Posted on: 12th March 2019

Term Dates:

25.02.19 – 05.04.19 – term time

08.04.19 – 18.04.19 – Easter holiday club

19.04.19 – 22.04.19 CLOSED

23.04.19 – Start of Summer term

Holiday Forms:

Easter holiday club forms are now available at the door. Please ask a member of staff.


This term we are looking at machines which will include; Chinese New Year, Bob the Builder, Robots, Machines in the home and on the road, Space and in the last week of term, Easter.  If parents have any resources which will meet these topics please see Ali.

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Duck Race:

Our annual duck race will be held on Sunday, 28th April @ 11:00 am in Kenidjack Valley.  There will be refreshments and a BBQ available.  The ducks are £1 each and we would be very appreciative if you could sell the attached sheet to family and friends.  If you require more please ask a member of staff.  The ducks are put into races of 20 with the winner of each race going into a final. The first 3 ducks from the final race will win a prize!

Book Tokens:

Please find attached a world book token which can be redeemed at W H Smiths or a participating  book store for a free World Book Day book or against a full priced one.  Your voucher can also be used to purchase a book from the Usborne Book Company in conjunction with our ‘sponsored listen’ week.  If you would like to look through the full catalogue please see Louise who also has order forms.

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There will be several events for the children starting school in September to attend. Dates are still to be confirmed but the first will be an egg hunt at the Primary School later this month.  There will hopefully be some woodland learning during the first half of the summer term and ‘stay and learn’ sessions at the school during the afternoons in the second half of the term.


Please could ALL children have a labelled bottle of sun-cream and sun hat for nursery – as the sun is beginning to make an appearance.

Now we are using the mud kitchen and water trays EVERYONE will require spare clothes.

Could parents please return any of Brambles clothes as our cupboards are bare!  😯




Posted on: 22nd January 2019

Welcome back to the new term!  We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

Term dates:

7th January – 15th February: 1st half of Spring Term

18th – 22nd February: Half Term

25th February – 5th April: 2nd half of Spring Term

CLOSED 19th and 22nd April

23rd April : start of Summer Term


February 18th – 22nd  AND April 8th – 18th

Parents please remember if you require a place during holiday club that you need to complete a form.  These are available from both the Door-mouse and Field-mouse rooms.  Please ask a member of staff for a form.

Autumn Term 2018

Posted on: 19th September 2018

Welcome back everyone from the summer holidays and we would like to give a warm welcome to our new children who have joined either as The Dormice or The Fieldmice rooms.


Zumba begins Wednesday 12th October at 10:30-11:30am in the Sports Hall.  This is for the pre-school children and we ask for a contribution of £1.50 towards the hire of the hall and the session itself.  If your child does not normally attend on a Wednesday but would like to join us please bring them along to join us.


Dormice Staff : Maria, Louise, Caroline, Alice and Gaby

Fieldmice Staff : Debbie, Rachel, Alison, Katie Emily and Lucy

In August two of our staff had their babies:

Laura had a little girl – Lamorna 6lb 2oz and Cheryl had a little boy – Mason 7lb 7oz

Key workers may have been changed, therefore letters will be out shortly to update parents and clarify their role for new parents.


This term is ‘All around us’ and we will be looking at our homes, our playroom, Harvest time and going for a walk and even on a bear hunt!

Could parents kindly bring in or send in an email a picture of the front of the children’s homes and the number/name of the house from the 17th September

We are planning a walk on Tuesday, 25th September.

Inviting a gardener in, in the week beginning 1st October.


3rd September – 20th December

Half Term: 22nd – 26th October (holiday club forms to be returned by 28:09:18)

Feast: 5th November (Nursery closed)

Christmas Holiday: 21st December – 4th January

21st December and 2nd-4th Jan shall be Holiday Club

If you require holiday club through the Christmas Holidays please ensure forms are in by 21:09:18,  to allow parents to find alternative childcare should The Brambles not open due to insufficient number of children requiring childcare.


New parents please be aware we have a CLOSED Brambles Facebook page, where news updates are posted, alongside reminders for events. Please send a friend request to join.


Lunches need to be paid for on a daily/weekly basis and separate from fees and snacks. This is because the school invoices Brambles weekly and requires payment on a Friday.


Due to the growing amount of young children who have prams and use the Dormice Room, we are finding the cloakroom is becoming congested and blocking the fire exit for the cots from the sleep room (double doors in the cloakroom).  Please can parents leave their prams on the veranda whilst the weather is dry.  Once the winter arrives prams can be folded up and placed in the staff room – when it is not in use by Family Services – or in the cloakroom avoiding the double doors.


2nd Half Spring Term, 2018

Posted on: 14th March 2018

Duck Race:

We will be holding our annual duck race at the end of April/Early May, once the weather will be hopefully be warmer!  We will be sending out tickets shortly which we would be grateful if you could sell to friends and family.

There will again be refreshments and a BBQ available and we hope for donations of cakes on the day.

Donations: A BIG THANK YOU!

The organizers of the Yuletide Fair gave us a cheque for £400 this term.  This will go towards building a shelter in the back garden to be used all year round as an outdoor classroom.

The Co-op is sending us our first instalment of 4. The amount is for £266.77 and we would like to say a big thank-you to all the members who linked their cards to The Brambles.

DATES: Spring 2018

Last day of term: 29th March

CLOSED: 30th March and 2nd April

Easter Holiday Club: 3rd-13th April

Summer term starts 16th April

Please complete a holiday form if your child/ren require holiday club.


This will take place on Tuesday 27th March at 10:00am

If your child will be participating please fill out a form confirming this. Eggs will only be left by the easter Bunny for the children who have confirmed.

There will be a coffee morning at Brambles and donations of cakes will be gratefully received.


Thank you all for your support last week when The Brambles closed due to the snow and the quickness all the children were collected and thus able to make it home.

From the pictures posted on our Facebook page, everyone had a fantastic time and a scrapbook of these will soon be on display for the children to look back on!


Posted on: 7th July 2017


Will be held on 25th July @ 10am, on the bottom school field.  There will be refreshments and a BBQ afterwards – please see a member of staff for a form if you require food from the BBQ.  Due to the number of children on role, medals will only be ordered for those children who are going to be attending.  Forms are available – please see a member of staff.


Parents evening is on Thursday, 13th July, between 7 – 8:30pm. This is a great opportunity for you to be able to look at your child’s learning journey, speak to their Key Person and ask any questions you may have – please make an appointment with them.  We understand childcare can be a problem but feel this time is for you as parents.


The last day of the summer term is Friday, 28th July so holiday forms are now available – they need to be returned by Friday, 14th July.  Holiday club dates are Monday, 31st July – Friday 18th August. We are then closed from Monday,21st August until Friday 1st September, reopening on Monday, 4th September.


Due to the warm weather we are experiencing the children have been engaging in LOTS of water play. Please could all children have a named sunhat, sun cream and spare clothes in a bag on their peg.


The pre-school children have 3 more dates at Cape school. The next science lesson is Thursday, 6th July at 10-11am, History – 11th July at 1pm and P.E. on Monday, 17th July at 9:30am.  If your child does not normally attend during these time please bring them in as the children from previous years have thoroughly enjoyed these experiences.


The first procession is on Saturday, 15th July at 12 noon. We will meet at the Nancherrow Centre @ 11:50am, in costume, and our space will be marked out on the road although Brambles staff will be in place with the boat and banner. All parents walking will need to be in costume and our theme is ‘Where the wild things are’. All children in the ‘baby room’ will need to be accompanied by an adult in costume. We suggest a onesie with a mask or face paint. There will be a workshop on Saturday 8th july at 10am until 12 noon for anyone wishing to make a mask.


All photo orders need to be returned by Monday, 3rd July.


Posted on: 18th May 2017

Welcome back to the start of the first half of the summer term

Term dates:

18th April – 26th May

1st May – Bank holiday

29th May – 2nd June (half term holiday club)

5th June – 28th July

31st July – 18th August (summer club)

21st August – 1st September  – CLOSED

4th September – new term starts.


From September fees will be rising to £4.00/hour

30 hours entitlement:

Please visit www.childcare-support.taxservice.gov.uk to look at the new scheme for children for childcare vouchers.

To check your eligibility for the new 30 hours entitlement and to enrol please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

To receive the 30 hours you will need to complete the online forms through the digital childcare service.


Funded hours can only be banked on a regular basis. If you claim 12 hours/week, book in 10/week and bank 2/week for the holidays this is fine.  If your child is on holiday, ill or decides not to come in for their regular booked days; these hours cannot be banked.  If they are ill we could try to accommodate them on an alternative day.


There are still outstanding payments for Zumba, please see a member of staff for amounts owing.

Co-op funding:

We have received £1,511.35 from the co-op and would like to thank all parents who nominated Brambles for their share of the community fund.  we are hoping to use the money to purchase a portable, interactive white board for all the children to use.

Duck Race:

Reminder our duck race is on the 7th May starting at 11.00am. There will be a BBQ and refreshments.

Please can duck tickets be returned by Friday, 5th May for the races to be drawn beforehand. There will be an opportunity to purchase tickets on the day.  Sheets of tickets are still available from Brambles.


Now summer is here and the sun is out all children will need a NAMED sun hat and sun cream. Brambles have their own Nivea sun-cream which will be put on the children should they not have their own. Please sign the form, giving permission for staff to apply sun-cream to your child. Spare clothes are also required as there will be lots of water-play this term! (we are missing ALL of our socks from our spare clothing and many items of clothing are yet to be returned).


