Pre-school Nursery Coping with Covid
When we closed our Pre-school Nursery South Croydon doors on the 24th March 2020 we didn’t know what the future would look like, turning out the lights and shutting the door was like leaving a part of us behind.
In the days before we closed we discussed how we could continue to support the development of all the pre-school children during this time of uncertainty. Key Workers compiled home learning packs with next steps, activity suggestions, topical work and website links.
Over the coming months we followed the news and had regular meetings to discuss the ever changing situation, what changes would need to be made and how. What would pre-school nursery life look like? Would our families come back? How would our staff feel? So many questions and no definite answers. Our priority was always to support and reassure all our families and staff with whom we had spent many months and years building relations with.
We were given a reopening date of the 1st June and it was full steam ahead to ensure all the safety measures were in place. The Management team along with the Directors wrote policies, purchased PPE and adapted the environment.
We emailed all our parents about the re-opening outlining the changes, informing them of new procedures and asking them about their intended return. We then compiled a Q & A from all the responses. We spoke with the wider staff team to inform them of the changes, practices and procedures, to reassure and to answer any questions they had.
Re opening the Abbey Wood pre-school Nursery doors for the first time was filled with emotion, would the children remember us? Would the parents trust us? How many children would come back?
We really didn’t need to worry, the children came running back in and we couldn’t believe how much they had grown and developed. It was so wonderful to see the parents too, I think they had missed us as much as we had missed them!
Over the weeks and months that followed, word spread and confidence grew, those that were initially worried happily came back and to our surprise we even had lots of enquiries from new parents. We have now been open over 5 months and the nursery is busier than ever.
We really couldn’t have anticipated the level of support and the out pouring of kindness we have received from our families, we truly believe this is testament to the wonderful relations we have worked so hard building.
If Covid has taught us anything it’s that mutual respect, passion, dedication and a commitment to always doing your best will always win even over a global pandemic.