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As have we all, Hanborough Meadows Pre-School has felt the enormous impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. On 20th March 2020 we were saddened to close our doors and wave 'see you soon' to the children in our care. This was following the UK Government's decision that all schools and Early Years childcare settings should close in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and it's impact on our wonderful National Health Service. 

Following the Government and Department of Education’s guidance, we reopened on 1st June having taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of the children as well as the Staff. We implemented a a phased return to ‘normal’; reducing the number of children in each session, comprehensive hygiene and cleaning measures and staggered start and finish times of sessions. We designed and implemented a 'bubble' system; each child and their 'bubble leader' (Early Years Practitioner) only had contact with the other children in their 'bubble'. Each bubble was limited to 8 children as a maximum (although we aim to keep each bubble to 6 children). 

Children returned to the setting as planned in September 2020, this time in one larger bubble but with the same stringent levels of hygiene and cleaning. We continue to implement the guidance and policies offered by the Department of Education and West Oxfordshire Country Council and update our COVID-19 policy and Risk Assessment whenever changes are made.

Here are some useful links:

The UK Government's Coronavirus: Education and Childcare page

The UK Government's 'What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak' publication

The UK Government's 'Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers' publication

The UK Government's Department for Education's 'Coronavirus: Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings' publication

Our COVID-19 Policy and Risk Assessment are available upon request. Please click the link below.


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