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…

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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

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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?

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…

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Our fees will be going up to £42 per day from 1st September. Here’s an extract from a letter to parents:- Dear Parents/Guardians Re: SDN Fees I am writing to you to let you know that the Trustees of the Nursery have decided to increase the fees by 50p per day to £42.00 per day…

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Our new building arrived yesterday. It arrived in six sections; each one loaded onto a low loader and driven down from Hull overnight. There was a slight hitch as the first one got caught out by the tightness of the Riverhead roundabout – apologies to all whose journey may have been delayed! The crane arrived…

Read More It’s here!

Our Contractor has provided us with an updated programme for the building of the new Nursery and I have outlined this in the chart below for your information.    Please be aware that these dates still may change subject to weather and Sevenoaks Town Council’s project plan for their refurbishment of the Community Centre. Tue 25…

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Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development. The three-year campaign, which launched with social media and online adverts today, aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s…

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Summer’s on its way! Honest!Well, Summer Club that is. Club will be opening its doors for the Summer on Wednesday 24 July and they’ll stay open until Friday 30 August (but not on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August).Brittany and Lydia will be back for their third year in a row and one of my lovely…

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