The safety of children visiting our studios is of paramount importance to us. We feel that it is very important that there is a clear understanding between parents and our staff regarding the responsibility of keeping children safe during their visit.
Over recent months, to help minimise the spread of covid, we have been requesting that parents of School Year 2 upwards drop their children at the main door with us and then meet them at the end of the session. Over this ‘covid’ period, when primary aged children have been attending classes, there has been a member of staff appointed to supervise the main door/reception area to closely monitor who is entering & exiting the building. They have also overlooked children leaving studios to go the toilet or into another class.
From Monday 1st November, we will be taking our next small step on the easing of covid restrictions by allowing parents of all Primary School aged children to wait in reception. This will in turn affect our guidelines on parent/teacher responsibility for each age group as set out below.
Early Years Band 1 & 2
Parents are requested to accompany their child into the studio and will remain fully responsible for their safety and wellbeing for the duration of the visit.
Early Years Band 3
Parents of children of this age are permitted to either go into the studio with them or to wait in reception.
We recommend that parents start the process of gradually breaking away and encouraging their child to try and go into the class independently.
Whilst dancers are in the studio without a parent, the teacher will assume responsibility for their safety and wellbeing. Should they need to leave the studio to visit the toilet etc, the teacher will pass responsibility back to the parent until they return to the studio to continue tuition.
Early Years Band 4 to School Year 6
Parents of children of this age will be permitted to wait in reception should they wish to do so.
Whilst dancers are in the studio without a parent, the teacher will assume responsibility for their safety and wellbeing.
Should the child ask to leave the studio to visit the toilet, they will be permitted to do this (without supervision). It would be appreciated if parents could encourage children to visit the toilet prior to starting a class so that they shouldn’t need to leave the studio mid-way through a class.
At the end of the class, the dancers will be invited to leave the studio to either come and find you in reception or move onto their next class. Please note that we are not responsible for their safety and wellbeing once the class has ended and they have left the studio.
School Year 7 Upwards
For the time being, to keep numbers waiting in reception to a minimum, we kindly ask that parents of this age group continue to not wait in our reception area. Unless you advise us otherwise, dancers of this age group will be given free rein to come and go as they please without any specific supervision measures in place except for when they are in the studio receiving tuition.
For the first couple of weeks of November, refreshments will just be cold drinks & snacks from our vending machines. However, once we have settled in this new routine, we will hopefully be able to resume our hot drinks service again very soon.
Many thanks for your understanding