23 March to 29 May 2020
Redwood Preschool has been partially open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic caring for the children of critical workers, vulnerable children and children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or a high level of Special Educational Needs.
1 June to 17 July 2020
From 1 June 2020, in line with government guidance, we have opened our doors to a wider group of children. To ensure the safety of our families and staff we are operating in three self-contained, multi age ‘bubbles’. Staff and a maximum of 16 children are allocated to Green Bubble, Yellow Bubble or Red Bubble which all occupy separate parts of the preschool premises. We have conducted a thorough risk assessment and implemented a number of measures to protect our preschool community, including:
- Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
- Frequent hand washing and good respiratory hygiene practices (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
- Enhanced cleaning
- Minimising contact and mixing by keeping staff and children in self contained bubbles and ensuring that parents are social distancing.
The parents of the children who are attending receive full details of the measures that have been put in place before their child started.
Unfortunately, the restricted number of places that we have available are now full. Please contact the preschool by email if your child is already on the Redwood roll and you need to discuss childcare.
20 July to 21 August 2020: Playscheme
Our summer playscheme will not be running as normal this year as we are continuing to focus our childcare to support critical workers and vulnerable children only. The definition of critical workers and vulnerable children can be found at guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities. If your child is already attending Redwood Preschool term time provision because they meet these criteria they will be eligible for a place. If your child is on the term time roll and you think your work may qualify you as a critical worker, please contact us by email. If your child is attending another term time provision because they meet these criteria then you will need to provide evidence of your employment role (work photo ID, a letter from your employers confirming that your work is vital to the COVID 19 response). You will also need to provide a letter from your child’s term time school or nursery confirming that your child has been attending as the child of a critical worker and that the provision is not available during the school holidays. If your child has been given a place at another provision in term time because they are a vulnerable child, please ask your Social Worker, Early Help Practitioner or school to contact us.
The usual playscheme fees will apply.
Places from September 2020
All children who were on the term time roll on 20 March 2020 and are not transferring to primary school (Giraffes and Ladybirds) will remain on the roll for September 2020 unless you inform us that you no longer need the place. Children whose parents had accepted places and were due to enrol in March and April 2020 will be offered new enrolment dates in September 2020.
If your child is not already on roll, you are welcome to complete a term time application form which will be placed on our waiting list. We hope to offer places to all children who require a place from September, but this is dependent on any restrictions due to COVID-19.
Our form can be found here: Application form and can be completed, signed and returned by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Office Manager, Redwood Pre-School, The Bell Centre, 3 Holloway Road, London E11 4LD. Please ensure you complete the form in full and include your email address. We will keep in touch with parents on our waiting list to update you on any changes, further information/guidance, and when we can offer a place for your child to start.