Parents Letter March 2021
Please ensure you notify us of any changes to contact details. This includes contact details and address.
Please ensure that you label your child’s belongings clearly and provide them with appropriate clothing such as coats, wellingtons, hats etc.
Please provide nappies, wipes and spare clothes in your child’s bag, this should be in a named bag not in a carrier bag. Please ensure that bags provided are not carrier bags!
Lunch and snacks
Children are provided with a healthy snack during the morning and again in the afternoon, this will include fruit and a drink of milk. Water is offered regularly for children to access throughout the day. All children attending for lunch are required to provide a packed lunch with healthy snacks, this may include sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, please ensure that foods are cut safely for example, grapes, blueberries and cocktail sausages should be sliced length ways.
Lunch should be sent in a wipe-able lunch box with a rubbish bag provided inside to avoid any spillages within your child’s box, can we also ask that spoons are provided for yogurts.
Please ensure that you inform nursery if your child is going to be absent. This may be due to a holiday, day trip or sickness. You can notify us via phone, text, whatsapp or email.
If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhea please ensure that they remain absent from the setting for 48 hours from their last bout of illness to ensure that this is not passed on to other children and staff. Fess are still payable during absence or sickness.
If your child is absent due to holiday or sickness you will still be charged for this session.
In line with government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus, staff will be carrying out weekly lateral flow tests at home. Staff will continue to wear a face covering when collecting and bringing children to the door and within communal spaces however, they will not be required to wear them within their bubble groups/rooms.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that children must be fit and well to attend their sessions within the nursery and able to participate in all activities provided both indoors and outdoors.
Please refrain from sending your child to nursery if they are displaying any signs of illness, being unwell or appear to be under the weather.
In addition to this, if yourself or your child are displaying symptoms or have been in contact with someone that has tested positive please ensure that you isolate for the full day 10 days.
Please ensure that when entering the nursery grounds you wear a face covering and use the sanitiser provided. All children must wash their hands prior to entering the building at the hand washing station provided, this water is warm and will be changed throughout the sessions.
We continue to work with children with regards to hand washing regimes, they are encouraged to cover up coughs and sneezes and wash their hands afterwards.
The nursery is cleaned daily and at the weekend, all resources that children access are cleaned on a regular basis. Surfaces touched frequently such as door handles, hand rails and gate latches are cleaned throughout the day.
Observations of your child are regularly added to tapestry, this enables staff to track and monitor their development and enables you to encourage their next steps of learning at home too. It is lovely to see so many parents/carers accessing tapestry and uploading images of the children enjoying activities and reaching milestones at home.
If you have not already done so you can subscribe to the nursery website to receive notifications of when new information is added. We regularly add photos of the children participating in activities at nursery and information of any upcoming events. The website can be accessed at www.jackintheboxnuneaton.co.uk.
30 hours funding
Please ensure to reconfirm your code every 3 months to ensure that you continue to receive funding for your child. It is recommended that you continue to do this until your child is attending school. Whilst we do offer the 30 hours funding for children these places are limited and are not guaranteed within the setting just because your child is eligible. We offer the delivery of the 30 hours funding as 3×8 hour days over 47.5 weeks of the year.
15 hour funding
We have spaces available for two year funding. If your child is eligible for this please speak to the office to book sessions.
Due to the rise in the national minimum wage taking place in April, we have had to make the decision to increase the nursery fees. We have not increased the fees since 2019 and during this time staff wages have increased on a few occasions. A copy of the new fees will be sent home with your child, these fees will come into place week beginning 19th April 2021.
Please can we remind everyone that fees are to be paid two weeks in advance. Failure to pay fees on time may result in a late payment charge and your child being unable to attend for their sessions. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you to all parents/carers that took the time to complete our parent questionnaires. It has been lovely to read so many positive comments and we aim to improve with suggestions that have been made, we appreciate all of the feedback received 🙂 Responses to feedback/suggestions can be viewed in the window next to the entrance door.
We are aware that we usually would have had a few parents evenings taking place over the past few months giving you the opportunity to come and view the setting and speak to your child’s key worker. Unfortunately, due to the current situation we find ourselves in with Covid-19 we are still unable to offer face to face parents evenings however, we would like to offer a telephone call with your child’s key worker, giving you the opportunity to chat to them about your child and their development. We are looking to hold these telephone meetings during weeks beginning 5/4/21 and 12/4/21, you will be allocated a time and the phone call will be for up to 10 minutes, should you require longer than this you can arrange for a call back with your child’s key worker. If you would like to have a telephone meeting with you child’s key worker please respond to the nursery mobile to inform us and you be given an allocated time slot.
Creative Flair will be returning to the setting after the Easter break to carry out some music and movement classes with the preschool children. The member of the creative flair team visiting the setting will be the same each week and they will follow government guidelines with regard to Coronavirus. They will be wearing a mask or a visor during their time within the setting and will present their lateral flow test result prior to visiting (they will also be carrying out lateral flow tests each week). All children will participate within the session, this will be a cost of £2 per week.
Dates to remember
19th March- Red nose day
2nd April- Good Friday Nursery closed
5th April- Bank Holiday Nursery closed
5th-16th April Non funded weeks for 15 hour funded children
3rd May- Bank Holiday Nursery closed
31st May- Bank Holiday Nursery closed
31st May-11th June- Non funded weeks for 15 hour funded children
We would like to thank you for your continued support.
Sam and Clare