Shepherd Lodge Newsletter January 2020

Happy New Year

Happy to year to all of our families! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We look forward to lots of fun and exciting times in 2020.

Staff Updates

We are pleased to introduce you to our new Nursery Manager Helen. Helen will be managing Shepherd Lodge whilst Lynsey is on her Maternity Leave. Helen has worked at Learning Curve for over 13 years and has worked throughout all of the different age groups, and recently as an Early Years Professional, Office Manager at Clifton Lodge and Business Administrator. Helen has had experience at all of our nursery sites and has worked closely with our Senior Leadership Team. Helen holds a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS and Early Years Professional Status.

Welcome to Jade who will be joining our Preschool as our new Sports Development Officer. Jade has worked at our sister nursery Butterfly Lodge for nearly a year as a Modern Apprentice and is excited to take up this new role.

Welcome back to Katie who has returned from Maternity Leave. Katie will also be supporting Shepherd Lodge, spending time here each week. Katie is our Training and Recruitment Leader, who oversees all staff training, ensuring that all staff complete relevant and up to date training, and that they are trained to a high level. Katie is a member of our Learning Curve Early Years Teacher Team.

Welcome to Louise who has joined us from our sister nursery Clifton Lodge. Louise will be joining the team in the Lower Preschool Room.

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 work place vouchers are set up for this date. There is a £10 late fee for all payments that are past this date.

Extra Sessions

Please can all parents note that any extra sessions that are required are to be booked in the office with either Helen or Sarah. The session will also need to be paid for before we can book your child in.

It’s A Small World

Throughout the next term we will be focusing on the Topic ‘It’s a Small World’ looking at the history and culture of one country. The country that we will be learning about is China. We will investigate and learn about a wide range of aspects of Chinese life, but to start with we will be focusing on the following:

  • Music and Dance
  • Art
  • History
  • Food
  • Sport

We would love for our families to be involved with this topic and would be so grateful if anyone could share any information, local contacts, experiences or resources that may support our topic.

Activities planned for the next couple of weeks are:

  • Week commencing 27th January – Chinese New Year – we will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat throughout the week.
  • The children in our Preschool and Lower Preschool have planned to create a large Chinese Dragon out of recycled materials, we would be grateful if anyone has any spare boxes, bottles or other useful materials.

We have lots of exciting activities planned and can’t wait to start learning!


We have now teamed up with ‘My Clothing’ for our nursery uniform. If you would like to purchase nursery uniform, please use the link provided There is a range of pre-school supplies you can purchase from nursery t-shirts, jumpers, trousers and skirts to nursery bags all with our nursery logo on. Please ensure you label all your child’s belongings before bringing them to nursery.

Child and Parent Questionnaires

Throughout this term we will be sending both Child and Parent Questionnaires home. Parent Questionnaires will go out all families, and Child Questionnaires initially to children in our Preschool. We truly value feedback, opinions and suggestions from our families and would be extremely grateful if you could complete and return the questionnaires.

Dates for your Diary

25th – Shrove Tuesday

17th – Parent’s Evening
22nd – Mother’s Day

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