This policy is an Addendum to the existing Fees policy.
This policy is necessary as the Government has decided that pre-school should remain open for all children during the current lockdown. We appreciate that our families have different needs and priorities so some may decide they do not wish/need their children to attend at this time. However pre-school still has ongoing running costs such as rent, insurance, utilities etc that have to be paid in order for pre-school to remain sustainable in the future.
If the child is not attending during this period of time but parents wish to retain the place the following applies:
1. The parent must notify Ridings Pre-School immediately if they decide their child will not be attending during the lockdown period.
2. Where the child’s hours are fully funded from Derbyshire County Council
- Derbyshire County Council are presently continuing to pay the funding for these children, the parent needs to confirm they wish to retain the place for the child to return to in the future.
3. Where the child’s hours are part paid for by the parent and part funded from Derbyshire County Council
- If the parent wishes to retain the hours for which they pay fees a retainer charge of £5 per week is payable to secure these hours. If the parent wishes to do this they must notify pre-school of this otherwise we cannot guarantee these hours will be available when the child returns.
- The portion of fees funded by Derbyshire County Council will continue to be paid in the same way.
4. Where the child’s hours are fully paid for by the parent
- If a parent wishes retain the place and the hours the child normally attends pre-school a retainer charge of £5 per week is payable to secure these hours. If the parent wishes to do this they must notify pre-school otherwise we cannot guarantee these hours will be available.
5. The parent should notify pre-school of the date the child will be returning at least a week before the date of return.
If you no longer require a place at pre-school please inform us in writing ASAP.
Where the half term fees invoice has been paid, the parent can request either a refund of the balance due to them or carry this over to the next half terms’ invoice.
Where a parent wishes to make a donation in addition to the retainer charged this is possible and the parent should discuss this with the pre-school manager as we may be able to claim Gift Aid on this amount.
This policy will come into effect from February 12th 2021
7/9/20 – 23/10/20
2/11/20 – 18/12/20
4/1/21 – 12/2/21
19/4/21 – 28/5/21 + 3/5/21 Bank Holiday
7/6/21 – 16/7/21
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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Ridings Pre-School will be held on Monday October 19th 2020.
As a registered charity we are required to hold our AGM in the autumn term to look at:
· what the setting has achieved in the last year
· the pre-school financial statement
· look forwards to the next 12 months.
In-line with Government guidelines we have made changes to how the meeting will take place and unfortunately we cannot invite you all to attend this year.
In order to stay within the ‘rule of 6’ the meeting will take place with the 3 officers and the manager present. We will follow the agenda as in previous years and will be electing a committee to stand and support the pre-school for the next 12 months.
If you have any questions appropriate to this meeting that you want raised please email them into pre-school by 12 noon on Friday 16th October. Any questions will be discussed at the meeting and responded to in the minutes and to the person who raised it.
If you would like to volunteer to join this committee to support the pre-school please speak with Jane asap. Committee persons are required to undertake an enhanced DBS & EY2 as a suitability check.
The following people have presently offered to join the group:
Chair – Barbara Garwood
Treasurer – Merryn MacPherson
Secretary – (Catherine McNeil)
Jane Cooper – Nominated Person for Ofsted
Custodian Trustees (not part of the committee)
You will find the minutes from last years meeting on the double black doors in the playground along with more information about being part of the committee.
Thank You for your ongoing support
Jane & Rebecca
Thought I would write to you all with a brief catch up on how things are going at present.
Jo & Jane’s Rainbow Handywork
I hope that you are keeping safe and well and are coping with this continued Lockdown for you and your family. Whilst it does feel like being been in an endless dark tunnel it appears that there may be a slight glimmer of light beginning to break through, but that should be treated with great caution so as not to put it out again in our haste to return to ‘normal’. What will ‘normal’ feel like for us all?
When we are able to re-open Pre-School there will inevitably need to be additional measures maintained so we can continue to protect children, families and staff from any resurgence of this Covid-19 disease. I will contact you at that point to confirm what these additional measures will be. In spite of this we will look forward to welcoming you and your children back so we can support each other to re-build lives and plan for children’s futures wherever this may be.
