Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

Due to the latest government guidance regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), as of 6pm on Friday 20th March the Centre is closed until further notice.

Children of Key Workers

We would like to clarify Bright Beginnings’ position on caring for the children of key worker staff. We fully support this principle and have considered the government guidance whilst planning how this will work for the Centre.

The guidance from the Department of Education states that:

‘The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.’

In accordance with government advice and the advice from our Board of Directors to minimise the risk to our Centre staff members and their families, any child who has a parent working for the University or elsewhere, whose role is not that of a keyworker and who may have been asked to work from or have the capabilities to work from home, will be expected to keep their child/ren at home with them to minimise the spread of this infection.

As Bright Beginnings has a very low number of key worker families, we are remaining closed. There are however centres across Leeds who are remaining open due to the high volume of children within their care falling within one of the eligible criteria. Advice about these centres can be found using the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The Leeds Family Information Service is currently collecting information regarding centres remaining open during this period and will be sharing that once the data has been collected.

We hope you can understand our position is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your children, our staff members, their families, and the wider community in our decision-making process.

Should you have any further queries or concerns please feel free to contact one of us via the Centre’s email address which is being accessed daily: [email protected]

Fees:

Many of you have been in touch regarding your fees for the period of our closure. We can confirm that you will not be charged for the duration of this time, however, there is still work to be done around how a refund might look. As we are sure you can appreciate, all our staff members are currently working from home with limited access to resources needed for this kind of operation. We therefore ask for your patience in this matter and offer our assurances that our General Manager is currently working with our Finance Team and that of the University to agree the simplest way in which we are able to move forward.

For more information on COVID-19: