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Welcome to Little Leo’s Nursery or welcome back if you are returning. All new children are settling well. If your child still seems anxious try not to worry. For some of them it is their first time of being  left, but once they get used to the nursery, the other children and staff, it will not be long before they are happy to be left at nursery. Each child is an individual and will settle in their own time. If you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to discuss with your child’s Key Person, any staff in your child’s room, or myself.

Little Leo’s Nursery adheres to The Early Years Foundation Stage framework for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, This incorporate seven areas of development Three Prime areas which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language and four specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design, further information regarding this can be found on our website. Siobhan is working hard updating the website with photographs and more detailed information.


We are pleased Eileen Heron will continue as Early Years Advisor from Barnet Council for this term helping and supporting the nursery to further develop Little Leo’s quality provision in line with the requirements from Ofsted, focusing on interaction and readiness for School.  .

For this academic year we have a student from Barnet College who has enrolled on the level 3 childcare course, carrying out her student placement Rebecca Lindsey for this term will be supported by the Holly Berries Team, The student’s picture will be displayed in the lobby area along with all other staff.  The student will wear a name badge when working in the rooms.

Our Apprentice Giang Tran is continuing her training and is being supported by the Holly Berries team

We are pleased to announce and welcome Maria Nicholas who has joined the team in Cherry Blossom and Georgina Georgiou who has joined the team in Holly Berries.

The Home Reading scheme in Cherry Blossom is going well. The children are enjoying choosing books to take home and read with you.


Siobhan has been working hard updating Little Leos website very soon you will be able to view the revamped website.

We would like to thank all Parents for their support and bearing with us during this time where we are still trying to recruit staff for Little Buds. We have interviewed candidates but unfortunately so far, they have not been suitable.  I am sure you can all appreciate that we need to ensure to the best of our eendeavorsthat we employ suitably qualified and experienced staff.

We would like to thank Alys’s mum Rachel for coming in and carrying out a cooking activity for Rosh Hashanah with the children in Cherry Blossom and Akshayan’s mum Nish coming and reading a story to the children in Holly Berries. 

We have a very busy term, starting with our sponsored fancy dress starting on 24th October 2016 where monies raised will go towards buying all the children in the nursery Christmas presents for Father Christmas to give out to the children on Christmas Party day

We will also be raising money in for Children in Need the week ending 18th November where all the children will be making cakes for you to buy and can dress up spotty to help raise money. More information to follow.


Staff Training

Training undertaken by staff this term to date:

  • First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Developing Motor Skills in Early Years
  • Understanding the Two Year Progress Check
  • Early Years Music Loose parts and open-ended play
  • Nursery Rhymes and songs in early years
  • Terrific Two Year Olds
  • What does Challenge look like
  • Communication and Language development
  • Making Books
  • Scientific Knowledge and understanding the World
  • Nought to Walk
  • Mathematics throughout the learning environment


Junk Modelling

Please could we have your unwanted cereal boxes and cartons to encourage children’s ideas and creativity; Also if you have any natural sensory items that we can add to the babies sensory toys baskets(i.e. nail brushes, wooden spoons, pumice stones, unwanted small saucepans / Frying pans etc.



Buggies – Can parents / carers please fold up your buggies and place in the buggy shed.

Spare clothes – Can you please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes with their name written in them

Contact Photos – We still have parents who have not provided us with photos. It is important we have these to ensure that all staff are familiar with who is permitted to collect your child.

Enrolment Forms We also have parents who have still not returned their childs enrolment form, it is essential that we have these returned to ensure our records and information is up to date.

Absent - If your child is going to be absent from nursery, please ring in the morning and let us know. Also ring and let us know if you are going to be late and your child requires lunch (lunch is at 12.00noon)

Children’s belongings – Parents, please limit extra toys brought into nursery, as we do not accept responsibility if they are lost or broken.

Birth Certificates

Please can we remind all Parents to provide a copy of their children’s birth certificate if they have not already done so, Thank You.


3 Year Funding

Please can all Parents who have children in Cherry Blossom who have started to receive 3 year funding from September 2016, completed and return the Early Years Funding Form which have been provided.  Without this paperwork funding could be withdrawn by the Council.  Also with this funding form, if we do not already have a copy of your child’s birth certificate please can you bring the certificate in to the Nursery so that we can take a copy .  If you require a further copy of the funding form, please ask in the office.


Nursery Hours We would like to remind you that our core hours are 8am – 6pm.

We understand that sometimes with traffic you can arrive at the Nursery prior to 8am, which is not a problem as long as you stay with your child until 8am.  You will see some children already in the Nursery prior to 8am without their Parents and this will be because their Parents have paid for an early start and we have arranged for staff accordingly.  We currently also have some children where Parents have paid for a late finish so whilst we have staff working after 6pm if you have not paid for a Late finish and you are late collecting your child there will be a late collection fee applied of £10.00 per 15 minutes or part thereof.



We would like to remind Parents to use the designated Red squares in the carpark on drop off and collection of your child /ren to and from the nursery.

Please do not park on the hill of in front of the steps as this blocks the way for emergency services should they be required.


Festivals celebrated at nursery this term

Diwali 30th October 2016

Sukkot 17th October 2016

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2016

St Andrews Day 30th November 2016

Hanukkah 25th December 2016

Christmas 25th December 2016



  • Sponsored fancy dress week: Week commencing 24th October
  • Photographer Tuesday 15h November 2016 from 8.00 – 11.45am. If you do not wish your child to have his/her photo taken, please let staff know. Siblings and family welcome.
  • Coffee Morning  Thursday 17th November from 9am – 11am please come along and have a chat and meet some of the other Parents.
  • Childrens Christmas Lunch 14th December
  • Christmas Party  21st December at 2.30pm. Parents are invited for a drink / buffet at 3.15. Father Christmas will be arriving at 3.45. Children not in on that day are invited from 2.30 – 4.30 accompanied by a parent / carer. If anyone has any unwanted gifts that they can donate for our raffle we would be grateful.

Nursery Closed for Christmas (Last Day) 23rd December 2016

Re-Opens                                      Tuesday 3th January 2017


Little Leo's Nursery Staff

Athena Koukoutas                       Nursery Manager / Senior Designated Professional/ Health                                                                                            and Safety Officer


Debbie Richardson                      Deputy Manager / SENCO Co-ordinator, Deputy Designated

                                                   Professional Behaviour Management Advisor


Siobhan Murphy                         Third in Charge, Equal Opportunities Officer


Faranak Shabbak                        Early Years Practitioner (Cherry Blossom) Job Share

                                                   Team Leader


Hayley Wood                                Early Years Practitioner (Cherry Blossom) Job Share

                                                    Team Leader


Maria Nicolas                               Early Years Practitioner (Cherry Blossom)


Dilan Arslan                                  Early Years Practitioner (Cherry Blossom)


Siobhan Murphy                           Team Leader (Holly Berries)


Zoe Pringle                                   Early Years Practitioner (Holly Berries)


Melissa Allegro                             Early Years Practitioner (Holly Berries)


Georgina Georgiou                        Early Years Practitioner (Holly Berries)


Giang Tran                                    Early Years Apprentice (Holly Berries)


Ashlee McCarthy                          Team Leader (Little Buds)                         


Serina Green                                Early Years Practitioner (Little Buds)


Petra Bartolomeu                          Early Years Practitioner (Maternity Leave)


Roxana Hayfavi                             Nursery Housekeeper          




Athena Koukoutas

Nursery Manager