Half Term Holiday
Wow! What a fun start to the summer term we have had! We have enjoyed toasting marshmallows in the wild area and had several visitors in the nursery sharing experiences with the children. Additionally, the children have provided us with many learning opportunities and it has been great to see their independence and confidence grow ready for their transitions to the next academic year. The nursery will be closed for the half term holiday from Monday 28th May until Friday 1st June. We hope that you all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone after the holiday.
Confirmation of school places
If your child has been allocated a school place, please remember to confirm the place with the school by Tuesday 15th May.
We have had a fun filled term with lots of exciting learning taking place. We all especially loved seeing the chicks hatch from the eggs.The nursery will be closed from Friday 30th March to Friday 13th April inclusive for the Easter break. We hope that everyone has a relaxing time with their families and look forward to seeing everyone for the summer term.
We will be having a photographer in nursery on Thursday 1st March 2018 to take individual photographs. If your child does not attend a Thursday session, you are welcome to bring them in to have their photograph taken between 9.30am and 11am or 12.15pm and 1pm.
Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff if you have any questions.
Half term break
We have had an exciting half term. The children (and staff) have learnt lots and had some lovely experiences including making smoothies and toast. The nursery is closed for the half term break from Monday 12th - Friday 16th February. We hope that you have a fantastic time making memories with your families. We look forward to seeing everyone when we return on Monday 19th February. (updated 8/2/18)
We hope that you have all had a relaxing time over the last couple of weeks with your families. We look forward to sharing in the learning experiences that the children choose to follow this term. As always we would like to encourage parents to share in their child's experiences by returning the 'ask me about' cards that are sent home and completing the forms that are sent home when your child is a focus child. We would also like to remind all parents that if you have any questions about your child or the nursery, the staff are always happy to answer them. Please ask!
Please remember that the deadline for applications for starting school in September 2018 is Monday 15th January 2018. Please make sure that you have completed your application. (updated 4/1/18)
As the end of the term is near, we would like to thank all parents for their help and support in enabling us to provide a positive start to their child's journey in the nursery. We are sure that you will agree that the children have settled well and are beginning to make new friends.
As a nursery we value the information that you share with us about your children and have loved to read the ask me about cards and focus children sheets that you have returned to us.
Please remember that the deadline for applications for starting school in September 2018 is Monday 15th January 2018. Please make sure that you have completed your application.
We hope that you all have a relaxing break with your families and look forward to seeing you when the nursery re-opens on Thursday 4th January 2018.
Is your child due to start school in September 2018?
For children who were born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 it is now time to apply for their school place. We will be giving all parents a leaflet explaining the process of applying for a school place. Should you have any questions or require any help with the process please ask Yvonne or Sandy.
All applications must be made by Monday 15th January 2018.
We cannot stress how important it is to give 3 preferences for schools and we strongly advise that parents include their catchment school in the choices.
We would recommend that you contact schools directly to arrange to take advantage of their open days.
Maidenbower Infant School will be holding open mornings as follows:
Tuesday, 31st October 9.30am or 11.15am
Wednesday, 1st November 9.30am or 11.15am
Tuesday, 7th November 9.30am or 11.15am
Wednesday, 8th November 9.30am or 11.15am
Tuesday, 28th November 9.30am or 11.15am
Wednesday, 29th November 9.30am or 11.15am
Please book a space on your chosen date with the school office.
Autumn Term 2017
We have enjoyed meeting all of our new children and seeing all of our returning children. We hope that the children have enjoyed their first few days in the nursery. They are settling well and getting to used to the staff and our routines.
For parents who have children that are due to start infant school in September 2018, we will keep you informed of the dates that you need to apply for a school place for your child once we have the details. We would recommend that once you have this information that you contact your local school to arrange a familiarisation tour.
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care. This premium is paid to us for children who qualify under the Early Years Pupil Premium criteria.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
For the academic year 2016/2017 we received £2057.38 and have improved the quality of our provision for the children by:
Providing Musical Hands Sessions in the Spring and Summer Term.
Providing relaxation and Yogabug sessions throughout the year.
Sourcing new resources to make a cosy relaxation area in the nursery and a more stimulating outside area to encourage the children to use their physical skills.