Dear Parent / Carer
As you may be aware from our previous EyLog messages, Rainbow Pre-School & Extended Services is currently working closely with Health Protection England to reduce the transmission of covid-19 as much as possible. This is because our school community (in particular the East Site),as well as Biggleswade as a locality, is experiencing an increasing number of positive Covid cases. We are incredibly proud that this is the first instance of Covid cases in our settings through the pandemic to date and our procedures have been highly commended by the local authorities.
Following discussions with our local HPE officer we are actioning their specific recommendations as follows:
Whilst we acknowledge that there is no requirement to test children under the age of 5 years old, the HPE officer has made a specific recommendation for our setting that where a member of your household or family unit is unwell or demonstrates Covid-19 symptoms you ALL seek a PCR test and remain at home until you receive the results. This measure has been explicitly requested in order to break the current pattern of transmission at Rainbow. Seeking PCR tests for the entire family helps to identify any members who may be asymptomatic and ensures all reasonable precautions are taken to protect the children in our care, your families and our staff team. The safety and welfare of all involved in daily life at Rainbow continues to be of upmost priority to us.
We thank you for your continued support and vigilance.
We are pleased to announce, after completing a rigorous selection process, that we are one of 6 settings in the UK who has been chosen to take part in a local pilot scheme for the Positive Early Childhood Education Program (PECE)! The PECE is an evidence based programme for Early Years Educators and enhances their work in helping children to manage their own feelings and behaviours. Each member of staff across both sites, will complete an accredited program of training and assessment across this academic year. Children will benefit as they will experience strengthened social and emotional learning, self-regulation strategies and problem solving skills. We will keep you updated with our progress as we complete the scheme!
We are thrilled to announce that we have some new additions to our East Site team, we are extremely fortunate to be able to engage the services of Hannah Adams and Valerija Dolzikova who are both Qualified Teachers with QTS status. They will both be working in Butterfly Room, teaching the children who will be progressing to reception and full-time education this September 2021. Hannah has spent the past five years teaching children aged 4-9 years old in local primary schools and is currently studying for a Forest School qualification. Valerija has joined us as a deputy manager, she has an Early Years background after achieving a degree in education and her teaching qualification, she has held senior positions in private day nurseries.
Hannah Adams and Lydia Jones (currently deputy manager) will co-manage the daily operations of the East Site to provide maternity cover for Taylor-Chelayne Thomas (manager) who will be commencing her leave in the coming weeks.
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.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you all well.
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!
Following the continued building work at the Kings Reach Development please be advised that the road parallel to Coates Road is now open and should be used with immediate effect to access the Rainbow premises if using the school car park to drop children off or pick up for extended services sessions.
We must now use this road (Gibbens Croft) and NOT Coates Road to get to the East Site. Gibbens Croft is still a residential road and we must remember to drive slowly down it.
Therefore, the route from Frankel Way (just off Baden Powell Way) is:
Turn left onto Novello Drive - Continue past Coates Road - Turn left onto Gibbens Croft - Turn left onto Bantock Way - Then, turn right into the school.
Please note the school car park should not be used to drop or pick up children for pre-school sessions, neither should parents be using other nearby private car parks, The Orchard Centre car park is the nearest available parking area.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
As you have probably seen now, the garden renovations are complete! We can't wait to let the children play on it but unfortunately, we have to allow two weeks for the grass to embed before we are safe to walk on it. In the meantime, the children can enjoy the side section of the garden area with it's a new hut, all-weather grass, road markings and covered veranda......take a look at the photo's below and see!!!
We have some exciting news to share with you!
We are in our new building!! Although we continue to work on the layout of the interior we will be working hard over the coming weeks to improve the outside spaces in particular ready for the summer period.....watch this space for update and photographs!