We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support over this challenging year and update you on our future plans and developments for the nursery.
We have received lots of wonderful emails from many of you thanking us for the way in which we handled our initial closure period and the continuity of care that we have provided for your child. We have endeavoured to provide a stable environment for all, where children come to play and learn together with their peers. Through a joint effort, we have largely been unscathed by COVID, with only 2 cases amongst our children.
We have said ‘goodbye’ to Hannah today as she leaves us to go on maternity leave as she awaits the birth of her daughter in February. We are delighted to be welcoming Silvia (CeCe) Castello, who will replace Hannah and assist Cherly in leading the Preschool Room. Silvia has a wealth of early years experience and currently leads a large preschool room at a BusyBees nursery in Stevenage. She is relocating to be with her partner in Nottinghamshire. Silvia will work Monday- Friday 09:00-18:00 and in time, will be additional support for Kym and Jodie. We are looking forward to her bringing her Italian enthusiasm and passion for childcare. With our growing child numbers, we have also recruited an additional apprentice, Kerrighan Holt who will work in the Toddler Room. Kerrighan started her apprenticeship at the beginning of the year in a local nursery, but left due to the first lockdown restrictions.
Paul has started work on developing the new Walker Room outside provision. 10 tonnes of concrete have been broken up and removed from the site to be replaced by a more Walker friendly astroturf and decked area. Weather permitting, he will continue this during Christmas and New Year and hope to have this completed early in 2021. The sensory garden is also in its final stages of completion. We look forward to putting these areas to use and sharing with you soon.
Finally, without our staff we would not have the nursery would not be the success that it is today. Their professionalism and dedication this year has been second to none. They have risen to every challenge and adapted to the constant changes in guidelines and new imposed government restrictions. They have made us and the children smile at times when we have needed it most.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas,
Laura and Paul