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
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
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
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
I popped into the Nursery this morning; Scottish Power wanted a meter reading, so I thought I’d oblige and take the chance to say ‘hello’ to everyone. As I ambled onto the tennis court I could see Rachel lugging some large bits of wood towards the high garden gates and then Laura came round the…Read More Today in the Nursery
The past couple of weeks has been a busy time and an often very confusing one . . . . . to say the least. The Government has published many dozens of Guides for all areas of industry and commerce and many apply to us. The most recent specialist Guide is this one: coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures It…Read More Responding to Events – Keyworkers – Fees – Childcare Arrangements – Club – The Future
Carol and I have only been cooped up together for a day and a half so far (I had to go in yesterday to prepare the month’s payroll) and she’s driving me nuts. To be fair, I’m probably driving her nuts too. And I suspect it’s as much to do with each of us thinking…Read More Staying at home and avoiding madness
All nurseries have been asked to close indefinitely from Friday. However, places need to be available for children of key workers and vulnerable children. We won’t be told who the key workers are until tomorrow. So at this stage we don’t know what it means for Sevenoaks Day Nursery or for the future of your…Read More Today’s news
Dear Parents and Carers, Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update I am writing to let you know the latest information and actions the Nursery is taking amid a rapidly changing situation. The Nursery is following the Government’s latest guidance for educational settings which can be found athttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 As you will be aware, regular updates from the authorities are being…Read More Coronavirus update from Sue Dreksler
Of course we are following daily advice from the DoE and PHE and, if you’re interested, the latest guidance for educational settings is here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19but I thought the following NHS you tube video aimed at children might come in handy.Read More Helping children wash their hands properly
As Jean takes a back seat at the Nursery and hands over the reins to Rachel, I thought you might like a brief summary of why the Trustees asked her to take over as Acting Nursery Manager. Rachel has been with us since July 2012 when she arrived as a young, wet-behind-the-ears, newly, fully-qualified childcare…Read More Who is Rachel?
It’s an early Easter this year and a very strange holiday; Thursday 2nd April to Wednesday 15th April with Bank Holidays (when we’re not open) on Friday 10th and Monday 13th. I was hoping that we’d be able to open Club from the Monday before until the Friday after, but that’s not possible while Hollybush…Read More Bookings for Easter Club now being taken
This is the time of year when recent excessive spending can catch up with us. For most of us, at worst, it just results in a modest tightening of belts, but for some it can lead to anxiety, depression and worse. I’ve just read this story on the BBC website. It’s a common enough story…Read More Money problems?
Just before we moved, our local Environmental Health Officer paid us a surprise visit. Susie was on duty in the kitchen that day and obviously made a good impression, because he was very pleased with what he saw. But he wanted to inspect the kitchen in the new nursery building before he finalised his views,…Read More New Food Hygiene Rating
07341 921064 Vodafone erroneously instructed BT to disconnect our phone line from today! No phone and no email . . . . for up to ten working days; the time it’ll take BT to set up a new connection. Unbelievable.They’re delivering a mobile WiFi hotspot tomorrow (whatever that is!) which will get us back onto…Read More How to contact us
Just when we thought everything was going smoothly . . . . we’ve just been informed by Linda Larter, Sevenoaks Town Clerk, that UK Power Networks will be installing a new electrical power supply at the Community Centre on Monday 3rd February. This means there will be no power supply to the Nursery – no…Read More Monday 3rd Feb – Closed for the day
Apologies again for the 2 day closure, but it was worth it! After two days of sorting, cleaning, moving, hefting, fixing, washing, head scratching, trips to the dump, stacking, dragging, pushing, laughing, crying, sweating, prepping, hoovering, dusting, sticking, hanging, tea drinking, sweeping, wiping, lifting, dropping, breaking and repairing we are pleased to announce that the…Read More We’re in. Phew!
If you’ve been looking at the posts on this site you could be forgiven for thinking nothing’s been happening at the Nursery since September! Nothing could be further from the truth. The New BuildingIt has been manic trying to sort out our new building; Katherine and Rachel have been coordinating with Ros, who has been…Read More What’s happening?