It has been a very traumatic time for everyone across the country over the past six 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.
We are looking forward to things continuing to return to some kind of normality over the coming weeks. To this end, from 28th September we will be returning to our normal planning and observation procedures, so that observation and assessment is back to what we were doing before the pandemic. We have continued to monitor and observe all children less formally over the past six months, but we are looking forward to getting stuck back into even more activities and learning opportunities with the children, even if we are still restricted in some of the things that we used to be able to do.
As winter approaches we expect more children to begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19 when they are only catching other respiratory infections – this will inevitably lead to an increase in children being temporarily excluded from the nursery, with some children potentially 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 make sure that parents/carers do not overwhelm the testing system, by only getting 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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