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The Storal Awards 2020

We recently hosted our very first Storal Awards ceremony on Zoom where we had the chance to virtually acknowledge and celebrate our nominees and winners. We received hundreds of submissions from both staff and parents, sharing the reasons why members of their nursery team were so deserving of these awards. We shortlisted the strongest contenders

Children’s Well-being during COVID-19

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There has been no doubt that the threat posed by COVID-19 is and has been frightening, unnerving and an unexpected time for many, not least of these our children. With lockdown, came a certain degree of social isolation and many questions. Troubling statistics show that children are developing serious mental health conditions, including Post Traumatic

Let’s Talk About Race

It’s never too early to talk about race. Studies have shown that at birth, babies look equally at faces of all races, but by just 3 months old, they are starting to look more at faces that match the race of their main caregiver (Kelly et al, 2005). By the age of 2, children start

Coronavirus Update: Re-opening Nurseries

In anticipation of our nurseries opening from Monday 1st June, we have created a set of  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have been designed with the health and safety of our children, staff and parents foremost in our planning. Please note this is a working document and will be updated as and when required. Specific

Running a Nursery During a Pandemic

It has now been a month since nurseries, schools and other educational settings were asked to close indefinitely to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Several nurseries in Clacton-On-Sea have closed their doors leaving only a quarter of providers open for children of key workers, including Willow Tree Nursery on Chingford Avenue. Here we share

An open letter to the Storal Learning team

Dear colleagues, Beneath the very visible impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on our daily lives, these past few weeks have also precipitated a period of deep soul-searching – for us as individuals, as a society, and as an organisation. Amidst the intense, real-time decision-making that we’ve tackled on a daily, and sometimes hourly

Community Spirit

Empty supermarket shelves, difficulty finding grocery delivery slots and unavailable chefs, have meant that nurseries who remained open for children of key workers, have had to improvise and turn to alternative suppliers to provide nutritious meals for the children. At Ickle Pickles Day Nursery, we were able to speak with one of our parents who

Coronavirus Update

We have some new updates following the government’s decision to close all schools, colleges and nurseries from Friday 20th March to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). From Monday 23rd March, all our nurseries will only open for vulnerable children and those of key workers needed to support the country in these crucial times.