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Newsletter May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

As most of you will be aware, there is government promise of an additional 15 hours per week (term time) of funding available for some families from the beginning of September 2017, making it 30 hours in total. There is a strict criteria for families to adhere to and you can find a calculation format on the government website. (Please note that other tax benefits may be affected if you claim). Cranleigh Lodge has every intention of implementing the full 30 hours of funding on a stretched offer only as of September and I will be sending a full letter and policy out to you all over the coming weeks.

If your child is due to leave us this summer for school, we will assume they will be staying until the end of August. However, if you wish your child to leave sooner, please remember we require 4 weeks’ notice as per your contract. As we are booking places for September now, there may be limited places available to those who wish to extend their time with us into September. Therefore, if you think you will require additional sessions into the beginning of September, please let us know ASAP. These will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis and will be SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. These sessions will be confirmed in the week commencing 17th July and not before. This will give you 6 weeks’ notice of availability.

I hope you have all noticed the continuous development of the nursery environment, developing the children’s learning and nurturing space. Over this last few months much work has been completed on improving the outside spaces, baby room, toddler room and pre-school, including the introduction of a sensory room in the baby unit and home corner in the pre-school as well as new flooring and garden equipment. Over the August closure, a few more maintenance plans are in the pipeline. Thank you for your support during redevelopments. We work very hard to cause as little disruption as possible, ensuring that all works are carried out at weekends where possible. Nursery will be closed this year from Monday 21st August and will re-open after the Bank Holiday on Tuesday 29th August.

We have a vacancy on the Parent Committee panel. Ideally we would like a parent with a baby or toddler in nursery but we would like to open up the meetings to all parents who would like to attend. The next meeting date is on Tuesday 20th June at 6pm here at nursery. If you would like to be involved, please let Hannah know.

We are planning a nursery OPEN DAY/SUMMER FAYRE on Saturday 3rd June 11am-1pm. Entry will be £2 per child, which can be paid on the day. There will be a bouncy castle, decorate a biscuit, face painting and other fun activities on the day! Please let your friends and family know. The aim of this day is to recruit new children to attend nursery, and raise money for new resources. There will be offers on the day for new registrations and lots of fun for all the family. More information will follow, however if anyone has any contacts or ideas to make the day extra special, please chat to Hannah or Katie.

As of May there will be some exciting changes to the porch! Each room will have their own space for a display. This will allow each room to tell you about any important upcoming dates/events and display photos of recent fun activities. There will also be a child’s interest sheet for each room, where you can write down any interests or hobbies your child has that month. We will then try and incorporate this with our planning where possible throughout the month.

Parents evening is on Tuesday 23rd May so please remember to book your slot with your child’s keyworker if you haven’t yet done so. The transition for school leavers is on the 13th June at 6pm until 7:30. We will include more details of this in the next newsletter.

We have attached an illness policy for your information. There have been some recent cases of parents bringing in their child to nursery where they have not yet been on prescribed antibiotics for at least 24 hours. This is just a gentle reminder of our policies and procedures.

Please remember to start sun creaming your child before they come to nursery as of May 2017 and to bring in your £4 if you are a full day child. If you leave your child at nursery without sun cream applied, they unfortunately will not be allowed to go outside until we do the lunch time application.

Amy is due to go on maternity leave from 12th June and we wish her all the very best with her first baby. Amy has every intention of returning to work in a few months.

Hannah and the Cranleigh Lodge Team.