Longlevens July News Letter 2021

Summer is here at last! We are welcoming the better weather and hopefully to ease on our restrictions too.

Firstly, I would like to say a huge’ THANK YOU’ to all our parents for being so understanding and supportive through this extremely challenging year! We understand that with the government guidelines a lot of children who have had temperatures or coughs have had to go for Covid -19 PCR tests , which for children and their parents can be very distressing. We understand as experienced practitioners that children run temperatures and pick up coughs all the time and it can be very frustrating for parents getting a call to collect their child for a covid test, so we thank you for following the government guidelines and helping to keep us all safe.

We will see if anything changes from July 19th when restrictions are due to be lifted.

Secondly, I would like to thank all our staff here who have been wonderful at learning new ways to do things, coming in throughout the pandemic, doing their lateral flow tests twice a week and keeping up their communications with you through tapestry. Chestnuts Staff you all deserve a medal.

Up and coming Events

July – we will be celebrating Canada day, Independence Day, and cheering on England in the football. We will also be having a fancy dress up day on 28th July which has been posted on your tapestry account. We are asking for donations to raise some money for the charity ‘Cracker Jacks’.

August – We will be celebrating ‘Friendship Day’ and explaining the importance of kindness to the children. We will also be celebrating the Hindu festival of Love. ‘Raksha Bandhan.

We will also be having a preschool graduation party at Chestnuts on August 18th for all the children who will be leaving to start school in September. This year due to Covid restrictions and limited space at nursery we will not be able to invite the parents, but we will be filming the graduation for you, and you will receive individual photographs of your child.

September - We will be celebrating Roald Dahl day, Pirate Day and joining in with the national recycling week . We will also be collecting items for the food back. More details will follow.

Rebecca Northway will also be in to take photographs of the children while they are playing outside. She will be coming in the week commencing the 13thSeptember. Individual codes will be given to you, so you can view your child’s pictures on line and purchase any you wish.


The Department of Education have updated and published the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in March and the new framework will become a legal guidance from September 2021. Staff have been preparing for the changes through staff training and will continue developing their understanding. A leaflet will be put together for parents in the next couple of months to inform you of the changes.


We have updated all of our nursery policies and have made these available for you to download from Tapestry.

We have also included our terms and conditions and leaflets for all ages groups, and advice for potty training, biting and much more. Feel free to have a browse.

Parents Tapestry uploads.

Please can parents make sure they are uploading any accident at home reports, medication instructions, any wow moments that the children may have done at home.

These are things that your child may have achieved for the first time, such their first steps, feeding themselves, riding a bike, building a tower, sharing with their sibling.

We would also like to see pictures of days out that you may have been on, or family members or pets that we can talk to your children about and encourage their confidence and language skills.

If you are unsure of how to upload observations, pictures, or videos I have popped a link below for you.

Keeping safe on line

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board has asked settings to educate parents and staff about ensuring staff are safe online. Please follow this link for more information:

Staffing Changes.

We have welcomed some new bank staff to our team to help us look after the children while staff take their well-deserved breaks over the summer.

Sarah Mayberry who has come from Health and social care

Alyshia – Mullings, who also provides support to adults with learning difficulties.

Dan wood – Early Years student.

Joan has re-joined us from Furlough and is back helping as lunch time supervisor. Its great to see Joan back and the children have been so excited to see her again!

Vicky Ashworth will also be returning after Maternity leave from August. Vicky will return as joint preschool room leader and senco . A huge Thank you to Carolyn who has been running the preschool while Emily and Vicky were enjoying their second babies. Carolyn will return to her Deputy manager duties and helping in the other groups.

Staff training

Carolyn, Kirsty, Kelly, Vicki, Chantelle, Pearl & Melissa have just carried out their level 3 pediatric first aid training. We now have all of Early Years Practitioners level 3 Pediatric first aid trained .

All Staff have started their training for the new Early Years foundation stage framework, and will continue though out the rest of the year.

Meg from our 2-3’s is currently undertaking training in Autism.

Sam & Pearl are continuing with their Nvq’s in childcare and Education.

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