The Elizabeth Foundation's Family Centre

COVID-19 Coronavirus update

We are giving the rapidly changing COVID-19 Coronavirus situation our maximum attention, as we evaluate how to operate as a charity through this uncertain period.

Our Senior Management Team meet regularly about the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure that they keep up-to-date with advice from the Government, especially in relation to our position as a provider of preschool nursery services for deaf children.

We have sent out the latest information to parents and we have put signage around the building reminding everyone to remain vigilant about health and hygiene. Our team is following the guidance from the Government, which is helping us to keep our services and activities open at this time, but we are keeping this situation under careful review.

We are continuously reviewing all of our activities and fundraising events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and in line with official advice.

Educational services

Spring and Summer Terms 2020

In light of the government COVID-19 regulations announced on Wednesday 17 March 2020, we closed the nurseries for face-to-face learning at The Elizabeth Foundation from the end of Friday 20 March 2020. We continued to provide support, education and therapy for our children and families, keeping in regular contact with all parents of children attending our nurseries, providing learning activities for use at home and other support and advice.

Summer Term 2020

After careful consideration of official advice, consultation with parents, and extensive discussions amongst staff/trustees, we re-started face-to-face provision of our Preschool nurseries on Monday 8 June 2020, and our Toddler and Baby nurseries from Monday 15 June 2020, on a reduced capacity basis.

Autumn Term 2020

We fully restarted face-to-face provision of our Baby, Toddler and Preschool nurseries on Monday 7 September 2020, with a wide range of measures in place to lessen risk for children, parents, staff and volunteers – as specified in our COVID-19 Policy. We also restarted our Listen! groups.

In line with the latest Government Guidance, children were permitted to attend more than one setting, as long as all settings are happy with arrangements and each setting had a COVID-19 Risk Assessment in place.

Spring Term 2021

In early January 2021, the R factor continued to rise across the country, with a huge increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. Combined with the increased ease of transmission and the distances our families travel to attend, we made the reluctant decision to move to remote learning from 5 January 2021. We did not take this decision lightly, but the safety of parents, children, staff and volunteers is our utmost priority

Although the government has announced its plans that all primary and secondary schools are opening from 8 March 2021, travel restrictions are still in place until 29 March 2021.  As our service is unique and families travel to our services from across the South of England, we have made the difficult decision to continue with our remote teaching and online support until after the Easter holidays.

Our main priority is to keep everyone safe and well.  With people travelling distances and parents staying in baby, toddler and Listen groups, we feel this cautious approach is the safest option for re-opening face-to-face services for everyone – children, parents, staff and volunteers.

The new Summer term will start on Monday, 19 April 2021 and we very much hope to be able to welcome everyone back to our Family Centre. Until then, our teaching team will continue to support families through weekly ‘lessons’, emails, phone calls, tele-therapy, zoom, etc.

We remain absolutely committed to all our families and will continue to support them during these unprecedented times.

Let’s Listen and Talk online learning and support programme

From 26 March 2020 we waived all fees until further notice for our online Let’s Listen and Talk programme so that families who need it at the current time can benefit from our advice, information and guidance.

Summer Residential Programme 2021

If we are able to do so in line with government guidance, we plan to be back this year in July 2021 for our Summer Programme, so please watch this space. If you have a deaf child aged 2½ to 5 years old and are interested in attending our 2021 Summer Residential Programme, please contact us.

Fundraising events

Our fundraising team are prepared to hit the ground running, with events already in the pipeline for the eventual lifting of restrictions later in 2021.

Many mass participation events, including the Great South Run, have been cancelled or re-arranged by the event organisers, who will be able to provide information about refunds or carrying-over places.

Outdoor UK challenge events

With ongoing uncertainties over domestic and international travel, we are offering a range of UK-based outdoor fundraising challenges in partnership with leading company Charity Challenge on our events page although many are currently on-hold or being re-arraged for dates later in 2021. These challenges range from tackling Ben Nevis in the Scottish Winter to a marathon distance trek between the 10 London Royal Parks from Richmond to Greenwich. Some of these events have just a £1 registration fee. Please note that the availability of these challenges may be affected by the ongoing pandemic – please check the COVID-19 advisory on the Charity Challenge website and their COVID-19 UK Challenge FAQs for further details.

Supporting our event fundraisers

Normally, whenever an individual undertakes a sponsored event for us we try to come along to cheer, support and celebrate with them. However, in line with guidance and risk assessment around travel restrictions, social distancing and helping to keep our wonderful supporters, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries safe at the present time, we will not be attending events in this way. Despite this, we hope that all our fundraisers will know that they are still very much in our thoughts and that we truly appreciate their efforts. We also remain happy to share (with their premission) any photos and information on social media.

Further information

We will aim to keep this page updated with any changes, but for the latest updates and information please follow us on Twitter or Facebook or contact us.

Page last updated: 23/02/21
Page created: 16/03/20

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