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Welcome from the Head Teacher, Mrs Allnutt

**Please read the update below regarding arrangements for Monday 23rd March**
*Important Information - Monday 23rd March - Following direction from the government, the school is currently closed until further notice.*

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE INFORMATION

UPDATE - Tuesday 24th March

Last night, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions are being put into place.

People in Britain are now only allowed to leave their homes for “very limited purposes”

  • shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed

It is incredibly important that you and your families follow these instructions to the letter. These measures have never been seen before and highlight how serious these are. Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. 

The position of the emergency childcare in school is still in place for those who absolutely need it. Only those key workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should put their children and our staff at risk. If you can keep your child at home, please do so. 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS

Following direction from the government, the school is currently closed until further notice.

EMERGENCY CHILDCARE

From Monday 23rd March we are running an emergency childcare provision for the following:

  • Vulnerable children (Children with a social worker and those with an Educational Health Care Plan)
  • Children of Key Workers, where the is no alternative childcare available

 

HOME LEARNING

For work to be completed at home, please go to the 'Helping at Home' tab. We will keep this up-to-date over the next few days and weeks.

 

CONTACT

We continue to staff the office and you may contact us by telephone on 01634 409521 between 8:30am and 3:00pm

You may also contact the office by email office@greenvale.medway.sch.uk  

 

Sunday 22nd March - update - 6:30pm

On Friday (20th March) we contacted all parents who met the key worker criteria and who registered for the childcare provision we are running from tomorrow (Monday 23rd March 2020).
ONLY THOSE REGISTERED WILL BE ADMITTED FOR CHILDCARE.
For registered children, the provision starts at 9:00am. Children will need to be signed in at the school office.

Please observe social distancing from other families as you wait to come in.


If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

 

Coronavirus Update 20/03/2020 - 6:30am

Dear Parents and Carers

Following government advice the school will be closed to pupils from Friday 20th March at 3:20pm until further notice.

We will, however, be remaining open to provide childcare provision for children of identified key workers and vulnerable pupils, i.e. those with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) or assigned social worker, including Looked After Children.

We will contact directly families with vulnerable children.

 

We need to identify which families qualify for the key worker category.

The government has now confirmed the Key Worker list:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

 

If you believe you fall in to any of these categories and will require access to child care provision, then please contact the school office either by email office@greenvale.medway.sch.uk  or by coming into the office before 12pm on Friday. We will require you to verify your occupation through a suitable means e.g. photo id or official letter from your place of work. We will also require you to confirm that your access to the childcare provision is essential. 

 

We believe that putting these requirements in place will ensure that only the children within the guidelines are in school therefore increasing the ability to operate the social distancing policy within school to some degree.

 

Once we have identified the children within these categories, we will then communicate to those families our arrangements for Monday.

These are difficult times for all. We are absolutely committed to providing the services that the government require us to. We believe that everyone in our school community has the responsibility to play their part in following the government guidelines. Our school values and ethos are required now, more than ever, to achieve this together for the safety of our community.  

 We once again thank you for your support and kindness.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Allnutt

 

Thursday 19.3.2020

You may have seen the government directive stating that schools will close on Friday 20th March until further notice except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. School leaders are working hard to plan how to meet these requirements and will communicate these plans with you as soon as possible.
Please ensure you follow government advice regarding self-isolation if your child displays the publicised symptoms: high temperature and/or new, continuous cough.

Nurture – Inspire – Succeed

‘Respect – Readiness – Resourcefulness – Responsibility – Resilience – Reflectiveness’

Welcome to the Greenvale Infant & Nursery website. If you are a parent or carer or a visitor to our site, the website has everything you will need to know, from dates, to uniform rules, from class pages to galleries so that we can share the learning that goes on in Greenvale everyday.

Greenvale is a happy, friendly school in the heart of the local community. We believe that children need to play, explore, observe, investigate, repeat, copy, problem solve and represent in order to come to terms with themselves, other people and the world around.

We are lucky to have a staff of wonderfully inspiring and dedicated teachers and teaching assistants, who not only have high expectations in all areas of the curriculum, but are also supportive of every child's needs.

Greenvale values the first years in school and recognises them as some of the most important. We aim to ensure that our children have a 'can do' attitude towards learning, through an environment that enables them to feel happy, safe, valued and secure as they grow, learn and develop.

The most important message for our school is summed up in our vision and aims and our school values:

please click here to read our aims. vision and ethos statement.

 

School should be lively and it should be a place where children and adults develop into amazing people through mutual support and challenge. We recognise that parents and carers are the children’s first educators, and strive to work in close partnership, building on the children’s own experiences. 

We believe that Greenvale Infant & Nursery School offers every opportunity for your child as they begin their school career and education into life long learning.

If you would like more information, have any questions or wish to arrange a visit please contact us, or email us direct on office@greenvale.medway.sch.uk

 

Greenvale Infant and Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Mrs Allnutt

Head Teacher

Helping Your Child at Home - Useful Links for Parents

 

www.education.gov.uk

This website provides a range of information about your child's education.

www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum

Guide to the National Curriculum including information on how to help your child learn.

www.childcare.co.uk

Information about childcare in your area.

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Information and ideas to support reading and Phonics.

 

 

 

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