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St George’s Early Years and Holiday Club teams have been busy since the nation went into ‘lockdown’ in March. We feel pleased we have been able to provide a continuation of early learning and childcare for our children, albeit in a very different, more technical and highly creative format!
We have been able to reach out to our children at home using a safe, secure online platform called Learning Journals. Each child in our nursery already had their own Learning Journals account and the nursery team have been able to communicate regularly with our young learners, sharing stories, songs and ideas for activities. The children have been given a small glimpse into the homes of their teachers and have been thrilled to note that some of their favourite nursery teddies have found new homes in which to self-isolate.
The nursery team are providing parents with topics and themes, with suggestions for activities covering a broad range of curricular areas over several weeks. We have had a lot of fun thinking of new activities for the children, linking their learning already to the themes of rainbows and springtime. Our current learning topic centres around garden insects and animals and we are hoping to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Being outside with your family in the fresh air has so many health and wellbeing benefits, and it is a good time for our children to feel the freedom of the great outdoors as lockdown continues.
We also have a small and dedicated team of staff operating within Junior School, currently offering childcare provision for our Nursery and Junior School children who have parents on the front line of the national COVID-19 response. We are operating this service only for parents who have no other childcare options available in order to allow them to focus on their incredible, life-saving work. We are pleased to be able to support our Nursery and Junior School parents in this manner.
Children attending our critical childcare provision are supported in their learning by the staff team, with lots of opportunities for play, fun and adventure. It is certainly a unique experience, and we miss the hubbub of life and noise that a full complement of staff and children bring to a school, but we are enjoying the freedom to move and roam around our beautiful school campus. Whether we are playing in the Fantastical Forest, having an adventure inside the nursery fort, or running full speed across the hockey pitches we are making the most of this time and considering ourselves fortunate to be in such bountiful, natural surrounds.