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End Of Year Newsletter

Dear Parents, As we come to the end of what can only be described as a most extraordinary year, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our families for your support and cooperation, and to reflect upon the incredible work that has happened across Storal Learning in 2020.

Local Heroes Nomination

We are so excited and honoured to be nominated as North West Leicestershire local heroes. Well done to our wonderful staff team who continued to put our children first during lockdown and went the extra mile to support our families. This nomination is truly well deserved. Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Top 20 Nursery Group 2020

We are so proud to be named as one of the Top 20 Large Nursery Groups in the UK by daynurseries.co.uk for the second year in a row! This is based on the ratings of parents and carers on the following areas: Overall Standard Facilities / Outside Space Learning Resources / Equipment / ICT Care

The Storal Awards 2020

We recently hosted our very first Storal Awards ceremony on Zoom where we had the chance to virtually acknowledge and celebrate our nominees and winners. We received hundreds of submissions from both staff and parents, sharing the reasons why members of their nursery team were so deserving of these awards. We shortlisted the strongest contenders

Children’s Well-being during COVID-19

There has been no doubt that the threat posed by COVID-19 is and has been frightening, unnerving and an unexpected time for many, not least of these our children. With lockdown, came a certain degree of social isolation and many questions. Troubling statistics show that children are developing serious mental health conditions, including Post Traumatic

Let’s Talk About Race

It’s never too early to talk about race. Studies have shown that at birth, babies look equally at faces of all races, but by just 3 months old, they are starting to look more at faces that match the race of their main caregiver (Kelly et al, 2005). By the age of 2, children start

Coronavirus Update: Re-opening Nurseries

In anticipation of our nurseries opening from Monday 1st June, we have created a set of  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have been designed with the health and safety of our children, staff and parents foremost in our planning. Please note this is a working document and will be updated as and when required. