Monday, 13 December 2010

Playgroup Christmas Party and Holiday Dates

Playgroup's Christmas Party is this Thursday 16th December from 10.30am – 1pm. Parents are invited to return at 12.30pm.

Please note that there is no morning or lunch club sessions that day so children should not be brought to Woodland Corner until the party starts at 10.30am.

Woodland Corner closes at the end of the day this Friday and reopens on Thursday 6th January 2011.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Fundraising Update

Woodland Corner has been busy fundraising!

The "Pedal, Push and Scoot" has so far raised £261, many thanks to everyone who helped, supported and participated in this fun event. If you haven't returned your sponsor money yet please do so as soon as possible as we are deperate to order our amazing new building blocks before Christmas. Thank you everyone!

Please don't forget to visit our Tombola Stall at this Saturday's Village Christmas Fayre in the Village Hall, Nayland. (4th December) Please leave any Tombola prize donations in the lobby of Woodland Corner, both prizes and/or your help and support on the day are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Children in Need

Woodland Corner children will be supporting CHILDREN IN NEED this week by baking Pudsey Bear biscuits which will be available for parents and carers to buy on Thursday and Friday. Please remember to bring your purses and wallets with you when you collect your children!

Children attending Playgroup on Friday are encouraged to wear something yellow or spotty!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Successful Pedal, Push and Scoot!

Despite a false start on Thursday Woodland Corner's sponsored Pedal, Push and Scoot took place successfully on Friday 12th November with more than twenty children participating. Children and Parents completed circuits of the school playground on scooters, tricycles and pushing dolls' buggies to the soundtrack or "Roary the Racing Car"!

Every child received a certificate and trophy for their hard work. many thanks to both parents and staff who supported this fundraiser!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

URGENT : Sponsored Pedal Push & Scoot POSTPONED

Due to the awful weather the Sponsored "Pedal Push and Scoot" is POSTPONED until tomorrow, 
FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER at 9.30am.
Children who do not normally attend the Friday morning session may attend and join in if parents are able to stay with them. Many apologies for the short notice, the weather has not been kind to us!

Friday, 5 November 2010

November Newsletter now online

Our November Newsletter is available to read here on the Blog by clicking the link here or the Newsletter box on the right where all newsletter links are situated.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Sponsored Pedal Push and Scoot!

In November playgroup will be holding a fundraising “Pedal, Push & Scoot” as part of this term’s theme of TRANSPORT. Children are invited to bring their own bikes, prams, and scooters (or use some of those we have at Woodland Corner) to take part in doing circuits of the school playground Grand Prix style! However, the aim is not speed but to complete as many circuits as little legs are able with each child being sponsored for their efforts. All money raised will go towards buying a beautiful set of Community Playthings Building Blocks as seen on the poster in the lobby. Please download your sponsor form from the blog if you do not already have one.

The “Pedal, Push & Scoot” will run from 1.30pm to 2.45pm and will include light refreshments served at Woodland Corner. At the end of the event parents will need to leave the premises since school playtime will be taking place soon afterwards and Woodland Corner will be being prepared for After School Club.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join in this fun fundraising event.

Monday, 11 October 2010


Playgroup Parents are invited to a Parents Evening at Woodland Corner on Thursday 4th November. It will be an informal evening where you will have the opportunity to chat to your child’s key person and have a look at their Learning Journey Folder. Please book your time slot by completing the attached form which should be returned to Woodland Corner before Half Term.

Thursday, 23 September 2010


Annual School Ball – Friday 15 October, Le Talbooth
There are still about 20 tickets left for this lovely evening.  If you had been thinking about coming, please do book your tickets and support this fund-raising event. It is always a great night out and has over the years raised a lot of money for the school. The outdoor play equipment is a great example. It was bought with the proceeds of the 2008 School Ball. 
You don’t need to come as part of a large group there are lots of mixed tables of twos and fours. If you are new to the school or Woodland Corner it’s a great way to meet other new parents.  Everybody is very welcome, 
Tickets are £40.00 and include a glass of champagne on arrival, 3 course dinner, auction & disco. Tickets are available from the school office.   

