Newsletter - November 2023


Extended Entitlements, What We Know So Far……….

 Some of you have been asking if we have any further information regarding the extended funding entitlement. What we know so far - All working parents in England will be able to access 30 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks per year from the term after your child turns 9 months old until they start school. This will be rolled out in stages from the term after the child’s age band listed below:

 From April 24 – all working parents of 2-year old’s can access 15 hrs per week.

From Sept 24 – all working parents of children from aged 9 months can access 15hrs pw.

From Sept 25 – all working parents of children from aged 9 months can access 30hrs pw. We will bring you further news when we have it.

Christmas Nativity

 The children in 3-4 room will be preforming the Christmas nativity play on December 15th, both morning and afternoon. Tickets will be on sale from Monday November 27th at £1 each. Due to the restricted space, tickets will be limited to 2 per child. Please check which performance your child will be attending with the staff in your child’s room.

Children that don’t attend on Fridays will be invited to perform in the am or pm performance.

 Children In Need 2023

 Children in need day will be held on 17th November 2023. This year's theme encourages you to be SPOTacular. Children will be decorating biscuits with spotty icing and painting spotty pictures. The staff will be raising money by dressing up and donating £1. Please help us to raise money for this worthy cause by bringing your child in a dressing up outfit and donating.

 Christmas Raffle

 Tickets for our Christmas raffle will be on sale from Monday 4th December at £1 per strip. Tickets can be purchased from the office or from your child’s room. A list of prizes to be won will be sent out from this date and will be drawn on 15th December.



Closure Dates

The nursery will close for Christmas on Friday December 22nd, 2023, and re-open on January 2nd, 2024. Please visit our website for funded dates.

Hand and Footprint Mats

 Children will be making hand and footprint mats form Monday 4th December, up until Christmas. Thes are laminated to preserve wear and tear. The mats make lovely Christmas keepsakes for parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles and can be purchased at the cost of £3 per mat. Below are examples of how the finished product looks.

  Spaces Available

 We still have a few places available for January in our 2-3 room and 3-4 room. If you would like to book an additional place for your child, please check availability with the office staff.

  Tempest Photography

Tempest photography will be in nursery on 28th November between 8.00 am – 16.00 pm. All children attending on this date will be taken to be photographed. The staff will be happy to change your child into a different outfit, if you prefer, just let them know when dropping off. If your child does not attend on Tuesdays, you can book a photo slot via email or pop into the office. You are welcome to bring siblings.

 Fee Increase

 Due to the ever increasing costs of living, the hourly fee rate will increase from January 1st 2024 to £5.50 per hour.