From Monday 22nd June, Nottingham city council agreed that it was safe for nursery to open more widely. We had about 12 children on the register at that time, who had been attending since the beginning of lockdown, and we opened to N2 (elephants / penguins groups) on 29th June and N1 (pandas group) 6th July. There have been between a third / half of each cohort in school, and it has been so good to see everyone. Key Worker children have continued throughout. Through the summer our holiday club is running as usual, although only 3 days a week to allow for deep cleaning and in response to low demand.
Throughout lockdown, the Nursery team continued learning and communication with families. Weekly learning newsletters were emailed and posted on Facebook. These were based on simple activities that could be completed with few resources / things easily accessed around the home. We made fortnightly calls home to each family, with home visits too for some. We’ve also delivered / posted packs fortnightly to those families who we knew don’t have internet access. We communicated everything through this website, our Facebook page, emails and the normal school texts. Please make sure you keep a close eye on these social media platforms; we tried Facebook Live for our leavers graduations and our website has lots of online learning links under the Curriculum tabs.
All letters to parents, carers and children can be found in the Parents section, under Letters to Parents and Carers.
We are expecting to be able to admit all children back in September, and are currently making all the arrangements and completing the risk assessments for that to happen. Clearly, should there be another spike or we re-enter lockdown, we would not be able to open to all pupils in September. We will continue to communicate with you through the usual channels, as we have done since lockdown began, to let you know exactly what the arrangements are for September.
Should you be travelling abroad over the summer, please be aware of and follow any quarantine guidelines.
We understand that this is a really difficult time for everyone. We want to be able to support you as much as possible. If you’re struggling, there is a list of numbers below that might offer you support, (See update 20/03/2020) and don’t forget that the Nursery team is in school for the foreseeable future so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help, advice or reassurance.
Thanks and best wishes
Head of School
Please see below for a copy of the letter for parents and carers of those children returning on 22nd June 2020.
Please read the letter to parents from the Local Authority regarding the re-opening of Nottingham City Council schools.
You can view our full risk assessment in advance of any further re-opining of Nursery.
You can now access weekly activities on our Home Learning Page. Please check back regularly and visit our Facebook page for more ideas!
Please click here for a summary of support numbers available to you.
To help us plan for Monday and beyond, we need to start compiling a list of those children who fall into the categories mentioned in the government’s announcement yesterday; namely children of keyworkers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work; vulnerable children (including those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans). Once we get a sense of the numbers involved, we can then start to plan how we proceed with staffing levels etc.
If you believe that your children will need to attend nursery because you fall into one of these categories, please email email@example.com or call 9159090 with the information below. It’s imperative that this is done with full integrity and respect for the conditions set out; clearly if it’s a two-parent/carer household with one parent a keyworker but the other not, then your children can stay at home; also, whilst your child may have an EHCP, for example, you may feel that the best place for them at this time of anxiety is at home with you. I can assure you that the staff and governors are committed to meeting our responsibilities and will endeavour to manage this situation in the best way possible.
Please let us know –
- Your child or children’s name/s.
- The reason why you think they need to attend.
- Would it be every day or just certain days (depending on your working pattern)?
- Any other information that may be relevant.
Thanks and best wishes
Nottingham Nursery School and Training Centre is a unique and special place. We have been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted and when you come here, you will see why. We have an innovative approach to learning, which is informed by the principles and approaches of Friedrich Fröebel, Danish Forest Schools and Reggio Emilia. We work with families to nurture the children who come here and strive to foster independence, resilience, creativity and curiosity. Learning outdoors and connecting with nature is key to our provision and we have fantastic outdoor spaces including an area of natural woodland which all the children have access to.
We are the only maintained nursery school in Nottinghamshire and we are fortunate to have an integrated training centre which supports the development and collaborative working of education and early years’ professionals. We offer hire facilities, training courses and bespoke consultancy and we welcome enquiries from all individuals or organisations.
We very much hope you will choose to work with us and look forward to meeting you.