8 September 2020

Shepherd Lodge Newsletter – Autumn 2020


Welcome Back to Shepherd Lodge!

Covid-19 Updates
Many thanks to all of our families for their patience and for adhering to the new routines and procedures which have been implemented due to Covid-19. As we enter the new term, some of these new procedures will remain place. We will continue to use a ‘Bubble’ system, minimising the mixing of children and staff, and children will continue to be dropped off and collected at the garden gate or door. We also ask that children continue to leave their nursery bags here where possible. May we also remind parents that children are not permitted to bring toys into nursery with them.

Whilst many of the new procedures do remain in place, we are pleased to announce that we will be reintroducing some malleable play, walks in our local environment and our aerobics classes.

To begin with we will offer water play and shaving foam play, both of which are easy to replace. Children’s hands will be washed before and after the activity and all trays and containers will be washed regularly.

We are currently in the process of risk assessing walks in the local environment and hope to trial these within the next few days. We hope that children from all age groups will be able to return to going out for walks, as we know that this is something that they enjoy so much.

Wendy will be returning to teach Aerobics from mid-September. This again has been fully risk assessed and will be done socially distanced at all times.

Appropriate Clothing

As the weather will begin to change and the Autumn months approach, we are asking all our parents to ensure all the children have the following each day:

  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Winter coats
  • Wellies

We are also asking all parents to ensure the children are wearing warmer clothes such as thermal jumpers, vests, trousers, cardigans, socks etc due to the fact the nursery will be continuing to keep all our windows open to ensure we have good ventilation coming into the rooms. This is to help continue keep the virus at bay, as research shows poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections. We will also, as normal, continue to have some of our lessons outside, such as our sport sessions and garden activities 😊

Nursery Fees

Please can I remind all parents that nursery fees are to be paid on the 1st of each month for that month, please can you ensure that your standing orders and workplace vouchers are set up for this date. There is a £10 late fee for all payments that are past this date.

Staffing Updates

As we go into the new term, and many children are transitioning into new rooms, please find below the current staffing arrangements for each nursery room:

Harvest Celebration

We will be celebrating harvest at the end of September; our nursery activities and lessons plans will still be themed around harvest and Autumn. We will still be accepting donations of food which this year we will be donating to our local food bank.

Autumn Term Parent’s Evening

Our Autumn term parents evening will be being held from the 23rd November. We will be arranging Zoom meetings in the daytime which can be booked in the office with Helen on 01253 729009. We will be taking bookings as of the 16th November.

Online Story Library

Our nursery Facebook story nights have been a super success and we have now made a virtual online book library for you to access all our stories whenever and wherever you like 😊. You can access our stories at: https://lcng.co.uk/bedtime-stories

Halloween and Christmas Story Nights

Covid-19 has seen lots of our wonderful events get cancelled over the summer and we have been thinking of ways to ensure that other events can continue to take place. Our annual Halloween and Christmas story nights will still take place and to ensure we are adhering with all government guidelines we will be planning a night where you can watch our stories live via Facebook 😊. The events will be interactive, and we would love for you all to come online and join in with all our fun that we will have planned.

Jeans for Genes Day

On Friday 18th September, Shepherd Lodge will be taking part in Jeans for Genes Day 2020.
All children will be invited to wear something denim and to bring a small donation towards this great cause.
We already have lots of fun activities planned for throughout the day.
Use the following link to find more information about Jeans for Genes day:

Home Learning Challenge

As Autumn approaches, we thought we would set you all a challenge. We are holding a Build Your Own Scarecrow competition 😊. We want you all to think as creatively as you can and bring you scarecrows in so we can display them in our gardens. The deadline will be 31st September 2020.
Here are some ideas to get you started:

Dates for your Diary

Friday 20th September – Jeans for Genes Day
Monday 16th November – Booking for Autumn Term Parent’s Evening Opens
Monday 23rd September – Autumn Term Parent’s Evening Begin