Helping families feel safe and normal
Little Learners Nursery, Ilford, reassures parents as childcare reopens
Little Learners Nursery has been reassuring parents about the safety measures in place as children are set to return to the Nursery on 1st July.
The early years sector is among the first to reopen to children, along with specific primary school year groups. Among those opening is Little Learners which has two sites across East London.
Both are up and running and while they have made some changes to practise, including slightly shorter opening hours, and children being restricted to a ‘bubble’ of eight, they plan to open their doors to more children in the coming weeks.
Ahead of opening, both Little Learners sites are being deep-cleaned and staff have disinfected all nursery fixtures, fittings, and toys both inside and outdoors.
Ongoing safety measures that have been introduced include social distance markings for parents queuing to collect their children, children put into smaller groups and set times for them to play in the garden.
Despite the necessary sterile environment and restrictions, staff are reassuring parents that their children will still receive the same level of care and attention as they did before. In-fact staff have been trained to help children return to ‘normal’ while staying safe and prepare those who will be starting school in September.
Karen Collier, manager of Little Learners, said:
Parents can be assured that if a child needs reassuring, we will still provide the same high level of care and attention to help settle them as we have always done.
In addition, we’ve got lots of activities, songs and pictures to help children have fun and understand the importance of washing their hands and using tissues to catch and bin their sneezes! Our mantra of ‘leading the way, learning through play’ really comes into its own!
PPE continues to be used in the same way as it always has been within the nursery, with a higher level of PPE only necessary should a child become unwell while in the nursery.
Toys from home are not allowed and the sand-pit has been covered up for now.
Individual hand sanitisers, tissues, wipes, pens and notepads have been provided for every staff member.
Nathan Singleton, CEO of LifeLine Projects, the charity behind Little Learners, said:
In addition to all the safety measures we have implemented, we are following the government’s guidelines and continuously applying lots of common sense.
‘We appreciate that this is a worrying time for parents and so we’re doing everything within our power to work with them to ensure the best for their family. We have had a fantastic response from our parents who joined us on a zoom call ahead of opening to ask questions.
We’ve worked tirelessly to implement safety measure and detailed risk assessments and will continue to talk with parents to address and alleviate their worries as lockdown eases. In the meantime, I wish to welcome all our children and their parents back to the safe and familiar nursery environment today!