12/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Tigrine Reads...We're Going On a Bear Hunt
Welcome back. We hope that you enjoyed sharing Miss Wheeler's story with your children. Today's exciting story is We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Micheal Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. It is read by Miss Tigrine, the key person for Giraffe Group. Please enjoy some quiet time, getting lost in the story together. Can the children join in with some of the repetitive language? What actions could they use to help them tell the story? Where else could they go on their bear hunt? We have another super story for you tomorrow, so don't forget to pop back to find out what it is.
11/08/20 - Key Worker Storytime - Miss Wheeler Reads...The Very Hungry Caterpillar
To help the children get to know their key person, we are going to be posting a new story on this page every day this week. Today's story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, read by Miss Wheeler, the key person for Meerkat Group. Please share the story with your children and talk to them about it afterwards. Who was the story about? What happened? Where did it happen? Did they like the story? Why? Why not? Remember to check back tomorrow for another story and to meet another of our fantastic Key Workers. See you soon!
11/08/2020 - To Do List Part 2
Here is another list of things 'to do' before your child starts nursery September 2020. A lot of the items relate to buying and labelling uniform. Please, please, please remember to label absolutely everything to help us re-unite children with their uniform at the end of each session. Remember to keep an eye out each day this week for new Key Worker stories, available from today!
30/07/20 - To Do List Part 1
Below is a list of things 'to do' before your child starts nursery in September 2020. Each week we will add a new checklist to help you prepare for the new school year. Please remember that nursery jumpers/cardigans will be compulsory from September and water bottles will be essential in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
30/07/20 - Stay & Play Sessions - How to Support Your Child
Below are some hints and tips about how to support your child during their stay and play sessions on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2020. These will be available as prompt cards at both sessions, so please feel free to take one. If you have any questions, the nursery staff will be on hand to help.
29/07/2020 - Reminder - Home Visits September 2020
Below are the home visit times for each key group in September 2020. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee an exact time for your home visit, but will aim to arrive during the time window agreed. If we are going to arrive earlier or later than the advertised time, we will endeavour to contact you first. For children in the resourced provision, the majority of home visits (but not all) will occur on Wednesday 9th September 2020 from 1.00pm-3.00pm. Please see your 'starting nursery' letter for more details about your child's key group and home visit times.
29/07/2020 - Important Notice:
Parents/carers of children offered a place in the resourced provision
You should shortly be receiving your home visit letter with confirmation of your child's key person/group. If you wish to accept your child's resourced provision place, please remember to return the reply slip (attached to your offer letter) to Children's Services at Hampshire County Council no later than 31st July 2020. The address for sending reply slips is:
Children's Services Department,
Elizabeth II Court North,
Alternatively, you can scan and email your completed reply slip to:
The SEN Service help line is open from 9.15am to 4.45pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.15am to 4.15pm on Friday. Please contact them on 01329 316165 if you have any questions.
You can also contact the Nursery Lead, Mr Mellish, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
25/07/20 - Important Notice:
Parents/carers of children offered a place in the resourced provision
Please note that all children have been allocated a key group/key person. A letter providing details of key groups, as well as dates and times for home visits in September should reach you no later than Friday 31st July 2020. If you have not received the letter by this date, or if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Nursery Lead, Mr Mellish, at: email@example.com
Starting Nursery - Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below, answers to some of the commonly asked questions when children start at Farnborough Grange Nursery. We hope that you find them helpful, but if you have any further questions, please do get in touch.
If you have not received your starter pack, or are missing any of the forms, please download and print them below.
FGNIS Data Collection Form
This allows you to provide important information about your child, your family, any medical conditions, dietary requirements, special educational needs and much more. Please complete and return to the school office or the Nursery staff during your home visit.
GDPR - Privacy Notice to Parents/Carers
This document explains what personal information the school collects and holds and why/who it may be necessary to share information with. Please give your permission by completing and returning the attached declaration.
