Vanessa Meadows left as Manager at the end of July and with the pandemic affecting business as it has everywhere, the association had to offer voluntary redundancies to its staff.
We are sad to say that Paul has chosen to accept this after many years of service with us as our SENCo. We wish him well and hope that he may come back to us at some point in the future.
Jade, who has worked with us while she gained her level 3, has followed her dream of working in the baby room at her new setting, something she has wanted to do for quite some time. We will be keeping in touch with her and wishing her all the very best for the future.
Our remaining staff have been extremely busy over the summer! Adele has begun her Level 5 Childcare Diploma, Jon is undergoing SENCo training, Jess is progressing extremely well in her Level 3 Early Years and all staff have undertaken COVID-19 training as well as ongoing CPD and in-house training.
We welcome our new parents and it is important to us that we work with you to help your child learn and develop in their time with us. If you have any queries or concerns, please speak to your keyworker or you can telephone or email if this is not convenient for you. We are always happy to help and if there is something you particularly wish for your child to learn; we are happy to build that in to his/her activities. During your child’s first week with us you will have an opportunity to complete an ‘All About me’ form. This is a great opportunity for you to share your child’s likes/dislikes, additional languages, cultural celebrations etc.
We work closely with the community and the Southbourne children’s centre and are able to refer you to them for any additional help and support, courses and referrals.
You will also be provided with a copy of information about your child’s keyworker, their skills, qualifications and backgrounds and a copy of our policies and procedures in your welcome pack.
We look forward to welcoming your little ones to our setting and have many activities planned for them once they have settled in and learned our preschool routine.
We are a non-profit making, charity run pre-school and rely on payments to offer the best level of care and opportunities to your children therefore if your child has a funded place we ask for an additional fee of £1.50 per session. For Additional fees or session fees for non-funded places/hours you will be invoiced for your sessions at the beginning of each term.
Fees are payable directly to our bank account or by cash. Please refer to our fees policy for further guidance. Late payments or non-payment may risk your child’s place so it is important that payments do not fall behind.
We now have a Covid-19 policy. This will be displayed for parents to see within our foyer area and updated regularly in line with Governments latest advice.
It is fair to say that Covid-19 affects many aspects of our pre-school day and we have made some temporary changes to how we operate in order that we can protect your children and yourselves.
When dropping off your children for the 9am start please use social distancing on the ramp, coming up on the left and returning down on your right.
Could parents please enter, wearing masks, one at a time to ensure a swift but safe drop off.
For now, James will sign you in at the foyer entrance, where your child will be greeted by their designated key worker. For children who may be upset or nervous on their first days back, it may be a good idea for them to come in last of all so that social distancing can be maintained, at all times.
When dropping off your child, please ensure they have labelled coats, welly boots, changing bags (with spare clothes and pants or nappies, baby wipes etc) in a labelled large carrier bag and placed on the appropriate peg, marked with your child’s name.
Once your child enters the setting our staff with assist with handwashing and from there the children are free to play.
Please could parents/carers provide children with labelled plastic/wipeable lunchboxes and drinks bottles, in order that staff can clean them on entry and place them on our lunch trolley in the foyer. Also it is important to remember that as well as a healthy content (Ie no sugary foods or drinks) please remember that to limit the contact the staff have with the children’s food, it will be necessary to pre-open awkward packaging, slice grapes long ways to prevent choking and cut sandwiches in to bite sizes.
When picking up your child, please follow the same guidelines to ensure social distancing, children will be brought to you by their keyworker where possible so they can share your child’s day and report back about the activities your child has taking part in during the day. Children wash their hands before being led out to meet you in the foyer and their carrier bag and contents will have been cleaned.
The setting and its contents will be ‘fogged’ twice daily, and staff will be cleaning surfaces regularly throughout the day. Toys and resources will be regularly cleaned, and books will be used in rotation.
Children will regularly be encouraged to use our ‘snuffle station’ to keep their noses clean and wash their hands to learn about self-care.