"Children make good progress and thrive in this welcoming and warm environment"
OFSTED (July 2018)

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We are busy making plans here at Priory View to ensure that the children have a safe and happy build up to Christmas during this unusual time!

Unfortunately we will not be able to have a Nativity this year but we are learning and singing lots of Christmas songs and we are sure that the children will soon be teaching them to you at home!!

We have lots of Christmas crafts and activities going on and will be putting the Christmas Post Box up next week for your child to post any Christmas cards which they would like to send to their friends.  Could we ask you to ensure your child does not lick the envelopes…..it is actually much easier to have a bowl of water handy to moisten the envelopes and stick them down….. this will reduce the risk of any spread of germs! 

Our Christmas party will be on the last day of term, Friday, 11th December, starting at 9am and all the children are invited!!  If your child does not normally attend on a Friday you are welcome to swap a session or, if you prefer, you can pay the session fee of £16.50 – please speak to a member of staff or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will supply the party food so please ensure that any allergy or food requirement information for your child is up to date.

Please note that there will be NO LUNCH CLUB on Friday, 11th December – the party will finish at 12 noon.

We all send you our very best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you when we return on Monday, 4th January 2021.  For your information, Spring half term is from 15-19th February and we break up for Easter on Thursday, 1st April, returning on Monday, 19th April 2021.

Kind regards – THE PRIORY VIEW TEAM.

Dear Parents/Carers,

The children have all settled back into the pre-school routine and have adapted well to any changes which have been necessary due to the Coronavirus outbreak!   Although it is ‘business as usual’ during the sessions, we are still having to ask that adults do not enter the setting – but even this is working better than we anticipated!  

We would remind you not to send your child into the pre-school if they have any of the following symptoms:-

  • A new continuous cough (coughing for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A high temperature
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

It is very important that we are all aware of what to do if a member of staff, child or parent has any of the above symptoms and we attach a letter from GOV.UK which fully sets out this information. 

Government guidance also recommends that the hall is well ventilated and that we take the learning environment outside as much as possible.  With this in view we would ask that you dress your child appropriately and provide them with warm clothes and a jacket for outside play.

Please also find attached a leaflet which sets out the procedure for applying for a school place if your child is due to start in September 2021.

We also attach a flyer which details plans for The Great Dorset Pumpkin Trail which should make it a safe and happy Halloween, even though it will be a bit different this year!

A reminder that we break up for half term on Friday, 23rd October, returning on Monday, 2ndNovember.  The last day of term will be Friday, 11th December and we will return on Monday, 4thJanuary 2021.

Many thanks – THE PRIORY VIEW TEAM

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly we would like to thank you sincerely for your support during this difficult and unusual time!!  We are so happy that we have been able to re-open the pre-school for the last few weeks of term, even with limited staff and children and we would also like to thank our returning parents and children for adapting so well to our new arrangements!!

Unfortunately we are sorry to let you know that, under the existing circumstances and Government guidelines, we will not be able to have a summer party, leavers’ ceremony or leavers’ photo.  But our leavers will still be able to take home their completed learning journeys and you will be able to look through these and keep them as a lovely reminder of their time here with us at Priory View!  If your child is not attending pre-school but is leaving to start school in September then please feel free to ring the bell if you are passing us on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning and, although you will not be able to enter the building due to our coronavirus safeguarding procedures, we will be able to give you your child’s learning journey.

We also have to let you know that Elaine will not be returning in September as she has decided to take early retirement.  We will be so sad to see her leave as I’m sure many of you will be, but she has promised to pop in from time to time in the future.

Our last day of term will be Thursday, 16th July and we return to pre-school on Tuesday, 1stSeptember.  A separate letter will be sent to returning families setting out the arrangements for when we return.

We send everyone our very best wishes.

The Priory View Team.

Dear Parents/Carers,

JULY 2020

We are writing to update you about the arrangements for when we return to pre-school in September.

The Government guidelines have been updated and we have adapted our arrangements accordingly.  We have been advised to follow the guidance on the actions that early years settings must take – called the System of Controls.  These will effectively reduce the risks in our setting and create an inherently safer environment and are set out in more detail at the end of this letter.

We are pleased to let you know that our sessions will return to normal in September, running from 9-12 noon on Mondays to Fridays with an optional daily lunch club from 12noon to 1pm. We no longer have to divide the pre-school into small ‘bubbles’ of children although, of course, we will continue to focus on the measures that will help limit the risk of transmitting the coronavirus within our setting.

Unfortunately, adults are still not permitted to enter the building in an effort to further protect children and staff.  When we first introduced this procedure we were very worried that some children would find this quite traumatic but the children have adapted unbelievably well and we are so proud of them!  We hope this continues in September but we realise it may be very challenging for our new families.  We are going to suggest that children who are new to Priory View arrive slightly later - at around 9.30am.  By this time the area at the front of the hall will be less noisy and confusing and the process will hopefully be less stressful for everyone.  It will also be very helpful if you could talk to your child about this in the days leading up to them attending as this will ease the process.

We will still be outside for a good part of the session and would ask you to ensure that your child is prepared and dressed appropriately – suncream or warm clothes etc.  

For your information, our first day back is Tuesday, 1st September.  Half term is the week beginning Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October and we break up for Christmas on Friday, 11th December.

