news-and-events

 2015

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Nursery opening birthday (September)
We celebrated the birthday of the nursery opening with a wild west theme, children and staff came to nursery in fancy dress and enjoyed a day of themed fun and activities, as well as celebration tea of cowboy pie and birthday cake.

 

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Big Toddle for Barnardo’s (August)
Children and staff braved the rainy weather and took part in the Big Toddle for Barnardo’s raising lots of money for this brilliant charity.

 

 

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Pre-school graduation celebration (July)

We said a teary farewell to all our children leaving us for big school this month. we know that all our children are leaving us ready for their new adventure and will miss them all very much.

 

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Mr Incredible (July)
Mr Incredible came to visit the children to support their interest of superheroes, the children were very excited to meet with Mr incredible and set lots of challenges for him to complete.

 

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Farnham in Bloom (July)
The mayoress came to judge our hanging baskets for the Farnham in Bloom event that the nursery was involved with, children had the opportunity to visit the town green houses and plant the baskets ready for display.

 

Farnham Bike Ride (July)
farnham-bike-ride-2015Tootsies entered a team in to the Farnham Bike Ride again this year… go team Tootsies!

 

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Farnham Carnival (June)
Tootsies children took part in the Farnham Carnival, the theme this year was waterloo, the parents and children dressed as evacuees from WW2 winning first place on our category.

 


 2014

Father’s Day Breakfast (June)
fathers-day-june-2014Both nurseries joined together to host the Father’s Day Breakfast, lots of children brought their daddies along to enjoy a homemade sausage sandwich and help plant the nursery garden with flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Farnham Carnival (June)
carnival-2014The rain couldn’t keep us away from one of our favourite events of the year, the theme this year was ‘Go Safari’. Luckily this year we opted for umbrellas and children dressed up as cheeky monkeys, we danced our way through the streets of Farnham having lots of fun, the day was a great success.

Hale Carnival (July)
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Our very first Hale Carnival and a slightly drier day! We carried our theme on I this parade of Cheeky Monkeys, we had a brilliant time singing and dancing our way to Hale Road and around the festivities. We look forward to taking part again next year.

Farnham Charity Bike Ride (July)
farnham-charity-bike-ride-2014Farnham Charity Bike Ride is an annual event with a great family atmosphere for cyclists of all ages and abilities. A team took on this challenge, completing 25 miles across local country roads, taking in steep hills beautiful views. All monies raised go to local charities and causes.

Sports Day (August)
sports-day-2014Sports Day was held this month, all children were invited to come along and take part in short races, including egg and spoon, crawling and running, as well as parent and staff races.

Farnham in Bloom (July)
farnham-in-bloom-2014The Mayor of Farnham and fellow Farnham in Bloom judge Kevin Taitt visited the nursery to judge our hanging baskets, tomatoes and strawberry plants as a part of the community project to make Farnham a prettier place to be.

Prop Making Day (May)
prop-making-2014Children and parents joined some of the Tootsies team with making props for the carnivals. Children were able to make their favourite animal into a hanging lantern; all had a fun and very sticky time!

Farnham Duck Race (May)
farnham-duck-race-2014Tootsies attended the Farnham Duck Race in support of local charities. We held a stall offering children an opportunity to make play dough and sensory bottles. The day was busy with lots of people visited our stall, we raised just over £65 donated to the Farnham Duck Race.

Parent First Aid Workshop with St John Ambulance (April)
first-aid-2014Another chance to learn essential first aid skills was offered to Tootsies parents and friends with St John Ambulance, the session was a great success with parents leaving feeling confident in dealing with first aid emergency.

Easter Open Morning (April)
Children and families joined us for some Easter fun, including an egg hunt, hook a duck, arts and crafts and face painting, as well as a chance to taste homemade hot cross buns.

Mother's Day open morning
breakfast-2014Weydon Lane Nursery invited children to bring their mummy's along for a special breakfast morning on the 29th March. Children were able to enjoy special activities laid out for all to enjoy. Breakfast was a selection of homemade goodies, blueberry bagels, seeded loaf, raisin and pear bread and sultana pancakes. 

The Big Pick
the-big-pick-2014Groups of staff and children took part in the Farnham Big Pick throughout the week of the 28th March. Special litter pickers were collected from the town office and the children set about collecting litter in and around Gostrey Meadows and the Maltings area. Children talked about the importance of keeping our community tidy so that we can all enjoy it.

NDNA Healthy Body Happy Me Week - 24th – 30th March

Sports Relief - 21st March

World Book Day
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On the 6th March children and staff came along to nursery dressed as story book character, the children enjoyed a day themed around stories and traditional tales getting involved in interactive story sessions and fun.

Pancake Breakfast
NewsEvents4thMarchPancakeBreakfastParents were invited along to a pancake breakfast with their children on the 4th March. Homemade fluffy pancakes with a choice of healthy and delicious toppings were enjoyed by all.

 


 2013

96.4 Eagle Radios Christmas Toy Appeal
NewsEventsToyAppealFriends and Families of Tootsies Nursery donated a generous amount of new toys to be sent to the 96.4 Eagle radio Christmas toy appeal, the toys are delivered to children in need throughout the local area.

Brightwells Collection
NewsEventsBrightwellsCollectionChildren from both nurseries went along to the Brightwells center in Farnham this week to deliver generous donations of chocolates and biscuits donated by our parents, and treated the elderly visitors to some Christmas carols. It was a great success bringing smiles to faces for all involved.

Christmas Charity Collections
NewsEventsFoodBankFarnham Foodbank Christmas Collection - the nursery collected over 56 Kilos of food for the Foodbank. The food was given to local families who benefit from this much needed local charity, to support them in the festive season with a hamper of food.

Christmas Nativity Scene
NewsEventsNativitySceneThe children from Pre-school at Tootsies Monkton created a Christmas Nativity Scene which was on display in the Farnham Library. The children are very proud of all their hard work on display ... and they should be too it looked marvellous.

Team Tootsies takes on The Grim Challenge
NewsEventsGrimChallengeA small team made up of Tris the nursery chef, Charlotte, deputy manager for Weydon Lane and Wayne Rendall, a parent from Monkton Lane took part in The Grim Challenge to raise funds for the Farnham Foodbank charity which offers families in crisis access to nutritious food parcels and support. The race is an 8 mile run though the tank tracks in Aldershot, the route will take us up Steep hills, through thick mud, icy waist deep puddles and under cargo nets!


Our team has managed to raise an amazing £150.00 for the charity, making it all worthwhile ... Go Team Tootsies!!

Nursery Management Today 2013 Awards
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On Saturday 30th November we put on our best frocks and travelled up to the London Metropole Hotel to join in with the 2013 NMT Awards Ceremony. We had been shortlisted for 2 categories, Kate Butler head of baby room at Tootsies Monkton Lane was shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement and the Little Tootsies Team at Tootsies Weydon Lane had been shortlisted for the Nursery Team Award.

This year we didn't come home with any trophies, however we did return with an amazing sense of achievement and pride, to have been recognized and shortlisted to the final few in a national award, is winning.

I'm sure you will join us in congratulating the ladies in their nominations and being shortlisted.

Safety Week
NewsEventsSafetyWeek2013In November Children at both nurseries were involved in activities to promote road safety awareness. Activities included Making a giant hand print poster to display, to remind them of the importance of holding hands when walking out and about.

Chalking roads and crossings in the garden to help them understand about road safety, including crossing the road, being a passenger in a car and wearing your seat belt and safety equipment to be seen and safe such as reflectors, hi-vis jackets and cycle helmets.

Singing songs about road safety and taking local trips and outings to practice using their keeping safe skills.

As a part this week long campaign we were lucky enough to have had funds donated to the nursery by Farnham Funeral Services. This has enabled us to provide each child with a hi-visibility snap band, which they can then wear on their arm when out and about to help them be more visible to road user. They have also provided us with a teaching aid in the form of a teddy wearing his own hi-vis jacket, and he is now our official 'Keep Safe' mascot. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Farnham Funeral Service for getting involved and supporting our week long project.

5th October - Grandparents open morning
NewsEventsGrandparentsOpenMorningAnother successful open morning held for the children to bring along their grandparents and show what they get up to at nursery, lovely homemade scones and tea were served and enjoyed by all.

28th September - Nursery World Awards Evening
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We attended the awards evening which recognises achievement of practitioners and settings in the early years. We had been shortlisted in two categories, Nursery Food and Community Support. We nervously waited to hear if we had been successful in winning ... we had, Tootsies took home two Trophies, the only nursery to do so!

28th September - Farnham Food Festival
NewsEventsFoodFestival2013We went along with a stall full of tasty free samples of the foods children enjoy at the nursery, these were offered free to people, only payment was that they spread the word about Tootsies and our delicious food!!

16th July - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
NewsEventsHelicopterHampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flew in to visit the children, the helicopter landed at the Farnham Rugby Club grounds, children were able to explore the helicopter and talk with the pilot and medics aboard.

