Training Day Closure

Our Nursery and Playgroup will be closed on Friday 28th April 2023 for a Training Day. It is May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 1st May when our setting will be closed. We will open again on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.

Daffodil Challenge - Easter Break 2023

Thank you to all of the children, parents/carers and wider family members who took part in our Daffodil Challenge over the Easter Break. We have lots and lots of wonderful daffodil designs, collage, pictures, photos and sculptures that you have all made for us to celebrate spring. We will display every daffodil creation in our main foyer outside Mrs. Grant's room as soon as we can. Please pop in to see it when it is finished. If you haven't had time to complete our Daffodil challenge yet or have not had a chance to return your creations, there is still time so please send them in when you can. If you have not managed to create a daffodil at home with your child and need some help with ideas or resources, then please speak to your child's keyworker and we will help you.

Every child who takes part in the Daffodil Challenge, will be rewarded with a certificate and sticker. We will be giving these out soon. We will photograph the creation and certificate and put it in to your child's Learning Journal too.

King Charles III Coronation Parties at Monkchester

We will be celebrating King Charles III coronation in Nursery on Friday 5th May 2023. We will have a coronation party and children can wear their own clothes or dress in red, white and blue. Alternatively if the children would like to dress up as a King, Queen, Prince or Princess (or any member of Royalty) they can do this as well. If children prefer to come in their usual uniform that is fine too. If parents/carers need any help with dressing up costumes then please speak to your child's keyworker and we will help. As with all of our special events, there is no charge for this activity and it is FREE to everyone.  We will provide Coronation Party food for this event too - free for all children, so there is no need to bring a packed lunch or pay for a school meal on this day.

Playgroup children will also celebrate this special event during their sessions and staff will be in touch soon to let you know the day/days/sessions when each group will celebrate the coronation.

Nursery and Playgroup will close on Monday 8th May 2023 for the Bank Holiday celebration set aside for the King's coronation.
 Poverty Proofing Monkchester with Children North East - Thank you to everyone involved.
We have been working with Children North East over the past year to take part in a Poverty Proofing trial as they have not worked specifically with nursery schools and nursery before. 
Thank you to all of the parents/carers who completed the questionnaire we sent home about Poverty Proofing. Thanks also to all of the parents who joined in with the focus group survey with Saffia from Children North East as we had a brilliant turn out for this event. 
Saffia has been in to school during this past week (w/b 17/04/23) to talk to staff and children. She will compile all of her findings in to a report for us that we will share with parents/carers and governors. The report will assess how well we support our families and their children with the hidden costs of having a child at Nursery/Playgroup. Hopefully, we will be able to work together to further improve any support we already offer. We also aim to make any changes that families said might help them during times of financial difficulties, such as the current cost of living crisis. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us working in the office at Nursery/Playgroup if you ever need any help during times of crisis. You can also speak to your child's keyworker if you prefer and we will help them to support you as much as they can.
Staff in Nursery/Playgroup Office who can help you are Mrs. Grant/Mrs. Innes, Mrs. Humble, Mrs. Terry (M/T/W/Th)  and/or Mrs. Howson (M/T/W). You can pop in to speak to us or telephone us on 0191 2654579.
19th September 2022

Monkchester Nursery School and Playgroup will be closed on Monday 19th September 2022. This closure is due to the Bank Holiday granted for the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. We will open at our usual times on Tuesday 20th September 2022. Thank you for your understanding at this sad time for the country. Anne Humble - Headteacher

16th July 2022 - Extreme Weather Warning
Dear Parents/Carers

There is an amber warning out from the Met office for increased temperatures from Sunday 17th  to Tuesday 19th July.

We are taking additional measures in Nursery and Playgroup to keep children cool including using shade. ventilation, avoiding playing out at midday, wearing sun hats and water breaks where everyone will stop for a drink.

Please ensure your child has sunscreen on and wears light, loose clothing over those two days in nursery and playgroup.

If your child has a sun hat or cap please allow them to wear it for nursery/playgroup. Please put their name inside so we know who it belongs to.

Many thanks
Ms Humble
11/07.2022 - Nursery Class 1 Family Day Out to Heaton Park
Dear Parents/Carers of Class 1 Nursery children,
We are looking forward to meeting you and your child at Heaton Park on Monday 11/07/22 at 10.00 a.m.
Please be aware that we are expecting it to be a very warm and sunny day and have listed some safety precautions for you to take for the visit.
Please make sure you put suncream on your child before the visit.
Please make sure your child has a hat to wear to protect them from the sun as they play.
Please put sensible shoes on your child that will allow them to run and play safely. Avoid open toe sandals and flip-flops or backless shoes that prevent them from playing safely on the park toys.
Please bring a jumper/cardigan/cover-up item for your child in case they get too much sun or begin to get sunburn. This is so we can cover their arms/legs later in the morning/afternoon if the sun gets too hot.
Please bring water with you for yourself and your child. Staff will also bring water bottles but as it will be very hot, children will need to drink water regularly.
Please be aware that IF the weather is too hot or children seem to be at risk of getting too much sun, we may have to leave earlier than planned. 
Staff will bring umbrellas for shade and seek to use shaded places in the park but IF children seem at risk from the sun at all (sunburn/sun-stroke etc) then we will advise an early finish to the trip.
Thank you for your help with this 'Family Day Out' and together we will make sure all of the children have fun and are kept safe.
Kerry Brown/Anne Humble and Class 1 staff.
Class Leader/Head Teacher



 8th July 2022

Please check your child's  Class Dojo for Summer Term Dates and Events. A summary of these is also available in Parent and Carers Information section.

18th March 2022

Please look in our Covid information section for the most recent guidance available for parents in Newcastle upon Tyne linked to Living with Covid 19.


14th - 18th February 2022

 Staff have set aside time after each session this week to meet with parents about their children's progress. Please contact your child's keyworker to book an appointment for a meeting. If you are unable to meet with us in person, please let staff know and they will up-date you with a written report on Class Dojo. Thank you for your help with our parent and staff communications.


 Wellbeing and Welfare

 This link below will take you to an information page for Newcastle with all kinds of support links and telephone numbers including those for benefits, crisis or emergency support, food, gas and electricity

 22.5.2020 - Please see letter for parents from Newcastle City Council in the Covid-19 section

- Take a look at this website at Hungry Little Minds. for ideas to do with children from newborn till 5.
Food Parcels
If you find that you are struggling for food at the moment we have a contact for a group that can help with supplying food parcels. Please send an email to - all queries will be dealt with confidentially.
Online Support
Action for Children is offering free online parenting support for families with children aged 0-19. You can ask us for help on all sorts of things – from how to keep your children entertained at home, to how to handle difficult behaviour, to how to manage stress and anxiety at this challenging time.  Head to to read our advice and useful resources, or talk directly to a parenting coach via our confidential 1-1 live chat.  Whatever you need, Action for Children are here to listen and support you.
Communicating with Children during this time of crisis (ICAN)
Take a look at our 'things to do at home' ideas for information and websites from the communication charity ICAN.
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