New Year Newsletter 2019 (Rocking Horse)

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2019, and may I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome to our new families, we hope you enjoy your time with us and look forward to sharing in your child’s learning and development.

Now the festivities are coming to an end we are looking forward to the new term and in an attempt to be organised below are a list of dates for your diary.

School Deadline Applications

The last day to apply for a school for a September 19 start, is Tuesday 15th January. Please ensure you have applied for your preferred school online by this date. If you require any assistance, please let me know. School allocation is Tuesday 16th April.

Fee Review

During January we will be conducting our annual review of the nursery fees and sessions to ensure we continue in supporting parents and carers with their childcare needs.

Should you have any feedback in relation to current sessions, free entitlement and or fees, please email the nursery by Monday 14th January at

Suggestions can also be discussed with either myself or Sarah, Deputy Manager. Any amendments to the sessions and fees will be communicated during March.

Term dates – Term Time Only children:

Spring Term – Monday 7th January – Friday 5th April.

Half term – 18th-22nd February,

Summer Term – Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 19th July.

Half Term – 27th-31st May.

Autumn Term- Monday 2nd September.

Parents Evening Dates

Week commencing – 4th March, 1st July and 8th October

These will coincide with your child’s termly summative assessment, with an opportunity to discuss with your child’s key person. Please check in to your child’s Tapestry profile to see his/her ongoing learning journey.

School Leavers Celebration Picnic

Thursday 18th July. Please put this in your diary as soon as possible as it’s a lovely way to celebrate your child’s time at nursery!

Thank You…

A big thank you to all our lovely parents who have donated toys recently. Everything is very much appreciated!

New member of staff

Rob will be joining us full time from February. Some of you may already have met him as he has been splitting his time between us and his current nursery, also part of the A Step Ahead Group. Rob is an experienced Level 3 Practitioner and is proving very popular with the children! He will be key person to a small group of children and therefore a few children will be changing key groups. We will speak to these parents during the next few weeks but I’m sure this will not cause any disruption.

Visits to Residential Home

Our recent visit to the local Residential Home, Somerville Court has proved so popular they have asked if we would make it a regular event. I think this would be very beneficial to the children (as well as the old folk!) Our aim is to actively encourage contact across the generations , bringing joy to the lives of the residents and allowing the children to learn so very much from the elderly. More to follow shortly, but any unwanted chocolates, sweets or biscuits (unopened) you may have been given at Christmas will be gratefully received so we can visit next time with a small ‘Treat Box’!

Policies and Procedures

The Policy and Procedure Manual has undergone its annual review and has been updated accordingly. Copies have been emailed to all parents and there is a hard copy at nursery to view. Everyone is welcome to comment on this document and if you have any suggestions about key items, words or new policies please email the nursery or speak in person to myself or Sarah. The nursery policies and procedures sit alongside our employee handbook which is available on request.


Please could I remind parents of children with 30 hour (22) funding to renew their codes as soon as prompted by HMRC and then let me know. Thank you.

Please tell friends and family about us if you are happy with the service we provide, if not please tell us!!

And last of all, please complete the attached questionnaire to ensure I can continue to move the nursery forward for the benefit of all. Many thanks.