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Information for new starters - January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Ripley Nursery School

We look forward to meeting all our new children and parents at our garden visit day on Monday 14th December 2020. To ensure the safety of our school community only new parents and pupils will be onsite with staff on this day.  We understand that this is a difficult time to be starting a school placement and I would like to share with you the measures we have taken to keep staff, families and children safe. 


At Ripley Nursery School we have worked throughout the pandemic balancing the stringent government guidance with the well-being and educational needs of our younger learners.


All staff and children work within ‘bubbles’ as we understood that small children cannot socially distance and may need comfort and support from their keyworker during the school day.

We understand that the best way to keep safe is for staff and families to work together with clear routines and rules and to keep clear lines of communication open and well used.


Health & Safety measures in response to covid 19

Within school we have adapted our environment to allow for more frequent cleaning and have restricted the numbers of children and staff in contact with each other by dividing the school learning spaces, including the outside areas, into two distinct bubbles. We also support children to practise good hand hygiene throughout the school day.


To ensure a safe and smooth entry and exit into school we have staggered start and finish times and increased the number of entrances. All parents must wear a mask at drop off and pick up times. We understand that all local schools have taken the same approach to support social distancing, if you are struggling with the allotted timings please speak to myself, Kerry Hartwell or your keyworker and we will do our best to accommodate changes. We ask families to arrive on time, to keep a social distance of 2 m apart from other families and to leave the school site promptly following the clearly marked out routes.



Full day /morning  drop off 

Morning pick up

Afternoon drop off

Full day /afternoon Pick up







Pram store door












Garden gate






Garden gate



Breakfast club starts

Afterschool club finishes

Main Reception




Most importantly we ask you not to bring children to school who are ill or displaying any symptoms of covid 19. If anyone in your family has any symptoms of covid 19 apply then for a test and do not bring your child to school unless you have a negative result.


If your child falls ill at school we will care for them, alert you to collect them and take their temperature. All children and adults have access to prompt testing and we will ask you to apply for and administer a test on behalf of your child if they display symptoms of covid 19.

We ask you to sign a home school agreement to signify you understand and agree with all the guidance and rules we have put in place.


If you have another child/children who is/are isolating please do not bring them to school with you when dropping off or picking up. I understand that this is may be a difficult situation however our priority is to keep our school community safe and free from covid 19.


With all these measures in place we cannot guarantee that we will not have to close if any child or staff member tests positive for cornonavirus. We will contact Public Health England/Department of Education if anyone reports a positive test, follow their guidance and notify parents swiftly.


Starting Ripley Nursery School

We operate a gradual transition into school for any new starters in order to promote the well being of all children. We appreciate that joining school is a huge step for children and their families and this year we have had to employ a different approach as we cannot invite parents into school. Therefore all new parents and children, who have not visited school, will have a garden visit with their keyworker and an opportunity to find out about Ripley Nursery School. All families should now have a start date and a garden visit. Please ensure you wear your mask during the garden visit.


School Information

School website –  please go to for more information about our school including our ethos, policies and further contact information. Additionally, we ask our parents to sign up for the school app, this is linked to the website and provides regular updates about events in school and important reminders. We will send you a link to download the app once your admission form is processed.


If your child is absent from school please telephone school by 9.15am /1.15pm and speak to Annabel Martin or Kerry Hartwell as we have a duty to record all absences. We ask you to attend school promptly to ensure the safety of all children and families and to ensure children receive full access to all the learning experiences available to them at Ripley Nursery School.


If your child has any medical requirements, including dietary, please notify your keyworkers or Kerry Hartwell prior to your child starting school.


On your garden visit you will be given a letter regarding parent pay. The letter will give you a username and password for your personal log in to parent pay. Please ensure you log into the system as this will enable you to pay for your parental contribution, lunches and any additional sessions or payments. The parental contribution is applicable to every child and is charged at £1.50 per week. This covers healthy snacks and drinks, baking ingredients and other provisions.


Check out your classroom and teachers

Staff in your child’s class have made class videos to introduce themselves and show you what will be on offer for your child – you can find these on the school website under the Children’s tab, please use these videos to help support your child before they start school.


Staff from your child’s class, their keyworkers, will be on the door to encourage your child into school. Our staff are kind and caring and will work with you to support your child joining school. Your child can bring in a transitional object, for example their school mouse (we provide these on your garden visit), which will stay in their school bag. Please provide children with a spare change of clothes and a pair of slippers, labelled with their name, in a plastic bag or a fabric drawstring bag which can stay in school.

We provide wet weather gear to allow children to work outside whatever the weather however we often get wet socks from splashing in puddles - so please put extra socks and pants in their school bag too.


Our uniform suppliers are loopwear which are based in Ilkeston. They also have an online shop from which you can order uniform. Please follow the link below.


We look forward to working with you and your child over the next academic year. We send information out through our school app to your mobile phone so please keep us informed of any changes to your personal details. You can also find a wealth of information about Ripley Nursery School on our website, including details about our sister organisation – Ripley Nursery School Childcare.


Your keyworkers from your child’s class will share your child’s progress and achievement through online learning journals and more information will be coming out to you in the near future.


Kind regards,


C.L. Bednal


Cathy Bednal and all the staff of Ripley Nursery School