January Newsletter

January Newsletter


Hello to Willow, Polly, Pippa, Charlotte, Noah, Georgina, Theo and George to the Tiggywinkles room!

Welcome to Miles in the Benjamin Bunnies and to Lewis Phoebe, Charlotte and Ceara into Peter Rabbits!

We hope you have lots of fun with your new friends!

Staff Changes

We would also like to welcome a new member of staff in the Pre-School, Emma Kershaw! She has a foundation degree in Early Years.

Dates to save

Shrove Tuesday – 13th February

Valentines Day – 14th February

Chinese New Year – 16th February

Parents evenings during the upcoming year:

14th June 2018

6th December 2018

Appropriate clothing

A quick reminder to get the appropriate outerwear for your child to go outside and play as it is still very cold! Gloves, hats, scarves, etc. Thankyou!


If you have any spare or old wellies we could use in the garden, we would be very grateful if you brought them in! Thank you.


Please ensure you are labelling your children’s items so if they are lost we can return them back to you easily.

Thank you.

Theme of the Month

The theme this month is Transport! We will be exploring colour, shapes and numbers within this topic.

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. As always if you have any questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Lesley, Emma, Kelly and all the Puddleducks team.


November Newsletter

November Newsletter


Hello to Sophie who will be joining the Benjamin Bunnies Room!

We hope you have lots of fun with your new friends!

Staff Changes

Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Georgina this month, she is moving on to a new job and will be working in a school. Her last day will be Tuesday the 14th.

Mark your calendar!

During the rest of this week we will be doing lots of messy and colourful activities in celebration of Bonfire Night!

The week starting from the 13th is Children in Need week!

Monday 13th – Baking Day

Tuesday 14th– Face Painting Day

Wednesday 15th – Teddy Bears Picnic

Thursday 16th– Sensory and Spotty Activity Day

Friday 17th– Favourite colour dress up

Thursday 23rd– Thanksgiving

Outerwear Options

A quick reminder to get the appropriate outerwear for your child to go outside and play as it is getting very cold! Gloves, hats, scarves, etc. Thankyou!

New Daily Diaries

In the Nursery building we are starting new Daily Diaries from Monday! Every child will have their own diary, which their Key Person will fill out each day! They are from Ollie&Tigger – www.nurserydiary.co.uk

The Parents Comment Corner

As you will have seen in the nursery reception we have a new way for you to give the nursery feedback! We will be changing the question weekly, so get involved with your feedback!

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. As always if you have any questions, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Lesley, Emma, Zoe, Kelly and all the Puddleducks team.


Parent’s Comment Corner!

Parent’s Comment Corner

We’ve just introduced the new Parent’s Comment Corner! This will give more opportunities for you to provide feedback for the nursery to improve.

We will be changing the question on the chalk board every few weeks, so please join in, your feedback is always welcome.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter


We would like to welcome Eleanor to the Tiggywinkles room. We hope you have fun with all of your new friends!

Autumn is here!

This month we will be focussing on the start of Autumn. If you have anything related to autumn, such as autumnal items collected on walks like conkers and leaves, please don’t hesitate to bring them in.


Please label your little one’s belongings! We don’t want to lose things and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of your child’s items. Thank you!

Dates to remember

16th – 20th of October we will be raising money for breast cancer. We will be doing a variety of activities for the cause, which will be specified closer to the time.

Friday 17th November– Children in need

Thursday 7th December – Parents evening

31st October – For Halloween the children can dress up in a costume for the day.


Due to weather changes please ensure your children have the correct clothing items and outerwear for a mixture of occasions. Also, please make sure your children have appropriate indoor and outdoor shoes.

Family Photos

Thank you to those who sent us family photos to share within the nursery. If any other parents would like to send in their family photos to share, please send us an email!

Contact Numbers

We sent a message on Friday to all parents via Teachers 2 Parents. If you did not get the message please ensure we have the correct mobile number by emailing us, Thank you.

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. As always if you have any questions, please let us know.

Kind regards, Lesley, Emma, Zoe, Kelly and all the Puddleducks team.

Junes Newsletter


Newsletter, June 2017


We would like to welcome all the new children who have joined us. We hope you all have lots of fun with all your new friends.

Firstly in the Tiggywinkles room we would like to welcome Joshua, in the Benjamin Bunnies we welcome Amelia and into our Jeremy Fishers we have Rose joining us.


Some of the children are still missing sun cream and sun hats, fresh air is so important to us all, but as the weather gets warmer the children will not be able to go outside if they are not provided with cream and hats.  If you still haven’t brought yours in please can you do so as a matter of urgency.

New Team Members

We have some new team members joining us over the coming few weeks, but on June 12th Bethany Wilcock will start with us in the Jeremy Fishers room.  Bethany has a level 3 qualification and has been working as a key practitioner in a nursery for the last few years. We welcome her and the team will introduce her to you once she starts with us.

We are also recruiting two apprentices this year who are hoping to start week commencing July 10th.  This has worked very well for us in the past and our shining examples of this are Kelly and Georgina.  More information about this to come next month.

Happy Janet…..sad us

It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that Janet is moving out of the area to be closer to her family.  Her completion date is now set so I can delay this no further.  Janet will be leaving us on Friday 7th July to go and live in Leicester, we obviously wish her well and hope the children that she will work with in the future know how lucky they are. So, good luck Janet, it goes without saying we will all miss you terribly, and I am sure that goes for you all too.


We are still getting complaints from some of the residents in the village about our parking, in particular about those parents who park in the KEEP CLEAR area just outside of pre-school.  Please can I remind you that if your child is able to walk there is plenty of parking at the back of the Reading room adjacent to Nursery, so if there is no space in a ‘proper’ parking space please use this car park.


Upcoming dates for you………..


Pre School Farm trip: Thursday June 8th

Parents Evening: Thursday 22nd June


Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We are always available in the office if you have any questions or would like to speak to us.


Lesley, Emma, Kelly and all of the Puddleducks team.


Taylormade Fruit

We are trying a new fruit box at Nursery this week from Taylormade Fruit and Veg who are based at Hook Norton, we will let you know how it goes, but it looks delicious.


Nursery Cook Wanted

At Puddleducks Day Nursery we aim to create a dynamic team of enthusiastic, motivated and professional staff, dedicated to delivering quality, nurturing care, committed to safeguarding the children in our care and this includes providing hot meals prepared on site every day.

We are looking for a competent and knowledgeable individual who can wok well on their own and to a time limit. Although full training will be given an interest in food or previous experience would be helpful.

Job Type: Part-time, if you are interested or know someone who is interested in this position, please let us know puddle-ducks@btconnect.com or 01869811222 and speak to Emma or Lesley.

Thank you

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

…..3 and 4 year old government funding.

The process is now live and below is a step by step guide for you to go online and check your eligibility for the additional hours.

  1. Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to register, check your eligibility and apply for your extended entitlement, from September 2017.
  2. You will be asked to enter personal details including your name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for your partner is applicable.
  3. If you qualify you will have a childcare service account. In the secure messages you will receive messages about your eligibility and your code.
  4. You will need to give this code and your national insurance number to us in order for us to process your claim.
  5. You will be prompted by email or text every three months to check you still qualify even if your circumstances haven’t changed.
  6. You do NOT need to carry out this process if you do not wish to claim more than your 15 hour entitlement.

Answers to some questions you may have……

Q. What if I don’t qualify?

A. If you do not qualify for the extended hours you will still be able to receive the 15 hours free childcare each week.

Q. What if we suddenly find we qualify half way through a term?

A. The extended entitlement can only be allocated at the start of each of the three terms in January, April and September.

Q. When should I apply for my Extended Entitlement?

A. It is important that you apply for your extended entitlement code in plenty of time before the start of the new term. We will not be able to offer a place without a code.

Please do not struggle on your own, if you need help with your application please talk to Lesley, Emma or Kelly, we are here to help.

Staffing Update

We have a new member of the team in the Nursery building, working with The Benjamin Bunnies, Dawn Seweryn, Dawn is a qualified and very experienced member of staff and will be working with us three days each week, these days will be, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The team will introduce you to her over the coming weeks and she could become your child’s key practitioner, in which case you will be advised accordingly.

Also from this week Gemma will return to the Benjamin Bunnies room as Room Leader with Georgina, this is due to the size of the team working with this age group and also as Gemma has missed this age and requested a transfer back into nursery.

This will impact on some of the pre-school children for who Gemma was Key practitioner for which I apologise, however, as you know we now have Louisa working in the pre-school who is a key practitioner.  If your child is one that will be affected by this change you will be advised this week of your child’s new key practitioner.

If you have any questions with regard to this, please let me know.