Summer Newsletter 2018 (Ashington)

We hope you have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine recently and making lots of memories! Could we please request that your children have had sun cream applied before nursery and have a hat to wear whilst playing in the garden. We can reapply sun cream to those children who are with us all day.

Team Updates

A huge congratulations to Hannah Harber in Twinkles for her promotion to Room lead continuing to work alongside Hannah will be Daisy and Pam. Another ‘Big Congratulations’ to Lauren Godden who is pregnant with her 1st child due in October 2018 we hope you will join us in wishing Lauren all the very best during her pregnancy.

It is with great sadness that Stacey West our Senior Nursery Practitioner will be leaving us at the end of May 2018. Stacey has been at Ashington for over 4 years and has worked with many of your children as they have moved through each room. I am sure you will join us in wishing Stacey every success in her future career.

We have a new staff member joining us in June – Bethany Charlwood was with us a student last year so already knows some of your children well. We are very excited to welcome her to the team.

What’s happening at Nursery…..?

All Stars

I’m sure you got to hear about our chicks, the children absolutely loved having them, watching them grow and develop, changing every day. They will be popping back in to see us soon! All Stars have continued with looking at life cycles and how things grow, with this now progressing to the food’s we eat – you may have seen the ‘Handa’s surprise’ display in the room.

Will be very sad to say goodbye to 20 of our All Stars leaving for school this term! We will be celebrating with a leavers party on Tuesday 24th July more info will follow on this. We will soon be sending home some ‘getting ready for school’ info and we have already had some teachers in to visit with more planned.

Hopefully this will all help to ensure a smooth transition to school. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on independence, encouraging children to dress themselves, including shoes, as well as working on their individual next steps and introducing some PE sessions.

Yvonne, Connor, Sandra and Gina

Shooting Stars

Have also been looking at how things grow and really enjoyed having the chicks in too!  Their next focus is looking at friendships, feelings and emotions. Again, we would love you to share some of your moments from home with us, please upload your pictures to parentzone or email them in.

Abbey, Chloe and Lauren

Twinkle Stars

Hannah has recently qualified in her Level 2 Makaton course and has begun to introduce this to the children at circle time and by having on signs of the week – you may have seen this displayed in Nursery. We are looking at holding some ‘stay and play’ sessions in the future – if this is something you would be interested in please let us know.

Twinkles next focus is ‘under the sea’ and ‘how things grow’…. Look out for artwork and pictures soon, we would love to see some of your pictures or videos from home too!

Hannah, Daisy and Pam

Term Dates

Please note last day of Summer Term for stretched funding is Friday 24th August. If your child is leaving for school, please email us to let us knowwhen your child’s last day will be.

New Term starts on Monday 3rd September.

Parent Consultations – week commencing 4th June 2018

We hope you can join us for our Summer Garden Party on Tuesday 5th June between 4 and 6pm. This will be a great opportunity to see your child enjoy Nursery, meet some of their friends and chat to their key person. If you would prefer to book an appointment with your key person within this week, please do email us and we can book you in.

Outdoor Clothing

As the weather gets warmer, please remember to send a named sunhat in to Nursery for your child. Please note we do provide sun cream: Boots Soltan or Tesco Soleil 50+SPF UVB but if you wish to provide your own please inform your child’s key person. We recommend children wear light, loose, long sleeved clothing, closed toe summer shoes i.e velcro plimsols and don’t forget a light coat too!


If you have your child’s iConnect profile all set up, please feel free to add your own observations from home. We would love to see what you get up to at the weekend and view their home achievements which can be added to their learning journals. If you are having problems with iConnect please contact the office and we will be very happy to help.

Summer Menu

We have recently introduced our Summer Menu featuring some exciting new dishes. Please look out for the menus on display in the rooms The children seem to be enjoying the food, we welcome feedback so please let your key person know if you have any.

Ashington Carnival

Please save the date – we have been asked to participate in the Carnival again this year on Saturday 18th August. More info will follow but we do hope you can join us in this fun afternoon.

Dates for your Diary

Week commencing 4th June – Parent’s Consultation
Tuesday 4th June – Garden tea party
Thursday 14th June – End of Ramadan
Sunday 17th June – Father’s Day
Thursday 21st June – World Music Day
Friday 20th July – Last day of term time only children
Tuesday 14th August – Leavers Party
Friday 24th August – Last day of term stretched funding
Friday 21st September – Jeans for Jeans Day (Details TBC)
Friday 28th September – MacMillan Coffee Morning
Thursday 18th October – Children in need (Details TBC)
Wednesday 31st October – Halloween
Monday 5th November – Guy Fawkes, Diwali
Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Day
Tuesday13th November – Nursery Rhyme Day
Friday 30th November – St Andrew’s Day
Monday 3rd December – 1st day of Hanukkah
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)