Please note that from Monday 14th September we will return to using the garden entrance for collection from the morning session and drop off for the afternoon session.
All other arrangements will remain the same.
Please continue to wear masks for collection where possible and maintain a 2m gap between you and the next parent or carer queuing.
Promoting Positive Emotional Wellbeing - by Eventbrite
Do you want to learn more about feeling happy and calm at home?
Worried about returning to school or other changes happening?
Why not sign up for one or all of the following virtual courses being delivered in partnership with CBC.
Activities and information will be aimed at all children and carried out virtually. Younger children may need support from an adult.
Use the links to book!
Please find a link below for a FREE virtual workshop being organised by Central Beds Council on Fri, 5 June 2020, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
The aim is to promote positive emotional wellbeing in children who are struggling to separate from their parents or carers. The current situation with COVID-19 may have had an impact on children and they are now feeling reluctant to leave parents or carers. This may be something new or ongoing since before the pandemic.
The session will have a focus on stories and some fun strategies, primarily this session is aimed at under 7's, however, there will be some useful information in this for parents and children of all ages going through this issue.
Please find attached a leaflet which may be useful if your child has not yet had their first session back at Rainbow, to help them prepare for their return.
Please be aware of the following update from the government, you will need to be considerate of this when monitoring children’s (and your own!) health:
New coronavirus symptoms added to the official list.
The government has announced that a loss or changed sense of smell or taste (also called anosmia) has been added to the list of coronavirus symptoms, alongside the previously-listed symptoms (fever and a new, persistent cough).
Individuals who experience anosmia should self-isolate for seven days, while members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days.
The official Department for Health announcement of this change is available here.
Dear Parents and Carers
Please find a letter below regarding the proposed reopening of Pre-School from 1st June 2020; enclosed is a slip which requires your action.
Please keep checking EyLog, the 'Activities' tab on our website and our Facebook page for activities to complete at home and messages from the team who are all missing you!
We hope you are all keeping healthy and safe!
Dear Parents and Carers
As you are aware we were asked to close for normal business from the close of play on Friday the 20th of March 2020.
Our immediate plan and for the foreseeable future has been to retain a small core group of staff who have all of the skills and qualifications to ensure Rainbow Pre-School and Extended Services, remains operational during this unprecedented period. This allows us to continue to look after identified vulnerable children and the children of frontline workers while the pandemic continues. It also allows us to ensure that Rainbow will be ready to open as soon as we are told that it is safe to do so. We obviously do not know when that will be.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents and carer’s who have continued to pay their fees, despite not receiving a service from us currently and to the parents who have sent us messages of support. There have been many of you and we are extremely grateful.
We would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to be ready to open as soon as we are told we are allowed to, as soon as it is considered safe. We take pride in the service we provide to the families in our local community and are doing everything we can to continue this service, in the hopefully not too distant future.
You will be able to find our wrap-around care booking forms on our website, please do not hesitate to complete and send them through to us. Obviously, we can only process them once we have been told children are allowed to attend once again. Our admin office will be closed from Tomorrow Friday the 10th of April and will re-open after the Easter weekend on Tuesday the 14th of April 2020. We will respond to any email queries that we receive as soon as we can.
We will keep you all updated with news that affects the way our organisation operates during these uncertain times.
We hope that you are all staying safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!