A Brief Introduction

welcomeSt Mary’s Osterley Pre-School Playgroup is held in St Mary’s Osterley Parish Centre and is fully accessible for the disabled.

We run playgroup sessions on Monday to Fridays between 8.30am and 2.30pm.

All are offered at a fee if funding is not available. Please see our sections on Fees and Funding to determine your eligibility.

Children are admitted from the time the child reaches the age of 2 years, but normally during the academic year they reach 3 years old, to the term of their fifth birthday.

The setting accesses the 2 year funding and the 3/4 year funding as well as 30 hour offer and tax free childcare. We are also registered with several voucher schemes which are now closed to newcomers.

The playgroup is registered by OFSTED under the 1989 Children Act and is registered as charity 1042164. Our last OFSTED inspection rated us Outstanding.

If you would to enquire about places please contact us.

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How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment have been made alongside the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.  If driving DO NOT park on the church driveway, the parking restriction in only between 10am – 12noon.

Shielding or Self Isolating within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding/self isolating or changes to your home circumstances regarding this within your home.  No children are to attend if they or a member of their household has any symptoms of the coronavirus and the setting MUST be informed immediately.

Procedures for Drop off and Collection

Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect. Your child’s temperature will be taken at the door before they are allowed into the setting. If the temperature is high your child will be sent back home and a test must be completed and the outcome given to the setting before your child can return.

Drop off

  • If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
  • If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.

Collection

  • If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
  • If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.

To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child.  Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers must social distance at all times when outside the building.

You must inform the setting if your child will be absent or will be late arriving.

Communication with Parents

We have followed the guidance from the government for Communicating our plans with you

Additional arrangements regarding sharing information about the provision and any changes needed to our arrangements will be communicated by phone or email from the provision manager.  If you need to speak to your child’s Key Person please either email or call the setting.  No face to face contact is allowed.

Minimising Items that are Taken from Home to Setting

To ensure the safety of all children and following the Government guidance, we need to ensure we minimise the amount of items taken from the home to our setting. This could include different arrangements for lunch.  Lunch must be bought in a hard wipeable lunchbox and a water bottle is allowed.

Spare Clothing and Nappies

Ensure that the bag contains a change of clothing and enough nappies for at least 2 -3 weeks as we will keep bags on the premises until the end of the term.  Any wet clothing will be sent home in a disposable bag.

Emergency Contact Details

Please check the emergency contact details that the setting holds to ensure they are current and up to date, in the event there have been any changes since your child last attended the setting. Please contact the setting by email.  New children starting must bring their completed confidentiality forms on their 1st day – No Parents are permitted to enter the building.

Holidays

 Due to the current quarantine guidelines if you have been abroad during the holidays you must inform the setting of your destination and when you returned to the UK

What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in the setting?

Actions that nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges will take

We have been asked to:

  • manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school or college, in line with current public health guidance – this means your child may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days by their nursery, childminder, school or college (based on advice from their local health protection teams) if they have been in close, face to face contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
  • ensure that everyone cleans their hands more often than usual, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, and before and after eating – this should be done for 20 seconds with soap and running water or hand sanitiser
  • promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, to ensure good respiratory hygiene
  • enhance cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often

Nurseries and childminders will also minimise contact between individuals where they can. This could mean using different rooms for different age groups and keeping those groups apart.

  • stay within specified separate groups (or bubbles)
  • maintain distance between individuals

We know that younger children may not be able to maintain social distancing. It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children, it will be on distancing.

Actions you can take

Do not send your child to their nursery, childminder, school or college if:

Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms. Inform your nursery, childminder, school or college of the results.

If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

It is really important that you help nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges to implement these actions by following the advice set out here and wider public health advice and guidance.

Families urged not to miss out on free childcare

Free early education and childcare places

Parents and carers in the borough of Hounslow are being urged not to miss out on a free early years education place for their child this autumn.  Free early education places can be accessed in day nurseries, pre-schools and with childminders.  A child’s early years are the foundation for their future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities. If support is needed with finding a childcare place, parents and carers can contact the Family Information Service on 020 8583 3470 / 020 8583 6421 or email fis@hounslow.gov.uk 

NB Parents and carers should check if there are any additional charges before taking up the place. More information can be found here – www.hounslow.gov.uk/childcare

  • Do you need help to find a childcare provider for your child? Or maybe you have questions about sending your child to a day nursery, playgroup or childminder @LBofHounslow is here to help please call 020 8583 3470 or 020 8583 6421 or send an email to fis@hounslow.gov.uk
  • If you need help with childcare costs visit Childcare Choices. Here you can get information on the government’s free childcare schemes for two, three and four year olds, tax-free childcare, tax-credits and universal credits for childcare: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk @LBofHounslow
  • Early language development is critical for children’s future success.  Childcare providers are trained and skilled in ensuring each child’s language development is encouraged and supported. To search for your local childcare providers, visit www.hounslow.co.uk/fsd @LBofHounslow

We Are Open!

