Notices and forthcoming dates for your diary

Dates for January 2017

8th January – Nursery reopens

9th January –  Burns Night

10th January –  Australia Day

29th-3rd January – Story Telling Week

Dates for December 2017

15th December – Christmas Jumper Day – Donate £1 and wear your favourite Christmas Jumper for the Day!!

19th December – Christmas Party for Children (Magician) – All children are invited however if this is not their normal day an adult must stay with them. Please speak to your child’s key person.

20th December –  Carol Service Performance – 1pm – All parents and families are invited however if this is not their normal day an adult must stay with them.

19th December – Last Day before Christmas

23rd – 8th January – Nursery Closed

Dates for July 2017

7th International Chocolate Day – We are sure the children are going to enjoy learning all about chocolate, how it’s made and how it tastes on this special day!

16th National Ice Cream Day – The children will learn about how ice cream is made and will taste some different flavours.

20th – Graduation Morning/Leaving Party

24th Schools Holiday

26th Aunt and Uncles Day – The children will be making special cards for special people on this day.

Dates for June 2017

12th /13th – Parent’s Evening – you will be emailed during May to arrange a time and day for your Parents Evening appointment with your Keyperson – please book early as spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

17th  – Open Morning 9.30-12.30pm – The nursery and gardens will be open to all current and prospective parents, carers and families to come along, and join in some fun. We’ve got a breakfast BBQ, craft activities, raffle, cake sale and more. We look forward to seeing you then!

18th – Fathers Day

21st – Dover Transition Day for nurseries to meet new teachers

Teachers are invited into the nursery to meet your children and talk to their key person.

Date to be confirmed-Nursery children and graduation Photographs.

Dates for Diary May 2017

1st – May Day Bank Holiday- Nursery Closed

5th – Festival-Japanese Children’s Day

16th  – Makaton Training

27th – Start of Ramadam

29th -Bank Holiday- Nursery Closed

29th– 2nd June- Half Term

Dates for Diary April 2017

Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter Egg Hunt – Thursday 13th April 2017 1.15pm – 3pm – Children not due to atend nursery on this day are welcome to come along and join in the fun but must be accompanied by an adult, bring your Easter bonnet with you! Light refreshments will be available.

We are closed for the Easter Holiday on Good Friday (14th April) and Easter Monday (17th April) and re open on Tuesday 18th April.

St Georges Day Celebrations – Parents Craft Afternoon 21st April  2017    1.15pm – 3pm Creating some amazing George and the Dragon crafts as we talk about St George

St Georges Day – 23rd April 2017

Dates for Diary March 2017

St. David’s Day – Wednesday 1st  – Our children will be making daffodils and NW 3learning about this day.

World book day – Thursday 2nd – Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book characters and bring in books to share. All parents and Families are invited to come into read or spend time within the session.NW 2

Holi festival of colours – Monday 13th – Our children will be learning about this    festival  exploring   colour, patterns and making marks.

St. Patrick’s Day – Friday 17th .NW 1

World poetry Day – Tuesday 21st – Our children will be  exploring songs, poems and rhymes.

Sports Relief – Friday 24th –  Choochoos will be raising money for sport relief by inviting all staff and children to wear red and sport clothes for £1. We will have a cake sale and other activities to raise money for this.

Mother’s day – Sunday 26th – Our children will be making items for the ones we love throughout the week.

Easter Half term dates – Monday 3rd April – Friday 14th April.

Bank holiday Friday 14th and Monday 17th. CLOSED.



February 2017:

  •  Tuesday 7th February to Monday 13th February – Story Telling Week.

Our children will be celebrating story telling week by storiesfocusing on different stories throughout the week, making their own props and visiting the library.  All parents and families are welcome to come in and  read to our children or take part in a story time.

  • Tuesday 14th February—Valentines day, we will be celebrating Valentines day by talking about the ones we love valentinesand making items for them which they will be bringing home.


  • Week commencing Monday 27th February – Parents Evening, all parents/ families will be invited to meet with your child’s key person to discuss their progress and development. Your input is important to us in reviewing your child’s next steps. Your child’s key person will also be asking for your input to provide some evidence on post it notes. Please fill out and return the post it notes to your child’s key person as soon as you can. Thank you.
  • Tuesday 28th February – Pancake day, we will be teaching the children about the pancakemeaning of pancake day. They will be baking their own pancakes throughout the week. Our children will also be visiting the bakery this week.

