Mary Paterson Newsletter January/ February

Good Morning Parents,

Thank you to those that joined the zoom meeting last week, we hope it was useful to you. Main message was that these are not normal times, try to keep to a routine for bedtimes etc but do not put extra stress on yourselves regarding schooling. At Mary Paterson we have most of our children in and other than the two weeks before October half term we are proud to have kept open since March 2020. Rest assured the children are fine and resilient, it is us adults that are finding this time difficult!

We will have more Zoom meetings coming up with parents and we are looking at ways of being more attractive to parents in the increasing world of competition between nursery schools, so please join in to give us your thoughts and ideas, as we move past this difficult year.

I wanted to share some information given to me this morning from the Local Authority regarding testing and vaccinations. Both are your personal decisions to make. I am lucky to have had the vaccine last week. My daughter, who is a mental health nurse had her vaccine two weeks ago and was exhausted and stayed in bed for two days. Unless that was an excuse to stay and bed!!

I have been ringing parents for a chat, to keep in touch and if I haven’t spoken to you so far, I will keep tying. The aspect of this virus that has affected the staff and parents is the loss of having parents in and chatting on a daily basis. Hopefully we will see some form of normality in the summer. When lockdown is over, we will increase our forest school provision to try to catch up with what we have missed so far due to lack of staff.

We have been putting daily videos of all areas of learning posted on Instagram and Twitter, so please check daily.

Take care of yourselves and I hope to see you soon,



Helping your child at home

•everyday conversations

•make-believe play

•games with numbers or letters

•reading together

•involving them in the things you are doing, such as household chores, and talking with them about it

Keeping a routine

•Do not worry about trying to keep to the full routine that your child had in nursery or with their childcare provider. However, children will feel more comfortable with a predictable routine, so try to make sure they:

•get up and go to bed at the same time each day

•have regular meal times

•turn off any electronic devices, including the television, at least an hour before bedtime

•Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day in total.

•It’s also good to get some fresh air every day. If you do not have a garden and are taking children outside to exercise, make sure you follow the rules on social distancing.

Keeping active

•While inside, there are plenty of things you can do to keep children active, such as:

•playing hide-and-seek

•seeing who can do the most star jumps

•making an obstacle course

•playing music and having a dance-off

Mental Health

•Its ok not to be ok

•Staying at home and the change of routine may make this a difficult time for some children and they may be feeling a range of emotions about it.

•They might get upset more often, or return to some behaviours they had grown out of. It’s understandable and other families will be experiencing this.

•Try to keep your child away from news broadcasts that might scare them, take time to reassure them and be open to talking about their feelings.

•It’s normal for everyone to be feeling the strain in the current situation and for there to be some disagreements in the home. It will help your child’s wellbeing if they see those disagreements resolved in a healthy way. This will also help them learn how to resolve their own disagreements in the future.

Advice from LA

Being vaccinated

The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

Most people will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system. However, some services are currently phoning and texting patients to invite them in for a vaccination. If you miss the phone call, please don’t worry, they will call again or send a letter.

When you book your first dose you will also be asked to book your second dose too. For most people this will be within three months of your first dose.

The vaccination programme is being rolled out according to the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immusation.

Vaccination is free.

Types of vaccine

3 vaccines approved in the UK

· Pfizer-BioNTech

· Oxford AstraZeneca

· Moderna

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

· Safety and effectiveness has been tested through large clinical trials

· No serious side effects or complications have been reported

· The vaccines are very effective in protecting against coronavirus

· See the National Institute of Health Research video for more information on the vaccine and to help allay any anxieties.

Protection and Transmission

• The vaccine takes two to three weeks to build up protection against coronavirus

• You won’t receive the full effect until after the second injection

• The vaccine reduces your chance of getting coronavirus, but no vaccine is completely effective, and it does not stop you carrying the virus, so you should continue to take recommended precautions after vaccination (Hands, face, space)

• Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe

• Some people might get COVID-19 after having a vaccination if they catch it before the vaccine takes effect

• It is important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you

Over nine million people in the UK have already received the vaccine.