I read an e-newsletter yesterday which said that one of the golden rules of blogging was to never apologise to your readers for having not posted for a while. I will therefore ignore the shameful gap since I last did exactly this, due to many reasons, not least a house move and 2 nursery moves, which seem to have kept us all fairly focused.
We have also been busy developing our new website, which always seemed like a good excuse not to worry about writing a blog, as I kept planning to wait for the new site. Needless to say, the huge amount of content which needs to be updated for a comprehensive website inevitably took longer than planned, but is finally all complete.
Earlier this year we were informed that our leases at Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark College would all not be renewed this summer. This resulted in a lot of thought and work, and we decided that we would have to close Gainsborough as an alternative site was not really viable, but we worked flat out to find new locations for our nurseries in Newark and Lincoln. Following battles with planning departments and highways officers, and work with very patient builders, signwriters, ofsted inspectors and a whole heap of other involved parties, we are now finally into our 2 new homes. One is Martin Forster House in Appletongate, which is a beautiful old rectory, and the other is a really spacious building just a stone’s throw from our old nursery on Monks Road. The way everyone has rallied around over recent weeks and months has been fantastic and I am reminded of what a great team we have. The children have been quite unfazed by all the change, safe in the knowledge that their favourite staff are still there for them, and seem to have taken the changes in their stride. Thank you also to all our parents who have been patient and coped well with the frequently changing timescales, usually outside of our control.
I thought moving house in August was stressful, but in hindsight, moving 2 nurseries is probably more stressful. A few more grey hairs all round, but we’re in – I hope you all come and have a look when you get the chance.