Coronavirus

Update (Match 30th):

While the nursery is unfortunately closed through the COVID-19 outbreak, we have received some resources to allow parents to keep the learning going at home. When we are open again as usual these resources will be made available on our parent portal.

Early Years Home Learning Collection - A curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared from TTS.

Twinkl are offering a full month's access to all of their resources for all parents and teachers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. To access this all you need to do is go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code CVDTWINKLHELPS.

Their EYFS for Parents area has some really useful guides and activities for parents with children in EYFS.

Update (Match 23rd):

As of tomorrow, Tuesday March 24th, Harton Village Kindergarten, Westoe Village Kindergarten and West Park Kindergarten will be merging with services to be based at Harton Village Kindergarten.

We are doing this in order to continue the support we are providing to all the key workers during this difficult time.

Following government guidelines, we advise that if you are able to make alternate arrangements for childcare, with someone not in at-risk group, then you should avoid bringing your child into nursery. We will still be providing childcare for parents/carers who are in the key worker groups and are unable to make alternate arrangements.

If you have any further questions, please contact the nursery or use the details below:

Harton Village Kindergarten

Phone: 0191 4566 314

Email: hartonvillagekindergarten@yahoo.com

Head Office

Phone: 0191 300 8689

Email: enquiries@earlylearningpartnership.co.uk


Update (Match 20th):

In light of the Government announcement regarding the closure of all schools and nurseries from Friday (20 March 2020), we are committed to open for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children who still require childcare in these uncertain times.

The Government has now released a list of industries with Key Workers:

  • Health and social care

  • Education and childcare

  • Public services

  • Local and national government

  • Food and other necessary goods

  • Public safety and national security

For further information on Key Worker definitions, please visit the gov.uk website.


As a provider of high quality childcare we take health and safety very seriously. With this in mind we have put together information based on Public Health England advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

The UK Chief Medical Officer has set the risk to the public as moderate. The risk of contracting the virus is very low with very few cases in the UK compared to the number of those tested.

We are working closely with our nursery managers, local authority and taking advice from Public Health England to introduce internal procedures to best manage the current risk and ensure we are prepared in the event of spread in the UK or a link to one of our nurseries.

We asking all staff, parents and visitors to be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), a high temperature (fever), a cough and shortness of breath however, these are common symptoms of other illnesses such as cold and flu. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have Covid-19.

How to reduce the risk?

  • Parents, staff and visitors can minimise the risk of catching Covid-19 (Coronavirus), by practicing good hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap, especially before eating or handling food, after toilet visits, or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and to discard the tissue immediately into a bin.

  • We ensure our environments are cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis

  • Limit the sharing of food/ drinks/ utensils, toothbrushes or towels with others

  • We ensure supplies of hand soap, tissues, and paper towels are available

  • Use antiviral wipes or gel when handwashing is unavailable

  • Use hand sanitiser upon entry to nursery

What action to take if symptoms develop?

  • Contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk

  • If you have travelled to an area affected by Coronavirus and have the above symptoms, call NHS 111 and follow their advice

  • If you are seriously ill, call 999

  • Do not attend your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people

The World Health Organisation have said ‘While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.’

If older children are curious or worried you may find the link below useful

Just for kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus

Other Useful Links

Government advice on Coronavirus

Government advice detailing affected areas

DfE and Public Health guidance for Educational Settings on Coronavirus