Newsletter Autumn 2014

The Farningham Nursery Newsletter

Firstly we would like to welcome all of the new children and their families to the nursery. As many of you will know this is a very busy time of the year and set out below are some of the forthcoming events that will be taking place over the next few weeks.

 Staff News

Sarah Stibbons has just started a third year at university and will have a full BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years after the completion of her course. We would like to congratulate Hayley on her marriage to her partner Paul and Amy W on her marriage to Olly, we wish each couple many years of happiness.

Welcome back to Alice Clark our student who has returned to carry out her baby placement with us.

Clair Everest will be returning from maternity leave in December and will be working for 2 days in the Tigger room.


The photographer will be at the nursery on Tuesday 28th October between 8.30am – 11.30am. If your child does not normally attend nursery on this day and you would like them to have their photograph taken please book a time with your child’s key person. You are welcome to bring older and younger siblings for family portraits.

 Children in Need

This year we will be organising several events for the children to participate in during the week commencing Monday 10th November. Further details of these events will follow shortly, we hope that as many children as possible will take part and parents will donate to this worthy cause.

Parent Evening

 Our next parent consultations will take place on Thursday 27th November. This is an ideal opportunity for parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress, any changes to your registration documents e.g. contact numbers etc and to meet other parents. Practitioners will be available for consultations between 6.00pm and 8.00pm and we ask that you book an appointment with your child’s key person to ensure availability.

 Nativity Play

The Tiggers Nativity Play will take place at 3:30pm on Tuesday 9th December at Farningham Village Hall. Unfortunately this is for Tigger parents/carers, family and friends only. However all nursery children and parents are invited to the hall at 4.15pm for Christmas refreshments and a visit from Father Christmas. Further details will follow.

 Children’s Christmas Party

All children are invited to the nursery Christmas party which will be held at the nursery between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Thursday 18th December.

The children will be given a party tea followed by a children’s entertainer. Further details will follow.

 FDNParent Liaison Committee

Calling all parents, the PLC needs YOU.

Unfortunately all committee members have now resigned as their children no longer attend the nursery. We would like to keep this group going as we value your opinions and suggestions.

If any parents/carers are interested in becoming a committee member please speak to Gill or Jo.

 Christmas Closure



The nursery will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period on the following dates:-

Thursday 25th December – Thursday 1st January inclusive

Therefore our first day back in 2015 will be Friday 2nd January.

Family Photographs

Please could parents bring to nursery photographs of their children’s family members for our boards? This is a request from all rooms. Thank you.

 Wet Weather Clothing

As the nursery operates a free flow policy allowing the children the freedom of choice to play inside or out we would appreciate it if all children could bring warm outdoor clothes and wellies to nursery. Parents/carers may also wish their child/children to wear plimsolls or slippers when inside, however this is not compulsory.

 Letter of the Week

Tigger staff would like to remind parents that the children learn a different letter each week and to reinforce this, the children are asked to bring an object from home beginning with this letter. Please could parents encourage their children to look for a suitable object?

 Lost Property

A ladies watch has been handed in to the nursery, it was found in the nursery car park. If you think that it belongs to you please see Gill or Jo.

There are also numerous articles of unnamed children’s clothing in the lost property box in the lobby please take a look to see if any items belong to your children.


Primary School Admission September 2015

Posters and leaflets with information regarding the on line process for registering your child for primary school admission in September 2015 will be available shortly and displayed in the nursery lobby area. Please make sure that you are aware of the cut off date in January as parents/carers are no longer sent this information individually from KCC.

 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.