No one could have predicted what has happened both in our communities and globally in the last few months and we are all getting used to new ways of working and living. At Truro Nursery School we have continued to offer a service to families of key workers and vulnerable children throughout the pandemic. Over the last few weeks we have extended this provision in line with government guidelines and are providing education for in excess of 30 children. We have had to change the way we work in so many ways but have managed to do this whilst retaining our core values and the practices we know really benefit children. Some of the changes we have implemented are:
Increased cleaning schedules
Working in smaller ‘bubbles’ ensuring children and staff from the bubbles don’t mix
Regular hand washing for all
Operating staggered start and finish times
2m markings to help parents stay apart
Providing hand gel stations
Deep cleaning each week
Throughout the journey we have followed all the government guidance (keeping up with this has been a challenge in itself!) and our feedback from stakeholders has been one of great confidence.
Our risk assessment can be found here Covid 19 risk assessment reopening website version
There have been some positives for us throughout this experience too – having small groups we have been able to take children out for walks regularly and have longer, deeper conversations with the children over lunch for example. We are a reflective bunch and this experience has made us think and evaluate our practice even further.
We were delighted to see so many families again after lockdown but also really sad that some of our families will leave us to move on to primary school without us being able to say a proper ‘goodbye’.
We are unable to operate our very successful holiday club this summer and our ‘home visits’ look different this year. Visitors to the nursery school are limited to those undertaking essential work.
We will continue to endeavour to make the best of the situation and we look forward to welcoming children and families back in September along with new families. We know that the summer months are going to bring great challenges to Cornwall and hope that we all manage to stay safe throughout.
Helen Adams, Headteacher.
Below is an example of some of the documentation and links we share with our families: