Nursery News 29th January 2024


29th January 2024 – Edition 322

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A.Parent Consultations.

B.Could you help us with some tissues or some fruit?

C. Funding for 2 year olds- Working Families -15 hour offer.

D. What are the children are learning about this week?


A: Parent Consultations.

We aim to hold Parent Consultations every term. Big Nursery Consultations will be taking place during the week beginning 5th February 2024. Parent Consultations are not compulsory, but if you would like an appointment please arrange this with your child’s keyworker when they are outside before sessions begin. These consultations will be on the telephone, will last 5 minutes and be at the following times:

Mrs Patterson Monday 5th February between 3:15pm and 4:30pm

Miss Skai  Tuesday 6th February between 3:15pm and 4:20pm

Miss Howe Thursday 8th February between 3:15pm and 4:20pm

Mrs Cashmore Friday 9th February between 3:15pm and 4:30pm


A reminder of the dates and times of Little Nursery Consultations this week:

Mrs Cashmore Monday 29th January between 3:15pm and 3:55pm

Miss Gaffney Tuesday 30th January between 3:15pm and 3:55pm

Mrs Brinkley Tuesday 30th January between 4:10pm and 4:35pm

Mrs McGrath Wednesday 31st January between 9:30am and 10:25am*

Mrs Watson Thursday 1st February between 9:30am and 10:25am*

*Please note that on Wednesday and Thursday morning the phone line will be busy with Parent consultations. If you cannot get through on the telephone, and you need to get a message to us urgently, please email the school office: We will check the inbox regularly for any emails.


B.Could you help us with some tissues or some fruit?

We are asking if parents would consider donating a box of tissues for the children to use, as we only have two boxes left in the school! We are firmly back into runny nose season!

I asked parents on the 27th November for donations of fruit to use at snacktime. Parents were overwhelmingly generous. We had so many apples, we had to refrigerate them over the Christmas break! The fruit has kept us going for so many weeks! Our store of fruit has now finally run out. So, could I please ask all families to consider donating a small bag of apples, bananas or satsumas for all the children to share.


C.  Funding for 2 year olds- Working Families -15 hour offer.

On Friday 12th January we sent out an information email to all parents in the two year old ‘Catkins Class’. Children in this class are the ones who may be eligible for up to 15 hours of free funded education from April 2024.

We asked  all parents in the two year old class to help us by finding out if their child is eligible for this funding or not.

We asked that parents return a completed paper copy of a form by today-Monday 29th January.

Most parents have returned their forms. The office staff will be in touch by email or telephone in the coming few days if you have not yet returned your form to enquire about your family’ status:

  • Eligible for this funding
  • Not eligible for this funding.
  • Choosing not to check for eligibility.



We are aware that some parents who are already registered for Tax Free Childcare have been having difficulty accessing a code that will entitle them to the new Funding for  2 year olds- working families- 15 hours offer. We have recently had additional information from the Department for Education Entitlements Team:

If you already have a Tax-Free Childcare account for your 2-year-old you will be given your free childcare code when you next reconfirm eligibility for that scheme.

The eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and the new free hours are the same.


D. What are the children are learning about this week?

The focus this week is The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

In Catkins, the children will focus on maths and sorting items by size. Staff will use different resources to show the children the difference between big, medium and small sizes. There will be a range of size puzzles for the children to complete, which will reinforce their learning.

In the Link, the children will be learning about the weather, they will learn about different weather they might see in Winter. Their work will be displayed on the walls and will be used as a discussion point for the children. The children will also use pva glue and paper to create troll pictures, relating to the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Outside, the children will be acting out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. There will be a scene set up with grass, water and a wooden bridge for the children to trip trap across the just like the goats in the story. There will also be some figures and bricks for the children to set up their own small scale version of the story scenes.

In Room 3, the staff will follow the children’s interests with role play. They will have an area set up for a flower shop and a hospital. The children will be provided with supporting resources to encourage their play and staff will follow their lead. Adults will model lots of language for the children, extending their play with open ended questions.

In Room 2, the children will be making trolls using playdough and monster body parts. They will be encouraged to think about what a troll looks like and then to recreate one using their playdough. Children will be encouraged to act out parts of the story as they play.

They will also be focusing on their fine motor skills as they paint characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children will be supported in writing their own names and holding the pencil and paintbrushes effectively.

In Room 1, the children will be listening to and retelling the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They will use finger puppets to act out the story as they play. The children will be encouraged to share the puppets and remember to be patient. Children will be urged to retell the story using other resources too, such as Lego and wooden blocks.

Outside, the staff will show the children that they can act out the story they have learnt, using the climbing frame and the slide. They will play the parts of the goats moving over the bridge and of the troll, trying to stop the goats. Children will be encouraged to use repeated refrains that they heard in the story, as they play.