Nursery

On the afternoon of Saturday, 25th September 2021, Sevenoaks Day Nursery is holding a party at the Stag Plaza in Sevenoaks for parents and supporters of the Nursery. One of the things we want to do is to recognise the considerable service that Jean has done for the community in her time at the Nursery.…

Read More Something special for Jean

We said ‘Goodbye’ to Lisa, our Cook, a couple of weeks ago. Lisa joined us last year at the start of the Pandemic and became a valuable ‘fixture’ as we weathered the first lockdown – we were open all the way through for children of Keyworkers. Sadly, as the Nursery returned to ‘normal’ this year…

Read More Baptism by fire!

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

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

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

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

Friday 13th March seems a lifetime away now, doesn’t it? But before we were all engulfed in crisis, Jean stood down as Manager and the staff and children put on a special afternoon for her. On reflection, that was an auspicious time to hold it. Just a week later and it would have been a…

Read More Jean’s Party