Newsletter January 2014

The Farningham Nursery Newsletter

January 2014

A warm Welcome

We would like to warmly welcome all children and their families who have recently started at the nursery, including the siblings of existing children.

Change of Clothing/Shoes

It would be much appreciated if ALL nursery children could bring with them a bag containing a change of named clothing on the days that they attend nursery as we now have limited supplies of spares.

If any parents have unwanted items of children’s clothing that they wish to donate to the nursery we would be most grateful.

We would also like to request that children have suitable indoor footwear (shoes, slippers or plimsolls etc) as heavy winter boots and wellingtons are cumbersome when children are playing on the floor.

Parent Evening

Our next parent evening will be held at the nursery on Tuesday 18th March. This is an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with their Key Person and to meet other parents. Practitioners will be available for consultations between 6.00pm and 8.00pm and we ask that you complete and return the slip at the bottom of the page; all consultations must be pre-booked before the 18th March.

Parent Liaison

The nursery parent liaison contact is Andrea Cornwell.

If parents have any suggestions regarding outing venues, activities, new equipment, meetings and events etc please forward them to Andrea at the address below.

Request for Cereal Packet Tokens

We are collecting tokens printed on selected Nestle` cereal packets e.g. Shreddies etc and ask if you could please help by donating any unwanted tokens to the nursery.

These tokens can be used for claiming children’s books, a resource that we arecontinually replacing.

Early Years Childcare Strategy

Kent County Council is currently consulting on its Early Years Childcare Strategy for 2014-2017 and would very much welcome your comments and feedback. If you would like to take part in the consultation please go to

From the home page click the link to Consultations in the “Have Your Say” box and follow the link to the Early Years Strategy 2014-2017.

Nursery Security

Please can parents/carers make sure that they close the security doors in the lobby when dropping off and collecting their children. We ask for your co-operation and understanding in this matter as we don’t want to lock the front door but will consider this if the inner doors are being left open giving potential access to strangers.

Bad Weather Closure

We will always do our utmost to make sure that the nursery opens for 51 weeks per year; however on rare occasions we are not always able to manage this, especially in severe winter weather conditions. During past unexpected closures we have been fortunate and grateful to have had local staff that have walked to the nursery to notify parents of our decision to close, but this is no longer possible as staff have moved to other areas .We therefore ask that parents/carers take note of the information below and refer to it should the need arise in the coming months.

Nursery closures will be broadcast by BBC Radio Kent (96.7FM, 104.2FM, 97.6FM &DAB) parents may also log on to their website for information.

Alternatively any parents wishing to email the nursery to find out about closures will have their emails answered.

Our telephone system will also inform any parents who call 01322 866880 as to whether the nursery is open or shut.