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Happy Easter! Try our recipe for Easter Chocolate Nests

Happy Easter! Try our recipe for Easter Chocolate Nests

Happy Easter everyone!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget that nursery is closed for the Bank Holidays tomorrow and Monday (14th & 17th April).

Why not take the time to make some Easter treats with your little ones this weekend? Here’s a simple recipe to try.

Easter Chocolate Nests


200g Milk chocolate

85g Shredded Wheat

200g Chocolate Mini Eggs

Bun Cases


Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water, or in a microwave.

Crush the shredded wheat and stir into the melted chocolate.

Spoon the mixture into bun cases. Make a small hollow in the top of each bun using the back of a spoon and fill with 3 chocolate mini eggs.

Leave in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.


Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children in the early years is everybody’s responsibility. As a nursery we have several policies and procedures in place to help us safeguard your children while they are in our care. If as a parent you ever want to read any of these policies or if you simply have a question or concern about anything to do with keeping children safe, just talk to a member of staff who will be happy to find you the information you need.

In the meantime, below is an extract of the Safeguarding Handbook that we issue to all members of the team here at nursery:

Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, for the sake of this policy is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

(Definition taken from the HM Government document ‘Working together to safeguard children 2015’)

We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. In our setting we strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and we promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures (please refer to our inclusion and equality policy for further information). Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures.

The nursery will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from abuse in whatever form.

To this end we will:

  • create an environment that encourages children to develop a positive self-image.
  • encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • provide a safe and secure environment for all children.
  • always listen to children.

Greetland Private Day Nursery has a clear commitment to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.  Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the the nursery manager at the earliest opportunity.

Newsletter – May 2016

Newsletter – May 2016

Here is our newsletter for May 2016

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy

We have recently updated this policy, which details how we as a nursery work to support children with additional needs and their families. You can download a copy of the policy from our website via the following link

Genuine European Portraits

On Wednesday 8 June we will be welcoming Genuine European Portraits back to the nursery.
Genuine European Portraits will take a photo of your child which is then turned into an amazing hand drawn portrait by their artists based in Barcelona. We’ve seen some beautiful drawings of our children over the years and will have more information for you shortly. In the meantime you can check out their website here

Summer Fair

Our Summer Fair is fast approaching, and we hope you will be able to join us on Saturday 11 June from 2 p.m.
Our theme this year is ‘A Right Royal Party’ to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday, and we will have a cake stall, BBQ, snow cones, photo booth, face painting and more!
We are again fundraising for Elland Silver Band, and we hope to have some fabulous brass music for you on Saturday 11 June from their Training Band section. This fantastic local organisation teaches children from all backgrounds to play brass instruments. They rely on fundraising to make the band accessible to all children, and to buy the instruments which they provide.
Elland Silver Youth Band are currently National Champions, and on Sunday they Came second in the European Championships in Lille! All of this achieved through the hard work of the volunteers who teach there.
You can find out more about the band on their website

Holiday Club

We are now taking bookings for the Spring Bank Holiday Club, Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June.
Please note that we will not be running Holiday Club sessions between Monday 8 and Friday 19 August. As some of you may be aware, we suffered a major leak in our roof over the winter and we need to take a couple of weeks to repair the damage caused now it has dried out. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

May Bank Holidays

Please note that the nursery will be closed on Monday 30 May for the Bank Holiday

Dates for Your Diary

Please note: term dates for OOSC are taken from the school website today, but they do sometimes change over the course of the year
Friday 27 May 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Monday 30 May 2016 – Nursery closed for Spring Bank Holiday
Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June 2016 – Holiday Club
Monday 6 June 2016 – First day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Wednesday 8 June 2016 – Genuine European Portraits
Saturday 11 June 2016 – Summer Fair
Friday 15 July 2015 – Last day of term (funded places)
Friday 22 July 2015 – Last day of term (OOSC)
Monday 25 July to Friday 5 August – Holiday Club
Monday 8 August to Friday 19 August – NO HOLIDAY CLUB
Monday 22 August to Monday 5 September – Holiday Club
Monday 5 September – First day of term (funded places)
Tuesday 6 September – First day of term (OOSC)
Tuesday 18 October 2016 – Hopscotch Photography in nursery
Friday 21 October 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October 2016 – Holiday Club
Friday 28 October – Nursery closed for staff training
Monday 31 October – First day of term (funded places)
Tuesday 1 November – First day of term (OOSC)
Friday 16 December 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Friday 23 December 2016 – Nursery closes for Christmas


A message for all our school leavers

A message for all our school leavers

It’s an emotional day here at nursery as we wish a very fond farewell to all our children who are going off to primary and secondary school in September.




To all of our little ones heading off to primary school

It has been such fun having you in nursery and we know you will have a great time at your new schools! We will see some of you in the out of school club in September, but do make sure that you come back and visit Pat, Sami, and Ashleigh – they want to see you looking all grown up in your school uniforms and hear all about your new friends and what you’ve been learning at school. Work hard, have fun, and remember to be kind (and eat your vegetables)!

To all of our big ones moving on to secondary school

What can we say? Many of you have been coming to GPDN since you were just a few months old, and it has been an absolute joy and a privilege for us to see you all grow into the charming and talented young people that you have become. We know that you will go on to have a wonderful time at your secondary schools and we would love it if you would let us know how you are getting on from time to time.  Never stop being the amazing, unique individuals that you all are – we will miss you!

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming!

