Summer Term 2018 Newsletter – First Half of Term

Posted: 11th May 2018

Summer Term 2018 Newsletter – First Half of Term

Welcome back after the Easter break – we all hope you have been enjoying the long-awaited arrival of the sun and warmth this week!

We are joined by another Oliver this term and he has already begun to make new friends thanks to the children making him feel welcome. Olivia, Ottilie and Mabel also shared their wonderful news of the arrival of new babies – Clemmie, Willa and Ned – congratulations to each family.

Spring Hat Parade
Thank you to everyone who attended this event – we saw some wonderful creations and it was a pleasure to see so many mums, dads, grandparents and friends come along to watch and enjoy this traditional end of term event.

Mud Run and Quiz Night
Thank you to everyone who supported these two events. The Quiz Night was great and thankfully the staff team won!! We also raised some valuable funds for nursery – nearly £500. The Mud Run was fabulous too and a huge thank you to Alex Bignell for all his hard work putting the event together – we are already looking forward to the next round. The staff crew must say a very big thank you to Tasha for being our representative – we’re really pleased she did so well because now she can represent the staff each time……!!

Prêt a Portrait Leavers and Individual Photos
Prêt a Portrait will be visiting us on Tuesday 15th May to take individual photos as well as our traditional Leavers photograph. The Leavers photo has always been a special memento for those moving on to their next schools and we really would appreciate it if you could arrange for all those children leaving us in July to come into nursery on the morning, wearing their nursery uniform please. The children are photographed in small groups, and these are then joined together to create one large group photo (an example of which will be in reception) which we do hope you will purchase. Our other children are welcome to come in if not their usual day, to have individual photos taken but parents will need to stay with these children and take them home once the photo has been taken – this will be after all the leavers photos have been taken. These will then be made available to order through Prêt a Portrait’s website – details of which will be circulated shortly after the photo shoot. A sign-up sheet for photos will be available in reception.

Sports Day
Our next big event will be Sports Day on the last day of this half term – Friday 25th May. We hope to be blessed with glorious sunshine whilst the children display their sporting prowess (with the odd parent race to enjoy too!) followed by a fund-raising event which will include hook a duck, a raffle, barbeque and ice creams! All family and friends are welcome, indeed encouraged, to come along for a fun morning. Exact timings will be advertised nearer the date. In order to make this event the success it has always been, however, we do need volunteers for various tasks including:

Make contact with local businesses to request raffle prizes – The BBQ –  A drinks stall – Run various games for the children to enjoy – Sell raffle tickets on the day

A sheet will be available for volunteers to add their names against specific tasks and Kate will discuss roles in more detail.

Whole Nursery Trip to the Seaside
Our annual trip to West Wittering will be on Thursday 7th June for all children. We leave from the village hall by 9.05am, spend the morning on the beach, have a special lunch then return to Grayswood by 2.45pm. A letter with additional details and booking form is being distributed w/c 23rd April and we request that forms, and payment, are returned by 8th May so that we can organise staffing and catering.

Last Day of Term – Leavers Celebration
Our last day of the summer term is also the last day of nursery for many of our children and we host a big celebration of their achievements before saying goodbye to them as they head off to their next schools. Please put the date in your diaries – Friday 20th July – for all our nursery children (not just those leaving us) to come in for 9.05am in order for a short practice of our play. Families and friends are encouraged to join us from 11.00am to watch the performance and to wish our leavers well. We aim to do this in the woods, but this is weather dependent, so confirmation of the venue will be made much nearer the time. We hope to see everyone come along and stay for family picnics after if the weather is being kind.

Big Family Camp Out
We will be holding a big family camp out event on the weekend of 22nd – 24th June. We hope you will come and enjoy the weekend with us. More information soon but this is going to be a great weekend so pop it in your diary. It will be open to anyone to join us so perhaps you would like to gather some friends?

Sun, Hats and Water
This term, especially, it is important that all children come with NAMED sunhats and water bottles. We are unable to apply suncream, so please apply cream to your children at home before they come to nursery. The children will be kept in the shade as much as possible, but, of course, they love to play in the sunshine, so need to be protected from the rays and kept hydrated. We remind the children at registration time and throughout the day. Thanks for your co-operation.

As you have read above, this is a very busy term. Many parents take holidays whilst it is possible to do so outside the school holidays so please do let us know in writing, in advance, if your child will be absent from nursery for a holiday, or for any other reason, and include the dates they will be absent. We have a statutory duty to know your child’s whereabouts if they are not at nursery as expected. But more than that – it helps us plan our timetable to the children’s great advantage. Many thanks for your help in this regard.

These were distributed at the end of last term and were due for payment by 16th April. Thank you to those who have settled their accounts. Any outstanding invoices should be paid now please unless you have made alternative arrangements with Kate for payment. Sadly, due to the cost of chasing unpaid invoices, we will reissue on 30 April with 10% surcharge as is noted on the invoice.

Parent Rota
A new rota for the summer term is available in reception for you to sign up – we hope as many of you as possible can join us for a day or two over the coming months as the children love to have their parent or carer share in their nursery experiences.

Moving on to School
This will be the final term for many of our children and is the time of year when we pay special attention to helping children prepare for the new challenges ahead. Our older children have already begun to change into a PE kit and this term will be changing into full kit when taking part in Miss Maureen’s sessions. Please help us support the children in this useful skill by ensuring they have a PE kit in nursery every Monday.

Forest School
Children will still head to the woods in their red dungarees, but we recommend, on especially warm or hot days, that children wear light weight, long sleeved, t-shirts to keep bugs and potential stings and scratches away from bare arms.

Monday 16th April: First day of summer term
Monday 7th May: May Bank Holiday – nursery closed
Tuesday 8th May: West Wittering forms to be returned with payment
Tuesday 15th May: Prêt a Portrait Individual and Leavers Photo
Friday 25th May: Sports Day
Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June inc Half Term
Thursday 7th June: West Wittering
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June: Big Family Camp Out
Friday 20th July: Leavers’ Day and last day of term

Session Times
Monday 9.05am – 2.45pm (Pre-School children only)
Tuesday – Friday 9.05am – 12.35pm
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons sessions end at 2.45pm
Contact Details
Village Hall telephone number: 01428 658931
Nursery mobile number: 07789 987280
Nursery e-mail address:
Nursery web-site:
NB The e-mail address is not accessible to staff whilst the nursery is in progress.

There are currently eight members of staff on the team each of whom works on different days as shown below. We also have Miss Maureen on Mondays for music and movement and Bollie for Playball on Tuesdays, with Steph Peat as our lunchtime supervisor.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sue Bartrum Sue Bartrum Kate Dean Lara Butler Lara Butler
Lara Butler Kate Dean Richard Dean Kate Dean Kate Dean
Kate Dean Richard Dean Liz Juson Richard Dean Richard Dean
Richard Dean Natasha Hayes Natasha Hayes Natasha Hayes
Natasha Hayes Liz Juson Anna Mitchell
Yvonka Wilkinson Yvonka Wilkinson Yvonka Wilkinson

Committee Members
This year’s committee members are currently:
Chair – Philippa Hawkins, Secretary – Charlotte Brown, Treasurer – Sarah Canning
The committee work very hard to run events and fundraising activities on behalf of the nursery so please do help them out with this valuable task.

Finally, a few reminders:
The Nursery is not a place for poorly children. We are a learning environment and your child needs to be well in order to engage in their learning. If your child has been sick or had an upset tummy they must remain away from nursery for a minimum of 48 hours and not return until they have had a normal (for them) stool. As a general rule, children taking antibiotics should not be at nursery. Please ask us if you are unsure when your child should return to nursery after an illness.

Please keep us informed of your current contact details particularly mobile numbers. It is essential that whilst your child is at nursery someone is available to collect them in the event of an emergency. Please ensure if you are unavailable someone else is able to be contacted and collect your child.

Please do not let your children wear jewellery to nursery or bring small toys etc. As a guide children should not bring to nursery items which could fit inside a traditional 35mm film container.

“Staff are passionate about their roles”

Ofsted Report2016