Dear Parents/Carers

Return to school for children who transition to Primary School in September

We have now been advised by the Director for Public Health in Lancashire that we are able to begin to re-open school to more children. As I wrote in my previous letter we are prioritising the children who are making the transition to Primary school this summer as per the Government directive.
From 22nd June we will be able to invite these children back to school. We are thrilled to be able to have some of the children back in nursery. At the same time we are working hard to ensure that we are putting into place measures to protect the children and staff and also all our families.

As you will no doubt be aware young children do not understand social distancing and are unable to follow this. Therefore we have set up a ‘bubble’ system in school. This means that the children will only have contact with a small number of other children and the same adults each day.
Therefore session times will be staggered to ensure that children are dropped off and picked up at different times and we will ask families to use different entrances depending which classroom their child is going into. We ask you all to respect the 2 metre social distancing rule when coming into and out of nursery. Only one parent per family may come into the school grounds to drop off and pick up and please stick to your session times. Parents are not able to enter the building, except the main entrance. Please follow the social distancing rule of only one person in the main entrance at one time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer breakfast and after-school provision.
Those children who have been attending as part of the keyworker or vulnerable group will be unaffected and continue to access the provision as they have previously.

We have been contacting eligible families to see whether you want your child to return to nursery and if so to let you know what time to drop off and pick up and which entrance to use. (Please see the information at the end of the letter to advise you on entrances and timings) Please can you ensure that your contact details are up to date and that you let us know if there are people on your emergency contact list that we should not ring in the event that your child is ill, for example because they are shielding.
In the event that your child is poorly or displays any symptoms of COVID19 they will be moved to a different room by a familiar adult and we will ring you to pick them up immediately. We have been advised that in this event we should wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is an apron, gloves and, if the child is coughing or vomiting, a mask and visor.


Please ensure that we are able to contact you. If your child or anyone within your household displays any symptoms of COVID19 then they must not come to nursery and please follow the 14 day self-isolation guidelines.

The classrooms have been adapted to limit the quantities of resources available and to ensure that we are able to clean and sanitize what the children have played with. Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day. Children will have regular access to the outdoors in their bubble and again we shall clean what they have played with when they finish.

Please talk to your child about returning to nursery, prepare them that it might look a little different and that they might be in a different room with some different friends. The children should not bring any toys, including teddies, blankets etc from home into nursery. They can bring a coat and a bag. Please can you talk about this before you set off to avoid upset at the door. Please also reassure your child that it will still be lots of fun! Have a look on our website for a document produced by Lancashire to guide you on ‘Helping my child to return to nursery after Coronavirus’.
We look forward to seeing you and your child next week. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school office.

Yours Sincerely
Catherine Tasker
Acting Headteacher


Which bubble? Entrance Time
Coming for the morning and afternoon session and staying for lunch Come through the staff carpark and use the side door to Leah’s room 9.00am drop off
3.30pm pick up

Coming for the morning


Coming for the afternnon

Come through the staff carpark, walk around the playground to the rear of the building and use the back door to Emma’s classroom 8.45am drop off
11.45 pick up
1pm drop off
4 pm pick up
Key worker group Use main entrance – sign children in at the desk As arranged
Vulnerable group Use main entrance 9.00am drop off
11.30 pick up
1.00pm drop off
3.30 pick up
Headteacher: Catherine Tasker
Address: Whitegate Nursery School & Early Years Care, Victoria Road, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8TG
Telephone: 01282 772283
Email: office@whitegate.lancs.sch.uk

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