Coronavirus: Update for Parents and Carers 

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is now offering places in our nurseries to NHS workers who are looking for childcare so you can continue your vital work. Please email customerservices@leyf.org.uk and we will be in touch with you.

 

The Government has closed all schools and nurseries. We are now only allowed by the Government to open our nurseries to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

From Monday 23rd March 2020, we will be opening 25 nurseries in line with the Government’s request to provide a service for key workers and vulnerable children.  These nurseries will form local Hubs so that children attending near-by nurseries where the demand was lower can attend one central nursery.

The Government has been clear that we need to run our nurseries at low occupancy to minimise the risk of infection to our children, staff and other families. We will therefore not offer places unless we are sure these are needed to allow key workers to continue their vital work.

Healthy meals and snacks will be provided for your children and also for our staff so that they can stay within the nursery setting during their shifts as we want to do all we can to minimise the chances of infection.

 

Hygiene

Hygiene is always very important at LEYF, but now even more so. We have asked our cleaning company to clean every room in each of our nurseries with an effervescent chlorine-based solution used by the NHS. This will be done daily. We will also be disinfecting door handles and bannisters.

 

Home Learning

We know many parents will be at home looking after their children during this pandemic and so LEYF has launched Home Learning pages. These are open to all parents as we want to help you continue your child’s learning over the coming months.

We have devised activities for you to do with your baby, toddler and pre-school child. At least twice a week we will be updating these activities. We have deliberately shown you activities that can easily be done using items around the home – see our ‘LEYF super socks’ video in the toddler room.

 

How To Protect Yourself

Regular and thorough handwashing is crucial in the fight to avoid picking up the disease. So, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and trying to avoid close contact with infected people are important. All our nurseries have hand sanitisers and Dettol tissues near to the entrance of their setting. We ask those of you who are still using our service that you use these to help us keep our settings free from infection.

 

Government Advice

The government is working hard to keep everyone informed. There is a range of advice including: how to protect yourself and others; employment and financial advice; and travel here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Thank You

We know how difficult this period is for everyone. The scale of this pandemic is something we are all struggling to come to terms with. Thank for your continued support and we want to reassure you that we are working hard to provide a service that will meet the challenges this country is facing.