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fun at the Nayland Festival

The Nayland Festival weekend this weekend (17th-19th September) was a huge success all round – and Woodland Corner was pleased to be involved by organising the Duck Race, doing a slot for the flower show, producing a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Competition and also holding our regular fundraising cake sale on the Saturday morning!!

Huge thanks to all the staff, parents, children and committee who helped in all these activities. The duck race was great fun – we sold all 92 ducks and Fen Street was thronged with people cheering their ducks on to the finish! Congratulations to Alex Lee Smith who was the ultimate winner. The flower display (a creatively decorated toy digger!) and the innovative Buzz Lightyear Scarecrow kept the children occupied for the week before the festival – much fun was had by them and the staff! Woodland Corner's scarecrow was beaten into second place, however, by one of our children - Millie Tasker - who had made a fantastic effort.

And finally the Cake Stall had its usual abundance of beautiful homemade cakes thanks to our massively generous supporters. In total we raised well over £200 for Woodland Corner over the course of the weekend – so once again thank you to all.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Playgroup's Visit to Nayland Airfield

On Thursday 16th September the children and their parents, grandparents and carers went to visit Nayland Airfield.
We met Will and Rachel Hitchcock and Will showed us his 1946 Aeronca Champion. He then took off and flew a great circle around the valley waggling the Plane’s wings to wave at us, before landing to the clapping and cheers of the children! Each child had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit and try on the pilot’s ear protectors. We were able to go and look at the seven other planes in the hanger; it was very exciting to see the planes close up. 

Our thanks go to Will and Rachel Hitchcock and Tony at the airfield and to Jules Wormington for being our official photographer.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

September Newsletter

Woodland Corner sends out paper copies of regular newsletters and they also appear here on the Blog. You will find all newsletters listed on the right hand side, select the letter of your choice and a PDF file should then open for you to read.

The September newsletter is now out and you can read it here.

We hope all our new families are settling in nicely, if you have any queries about the Blog and how to use it please either contact Webmaster or Woodland Corner Admin.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Cake Sale!!

Our next Cake Sale is on Saturday 18th September from 8.45am whilst stocks last!
Come and support us at this popular event, buy a treat for Saturday tea.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Visit to Nayland Airfield

On Thursday 16th September Nayland Playgroup children and their parents/carers are invited on a visit to Nayland Airfield as part of our "Transport" learning theme this term.
One of our parents has kindly agreed to show us his light aircraft and will be flying it for us so the children can experience seeing a plane taking off and landing close up!
Weather permitting, we will leave Woodland Corner at 9.30am and return in time for the end of the morning session at 12.15. We hope that as many children and their parents/carers as possible will join us; however we are unable to transport unaccompanied children to the airfield, for health and safety reasons. If your child normally attends on a Thursday and this causes you difficulty please speak to Mel or Sue. 
In the event of bad weather the visit will be cancelled and a normal, morning Playgroup session will proceed. 
Please indicate whether you and your child will be attending to Woodland Corner Staff asap.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Autumn Term 2010

Don't forget!!  
Wednesday 1st September is a Non Pupil day so Woodland Corner reopens on Thursday 2nd September.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Funshine Holiday Club Week 1

Children at Woodland Corner enjoyed lots of activities in the first week of Funshine Holiday Club . These included a river walk and picnic on Monday where we avoided some fierce looking cows with big horns but spent a lot of time admiring the pig and piglets at The Anchor.  We then had a Treasure Hunt looking for clues around the grounds of Nayland Primary School. On Tuesday we did glass painting, had an obstacle race and made faces from vegetables. 

On Wednesday we took the bus into Colchester and joined in some activities going on in Castle Park.  Two of the chiildren were brave enough to get up and tell a joke in a childrens show and we saw a Punch and Judy show and those that wanted were able to have their faces painted.  We went into Hollytrees Toy Museum and hunted for rats (not real ones) before going to the Natural History Museum where the children were very interested in a huge model of a stag beetle. We also spent time in the Castle Park playground. There were some very tired children coming home on the bus.

Thursday was cooking day and the results looked very delicious and later we went on a minibeast hunt and played giant snakes and ladders.  On Friday the children made some very interesting clay models, made masks and took part in woodland activities.

