‘Mixed messages’ hit nurseries

Mixed messages around ‘stay-at-home’ have had a huge impact on pre-school and early years education a village pre-school has said.

Left to right Felicity Evans three, Sam Griffiths and Autumn Florey-Abbotts, three.
Left to right Felicity Evans three, Sam Griffiths and Autumn Florey-Abbotts, three.

Samantha Griffiths from Morda village pre-school said while there had been clear guidance from the Government, supplies of testing kits and PPE for schools, this unfortunately hadn’t been rolled out to early years until very recently.

She said it had seen many pre-schools and nurseries have childcare vacancies which, to continue to operate, need to be filled.

“This year has been a very different and tough year for everyone due to coronavirus,” she said.

“Covid has had a huge impact on early years settings as the message was 'stay at home to protect the NHS, don’t make unessential journeys'.

“However parents were allowed to continue to attend pre-schools and early years – even though early years education is non-compulsory.

“These mixed messages I feel have had a detrimental effect on early years settings.

“Many of our local providers accept children at any point in the year – not necessarily linked to school term dates but parents seemed unsure if we were open and accepting new enquiries.

“Our message today is we are open, We are accepting bookings now for after Easter.”

She said Morda village pre-school had worked with parents who wanted to view its 'outstanding' Ofsted rated pre-school arranging out-of-hours appointments.

“This has worked well so far – although parents don’t get a true feel of the quality of care and interactions that would be witnessed on a normal pre-Covid visit," she added.

“Our staff have made videos of our environment to share with parents via a variety of means to demonstrate the opportunities on offer.”

Anyone who would like to arrange a visit or make an enquiry can do so via mordapreschool@btconnect.com, 01691 688743 or see the website mordapreschool.org.uk.

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