November 2018

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November News 2018


Staffing update

As you may be aware, on 12th October Zahrah Ahmed left the nursery to return to an administration role with her previous employer.  Zahrah was offered a promotion opportunity which she felt she could not turn down and whilst we are sorry to lose her skills, we are sure you will join us in wishing her every success for the future.  We are however pleased to advise you that Nicole Corry, who left the nursery earlier this year and returned to us on a casual basis has now returned in a permanent role.  Nicole will be taking over from Zahrah as keyworker in the Butterfly group.

It is with regret that we also have to advise you that Ugbad Adam, who has been working at the nursery for the past 6 months will be leaving us at the end of her probationary period.  Her last day at the nursery will be Thursday 8th November.  We wish Ugbad luck for the future.  Amy Terry (Lead Practitioner) will be taking over Ugbad’s group temporarily whilst we recruit to the post.

As I am sure you will appreciate, recruiting the right people to look after your children can be a challenge and as part of our robust recruitment process we employ all new members of the team on a 6-month probationary period.  During this period, we provide, induction training, mentoring and coaching support for each new employee to enable them to reach the company standards.  Over the past year we have employed a number of staff who have, despite this support unfortunately not reached the standards expected and thus have not continued their employment with us.  It is important to us that we never compromise on our standards in order that we continue to provide the highest level of care and education to your children.  Whilst I appreciate this can at times mean that in the short term we have to make difficult decisions which can cause some disruption to keygroups, we always strive to minimise any changes wherever possible.  

We will continue with our recruitment programme over the coming weeks and will keep you updated as to any future appointments.

Session times

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that we are unable to accommodate children outside of their session times without prior agreement from a member of the management team. As I am sure you will appreciate it is essential in order to ensure excellent levels of care and supervision of your children, that we maintain the required staffing ratios at all times.  When planning our staff deployment each week, we do so taking into account the number of children who are booked in to start/finish at different times.  With this in mind, although you may not feel bringing your child in 5-10 minutes before their session or picking them up a few minutes late will be as issue, this can result in the ratios being exceeded until the next member of staff starts their shift or until your child is collected. 

Should you require clarification regarding the hours your child is booked in for, please speak to a member of the management team.

Borrow a book

As we all know reading to children is important.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers who are read to every day have many advantages and benefits. Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary and help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and everyday life.

The importance of young children reading cannot be emphasised enough and to further support this we are introducing a ‘borrow a book’ scheme.  Some of you may have noticed that we have recently created a display of books in the foyer along with some handy bags to help you carry your borrowed item home.  The aim of this scheme is to widen the reading material you share with your children and to encourage them to show interest in a wide range of topics and stories. 

As you can imagine we have a large variety of books in the nursery and therefore we will rotate the selection we have on offer from time to time.  Should you wish to borrow an item, please feel free to help yourself to both a book and bag (if required) and note down the title you have borrowed in the ‘borrow a book log’ on top of the shelf.  When you are returning your item, we ask that you sign it back in on the same sheet.   We hope you will enjoy reading together at home.

Outdoor play

Outdoor play is an important part of your child’s day and at nursery we will spend time outside in all weathers to support your child’s learning and development.  Unless the weather is extreme, it is important for your child’s health that each day they have time to play both indoors and out in the fresh air.   We will of course will adjust the time spent outside appropriately to take account of adverse weather conditions and your child’s ability to keep warm.

As the weather is rapidly becoming colder could we please ask all parents to ensure their children come in to nursery with appropriate outdoor clothing.  We do fully appreciate that many children travel to the nursery in cars and therefore it doesn’t always feel a necessity when leaving home to have a warm coat, gloves, hats and scarf on. This can however, on occasions mean that they don’t always have suitable outer wear available to keep them warm for garden play during these colder months. Please could we ask that you consider this if you are travelling in a car to the nursery. Feel free to leave a warm coat on their peg if this helps.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to ensure your child’s clothes, particularly hats, scarves, gloves and coats are clearly labelled with their name as many of the children have similar clothing therefore these can easily get mislaid.

Spare clothes

Over the past few months we have noticed our supply of spare clothes seems to have become somewhat depleted.  We would therefore welcome donations of any age 2-3 years or 3-4 years trousers, tops, socks etc.  Could we please also take this opportunity to remind parents to ensure they provide a spare set of clothing for their child on their peg to minimise the need to rely on our ‘spares’ box.  We would also ask that if your child is toilet training that you provide extra underwear, socks and trousers should they have ‘accidents’ during the day.  Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.


Over the past year we have seen a rise in the number of our Butterfly children whose parents are requesting they sleep after lunchtime. As our younger children have moved up to our Bumble bee and Dragonfly groups this has meant on most days we have more children sleeping than we can accommodate.  We are therefore currently in a position where we need to ask for the support of the parents of our oldest children in helping us manage this. 

By the time a child is two-years-old, they are generally getting most of their sleep at night and as they approach the age of 3 children typically no longer require a daytime nap.  Research has also indicated that when children nap over the age of 3 they take longer to fall asleep, the overall amount of night-time sleep is shortened and the quality of sleep is reduced.  In addition, many of these children will be moving on to school next summer and as a midday sleep will not be possible when they do so, it is advisable that we start to prepare them by gradually cutting this down.

As I am sure you can appreciate, it is important that we prioritise our youngest children who are in greater need of a sleep whilst at nursery and with this in mind it may mean on occasion that we are unable to accommodate our oldest 3 and 4 year old children in the sleep rooms.  We will of course continue to ensure there are rest opportunities for these children in a quiet area of their room to support them as they adjust to not sleeping.   Please feel free to have a chat with your child’s keyworker about how this can be managed best with your child.

Thank you

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to Amelia’s Mummy who recently came in to hold a science session with our pre-school group.  The children thoroughly enjoyed experimenting and I am sure learnt lots of new things!  If any other parents have any special skill or talent e.g. playing a musical instrument which they would like to share with the children please do let us know.


Dates for your diary

Christmas party

The festive season is fast approaching and we are in the process of beginning to plan for our annual Christmas family party event.  This year we will be holding this on Tuesday 11thDecember.  We will confirm further details about the afternoon closer to the time but have already written to the North Pole to request a special guest appearance from Santa and are hoping he will be able to pop by!

Christmas closure

A quick reminder that the nursery will be closing for our annual Christmas break at 5.30p.m. on Thursday 20th December 2018 and will reopen at 7.45 a.m. on Thursday 3rd January 2019.


I am pleased to advise you that I have managed to arranged for a photographer to come in to the nursery to take our annual children’s portrait photographs.  Ria Brennan, from Roses and Poses photography will be coming to take the children’s photos on the morning of Tuesday 13th November.

Unless parents request otherwise, all children who attend on the day will get to have their photo taken. Any siblings attending the nursery will also have their photos taken together. Parents will be given proof packs containing a variety of images and options should they wish to place an order.  There is no obligation to buy these prints once you have viewed them. Further instructions on how to place an order will be found in the pack. Orders which are placed by the deadline date will be returned before the Christmas break.

Any children who do not attend on a Tuesday morning but would like to have their photos taken can come to the nursery between 9.30a.m and 11.00a.m. and must be accompanied by an adult.



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