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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!