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
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
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
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
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?
The news of Jean stepping down has led to a great many parents asking if they can contribute to a gift to show their appreciation for her tireless efforts to improve the lot of children everywhere over the years. Needless to say we, the staff, were unprepared for this . . . although I can’t…Read More A gift for Jean
Dear All, Jean’s resignation and replacement It is with sadness but also a profound sense of admiration that I am writing to tell you that after many years of dedication to our nursery, Jean Sowten has made the decision to step down. Jean has made an extraordinary contribution over many years and has been such…Read More A letter from the Trustees
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
Well, it happens to the best laid plans; we’ve received an email from Linda Larter, Sevenoaks Town Clerk, that the planned work on Monday 3rd February has (in her words) been cancelled. We don’t know the ins and outs at this stage, but were keen to let you know as soon as possible. If we…Read More Now open on Monday 3rd February
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!
Hello All, Just a few notes on the new processes required by the new building: Please can all walking children have indoor shoes – Parents to change their child into these on arrival Parents may wear shoes in the entrance hall, but please take them off if you want to enter the rooms Toddler and Classroom…Read More New procedures for new building
Thank you to all who supported our Children in Need appeals this year. We raised: £72.25Read More Children in Need
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?
It’s exciting to watch progress on our new nursery as the contractors continue to work on site. The heating and air conditioning units and suspended ceiling have been installed. The canopy and perimeter fencing are now being put in place along with drainage and mains services connection. The floor layers are inside laying the vinyl…Read More New Build Update