Covid - 19

Covid - 19 brought with it challenging times for many of us. Throughout Lockdown we stayed in touch with parents and children through our Facebook page and e-mails.

On this page you will find links to our Covid-19 Policy and Pandemic Policy and the activity grids that we sent out to parents.  We have also added a Covid-19 Quick Guide for parents / Carers, so they are able to check their children's symptoms.

We regularly check the Covid Guidance from the government and Wiltshire County Council, using this to ensure the safety of children and staff who use our setting.  Through regular hand washing, cleaning / washing of equipment and spending time outside in our play area or in the woods (either at Forest School, The Family Tree or on discovery walks) we think we have the balance right.

For us it is essential that children have a home from home space that they can play in, where there are no social distancing rules. Being able to have a cuddle or a hand to hold when feeling sad or they need a little reassurance is essential for this age group.  On the school site we are in our own Bubble, therefore we don't mix with any of the school children or staff.


Transition to Pips during Covid

During this pandemic we have been unable to have transition visits from our new families.  With this in mind we are holding a Stay and Play sessions the first is on 1 September 9.30 - 11.30, using both our indoor and outdoor areas.  All staff and some committee members will be there for parents to chat to (rules on Social Distancing must be adhered to by the adults).  This will give the children time to familiarise themselves with the setting and staff.

In September our start will be 8.50, but there will be a member of Pips  Staff  at  the school gate from 8.45, to welcome the children and help them with their bags.

At the end of the school day - 3.00 pm we will bring the children down to the gate.

Our second transition Stay and Play will be 4 January 2021 

9.30-11.30.  Again we will be using both the inside and outside areas.  We ask ask all adults to adhere to the Social Distancing rules.