The summer holidays are almost upon us, and they’re extra long this year, with seven weeks to fill with fun and (hopefully) sunshine!

We’ve been working hard on planning lots of great activities for our holiday club. Why not join us to make your own Mexican feast, take part in an urban scavenger hunt or make and fly your own kite!

There will be lots of picnics and trips to the park, along with den building and rock climbing. Not to mention old favourites like bowling, roller blading and trips to the cinema.

Download your booking form now and get planning for summer!

Summer Fair

Summer Fair

Don’t forget to join us for our Summer Fair on Sunday June 7th from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.

We’ve got face painting, and exotic barbecue and a fun photo-booth, along with snow cones and a Frozen themed sing-a-long.

Why not come dressed as Elsa, Anna or Olaf? you can buy some cakes at the cake stall and try your luck at hook-a-duck.

And don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket – the top prize is four tickets to Lego Land!

100% of all money raised will go to Elland Silver Band to support them in their project to build a community music facility and their ongoing work in teaching young children to play wonderful brass music.

Hope to see you there!

Newsletter May 2015

Newsletter May 2015

Welcome to our May 2015 newsletter.
Staff News
You may have noticed some new faces around the nursery in the last week or two. We have been joined by the following members of staff.
Emma Pepper – Emma has joined the team in the OOSC, filling the vacancy that arose as a result of Cath’s departure. Emma is a mum of two, and has several years experience of working in schools. Emma will be working before and after school in term time in the Out of School Club.
Amy Durkin – Amy will be working every morning, from 7.30 to 12.30 and will work in various rooms depending on need. Amy has just recently completed her NVQ 2 in Early Years education and Care, and is fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid.
Fatima Mir – Fatima will be working in nursery every afternoon from 12.30 until 6.00, and will also work across the nursery according to need. Fatima has NVQ level 3 in Child care and is also fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid.
We would like to welcome all of our new team members and hope they will have a long and happy career with us.
Summer Fair
Our annual summer fair is coming up on Sunday 7th June from 2 to 4 p.m.
We have chosen a ‘Frozen’ theme for our fair this year, and hope you will be able to come along and support us. There will be face painting, a barbecue, photo booth, snow cones and lots more. 100% of money raised will go to charity.
Every year we chose a local charity to support, and this year we have chosen Elland Silver Band. Elland Silver Band has a long and proud tradition and provides music for lots of local events as well as competing on a national scale. The organisation has a Senior Band, Youth Band, Training Band and Beginners Band. They provide music tuition and loan out instruments to children as young as 7. The band are fundraising to build a new Community Music Centre in Elland which would provide practice and performance spaces for the band and other local groups.
Dates for Your Diary
Friday 22nd May – last day of term for funded places and OOSC.
Monday 25th May – Closed for the late spring Bank Holiday
Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May – Holiday Club. Booking forms available now.
Monday 1st June – first day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement sessions.
Sunday 7th June – Summer Fair, 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday 8th July – Preschool Sports Day, 2.00 p.m.
Friday 17th July – last day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement sessions.
Monday 20th July to Friday 4th September – Holiday Club


Newsletter – March 2015

Newsletter – March 2015

Staff News

This month we are sad to announce that Bev from Preschool will be leaving us. Her last day will be Friday 13 March. We are very sorry to see her go and wish her every success in the future.

Bev’s place in the Preschool will be taken by Sammy King. Sammy is a fully qualified early years practitioner and has already joined the Preschool team so that she can get to know all the children before Bev leaves. If Bev is your child’s Key Person, then Sammy will be taking over and she will be introducing herself to you over the course of the next 2 weeks.

We also have a new face in the Toddler Room. Leanne Scott has joined us this week as an early years apprentice. Leanne has a background in dance and we look forward to her contribution to the Toddler Room team.

Finally in this month’s staff news, we are congratulating Helen who has been with the nursery 15 years this month! Helen joined us in March 2000 as a nursery nurse in the Baby Room and has since worked her way up to Deputy Manager and SENCO. Along the way she somehow found time to complete her BA (Hons) in Early Childhood and Youth Studies and gain Early Years Professional Status. Helen is one of the great team members that make our nursery such a wonderful place for children and staff alike.

Parents’ Evening

Parents’ evening is coming up on Thursday 30th April, from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Our parents’ evenings are informal events, and you are invited to call in at any time to chat with your child’s Key Person, have a look around the nursery, and perhaps visit the next room your child will be moving to.

Our theme for this parents’ evening is Mark Making Matters. You will find displays and information around the nursery about the important role children’s early mark making plays in their later literacy development.

Feedback from Training Day

We had a very good training day last month and are happy to tell you that all of the staff have successfully renewed their paediatric first aid training.

Dates for Your Diary


Friday 13th March – Bev’s last day.

Friday 27th March – last day of term for funded places and OOSC.

Monday 30th to Friday 10th April – holiday club. Booking forms will be
available shortly.


Friday 3rd April – closed for Good Friday Bank Holiday

Monday 6th April – closed for Easter Monday Bank Holiday

Monday 13th April – first day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement sessions.

Thursday 30th April – parents’ evening, 5.00 to 7.00 p.m.


Monday 4th May – closed for May Day Bank Holiday.

Friday 22nd May – last day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement sessions.

Monday 25th May – closed for Spring Bank Holiday.

Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May – Holiday Club


Monday 1st June – first day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement session.


Friday 17th July – last day of term for OOSC and Free Entitlement session.

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