Firstly, I would like to thank you for the lovely messages of support we have received. It has really helped the managers and the staff.
As you will know, things are in a constant state of flux, but we will try to keep you updated as and when we have relevant information regarding the nursery. Our first and main priority is keeping everyone as safe as we can and 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 and all other healthcare workers who are in the frontline of this crisis. We have planned the following measures.
As you know from the press there is doubt about the definition of keyworkers and whether it is one or two. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and we hope to have clarity from The City of Edinburgh Council and also a hotline where we can refer specific family circumstances which do not fall into certain categories. In the meantime, children of keyworkers should report to their own nursery on Monday the 23rd March and thereafter we will update you following the instructions from the city of Edinburgh Council . The proposed plan is to gather the children of keyworkers in one or two nurseries (to be decided) but will be spread out inside and taken out to the beach, parks and the forest where and when possible.
Parents whose children do not attend nursery will not be charged fees for April and this will be reviewed month by month. The council have honoured the 1140 hours for 3-5year olds on the pilot scheme and this will help towards the ongoing costs of rents, salaries etc.
We will have a skeleton staff going forward and the governments plan to pay salaries up to 80% for people not working for the next three months has significantly helped our business viability and reassured staff. Staff working in nursery will be re-trained on essential hygiene procedures especially for Covid-19.
A hotline will be established and the app and e-mails will be kept updated as things change. Laura is leading all the nurseries and can be contacted on 0131 226 5751.
Finally we are aware that our precious children will no doubt be trying to make sense of their completely changed world and we should try to keep things as consistent as we can. We will be sending out a pack of ideas and activities for our “home” pupils soon. Any parents who would like any advice, tips or who have suggestions (nice ones!) please forward them to your nursery. My e-mail address is email@example.com I am at present working from home but I am on call at all times on 07789937055.
As each day goes by in these challenging times, we have more issues to address.
We are advised that as a Private Nursery we can remain open to support solely the children of key workers and vulnerable children. We wish to gauge how many parents would require childcare who are on the government’s ‘key worker’ list, a link to this is at the bottom of this message. This will enable us to make appropriate provision. We would hope to be given more clarification on this ‘key worker’ list over the weekend. If you feel you fall into one of these categories, could you please contact your nursery manager by email to confirm your child’s attendance from next week. Please also specify which nursery your child attends.
As you can imagine this will take a bit of planning and organising and requires time to implement.
We are also awaiting the chancellor’s address today to say what support will be given to businesses and parents to ensure sustainability for all.
As a nursery business we have been told by our insurers that we are not covered for COVID-19.
Staff are also anxious and we are all working together to find answers.
Please bear with us and we will keep you up to date as soon as we know.
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.
What a busy month Doune Terrace are having!
It all kicked off with our annual trip to North Berwick. It was such a great day where the babies enjoyed a picnic in the park followed by an afternoon at the beach. We built sandcastles and collected lots of shells to take back to nursery.
Then came our fab invite to the Garden Party at Holyrood Palace. The boys and girls enjoyed a fantastic tour then got the chance to dress in in hats and jewels for a tea party.
We rounded off last week with a fabulously sunny sports day. All the usual events were on, with the children competing to their usual high standard!
The parents race was especially fun to watch too!
Phew, what next?
What a week to launch our Coastal Classroom!
The preschool boys and girls from each of our nurseries are having the best time planning their activies for the coming weeks.
Yellowcraig Beach is such a great location with so many different and exciting areas to explore.
Keep watching for more fantastic photos and updates as the children get more involved with our beautiful Scottish coastline.
As part of our development of exciting outdoor learning, we have some of our fantastic staff and management team out at Coastal Activity Leader Training this week.
The seven day course is taking place at The Ecology Centre in Burntisland, Fife.
The course is designed to inspire us to lead groups of children in the coastal environment. Once completed, we will have the skills to feel confident in the exploration, discovery and conservation of the wild marine environment.
During the course, which is headed up by Laura and Steve Crandles, the team will learn coastal bush craft skills, increase coastal naturalist knowledge, discover new seashore activities and learn the basic health and safety requirements required to lead groups and outdoor learning sessions in this unique and dynamic environment.
Like our Forest Schools programme, Coastal Classroom will provide active outdoor experiences and games which will encourage the children to enjoy healthy outdoor play, whilst increasing their understanding of the world around them and the impact we have on it.
We can’t wait to get this up and running, so watch this space for more information!
It is lovely to see all our nursery children dressed up as different book characters today.
We have been reading some of their favourite books from home which all of the children are enjoying.
Reading is vital to the growth of a child’s imagination and such an important part of growing up.
Let us all spend some time appreciating our most loved books today and encourage our children to do them same.