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Come along to as many events as you can, everyone is welcome

Parental Stay and Play Events

Our stay and play events are a great social, fun occasion which encourages our families to come along and play and learn with your child. It will give you the opportunity to play and learn as your child does, provide the opportunity to meet and discuss your child’s developmental progress with your child’s special carers as well as meet other parents/families whose children also play and learn in your child’s room.

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SNOWDROPS (0-2YRS) 9.30am till 11.00am  

- Wednesday 1st march  2017                                                                - Wednesday 28th June 2017                                                                - Wednesday 11th October 2017



Sunflowers (3-5 YRS) 9.30 till 11.00am

- Wednesday 15th March 2017                                                            - Wednesday 12th July 2017                                                             - Wednesday 25 October 2017

Buttercups (2-3 YRS) 9.30am till 11.00am

- Wednesday 8th March 2017                                                               - Wednesday 5th July 2017                                                               - Wednesday 18th October 2017

It is important to our special carers that we develop strong professional parental working partnerships with all of our families. We believe that our families need to be involved in all aspects of nursery life.

There will be lots of messy play… so come along in something comfortable that you don’t mind getting messy.  Children who are not due in on the day are more than welcome to attend and come along too.

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First Steps Photography

Monday 9th October 2017  

8.30am  - 2.00pm


Our Annual nursery photographs will be happening on Monday 9th October 2017.


Children and families who would like photographs taken who are not due in nursery on the day can drop in between 9.30-10.30am or 2-3pm.


Backdrops: First Steps will have a white backdrop and an optional Christmas themed back drop should any images be required as Christmas presents.


Siblings and family members are welcome to come along for group photos.


Nativity - 20th December 2017 – It’s a Baby!

Morning performance 10am

Afternoon Performance 2pm


The Children at Child’s Play are going to tell you a story. The story of weary Bethlehem Inn Keeper who just wanted to get a little bit of rest. Little did he know he was in for a magical, wondrous night. Together with a number of sparklingly catchy songs which will help get everyone into the Christmas Spirit!


On the day of your child’s performance, please make sure your child is at nursery 1 hour before his/her performance time so we can transform them into their character. Should any child get upset on the day, we ask a family member to join us on the stage and help sing and clap along to the music.

We ask that photographs are taken at the end of the performance and not before.


 The performance will be held in the Cleves Ferry Suite of Ferryhill Community Hub, we ask that no child has more than 6 family/friends to ensure we have enough seats for everyone.

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Christmas Stay and Play Party

21st December 2017 – 2pm


Our annual Christmas Stay and Play Christmas Party will be held in the Cleves Ferry Suite of Ferryhill Community Hub.


All children and families are welcome to attend.


A host of Christmas and winter inspired play activities and experiences will be on offer to keep children and families busy and entertained.


We have it on good authority Santa will also be dropping by for a visit.


If your child is not at nursery on this afternoon, they are still welcome to attend but they MUST BE accompanied by an adult.


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Our Parental Stay and Play Events are hugely popular with our families as they get to spend sometime with their little people playing and learning alongside them, and seeing exactly what work they do on a day to day basis. (Play is work to our children.)


It is also a great change for parents to discuss children's individual progress as well as meet other children and families who the children play and learn with every day.

2017 Big Charity Toddle

24th May 2017  2.00pm - 3.30pm

Theme: Super heroes


The most anticipated Child’s Play event of the year. Our annual fancy dress charity walk.


This year our 2017 Charity walk will aim to help raise some much needed money for the Durham and Darlington NHS Special Care Baby Units (SCBU).


SCBU is close to so many of our families and staff hearts and we hope that the money we raise will help towards making the units more family friendly and comfortable.


In 2016 Laura our Managing Director’s little boy spent ten days on the unit after arrive unexpectedly six and a half weeks early, she said “The unit staff on SCBU are amazing and work exceptionally hard to look after each and every baby. From experience I found the unit very cold and not very family friendly so I hope that our funds can help make the experience that little nicer so parents can have more opportunities to develop strong attachments with their babies.”


 Last year (2016) we raised an raised an astonishing £2,104.00 for Nicole's Dream Disney Holiday 2016- let’s see if we can raise even more this year.

2017 Graduation - 21st July at 1:30pm

Our 2016 School and Nursery Leavers held a very special leavers performance in the Cleves Ferry Suite of Ferryhill Community Hub.


We welcomed all family members as they sang some special songs, share some magic moments and received their graduation certificates from the Child’s Play staff.

Halloween 2017

Tuesday 31st October.

31st October 2017 we are having a Halloween fancy dress day, staff will be joining in with this too.

Children who are not in nursery on this day are welcome to dress up throughout the rest of the week too.


We welcomed all family members as they sang some special songs, share some magic moments and received their graduation certificates from the Child’s Play staff.

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Help raise funds for the Nursery and the Fire Fighters Charity

How to get involved- do you have any old or outgrown clothes? Simply pop them in a charity bag and drop them into nursery.


- Bags MUST be received by 29th June 2017 Collection  -


(Its the perfect time to have a clear out before the Christmas festivities begin!)


For more information on this please do not hesitate to contact us.

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29th June


Football, Sports and Physical Development Program

I recently read a shocking statistic stating prison inmates get more outdoors and sports time that early years children! Well, it’s safe to say I was shocked as Child’s Play have always valued and promoted physical development with our children.

Exciting- our Special Carer Sophie (who holds a Level 1 Coaching Qualification) has been busy putting together a Football and Sports Program to help promote further opportunities for our children to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills.


Starting: Monday 8th May 2017

FREE: 6 week Program

2-3yr: Buttercups:  9.30am to 10.15am

3-5yr: Sunflowers:  10.30am to 11.15am


Families and children who are not in nursery on these dates/times are still welcome to attend but must have an adult present at all times.

Where possible we will try to use the enjoining football field next to nursery so please make sure children and adults are dressed in appropriate outdoor sports footwear and clothing.


Signing Tots

Signing Tots is back following popular demand and is FREE to our Snowdrops (0-2yr) and Buttercups (2-3yr) families and children.


Starting: Thursday 11th May 2017

Times: 10am (last approx. 30 mins)

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All children and families welcome. If you are not due into nursery today you may still attend this event, but must have an adult present at all times.