A Message From Maureen

Dear Staff

Firstly thank you all for your understanding and patience during this uncertain time.

I just wanted to keep you updated with where myself and the managers are with key worker children and staff.

As you know the managers have spoken to you all to ask if you would like to furlough and receive 80% of your salary for up to 3 months or if you would like to continue working.  We are considering  all of your replies as well as collating details of how many children will be requiring childcare.  We ask you to bear with us as we do this as you can imagine this is a big exercise.  I promise to have this finalised so you all know what is happening by Friday at the very latest.

The council are also gathering information on what childcare is required throughout Edinburgh and we are liaising with them throughout this process.

Your managers will be issuing a staffing up to and including 31 March this evening.  As the numbers are low staff who are due to work this week and next will  be given extra days off.  Salaries will be paid as normal.

Can I also reiterate that you will be paid as normal on the 5th April your full salary.

As from tomorrow 24th March 2020 we will be opening only 2 settings as follows.

Melville Street Nursery will be open for the key worker children from Early Days, Old Coates House and Melville Street Nursery.  Nikki and Claire will both be there to meet you and show ED/OCH staff around

Walker Street Nursery will be open for the key worker children from Walker Street Nursery and Doune Terrace Nursery.  Any Pre school staff should go to  No.17 Walker Street and Babies, Tweenies and Toddlers staff should go to  No 10 Walker Street.  Aaron will be at No17 to meet you and Christine will be at No 10.

To help contain the spread of this virus we have  asked parents not to enter the nursery building.  We have said that  Staff from their own nursery will  meet them and their children at the door and take them into their new rooms.    Obviously if any children are upset or unsure the parents can take them in to help them settle.

If you have any questions please do note hesitate to contact me, Laura or your manager.

Best wishes and thank you