Autumn 2021

The Farningham Day Nursery News

Autumn 2021

Firstly, we would like to welcome all new children and their families to the nursery and to thank everyone for their continued support through these continuing difficult times

Photographer

The photographer will be at the nursery on Tuesday 26th 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 15th 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.

Covid-19 Symptoms 

Just a reminder to say that any child sent home from nursery with a temperature of 38 or above or if they are unwell at home with a high temperature must be tested using a PCR test. Children will be able to return if their test is negative and you have informed nursery of the result (preferably with a screen shot). I know how frustrating and stressful this is but we have to follow the government guidelines on this. We need to keep all children and staff safe by reducing risks.

Parent Consultations

Our next parent consultations will take place during 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. Practitioners will be available for telephone consultations at mutually agreed date and time. We ask that if you wish to book an appointment, please notify your child’s key person by Friday 29th October to ensure availability.

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 for their child/children to wear plimsolls or slippers when inside, however this is not compulsory.

Christmas Party

All children are invited to the nursery Christmas party which will be held at the nursery between 3.30pm and 5.00pm on 16th December.

The children will be given a party tea followed by party games.

 30 Hour Funding

Parents wishing to claim extended funding (up to 30 hours) from January 2022 need to apply for an eligibility code from Child Care Choices before 31st December 2021.  A reminder that those already claiming extended hours may have to renew their code to continue to be eligible.

Primary School Admission September 2022

 Applications for primary school are open from 5th November 2021 to 17th January 2022 and can be made on line. Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions. Please be aware that parents/carers are no longer sent this information individually from KCC.

 Drop off and Collection

As the weather is now becoming wetter and colder staff would very much appreciate swift handovers at the beginning and end of the day with essential information being passed as quickly as possible. If parents/carers have non urgent information to discuss please can you telephone the nursery to speak with your child’s Key Person.

Santa’s Grotto 

We are planning an informal Christmas celebration which will take place at the nursery on Tuesday 7th December between 4:00pm & 5:30pm.

All parents/carers are invited to attend with their children and will be given the opportunity to visit Santas Grotto where the nursery children will receive a present.

Where possible we ask parents of children that are already attending nursery that day to collect a little earlier.

Christmas Closure

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

Monday 27th December – Monday 3rd January inclusive.

Therefore, our first day back in 2022 will be Tuesday 4th 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 posted on KCC Website under school/nursery closures.

 Alternatively, any parents wishing to email the nursery info@fdnursery.co.uk to find out about closures will have their emails answered, or look on our website www.fdnursery.co.uk