March Newsletter

Welcome to the March Newsletter, usually this is the ‘Spring is here’ one I think… but not this year! Hope you are all staying warm- remember to send your Little Deers in with their hats, gloves, scarfs etc every day still.

Huge Thank You to everyone this week for bearing with us in this weather! Looking forward to a normal week next week I hope! 

Please do read on and note down some important dates for your diary over the next few months….

Name Labeling Items
Please name your child’s items… Water Bottles seem to be the least labeled and the children don’t always know it’s theirs. A quick name or sticker would really help!
Important Dates:
Easter Break: Closed Friday March 30th (Good Friday!)
Summer Term: Starts Monday April 16th
Easter Bunny Hunt @ Duddleswell Garden Center March 30th – April 15th.
Primary School Jumble Sale: Sat April 28th (School Hall)
Quiz Night: Saturday May 5th 7.30pm – Late
Bank Holiday Monday: May 7th (closed)
Summer Half Term: May 28th – June 1st
Nutley Village Fete: Saturday June 30th
Sports Day: Friday July 13th (Afternoon)
Graduation Picnic Thursday July 19th. (No normal preschool session)
Last Day Term Wednesday July 18th
Easter Bunny Hunt! 
Over the Easter Break do make sure you pop over to the Ashdown Forest Garden Center in Duddleswell for our Annual Bunny Hunt! Just £1 per child, find the bunnies and a chocolate prize is theirs! Enjoy the lovely shop, cafe and playground while you are there too. All funds raised go straight to Preschool and our Little Deers
To Make the Bunny Hunt happen we’ll need chocolate donations please!
A box will be out in the last 2 weeks of March- Please do pop some extra (creme egg / egg hunt etc style) wrapped chocolate treats into your shopping trolley and donate them. Without the chocolates we have no prizes! ALL donations are greatly appreciated as always!
Sports Day and the summer may seem a LONG way off- but it’ll come quickly….
Get Friday July 13th Afternoon in your diary and bring the whole family to cheer on the Little Deers in the Preschool Garden Sports Day event!
(It’s a bit later in the term than usual due to other commitments in the preschools schedule, hope that’s OK for everyone!)
Ice pops and drinks provided for thew children. Plus Tea, Coffee and biscuits for the grownups this year!
Quiz night is coming…. 
and tables are selling already!
Saturday May 5th, 7.30pm – Late.
Pre-buy a Table for 8 people only £70. 
Individual tickets sold at £10pp
Including Dinner and Dessert
Cash Bar on the night
Fantastic Quiz Masters and SO much fun!
Book the babysitter and come long- you know want to!!
Thank you so much for the returned Preschool Surveys- We had 14 back this year, which is fantastic! Overall the responses have been very positive indeed. Any issues I have identified that need looking at, will be in due course and full results provided soon. If you ever have any comments, feedback, questions or concerns, please do get in touch with either Ali or Zahra anytime.
Rising 5’s
For those heading to school in September, Preschool are following the Jolly Phonics programme each week. Please keep an eye out for a weekly email from Preschool with the next weeks letter!
Transition to School Visits
After the Easter Break, Preschool will be taking the children who are attending Nutley Primary in September over to Reception Class every 2 weeks for a series of Transition Visits.
We are just confirming the dates and will pass them on shortly- but it’s usually a Tuesday Afternoon every fortnight from April – July.
If your Rising 5 child is NOT in that session, you can bring them for each visit should you wish.
Speak to Zahra or Jess if you wish to move your sessions to accommodate the R5 School Visits.
If you’d like to learn more about the 30 hours funding available from the government or apply for Tax-Free Childcare, please
We offer the full 30 hours- either all at Nutley, or split with another setting should you need to.
Any questions do ask…
Who Do I Call?
If your child is off sick, running late or you’d like to add an ad-hoc day, please call Preschool on 07535 6550135 during opening hours.
If it’s out of hours, you can contact Ali on, through Facebook or on 07917 011058. You can also message our Preschool Facebook page (Zahra or Ali will reply).
Non-urgent messages can also be emailed to Zahra on
Always Happy To Help!
Main Contacts:
Preschool: 07535 655013
Facebook: Nutley Pre-School Playgroup
Zahra Crane:
Jess Blue-Bishop (Deputy Manager and SENCO)
Ali Mason
Neil Lovett (Treasurer)