We set out below more details about the System of Controls – this is the set of actions that early years settings must take to reduce risks in settings:-

System of controls

Prevention:

1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings

2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach

5) minimise contact between groups where possible

6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all settings, all the time.

Number 5 must be properly considered and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

Number 6 applies in all specific circumstances.

Response to any infection:

7) engage with the NHS Track and Trace process

8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community

9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

Full details on the system of controls is set out in the Government guidance document……Actions for Early Years and Childcare Providers During the Coronavirus.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via email preferably if you have any queries or concerns. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy summer holiday break.

Kind regards

The Priory View Team.

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to set out the arrangements we have made to re-open Priory View from 15th June.  Things will seem very different when we first return – you will notice that there will be very limited children per session and this is due to our risk assessments and safety planning.  There will also be just three members of staff on duty each day for the time being – Christine, Delphine and Dawn.  This is due to personal issues for other staff members which will be resolved as we progress, but we thought we should draw your attention to this as you may like to prepare your child in case their favourite teacher will not be there to welcome them when they first return!! Please be assured that we are well within ratio guidelines – the amount of children attending each session is very limited. The other big change is that we will be separating the returning children into two ‘bubbles’.  Obviously very young children will not be able to be socially distant, so by dividing our limited number of returning children into two groups,  the amount of interaction they have with others will be much smaller and this will be a much safer way to proceed. 

The other huge change is the dropping off procedure and this is probably going to be our most challenging time!!  No adults will be permitted to enter the building and so we are going to have to ask you to send your child to the member of staff on duty on the door.  This is going to be quite traumatic for some children and I’m sure some parents too – and I can assure you that the staff will find this quite challenging too!  This procedure is essential for the health and safety of all our children and staff so we are going to have to persevere but we all have to be prepared for a challenging drop off time – at least until we all get used to it!  

We will also be moving a lot of our learning environment outside and so would ask you to ensure that your child is prepared and dressed appropriately for this.  Suncream and sunhats every day please – plus clothes that may get messy will be a good idea.    

Full details on all these issues are set out in this email but if you have any concerns or queries then please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are all in this together!!!  Please read the following for full details:-

From the week beginning 1 June, early years and childcare providers will welcome back all children, if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time.  As you know, we have delayed this until 15th June to take account of the concerns expressed by parents and staff.  For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their early years setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.

Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of children and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for reopening include:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
  • Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.
  • Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.We also have our special song ‘this is the way we wash our hands’ which I am sure your child will be happy to share with you and you may wish to use it with your family.
  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the morning, including table tops, door handles and play equipment. Lunch club has been cancelled for the time being to allow staff to thoroughly clean the setting ready for the next day’s children.
  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household. We have introduced a separate entrance and exit procedure which will be operation when you drop off and pick up your child. We are asking you not to enter the gate to the front garden until the member of staff at the front door instructs you to, but to line up at the markers along the wall by the front of the hall in Queen Mary Avenue.A member of staff by the door will call each parent with their child into the front garden one at a time and will ask you to stand by the red line and send your child to the staff member.No adults will be permitted to enter the building.  You will then exit the garden along the side path to the exit gate which will lead you out onto Mayfield Road – this will be clearly marked.  The same procedure will be followed at pick-up time, with parents entering the entrance gate one at a time when called by the staff member on the door and standing on the red line to receive their child -  and then exiting along the side path to the exit gate. 
  • Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing.

What can parents and carers do to help?

There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.

  • Do not send your child into the pre-school if they have a temperature or if they, or any other family or members of the household, have any symptoms of coronavirus…. A new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss or change in the sense of taste/smell.
  • We ask you to confirm your contact number and the contact numbers of emergency contacts by return email and agree that you understand that you will need to immediately collect your child if they develop symptoms while at the setting.
  • Talk to your child in the days leading up to their return, mentioning that things may seem a little different, and about the new routine for dropping off as some children may find the fact that you cannot enter the building with them a bit challenging at first.Talking about it before they return will help ease the process.

Testing

Once early years and childcare providers open to more children, all children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.

Conclusion

I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements we have made to enable children to return to us from 15th June. We are looking forward to welcoming your child back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

Thank you – the Priory View Team.

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are pleased to let you know that we have an exciting project in the pipeline!!  We are in the process of redesigning our side garden and aim to create a lovely new area for the children with the focus on natural resources, avoiding plastic as much as possible! We are aiming to be as eco friendly as we can, recycling materials where possible, and, with this in view, wonder if anyone can help with one of our projects by donating some old pots or pans with holes in the handles so we can thread them with string.  The purpose of these will become clear as we go along - we will be keeping you up to date with our progress on facebook so don’t forget to ‘like’ our page if you haven’t already and check on what we are up to!!

Could we ask you to keep us informed of any changes of telephone contact numbers, including emergency contacts, allergy information etc, so we can make sure our records are up to date.  Also, if you have forgotten your password please speak to a member of staff for a reminder.  Anyone picking up your child on your behalf will not be able to unless they have the password.  We would also remind you that children need to be collected promptly at the end of the session and there is a charge for late pick ups.  Sessions are from 9-12 noon and lunch club finishes at 1pm.

Could we also ask you to clearly name all items brought into the setting, especially bags, as this is a great help to us.

For your information we break up for half term on Friday, 14th February and return on Monday, 24th February.  The Easter break is from Monday, 6th April and we return on Monday, 20th April.

Many thanks – THE PRIORY VIEW TEAM

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