Aug 26, 2020

Filkins August News: Exploring the Local Environment and New Beginnings

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August news

It has been so nice to finally be able to venture out of nursery and explore our lovely local environment. The older children have been walks into Vale Woods, matching and recognising leaf shape/colour while the younger children went on a Bear Hunt through the woods. The children have also walked to the Woollen Weavers to visit the sheep. 

We said a sad goodbye to our remaining pre-school children this week. We will miss them very much and wish them all continued success at school (do send us a photograph of your child in uniform on his/her first day at school!). We continue to welcome new children throughout September. 

I will be leaving my role as Filkins Nursery Manager today (28th August) and will begin my new role working as part of The Old Station Nursery Head Office team on 1st September. As I have mentioned previously, Sophie Lewis, the current Nursery Manager at our Bampton Nursery, will be co-managing both Filkins and Bampton. She is very keen and able to support the existing fantastic team in the delivery of outstanding Early Years practice at Filkins.

Sophie is planning to be at Filkins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be assisted by our Deputy Manager, Nicky, in her absence. She will obviously be flexible, depending on each nursery’s weekly needs. Sophie and I have spent considerable time working together over the last few weeks to ensure a smooth transition and I know she is keen to get to know you all as soon as possible.  

I will be very sad to leave and I know I will find it almost impossible to let go after 13 years! Day to day nursery life for the children should remain unaffected and the long-standing staff team will continue to work together and share their instilled routines and deliver a reputably outstanding service to our families.

Filkins Nursery has been my life and passion for so long and I have so many happy memories. I am leaving my role as Nursery Manager with much trepidation but also with excitement for the new venture that lies ahead. I know you will all be very supportive towards Sophie and the existing staff team and I want to thank you all for the support you have given me over so many years. You have all contributed towards building Filkins Nursery into what it is today and for that, I will be ever grateful. 

What’s coming up in September

Children and staff will spend much of September getting to know Sophie and vice versa. Sadly, our scheduled new parents coffee morning, Macmillan Coffee Morning and a visit from Ian Taylor, our regular nursery photographer, will be unable to go ahead. 

We look forward to parents making full use of our online learning journals to keep staff informed of children’s current interests. Staff will then be able to plan and extend learning at nursery accordingly. 

Other important information

Parking: Please can I remind all parents that we are not allowed to park at the front of the village hall, even for a short drop-off period. I realise that the parking facilities for nursery are not ideal but we do need to respect the wishes of the hall committee. Can I ask that you park courteously on the road, leaving minimal space between vehicles to allow for others to park. Please can you ensure that anyone who may drop off your child is aware of this. Thank you. 

Absence: Please could you telephone nursery (not email) by 10am if your child has a last-minute absence from nursery. We are required to note all absences from a  safeguarding perspective. 

Key Carers: As the children change groups for the start of the new term, the majority will be allocated a new key carer. As always, all children mix with various staff throughout the day so every member of staff should quickly become familiar with your child. Your child’s key carer will be your immediate point of contact should you have any information they may need to know and will also be responsible for your child’s record-keeping and development. Children work, however, with all staff  within each age group during their session.  

I have tried to match staff hours to children’s hours to the best of my ability when allocating. You should all have now  received an information leaflet telling you a little about your child’s key carer and she will also introduce herself to both you and your child upon your arrival in nursery. Please let me know if you have any concerns. 

Packed Lunches: We pride ourselves in encouraging our children to eat healthily. Can I remind all parents that we do not permit any products containing nuts in packed lunches. Please could you continue to be vigilant when buying items for lunches taking special care with chocolate spread, marzipan, satay sauce, carrot cake etc. Neither do we allow bags of crisps and solid chocolate bars; if you want your child to bring in crisps, please can you put just a few into a small container.

Could any food which may be a choking hazard also be cut in half lengthways please  e.g.  grapes, small tomatoes, large blueberries and olives. If at all possible, could lunches also be instantly ready for your child to eat with items such as fresh fruit being pre-cut. If you would like some new packed-lunch ideas, do ask for one of our recipe cards. Many parents are now sending in preheated lunches in thermos containers which is a great idea; the food stays warm until lunchtime and the idea may be a welcome change if you are requiring varied lunch ideas. 

Please can you also ensure that lunch boxes and plastic containers are clearly marked with your child’s name, and please continue to send in cutlery too. Children also have their water bottles at lunch time so an additional drink may not be necessary. 

Forest School: We intend to run structured Forest School sessions  at least  weekly again this year. Please can children have  named light-weight waterproof trousers and jacket (pac-a-mac style)  and  a  pair of wellies in nursery to enable us to make the most of outside play in general.  

Uniform: We would like to continue to encourage the wearing of a nursery uniform.  Polshirts (£7.99) and fleeces can be bought online here. Search for Old Station Nursery.

We would love to see the children wearing the polo shirts regularly.I also have a good supply of second-hand uniforms which children are welcome to have free of charge. 

Term Dates: Nursery is open on Tuesday 1st September for our all year round children. Our Autumn term starts on Wednesday 2nd September. October half-term is Monday 26th to Friday 30th. 

Other: We are now on Twitter, so please do follow us to keep up to date with all our latest insights, news and blogs! You can follow us by clicking here. We also have a company LinkedIn page and you can follow us by clicking here.

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Louise Jenkins, Nursery Manager


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