This year we are going to be characters from the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are’!

Please can parents dress their child accordingly but if you need help or inspiration please see a member of staff.

2nd half Spring Term Newsletter

Posted on: 17th March 2017


Over the next 5 weeks we will be looking at machines, including; in the house, on the road, Bob the Builders office, space machines and Easter.  If parents have any ideas or wish to help please see Debbie, also if you have anything we could use for junk modelling for constructing machines and space machines it would be gratefully received. (from wine bottle corks to silver foil trays, toothpaste boxes to cereal boxes)


Our egg hunt will be on Tuesday 28th March at 10:00 am and if your child will be joining us for the  hunt and does not normally attend on that date, please ask for a form to ensure the Easter Bunny has enough eggs for all.


Our annual Duck Race will be held on the morning of Sunday 7th May at Kenidjack Valley at 11 o’clock. The money raised will be put towards an interactive white board for the children along with the monies raised from the local Co-op community fund. Tickets will be sent home for you to kindly sell to family and friends (more will be available at Brambles), please return them to Brambles with any monies raised. There will also be a BBQ at the Duck Race.


Holiday Club will commence Monday, 3rd April to Thursday, 13th April – again, providing there are enough children booked in to open. Forms are available and need to be returned by Friday 17th March. Please ask a member of staff if you require a form.


This term, funding finishes on Friday 24th March, therefore if you require childcare for the week it will be chargeable unless you have banked hours. Please ask for a form from a member of staff.


Could you please ensure there isn’t anything harmful left in your child’s bag, such as any medication, we can always store this in an appropriate place. Thankyou




Posted on: 10th February 2017


Welcome back from the Christmas Holidays – we cannot believe we are already in the third week of January!!


This first half of the spring term we will be looking at people who help us.  We are concentrating on police officers, vets and the fire service, you may have already noticed our police station in the role play corner! The children have had a great time ‘arresting’ their peers for breaking Nursery rules!  We will be inviting people in to talk to the children so if you know of anybody who would be willing to visit please see Debbie.  We will also be organising a visit to the fire station – please keep an eye on the FB page for times of visits.

The second half term we will be focusing on The Chinese New Year and Machines.


Parents please be aware the last week of term 27th – 31st March is also unfunded.  Nursery will be open but places will be charged.

The funding runs for 38 weeks of the year and runs with the financial year which is April to March.  The summer term 2016 was funded for 14 weeks; the autumn term 2016 was 14 weeks therefore the spring term 2017 will be funded for 10 weeks, although the term itself is 12 weeks long. Easter being later in April has affected the funding.

Door release:

Please can ALL parents ensure children do not press the door release button. We are aware it is at a convenient height but this is to allow for wheelchair users to be able to activate it.  It is a safeguarding issue for us especially if there are several children leaving and others arriving.

Lost Property:

We again seem to have accumulated lost property and it is now located on the table at the end of the cloakroom.  Please look to see if any of the property belongs to your child as it will be taken to the local charity shop at the end of January.

Holiday club:

As you are probably aware, forms are already available for the half term (13th – 17th February).

Easter holiday club will be 3rd – 13th April, with Brambles being closed for Good Friday on the 14th and Easter Monday on the 17th as these are bank holidays.  Forms will be available soon.


This group seems to be working really well and we are pleased to see Parents posting and others commenting.  Any parents yet to sign into the page please send a request to join.


Christmas Newsletter

Posted on: 8th December 2016


DRESS REHEARSAL will be on Monday 12th December from 10.00 – 11.00 am at Cape school. This year we will be using the stage in the hall. Please bring your child to the hall if they do not normally attend on Monday in full costume. Please see the attached list for roles and costumes. This performance will be videoed so we need all children.

The nativity performance will be held in the hall on Tuesday 13th December @ 10.00 am for parents, grandparents and friends to watch. There will be refreshments at Nursery afterwards and donations of cakes would be gratefully received.

Christmas Lunch:

Christmas lunch is on Wednesday 14th December and we have been invited to the school to have lunch with years 7 and 8. For those children who would normally have packed lunch there is the opportunity to have a Christmas lunch for £1.40 (no pudding) or £1.90 (with pud) instead. If your child would like Christmas lunch please inform a member of staff by Thursday 1st December.


Christmas party:

The Christmas party will be on Friday 16th December from 12.30-1.45pm and Father Christmas will be in attendance.

A list of party food will be available.

Please could all parents’ each choose one item from the list to contribute to the party.


 Holiday Club:

Holiday club dates are 19th -23rd and 28th – 30th December. Funding starts 9th January 2017 therefore 3rd -6th January will also be classed as holiday club.

Please book places by 02.12.16.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year!





Autumn Newsletter

Posted on: 20th September 2016

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