Parents Letters-Funfishers Out of School Club, Nursery & Pre-school

Parents Letters



The Family Learning team are hosting an online drop in for parents and carers throughout March and April. The will be on Zoom between 7.30 and 8.30pm every Tuesday to talk about the things families may  want to talk about. 
They will share information from their parent survey about what’s worked well during the pandemic, challenges and concerns, and they’ll have weekly topics decided by parents, such as managing stress, children’s anxiety, food and mood, special needs safety online, phonics and early reading tips, Q&A sessions with experts. 
If children “bomb”, that’s not a problem. Parents can drop in and out of sessions or turn screens off if they wish. As well as some serious chat, they hope to have a bit of fun and relaxation.
Parents/carers can Register by clicking on this link and they will send you the Zoom codes. You can also find the link on the website, where they will also put the topics they are going to cover as sessions are set up.  If you’re new to Zoom, not sure how it works or need support to access the internet, please ring 01904 554277 and they will see if we can get you started.
If you can share this information with your families that would be great.

Monday 22nd February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see below our new fees and structure that will take effect from Monday 29th March 2021.

FEES (Open Monday to Friday except Bank holidays)

Breakfast Club……..……7.30am to 8.45am………………………. £6.00

Afterschool Club………. 3.00pm to 6.00pm …………………….. £10.00

Playgroup……………..…. 9.00am to 3.00pm ……………………...£34.00

Half Session…..…….9.00-12.00pm or 12.00-3.00pm…………… £17.00

Lunch pick up or drop off school………………………………… £3.50

Babies to a child not in full time education or on funded hours 9m-4y

Full day……8.00am - 6.00pm……………………………………… £50.00

Half day..8.00am – 1.00pm …1.00pm – 6.00pm…………………..£27.50

If you require an early start from 7.30am this will be………………..£5.00

Holiday Club (ages 5-11) 8.00 am to 6.00pm Monday – Friday....£30.00

Half-day 8.00am to 1.00pm or 1.00pm - 6.00pm …………………. £17.50

Refer to Babies to a child not in full time education above for the holiday prices.

Please Note at the present time we are only operating full day places at the holiday club.

If you have any questions on any of the above please call or email the club on our usual email or 01904 677870

Thank you

Funfishers Management & Committee

West Offices
Station Rise
York YO1 6GA
1st February 2021
Corporate Director of People: Amanda Hatton
Dear Parents,
We wanted to get in touch with you about the health of your child during
the coronavirus pandemic with some information of what to do if your child
is ill - whatever the cause.
We know that children can get coronavirus, but they seem to get it less
often than adults, and it's usually less serious. With the rate of cases of
COVID-19 at a high level in York at present, it is likely that some children
will catch the virus, but in the vast majority of cases this will not lead to any
worrying symptoms.
Symptoms to look out for
The main symptoms of coronavirus in children are:
 a high temperature
 a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than
an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
 a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot
smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has any of the main symptoms of
1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible
( )
2. You, your child and anyone else you live with should stay at home
and not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your
home to have the test
Corporate Director of People: Amanda Hatton
3. If they test positive you and anyone else you live with must stay at
home for 10 days
Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if your child has
been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the
48 hours before they started.
Other symptoms
There have been a number of other symptoms widely reported for children
who have tested positive for COVID-19. These include:
 nasal congestion or runny nose
 sore throat
 diarrhoea and vomiting
 stomach pain
 headache
 muscle ache (myalgia).
While it does seem like children can get a wider range of coronavirus
symptoms than adults, these symptoms also be a sign of another infection
or illness entirely. It is important not to miss the signs of another serious
The enclosed poster should help you to assess what medical help your
child needs. Please remember that if your child is showing any signs of
illness, it’s important not to send them to their usual childcare provider,
such as a nursery or childminder, or to school.
You can also use NHS 111 online (
To help support families during the coronavirus pandemic, our educational
psychology team has created a booklet with information about how parents
can look after their own emotional health, and support their children, which
you may find useful
You can also keep up to date with the latest information about the
coronavirus response in York:
 visit
Corporate Director of People: Amanda Hatton
 talk to your ward councillor
 follow our social media channels: Twitter: @CityofYork or
 register for a regular email update:
We are incredibly grateful for all you have done already and on behalf of
the city, thank you for all you are doing to reduce the spread of the virus.
We hope you and your families stay safe and well,
Amanda Hatton
Executive Director of
City of York Council
Sharon Stoltz
Direct of Public Health
City of York Council
Wendy Watts
York Teaching
Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust
Corporate Director of People: Amanda Hatton




Please use this letter to check what you need to do if you want to apply for the 30hour entitlement for you 3 and 4 year olds. The eligibility checker is only for parents/carers who want to claim the 30hours you will not need to apply for the universal 15hours entitlement for 3 & 4 years olds through digital childcare.

Firstly you can check your eligibility at: the childcare calculator at:

On the HMRC site you will be able to apply for Tax free childcare and the extended 30hour entitlement at:

Even if you don’t want to apply for tax-free childcare you should still apply through the digital services for the extended entitlement only. You will be able to choose if you are receiving support through tax credits and only want the 30hours so (you can keep tax credits) as part of the application.

At the start of this process you will be asked to create a government gateway account unless you already have one.

You will be asked as part of the process personal details including name, address, national insurance number and if you have a partner the same details, then you will be asked to meet the requirements for the qualification over a period of 3months and if you are in receipt of any benefits.

Should you encounter any difficulties, queries at any part of the process you can ring the customer interaction centre on 0300 123 4097.

At the end of the process you will have your own personal childcare service account. The “secure messages” section on this account it will give you posts regarding eligibility and if you are eligible you will get an 11 digit code for your child.

You will then need to take this number (normally starts “500” some temporary codes may start with “11”) to your child care providerwith your national insurance numbers and the child’s DOB. Your provider will not be able to assess your 30 hour voucher unless you have the above information and if two parents are claiming both national insurance numbers will be needed.

If you have any problems trying to access or you do not have internet connection please call at the club with your details and we will help you through this process.

Funfishers Team