Happy New Year from all of us at Choochoos Day Nursery

What’s on at Choochoos Day Nursery Whitstable

January 2017:

Australia Week – Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January

We will be celebrating Australian Culture.  We will be trying Australian food, learning songs & dances, cooking Australian food and Emily our Australian Practitioner will be visiting all the room throughout the week to teach the children about Australia.  Children and staff are invited to wear/bring in anything Australian throughout the week.  

Chinese New Year – Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February 2017

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year this week.  We will be exploring Chinese culture, making Chinese food, listening to Chinese music and learning Chinese words.   Children and staff are invited to bring in any Chinese stories or activities.

What’s on for November and December 2016:

Tuesday 1st November – Choochoos will be exploring bonfire night this week, we will be creating bonfire/firework creations and teaching our children about the meaning of bonfire night.

Sunday 13th November – To celebrate Remembrance Sunday, we will be teaching our children the meaning of this day, making our own poppies and talking about our families and loved ones.

Wednesday 16th November – A Cat Protection Lady will be visiting our Butterfly and Caterpillar children to talk about how to care and look after cats.

Friday 18th November – Choochoos will be supporting Children in Need, to support this charity and raise funds we will be inviting all children and staff to wear spots all or part of the week for a voluntary donation of £1.  We are also holding a  Bouncy Castle Sponsored Bounce, in which your child  can collect sponsors to raise   money.  Please see your child’s key person if you would like your child to take part in this.  Other ways parents/families could get involved in this fund raising, should you wish to, would be to bake cakes/items for us to sell.

Monday 21st November – Road  Safety week. We will be teaching our children about road safety and will be  visited by the local Road Safety Officer.

Please see each individual room for their planned activities for full details.

December 2016

Monday 5th December  2.00-3.30pm – Choochoos craft afternoon, all parents and families are welcome to join us in making a variety of Christmas items.

Friday 9th December 11.30-1.30pm  – Our Christmas party, all children are welcome to join us for our Christmas party, even if they do not attend on this day, free of charge.  Parents are not required to stay to supervise, but we do ask for a food donation.  During the party, we will provide a Christmas party lunch, a visit from Santa, games and lots of fun!

Friday 9th December 10am – the Butterfly Christmas Performance at St Alphege Church, Whitstable. All  parents are invited to attend the performance.

Last day – Friday 16th December , Closed – Monday 20th December and we reopen – Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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Choochoos Day Nursery will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 30th May.

Children who attend term time only will not attend Choochoos during the week Tuesday 31st May through to Friday 3rd June 2016. Normal sessions apply from Monday 6th June.


Christmas Holiday Closure Dates 2016-2017

As many parents have already requested, please find below our closure dates for the Christmas period 2016. We do aim to keep in line with local school closures as much as possible.

Closed 19/12/16 – 2/1/17

Re open 3/1/2017.

Holiday Closure – Choochoos Day Nursery will be closing at 6pm on Friday 18th December and reopening on Monday 4th January at 8am.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the staff at Choochoos.  We look forward in seeing you in 2016.


Parents and Families
Please join us this Saturday 20 JUNE 2015
From 10.30am
Lots of fun for all with many stalls, attractions and refreshments

Summer Fete

June 2015 Welcome Gemma Ditchman who has recently been employed as our ‘Lunch time’ cover. Gemma will be caring for all children of all ages. Please come and see Rebecca Dunmore (Manager) if you would like a formal introduction.

Gemma Ditchman

9th July 2015 2-15 Children leaving for school,  Graduation party Thursday 2- 4 pm

June 2015 – Congratulations Stacey  on becoming our new Health and Safety officer.

June 2015 – Opening very soon – Our new Sand play Kitchen

June 2015 – Choochoos will be celebrating our practitioner’s length of employment. We will be celebrating by giving employees a certificate with their length of time they have worked for Choochoos. We will also be providing them with badge with stars to show the number of years they have worked.

20 June 2015 – Summer Fete 10:30am – 1:30pm Donations welcome for prizes and stalls. All families very welcome to come along and support.