Possible Re-Opening on 22nd February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will be aware, it was announced that the Scottish Government’s intention is for childcare settings to re-open to children from 22nd February. This is subject to continued progress in suppressing the virus and will be subject to final confirmation on the 16th February.

We will let you know once we have had confirmation and fingers crossed, we will see you all back on the 22nd February.

Stay Safe Everyone.


There is a wealth of resources and materials available online for ELC practitioners/other educators to use to support children and families learning at home.

Here are links to various useful websites, which offer guidance and inspiration for both staff and parents/carers on how to engage children with meaningful and developmentally appropriate experiences outdoors. Particularly during this time of Covid-19, it is important that we consider our children and families’ wellbeing and encourage them to be active, connect with each other and have fun in nature.

You will find a collection of links to online resources to support outdoor learning and Learning for Sustainability through this Education Scotland Wakelet https://wakelet.com/wake/dx8-511rFvLFU03clV9eh.

Key ELC links:

The Wild Network https://www.thewildnetwork.com/wild-time-learning

Inspiring Scotland/Thrive Outdoors https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/results/?type=publication&fund=thrive-outdoors&order-filter=date

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland https://www.owlscotland.org/resources/early-years-resources/

Learning through Landscapes https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/?swoof=1&pa_age=2-5

Outdoor Classroom Day https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/resources/

The Wildlife Trusts https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/

Virtual Nature School https://www.virtualnatureschool.org/

COVID 19 Risk Assessment – Families January 2021

Children attending nursery during January 2021 lock down.

Who does it involve – Children, Staff and families
Date – 5th January 2021

Benefits of ActivityHazardSeverityWho is at RiskRisk Level

Keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Contaminating the nursery setting.
Spreading COVID 19 germs to children, colleagues and families which could lead to them contracting the virus.
Loss of business and trust.

Close the room / setting to deep clean.
Numbers of COVID 19 cases will increase and could lead to death of service users, families and staff.
Closure of nursery and redundancies.

All staff Children Families

HIGH

Action taken

Following Government and all governing bodies guidance (Care Inspectorate, HPST)

Additional cleaning procedures in place in line with guidance. Thorough hand washing procedures in place in line with guidance.

Social distancing measures in place at the entrance:

Only persons from the same household as the child can drop off or pick up. No other family members from different households can drop off or pick up.
In an emergency situation this will be discussed on the call and a resolution found.

Only one family member allowed in the garden at any one time, unless instructed by a member of staff.

Family members to follow the social distancing markers while waiting.
If possible, wait in your vehicles.
If the children are in the garden please make staff aware you are there and walk to the exit gate where your child will be brought to you.

No family members will gain access to the nursery.

Please avoid direct contact with staff, where practicable.

Reduced opening hours will be in place at the moment due to reduced staffing. Hours will be: 8.00 am – 5.30 pm, children MUST be collected by 5.20pm.

If you require a medication form please let nursery know and this will be emailed to you to be completed and returned.

Children and staff temperatures will be taken if either begin to feel unwell at nursery at regular intervals. Following NHS guidelines if your child has a high temperature over 37.7 (0 – 2 years) or 37.2 (2 – 5 years) you will be called to collect them and follow NHS inform guidance.

Any accident, incident or medication forms will not be signed by families at the end of the day. You will receive a copy of the completed form.

There will be two rooms open initially to cater for the children from 0-2’s and 1-3’s, they will be in the 2’s room and 2’s, 2-4’s and 3-5’s will be in the 3-5 room.

Rooms will work with set staff and there will be no crossing over where possible.

All buggies, bikes, scooters etc brought to nursery cannot be left here during the day and must be taken with you.

Staff will adhere to social distancing within the nursery, staff area and rooms, where practicable.

Staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines out with the nursery setting.

Rooms will have set toilet usage times, where necessary other rooms may require access this shall be done via radio communication and following social distancing.

Rooms will have set garden times to maximise the use of outdoor space. Staff will continue to social distance where practicable.

Children are not to bring toys in from home, to prevent cross contamination.

