The current health outbreak continues to have an impact on arrangements for Early Learning and Childcare for the forthcoming academic year 2020/21.
We know that parents will want to know about nursery places within council nurseries, partner nurseries and childminders for August 20202 as soon as possible. We recognise that you will also want reassurances on how our services will operate to keep your children safe. We want to update you on our preparations.
The Deputy First Minister has convened the ‘Covid Education Recovery Group’ (CERG). This group brings together key stakeholders in school education and early learning and childcare to support national and local government re-open education and childcare settings when it is safe to do so.
As you would expect, this is a complex process and the safety and wellbeing of children, families and staff is key. New national guidance is being prepared and all service providers will need time to understand what needs to be in place before we can plan to open. This includes reviewing our facilities, the number of children we can accommodate under any new guidance, hygiene and cleaning, and staffing impacts.
Given the current uncertainty we have had to delay issuing notification of council nursery place allocations. We will review this decision in June. Partner Nurseries and Childminders will contact with parents/carers direct about places within their setting, they will also need time to understand and prepare for these changes.
We are grateful for your understanding and patience at this time and will continue to update the website as more information becomes available.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our home/school learning on Tuesday 21st April after our Easter break. Hope you all continue to stay safe and keep well. We miss you lots and look forward to seeing you again soon.
During the continuation of these difficult and challenging times please find attached some helpful guidance information for supporting children/young people and parents/carers with bereavement, grief and loss.
Please do not hesitate to contact school if we can support you at any point.
Stay safe and take care
Bereavement 1 – developmental age and understanding
Bereavement 2 – parent guidance
Bereavement 5 – COVID 19
As you may know we were visited in February by a school review team consisting of 2 Quality Improvement Officers, 3 Head Teachers and a Nursery Support Teacher. They visited our classes and nursery, spoke to the children, staff, parents/carers and the school management team. We are delighted to now be able to share with you their very positive report on our school which we are very proud of. Thank you for your continued support in making our school such a great place to work and learn.
Miss Skinner & The Staff of Longniddry Primary
Longniddry Review Record
Please see below statement from Lesley Brown regarding the school closure as of Friday 20th March 2020.
Lesley Brown Statement
Nursery enrolment: Enrol your child by 6 March 2020
Families with a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being encouraged to enrol their child in nursery before 6 March 2020 for 2020/21.
Older children, or those who have not yet registered for an early learning and childcare place, should also register by this date
To register for a place:
- Visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/nurseryenrolment and find out about the different options available in council nursery settings from August 2020.
- Download a nursery registration form from the website.
- Complete the form and take it to your preferred (first) choice nursery. You should also take your child’s birth certificate.
- If you are choosing a blend of more than one provider, apply to your council nursery first and then speak to your funded provider – private nursery, childminder or community group – about what hours you would like from them.
- Make sure your application is in before 6 March 2020. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but they will not be considered in the first allocation process. Please get in touch with the Early Years and Childcare team if you have any questions or you can’t register by 6 March 2020.
01620 827872/01620 828786/ 01620 820186
Welcome back to the new term. We look forward to a busy 2020.
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