EAST SITE NEWS

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE - 26TH MARCH 2020

From Monday 30th March 2020 our services will be provided from one site only - the West Site (Brunts Lane). 

Both pre-school and extended services sessions will continue to be available to those parents who have advised us of their ‘key worker’ status only.  Please note many parents working in the frontline sectors will be able to ensure that their child is kept at home. As stipulated by the government, every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

If your child attends Breakfast or After School Club at the East site and attends St Andrews Lower School VC for the school day, they will be able to continue this routine based at the west, we are working in partnership with St Andrews and both only operating from the west site.

This decision has been made due to decreasing numbers of children attending.  We consider this to be positive news because it reflects that more of the population is making the efforts required to reduce the spread of the virus and ‘flatten the curve’.  It will allow our childcare team to work on a rota basis and therefore we too will be doing our part to reduce the risks of transmission whilst still providing valuable child care for our frontline workers.

Each team will be made up of a mixture of East and West site practitioners in an effort to provide some familiarity and consistency for the children in our care at this uncertain time for them.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and positive good wishes.  Please make every effort to stay at home and stay safe!

 

 

CORONAVIRUS PARENT FEE INFORMATION - 19TH MARCH 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

We are writing to you to confirm the current situation relating to pre-school and extended services fees for this term, many of you, understandably have asked questions regarding this and we have been working hard to try to provide you with some answers. 

We are a charitable incorporated organisation and therefore operate as a charitable business, if we are not open we do not receive income, unlike schools.  We have not chosen to close from the end of the day on Friday 20th March we have been told that we have to, for understandable reasons.  As a small not for profit organisation, we are still trying to ascertain what financial support is available to us from the government, as a result of them informing us we must close.  We have many unanswered questions which our administrative team will continue to work towards finding solutions despite us not being open to the majority of children from Monday.

As a charitable organisation, with competitive fees, we do not have cash reserves at our disposal and therefore we are considering all options in order to provide us with the best chance of financial sustainability.  This will allow us to be ready to provide the service we currently offer to all parents and children with immediate effect once the government confirms we are able to reopen in full.

We have therefore decided that we will not be offering any refunds or credits at this time, for extended services or invoiced pre-school sessions for this term, which ends on Friday 3rd April 2020.  If we find that we are eligible for government financial support this decision may be reversed.

Please rest assured we are working hard to find solutions in everybody’s best interests, including our hard-working staff and the families that we provide a service for.

We will be communicating via EyLog and our website during the next few weeks, providing you with updates as we have them.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you all well.

 

 

UPDATE: SCHOOL CLOSURE - 19 MARCH 2020

You will by now, be aware of the government announcements regarding school closures last night.

Schools and Early years settings are being asked to remain open to care for the children of ‘Key Workers’, and vulnerable children. Vulnerable children have been defined as those who have an allocated social worker and an EHCP.

The Keyworker list has yet to be defined, but we anticipate that this will include NHS staff, police, delivery drivers, teachers, early years workers and social workers.  We suspect when the definition is published it will be enhanced to include other professions and may become quite a substantial list. As soon as we know the full list of key workers we will communicate it to you.

In the meantime please email enquiries@rainbow-preschool.co.uk with your childcare requirements if you work in any of the capacities outlined above by 12 noon today.  This information will be required for us to formulate a plan with reference to the services we will be able to provide over the coming weeks.  Please rest assured that we are working tirelessly with the aim of creating the least disruption in order to continue our daily operations as fully as possible for you and your children.

Further clarification will follow as soon as we have more details from the Department of Education and the Local Authority.

In addition, we require ALL funding forms to be submitted by Friday 20th March 2020 as a matter of urgency.  Please ensure you complete your form as fully as possible, if you are unsure, as a minimum requirement please complete the first section with your child's details and the last section with your NI details and signature, we can fill in the remaining sections on your behalf.  You can submit your form by email to enquiries@rainbow-preschool.co.uk or by handing it into the settings BY FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2020.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support and wish you and your families good health!

 

 

FOOD HYGIENE INSPECTION - NOVEMBER 2019

We are pleased to announce that we completed our food hygiene inspection today with the Food Standards Agency and received a rating of 5 STARS!!!

 

 

FOREST SCHOOL AT THE WEST SITE - OCTOBER 2019

We are pleased to announce that Rainbow Preschool & Extended Services has developed a Forest School at the West Site to give children the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand, play and learning in a controlled outdoor environment. Rachel Snelling is our qualified leader for Forest School activities who have undertaken a Level 3 certificate in the specialism, Rachel will deliver all the activities accompanied by other staff members if required.

Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum of the EYFS and will have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self- esteem and independence.

An integral part of the Forest School experience is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunderstorms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest Schools, even if it is for a shortened session. To help achieve this, we will provide all children taking part in Forest School with a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers. You will be notified when your child is invited to take part in Forest School during term time. We ask you to supply wellington or walking boots, and on sunny days, a sun hat and on colder days, warm clothing. Please bear in mind your child could get muddy! Forest School programs operate all year round regardless of weather conditions.

We do have plans to develop a Forest School at the East site next year after the local authority delivers the course to train leaders. In the meantime, Forest School activities will take place during some holiday clubs so the children at the East Site benefit from this experience also. Keep your eyes peeled for the holiday club plans to book your child onto the sessions!