Whitley Pre-School Playgroup Ltd

25th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to you to set out the arrangements we have made to open Whitley Pre-School Playgroup Ltd  from 1 June.

Thank you.

Before I set out these arrangements, I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their understanding and cooperation since we had to close from 24/3/20. I know that this period has been challenging for many families, in particular when you have had to juggle work commitments with managing childcare, if you have children with special educational needs or disability, or if you are a single parent.

I am pleased to let you know that, further to the government’s announcement that early years and childcare providers will open from 1 June (subject to scientific advice), we are working hard to take the necessary steps to be ready to welcome back all children. We will open [to more children] only if the government confirms that their five key tests justify taking this step.

Which children can attend from 1 June?

We will open for vulnerable children and key worker children from the 1st June 20 until wider opening is confirmed.

The government is now encouraging all eligible children to attend and it is no longer necessary for parents of eligible children to keep them at home if they can. Please do contact us if you fall into one of these groups and would like your child to take up their place.

From the week beginning 1 June, early years and childcare providers will welcome back all children, if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time. For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their early years setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.

Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for reopening include:

·       Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.

·       Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.

·       Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.

·       Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.

·       Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.

·       Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.

·       Separate entrances to drop your child off.

·       Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing.

·       Children will remain in their same small groups using their groups allocated areas only, this includes use of outside play areas, toilets, eating area, and will be supervised by the same staff. This means that the small groups of children younger and older stay together and are not mixing with other groups.

·       Easily washable toys and equipment.

·       Named personal cups and bowls to eat from.

What can parents and carers do to help?

There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.

1.     Any one showing any of the coronavirus symptoms must stay at home and keep their child at home and follow government guidance on isolating. 

2.    Anyone who begins to display coronavirus symptoms while in the setting will be sent home immediately and must follow government guidelines on what to do if you or someone in your household develops symptoms. [Outline guidance on what to do if their child or someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms and that they should not come to the setting.]

3.    Parents and carers should provide reassurance to children explaining the changed routines and different groups discussed individually on the phone to each family.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Testing – The Government states (Writing this 25th March 20 )

Once early years and childcare providers open to more children, all children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.


I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements we have made to enable children to return to us from 1 June. We are looking forward to welcoming your child back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.



June News Letter

Home Learning for Families that are continuing their learning at home.

The following information is taken from the latest government guidance document that I have received as I write this newsletter. The link can be found below. All of the links are taken from this document as good practice to support home learning and well-being for all children not only our young children.

Quote direct from the guidance from the department of education

We have worked closely with other key partners to ensure the support is there to help teachers with the huge challenge of teaching remotely. This includes:

·       Oak National Academy, an online classroom set up by teachers, covering the curriculum (including specialist content for pupils with SEND) for every year group from Reception through to Year 10. By the end of week two, Oak had 1.4 million users who had viewed over 4 million lessons

·       BBC Bitesize which has developed a comprehensive new education package, available on TV, via the red button and iPlayer and online at BBC Bitesize. Bitesize Daily TV shows were watched by over 2m households on iPlayer in the first two weeks of transmission

·       An initial list of free online educational resources that the department has published, as well as best practice advice for teachers and parents on We are currently reviewing this list and expect to publish additional resources shortly

·       The EdTech Demonstrator schools programme which consists of a network of high-performing schools and colleges that will provide peer-to-peer support to help settings make the best use of available technology and teach pupils remotely


These are the links below you might find useful



General Information for Parents and Carers from the government this includes online safety

Well Being and Mental Health


There are some other useful links as follows

 The Artful Parent, provides creative activities via their facebook page,

Busy Toddler provides 40 indoor activities for toddlers via their website,

CBeebies Radio have fun listening activities for young children.

Downloadable colouring books can be via the openculture website.

Create your own museum- Liverpool museums have lauched a special project, 'My museum at home' for 4-11year old children.

Keeping Early Years Unique have a range of activities available that are aimed to not overwhelm your printer

Take a look around San Diego Zoo
with virtual tours on


If you would like any further help or support or just need to contact just use the pre-school number above. We will be in regular weekly contact with all of our families so we will also try to updated you as we go along.





Sarah Wigan,
May 20, 2020, 11:28 AM
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Sarah Wigan,
May 20, 2020, 11:29 AM