It has been a very traumatic time for everyone across the country over the past eight months, dealing with not just a deadly virus sweeping through the world, but how to cope practically with the continuing relaxation of restrictions.
With job uncertainty, health worries, and social distancing to get our heads around, throughout this ongoing outbreak we are still here to support all of your families in whatever way we can.
We are continuing to monitor the ongoing guidance from government about the COVID-19 outbreak, and how best to continue to support the children, parents and staff at Good Manors. As and when this guidance is updated, we will keep you informed of our plans. There has been little change in guidance to nurseries since July, however when this does change we will let you know.
We have seen a return to some kind of normality over the past few weeks, in spite of the recent announcement of the new November lockdown. Normal planning and observation procedures has resumed, so that observation and assessment is back to what we were doing before the pandemic. We are still restricted in some activities and resources that we cannot still use as normal, but continue to work around these restrictions to continue to ensure that the children can still have the very best chances to develop and learn.
As winter sets in we have seen more children to begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19 when they are only catching other respiratory infections – this has lead to an inevitable increase in children being temporarily excluded from the nursery, with some children being temporarily excluded from the nursery on multiple occasions within a relatively short time period. Until the government guidance changes, there is nothing that we can do about this, so we ask for your patience and understanding in what will be a difficult winter.
We also want to once again stress that to help prevent overwhelming of the testing system, that parents/carers should only get yourselves or your children tested if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19. In particular, if you are asked to self-isolate because you or your child has been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then please only get tested if you develop symptoms, because even if you obtain a negative test, you will still be required to complete the 14 day self-isolation period regardless of this test result.
The latest copy of our COVID-19 guidance can be found here.
We have also created a set of flowcharts to help you to understand the current self-isolation guidelines, which you can view here.
Take care of yourselves and stay safe, from our family, to yours.
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