17th March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID 19) – Latest Advice
Last night the UK government significantly changed its advice around the coronavirus outbreak:
- Anyone with a fever (37.8C or above) or persistent cough should stay at home and self- isolate for 14 days
- If any family member (living in the same house) displays symptoms, the whole family must self-isolate for 14 days
- Non-essential social contact and unnecessary travel should stop
- Everyone who can should work from home
Note: self-isolation means staying at home. You shouldn’t go out at all – ask for help from friends, neighbours if you need shopping or medicines. They can drop supplies off on your doorstep without any contact with you. Don’t visit or contact your GP or NHS 24 unless you are concerned about your symptoms.
What this means for Nursery
Schools and nurseries will stay open at present – although that advice could change. We are following public health hygiene advice – frequent cleaning of surfaces with antibacterial spray and frequent hand washing. Sand, water and playdough have been removed from the playrooms to prevent infection.
Planned events involving parent/carers (e.g. our Easter Fun Day) have been cancelled.
If your child, or anyone in your family, has a fever or cough, you must isolate your whole family for 14 days – your child cannot return to nursery in that time, even if you all feel quite well.
Some parent/carers have decided to keep their child at home as a precautionary measure. That is completely your decision – you are not compelled to send your child to nursery at this time.
Our International Week was a big success this year. Many thanks to those parents/carers who contributed by cooking/baking national dishes, reading stories, dancing or sharing crafts. We are very proud of the range of nationalities represented in our nursery community and really enjoy learning about them.
If you currently have a storysack at home, can you please return it? We will not be lending the storysacks out over the next few weeks.
Applications for deferred entry to school should be submitted before the end of March, so if you haven’t completed a form, and would like your child to have another year in nursery, please speak to a member of staff urgently.
We know very little about what will happen over the coming days and weeks. Major changes will be communicated through the daily announcements from the Scottish and UK governments – you will know about these as soon as we do. In the meantime, please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to keep your children healthy.
A free Coronavirus information helpline is available if you have concerns – 0800 028 2818
Dates for your diaries
The last day of term will be Friday 3rd April
New term starts on Tuesday 21st April