School closure news

Dear Parents/Carers

Dorothy Gardner and Mary Paterson are closing this Friday 20th March

As you know during the outbreak of coronavirus we have been following all government advice very carefully and monitoring the situation at the school extremely closely. At the same time we have been preparing for the probability that the nursery would have to close at some point.

Today we find ourselves in a position where we have been asked to close in an effort to delay the spread of this virus.

Now the school has closed, what should your child be doing each day?

Below are some helpful websites that provide some ideas of games and free resources. We will add a page of early learning activities under our news page.

www.twinkle.co.uk

www.phonicsplay

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/fun-ideas-learning-at-home/fun-ideas-ages-3-4/

https://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities/activities-3-year-old

We have tried to contact all the families who we believe to be a key worker. We are working in partnership with Queen’s Park Primary school to keep a service open for children of key workers, those with Education Health Care Plans and looked after children. PLEASE ADVISE DOROTHY GARDNER NURSERY (0208 969 5835) IF YOU ARE A KEY WORKER AND INTEND TO USE THIS SERVICE.

It has been suggested that a Key Worker would fall under the following categories at this time:

· Health workers, including doctors and nurses, midwives, paramedics and so on

· Other health workers employed in a health setting

· Police officers

· Fire brigade and other community safety workers

· Supermarket delivery drivers and workers

· Other delivery drivers

· Workers looking after the vulnerable and elderly

· School staff

· Anyone working in "critical infrastructure"

Well-being

In addition to providing home learning, the school will also run a weekly well-being check. Family workers will telephone once a week to speak with both parents and pupils. We hope this will be reassuring for the children and helps them to still feel part of the Queen’s Park community.

Teachers will phone you on either Wednesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm. Please note the call will show as ‘No Caller ID’.

Contact with the School

Although the telephones will not be manned, the school’s email account will be monitored. You can email us on office@qpfed.org. We will keep you updated of further developments going forward via text message or the website, www.qpeyfed.org , so please do keep a regular check on this.

We know this is a very worrying time for everyone but in challenging times, the Queen’s Park community will always pull together and support each other wherever we can. Many thanks for your understanding and ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Commins

Interim Executive Headteacher