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Executive Director of Education                                       Education Services
         Education                                                                         Glasgow City Council

                                  Maureen McKenna                                           City Chambers East Building
                                                                                                        40 John Street
                                                                                                              Glasgow G1 1JL

                                                                                                       

Phone 0141-287 4551Fax 0141-287 4895

Our Ref MMcK/SLA Your Ref

Date 3 June 2020
If phoning please ask for Maureen McKenna
email maureen.mckenna@education.glasgow.gov.uk


Dear Parents

As you may have seen in the national press, Scottish Government have paused the nursery expansion programme for 1140 hours. This means it is no longer a legal requirement for those hours to be delivered. We are committed to offering families as many hours as we can but as I’ve said above, this will be affected by the government advice on safely operating nurseries in the short term. The entitlement to 1140 hours will be reintroduced by government at some point in the future.
Parents will be contacted over the summer about arrangements for returning to nursery or starting nursery for the first time for new entrants.
This will be very different for all of us and I understand that this temporary way we deliver early learning and childcare will mean that families need to make adjustments for work and childcare arrangements.
We understand that this would mean some continued disruption for those of you who are working. I apologise for this but I am afraid in order for us to follow physical distancing advice from the government we would be unable to have all children in nurseries at the same time for the time being.
As I’ve said earlier, given the different style of buildings and outdoor opportunities across the city, each nursery and partner provider will develop their own plan that supports their families’ needs as much as possible.
We will also be appealing to employers to work with their employees to consider flexible working patterns to enable parents to care for their children on the days they are not in nursery. The advice remains that, where possible, children should be cared for at home when not in nursery.
Thank you again for all your support. I know this period has been and continues to be challenging for us all.
However, as I said at the very outset of this health crisis, I know you will continue to work with us to ensure that we deliver high quality early learning and childcare in the city.
I will send out more information and updates to our families as our plans are confirmed and try and give as much notice as possible over the summer holidays for going back for the beginning of the new term.
However, the more detailed information about your child’s nursery hours will come direct from your setting.
If you would like to read the current government guidance on the re-opening of schools and nurseries you can access them on line at:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-re-opening-schools-guide/
https://news.gov.scot/news/safe-return-to-schools-and-nurseries
https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/reopening-schools-faqs - this is being updated so we advise to check back here regularly
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-schools-early-learning-and-childcare-settings---scientific-evidence/

Yours sincerely
MAUREEN McKENNA
Executive Director of Education

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