Newsletter Autumn 2015

The Farningham Day 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


Congratulations to Sarah (Tiggers) on her marriage to partner John, we wish them many years of happiness. Sarah has just started her PGCE Early Years Initial Teacher Training course after successfully completing her degree, well done Sarah.


We would like to welcome a new member of staff Elizabeth (Liz) Whewell who will be covering staff sickness and holidays. Liz has a Level 2 child care qualification and is about to start an Open University degree.




The photographer will be at the nursery on Tuesday 27th 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 9th 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 Monday 23rd 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 15th 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 Monday 21st December.


The children will be given a party tea followed by entertainment from Mrs. Back to Front. Further details will follow.


 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.

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 2016

Posters and leaflets with information regarding the on line process for registering your child for primary school admission in September 2016 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.

Head Lice

We have had several cases of head lice in the nursery over the past few weeks. Please can all parents/carers check their child’s hair at frequent, regular intervals? Lotions and shampoos etc. can be purchased at chemists; if you have been using one particular brand for a period of time it might be advisable to change products. It is always best to treat the whole family.

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.

Christmas Closure

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

Thursday 24th December – Friday 1st January inclusive.

Therefore our first day back in 2016 will be Monday 4th January.