We are all looking forward to our next week of Holiday Club which starts on the 23rd August. The Gallery has several photos from week 1 included for you to see!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Playgroup Sports Day

Parents, Grandparents and Friends all joined together in the sunshine, to watch the Playgroup children take part in Woodland Corner's very first Sports Day.

It was a very happy occasion and all the hard work of the children and Playgroup Staff paid off, as all the children took part in the races and then proudly showed off their medals and certificates at the award ceremony. The event was followed by a big family picnic in the garden of Woodland Corner. A perfect ending to a very busy term at Playgroup!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Win Ipswich Town Tickets and Argos Vouchers!

Suffolk County Council are asking parents to complete a questionnaire to provide them with information to ensure they can best meet the childcare needs of families in Suffolk.

Follow the link to the questionnaire and fill in your answers, you will then be entered into a draw for the prizes!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

New Session Times and Fees

All current families using Woodland Corner have recently been informed of slightly different session times and fees. These changes will affect everyone, please review them carefully.

New Sessions and Fees Effective September 2010

Monday, 12 July 2010

Teddy Bear's Picnic

On Wednesday 21st July Duckling and Cygnets classes are holding their annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

Nayland Playgroup children and their families are invited to join them at 11.15 for a Teddy Bear hunt in the woods to be followed by a picnic in the Duckling and Cygnets garden finishing around 12.30.

Parents who wish to join in the fun should return at 11am to collect children attending playgroup that morning. If your child does not normally attend that day you are welcome to attend with your child and should meet in the Duckling class garden at 11.15am.

Playgroup's First Sports Day!

Thursday 22nd July will be Nayland Playgroup’s first ever Sports Day.
We would like to invite families and friends to join us at Woodland Corner at 11am to watch children’s races. Afterwards we will have a picnic in the garden at Woodland Corner finishing around 12.45.

Please provide picnic lunches for both days. There will be no hot school lunches available on either day and no Lunch Club for Ducklings children.

Parents/carers not attending should collect their children at normal pick up times. Both events will be cancelled if it is raining and playgroup sessions will continue until normal time.

Please inform staff if you and/or  your child will be attending our Sports Day.

Playgroup learn about ponies and traps.

Playgroup visited a group with ponies and traps who had stopped to rest on the river bank in Nayland. The drivers who were on their way to Ipswich Common down the A12, also had a horse called A12 , who earned its name after escaping down the dual carriage way and stopping traffic. They were kind enough to stay a while longer so that the children could visit. The children were very excited by their visit, they were allowed to pet the ponies and sit in the cart. The drivers then showed the children how they hitched their ponies to the cart, before they carried on to their destination.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Nayland Playgroup Beach Trip 2010

This year our annual jaunt to Frinton will be on Thursday 15th July.
All playgroup children are welcome to come but must be accompanied by a parent or carer. To save costs, transport is by parents own cars.

The meeting place will be opposite the end of Pole Barn Lane on the Esplanade at about 10.30 am. A map is on the back of this letter.

Cross the railway crossing at Frinton then take the first turn left into Pole Barn Lane. Follow the road until you reach the junction at the beach. Parking is available opposite. We will tie some balloons to a staff car to help you spot us. There is a path which leads to the beach where you will find us. The path is quite steep but is suitable for pushchairs. Departure time is up to you but usually depends on the weather. If you need to be back for school finishing time you should allow at least an hour.

Please bring your own packed lunch, buckets and spades etc.

There will not be a regular playgroup session on the 15th July unless the trip is cancelled due to heavy rain when playgroup session will go ahead as normal. Lunch Club is also cancelled. If there is any doubt about the suitability of the weather a message will be left on the Woodland Corner answer machine (01206 263054) for you to ‘phone in and check.

Don’t forget the sun cream. The sun can burn even on dull days.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Fun in the Sun Summer 2010!!

Our popular Funshine Holiday Club will be running again this summer during the following weeks

Summer Holiday
Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July
Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August

Download and complete an Application Form and return it to Woodland Corner with payment to secure your place.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Request for a Sony Playstation 2

Would anyone have an unused/unwanted Playstation2 at home which they might donate to Woodland Corner? We have lots of games but sadly our PS2 is no longer functional and it was much loved by the After School Club!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Nayland School's Summer Fete Saturday 12th June

Come and support Woodland Corner at Nayland School's Summer Fete this Saturday 11am-1pm

Woodland Corner will be selling ice creams and hosting a
"Hook a Duck" game.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Non-Pupil Day 7th June

Just to remind all parents that Monday 7th June is a Non-Pupil Day. Sessions resume as normal on Tuesday 8th June.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Band, Beer and BBQ Night a Great Success!!!

