Before we set out these arrangements, we would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their understanding and cooperation since we had to close to the majority of children from 20th March 2020. We know that this period has been challenging for many families, in particular when you have had to juggle work commitments with managing childcare, if you have children with special educational needs or disability, or if you are a single parent.
We are pleased to let you know that, further to the government's announcement that schools, early years and childcare providers will open from 1 June (subject to scientific advice), we are working hard to take the necessary steps to be ready to welcome back all children. We will open to more children only if the government confirms that their five key tests justify taking this step.
Wybunbury Delves will be following the Cheshire East phased return to schools. There letter can be found here. This means we will begin a phased return for some children from Monday 15th June.
Which children can attend from 15th June?
As you may be aware, we have remained open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children since Monday 23rd March and have been operating with smaller group sizes and additional hygiene and infection control measures. We will remain open for children on our Key Worker List until wider opening is confirmed.
The government is now encouraging all eligible children to attend and it is no longer necessary for parents of eligible children to keep them at home if they can. Please do contact us if you fall into one of these groups and would like your child to take up their place.
From the week beginning 1 June, schools, early years and childcare providers will welcome back children, if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time — the Government have now said these key tests have been met and school can move towards reopening.
For Wybunbury Delves our reopening date is Monday 15th June, in line with local policy.
|Week Beginning||Year Group||Opening Times||Days|
|15th June||Reception||8.45am-2.45pm||Monday to Friday|
|22nd June||Year 1||9am-3pm||Monday to Friday|
|29th June||Year 6||8.35am-2.50pm||Monday to Thursday||8.35am-12pm||Friday|
|1st June||Key Worker and Vulnerable Provision||8.30am-3.30pm||Monday to Friday|
Full details can be found in the letters attached at the bottom of the page.
For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their school setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.
Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)
First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.
Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for reopening include:
What can parents and carers do to help?
There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.
Once schools open to more children, all children who are attending a school or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.
We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.
We are looking forward to welcoming your children back and I hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.