Staff at Bright Little Nursery, in Sheepcot Lane, have welcomed the return of children on Monday morning (June 1).
This comes after the government’s decision to relax lockdown restrictions, allowing more children across the country to return to nurseries and primary schools.
Emily Hudson, Nursery Manager, said: “We have been open for the key workers throughout the lockdown and we now have 40 families coming back.
“It’s lovely to see so many little faces at the nursery, it was too quiet without them. They’ve all come back really well, settling quickly and adapting to our new ‘normal’.
“The children are learning different ways to interact with each other and therefore avoid close contact. This includes waving to their friends across the classroom, blowing a kiss and making a sign for a hug.”
Following government advice, the nursery has introduced the required “bubble groups”, ensuring small groups of children have designated members of staff.
Children now have staggered arrival times and are asked to wait in the car-park area, (which has been marked out with social distancing markers) whilst a one in, one out policy is implemented.
Children and staff have their temperature checked upon arrival and parents are asked a list of questions to ensure they are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus.
The staff have also adjusted the learning rooms to create more space within which the children can maintain a social distance.
Emily added: “We made sure we fully briefed all staff on the government guidelines and have all procedures in place before reopening.
“The parents have been really reassured with all of the new processes. You can send out as many emails as you want, but until you see it in practise, it’s not quite the same.”
Nicola Freeman, Area Manager, said: “Before we reopened we had a full training day, to ensure all of the staff were fully briefed on the new procedures and expectations, along with an in-depth process and the expectations around cleaning, sanitisation and washing of hands.
“Throughout the closure period we have ensured that we have stayed in contact with our staff and parents. Our Head of Teaching has provided the parents and children with Additional Home Learning Timetables on a weekly basis, helping them to continue to learn, along with preparing them for their return to nursery.
“Our main priority alongside ensuring the safety of all of our staff and children, is to ensure the children’s well-being isn’t effected by all of the changes, which has become the new norm. We still want them to have all the fun and excitement that they were used to, whilst continuing to learn in a stimulating and engaging environment.”