Thank you for your patience and support over what I can honestly say has been a time that I could never have planned or even imagined.
Alison Hurley, Director of Education in Bristol, stated in her letter that we had been advised by the Government to open more widely by the 1st of June at the earliest. She also said that we would only be able to open once we had carried out a very thorough risk assessment to ensure safety. This has been our highest priority. We want to make sure that Nursery will be as safe as possible for our children, families, staff and wider community.
We have worked hard to complete our detailed risk assessment, which has now been discussed and agreed by our Governing Body. We hope to have everything necessary in place by the 15th June and then welcome back a limited number of children.
As you have probably heard or read in the news, Primary Schools have been advised to reopen for some year groups only. Nursery provision has not received such detailed advice. At St Werburgh’s Nursery School, we are lucky enough to work with 188 children from our community. We are a large Nursery School, bigger even than a single form entry Primary School. We have had to consider what a “phased” return would look like for us too. As a result of many discussions, we have decided to focus on the children who will be leaving us for Primary School in September. We feel that it is important for these children to have an opportunity for closure and support with transition. We have already spoken to all of these families and have developed a clear plan to welcome back those that want to return.
However, this does mean at this time, we are not in a position to welcome back those children who will be returning to us in September. We can’t wait to see them all again, safe and well at this point. Should things change before the end of July, we will, of course, contact you as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding in this. I know this may be disappointing to some of you, but keeping everyone safe has to be our main priority at this time.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the Staff at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School. They have been doing an amazing job since this began. We have all really appreciated the positive comments we have received from you. Every single staff member has stepped up to the challenges they have faced. They have had to find different ways to connect with the children and families; making You Yube films, working with children in school despite anxieties, continuing to provide information for work with SEND children and transitioning children, as well as communicating with you through phone calls and emails. They have done this despite their own personal situations. They have been shielding themselves, supporting family members who are shielding, supporting partners who have been furloughed, managing their own concerns and homeschooling their own children! I am so proud of them.
In the meantime, we will continue to add stories and activities to our YouTube Channel, communicate with receiving schools and keep in touch through telephone calls and emails. From the 15th June, the majority of staff will be working face to face with children, so please be patient if they are unable to get back to you straight away. School leaving children not attending will receive a “Transition Pack” over the next few weeks, as will children who will be moving from the 2’s room to a Nursery class.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.