4th January 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Despite the sudden change in national Christmas plans, we do hope that you have all had a good Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to look ahead together to 2021 when we pray that our lives may be able to return to some normality.

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a very big welcome to our new starters this term. Parents have always commented on the strong sense of community and genuine care and concern that our staff show and one of the great sadness’s of Covid has been that we have been unable to welcome parents into the setting in our usual way. You would normally be welcome to bring your child into the hall and get to know their key worker before leaving. Once your child is settled you are usually also welcome to spend a morning with us by putting your name down on our parent’s rota. We are looking forward to such days again soon.

In the meantime please be assured that Teresa is always available at the door and a staff member is always outside at the end of the sessions. We have also been able to arrange some outdoor meetings with parents and will continue this weather permitting.

Particularly in light of increasing Covid cases we would like to remind you of the importance of following our Covid policies and procedures. The Government campaign of Hands, Face, Space are more important than ever as we go through the winter months and we are very grateful for your continued vigilance.

  • We are very grateful to you all for continuing to wear masks and respect social distances on arrival and pick up and adhering to our one way system.
  • We will continue to be at the door to welcome children between 9:15 and 9:30 but would appreciate if you could endeavour to be no later than this. Many thanks.
  • Please continue to monitor your Childs temperature and general health before bringing them to Pals. If you are in any doubt then we ask you to err on the side of caution and keep them at home. If you are concerned it could be Covid it is of course important that you arrange a test and that they do not return until a negative test has been obtained. Should your child have a Covid test then please forward the results to us once received.
  • We in turn are doing our part and continue to wash all the childrens hand on arrival and throughout the session and also to clean every single table, chair and toy that has been out for the children to enjoy during the mornings. It is time consuming but vital and we are now in a good routine with it. However, please forgive us if this means we do not always have the children’s art work to hand at the end of the session.

Staffing:

Last half term we welcomed Lynsey onto the team and I am sure you will join us in giving her a huge welcome. Many of you will already know Lynsey and that she has been a childminder for a number of years – I know she is going to be a real asset to Pals and I am pleased to say that she will be able to increase her hours when Ashley goes on maternity leave later this

Theme:

This half term we are going to explore rhyming with the children which is a important skill in the process of learning to read. We will use a variety of rhyming books and traditional nursery rhymes amongst other things

Also this half term we will be completing our annual RSPB big school Birdwatch. This gives the children a wonderful opportunity to see the variety of birds on our doorstep here at Christ Church.

Website:

For new parents we have quite a lot of information available on our website. In particular we normally post the plans for the week together with a small paragraph letting you know some of the things that the children have been up to during the week on a Friday afternoon.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our and also term dates for this academic year. Our policies are also available on the website.

Winter Weather:

Should we have heavy snow this term we may need to make a decision as to whether to open. In such circumstances please check the home page of the website where we will post a message to state whether we will be open or closed

Child absences:

If your child is goingto be absent for any reason then please let us know. We are required to keep a note of all absences whether due to sickness or other reasons and it therefore important that you notify us.

Please note that once they are funded London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to events such as holiday during any one term. Should this extend beyond 3 weeks then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the extended absence.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Extended sessions:

These sessions are primarily for children who are off to school in September and run until 2:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As well as learning to manage their lunch the children love exploring outside during the afternoon and towards the summer also get the opportunity to practice such skills as getting changed for P.E. the cost for this session is £12.50 and if you have any universal funded hours are eligible for extended entitlement funding then you can access 2 hours funding towards the cost of this session. Please speak to Teresa should you wish your child to join these sessions.

                                                                          

Primary School Applications:

The deadline for applications for Primary Schools for 3 and 4 year olds born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 is Friday 15th January and it is imperative that you send your applications in by this date. Please visit www.bromley.gov.uk and click on the link marked “apply for it” on the home page.

Please remember that despite the current restrictions we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you outside to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Ashley, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz, Lynsey and Sarah