Nursery


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VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Friday, 15 January 2021:

Dear Parents/Carers

This notification is relevant for Nursery parents only. 

You will be aware from the school website that I have been making enquiries about whether or not we can safely open Nursery to all parents again.  Sadly, our hands are being forced here by HM Govt who are insisting that Nurseries will not be funded fully if they are not open to all parents.  However, if parent/carers choose NOT to send their children into Nursery, then the school can still access their funding, so that when the current crisis is over there will be a place ready for them in our Nursery. 

We are trying to limit the numbers of children in school, and Nursery is no exception, because we believe this is the safest thing to do for them, you and everyone in the community. 

Just so you are aware these are the potential numbers involved in our Nursery in January 2021:

  • There are 67 Nursery children who could access provision at one time or another over a week
  • There are 10 staff who will interact with them
  • That is 77 vectors of transmission every day/week to say nothing of the parents/carers and other adults on site as well as those they mix with out of school.

In our opinion this is not as safe an environment as it could be in the present local climate.

The children of Critical Workers and those from Vulnerable Groups will continue to access Nursery as they have since Christmas and should continue to do so for all the reasons that I have outlined on the website recently.  You do not need to do anything in response to this letter.

The parents whose children are NOT in Nursery at the moment have two options:

Your choices are these and I need you to contact Mrs Tunstall through Tapestry to let us know your decision and therefore your choice going forward until such a time that we can re-open Nursery fully and in our opinion safely for all pupils:

Option 1:             I would like to access my child’s Nursery place in school again starting from the week beginning 18 January 2021

Option 2:             I would like to keep my child’s place in Nursery open but I/we have decided to keep them at home until Nursery opens fully when the school has assessed that it is fully safe for my child to return.

Please send Mrs Tunstall a note on Tapestry by 1.00pm on Sunday, 17 January 2021 saying either:

I choose Option 1 for [name of your child(ren)]

Or

I choose Option 2 for [name of your child(ren)]

If you choose either, Option 1 or Option 2, then we will receive the full funding for your child.  If you ignore this request then we will potentially lose your child’s funding thereby putting our provision at risk. 

If you choose Option 1, a member of Nursery staff will contact you on Monday, 18 January 2021 to discuss when and how your child can return to school.

By choosing Option 2 you are stating formally that you have decided to keep your child at home and access the Remote Learning on offer via Tapestry. This allows us to record your desire to keep your child safe at home on your behalf and therefore access your child’s funding so we can keep provision in place for later in the year! Nursery staff will also ring you but this will be slightly later next week. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this notification and for helping us to plot our way through this minefield. We are not alone in trying to do this as the many heads I speak to regularly are also trying to sort this out safely for all involved. 

God bless you all,

 Mr Hutchinson, Mrs Ryan, Mrs Tunstall and the whole Nursery Team

 

 

 

Tuesday, 21 April 2020:

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re doing OK in this unusual time and that your little cherubs are enjoying their time at home with you.  Mrs Tunstall, all the Nursery staff and Mrs Ryan (and me too!) are missing you all terribly and they have all asked me to write to you specifically to say “Hi” and “We miss you all and love you all to bits.”  “We hope you’re all being good for mummies and daddies and doing all you can to be a little superstar at home.”

Mrs Tunstall and the staff are still putting things on Tapestry for you and that is the main point of this update is to encourage you to go on Tapestry every day and keep uploading what you’re doing as well as keeping in touch with what we’re doing too.  There will, hopefully, be a nice surprise by the end of the week, so that is something to look forward too… maybe!!  You’ll have to log on on Friday night to see.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all okay and well and keeping those precious bundles of love, safe and well too.  If you haven’t already confirmed your place in whichever school you have been allocated then you will need to do that immediately please by emailing your allocated school’s head teacher.  I know not all of you are coming up into main school but those of you who are, need to email me (if you haven’t already) on headteacher@st-theresas.leeds.sch.uk Thank you.

Stay safe.  Stay strong.  Stay well… and stay in touch… through Tapestry! All will be well

Mr Hutchinson and Mrs Tunstall.

Dear Parents/Carers,

In these unsettling times, it’s even more important to support your child – but it might be hard to know where to start.

If your child is at home, it’s best to keep them occupied, making sure they know that learning is still important.

We have provided a pack for each child containing some age appropriate activities to get them started.

Here are some links which will also help you find appropriate learning for your child; a copy of this letter can be found on the school website so you can go straight to the links below.

  • Phonics play is also offering free access to their resources. All you need to do is go to their website phonicsplay.co.uk and log in using the username: march20 and the password: home
  • Twinkl is offering free access for a monthto parents. Click on the link twinkl.co.uk/offer You will need to create an account and use the offer code  UKTWINKLHELPS; the resources are split into year groups and subjects so you’ll be able to choose what you would like your child to do.

On YouTube there are lots of ‘Jolly Phonics’ rhymes and you can also search Shonette Bason Wood and join in with her ‘Dough Disco’ and ‘Squiggle while you Wiggle’

We will also continue to communicate with you through Tapestry.

Finally, as always, encourage them to forget about what’s going on by reading lots of lovely books together – reading has been shown to promote positive mental health.

It is also important to try and keep your child/children active throughout the day to support their physical and mental health.

Please see the following link:

Joe Wicks Body Coach – this link will take you to some video clips showing 5 minute exercises that can be done at home and the children will be able to show you lots of yoga positions that they have learnt at Nursery.

We will continue to send additional information via the school texting service and school website as more resources become available.

We have included in your pack a palm cross so the children can be reminded about the importance of Holy Week and Easter. These have been blessed with holy water by Father Pat. God bless and thank you for your support at this very difficult time.

With every good wish,

Mrs Ryan

Deputy Head