It has been really lovely to see photos on facebook of what you have all been up to and how you have been spending time playing and learning at home. Please keep posting.
On my next visit to the Pre-School I may take some photos of the setting that will help children to be reminded of the rooms and equipment that is still there waiting for their return. It is a really eery place without the voices and laughter of children.
Tomorrow night would have been our planned Parents Evening where you could have met to chat with your child’s key person about your child’s progress and shared ways to support learning at home. If we go back to work before the summer we will plan another date to do this with you.
All the staff have been furloughed apart from myself so that I can keep things ticking over. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are getting on. Drop me an email as I’m working from home and am in touch with my colleagues who are eager to hear what you are up to.
Take Care & Keep Safe
Pre-School finally closed on Friday 27th March until further notice. We would love to think we will be back before the summer even if only for a short while.
As soon as we have a date for re-opening I will inform you by email and facebook.
While we find ourselves living through strange times I hope you are all adapting to being together as a family and finding things to do that occupy and engage you all. I know my garden is looking much neater and I’ve eventually started to repaint an old shed.
Please don’t let the situation get you down and if you need any inspiration for things to do with the tiddlers then take a peek at our facebook page for ideas that we are posting each day at present ( we will take a break from this over the Easter hols). You can also use it to share with the staff team and other families what you have been up to with your children. We have all really enjoyed seeing the pictures of children, please keep this up for us.
The staff team appear to be coping well and are in regular touch with each other including a video call on Friday evenings with a quiz theme this week – think that could be mayhem!!! They have been very busy writing reports on children and catching up on some online training as well as carrying out virtual audits of resources and some research on practices.
Looking ahead to September and 2021, I would like you to think about sessions you want to book for your child. Send these to me in an email please. This may seem a long way ahead but I feel we need to continue to plan for the future.
Children who are moving on to school – Could you let me know which school they have been offered a place at once you have received this notification for the Local Authority.
Please look after one another
Guidance from the Local Authority.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the link below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
We have had a very small number of parents inform us that they are classed as critical workers. Therefore we will be looking at keeping the pre-school open to support these families until the Easter break on Tuesday and Thursday only between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Please be aware that the number of children coming in is going to be very small, possibly between 2 & 5 children so pre-school will be very different for them.
If you are a critical worker and require childcare on these sessions you must contact pre-school by email to confirm which days you need. These sessions are NOT open to others who are NOT critical workers.
We can only offer this while we have staff who remain healthy and can continue to work.
Most of our staff are now working from home or are on reduced hours.
Just a few of messages to pass on to you all
- The new gate security pad is now fitted and in use. The code at present remains the same as previous though just the numbers & Enter – No letters. On leaving the setting you need to release the gate lock using the green push button on the wall above the bins. Please Do Not let anyone else in as requested in the previous Newsletter.
- The Laundry Rota is out on the black double doors. Please help out by signing up to take the washing. This is a bag of rags and tea towels that needs NO ironing. If each child’s family helps out they will only need to do it once a year. However if its left to just a few they have to take it once a term. Please help us in this small way. Thank You
- If your child is going to be absent from Pre-School through sickness or holidays please inform us straight away. Holiday absences are required in writing or on an Absence form that can be obtained from Pre-School.
- Next week sees the Outdoor Learning Sessions begin. These will now take place each Wednesday morning except for a couple before and after Christmas and the last week in July. You will need to bring your child’s waterproofs and wellies in a clearly named bag and leave this in the marked area in the toilet area each week.
- Over the next 2 or 3 weeks the staff and children will be talking about Harvest and the foods that are grown and produced for us to eat. If your child would like to bring in an item of fruit or vegetable that they like we can talk about and share this at snack time.
Looking ahead we have planned the Children’s Christmas Party for Thursday 19th December and their Concert for Wednesday 18th December. More details to follow but please put these dates in your diary.