Child Care Okehampton

Newsletter November 2015

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Newsletters

Stepping Stones Newsletter

November 2015

Sent Via Email and Stepping Stones Mobile App and in the lobby.

Dear Parents / Carers

 Weekly Learning experiences and home learning can be found on 

our website or live on the app and are published weekly.

I know you don’t want to hear this but Christmas is just around the corner and this is always the busiest time of year for us as we prepare for all the exciting events that will be occurring on the lead up to this exciting time.  Make sure you plan ahead and put the dates into your diary so that you and your child don’t miss out.

Important Dates

If you are Term Time only, the children will break up from Nursery on Friday the 18th December. The last day of Nursery for all other children is Wednesday the 23rd of December.  All children will be due back to Nursery on Monday the 4th of January 2016.

NB The Primary school portal is now open to enrol your children to primary school if you are starting school in September 2016 

Nativity Play

The Butterflies will be performing their Nativity play during the week commencing the 14th December.  Please look out for the times of the performances and make sure you book your seat.  Places are limited!

Carol Singing

The Bumblebees and the Caterpillars will be doing a Christmas Carol sing – a – long, in the afternoons of the week commencing 14th December at 3.00p.m. Please get your singing voices ready and come and join in with our sing and rhyme time.  Song sheets can be given on request.

Christmas Fete

The children will be making Christmas crafts to sell during the week commencing the 14th December from 4.00 p.m each afternoon.  We are hoping that you may wish to bring Grandparents in to have a look around with your child so that they can proudly show off their Nursery and their work that is displayed around the rooms.  The crafts will be inexpensive and all proceeds will be donated to the charity CLIC.


As a special treat for our Butterfly children, we are planning a cinema night on Monday the 22nd December at 4.00.  All the Butterflies are invited and we are hoping that the whole family may wish to attend as well.  This event will hopefully, weather permitting take place outside so please dress up warm, bring blankets and cushions and prepare to watch Frozen in the night sky!  Please bring your own snacks.

The Christmas Party

The Christmas party for all children will be taking place on Wednesday the 23rd December.  The morning party will be during the hours of 10.00 – 11.30 a.m. and the afternoon party will be 2.00 – 3.30p.m.  Due to high numbers we are unfortunately unable to swap children from morning to afternoon party on request.  If your child is able to attend could you please let us know by ticking their name, so that we are able to plan and prepare.

Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kirsty Abott who won a £25.00 Waitress Voucher during our School Open Evening, which I hasten to add was a great success and Thank you to all who attended.

Congratulations to the Hensberg Family who won our photo competition.

Congratulations to The Devaney family who have won £25.00 in childcare vouchers for downloading the Stepping Stones App, in our October competition.

Stock of Spare Clothes

Please, can you check your supplies to see if you have any of our clothing.  

We are particularly short of trousers, socks and pants for three years and up.  

It would be very helpful if all children brought with them a bag of spare clothes in case of  accidents and messy play.

Children in Need

Our baking and selling has been a great success and I would like to thank you all for bringing in cakes to sell as well as supporting the children by buying their wonderful baking.  I am sure you will agree that the children have worked extremely hard and have made some wonderful creations that have been delicious to eat.  You will be pleased to hear that you  raised a total of £120.00

Fees from Febuary 2016 

We are very conscious of the needs of parents when raising fees and it is something we do with reluctance, but out of necessity to meet our overheads and to ensure we continue the quality of care we provide, it is with regret that we are increasing fees.

We have tried to keep the increases to a minimum and do not look to increase fees unless absolutely essential, this is our first increase for 3 years, we have now got to the stage where the inevitable has to happen. We feel it is only fair to give parents time to consider other options should they need to do so, but more importantly to plan ahead with this in mind we are not  implementing the fee increase until February 2016.

Current Fees ListPrintable PDF Click here

Flexible Hours Flexible Sessions 

We charge by the 15 minutes you only pay for what you need ?

Comments and Ideas

As a nursery we are always trying to improve our services and provision. If you have any wonderful ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

Thank for your continuous support and we would like to wish you in advance a wonderful Christmas.

Best Wishes

Clare, Chris, Bertie and the Team


Comments and Ideas

Current starting fees for new children & all children from February 2016

New Fees Schedule from February 2016

Flexible Hours

Flexible Sessions

We charge by the

15 Minutes

Session Hours







Full Time Rate 

£195 P/Wk *

Up to 45 hrs

inclusive of lunch

(£4.85 P/Hr)

Rate P/Hr







All Fees


Snacks, Drinks,

Nappies, Wipes,

Sun Lotion

Session Cost 













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