Parents Newsletter March - May 2015

May we offer a warm welcome to the new families who have joined us this year and a big thank you to parents who continue to recommend us to friends and colleagues.


We began our focus on ‘storying’ by listening to children’s words, gestures and conversations. We listened for stories in the forest and in the garden, at mealtimes and in all kinds of play. New stories began every day:

‘There was a dancing sea; it danced up and down all night and day…’

‘There was an island. It was alive so it stood up and shouted ‘I will eat you all’.’

Some stories have come from natural provocations: fire, home life, the forest. Some have been introduced, such as the ‘teeny tiny baby’ and ‘Mr Nobody’. Many stories began with one child but have been adopted by friends and are now collaborative narratives.

We are now half way through our focus and we continue to collect stories and offer them back to children to develop further and to perform. We are making visible children’s work as authors and illustrators through publications and we are delighted to announce the publication of The Fire Monster, a story created and illustrated by children in Pre-school 1 section.

All families will receive a free copy of The Fire Monster book – please collect yours from the front office, if you haven’t already done so.

Having listened to the children’s own stories for several months, we will be introducing them to some classic stories which relate closely to their own – stories of monsters, of big strong babies, stories of appearing, stories of disappearing.

We hope to publish one or two further stories, created by the children over the next few months and will let you know about these in due course.


Staff Moves – Some staff have moved rooms recently, as follows: Shannon Howard from Toddler 2 to Pre-school 2; Jade Mahoney from Toddler 3 to Baby 2; Charlotte Wingfield who was working across the nursery has joined Toddler 1 and Chloe Dance who was working across the nursery has joined Toddler 3; Kerrie Shaw has moved from Toddler 1 to Toddler 2, and Catherine Luxford has joined Toddler 2 from Baby 2. Hayley White will be working across the nursery until leaving for maternity leave in May.

We say sad goodbyes to Beth Hogben from Pre-school 1 and Kathrin Fischer from Pre-school 2 and wish them well for the future.

We are delighted to welcome Rosie Varndell who is training towards Early Years Educator in Toddler 3 Room; Becky Lynn who has joined PS2 team who is qualified with a CACHE level 3 in Childcare & Education and Lucy Owen who had been volunteering with us and joins the team as a Forest School Educator on Mondays and Tuesdays. We welcome Angeles Martinez (Angie) who is studying towards a CACHE level 2 and will be working in Pre-school 1; Angie has joined us from Malaga in Spain.

Garden Tools – a parent has requested that we make clear that some of the nursery children use tools in the garden, such as spades, rakes, hoes, trowels, etc. In the past the children have always used these for gardening but on occasion they have ‘created’ other uses for them. As a safety precaution, from now on, these tools will only be used for gardening, (with the exception of the rakes which are used for raking the sand pit with the children). Please note that all garden tools are kept in the gardeners’ shed and are not generally accessible to the children.

Reflections on Social Media – Please feel free to 'like' us on Facebook at Reflections Nursery and Forest School

And you are welcome to join our: Parents of Reflections Nursery & Forest School group which we use as one of the many tools to keep families up-to-date with our latest news.

We also occasionally ‘tweet’ and have some parents who follow us, along with educational professionals worldwide. Please feel free to follow us here:


Our remodelling programme at Tudor Court is on track to be completed by mid-August. Once we have possession of the finished building, our intention is that the oldest children in the nursery will use the newly-renovated spaces at Tudor Court. We will take some time in late summer to introduce the parents and children to the new building and explain in detail how each space will work.

Our plans will have a minimal impact on the majority of the spaces in Westerfields House but we will also conduct a presentation for all parents to explain how spaces in Westerfields will be used in future.


If your child starts school in 2015 could you please let us know your likely leaving-nursery date. It helps us plan for people who are waiting for places in the nursery. Could you also please let us know which school your child will attend as we will need to pass on progress information to your child’s new school. Many thanks in advance.


The driveway works at Westerfields have probably driven everyone mad. The work should ultimately make the car park a safer space as we are providing a paved walkway to the west of the drive which will not be accessible by cars. The car park works should be completed in early May and the most inconvenient elements are being done at weekends. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.


If your child will be 3 years old by 31st December 2015 and you are already certain you want your child to attend Forest School sessions, and you have not already completed a form to advise us, please email Please note that there will be a £12 additional charge for each Forest School Session. Many thanks in advance.

To find out more, you can purchase Martin’s book ‘I Love Forest School’ based on Reflections’ forest experiences, from Reflections front office, or click here to buy from our shop


Just to advise you that we have a series of professional development on Saturdays and Friday evenings for educators visiting Reflections in April and May. 150 teachers will be visiting the nursery from Iceland, along with 50 educators from a nursery in Northampton and a further 85 educators from all over the UK and beyond with some coming from Belgium and Turkey.

So that you are aware, all professional visits are conducted when children are not in attendance at the nursery and we insist that all educational visitors are not able to take photographs inside the nursery building.


Have you ever wondered what happens during your child’s day at nursery? Would you like to know more about how we work with your children at Reflections?

Reflections’ approach to working with children is different to many other nurseries. We think that it is important for you as parents to understand what we do and we would like to invite you to attend three presentations about Reflections’ Approach to working with your children.

The presentations will take place during three evenings in May/ June 2015; all three sessions will start at 7.00pm and will last about 60-90 minutes, and there will be opportunity to ask questions. The dates and titles are as follows:

Tuesday 26th May – Worthing Library Lecture Theatre

Drawing inspiration from Reggio Emilia – What is the Reggio Approach and why do we value it at Reflections? How do we make it work in a UK context?

Wednesday 3rd June – Worthing Museum Education Room

Leo and the light in the Pool – An example of a session from one morning in the nursery garden with 3 year olds highlighting how a child was constructing his own learning at Reflections.

Thursday 11th June - Worthing Library Lecture Theatre

Creativity in Children - What does creativity look like in young children and why is it important? As adults, how can we best support children’s creativity? We will refer to a project with 3 year olds at Reflections about a dead tree.

If you have not yet informed us and would like to attend 1, 2 or all 3 presentations please complete the form below, or let Susan know by e-mail.

Best wishes, Martin, Louise, Yvonne, Sarah, Becca and the team.