In light of the current situation with COVID19 and recent Government announcements, The Grove will be part of the country-wide closure of childcare settings as of end of day Friday 20th March. This is with the exception of frontline service workers. As we are still waiting for official clarification of this I know it has posed some questions with working parents and we just wanted to clarify (so it can be passed on to others if necessary) that this is deemed to be frontline NHS staff, operational emergency service workers and vital supply delivery drivers. I know that a lot of people in many roles are working from home and this is challenging with children at home and underfoot but this is unfortunately the situation for many of the country and is NOT considered to be frontline work. We have to make a clear decision and with the effort the whole country is making to reduce the spread to the vulnerable it would not be fair or responsible to care for any other children other than those with parents in frontline roles. We also have to consider the responsibility we have to our staff, they all have families and will be having to make alternative arrangements for their children etc. It was also stated that vulnerable children will be accommodated for and Claire is ensuring that any children whom fall within this category are receiving sufficient support at this time.
We would like to thank all parents, committee members and staff for your support and understanding at this time and as soon as we know more about a future date of re-opening we will share this with you. Wishing you and your families all the best.