Nursery News 22.2.21


22nd February 2021 – Edition 216

Find out About:

A: Planning for Summer Term.

B. Parent Consultations: (Reminder)

C. Job vacancy: Level 3 Early Years Practitioner


A: Planning for Summer Term.

We are pleased to note that the Prime Minister will be making an announcement today, Monday 22nd February regarding his roadmap to end lockdown. Older children will be returning to primary/secondary schools, and we realise that some of our pupils who have been at home up to this point will begin to return over coming weeks. Whilst we are fully open for everyone, we would appreciate knowing what your plans are if you are considering returning your child to Willow. Please just give us a call/ send an email if you have decided on a return date for your child.

Children who have been at home for a while will need to re-settle to Nursery life when they return.

We still have a number of children who should have started in January, who are only just beginning to attend, or are still choosing to be at home.

Our settling in period has become prolonged across the entire term.

We will be inducting a new group of children ‘Orange Group’ who become entitled to 15 or 30 hours of funded education from the beginning of the Summer Term. We have 7 Orange Group already here in Catkins Class and 8 new pupils will join them from our waiting list.

Some Main Nursery Parents have asked for additional sessions for their child during the Summer Term. This will not be possible. At the moment, as a staff, we are still too vulnerable to being asked to self isolate. This puts a strain on our capacity. I would not want to overfill the school then make us at risk of closing due to not having enough staff to maintain staff to pupil ratio’s.

In Catkins Class, for our youngest 2 year olds, we feel unable to offer additional sessions to our children who already attend, as we still have a number of very young two year olds who need to settle in. We will however, in a few weeks’ time begin looking at a Catkins timetable for September, so we will be able to forward plan booking spaces for September. I just need to recruit a new member of the Catkins team, before being able to proceed with this. (See attached advert.)



B. Parent Consultations: (Reminder)

Reminder: Consultations for all the 3+ children will take place this week, between 3.00-5.00pm.

Yellow Group, Speaking with Miss Howe. Monday 22nd February 2021.


Green Group, Speaking with Mrs Patterson. Tuesday 23rd February 2021.


Blue Group, Speaking with Miss Gaffney Wednesday 24th February 2021,


Red Group, Speaking with Miss Skai Thursday 25th February 2021.

Appointments have been pre-arranged. Staff will call you at the appropriate time.


If Covid impacts upon these arrangements in any way, we will reschedule the appointments for the same time and day, but a week later.


C Job Vacancy: Level 3 Early Years Practitioner.


Job Vacancy- Willow Nursery School

Job Title: Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

School Name: Willow Nursery School

Location: Goldstone Crescent, Dunstable, LU5 4QU

Salary Range: NJC levels 5-6 £10.01 per hour

Hours: 8.30am – 3pm Wed-Fri, term time only.

Contract Type: Maternity Cover Fixed Term from April 2021 – end March 2022

Closing Date: Fri 5th March 2021

Interview Date: Week beg 15th March 2021


We are looking for a qualified level 3 early year’s practitioner to join our team looking after our youngest children in our two-year-old class.

Main Purpose of role:

· To become a key worker for a small number of two year olds.

· To observe children in their play and plan the next steps for their learning, taking into account the early year’s foundation stage curriculum.

· To work as part of a small team to maintain a child friendly and safe environment.

· To keep detailed records of children’s development.

· To liaise with parents.

· To carry out all aspects of children’s care.


We are a dedicated and committed team of early year’s specialists who are passionate about what we do. We aim to give our children the very best care and education in a positive, fun environment. If you want to be part of something ‘Outstanding’, then please apply. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will have to meet the requirements of the Person Specification in order to be offered the post. DBS Disclosure at Enhanced Level and a qualification check are required for this post

How to apply:

For further details and an application pack, please visit the school website at:, and click on school information – vacancies. We will accept electronic or paper applications. Electronic applications to be sent to the email address below. Paper copies to be sent to Willow Nursery School, Goldstone Crescent, Dunstable, Beds, LU5 4QU. Or contact: Name: Trina Evans Tel: 01582 662600 Email: