We are excited to be able to offer your child the opportunity to start their school journey with us in the beautiful grounds of The Homestead at West Green.
Children aged from 2 ½ to 4 years old will be given the support and encouragement they need as they begin to experience the wider world.
They will have the opportunity to explore and discover, engage in new activities and gain new skills in a safe and secure environment.
Our Nursery staff are experienced, and committed to the values already well-established at The Grey House School allowing for continuity and a smooth transition for those who wish their children to continue their journey at The Grey House School.
Children may be listed for entry at any stage and a waiting list will operate, based on date of registration. Please use the Enquiry Form on the Admissions tab of the website to register your interest.
Parents and children will be given the opportunity to visit prior to entry. Please contact the nursery to make an appointment to look round or email us on email@example.com or telephone 01252 843418.
Morning and afternoon sessions run: 9.00/9.15am - 12.15pm and 12.15pm - 3.00/ 3.15pm with the possibility of additional lunch hours being added to sessions at an additional cost, along with the facility to add additional sessions.
Children staying for lunch will need to bring a packed lunch. A morning snack and drink will be provided.
Children are entitled to 15 hours free provision starting the term after they reach 3 years old. The cost of provision before they reach 3 and for any additional hours will be charged termly. The fee structure will be announced during each Autumn Term, and will be effective from January of the following year.
We follow the seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding of the World
The Autumn term is nearly over and the children are all enjoying the many festive activities on offer at Nursery.
I would like to say a big ‘Well done!’ to all of the children for the fabulous rendition of ‘Tiptoe Nativity’ that we were all treated to last Thursday. They looked resplendent in their costumes and sung, danced and acted in all the right places, and some more besides! It was everything a Nursery Nativity should be and we were all very proud of them.
We are looking forward to the Grey House end of term Carol Concert at St John’s Church in Hartley Wintney at 2.00pm on Thursday 14th December. If your child is not at Nursery on Thursday afternoon you are welcome to join us for this event but we ask that you stay and supervise your child for the duration of the service. Those children and staff who are at Nursery on a Thursday afternoon will be taken to the Church with all of their bags etc by minibus. Please collect your children from the Church at the end of the service, which is likely to be between 3.00pm-3.15pm. There will be no-one at the Nursery at this time.
The Spring Term starts on 8th January and our theme will be ‘Around The World’. Each week will have the following focuses:
Wk Beg 08.01.18 United Kingdom, England, Hartley Wintney and our local area
Wk Beg 15.01.18 China – celebrate Chinese New Year
Wk Beg 22.01.18 Australia
Wk Beg 29.01.18 Antarctica
Wk Beg 05.02.18 Easter & Spring
We will also continue to work towards the children’s next steps and follow their interests to ensure their learning is engaging and motivating.
It would be wonderful to share any connections you may have with any of these countries. If you have photographs or knowledge about anything we are covering, please do let me know. We are always looking at ways of bringing learning alive and it is wonderful if we have visitors who can talk to us about places they have been. If you think you may be able to do this, we would love to hear from you!
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 14th December 2.00pm -3.00/3.15pm Grey House School Carol service at St John’s Church.
All Nursery children invited. Children to be collected from the Church.
End of Term
Monday 8th January Start of Term – Induction visits for new children
Monday 15th January New children begin their regular Nursery sessions
We will be saying a fond farewell to Mrs. Church on Thursday 14th December and can’t wait to hear all about her travels. She has promised to come back and talk to the children about where she has been. We will all miss her but know that she will have a fabulous time making new memories. I would like to thank her once again for her enthusiasm and commitment during her time at Grey House Nursery.
I am very excited to be welcoming another full-time member of staff onto our team in January; Miss Abigail Bacon and will introduce her to everyone during our first week back. It will be wonderful to have the continuity of another full-time member of staff and I am sure the children will really enjoy getting to know her. Our existing staff; Mrs Bishop-Visser, Mrs Sutton and Mrs Kirkpatrick will complete our Nursery team and will continue to work on the same days they are currently working, to ensure that the children remain with staff that they know.
We are now looking for a permanent member of staff to cover 2 mornings per week (Monday & Thursday)
8.30am-1.15pm. They must be EYFS trained with good recent experience of working with young children. If you are aware of anyone you think may fit the bill, please ask them to contact us.
As the temperature has now dropped we would be grateful if you could supply a named warm coat, hat, gloves and wellington boots so that we are all able to go out and play, whatever the weather.
To avoid any items being lost please name everything the children bring to Nursery! We would be grateful if you could place a change of clothes in your child’s bag so that they can be changed if required. If your child is not yet toilet trained please also ensure that there is always a supply of pull-ups, wipes and nappy sacks in your child’s bag. We do have a small supply of these at Nursery but they are only used in emergencies. From January 2018 we will be making a charge of £1.00 per session for those children who do not provide a supply of changing materials, should it be required.
It is always great to hear about what your children are learning at home. Please feel free to take one of our ‘wow’ moment slips, hung up by the door, to inform us if they have learnt something new or have exciting news to tell us.
A reminder that, as our Nursery continues to grow, we are now operating a waiting list for all of our morning sessions. Afternoon sessions are also filling up quickly, so please do let us know if you hope to increase your child’s sessions in the future.
Should you wish to enquire about changing any Nursery sessions or adding adhoc sessions, we ask that you complete our purple form requesting your change in writing. When we have received your form we will look at our ratios and staffing before we let you know if this is possible.
Mrs Moolgaoker is available in the Nursery office from 9.00am-3.00pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and deals with all Nursery administration & funding queries. In her absence please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about how your little one is getting on at Nursery please speak to their Key Person or Mrs Chalmers the Nursery Manager. We will always be keen to listen and answer any queries you may have.
Please could you provide a small cold pack in your child’s lunch box to ensure that their lunch stays at the correct temperature until lunch time.
Many children are delighted to see grapes and cherry tomatoes as a choice in their lunchbox. It is always lovely to see them eating healthily but please could you ensure that they are cut into quarters to avoid any risk of choking. This is a real risk which is regularly reported in the news. Please provide a freshly filled, named, daily water bottle.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend Nursery please phone the Nursery office on 01252-843418, so that we are aware that they will not be attending. Please inform the Nursery staff regarding absences for doctors’, dentists’ and similar appointments. We would be grateful if you could inform us of any other absence in writing , an email will suffice.
I would like to thank you for supporting your children at Nursery and wish you all a very Happy Christmas break with your families!
Our flexi drop off and pick up slots from 9.00-9.15am and 3.00-3.15pm are proving popular. The children are busy completing activities until 3.00pm. On the rare occasion that you need to collect earlier than 3.00pm please let us know and we can ensure that your child is ready to be collected.
If you ever have any questions about how your little one is getting on at Nursery please speak to their Key Person or Mrs Chalmers the Nursery Manager. We will always be keen to listen and answer any queries you may have.
We will be very pleased to hear from Early Years practitioners regarding any future vacancies we may have at our Nursery.