Our Big Day

We’ve decided to hold an open day/family fun day at the Village Nursery.  Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  Well, let’s just say Rebecca and I are finding out what it’s like to be on the ragged edge of our nerves throughout this process!  As we keep asking each other – why oh why are we doing this? – I thought it would be useful to remind myself in a blog exactly why!

We love our nursery and are so proud of the care and learning experiences and the relationships we have with families here.  We’re often told from new parents who visit though that they had no idea the nursery was here.  So, even though we have a reasonably healthy stream of enquiries and new starters, we thought it would be a good time to promote the nursery given spaces being released at this time of year when our pre-schoolers leave (not a happy time for staff….little faces saying good-bye who you have loved and cared for throughout their time with us).

Our vision is to have a great day with our families who attend nursery at the moment and hopefully to meet many more new families who are looking for a nursery place too.  So, we’ve really tried to pull all the stops out (and may have gone a tad over budget as we did so – sorry Ian!) – but we think we’ve planned a great day.  As confident as we are about the day though, we both have that anxiety you have when you throw a party…. will everyone come?? will it look like we’ve no friends??  So Ian’s put together a fantastic flyer, we’re printing banners and we’ve even got a 1/2 page ad in the Stretford & Urmston and Sale & Altrincham Messengers (look out for it, next Thursday 19th of July)- whooohoo – get us!!  And now I’m going to work on getting the message out on the twittersphere and facebook.  There’ll be no escaping us.

One of the things I’m most excited about on the day is managing to book Mrs. Magpie.  Having been recently introduced to a fantastic organisation called Wild Rumpus (more about their amazing Just So Festival – where we’ll be manning the “lost child tent” in a later blog), I was determined (poor Rebecca was tired of listening to me go on about it) to have some kind of imaginative and unique entertainment for children on the day.  Wild Rumpus pointed me in the direction of Mother Hen Creative and after a brief chat on the phone, I knew we needed their Mrs. Magpie to join us!  All I can say is, you’re in for a treat on the day…!  And if Mrs. Magpie isn’t your bag – we’ve balloon making, face painting, pony rides, bouncy castle and allsorts.

I’ll keep you posted on progress – if I can tear myself away from checking the long range weather forecast every 10 minutes!

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