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 Bright Sparks Nursery newsletter November 2017


2017 – 18 term dates

Autumn term    Monday 04.09.17 – Thursday 21.12.17                Half term week beginning 23.10.17

 Spring term       Monday 08.01.18 – Thursday 29.03.18                Half term week beginning 12.02.18 

Summer term    Monday 23.04.18 – Friday 20.07.18                     Half term week beginning 28.05.18


Dates at the start and end of each term may change slightly to accommodate parties etc. Further details later

Please note – this term now ends on Thursday 21st as this is when we booked the entertainer for our Christmas party.


Stay and Play session

How often do you ask your child “What have you been doing today?” only to be told “playing” or “can’t remember”? To give you an insight into a nursery session we are having another stay and play morning on Monday 27th November. Parents / carers are welcome to join their child for part or all of the session (9 – 11.30am) and see what we do. Due to space restrictions we can only invite one adult per child and unfortunately we can’t allow siblings to attend. We look forward to seeing you then.

We hope to make these sessions a regular event and will hold them on different days so if your child does not attend nursery on a Monday you will not miss out.


Wet weather play

We play outside in all weathers but often find that some children are not suitably dressed if it is raining. So that we can take all children outside we try to keep spares for children that need them. If you have any wetsuits, wellies or children’s umbrellas that you no longer want, we would love to have them.

Please dress your child suitably for outdoor play every day e.g. wellies in the rain, warm coats, hats and mitts when it is cold.


Christmas arrangements 2017


Christmas cards

We run a 'group Christmas card' system at nursery as we feel that children sending cards to individual friends is expensive and stressful for parents and has little meaning for the children. For parents new to the nursery details are given below.

We ask parents whose children wish to take part, to let their child send one card to all their friends (and teachers if they want!) at nursery. Cards can be posted in the nursery post box any time from December 1st and we will open the box every session if cards are inside. Cards will be shared with all the children at circle time and then displayed on the wall for all the children to see. We feel that this system allows children to feel their cards are appreciated and valued as we know from experience that most children love to show others things they have brought to nursery.


Christmas Dates

Please note the following dates and arrangements for the end of term;


Thursday 14th December    Dress rehearsal for nativity play. All children wishing to take part in the nativity play must attend as this is the only rehearsal in the church. All children should be brought to the Church of the Holy Spirit at 9am (on main road opposite fish and chip shop). All children should be collected from the church at 10am unless they are usually at nursery on a Thursday morning, in which case they can be collected from nursery as usual. No parents at this rehearsal please.

We provide costumes for all the children but nearer the time we may ask you to dress your child in certain clothes if they have them eg white tights or dark tops. If you do not have these things we have spares so please ask.


Friday 15th December    Nursery Nativity play at Church of the Holy Spirit. All children taking part should be brought to the church between 9.00 and 9.15am. Nativity play starts at 9.30am. Children who normally attend nursery on a Friday morning can be taken to nursery afterwards, all other children should go home from the church.

Family and friends are all welcome to join us. There will be no charge for the performance but we will take a collection for the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer fund.


We usually allow photos and videos to be taken for personal use only. If this is a problem for any parent, please speak to a manager as soon as possible


Thursday 21st December  Last day of term and Christmas party for all children , 9 – 11.30am. All children to go home at 11.30. Children who do not usually attend on a Friday morning are welcome to attend the party. You can pay for this as an extra session or swap one of your child's normal sessions for that week. Please let us know what you wish to do.


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