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.

The government has now specified who falls under the term key worker as those employed in the sectors below:

  • Health and social care including and support staff
  • Education and childcare
  • Local and national government
  • Food production, distribution and sales
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities including gas, water and telecoms

Please see here for a full breakdown and further guidelines from the government.

Our nurseries will be closed for all other families until further notice and we will not be invoicing parents for April fees as they seek to make alternative childcare arrangements. We will continue to keep you updated with our plans and intentions so please check your emails and nursery Facebook pages for the latest information.

The response from our families has been amazing so far and we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and understanding during this time.

And a huge thank you to our wonderful and dedicated staff who have really risen to the challenge! You truly are Early Years Heroes.

Our chosen charity for 2020 is Young Minds charity. Storal Learning have made a commitment to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and recognise the importance of mental health support and its access for all. 2020 will be a wonderful opportunity to also extend this out to the children in our care, the families that we support and the young people who will be entering our settings now or in the near future, either as staff or as parents. You may have also seen the many advertisements on television about the rise in child anxiety – this is an amazing opportunity to support a charity that are seeking to reverse this.

We will be organising fundraising events over the course of the year to work towards our goal. If you’d like to help us reach our target, you can contribute on our JustGiving page.

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