Nursery Collection Permissions Letter
This form allows you to provide details of other adults, other than yourself, who are permitted to collect your child from Nursery. If you are able to provide three contacts, this can be particularly helpful in the unlikely event of an emergency situation. Please note that, in order to safeguard your child, the Nursery will not release them to anyone but the contacts listed, unless your express permission has been sought first.
Nursery Personal Care Permission Letter
Sometimes it may be necessary for Nursery staff to support your child with changing/toileting. In hotter weather, it may also be necessary to help children re-apply suncream, particularly those who attend all day. We require your signed permission in order to be able to help your child. Please complete and return the attached form.
Annual Consent Form for Specific Off-Site Learning
The purpose of this consent form is to enable parents/carers of children at the school to give their permission for their child to participate in frequent, local, curriculum focused visits and journeys away from the school during the school day.
This document provides the necessary links for parents/carers to log in to Scopay online payments. Please note that you will need to obtain a unique code from the school office in order to register. It also provides links to our uniform supplier, My Clothing, and the Hampshire Medically Identified Special Diet Application Form should your child have food allergies and/or special dietary requirements.
30-Hour Code Autumn Term 2020
For working parents who wish to apply for 30-hours of funded childcare, details of how and when to apply are contained in this letter. Please note that although the school deadline of 1st July 2020 has lapsed, you are still able to able apply provided that you do so no later than 31st August 2020. For parents already in receipt of a 30-hour code, please remember to update your details before this date also. This will need to completed every 3 months. Unfortunately, children cannot attend for 30-hours unless the Nursery is in receipt of a valid code.
Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 1
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold a transition meeting for parents and carers of children starting Nursery in September 2020. Below is a virtual presentation, in three parts, providing the information, including transition dates, that would have been shared at the meeting. We hope that you find it helpful.
Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 2
In Part 2 of our virtual presentation, we cover what a typical nursery session looks like, the dos and don'ts of drop off and collection, how the self-service snack bar works, and what the children can expect if staying for lunch.
Virtual New Parents and Carers Presentation Part 3
In Part 3 of our virtual presentation, we focus on breakfast and after-school clubs. Please note that owing to COVID-19, wrap-around care will unfortunately not be available for nursery children in September. We also take a look at the aims and objectives of Early Years at Farnborough Grange, as well as providing more information about home visits, stay-and-play sessions, and some important transition dates.
Nursery Tour - The Inside Area
In normal circumstances, we would have welcomed our new families for a tour of the nursery. This helps the children to get to know the nursery environment, as well as meet the staff and some of their new friends. Unfortunately, this has not been possible because of COVID-19 but, fear not, special arrangements have been made for parents/carers to safely accompany children for stay-and-play sessions on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2020. In the meantime, please join Mr Mellish on a video tour of the nursery inside area.
Nursery Tour - The Outside Area
We hope that you enjoyed the video tour of the nursery inside area and that you saw the wide variety of resources and exciting learning spaces that the children can access in our continuous provision. Now join Mr Mellish for a tour of our large, nature-rich, outdoor space. Please come and explore with your children and talk to them about all of the things that they can see. What do they notice? What would they like to do when they start nursery?
Starting Nursery - Social Story
Please read this social story with your children to introduce them to their new nursery and some of the people that they will see there.
Starting Nursery - How to Help at Home
Please try some of these activities at home to help your children prepare for starting nursery in September.
Transition Dates - September 2020
For those starting Nursery in September 2020, please remember to diary these important transition dates, including home visits and stay-and-play sessions. Please remember that, for safety reasons, only one parent may accompany a child for stay-and-plays, and that the Early Years Picnic is subject to further guidance on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ordering Nursery Jumpers & Cardigans
A nursery jumper or cardigan will be compulsory for all children attending nursery from September 2020. We recommend sizing-up so that they last longer and can be worn over layers in colder weather. Please use the link to our supplier, My Clothing, below. Orders take between 11-14 days to arrive, so don't forget to order in plenty of time before our official start date on Monday 14th September.