3th July - Air Ambulance Fun Day
NewsEventsAirAmbulanceWe held a fun day to help raise funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The day was a scorcher and lots of parents and friends of Tootsies came along to support this worthy charity. There were lots of stalls, including emergency services and other community events and projects. The air ambulance was planned to fly in and land, but were sadly directed to an emergency, proving what a much needed resource they are.

7th July - Farnham Charity Bike Ride
On a very hot day Farnham a team of Tootsies managers, chef, directors and parents took part in the Farnham Charity Bike Ride, completing 25 and 50 mile courses. A total of 973 riders entered the 2013 Farnham Charity Bike Ride raising money for local charities and causes. All our riders set off with excitement and returned with big smiles and a medal. A great day had by all.

30th June - Picnic in the park
A very warm Sunday saw Gostrey Meadows turn into a hive of activity for the annual picnic in the park. Tootsies hosted the Pimms tent in aid of the Mayors charity BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association). It was a great day with lots of money raised for this worthwhile charity.

29th June - Farnham Carnival
Tootsies children, parents and staff took art in this local annual event, the theme for this year was 'Show Time' we entered as a Show Jumping Team complete with Hobby Horse Heads and jumps. The entry was a great succsess and we placed second in our category. Once judged we made our way with all the other floats through thetown handing out flags and fuzzy bugs, a brilliant atmosphere as always and a fab day had by all.

22nd June - Parent First Aid Workshop
Parents from Tootsies and the local area came along to take part in a frist aid workshop with St John Ambulance, the workshop offered valuable life saving skills and information about childhood illnesses.

15th June - Fathers Breakfast Morning
Children brought along their Daddies to enjoy a couple of hours of fun together, the dads got involved in helping to tidy and plant the nurseries garden areas aswell as enjoying a homemade sausage sandwhich.

3rd June - Staff Traning at Monkton Lane
Staff came together with the nursery chef Tris and received training in food and nutrition helping them to understand what goes into the meals at nursery, nutritional requirements of a child and portion control. Staff all took part in practicle activities including serving a meal and then trying to squish it all into a child size stomach, hands on messy fun!

8th June - came along to the nursery to help with the preperation of carnival props, Rosettes were expertly made and 32 hobby horse heads were cut out, painted and threaded with a mane of wool.

2nd June - Music in the Meadow Farnham
We hosted the tea tent on behalf of the Farnham Foodbank, the weather was brilliant for the first of the summer music in themeadows and lots of people attended. Tris made some delicious cakes and slices for the people of Farnham to buy and enjoy, we raised a massive £266.00 for the Farnham Foodbank.

16th May - Staff Traning at Weydon Lane
Staff came together with the nursery chef Tris and received training in food and nutrition helping them to understand what goes into the meals at nursery, nutritional requirements of a child and portion control. Staff all took part in practicle activities including serving a meal and then trying to squish it all into a child size stomach, hands on messy fun!

6th April - Easter Open Day
Weydon Lane held their joint Easter and 9th Birthday celbrations. The mayor and mayoress of Farnham came along and joined the parents for a yummy homemade hotcross bun and tea and to cut the birthday celebration cake. Parents and children joined in with the creative activities and enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt.

23rd March - Easter Open Day
Monkton Lane held their Easter Open Day for parents to comealong and enjoys some creative fun and the Easter Egg Hunt with their children, even though the weather was grey and wet the mood was springy like the Easter Rabbit!

19th March - Ofsted Inspecton
Weydon Lane received a visit form Ofsted as a part of the normal inspection process. All staff and children showed off brilliantly how great their day at nursery is and the massive effort that the team put into each child as individuals and planning activities

19th March - Ofsted Inspecton
Weydon Lane received a visit form Ofsted as a part of the normal inspection process. All staff and children showed off brilliantly how great their day at nursery is and the massive effort that the team put into each child as individuals and planning activities to support their development. Ofsted recognised the dedication of the management and the nursery to coniual developemtn and awarded them the highest grade of Oustanding. to support their development. Ofsted recognised the dedication of the management and the nursery to coniual developemtn and awarded them the highest grade of Oustanding.

15th March - Red Nose Day
Children and staff came to nursery with funky hair to raise money for this wrthy charity. Baby room staff at Weydon lane raised over £200 and all dyed their hair pink! Jointly the nurseries rtaised in excsess of £300.

