Summer Update Newsletter – July 2012

Flexible Fridays

We have recently introduced our ‘Flexible Friday’ sessions. Flexible Fridays are ideal for families who need care for their child for a few hours in the day. A great way to enable you to get those jobs done, hit the gym or just relax with friends! The hours are available on a Friday only between the hours of 9.30 a.m – 4.00 p.m. and can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance and sometimes at short notice. Sessions are subject to our availability and payment is required by credit/debit card on or before the session booked in. The fees per hour are as follows: 0-2 yrs: £7, 2-3 yrs: £6.50, 3-5 yrs: £6.25. If you are interested in booking in for a Flexible Friday session or require more information please speak to Lisa or Gemma in the office.

Sports Day – Ready for the Olympics

What a wonderful afternoon we were so lucky with the weather for our annual School Room Sports Day and family barbeque at The Ellesmere community centre. This year’s event as you would imagine had a special Olympic theme where the children were in ‘Olympic Country’ teams from around the world. Children joined in a variety of races including an Equestrian race, Running race, Hurdles, Shot Put and even an Olympic Torch relay race! Thank you to all the families that came along and big congratulations to all the children and staff for their hard work and enthusiasm. This forms part of the Nursery’s involvement in the GetSet London 2012 network which aims to inspire young children in Healthy Active lifestyles as well as promote the Olympic and Paralympic Values within the curriculum. Visit our website for pictures of the Nursery Olympics in our new blog page!!.. see below!

Goodbye and good luck!

It has come to that time of year where we see almost 40 of our School Room children leave the Old School House to start their new adventures at Primary School. It is always sad to see any of the children leave but we are left with fond memories of their years with us and we hope they have lots of fun memories too! We wish every single one of them the best of luck at ‘big school’ and would love to see them again soon and hear how they are getting on!

After School Club and Holiday Club

May we remind all our families with Primary School age children that we offer After School Club and Holiday Club facilities. They both run from Kettlefields Primary School and Old School House site. ASC is from 3.15pm – 6.00pm and the Holiday club runs Mon-Fri 8.15am – 6.00pm: should you require any further information about either of these please do not hesitate to speak to Lisa or Gemma.

Baby Room Developments

As part of ongoing room improvements and developments we are pleased to let you know about the new expansion of our baby facilities.  The baby nest will be moving from their current room into the larger studio room on the first floor. The room will be adapted to create a wonderful environment for our younger babies. We will be working hard on this over the next few weeks and hope to be permanently in the new room by the beginning of September.

We would like to also take this opportunity to welcome Stacey Turpin and Jade Smith into the Baby Room team. Jade will be moving from the School Room and Stacey has joined the team on a full time employed basis after already developing her experience in all areas of nursery whilst studying as a student the past 18 mths. They will both join the Baby room in September.

Staff Celebrations

Continuous professional development of all of our staff team remains a key factor in maintaining high quality standards here at nursery  and something that we are all very proud of, recent  achievements this year include; Jazz Atkinson has been honoured with Cambridge Regional College’s Apprentice of the Year Award. This award is given to only a few students who have shown great commitment and enthusiasm towards studying for their qualification whilst working. Gemma has just completed the Physical Activity and Nutrition Co-ordinator (PANCo) qualification. This was the pilot launch of the new qualification and its main aim is to create a lead role in all early years settings; where the ‘panco’ can help support the staff team, children  and their families in promoting good health and well being in the early years. This leads on suitably from our recent involvement in helping create the School Food Trust’s nutritional guidelines for child care settings. See for more details and our Nutrition board in the reception area.

From September Lisa will be building on her BA Hons Early Years Management degree and will be studying to gain her Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) from Anglia Ruskin University. This is a graduate status qualification which recognises excellent personal practice and the ability to lead and support the practice of others. The role of the EYP is widely acknowledged now as the Gold Standard for those working with children under the age of 5years.


September 2012 sees the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and Statutory Framework take effect. The EYFS has been statutory since 2008 and sets standards in learning and welfare for any provider caring for children aged 0 to 5. The framework was introduced in response to research that highlighted how good quality childcare can support children’s learning and development. The new framework will place a stronger focus on three prime areas of learning – communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development – which are critical for the development of the very youngest children and are fundamental to more structured learning as they get older. We have always worked hard to go over and above what is satisfactorily expected and all staff have and will be continuing to receive training on the revised EYFS to ensure effective implementation. Further information about the EYFS can be found on the notice board in the hall near the baby room or by visiting

Staff updates

Welcome to Amy Twigg who after spending the Summer working in all of the rooms as part of her induction process will be joining the School Room team from September. Welcome to Jade Liles who has recently joined the Old School House Team as an Apprentice Student and will be training and working with the staff team. Jade Wright who has been working in the School Room will be moving to join the Nursery Room team.!

We would love you all to visit our brand new website! After a recent overhaul and update we are proud to launch our new nursery website where you will find further information about nursery, our achievements, meet the team, photos of children at play, our Outstanding Ofsted report as well as our Blog Page and a fantastic Video Gallery. We will be updating the blog monthly to give you a regular insight into what the children have been up to, so please check in regularly and we look forward to reading and hearing your feedback!

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OLYMPIC SPORTS DAY at The Old School House Day Nursery

Children at The Old School House Day Nursery took part in their annual sports day and family barbecue on Thursday 12th July 2012.

Around 70 children participated in the event with their families watching in Stetchworth near Newmarket. The Olympic theme of sporting activities included a sprinting race, hurdles, shot putt, horse race and Olympic torch relay race. Mums, dads and brothers and sisters also joined in their own running races.

Medals were given out to children to celebrate their achievements..

Lisa Weston, Nursery Manager of The Old School House Day Nursery School, said: “We had a wonderful afternoon; Olympic fever has really caught the imagination of the children. The excitement and determination was evident in their smiling faces, it was fantastic fun, a big thank you to the children and staff for their hard work in planning the event.“