OK that’s a slight exageration. She’s one in 50,000! Stephanie Jenkinson, a parent and one of our Trustees, has signed up for the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October. This doesn’t mean she’ll be running virtually; she’ll have to run the full 26 miles 385 yards outside (and not on a treadmill or around…Read More She’s one in a million!
I’ve been a little lackadaisical when it comes to bringing you news of the Nursery. I blame it on you-know-what and the anxiety and uncertainty it has brought to most corners of our lives. Apologies. It’s sunny outside as I peer through my living room window – I’ve been working from home since last March…Read More Spring has sprung!
Dear Parents/Carers, Where has this year gone? Christmas is upon us and I have some important dates for you all. We are all looking forward to our Christmas Zoom celebration on the 3rd December, to see the children singing and performing a little show for you all to enjoy. Sadly, we went into our 2nd lockdown and I felt…Read More Christmas!
Yes, I know, I know . . . but someone always asks before the clocks go back! We’ll be closing for Christmas at some point on Christmas Eve and be up and running again on Monday 4th January. Only 73 days to go!Read More Christmas Shutdown
Our very own Jean Sowten has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List. Normally announced in June, the publication of this year’s list has been delayed by the epidemic (although not in New Zealand, where Kiwi recipients were announced on 6 June). According to the Government website the…Read More Jean awarded BEM
The following is a letter from Sue Dreksler, Chairman of Trustees, Sevenoaks Day Nursery:- Dear All, Re: New manager I am writing on behalf of the Trustees and Management Committee of the Nursery. As you know, we have been recruiting for a new nursery manager since Jean stepped down from the role earlier in the…Read More New Management Team Announced
If you’re anything like me you will have picked up one or two bad habits over the past four or five months (can it really be that long?) . . . I’m talking about snacking, drinking too much and not getting enough exercise, despite a very tidy garden! Well, the NHS have just launched a…Read More NHS launch ‘Better Health’
A letter from Sue Dreksler, Chairman of Trustees: Dear Parents/Guardians, Re: SDN Fees I am writing on behalf of the Trustees of Sevenoaks Day Nursery to let you know the outcome of this year’s fee review. We review the Nursery fees annually. Last year we moved this review from the autumn to the summer so…Read More Sevenoaks Day Nursery Fees
This week sees the start of the demolition of the old nursery building. Opened in 1989 the Nursery was the brainchild of Dr Margaret Bates, who wanted “to allow working mothers, including single parents to place their children safely and happily and give them a social education.” Margaret had been a Psychiatric Social Worker and…Read More Farewell old friend
If you haven’t yet taken a look at this new initiative from the BBC, may I heartily recommend that you do! We have links to a few of the best childcare sites on our Useful Information page, but the new BBC website is, not unnaturally (bearing in mind the resources at their disposal), good looking,…Read More A fantastic resource for all parents of 0-5 year olds
She’s at it again! I dunno, you’d have thought one scary dive out of an airplane travelling at 1,000 mph and then falling through the air at the speed of sound until you hit the deck 15,000 feet below would be a once in a lifetime thing, but no, Laura’s going back for a second…Read More High flying Laura
On Jul 2, 2020 By Rachel Lawler, Early Years Alliance Early years providers will no longer need to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings from 20 July onwards, according to the latest update from the Department for Education (DfE). The new guidance says that from 20 July onwards providers will not have to keep children…Read More Rules on “bubbles” to be relaxed on 20 July
It is clear that there is demand for Summer Club this year and, assuming the battle against COVID-19 continues to go our way, we will open on Monday 20th July (official Kent hols start on 23rd July). The Government/DfE have promised to give the final OK on July 4th and we’re now taking bookings on…Read More Summer Club 20th July to 28th August
Here’s the latest guidance on whether children should or should not attend Nursery: The following principles will apply to the wider opening of settings: children should not attend if they have symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household all children who normally access childcare are strongly encouraged to attend so that they…Read More Govt. guidance on children returning to nurseries
I asked Rachel for some notes, so I could provide you all with the inside track on what it’s been like this past week, but I think she’s sleeping this weekend! Hahaha! We opened up again for everyone on Monday. There was lots of frantic activity during the week before, with Rachel, the staff, Trustees…Read More Our first week back
The Trustees have just approved a policy which provides guidelines for everyone attending or visiting the Nursery, as lockdown measures are relaxed and the Nursery re-opens fully. There is a downloadable pdf copy on the website’s ‘useful Information’ page. Sevenoaks Day Nursery Return to Normal Operations Policy following the Spring 2020 lockdown As part of…Read More New Policy Published
As we publish information about returning to Nursery there will, understandably, be lots of questions. So, I’ll publish the questions here along with our answer. Full details about returning to Nursery are included in the post headed ‘Returning to Nursery: places, dates and days’ You may be interested to read a special risk assessment we…Read More Back to Nursery – Frequently asked questions
I subscribe to the COVID Symptom Study, along with over three and half million others. We just answer a couple of questions every day and these are analysed in collaboration with King’s College London researchers. It’s done through an app which is available at the App Store and Google Play. Anyway, today their email reminder…Read More How to keep your kids safe as they return to school
The Government has just updated their guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Here’s the full guidance And here’s the easy-read version. The latter is pretty good and highly recommended.Read More Staying at home and avoiding madness – Part II