Nursery Provision During Lockdown

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to the government announcement on Monday 4th January, the message is that Nursery provision is available to all children.

If your child is booked in to attend the nursery, and you choose not to send them in, we are asking you to let us know. This will, however result in you losing your child’s funded place. This is not a decision that we have made as a school, but one that has been enforced by the government.

While we understand that it is a very difficult time for many, we are doing all that we can and working together to do the best we can for your child. But this is a decision that you will need to make.

The Department for Education has provided a response as to why Early Years providers have been asked to remain open during the national lockdown in England, while schools have been instructed to close. Here are just some of the responses:

  • Early Years settings remain low risk environments for children and staff
  • 0-5 year old’s continue to have the lowest confirmed rates of coronavirus, and there is no evidence that the new variant of coronavirus disproportionately affects young children
  • Evidence shows that pre-school children are less susceptible to infection and are not playing a driving role in transmission

Here at Mill Lane, we are taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of your child and our staff. Therefore, we are asking that you wear a mask/face covering during drop off and pick up. Please provide your child with warm clothing, as the doors and windows need to be kept open to allow for ventilation. You must keep your child at home if they are showing any symptoms relating to coronavirus and book a test.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact via email: with any questions or concerns that you may have. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you all soon.

Mrs Emery
Early Years Coordinator