Like many setting across the UK, Kidzrus closed its doors on Monday 23rd March. The decision for complete closure was decided on in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all staff, families and children.  With a cohort of 400+ children we knew we needed to take  additional measures to continue supporting each of the families we have registered with us.  We are based in Salford, Greater Manchester; a highly deprived area of the North West and approximately a third of our children are funded places. It was with this in mind that continuation of care was made a priority for the group. 

Support and home learning
We decided that the best way to maintain contact with families in our individual nurseries was to create a site specific Facebook page and invite or families to join them! This allowed for two way communication from nursery to home and enabled the practitioner’s to share ideas and see them brought to life by parents in the home environment. We are so pleased with the positive feedback on our Facebook groups since returning to nursery. Parents have commented on how heavily these were relied on to keep their children entertained and busy during our closure period and we are so glad they had such an impact. 

To support further, Kidzrus decided on hosting a number of at home events to encourage parental engagement and two way communication with our children. Each individual event was a great success and we had an overwhelming response from families at home! From our Teddy bear’s picnic, NHS raffle and VE celebrations to delivering food parcels, packed lunches and book bundles, we were able to continue supporting all of our families from a safe distance. We even managed to send care packages over to our friends at Pendleton Court Care home, helping them to celebrate VE day with one another!

Along with this each manager arranged for welfare checks to be completed on all children, with direct messages and phone calls made on a weekly basis to monitor the wellbeing of our vulnerable children and also check in on all other families within the group. 

Testemonies

Re Kidzrus foodbank “Oh wow! I didn’t expect all this.  Thank you so much.  That is such a big help, you don’t even know.  Lots of love to you all! XX” and “I just want to say a massive thank you for delivering me a food parcel an hour ago.  I’m a single mum with a 2 year old and an 8 month old so getting out to the supermarkets can be a bit of a nightmare at the moment.  The last few times I’ve ventured out after queuing to get into the supermarket for up to an hour sometimes, my two year old has thrown the mother of all tantrums, leaving me with no choice but to put my shopping down and leave – going home with nothing.  Just as you got to my door my tow year old was having another tantrum but when he was handed a dinosaur book all the tears stopped straight away! He is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs so it was the perfect gift for him.  I got a bit emotional when you guys left. Thank you for going out of your way to help like this. It’s so kind”

Pendleton court care home re VE day care package “Thank you so much @KidzRUs2010 for our amazing hampers!  Our residents loved receiving them and can’t wait to tuck in tomorrow and over the weekend!  We have the best supporters.”

 ”We did the teddy bear picnic and VE celebrations. It was nice for the children to be able to see what their friends were doing as well as making it a fun activity for them”

”Firstly, thank you for all the support and communication so far. Please keep us updated on numbers of places available at nursery. Even though she cannot right now, we want her to go back to the nursery that she loves. If it becomes possible in the near future to guaranty a place while she is out of nursery, please let us know. ”

”As always we just want to thank you for everything and for all your hard work. We are so lucky that we found the perfect place for Poppy to be!!! ”

”Loved that the nursery stayed connected and tried to engage our children from a distance also gave parents something to focus on to do with the children”

Re opening
Kidzrus were pleased to announce the reopening of all 5 sites from June 1st. Each nursery was disinfected by Vaxinol and our 5 teams attended each site to ensure equipment was thoroughly deep cleaned. To put parents minds at ease, safer practice guidance for parents, children and staff was made readily available for parents to access, along with an FAQ document to answer any further queries. In addition to this, each nursery has been signposted with correct social distancing measures, with warning tape and signs displayed both in and outside of nursery entrances and on way systems in use. 

We are tremendously proud of what we have achieved during our closure period and hope to continue supporting our families in addition to offering support to the local community.

We remain mindful that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and that many of our families are struggling and find it difficult to go to the shops. As a result of this we have extended our Kidzrus Family Food Bank.  We purchase fresh provisions daily and we have received notable donations from Trafford Food Warehouse, Lidl and Morrisions and parents.  Moving forwards, our food will be distributed to each of our 5 nurseries and we will support our families in need with food parcels for collection. Along with this, we have begun a collection for Salford baby bank, helping us to give back to the community during this uncertain time. 

We wold like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful nursery managers, fantastic staff and lovely families. We have really come together in what has been such a testing time. Our nurseries may now seem empty but they are filled with the love that we have for each other and we are a family that takes great pride in the support that we offer one another.   As her Majesty The Queen said “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return; we will be with our friends again; we will meet again.” And we cannot wait to welcome all of our families back to nursery!

 

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