On Saturday 22nd May Woodland Corner hosted its first Band and Barbeque night at Nayland Village Hall. Local band ‘ Out of Exile’ played a range of 80s, 90s and 00s tracks. A fantastic barbeque was provided by Evans butchers in Dedham and the Woodland Corner team manned the bar, kitchen and sold raffle tickets during the evening. It was a really well supported event and raised £1042.20 for Woodland Corner to buy supplies and equipment for the children who attend. Many thanks go to the committee and staff of Woodland Corner who organised and staffed the event. Thanks also go to the parents who volunteered to work behind the bar during the evening and to all of you who supported our fundraising night. From the feedback that we have received, expect another event soon!

Learning and Growing

Thanks to the Staff at the Sudbury Garden Centre for a their kind hospitality yesterday, the children, parents and staff had a lovely time at their Garden Centre ! Photos have ben added to our Gallery and are visible on the right.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Playgroup to Visit Sudbury Garden Centre

On Wednesday 26th may Playgroup will be visiting the Sudbury Garden Centre as part of our theme for this term - "Growing and Gardening" . The children and their families will be meeting at the Garden Centre at 09.30am and the children will search for different things on the Garden Centre Trail. We will then be having a well-earned Snack (Coffee and cakes for Grown-ups!) in the Tea Room before returning to Woodland Corner for a shared storytime for the children and their families.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!


Monday, 10 May 2010

Saturday 22nd May - Get your tickets now!

With the sun just around the corner, make this a date for your diary to kick off Summer!

Join us for a great night out and help raise money for

BBQ, BAND, licensed BAR
local Band - "Out of Exile" with sounds from the 70s, 80s, and 90s
Nayland Village Hall 7pm-Midnight.

Tickets £22.50 which includes tasty BBQ

Tickets are available from Woodland Corner, Nayland School or Nayland Post Office

Friday, 30 April 2010

Woodland Corner's "Fly-Past" !

Today the parents of two children who attend Woodland Corner flew over the building in their aeroplane to teh children's great excitement! This is Woodland Corner's first aerial shot and shows well our superb location.

If you look closely you can see the children waving!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Fun in the Sun

'Give Mums a break!' a great success!

Sunday 25th April was our first "Give Mums a Break" day at Woodland Corner. The aim of the event was to encourage involvement and interest of dads in early home learning and to facilitate socialising with other dads they may not normally see. There was a Treasure Hunt in and around the woods which culminated at Woodland Corner for the 'Treasure'.  
Over 25 dads/grandads and a few mums/grandmas joined us bringing between them over 30 children.  Educational literature was out on display, and a photo album of the children at Woodland Corner playing and learning.  We included some interesting activities they could try with their children which included a popular dinosaur excavation, a super hero scene and outside play. 
Hot dogs and hot chocolate were provided for a small donation and a photographer joined us for the event. Tracy Morter Photography taking pictures of the dads playing in the woods with their children.  Parents will be able to buy them in a frame for a small fee.  

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Saturday 22nd May - Let's Party...

Join us for a great night out and help raise money for

BBQ, BAND, licensed BAR

local Band - "Out of Exile" with sounds from the 70s, 80s, and 90s
Nayland Village Hall 7pm-Midnight.

Tickets £22.50 which includes tasty BBQ

Tickets are available from Woodland Corner, Nayland School or Nayland Post Office

Friday, 2 April 2010

Trevor Dent is fundraising for Starlight Children's Foundation - JustGiving

Alec Dent's Dad is running the London Marathon this month to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. If you would like to support him please follow the link below.

Trevor Dent is fundraising for Starlight Children's Foundation - JustGiving

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Woodland Corner AGM - Tues 27th April

The Annual General Meeting will be held on 
Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 7.30 pm at Woodland Corner. 

We would really like to see you there as this is your opportunity to hear your committee report back on the management and finances of Woodland Corner over the past year and to elect/re-elect trustees for the coming year.

Download the Agenda here .

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

This morning Playgroup children walked through the village to look at the lambs in the field near the river.  We were met there by Hector Bunting who brought some 'spring babies' for us to see.  The children were able to look at and hold ducklings, baby guinea pigs, a kid and some ferrets. 

Thank you to Hector and his team who made the outing so enjoyable for us.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Don't forget! Funshine Holiday Club

Please don't leave bookings for our Funshine Holiday Club until the last minute. To avoid disappointment book now!

Woodland Corner needs to finalise arrangements and there are still a few places left on all days - although some are currently busier than others.

Download a booking form here.
Easter Holiday Dates are Monday 12th-Friday 16th April


Calling all Dad's/Carers, Granddads, Uncles etc with their children!
On Sunday 25th April we are holding a
in and around the woods at Nayland Primary School.
Tracy Morter Photography
will be taking photographs (available to purchase) whilst you play in the woods.
Sunday 25th April 2 - 4.30pm
Hot chocolate and Hot dogs available to purchase. 
Tickets £3 per child or £5 per family.
Please download and complete the booking form here

Visiting the lambs in Nayland

Next Wednesday, 24th March, Playgroup will be taking a walk into the village to see the baby lambs. We will leave playgroup at 9.30am and return by 11am.

All parents and carers are invited and encouraged to come along. 

Please make sure that children are dressed in warm coats and wellies.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Cake Sale a success!

Very many thanks to those who made cakes, helped with the sale and those who came to purchase! Profits will be announced as soon as all monies have been counted, but thanks to everyone for a successful fundraising event!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Cake Stall March 13th

Don't forget our Cake Stall outside Kerridge's in Court Street, Nayland on 13th March!

Please do not forget to bake something for our cake stall. Please deliver your produce to Woodland Corner on Friday 12th or bring it along to the stall on the Saturday morning. We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day …. Please sign up in the Woodland Corner lobby.

March Newsletter

Our newsletter for March is out now and available to view online here

Friday, 19 February 2010

Easter Funshine Holiday Club

We are now taking bookings for our Easter Holiday Club. Spaces are limited so be sure to book as soon as possible. You can download our Registration Form here and hand it in to Woodland Corner. We have lots of exciting activities planned for a fun-filled week!

Monday, 8 February 2010

There may be no such thing as a "free lunch" but FREE Sports Equipment really DOES exist!

Please log on to

and register your support for us so that we can get some fabulous FREE sports equipment for the summer. It is quick, easy and costs you nothing! Just put in our postcode CO6 4HY where it says search for your Pre-School and click on Woodland

Monday, 1 February 2010

Sponsor a Chair!

Woodland Corner are hoping to purchase some lovely bright, sturdy new chairs. If you would like to sponsor one of our lovely new chairs for £10 and be included in our Book of Sponsors please speak to Caroline or Sue.

Policy Documents now online

All Woodland Corner Policy Documents are now available to view as PDF files online. They can be found in the "LINKS" section to the right. When selecting individual documents from the list, please select "Allow" to continue. We are using Google to host these, occasionally there is a download problem which is usually rectified by a second attempt. This is a current Google issue, not a Woodland Corner one. Please do let me know if there continues to be any issue with the links or any other issue with this site.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Nutmeg Puppet Company at Woodland Corner

Nutmeg Puppet Company are coming along to our Friday morning session on the 12th February to present a show called "Pip's Wildlife Garden" with puppets, storytelling, songs and original music and a hands on workshop. 

If you would like your child to come along but they do not usually attend our Friday morning session then please let us know as there is limited additional availability.  A donation of £2 per family is requested to cover the cost of the show.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

January Newsletter

All Woodland Corner Newsletters will be available for online viewing from now on. There is a Newsletter section to the right for retrieving old newsletters as time goes by. All new newsletters will also be made available as a new post.

January 2010 Newsletter

Funshine Holiday Club - Easter Bookings

The Dates for the Funshine Holiday Club weeks this year have now been decided and are published on the right hand side of this Blog.

You can download and complete the Application Form for the Easter Holiday week here and hand in to Woodland Corner.