Linda - Apple Blossom Pre-SchoolMeet Linda. She has owned and run pre-schools in cheshunt for over 26 years. She currently owns Tinytoons pre-school & Nursery in the Laura Trott Centre and is now opening a brand new
pre-school and day care in Buntingford! This will be for 48 weeks of the year and offers sessional and day care for children aged 2 to 5.

Childcare is my passion and over the years we have built up an excellent reputation.

Lockdown has brought its challenges both professionally and personally. Our Tinytoons group has been closed since march and will re-open in September but this has given us an opportunity to set up the new group and it is looking great. We have been amazed at the response from the local town and parents who have all been very friendly and welcoming.

Staff too have had some anxieties, understandably however staff wellbeing is vital in this job – we come to work with a smile on our faces no matter what, and have to leave our own personal issues at the door. Some of the staff team also have children and are anxious about returning to work knowing they could come into contact with the virus or pass it on if people are not sticking to social distancing rules, so lots to think about.

Before we return we have made sure we have a robust risk assessment in place for cleaning and handwashing; even more so than we did before, which was already thorough.

We are now enrolling parents virtually! We have made a video of our setting and can chat to parents via Zoom so that we can answer their questions. When we return, instead of an open day for all which we usually do we will book new parents and children in separately to show them around.

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