As we come to the end of our academic year at nursery its time to celebrate what we have achieved in the nurseries over the Summer Term.
When Covid-19 hit us we closed our nurseries for a short while. On re-opening, we were confident we could continue to provide the amazing quality childcare we always do. Yes things would be different but it wasn’t going to stop us.
Since being back we have a huge amount of health and safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of our children, families and staff. Whilst adhering to these the amazing teams have still managed to keep the children curious, fascinated and engaged in quality learning and for that we say Thank you!
Across our nurseries we have been busy this term with baking, creating, cleaning, painting, playing, cleaning, exploring, achieving and not to forget…. more cleaning.
Here are some photos of what we have been up to across our settings…..
As we look to send our children back to nurseries this week there are a lot of questions, worries and thoughts about their welfare and their safety.
What will it be like when children return?
What about their development?
What will they be thinking?
How will they adapt?
After a long time away from the setting, its understandable to be nervous about sending children back in. All the hard work that was built before, relationships made, settling in, learning and development. What happens with that?
Do your children remember?
Are you as parents anxious?
Its important to understand what is going to happen and how these will be recovered over time, and that is definitely what it will take……..time.
No one could of planned for Covid 19 to affect us all the way it has, never would we have had a plan in place for it, so as we begin to plan to return to a normal state, how long will that be and what will normal be from now on.
Nurseries are aimed to be ‘an extension of the home’. A place children can feel safe and secure, with an environment they can learn and play in with their friends.
As human beings we are naturally social creatures, its how our brain develops through the interactions we have.
Photos going round social media of pictures of children in circles and not able to interact, is that what we want? Young children cannot naturally distance themselves. Part of their development is learning to interact with theirs friends, carers and family. This is such an important step in development, learning appropriate social skills, but without this for weeks, how will this have affected them?
So what are we going to do at Little Achievers
A little reminder to all the parents who are at home with their children of the importance of letting your children play!
This is a difficult time for everyone, and just like us adults, children will be struggling to adapt to the changes in their life. They are used to the routine of going to nursery, seeing friends and practitioners who take care and nurture their development.
So instead of worrying about what you are going to teach them everyday, instead, let them play!
Let them choose what they want to do, join in and be imaginative, get physical outdoors in the garden or even in the house, get messy and worry about cleaning up later, and most importantly enjoy this time with your children so they can enjoy it. We are all adapting to this, children included.
Latest information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Update: 30th May 2020
Welcome back – Information sheet
Update: 21st April 2020
ALL of our Little Achievers Nurseries will be RE-OPENING on Monday 11th May. We will be open for children of Critical Workers , children with a social worker, children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan
Our nurseries will be open for a deep clean 4th – 7th May 10am – 3pm …. please ring the nursery or email us during this time so we can prepare for your child to return to us. We also will also accept children who fall into the above groups who have not attended our nurseries before
CRITICAL workers include –
• those working in Health and Social care,
• Education and Childcare,
• Key Public Services (This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting),
• Local and National Government,
• Food and necessary goods (This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines
• Public Safety
• National Security
In a world where technology is taking over our lives, talking to our children has never been so important.
Communication and Language is a Prime Area within the Early Years Foundation Stage. It starts from when a child is born with the first aspects looking at babies responding to sounds, their own name and by making noises such as crying or babbling. From the moment they are born the way in which we give children our attention helps their skills to develop.