December Newsletter

Welcome to the last newsletter of 2017! Hello December!
I'd like to just say a huge thank you to everyone- parents, carers, grandparents, staff, committee, past -preschool people, the children, everyone, for a fabulous year here at Little Deers! We had terrific numbers at the end of the summer and this term has seen great Autumn term intake (closing out Dec with 23 children). We have welcomed many new Little Deers and I am so thrilled to see them all so happy going into preschool, and just as happy when they come out. So thank you ALL, for contributing to and making Little Deers really a very special place indeed xx

Term Dates:
Last Day of Term: Wed Dec 20th
First Day of term: Wed Jan 3rd
More of you have signed up for the 30 hours childcare now- this is a win-win for our preschool as it's more funding for us and more childcare funded for you!
Check your eligibility here: any questions, I'm happy to help
If you child is 3 or 4 years old by Dec 31st you will AUTOMATICALLY qualify for the 'Universal' 15 hours funding from January 2018. You do not need to apply, we take care of that for you.
But, please do speak to Zahra before end of term to book your child's sessions for Jan-March.

If your child turns 3 or 4 yrs between Jan 1st - March 31st your funding will start April 1st.

If your child turns 3 between April 1st and Aug 31st your funding will start Sept 1st.

Note: Any funded hours can only be taken in blocks of 3 hours. i.e 9-12 or 9-3. If you opt for 9-1, you will be charged £5 per hour for 12-1pm.

Any questions do ask!

What else is there for you to do in Nutley with your child?

- Nutley Nutkins is a wonderful playgroup that welcomes all those below school age every Wednesday, 1.30-3pm at the Nutley Village Social Club. There are plenty of toys, snacks for the children and a cuppa for us grown ups. First visit is free, then just £2.50 per family. Speak to Ali (Henry's Mum) or Fleur (Ivie's Mum and Nutkins Organiser) for more details!

- Sunrise Cafe is open at the Church hall every Friday 9-10am, with delightful cake, tea, coffee, children's snacks, toys and plenty of chat! Do pop down and meet friends, old and new.

Birthday Treats or Cake
We are now pleased to request that you, as parents / carers, bring in a cake or treat of your child's choice to share with their preschool friends on the day closest to their birthday! The staff will make it special with a candle and sing-song too of course.

As per my email last month, the committee and staff have made the decision to change the provision of cake for each child for their birthday to share at Preschool. This is due to no one being available to bake a cake for each child (it's a lot of cakes throughout the year), allergies, and children missing their birthday -day at Preschool causing waste.

Please ensure your cake or treat is nut free.
If you cannot provide a cake or treat for any reason, please do speak to a member or staff or Ali and we'll try and help.

Hopefully you've all seen the invite and got the date in your diary for our amazing Christmas Party day- Please be reminded that Preschool is NOT open that morning and your child is yours to look after once the play is done, thank you.
Hamper and buffet list is looking great, but still room for more- do sign up, the more the better!

If your child is in the 2018 Intake (Turns 4yrs old between Sept 1st 2017 - August 31st 2018) then you MUST apply for their school place before January 15th 2018.
You can apply online here:

The Nutley Primary School Open Morning was well attended and I do hope to see most of our Little Deers over there come Sept 2018! It's such a lovely school and I can't sing it's praises enough. If you missed the open day, but want to have a look around, please do call the school office on 01825 712575

Keep up to date with all the goings-on at Preschool and follow us on Facebook! Find Nutley Pre-School Playgroup and you'll always be up to date with events, alerts, and of course get to see what the children are up to!
For general village info via Facebook "Nutley Mums" group or the "Nutley Village Events" group are really useful to be a part of.

Huge Congratulations to Liz Brown, and her family who welcomed their latest edition, a baby boy called Leo, to their family on Nov 8th!
We can't wait to meet Leo and see Liz at the Christmas Party!

Staff Contacts:
Zahra Crane (Manager)
Jessica Blue Bishop (SENCO & Deputy Manager Maternity Cover)
Committee Contacts:
Ali Mason
Neil Lovett (Treasurer)