Newsletter: Spring 2016

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Happy New Year to You and Goodbye Sue…

Happy New Year to everyone, many thanks for your Christmas gifts and I hope you all had a lovely time. We are all refreshed and raring to go!

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Staff Developments

It is with regret that we had to say farewell to one of our long standing members of staff at Christmas. Sue has been with the nursery for over 16 years and has gradually reduced her hours, she is now enjoying spending time at home with her husband and 2 dogs. Hayley has been volunteering in the baby unit for a couple of months to gain experience before going off to study midwifery and is working on Wednesday for a couple of weeks until we recruit a new member of staff. I am conducting second interviews this week with 2 candidates, so should have someone in post by the end of the week, as yet I am uncertain in which unit they will be employed.

Bad Weather

We’ve just had our first snow experiences this weekend and I’m sure there is more in store. As always we will make every attempt to maintain a normal service but please ensure you keep contact numbers up to date and check with nursery if you are unsure.

Fees April 2016

Over the past couple of years I have kept increases to a minimum and last year there was no increase for under 2’s. As you are all aware there is a compulsory living wage coming into force from April 2016 which has a major impact on our setting, as I have always maintained consistency for all staff. As always we will continue to maintain our high standards of care offering ratios below the compulsory requirements. I will send out further details in February with new rates for 2016 and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.

Refurbishments

Hopefully you are all happy with the new toddler unit, which was completely redecorated over the Christmas break. We will also be replacing the flooring in the dining room and nappy room upstairs over the next couple of months. Around Easter we should be concentrating on the pre-school room; as always we will keep disruption to a minimum.

world-book-day-2016World Book Day, Thursday 03.03.16

All children will receive a book token and we would like everyone to dress up as their favourite book character and bring the book into nursery to share.

baby_chickLiving Eggs

We will be having the ‘Living Eggs’ experience back in nursery for a third year running from Monday 14.03.16 to 24.03.16. The children love watching the eggs hatch day by day, then seeing them gradually grow into fluffy little chicks.

Parent Partnership

We pride ourselves in having good communication strategies in place to ensure all information is relayed regularly to parents. However, I would welcome any suggestions from parents to enable us to continue to improve both services and the good relationships we already have. Instead of carrying out the same formal questionnaire as last year I would like to ask parents to make some specific suggestions on the sheet provided. If you are totally happy then it would also be nice for you to indicate this in writing. Many thanks for you co-operation.

Reminders
  • Security:¬†Please remember to inform staff if someone different is collecting from nursery, even if they have collected before.
  • Medication:¬†We can only administer prescribed medication and children should have had 24 hours at home before returning to nursery with it.
Dates for the Diary

03.03.16 World Book Day
14.03.16 Living Eggs
25.03.16 Good Friday (nursery closed)
28.03.16 Easter Monday (nursery closed)

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