Coronavirus Update 29/05/2020
Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Public Health Update received 29/5/2020
Nursery Opening - We will be opening on the 15th June. In the first instance we will be providing care for children whose parents are in critical roles and parents who are returning to their work place and have no other care available to them. We will also be providing care for children that are covered by the guidelines on special educational needs and vulnerable children.
We expect by this date that things will be much more back to normal with non essential shops to open and people will be going back to their workplaces. We are currently planning and preparing the necessary routines to keep hygiene at the top of our agenda whilst making sure children still enjoy their time at nursery.
We understand it is a very personal decision for parents as to whether to bring their children back to nursery and school and we are offering full flexibility for parents with regards to their return date. We will be here when you return to work and you need us!
I will be contacting all parents to ask for care requirements for the 15th June. For all parents needing further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The government have set up an information page for parents which you can find at this link. This includes a list of 'critical roles' for parent infomation.
Please find below the link for parents from the NHS with information on Coronavirus.
I will continue to update the website as I receive more information so please check regularly.
Coping with children at home
This is great advice for parents at home with children!
We have seen a surge in cases of domestic abuse and related killings have more than doubled during lockdown.
IDAS is offering support including: online video, WhatsApp messaging, telephone calls, online chats and emails. Sheffield has a freephone number 0808 808 2241 and a website www.IDAS.org.uk
Help is also available for the abusers. If you think this could be you, we urge you to visit gov.uk/domestic-abuse for more information and help.
Always call 999 in an emergency and if you need a silent solution you can cough or tap on the phone and press 55 when prompted.
Emergency accommodation and support is available for anyone who needs to leave their home during Covid-19.
Go Outdoors and explore
One of our parents has done some great work on activities that can be done outside in your garden and a walk in the park. The link is below, there are lots of great ideas.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
Please feel free to give us a call and arrange a visit. You can meet our team and look around our nursery, see what you think and have a chat about you and your child's needs.
Our Ofsted Report
Please read our Ofsted Section. Ofsted visited us on the 28th August 2019 and we have acheived a 'Good' rating in all areas. It is a very positive report and we do not have much further to go to reach an outstanding level. Please read our full report in the Ofsted Section.
Free early learning and play for 2 - 4 year olds
3 & 4 Year Olds
We offer free early learning and play for 3 and 4 year olds. Up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.
The fifteen hours can be taken over 2 or 3 days of your choice. This can be used as 1.5 days care or used as morning or afternoon sessions between 8am and 6pm. Our ratio is 1 staff member to every 8 children unlike school pre-schools which is 1:14 this means we can provide good emotional support to your child as well as teaching and learning.
2 Year Olds
We offer 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per year. The fifteen hours can be taken over the days of your choice. They can be used as 3 hours per day for 5 days per week or 3 x 5 hour sessions. Whatever works best for you and your child. You do not have to use your full 15 hours you can use less.
Please see our Free Early Learning page for further information or any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us !
DID YOU KNOW?? School Nursery has a ratio of 1 adult to 14 children but nursery settings because they offer full day care have a ratio of 1 adult to every 8 chidlren but we offer exactly the same curriculum. Research shows if children stay in the same pre-school until starting school they achieve more of their early learning goals. Children who start nursery at 3 years old have emotional needs as well as learning goals and it is absolutely vital these are fulfilled.
We are offer 30 Hours Free Childcare.
• It is available to all 3 and 4 year olds and you will receive 30 hours free child care the term after they are 3 years old. Terms are 1st January, 1st April and 1st September.
• The hours can
be split between providers e.g. between a school nursery and private setting.
• It can be taken as 22 hours per week over 50 weeks or 30 over 38 weeks. You can use your hours over days and times that suit you.
• All 30 hours do not have to be used.
• Both parents need to be working 16 hours per week or more.
• Single parents need to be working 16 hours per week or more.
• You need to apply and receive a code and let us have the code to receive the hours. The website is www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
The current 15 hours for all 3 and 4 year olds regardless of your employment situation does not change.
Beginning a place at our nursery
If you are considering a place at a nursery then please call us or drop us an email to arrange a visiting time. We suggest 10:30 or 2:30 any week day, or call at any time as some parents prefer. Come and meet us and see what we do and what we can offer you and your child. You can go through your child's routine and what your son or daughter's needs and requirements are. We then schedule some settling in sessions which are free of charge. Settling in is different for every child and there is no limit of settling in sessions as some childeren take longer than others. Once your child is settled you can then begain your care with us. We do not require a booking fee, notice period or any other rules, getting your child happy and settled with us is the priority!