We have re-opened and detail below our changes to practice to keep our children safe.

We are operating a waiting list and if you are looking for a place for this September either call us on 07719731062 or email us to register your interest.

How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe – Guidance for Parents and Carers

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment can be downloaded here and the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education can be provided on request. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.

Shielding within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding or changes to your home circumstances regarding shielding within your home 

Procedures for Drop off and Collection

Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect.

Drop off

  • If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
  • If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.

Collection

  • If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
  • If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.

To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child.  Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers MUST social distance at all times when outside the building.

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Coronavirus

Isolate your household. Stay at home. Coronavirus

Playgroup is now closed temporarily due to the spread of the Corona Virus. We will re-open as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

In the mean time if you would like to enquire about a place for September please email us at st.marysosterleyplaygroup@outlook.com and you will be sent an application form. Tours of playgroup will be available when possible.

Childcare Voucher Scheme Closes to New Parents

Pre-School Learning AllianceThe government’s childcare voucher scheme has closed to new applicants.
Originally due to close in April, the scheme was kept open to new applicants until 4 October after pressure from campaign groups.

Closed to new applicants
However, despite continued efforts to keep the scheme open, no new applicants will be now able to join.

Instead, parents will be able to sign up to the tax-free childcare scheme, which launched in April earlier this year.

Those who are already receiving childcare vouchers will be able to do so as long as they continue to be employed by a company signed up to the scheme.

Tax-free childcare
Tax-free childcare is available to all eligible parents, whereas childcare vouchers are only available to eligible parents whose employers are signed up to the scheme.

However, some parents say they will lose out under the tax-free childcare scheme.

The #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign has been calling for the scheme to remain open to new applicants since January 2017. It says it will keep putting pressure on the government to re-open the scheme to new entrants.

How Was 2017 For Playgroup

We had a lot of children stay on or started on 3 year funding which meant we were already only getting £13 per session for these children but we filled up with 30 children per day the by summer term with 6 staff and three 1-1 workers for three children who went onto school with statutory assessments (used to be statements). We were charging £20 per session for 2 year olds. SEN workers were paid by inclusion funding.

We paid our staff at least the National Living Wage as of 2014 and had to start the new pension. Our main focus last year was to try and put in place 30 hours to start in September 2017. It was not easy to work out as the government didn’t give any information out until the summer. We had to get all staff on board with extra hours, work out the hours and ask for extension of the hall hire. We had to have a meeting with the hall committee, then the vicar. Then it had to be passed by the Standing Committee and the PCC. We now have a contract until September 2018 of £600 pw for hall hire. The vicar is leaving which may cause changes. Continue reading

Parents offered compensation after Childcare Service technical issues

Pre-School Learning AllianceHMRC is offering some parents compensation after continuing problems with the government’s Childcare Service website.

The website has experienced several technical issues since its launch earlier this year. The problems have left a number of parents unable to access both tax-free childcare and the 30-hours offer, which are both managed through the website. Some parents are said to have been locked out of tax-free childcare accounts, while some have wrongly been told that they are not eligible for the 30-hours.

Providers have also experienced problems with the site, including a technical glitch that saw childminder data, including home addresses, wrongfully shared online.

Compensation claims
Parents may be eligible for a one-off top-up from the government if they have been:

  • unable to complete an application for tax-free childcare
  • unable to access a childcare account
  • left without a decision on whether they are eligible, without explanation, for more than 20 days.

For more, see Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Claiming Funding for 30 Hours

If a parent is experiencing problems with getting their code they should call HMRC on 0300 123 4097.

The parent will have to check their code every three months and will be reminded by HMRC to do this.

Hounslow Council will run a check every term to see which parents have failed to check their eligibility or have fallen out of eligibility.

When a parent is no longer eligible they fall into the ‘grace period’.

The grace period is used to describe the length of time the parent and childcare provider receives the entitlement until it is withdrawn.

The grace period end date is usually till the end of term that the parent becomes ineligible.

If a parent is sharing the funding between two providers then the parent must make it clear to both with whom the parent is taking the first 15 universal hours with and the extended 15 hours with.