January 2021 – Remote Learning

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 19th December 2020 we have now returned to a position where all learning in schools and nurseries is being delivered remotely and schools and nurseries are open only for the children of keyworkers and for vulnerable children. The arrangements are currently expected to take place until at least 1st February, subject to a further review in mid-January.

All learners will be supported remotely through Google Classroom, our Blog and Twitter. Home learning Family Fun Bags will be issued to all families. Further targetted support will be offered such as Maths Home Learning Bags, Bookbug in the Home sessions (delivered remotely) and support for our children with English as an additional language, delivered by our bi-lingual support worker. A member of the nursery team, usually your child’s keyworker, will contact families to offer pastoral support and advice on remote learning. 

While we are operating for only a limited number of children, the following adjustments to our service are in place to ensure the safety of the children attending and minimise risk.

  • All children attending will enter through the MAIN DOOR and will be altogether in the Willow Room. Parents are not permitted into the building. Please ensure you keep apart from other families as you enter and leave the building.
  • Parents and staff MUST wear masks at drop off and collection times and maintain a 2 metre distance. Staff are also required to maintain a 2 metre distance from one another and to wear masks at all times in the building unless working directly with children. Some members of staff may wear masks while with children and we have purchased masks with clear panels to allow for better communication.
  • All staff and children are required to wash hands or use hand sanitiser upon entering or leaving the building and throughout the session. The children are well supported to develop good hand washing techniques.
  • We will be keeping robust records of which children and staff are together at any time in the event of contact tracing being required.
  • There will be a rota for staff meaning your child may not see their own keyworker. Where possible, the rota will have at least one member of staff from the Willow room and one from the Meadow room  to ensure at least one menber of staff knows them well but this may be affected by staff illness/ self isolation etc.
  • Whille young children do not need to socially distance from each other or from adults, we will be encouraging them to stay a bit further from each other and from staff when possible unless we are providing necessary nurture and care. This will be done in ways that are developmentally appropriate to each child and will not in any way reduce the contact required to provide personal care, support and nurture.  For children able to understand, please discuss with them why we should all stay back from one another during this time.
  • We will make good use of our outdoor spaces throughout the session so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and provide warm, waterproof clothing and wellies. The playrooms are well ventilated and windows remain open so please ensure your child has a jumper or cardigan which can be put on or taken off as required.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions please  check the Council website. http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk  This will provide updates on the impact of adverse weather on Council services as will the Council’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  • Keyworker provision is only to be used when both parents are keyworkers at work and unable to work from home (one, if a single parent family). If you do not require the provision at any time please email to let us know.
  • No one should attend who is symptomatic with a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell. If your child becomes symptomatic during their session you will be contacted to immediately collect them. We have procedures in place to self-isolate them while awaiting collection. Please ensure you keep us updated with contact details especially mobile phone numbers and emails.  If your child is in contact with someone who has tested positive, they should not attend.
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