11th March - NDNA Healthy Body Happy Me Week.
The celebratory week promises to be an exciting and action packed week for the children with specially planned days to help the children celebrate and promote healthy lifestyles. The children were involved in activities throughout the week - musical Monday, Moos-day Tuesday, Wheelie Wednesday, Happy Hand-day and Fundraising Family Friday

9th March - Mother's day Breakfast
Children were invited to bring their mummies along for a celebratory breakfast to say thank you to their fab mummy's. Lots of mummy's came along and enjoyed a range of home baked breads and some fun activities with their children.

7th March - World Book Day
staff and children came to nursery dressed as their favourite story charectors and enjoyed a day themed around stories and traditional tales. Some parents came and joined the fun by reading their most faveroute story books to the children, a group of children went along to the local library and joined their special story time. The day was finished with a specail visitor in the form of Paddington Bear who came along to say hello to the children.

12th February - Parents Pancake Breakfast
Parents joined their children for a pancke breakfast, all were offered freshly made pancakes and a choice of toppings including Winter Fruits, Apple and Sultana, Sliced Banana Drizzled with Honey and Granola Crunch with Natural Yoghurt

12th January and 2nd February 2013: Parents First Aid Workshops

At Tootsies Nursery we give high precedence to our staff training, skills and continual professional development; we work hard to ensure that all our staff have suitable paediatric first aid training and are confident in what to do should a first aid emergency arise. This is something we wanted to extend to our parents, offering them the opportunity to gain some of this valuable knowledge and skills.

Together with our local St John Ambulance team we facilitated a workshop in first aid and lifesaving skills such as resuscitation for babies, children and adults and how to deal with a choking incident.
As a part of reaching out to the community St John Ambulance offered this at no cost to the parents or nursery, Tootsies arranged for childcare teams to be available on the day to enable parents the time to come and take part in the workshop.
The day was a great success with over 50 people, including some grandparents attending. Another course is booked for early February which is already under great demand, with further dates to be confirmed.

Feedback has been positive about the initiative; parents said they now felt confident with how to deal with an emergency situation should the need ever arise. It has also given Tootsies the opportunity to work with another great local resource in our community, St John Ambulance.


2012

December: Christmas Production and Parties
The festive season bought us the annual event of the Preschool christimas production, this year the plan was to make it more of a traditional theme and we made use of our local community!

Weydon Lane held their Nativity Play at St Peters Church in Wrecclesham and it was attended by the deputy mayor of Farnham, Paddy Blagden. Monkton Lane nursery held their Nativity Play at St John The Evanaglest Chursch, Hale.
The Nativity Plays were a great succsess with lots of parents and grandparents coming to watch the little stars. All children throughout the nursery enjoyed a Christmas party with fun and games followed by a visit with Father Christmas and a special gift for all.

December: Charity Work
Throughout the month of December we collected for two causes, The Farnham Foodbank and toys for children in a local womans refuge, the refuge wrote to us saying that the collections had made a huge difference to the children staying with them over Christmas.

We again supported the Farnham Round Table in their festive santa sleigh rounds collecting money for local charities, much fun was had singing carols and making lots of faces smile on the yung and old alike.

24 November 2012: NMT Nursery Awards 2012

The Nursery Management Today awards celebrated their 10th Anniversary this year, making them the longest established and most popular awards in the nursery sector. The aannual event promotes excellence for all staff working in nurseries. The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to all those working in childcare to receive the recognition they fully deserve. Already Confident that Tris is by far the best chef in the industry we donned our best dresses and suits and headed to the London Hilton Metropole Hotel, having enjoyed a lovely meal the anxious wait began whist other awards were called. Finally it came to the category we had all been waiting for Nursery Chef of the Year, a short film of the cook off day was played a as we held our breath as they opened the envelope... 'The winner if nursery chef is......... Tristian Strover' followed by much cheering and clapping from us all. Congratulations Tris you are amazing.

16 November 2012: Children In Need

Every year the staff, families and children of Tootsies suppot this worthy charity. This year chidlren and staff paid a pound to came dressed in spots or as a clown. We held cake sales, guess the baby competition and a raffle, both Tootsies nurseries raised a staggering combined total of £385.75. a big thank you to all the parents for their kind donations.

30 October 2012: Zoolab

Both nurseries had a visit from some special creepy crawlies today. Zoolabs classic Halloween workshop where the presenter comes dressed as a friendly wizard and tells the children the story of Meg the witch and Mog the rat.

