Re-Opening of Rainbow Day Nursery
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 Rainbow Day Nursery will be following the following guidelines below:
If your child or any family members are undergoing the following symptoms such as high temperature or persistent cough you MUST NOT send your child into nursery and you MUST inform nursery immediately. You will have to stay in isolation for 7 days. Anyone who has come from abroad all family members must stay in isolation for 14 days and inform nursery.
No parents or visitors will be allowed in the building. All parents must use the main gates for both arrival and collection.
When children arrive at the setting, they will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly and throughout the day as normal including staff members.
Floor markings have been put in place to ensure that all staff and children are keeping a safe 2 metre distance.
All staff members will be wearing PPE to keep children and themselves safe.
Daily deep cleaning of all toys, tables, stationary, floors, the WHOLE nursery and regular cleaning throughout the day.
All children will be spaced out across the nursery to minimise close interaction.
Only toys and material to be used for the day will be bought out after being sanitised, everything else will be put away and rotated everyday.
Soft fluffy toys will not be used.
Children MUST NOT bring toys from home.
All parents must bring in a water bottle and snack with their own cutlery for your child.
Please ensure that your child comes into nursery wearing sun cream. (Staff members will not be allowed to apply on children) and appropriate clothing depending on weather.
Children will still have the opportunity to visit the park depending on the weather.
Our duty is to ensure that all children and staff at Rainbow Day Nursery are kept safe throughout. Any changes Parents will be informed.
Hungry Little Minds
Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game. And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start nursery/school.
We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities.
Fun activities that you can add to your routine:
⦁ You could make a photo⦁ https://small-talk.org.uk/3-5-years/read/make-memory-book/ -book of funny, or memorable, family events and talk about it with your child.
⦁ Sing songs together that encourage your child to use their imagination. For example, try singing ⦁ The Wheels on the Bus and ask your child to suggest other things on the bus and describe what sound they make.
⦁ Read picture books together. Talk about the things they can see and how we use them. For example, ‘A bed is something we sleep in.’
⦁ Use books to talk about your own experiences, and theirs, giving them time to respond. ‘Oh look, there is a cow. What sound do cows make?’
⦁ When you’re sharing a book with your child, sit close together or even build a den to sit in.
⦁ Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, ‘We spoke to Grandma on the phone this morning, didn’t we?’ And talk about what is going to happen next – ‘After lunch we’ll do the washing up’.
⦁ Put on some music and play ‘musical statues. Dance together then stop the music – see who the first person will be to stand still.
⦁ Try sharing familiar books at bedtime. Pause when reading so that your child can join in. Talk about the sounds at the beginning of words and words that start with the same sound (like words beginning with P).
⦁ Encourage your child to recall what has happened in the story. For example, ‘Why is bear feeling sad?’ Ask them to guess what might happen – ‘What should they do next?’ – or how the story might end – ‘Do you think they’re going to find the treasure? Where could it be?’
⦁ Try role-playing games together such as shopping. Set items out on the sofa, give your child a bag and some pretend money. Then switch roles and let them be the shopkeeper.
⦁ Play teddy bears’ picnic. Put soft toys in a circle and give your child a few cups and spoons. Give your child a chance to tell you what to do like, ‘Stir teddy’s tea.’ You could chat to them as you are doing actions, for example, ‘let us cut the cake in half’.
⦁ Start conversations by using open questions with lots of possible answers, for example, ‘What are you going to play with today?’
⦁ Plan a treasure hunt game, where your child must listen to your instructions to find a clue or an object. For example, ‘Try looking behind the sofa’. Help your child look for a specific number of objects and count them together – such as 3 cups, 2 pink socks, 5 pens.
⦁ Help your child make a puppet show about their favourite story using objects around the house.
⦁ Play sorting games together. Collect a range of different household objects and practise sorting them into different groups, perhaps by size or colour. Once you have finished, count all the objects in each group.
We know that phones or tablets are part of many families’ everyday lives and kids love to use them, but it’s not always easy to know which apps and games can benefit your child’s learning.
Try out these apps alongside the activities listed above:
CBeebies Storytime is filled with free interactive story books and bedtime stories
for young children and is a great way to enjoy reading with your little one. The
library is always growing, with amazing stories featuring all the CBeebies’
Platform: Apple, Android, Amazon.
CBeebies Playtime Island contains a wide range of fun and educational
games to help children understand the world around them and support the
development of core skills. Children can play along with all of CBeebies’ most
Platform: Apple, Android, Amazon