We do pack a lot of information into our newsletters but please do take the time to read through it, making a note of all the diary dates etc! It is all for the benefit and well being of your children. Thank you.
Pancake Races – On Tuesday 28th February we held Pancake Races on our newly resurfaced playground! Thank you to all those who supported this event by taking part and collecting some sponsor money. We hope you all enjoyed it! Keep an eye on the local press and our Facebook page for photos! Thank you to Karen Bethell from the North Norfolk News for attending and Gareth Gabriel for producing a lovely little video!
World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March. We would like to invite you to join us in helping your child to make the most of this special occasion.
World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children. To help them get started on their reading journey please find your £1 World Book Day Book Token attached. This can be exchanged for a special £1 World Book Day book or used to get £1 off any book costing £2.99 or more. This year’s two books for pre-school children which are free with the £1 book token are Peppa Loves World Book Day and Everyone Loves Underpants! Bookshops all over the UK are participating in the scheme as is our local bookshop; Bertram Watts.
For more information about World Book Day and ideas on sharing books at home, visit www.worldbookday.com
Morning Nursery – Library Visit
On Tuesday 7th March we will be taking the children to Sheringham Library for a storytelling session with Kate the librarian. We will need parents/adults to help with this visit to maintain a 1:2 ratio so please keep this morning free if you are able to help. We will ask you to collect and accompany your child to the Library at 10.45am; the session will take place from 11.00 – 11.45am. All children will need to be collected from the Library or let us know if you need your child to be collected from Nursery. If your child does not normally attend Nursery on a Tuesday morning you are welcome to join us, please meet us at the Library at 11am. Please return your reply slip ASAP if you have not already done so. Thank you.
As you are aware the Nursery is a charity and, therefore, non-profit making. We receive income from the 2 year old and 3 year old funding from Norfolk County Council and from fees paid by some families. However, this barely covers our running costs. Improvements to the building, replacing worn out toys and equipment and developing new activities for the children are paid for by the money we generate from generous donations and fundraising. In the past we have had tremendous support for fundraising from the parents, staff members and the wider community.
Recent fundraising amounts received have been:
- Quiz Night – £327.60
- Christmas Tree Festival – £71.11
- Nativity Raffle – £141.00
- Nativity DVD’s – £63.00
- Children’s Disco – £282.25
- Cromer Carnival – £800.00! Thank you to our kind volunteers running the carnival Park and Ride all day!
**IN ORDER FOR US TO RECEIVE FUTURE DONATIONS FROM CROMER CARNIVAL WE WILL NEED NEW VOLUNTEERS TO COME FORWARD AND GIVE AN HOUR OR SO OF THEIR TIME ON WEDNESDAY 16TH AUGUST TO HELP MAN THE PARK AND RIDE CAR PARK**
- Sheringham Carnival – £100.00
- Norwich and Peterborough – £100.00
- Crab and Lobster Festival – £250.00
- Sheringham Masonic Lodge – £100.00
The Fundraising Group has got the following events planned:
- Sheringham Carnival 60/40 Raffle
- Fundraising Group Meal – Friday 17th March (All welcome)
- Scavenger Hunt sheet – Easter Holidays
- Fish and Chips Quiz Night – (TBC)
- The Constantia Cottage Restaurant evening – Friday 9th June
- Carnival Prince and Princess Selection Disco – Friday 28TH July
We again need to collect good quality raffle prizes. We would also be very grateful for any donations of baking for our children’s discos! If you can help, or have any other fundraising ideas please contact Helen. As our Fundraising team is getting smaller we are limited in what events we can manage, if you would like to join our Fundraising Group just let Helen know, you would be more than welcome!
We are once again collecting the Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers please! Please ask your family and friends to collect these for us too as we use them for new equipment. We are continuing to improve our garden area and need to purchase a new storage shed! If you know of any other grants that we might be able to apply for please do let us know; would you be happy to do this and apply on our behalf? We would be so grateful.
Matched Funding – Do you work somewhere that can provide Matched Funding? This is where a company agrees to match the monies raised at a fundraising event therefore doubling our total amount raised! Companies such as banks, building societies, supermarkets etc…
Charity Pots – Are you connected to a local business or shop? Would they be able to have one of our small collecting pots on their counter?
Plea for Skills! – We constantly have to work to maintain the Nursery building. As a charity we just don’t have the spare funds available to employ large maintenance firms to do this for us. Are you a builder, plumber, electrician, handy man/lady, gardener….. Would you be able to help us with odd jobs around the nursery, even just cleaning the windows from time to time would be a great help to us!
5p’s – Please watch out for a container we are planning to have in the reception area to collect 5p’s and other change! All will be greatly received.
Thank you so much for your continued support J
Dropping off & collecting
Just to let you know that it is fine to drop off your child at Nursery at any time after the session start time and to collect before the end of session if this is more convenient for you. However, we do appreciate you collecting your child promptly at the end of the session. Thank you. If you continually collect your child late there will be a late collection charge of £5 per late collection.
A REMINDER AGAIN
THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILD IS PARAMOUNT PLEASE, PLEASE CAN YOU ALL SHUT THE GREEN GATE LEADING ONTO THE PLAY PARK WHEN YOU COME IN AND OUT OF LADYBIRD. IT SHOULD BE SHUT AT ALL TIMES. THANK YOU.
We now have over 35 children on our registers and it is impossible for staff/volunteers and students to remember which coat/bag/hat/gloves belong to which child. Not all children can recognise their own coats/bags etc. and they can get very frustrated and upset while they have to wait for us to find them.
PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD AND US BY LABELLING CLEARLY ALL YOUR CHILD’S ITEMS OF CLOTHING AND THEIR BAG. THANK YOU.
New Bank details
You may have already noticed that we have recently changed bank accounts. Our new details are as follows:
The Cooperative Bank, Account number – 65783773, Sort Code – 08-92-99.
Please use these details to make any payments to us. Thank you.
With best wishes,
Vanessa and Ladybird Staff team.
Dates for your diaries
Tuesday 7th March – Visit to Sheringham Library.
Thursday 30th March – Nursery closes for Easter Holidays
Tuesday 18th April – Nursery CLOSED for staff development day
Wednesday 19th April – Nursery re opens for Summer Term
Monday 1st May – Closed for Bank Holiday
Friday 26th May – Nursery closes for half term
Monday 5th June – Nursery re opens
Friday 9th June – Constantia Cottage Restaurant evening (date TBC)
Thursday 20th July – Nursery closes for the Summer Holidays
Friday 28th July – Carnival Prince and Princess Selection Disco