Newsletter Autumn 2017

A warm Welcome

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.


The photographer will be at the nursery on Tuesday 24thOctober 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 13th 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 Wednesday 22nd 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 5th 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 Wednesday 13th December.

The children will be given a party tea followed by entertainment from “Party Boppers” (yet to be confirmed). Further details will follow.

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.

30 hour funding

Parents wishing to claim extended funding (up to 30 hours) from January 2018 need to apply for an eligibility code from Child Care Choices before 31st December 2017.  A reminder that those already claiming extended hours may have to renew their code to continue to be eligible.

 Lost Property

There are 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. It helps with identification if clothes, boots and shoes are clearly named please.

Primary School Admission September 2018

Posters and leaflets with information regarding the on line process for registering your child for primary school admission in September 2018 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.

Christmas Closure

The nursery will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period on the following dates: Monday 25th December – Monday 1st January inclusive. Therefore, our first day back in 2018 will be Tuesday 2nd January.

 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.