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February 2019 – Newsletter




Dear Parents/Carers


Wow, what a busy start to the new year. The ‘Vet’s’ is very busy, treating a wide range of animals from snakes to orangutans!! We were lucky to have a visit from a veterinary nurse, and the children also enjoyed a visit from ‘Zoolab’. We have also welcomed children from Class1at Kell Bank School, for a play morning, and had a Science workshop by ‘Love Science’.

We have celebrated ‘differences’, with the help of ‘The Mister Men’!, been on several walks to enhance the children’s learning, investigated ice, and baked some delicious food.

There are just 3 weeks left until we break up, and we have lots of things still planned.


Snow Procedure

With the recent weather conditions taking a dive, I would like to make our bad weather policy clear. We endeavour to keep the Setting open when we can. However, we need to consider staff safety while traveling, and schools remaining open, for those with young children. As such, we generally follow Masham school’s decision – if they are not open, neither are we. All setting closures will be notified on our website and facebook page, so please check if you have any doubts before setting out.


Key Person Meetings

We are holding key person meetings again this half term, to give you an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their key person. These will be held on the week commencing 11th & 18th February. Please speak to your child’s key person if you would like to arrange a meeting. Thank you.


Term Dates

A reminder that we break up on Friday 22nd February and return on Monday 4th March. Other holidays are as follows:

Easter – break up Friday 12th April, back Monday 29th April

Bank Holiday – Monday 6th May

Training Day – Friday 10th May (still to be confirmed)

Half term – break up Friday 24th May, back Monday 3rd June

Summer – break up Friday19th July



Holiday Club

The dates for holiday clubs for the rest of the academic year are as below:

February Half Term – 26th, 27th & 28th Feb

Easter – 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 25th April

May Half Term – 28th, 29th & 30th May

Summer – 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st July1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd Aug


Wednesday Welcome

According to recent research, every early years setting should partner a local older people’s care home. In fact it is argued that intergenerational projects can raise educational attainment, increasing reading and communication skills, and making children more ‘school ready’. Some of you may have watched ‘Old People’s Home for 4 year Olds’, well Acorns is trialling our own version. On Wednesday 13th February, we will take a group of children to the ‘Wednesday Welcome’ group, held weekly at the Methodist Church. We hope that this will become a regular monthly visit, with the possibility of developing the project further.


Paediatric First Aid Training

It is necessary that ALL staff update their first aid training every 3 years. Recently we have had a number of enquiries from parents/carers who would like to do this for personal reasons. As such I am proposing to arrange an inhouse, 12hour training session in October, held Friday/Saturday, through the ‘Livius’ training group. We have used this provider several times in the past, and they always deliver a very informative, fun session. If anyone would like to be included, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I can confirm dates. The usual cost for this is £85 per person, however, depending on numbers this is subject to change.




Co-op – If you haven’t already done so, please, please sign up for a Coop members card and select Acorns as your given charity. It really is a very simple way to raise money.

Spring Ball – There are very few tickets left for our Spring Ball, on Saturday 6th April. If you haven’t yet got your ticket speak to Kelly Kitching or Emma Wiggle as soon as possible.




  • I have had only 2 parents discuss the upcoming unfunded week, as such, I presume that everyone else is happy to pay for this, rather than take your child out of setting for the week.
  • Despite previous reminders some children still do not come to Acorns with a named hat and gloves. We WILL go outside every day.



Thank you for your continuing support. As always if there is anything you wish to discuss please give us a call or speak to your child’s key person.


Kind regards

Val & Team