Younger children requiring comforters, please purchase two of the same so one can be left at nursery, if this has not already been done.

Any member of the household showing any symptoms / confirmed COVID-19 or been in contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 must follow guidance given by NHS inform, the family must self-isolate for 14 days. Please notify nursery of any symptoms.

A one-way system will be in place within the nursery for the staff and children, where practicable.

All children should have indoor shoes to wear that stay at nursery at all times. No visitors or outside agencies within the setting.

No workmen within the setting, where possible. Procedures followed if absolutely necessary to ensure the safety of everyone.

PPE worn when necessary, in line with guidance. Staff COVID-19 risk assessment in place. COVID-19 evacuation guidelines in place.

Staff COVID-19 risk assessment in place.

COVID-19 evacuation guidelines in place.

If you go away on holiday while restrictions are in place, then a 14 day self-isolation period is still advised you will not be able to return to nursery until after the 14 days self-isolation upon your return home.

Staff will be required to wear a face covering out with their own play room or in staff areas. Staff not to wear face coverings when interacting with children, following guidance.

All parent’s / carers must wear a face covering to drop off / collect their child.

Group singing will not take place indoors.

Feedback at the door will be minimal to reduce contact. Should you require any specific information please email nursery during the day for this information. If there is any information we wish to pass on to parents / carers this will also be completed via email. Please do not be offended if we ask you to email any other information you wish to be passed on as time is limited at the door especially if other parents are waiting.

Any new unopened food items, packs of nappies or packs of wipes being brought to nursery by parents / carers will have to be quarantined for 72 hours before it can be used in the room. This includes breakfast cereal and Birthday cakes – staff will request cereal, nappies and wipes earlier than normal.

Date: 05.01.2021
Reviewed / updated by Owners / Manager monthly or when guidance changes.

COVID-19 Protocol

Suspected COVD-19:

At Home:

Should a child or staff member show signs of COVID-19 they must follow the Test and Protect guidance, which includes staying at home, self-isolating, and contacting the NHS for advice on testing.

  • If a child has suspected COVID-19 the parent should arrange for the child to get a test.

  • If a staff member has suspected COVID-19 they should self isolate at home and arrange for a test.

At Nursery:

If there has been a suspected case of COVID-19 within the setting, the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

When the child/staff member first shows signs of feeling unwell they must notify the Manager / Directors / Supervisors.

  • They will then be removed from the room they are in and will wait in the office where a window will be opened if necessary.

  • If the child/staff member becomes very unwell and you feel it is an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance and notify them of your concern in regards to COVID-19 so the ambulance crew are aware and protected. Follow all guidance given on the phone.

  • They will be encouraged not to touch any of the surrounding areas and should they need to cough or sneeze a tissue should be used to cover their nose and mouth and disposed of in a bin with a disposable bag.

  • Once they have left the setting the bag should be placed inside another disposable bag and stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

  • The children within the room will have been asked to wash their hands and be taken outdoors for outdoor play until the room can be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant.

  • Child – Their family will be contacted and asked to collect the child as soon as possible and will be advised that they have to self isolate following government guidance.

  • Staff – Their next of kin will be contacted and asked to collect the staff member. If this is not possible a suitable way for the staff member to travel home will be discussed. If there is no means of private travel and public transport is taken they must follow the Scottish Guidelines in place for face masks to be worn at all times. These can be supplied by nursery if necessary.

  • If a child is being collected by an ambulance and the family does not arrive before the ambulance needs to leave, the Manager will escort the child to the hospital until the family can meet you there.

  • Staff should follow the link to arrange for a test, within five days of the symptoms starting via the link or, if they can’t get online, call 0800 028 2816 and only leave home for the appointment. Wait until the results are returned and follow NHS guidelines.

  • If a staff member is sent home with suspected COVID-19 they should arrange to get a test.

  • If a child is sent home with suspected COVID-19 the parent should arrange for the child to get a test.

  • Once a negative result has been given, the member of staff and children may return to nursery when they are back to full health.

Once a possible case has left the setting, the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

If there are two or more cases the Health Protection Team must be notified and their guidance followed. Call them on 01224 558 520 during office hours, or 0345 456 6000 out of hours and ask for Public Health on Call.

