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Remaining Term Dates

Last day                                   Friday 26 October

First day back                           Monday 5 November

Last day                                   Friday 21 December

(Week commencing 17 December is a non-funded week)

First day back                           Monday 7 January 2019

Last day                                   Friday 15 February

First day back                           Monday 25 February

Last day                                   Friday 12 April

Closed Monday 6 May (May Day)

First day back                           Monday 29 April

Last day                                   Friday 24 May

First day back                           Monday 3 June

Last day                                   Friday 19 July


Non-funded week

Early Education Funding is provided for 38 weeks of the academic year which leaves one week for which funding is not available.  The non-funded week this year is the week commencing 17 December 2018.  If you have a funded child who attends that week you have two options:-

1.     To pay for the sessions which are not funded or

2.     Not to attend the usually funded sessions for that week

We will ask which option you prefer nearer the date so please have your answer ready!


Key Person

Each child has a member of staff as a key person.  If you wish to discuss your child’s progress please see your key person who will make an appointment – please avoid talking to staff at the beginning of the sessions as this distracts them from settling in the children.  If you are unsure who your child’s key person is please refer to the list in the foyer.  Also in the foyer you will find useful telephone numbers, information how to access 30 funding and a hard copy of our most recent Ofsted report from November 2015.


Proud Cloud

We now have a proud cloud in the foyer.  If your child has done something extra special at home that’s made you proud, please write it on the cloud provided and stick it on the display.  These will be discussed/shown at circle times.


Home Communication Diary

Your child will be given a home/school diary.  Information will be written in it by your child’s key worker regarding behaviour, special mentions, achievements etc.  If you would also make comments regarding your child and their home life to help us guide their development.


Toys and sweets

Please do not let your child bring toys to nursery.  The toys may get lost or other children play with them and this can sometimes cause distress.  Also please do not let your child bring sweets or food – we have children with food allergies and we need to control food products to which the children may be exposed.  Healthy snacks are provided during the sessions.



Please complete and return. We cannot guarantee to implement your suggestion (there are various restrictions and statutory constraints on how we operate) but we will guarantee to consider your ideas.


Enrolment Forms

In order to keep our records up to date we will be asking parents to complete enrolment forms.  Information we hold will be held securely and only for as long as necessary.


30 Hours Funded Sessions

Please don’t forget it is up to you to renew your 30 hour entitlement before your current period expires.  Funding for both 15 and 30 hours does not commence until the term after the term in which the child is three.


Methods of payment

Please check your invoices as soon as you receive them and satisfy yourself that the amount is correct.  Payment of invoices can be made by childcare vouchers, cheque, cash or bank transfer (our bank account details are shown on our invoices).  If payments are made by cash please pay the exact amount shown on the invoice and keep your receipt and invoice as these may be required by government bodies at a later date.


Birthday cakes

We are happy if you wish to provide a birthday cake/buns to celebrate your child’s birthday, however we can only accept shop bought products which are still in their original packaging clearly showing allergen advice and best before date.


Arriving/leaving sessions

Please do not ‘linger’ when dropping off children as this can sometimes unsettle them.  Please do not arrive early for sessions and collect when the session is due to end – late collections can impact on the following session and also you may be liable for a late collection charge.



The children often take part in ‘messy’ activities and will play outside in all weathers so please dress your child appropriately eg gloves, hats, wellies.  Please provide a bag with a spare change of appropriate clothing (please put wellies in a separate bag).  Always label clothing and bags – we cannot reunite clothing with their owners if we cannot identify to whom it belongs!  Please return any of our clothing that we have provided.



We will only administer prescribed medication and it must be in its original packaging including the patients name and dosage details.  An “Administering Medication” form must also be completed by the parent/carer.


Closure due to inclement weather

It is the time of year when inclement weather can cause disruption to our normal operations.  Most of our staff live locally and are able to make their way to work enabling us to open as usual.  However if Todwick School closes on Health and Safety grounds we will little option but to close.  In the event of changes to our normal service the TEY website will be updated in real time as information becomes available.  In icy weather keep to the footpaths – do not walk in the car park.


Quick Reminders


Circle Time

Thank you to parents who are avoiding collecting their children between 3.10pm and 3.30pm - Circle Time is running more smoothly now.


All About Me

Please return as soon as possible or request a new form if required.



Please leave pushchairs outside the building.



Please let us know as soon as possible if your child will not be attending a nursery session.


Picking Up

If you wish to collect your child up early please let us know in advance. Please make sure someone who does not regularly pick up your child knows your password.


Car Park

In the interests of safety do not let your child cycle/run around the car park.



We encourage children to try food they may not be familiar with – if your child has developed an allergy since you completed the enrollment form please let us know.


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