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Covid-19 Parent Update


Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Parent Message – Coronavirus Update

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support since our recent closure announcement. We have received many warm and encouraging e-mails from so many of you which we all appreciate.

As you are aware, we are currently closed until Monday 20th April 2020 on the instruction of An Taoiseach in an effort to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.   However, this re-opening date now looks extremely unlikely but we are awaiting formal guidance on this from Government officials.

We understand that these are difficult times for us all and that the situation can change almost daily.  We are also acutely aware that many of you also find yourselves in unchartered territory so we would like to reassure you that all childcare fees will be suspended for April 2020, and no direct debits will be called for at the end of this month.   We will of course be in touch with you to advise you of the ongoing position in May and we will keep you informed of sector developments and any guidance that we receive about the opening of creche provision.

With regards to our centre teams, we have requested that all staff stay at home and stay healthy and we have advised those who are able to work from home or remotely to do so as there are ongoing administrative tasks to complete. We are also paying our centre staff in full for this period with fee income for the month of March to ensure that they have some financial security.  We are going to do everything that we can to support and retain our staff and be in a position to re-open when we are advised that it is safe to do so. We are aware that that we are a key service in supporting parents to return to work and to get back to normal life but we must operate in line with Government guidance during this public health crisis.

In the meantime, please keep safe and healthy and again thank you for your continued support. We will be in touch regularly with any further updates.

Kind Regards

 

Giraffe Management Team

 


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