Parents Letter October 2018

please take the time to read our October letter. You will find attached information regarding sickness and diarrhoea "48 hour rule" also a questionnaire which we would really appreciate your feedback.


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Parents Letter October 2018


Please ensure that all new enrolment forms for your child have now been returned to the office. If you have not yet completed a new enrolment form please see the office to complete this (this is a pink form).

Please ensure that you notify us if your child is going to be absent, this may be due to illness, holiday etc. Also remember to notify us if you have a change of address or telephone number. If you child has sickness and/or diarrhoea please ensure that they refrain from attending nursery for 48 hours from their last bout of illness. If your child is off due to illness you will still be charged for this period (we have attached an information leaflet).

If your child requires regular medication such as an inhaler, eczema cream, allergy medication please inform your child’s keyworker as they will need to contact your child’s health visitor to receive a health care plan. Unfortunately with prescribed medicine we are unable to administer medication without seeing the prescription label or having a health care plan.


We are now using an online system called tapestry to upload your child’s observations and assessments. Tapestry also gives you the opportunity as parents/ carers to upload activities and achievements that your child enjoys at home for us to view.

You will all have received an email link to activate your tapestry account, if you have not yet received this please ensure you check your junk email. If you have any problems please contact the office to have a new link sent out.


We require fees to be paid 2 weeks in advance. If you have any concerns about fees please come to the office to discuss this. If fees are not paid this may result in us being unable to off you a place for your child until fees are paid in full. If your child receives funding you will still be offered these hours however, no additional hours will be offered.

30 hours

Parents receiving 30 hours for their child please remember to ensure that you reconfirm your child’s eligibility every 3 months, to do this you will need to log back into the same system and click reconfirm

15 hours funding

Children receiving 15 hours funding there will be no funding week beginning 29th October. Children will return on Monday 5th November.

Welcome to all of our new starters: Scarlett-Rose, Elliott, Emily, Mirudhula, Harry, George, Matei, Adel, Sayar, Namsong, Kyle, Harley 🙂

Enjoy and Achieve

Babies have enjoyed mastering their physical skills playing on the hide and slide.

Toddlers have enjoyed mixing ingredients to make cakes and exploring the new resources in the playroom.

Preschool have enjoyed talking about their environment and exploring outdoors hunting for conkers.


Children are welcome to dress up throughout the week (29th-2nd Nov).

Babies/ toddlers- we will be having a stay and play session from 9-10am on Wednesday 31st October, parents/ carers are welcome to come along and join in with some spooky activities. If your child does not attend for this session and you would like to come along please see the office to book a place, this will be at a charge of £5.10.

Preschool- We will be having a preschool Halloween party on Wednesday 31st October 2-3pm if your child is already booked in for this session they will automatically take part. If you would like to book a place for your child please see the office, this will be at a charge of £4.80.

Nursery photographs

Tamsin photography will be in nursery on Wednesday 7th November. If your child already attends on this day they will automatically be photographed. If your child does not attend on this day and you would like them to be photographed please come along to nursery between 10.30-11.30am on this day.

Parent questionnaire

Please take the time to complete the attached questionnaire and bring it back to us by Monday 22nd October 2018. Your feedback is very important and valuable to us J



Sam and Clare


Sickness/Diarrhoea “48 hour rule”

Sadly it is that time of year when winter sickness and/or diarrhoea bugs are starting. Unfortunately it is not possible to distinguish between the causes, therefore it is essential that the same rule of exclusion applies in ALL cases of Vomiting or Diarrhoea.

Vomiting and/or diarrhoea commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different germs. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. It is recommended that any child or staff member with vomiting and/or diarrhoea must stay away or be excluded from the nursery until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the ‘48 hour rule’) and feel well.


If you send them back to nursery the next day after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea, they will still be contagious. Children often have a relapse of vomiting/diarrhoea after the 24 hour mark and there can be a delay between the vomiting/diarrhoea halves of the illness. If your child has been sick during the night but appear fine in the morning, please do not send them to nursery until they have been well for 48 hours.

If your child is sick at nursery, we will ask you or your emergency contact to take your child home. Please ensure that your emergency contact numbers are kept up to date. They should not return for 48 hours. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases, and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in nursery.

We have attached a general information sheet to the back of this letter for your information.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration in this matter.

Vomiting & Diarrhoea Information Sheet


Diarrhoea and vomiting usually lasting 1 -2 days


What should you do if your child is unwell?


  • Make sure they get lots of rest.
  • Ensure they drink plenty of fluids, taking sips rather than gulps to avoid vomiting.
  • Give infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, according to product instructions, to help keep their temperature down.
  • If your child is unusually sleepy, won’t take fluids or has other symptoms, such as blood in their diarrhoea, an unusual rash, headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing, ring NHS 111, contact your GP or take your child to hospital.
  • Keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school. However, if your child has been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting keep them at home until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.


How can you prevent the spread of these infections?


Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking after them. Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible –


  • Before and after caring for your child
  • After using the toilet
  • Before eating or handling food
  • After cleaning up a mess (vomit, faeces or urine).


Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to:


  • Keep a separate towel for family members who have symptoms.
  • Dispose promptly of used tissues and other items that your child may have coughed or sneezed on.
  • Wash soiled clothing, bed linen and towels in a washing machine. Use the hottest wash for that fabric.
  • Clean baths and washbasins thoroughly and disinfect after use.
  • If cleaning up diarrhoea or vomit, wash the surface with hot soapy water and disinfect before allowing to dry. If using bleach remember that it can remove the colour from fabrics and can burn the skin. Keep your child away from other children.





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Parent Questionnaire

Strongly agree Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
The nursery is kept clean


The nursery environment is stimulating both inside & outside
Then nursery is a safe place for children to attend
I am happy with the quality of care my child receives
My child is happy at nursery


My child enjoys activities at nursery
My child’s individual needs are met
My child is supported to meet their full potential
Staff encourage children to behave appropriately
I am kept informed about what is happening at nursery
The nursery website is easily accessible
Staff are approachable


Staff keep me well informed of my child’s progress
Tapestry is a helpful tool to view my child’s progress
My opinions and suggestions are valued
Parents/carers are encouraged to be involved in nursery life
I get the chance to speak openly if I have any concerns