It's been a while, and I can assure you I have been very very busy since our lovely Autumn extravaganza!
I have lots of news for you - you have probably read about our intention to accept preschool children early next year. It has been (and still is) quite a slog getting it all sorted out! I have decided to get business advice via Devon County Council, which has proved very interesting. I have a better idea of how it will work now, and by Easter we should be offering funded places and already have one Ofsted inspection under our belts.
We are also soon to run out of discretionary days where Ofsted allows under 8's to attend without registration. I am pleased to tell you that we will also be registering the School Holiday Club on the Childcare register, so you will be able to use funding vouchers soon for holiday care too, and we will be able to accept under 8's for ever and ever!.
The garden and house will need a bit of adapting before the preschoolers arrive, but it is all very exciting, and as far as the holiday club is concerned, the new risk assessments and facilities will only make it a better place for all (although it won't be as easy to get into the cupboards bigger peeps!!!).
Another exciting thing is the new Christmas banner which will go up as soon as I can coax Roger out of his office!! And I have had to order a new small banner, due to our original one being torn and destroyed during the recent storms. There is a competition - the first person to tell me on Facebook that they've seen the new banner will get a Christmassy bottle of wine with our love when they next drop off their child/children. GOOD LUCK PEEPS.
We can't wait to welcome the next group of children into our traditionally decorated historic Christmas home in January, and we will have lots of fun activities to blow away the January blues!
In the meantime, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a love filled New Year.
All the very best, and with love to all our Secret Garden friends, from Roger, Jules, Maisie and Miles x x x