Dear Parents,

We are really looking forward to Autumn term and a return to a normal week.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their understanding and co-operation over the last few months. I know that this period has been challenging for many families. First and foremost it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest Government guidance, to ensure we are COVID secure. This will allow us to remain open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of Coronavirus transmitting within the setting. Some of the steps we have taken include:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.

  • Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible,  and minimising contact with other groups around the setting. 

  • Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly. 

  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.

  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.

  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent per household.

  • Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing.

  • There are a number of things you can do to help us make these arrangements  effective.

  • Follow the guidance on what to do if your child or someone in your household develops coronavirus symptoms.

  • Follow the settings protocol for responding to a suspected coronavirus case.

  • Follow our daily procedures.


We ask all parents to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested,


From Monday 7th September we return to our usual opening hours 7.30—6.00 Monday to Friday. We ask that you stick to your drop off and collection times and that if you need to drop off or collect at a different time you must email this request to me. If we do not have any children booked in until 8am staff will not arrive until 7.50 am.

Please take the time to familiarise yourselves with all of the attached documents. Our main aim is to ensure that the children onsite do not notice any difference in their care and we endeavour to make their time at The Valley happy and stimulating (just a bit cleaner!!). We are looking forward to a healthy and fun filled term and  hope that you are assured that we have taken all possible steps to ensure the safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.

Kind regards,


Trevowah Road, Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5ES - 01637 830680 - - Registered Charity Number 1056855 - Ofsted 103008