I can now confirm our plans to open preschool on Monday 15th June, for mornings only Monday – Thursday. We have 12 families who expressed an interest in returning and I would just like to outline how we intend to operate during the coming weeks: –
- Children will be split into 2 groups with the same adults on each day, parents have been informed which group their child is in.
- We have ‘Blue team’ and ‘Yellow team’ with allocated drop-off and pick-up times.
- Please ensure you are ON TIME.
- They will stay in these groups until the end of term.
- Parents still need to be aware of the 2 metre social distancing rules at these times.
- We will continue to encourage hand washing and the children will be encouraged to use the ‘catch it kill it bin it’ approach and coughing or sneezing into their elbow.
- We will be CLOSED on Fridays for a thorough clean.
- Please remember a labelled drink and piece of fruit for snack.
- Put sun cream on your child and provide a hat for outdoor play.
- To reduce the risk of transmission, we are asking all families to ensure children come into preschool wearing a fresh, clean set of clothes each day.
Do not send your child into preschool if they, or someone in the household, has developed the symptoms of COVID-19. Contact preschool straight away and then book a test. Everybody is now eligible for a test if they have symptoms. They can be booked by following this link -> https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ . Our most local testing site is at Thornhill Park and Ride on the edge of Oxford. At the moment, test slots are freely available and easy to book for a time of your choosing. Alternatively, a postal testing kit can be ordered.
Please keep your child at home until they, or the relevant member of your household has been tested. If they are negative for COVID-19, the child can return when they are well enough. If they, or a member of your household, test positive, the child will need to stay off school for 14 days.
If a child tests positive, preschool will be closed for 14 days and further advice will be sought from Public Health England. If a member of a child’s household tests positive, but the child themselves does not, the preschool will remain open but the child in question will need to self-isolate, along with the rest of the household, for 14 days.
If a member of staff develops symptoms of COVID-19, they will be asked to go home, self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. If there is insufficient staffing capacity to safely supervise the children, then parents will be contacted and asked to collect their children. In this instance, the preschool would have to remain closed until the member of staff had tested negative for COVID-19 and was well enough to return to preschool.
Although we have been advised that we do not require PPE for Early Years; could you all please prepare the children that the adults maybe wearing masks/visors on their return.
This is a very testing time for us all and I would just like to thank you all for your patience but our priority
is to keep everyone safe!
Ewelme Village Preschool has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. The inspection found the preschool to be “vibrant”, “exciting”, and an environment where children “flourish” and are “happy, secure, fully involved and confident”.
You can find the full report on our website – Useful Information / Ofsted Reports.