Parent Communication 02 01 2021
As you are aware, the reintroduction of full Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions was announced by Government on 30 December, including the extension of the Christmas holidays for school age children and ECCE provision until 11 January 2021.
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) also advised that full day care creche provision, which is deemed as an essential service, will remain open for working parents and issued guidance late yesterday to support creche providers. Minster O’Gorman has asked that creche provision reopens as planned from 4 January to provide childcare, particularly to priority groups and essential workers. However, given the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community, we may have to operate at reduced capacity due the necessity to meet legislative adult child ratios and the possible unavailability of staff members who may be absent for testing but we will provide regular updates over the coming days as we monitor the current position and any changes in line with Government guidance.
We appreciate and thank you for your constant understanding and patience during this evolving situation and we ask that you work in partnership with us to reopen safely on 4 January. To date across all our centres there have been very few cases of Covid-19 and we will continue to maintain our high hygiene and operating standards to ensure that our creches remain safe for all our families, their children and our staff teams. Once again, we ask that you act responsibly and notify us immediately if you or any family member have tested positive, are taking a Covid-19 test or are a close contact. We also ask that your child does not attend crèche if a close family member has signs or symptoms of Covid-19. It is our shared responsibility to ensure that we all remain safe and minimise the spread of Covid-19.
Please also advise us if you or a member of the household has travelled abroad in the past 14 days and complete a travel and health declaration in advance of your child’s return to creche: Form travel declaration form for parents. Also, attached is a Self Assessment form to keep in mind when considering your child’s attendance to creche.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed as we have been advised that the Government will issue further guidance prior to 11 January 2021.
Please, as ever, continue to be vigilant and keep safe and well.
Dearbhala Cox Giffin