Many of you have heard that Mrs Homer has announced she will retire from The Duckling Nursery at the end of this academic year. Her impact on our community cannot be overstated. Under her leadership, the nursery has started so many children on their educational journey and has shaped them into the wonderful people they are today.

Rest assured that The Duckling Nursery and its before and after school clubs will continue to thrive into the future. Until then, Mrs Homer will continue to work tirelessly for the children before her well-deserved retirement.

Friends of Ducklings

The date for our next meeting is Tuesday 13th February. We meet in The Rose and Crown in Writtle at 8pm. We have a small committee ready to begin organising our next event, which is our Family Day on Sunday 12th May. We would love more parents to come along and join us. Please come and see us if you require further information.

Parent/Carer agreement forms

I am still waiting for the final forms to be returned. These are a requirement for Essex regarding the claims for the 15 hours and 30 hours funding.

Two year funding

I think I have spoken to those parents concerned regarding the two year funding which is to become available for the summer term. To find out if you are eligible for the two year old funding and the 30 hours for 3/4 year olds you need to access the childcare choices website. Also if you have any questions hopefully I can answer them for you.

Website feedback

The Duckling website is looked after and updated by a nursery parent and we would love some feedback from you. If you have any comments or suggestions about how it can be improved please come and see us.


Once again we have had complaints regarding parking across driveways, parking on pavements and generally dangerous parking. The safety of the children and families is paramount so may we remind you all to be mindful of others when parking near the school.

Yellow Stars

We have had some stars returned with wonderful little achievements on them. Please keep them coming as the children love to share them with their friends and teachers.


We hope that everyone is now able to access their tapestry accounts. The staff have posted some beautiful photos and observations and would love to hear your comments. Also they would love to hear about your fun activities and adventures outside of Ducklings. These are always lovely to share with the children during a nursery day.

Drop offs and collection

Please be on time when dropping the children to nursery and when collecting them at the end of their day unless you have spoken to me about other arrangements. Also, if children are bringing toys with them can you ensure these are popped in their bags before coming into nursery.

Hairdressing/makeup and jewellery

The children love to play in the hairdressing/makeup and jewellery areas. Sadly, our resources have been slowly depleted over time. If you have anything you can donate to us we would be very grateful.


  • All clothing should be named including shoes wellies and slippers.
  • All lunch boxes/bags and water bottles should be named.
  • Children should only have water in their bottles rather than juice.
  • The nursery is a nut and egg free zone due to children’s allergies.

Nursery contact numbers

Mrs Homer’s working days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and she can be contacted on 07771 645270 at any time during these days.

On Mondays or Fridays. Please contact Mrs Park – 07967054184 or Mrs Moore – 07595286449 during working hours only.