The Care inspectorate must be notified of any staff member/user with suspected COVID-19 and self-isolating, via the eforms page.

Confirmed COVID-19:

If a staff member is tested and has a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should self isolate at home for a minimum of 7 days or longer if necessary, until symptoms have gone. If they live with others they must self isolate for 14 days. They must notify the nursery.

If a child has a confirmed case of COVID-19 they must self isolate for 14 days and notify nursery.

If there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails, all equipment, resources, tables, and chairs. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

If there are two or more cases the Health Protection Team must be notified and their guidance followed. Call them on 01224 558 520 during office hours, or 0345 456 6000 out of hours and ask for Public Health on Call.

The Care inspectorate must be notified by Little Dreams Nursery of any staff member/user confirmed with COVID-19 and self-isolating, via the eforms page.

Coronavirus Guidelines

(updated 26th August 2020)

Dear Parents,

As you are aware the health and well being of all our staff, parents and children are extremely important to us.

As with any health concerns, we want to ensure we are minimising the impact and reducing the possibility of exposure in appropriate ways within our nursery.

Please note that individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 must not come into nursery and they must contact the nursery manager.

We require the individual to remain out of the child care setting and arrange for a test. The individual may return to the child care setting after a negative result, and they are back to good health.

“Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties”

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

For further information, please visit the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) section on their website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health Advice – Returning Travellers
Please visit the Government website for more information relating to ‘Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.’ https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

As you are aware our main priority is the health and well being of our community, including the nursery children, their families and colleagues. The guidance from Public Health England / Wales / Scotland continues to evolve, sometimes on a daily basis, therefore if you have plans to travel to any specified areas:

  • Can you please let the manager know about your travel plans.

  • As the advice can sometimes change on a daily basis we would appreciate it if you could call NHS 111 on your return, before you come back to the nursery, just to check that the advice you received before you went is still relevant and hasn’t changed during your time away.

  • Please then provide an update either via a phone call or email to the nursery.

  • Thank you for being supportive and considerate in this manner.

Little Dreams Nursery

New Gallery Pics Jan 2019

We’ve added some new photos of the various rooms, which can be found over on our gallery page

Newsletter January 2019

January 2019 newsletter image

The Newsletter for January 2019 went out on Friday January 20th 2019, so please check your mailboxes (if you haven’t received it please get in contact with us either in person or by emailing ).

The newsletter includes the following:

Information about our new nursery manager.
Notice about our ongoing maintenance.
Stay and Play
Parking
Staff Training
2-4’s Room
3-5’s Room
Illness
Feedback
Policies and Procedures
Holidays
And finally information regarding our last ‘Parental Questionnaire Audit’

Fees Update – September 2018

Fees as of September 1st 2018

  • 1 x am session (7.30am-12.00pm) – £32.50
  • 1 x am session (7.30am-1.00pm) + Lunch – £34.00
  • 1 x pm session (1.00pm-6.00pm) – £32.50
  • 1 x pm session (12.00pm-6.00pm) + Lunch – £34.00
  • Full Day (7.30am-6.00pm) – £49.00

Monthly Fees

  • 2 Full Days – £400.00
  • 3 Full Days – £600.00
  • 4 Full Days – £800.00
  • Full Time – £959.00

Please refer to our main page on Fees and Enrolment for further information: Fees And Enrolment

Availability – November 2017

Little Dreams Nursery have availability in our playrooms. We have availability for under 3’s, in our 0-2’s, 1-3’s, 2’s and 2-3’s room. Part time and full time sessions are also available.

We accept funded college placements for childcare.

Please email info@littledreamsnursery.com or telephone 01224 576130 for further information and to arrange a viewing.

February 2017 Update

We still have limited availability in our playrooms.

Please email info@littledreamsnursery.com for further information and to arrange a viewing.

Christmas 2016

Santa came to visit the boys and girls at nursery today!!! Ho Ho Ho!!

Little Dreams would like to wish all the staff, parents and children a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoy the festive break.