Autumn Newsletter 2018 (Lower Beeding)


From September we will be offering our Refer a Friend deal. If you kindly recommend the nursery and your friend or relative decides to join, you both could be entitled to a £50 voucher of your choice. Terms and Conditions do apply, for further information please contact the office.

We are also offering between 5%-20% on your monthly fees if you are joining before October 2018. Again Ts&Cs do apply, for further information please contact the office.

Staffing Update & Room Changes

In September we will be having a few room changes. Sharon who has been in our Ladybird Room for the last 3 months will be returning to our Pre-school from September, working alongside Lynne. To support Ashlee’s learning and development for her level 3 Ashlee will be doing a gradual transition into our Caterpillar room throughout September and become a permanent member of the pre-school team.

This experience will enhance Ashlee’s personal learning development and support the completion of her level 3. Amy B will be taking the room leader position in the Ladybird Room and be working alongside Martha who will be based permanently in our Ladybird Room. Georgia will remain in our Bumblebee Room with Amy D who has joined us as a level 3 apprentice and Rob will be supporting all rooms throughout the week. Lara will also be joining the team as a nursery apprentice.

The caterpillar team have decided that they will be making a few changes to the room layout. Please look out for the future changes as we would love to know your thoughts.

Grace, who has been supporting the nursery since April, will sadly be leaving us on Friday 14th September. Grace is returning to university to continue her studying but will continue to work at A Step Ahead Lower Beeding as a member of our bank team. We look forward to seeing her through the holidays and wish her all the best through her studies.

Lastly, we would like to congratulate Debbie who has been offered a Room Leader position at our Ashington nursery. Debbie will be leaving Lower Beeding on Tuesday 4th September. We wish Debbie all the best in her new role and thank her for her continuous support at Lower Beeding.

Pre-School Workshop

Our pre-school team will be holding an information evening for all pre-school parents to attend. This is a chance for you to meet the team and other parents. The team wish to discuss their aims and prospects for the academic year ahead. The evening will be held Monday 24th September 2018 starting at 6:30pm. If you wish to attend please contact the office to confirm your attendance.

Garden Plans

We are in the process of re-developing and designing our garden area. The first area we are focussing on is creating a mud kitchen where the children can explore and experiment. If you have any old pots and pans that you are not using and would like to donate them to us we would be very grateful. We will use the donated kitchen utensils to develop and extend our music wall.

We also want to develop our growing area which the children are very interested in. From September we would like to introduce a gardening club for the children. The children have really enjoyed learning about growth and where different vegetables come from. We have already started to develop and extend our herb garden, but our aim is to start growing fruit and vegetables with the children.

If you have any gardening pots and tools that you longer use, we would be very grateful for any donations that will help support our upcoming plans.

Parent Feedback

If your child is leaving us for school, we would love to hear your feedback and thoughts of our nursery. We are always trying to develop and improve our service. Your feedback and opinions will really support and help us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nativity Play

This year we have decided to host our first nativity play. Sharon and the team plan to organise a short play for parents and carers to attend, the whole nursery will be involved.

The event will be held Sunday 25th November 2018 at Lower Beeding Village Hall. The nativity will be held at 10:30am. Please keep a look out for further information.

Winter Wonderland

Last year our Winter Wonderland was very successful, this year we wanted to host another event very similar but with a few changes. The event will be open to all friends and families. It will be held in the village hall on Sunday 25th November 2018 between 1:30pm-4pm. Please look out for our advertising and information regarding the event.

Please don’t forget to save the date and invite friends and family to come and join in with the fun. Look out for further details and information.

Parent Workshop

Following on from our last parent workshop we would like to offer another parent workshop. If you do have a specific topic in mind, that you would like further information on, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon or myself and we would be very happy to organise another event.

Sensory Bus

We are delighted to inform you that the sensory bus will be returning to nursery Wednesday 12th September. The team will keep you posted.

Facebook and Instagram

Please check out our nursery Facebook page and have a look at what we are getting up to over the next few months. We have also set up a nursery Instagram profile page, please see below the links for our Facebook and Instagram.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 25th November: Nursery Nativity and Winter Wonderland

Friday 30th November: St. Andrew’s Day

Monday 3rd December: 1st day of Hanukkah

Friday 7th December: Christmas Winter Wonderland (Details TBC)

Monday 24th December: Christmas Eve

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day (Closed)

Wednesday 26th December: Boxing Day (Closed)

Monday 31st December: New Year’s Eve

Tuesday 1st January 2019: New Year’s Day (Closed)

Wednesday 16th January 2019: Parents Evening

Term Dates

Autumn Term

Term Starts – Monday 3rd September 2018

Half Term – Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October 2018

Term Ends – Friday 14th December 2018

Spring Term

Term Starts – Monday 7th January 2019

Half Term – Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019

Term Ends – Friday 5th April 2019

Summer Term

Term Starts – Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Half Term – Monday 27th – Friday 31st May 2019

Term Ends – Friday 19th July