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.
It is with sadness that we inform you that both Abbie and Tricia (Tiggers) will be leaving us on 11th October. Abbie will be taking a position as a teaching assistant in a primary school and Tricia will be a community carer. I’m sure you would like to join us in wishing them well for the future.
Sarah Stibbons will be promoted to Tigger room supervisor. Sarah has a level 3 child care qualification and is currently on her final year of the Early Years Foundation degree. Hayley Abrahams (Roos) will join her as a full time member of staff and the part time position will be covered by existing nursery staff.
Some Tigger and Roo children will have a different key person, although we hope to keep these changes to a minimum.
We have two students starting placement with us in September, Alice Clarke from Mid Kent College and Karl Diamond from Bromley College, both are studying level 3 childcare.
The photographer will be at the nursery on Tuesday 29th 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 12th 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.
Our next parent consultations will be spread over the course of a full nursery week, Monday 25th – Friday 29th November.
We hope that this will give parents/carers greater flexibility rather than having one set evening. 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 each evening between 6.00pm and 7.00pm and we ask that you book an appointment with your child’s key person to ensure availability.
The Tiggers Nativity Play will take place on Tuesday 10th December at 3.30pm 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 19th December.The children will be given a party tea followed by a children’s entertainer. Further details will follow.
FDN Parent Liaison Committee
Calling all parents, the PLC needs YOU. If any parents/carers are interested in becoming a committee member please speak to Gill, Jo or contact Andrea Cornwell email@example.com
The nursery will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period on the following dates:- Wednesday 25th December – Wednesday 1st January inclusive.
Therefore our first day back in 2014 will be Thursday 2nd January.
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?
Tooth brush /paste request
As part of our health and hygiene routine we encourage the Piglet and Tigger children to clean their teeth after lunch. If you have not already done so please could you supply a tooth brush and small tube of tooth paste for your child to keep at nursery?
Primary School Admission September 2014
Posters and leaflets with information regarding the on line process for registering your child for primary school admission in September 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.