I hope you have been enjoying this lovely weather with your children….it certainly makes lock down a lot easier.
Our planning for next half of term is now well underway whether your children are returning to Homerton or staying at home. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THESE ARE OUR CURRENT PLANS – THESE COULD CHANGE IF GOVERNMENT ADVICE IS CHANGED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
For all those who are continuing to stay at home we are aiming to continue to send out weekly planning, as well as delivering our zoom circle times and evening tea time stories, so that we stay fully in touch with you and your children.
As I mentioned in my previous email we are continuing to be open for Key Workers only from 1st -5th June and anyone whose children are attending that week will need to come with sun cream on, fruit for snack, and a packed lunch if they are staying for the day.
From the 8th June if your children are returning to us then please be aware that we are making a few changes to ensure the safety of both children and adults with the need with social distancing in mind.
PLEASE COULD WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP IN TALKING THE FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH YOUR CHILDREN SO THEY REALISE THAT THINGS WILL NOT BE THE SAME AS WHEN THEY LAST ATTENDED HOMERTON.
Key things to be aware of are:-
• Children will be taught in much smaller groups with some, but not all, the usual class staff.
• The garden area will be zoned and children will need to play in their own zone rather than in the whole garden.
• Parents will need to drop off their children at designated gates rather than entering the Centre. Staff will be there to greet children and sign them in and take any messages.
• Children will need to be happy to be dropped off in this new way and whilst staff will reassure them they won’t be able to give the same close physical support that they are used to.
• Please only enter our reception to speak to office staff if you really need to. We are happy to answer queries by phone on 01223 508766.
• There will be marking on the entrance paths to help with social distancing.
• Nursery parents please come up the pathway and turn left along the front of the building through the orange park gates to drop children at the green gate next to our pond.
• Please then leave either by exiting directly via the park alleyway or by turning around and going across in front of our building again and out through the wider carpark driveway – taking care to look out for any cars.
• Nest parents please walk up the main carpark driveway and drop children at the gate directly in front of you which leads onto the Nest garden. There will be a bell at this gate which parents can ring and then staff will come and greet your children.
• We will be dividing the paths with white paint to allow everyone to stay on the right hand side and allow for distancing when passing each other.
• Times for drop off are the same as usual with Nursery being 8.45-9.15 and Nest being 9.00-9.30.
• For South room children please wait outside the gate by the pond to collect your children at 11.45. Staff will bring your children to you at this time.
• East room collection will be 3.30 and West Room at 3.45.
• Nest children can be collected between 3.30-4.00 or after your morning session at 12 if your child is not staying for lunch.
• PLEASE ENSURE YOU SOCIAL DISTANCE AT A 2 METRE DISTANCE WHILST WAITING TO DROP OFF OR PICK UP.
Snack and Lunches
• Please bring snack for your children in original sealed packaging eg a bag of apples, bunch of bananas, box or breadsticks or oatcakes etc.
• From the 8th June, Dolce our catering provider, will be providing children with a packed lunch at the cost of £2.50 per child.
• Lunches will be served in class rooms to limit movement around the school and keep children together. Class staff, rather than our lunch supervisors, will be looking after children at this time.
Thank you in advance to everyone for all your help with these changes.
If you get a chance over the holiday do have a look at our twitter page on the website. There is a new addition today of a lovely story of two animals which helps to explain how to show affection in these times of social distancing. Thank you to Angie for sending this to us.
Your kind comments and support have been so appreciated by us all during this time.
Alex and all at Homerton