6 October 2012: Grandparents Day

Children were invited to bring along their Grandparents for a special open morning to say thank you for being such great grandparents. All the grandparents were offered tea and scones served with homemade redberry jam. It was a great way for them to come and visit the nursery and meet each others friends.

3 October 2012: NMT Nursery Chef of the Year Judging Day

Tris took part in the judging day for this industry award which involved a cook off against four other nursery chefs, Tris had one hour to cook a 2 course meal from one of the nursery menus served at the nursery. The results will be revealed at the NMT Awards evening on the 24th Novmber 2012, wish us luck.

29 September 2012: Farnham Food Festival

This was the second year that Tootsies took part in the Farnham food Festival. We offered free samples of the food the children enjoy at nursery all homemade by our brilliant chef Tris. We also donated a child friendly hamper full of homemade goodies to the Mayors fund raiser for his chosen charity this year 'Farnham Foodbank'.

24 September 2012: Harvest Festival

Tootsies Nurseries showed its support to the local charity Farnham Foodbank ths week and collected food which will be donated by the foodbank to local fmailies in need. In total Tootsies collected 49kgs of food.

10 September 2012: Happy Birthday Monkton Lane

Tootsies Monkton Lane celebrated their 3rd Birthday. The Farnham Mayor and Mayoress joined the children for a celebratory lunch of homemade golden potato cottage pie served with roasted seasonal vegetables.

22nd August 2012: Weydon Lane Sports Day

The Tootsies Olympic celebrations were closed with Karen Brown and Deputy manager Charlotte making the journey back across Farnham carrying the 'Tootsies' Olympic torch supported again by local Policeman David Woodrow and PCSO Martin Porter. The torch was presented to the children of Weydon Lane to open their sports day.

Staff Children and parents took part in races on the school field followed by a garden party tea and medals presentation for all the children.

27 July 2012: Monkton Lane Sports Day

The Tootsies Olympic celebrations began with the Olympic torch being seen off by the children of Tootsies Weydon Lane and being carried by nursery director Karen Brown who ran with the 'Tootsies Olympic Torch' supported by Sharon from Morph Fitness, Crondall and our local Policeman David Woodrow and PCSO Martin Porter.

The torch was met at Monkton Lane by the children and Paula Fudge; former women's 3000 metre WORLD RECORD HOLDER and Commonwealth Games GOLD MEDALLIST. Paula also joined in our sports celebrations by handing out medals to the children.

After all the races all children and parents enjoyed a party tea and fun in the garden.

9 July 2012: Twitter was launched

Tootsies joined the twittersphere and began tweeting the daily menu and news in July, You can follow us at @tootsiesnursery.

7 July 2012: Big Congratulations to Kelly

Our Deputy manager at Monkton Lane on her marriage to Martin Gray. The team went along in the evening to help them both celebrate their marriage.

We wish them many years of happiness together.

30 June: Farnham Carnival

The theme for the carnival this year was ' be a sport' Tootsies entered as a rowing team, as always the atmoshphere was amaizing with so many other groups making great efforts with their costumes and floats too. Tootsies were really plesed with thirsd place in our categorie and would like to say a big thankyou to all the children and parents who helped make it a great procession With special thanks to to mrBen maintenance for building the brilliant canoe float for the children to ride in.

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9 and 16 June: Fathers Day Saturday Breakfast Club

Fathers were invited to come along on Saturday 9th and 16th June from 9am to 11am for a fathers day breakfast club. There was lots to do including football fun, construction and den building.

Dads were able to enjoy sausages made from scratch by Tris the chef served with homemade baps and tomato sauce. A lovely morning had by all and great to see so many daddys attending.

5 June: Queens Diamond Jubilee

Both nurseries opened to celebrate the queens Diamond Jubilee. The day started with children and staff coming dressed in patriotic colours of red, white and blue. A street party themed lunch was enjoyed with food fit for the queen! A lovely day enjoyed by all.

5 April: Weydon Lane 8th Birthday

Tootsies Weydon Lane celebrated their eighth birthday with the staff and children enjoying lots of fun and games followed by a party tea.

Easter Open Days

Tootsies Nursery is holding an Easter open day for current and prospective parents, come along and enjoy the fun. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny with treats for the Easter egg hunt and much more. Tris the nursery chef will also be holding a master class to show you how to prepare one of your child's favourite dishes.

Monkton Lane Nursery: Saturday 24th March, from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Weydon Lane Nursery: Saturday 31st March, from 11.00am to 1.00pm

12 March: Mothers Day

All mummys were invited to come to a special celebration teas with their child to celebrate mothers day and to say thank you for being great mummys.