We have now collated the registers of children who will be attending nursery based at Walker Street. This has enabled us to identify the number of staff that will be required in order to be able to provide care for these children. The children are from all four nurseries and on average there will be between seven and twelve children attending on a daily basis.
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to work, similarly thank you to all staff have expressed an interest in being placed on furlough. Please find below a letter which explains in more detail the furlough process.
Letter explaining potential furlough
Once you have read the letter, you are required to email HR at email@example.com by 1pm on Wednesday 25th March. Please can you include the following information in your email :
And one of the following statements:
- I wish to volunteer to be placed on furlough
- I wish to remain at work
If we move to a furlough situation, we will take into account a number of factors when considering the team which is to remain in work. Where possible, we will select the staff that are to remain at work from those who respond that they wish to do so. I must advise of the need to ensure that key a range of key skills/knowledge/roles and training is covered and that if this is not available from the pool of individuals who wish to remain in work we will need to look at those who have volunteered to be furloughed. I must also advise that, depending on the response, it may not be possible for all of those who wish to remain in work to continue to do so. If this is the situation we will select those who are to remain based on the nurseries requirements, the staff that have not been selected will be placed on furlough.
Thank you once again for your patience and your support, I will keep you updated as and when information becomes available to me.
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
Firstly, sincerest thanks to staff for the professional and calm approach taken towards the children in this testing time. I wish to emphasise that the only reason Early Days Nursery will remain open in some form is to support the keyworkers, particularly doctors and nurses who are in the frontline of this crisis.
As you are all aware things change by the hour rather than the day and Laura and I are keen to try and inform and reassure as and when we have updated information.
We are sending out a letter to parents later and wanted to update you prior to this communication going out.
We anticipate that it will be necessary for a small number of keyworkers’ children to continue to attend Early Days Nursery. There is still some confusion about the who will qualify for this support, and we require further clarification from The City of Edinburgh Council. We will hopefully receive this by the end of this week.
We envisage that we will still require a small team or teams of staff to support the frontline workers by continuing to provide care for their children. Laura, the managers and HR will be meeting at the start of the week to establish a plan for this. Further details will be shared with you once this has happened. I must advise that it may be necessary for Early Days Nursery to furlough many of its staff. The government have promised that any staff who are furloughed as a result of the Coronavirus, will be entitled to up to 80% of their salary for up to three months. As this is a new provision further information is required in order to establish how this will work in practice.
Staff who will be working throughout will receive thorough hygiene training for Covid-19. We anticipate taking the children out as much as possible to the beach, forests and parks etc and spreading them out as much as possible.
It is essential that staff reassure children and strive to provide as much consistency as they can.
We thank you for your support and we are available to talk to any staff who are worried or want advice. Please contact Laura Crandles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 226 5751 or Maureen Crandles at email@example.com or 07789937055
Following the statement by the Scottish Education Minister John Swinney at 2pm this afternoon, we now have updated information on the current situation.
We were advised that the private and third sector providers may remain open so long as they review their operating models to support the children of key workers and the families of vulnerable children. Whilst we wait for clarification of the definition of key workers, we will be open for business as usual.
Could you please inform your nursery manager of your current situation to help us assess the overall childcare requirement throughout each setting.
This is an unprecedented and fluid situation which changes on a daily basis and we will keep you updated accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time.
Early Days Management Team
Dear Staff and Parents
I understand today’s government announcement regarding school closures will cause added anxiety during the Covid-19 crisis.
Whilst I fully understand this, can I ask all staff and parents to bear with us over the next two days until we have specific guidance and have time to formulate our in house action plan.
We will endeavour to do our best for all staff, parents and children during this challenging time and we thank you for your patience.
Can I ask that all parents download our Early Days Nurseries App where possible, and ensure that notifications are switched on as this will be the quickest way for us to get information directly to you.
If you cannot for any reason download the app, please can you contact your nursery manger.
We will of course send information via email and update our website regularly.
Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding.
As you are aware, we are reviewing our practice and routines daily due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. As a preventative measure, we have decided to stop all swimming, Tutti Footy and Bambino Beats from next week. We will review this weekly and keep you updated if we decide that it is suitable for them to commence again.
We will continue to provide a range of other outdoor activities.
We will not be visiting indoor public places such as the museum, library or soft play areas.
As guidance continues to change daily, we will keep you updated with any other changes that we feel necessary to implement.
We thank you for your ongoing support at this challenging time.