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 April 2018

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to Term 5 the start of the ‘Summer terms’. They promise to be as exciting as usual with lots planned over the next few weeks.


Message from Michelle Briggs, New Nursery Manager

I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone at Woodpeckers.

My name is Michelle Briggs and I will be the new Nursery Manager at Woodpeckers as I am sure you are aware that Mrs Sheppard will be retiring in July, For the next few months I will be getting to know all the families and children which I am really looking forward to.

I have been a Nursery Manager for over 20 years both in the private and public sector. I am originally from the North and moved to Kent in 2009. In the time I have worked in nurseries I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience along with bringing up 2 children of my own which I reflect in my day to day practice and to guide my staff team. I have a passion for watching children grow and develop as individuals and become confident within nursery and enjoy their time with us until they go on to the next journey at school.

I am here full time now and if I can be of any help then please let me know. I look forward to meeting you all.

 Spring Fayre

We have the Spring Fayre coming up on Saturday 12th May 11.30am – 2pm. Fancy Please sign up for a stall to help out on the day and if you have anything for the stalls we are beginning to collect things in the nursery from Monday 23rd April. Let’s hope the sun shines for us!


As you may know the Nursery has a very tight budget only generating income from fees and to be able to pay our staff the living wage and the auto-enrol pension is now in full force the Committee made the decision to raise the fees from September 2018 to £4.50 per hour. Unfortunately to keep the Nursery viable and to be competitive this appears to be the only thing we can do. This will not affect the Government funded hours but the extra hours on top of this and for the unfunded children.

We have details of how you can claim help with childcare costs through workplace schemes or if you qualify for benefits and would urge you to ask Mrs Sheppard who will be able to advise you or you can check it out on the Inland Revenue web site.


With best wishes,


The Woodpeckers Team


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