News & Events
COVID-19 Update - Current as of 13/07/2020
We understand that some families are nervous about their children returning to early years settings and schools. At Oaklea, we are here to listen to your concerns and are always happy to talk and reassure you. Please call us or email us at any time.
The guidance received by Oaklea from the UK Government, Essex County Council and DfE will be kept under review as they continue to monitor the situation over the summer months.
From 20th July 2020:
Early years settings will no longer be required to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings.
Settings should still consider how to minimise mixing within settings.
All other protective measure must remain in place
Early years settings, are on average much smaller than schools, allowing a less restrictive approach to mixing within settings than schools. At Oaklea, from September we aim to return to our normal opening hours including early breakfast starts and late afternoon collections.
Oaklea have risk assessed each setting individually and are happy to share these assessments with parents on request. We understand that updating these plans and monitoring their effectiveness will become part of our day to day running.
Our control measures include: Prevention
Following the guidance to minimise contact with individuals who are unwell – see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home guidance and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Cleaning hands more often and thoroughly – at Oaklea we are operating a consistent approach across our settings, using visual aids for children and songs!
Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. One of our many self care activities include children knowing how to blow their noses into tissues and place them into the bins before washing their hands. This activity is started from a young age and will be introduced to all children and new starters as part of their hygiene routine.
Introducing enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often.
Oaklea welcome parents into the setting, ONLY when it is essential. Families are asked to collect and drop off children outside the nursery building. This has been working extremely well! We have placed visual cues around the setting to encourage social distancing by our staff and families.
At Oaklea, our settings have access to outdoor space. This is vital to children’s development and well being, as are walks where possible. (Again, following recommendations of social distancing)
It is not recommended that staff wear PPE, other than the usual equipment (such as gloves), unless a child or staff member becomes unwell with covid symptoms and social distancing cannot be maintained. All our Oaklea setting have emergency sets of PPE if needed.
We aim to keep our families informed of changes and measures we take to keep the children and staff safe. If you have any questions, do please ask us. For new children and those returning to nursery in September, we will let you know drop off and collection procedures nearer the time. We know that supporting our families and their children to settle well into nursery is so very important. We will be thinking of ways in which to make this as easy and fun as possible! Watch this space….
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At Oaklea, we have a set of information and support leaflets, covering a range of matters from potty training to bereavement and many other issues that parents and families have found helpful. These are freely available at each setting, just ask if you can't see them on display!
Involvement in the nursery
We believe that a parent’s involvement in nursery life enriches a child’s experience and we therefore invite and encourage parents and carers to become actively involved, from sharing particular talents, reading a story (particularly in a different home language) to simply joining us on our different fun days and events.
Each setting has a closed Parent group on our Facebook pages - search Friends of Oaklea Montessori.
We invite parents and carers to join us on a six week discussion forum for families who want to help their child to continue to learn and develop at home in a way that complements their nursery experiences.
Please contact us for further details.
We are strengthening our communications with parents by using an online tool to share moments from your child's day and their development. How lovely is it to see what your child is up to when you are at work? Your child's key person will also upload assessments after Celebration Evenings twice a year and for Integrated Reviews for 2 year olds. Using the ParentZone website or app (available for iOS and Android), parents can access photographs and videos of their child, as well as use convenient payment tools. Please do ask us for details on how the sign up process works. We are happy to guide you where we can!
Open door Policy
All of our settings operate an open door policy with regards to concerns from parents. We are committed to discuss and work together to resolve any problems or worries about a child or the care they receive.
If a parent would like to discuss their child, it may be best to speak to their key person in the first instance. Any other issues regarding the nursery should be brought to the attention of the setting Manager, who can organise a meeting to discuss. If the parent is unhappy with the outcome or feels it has not been resolved, they should follow the complaints procedure. At Oaklea we hope to work together to sort any concerns (no matter how small!), pop in and see us.
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