using their arm rather than their hand. If they have used their hand, they should be taught to go and wash their hands after.
5- Your child should be able to take off and put on their shoes and welly boots. Their are lots of tips online about how you can teach your child to identify which shoe goes on which foot.
6- Your child should be able to take off and put on their own coat.
7- Your child should be able to tidy away their toys into a box.
Start by looking to see what your child can do already and build on this. Allow plenty of time for your child to complete tasks. They will gradually speed up and become more capable. Ignore the temptation to immediately take over a task if your child is struggling. Sometimes a little more time or a few words of encouragement is all a child needs.
Please note, that staff fully appreciate that children all develop at different rates. If your child is really struggling with any of the above don’t panic, but do keep practising and encouraging.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness for nursery I may be contacted by email.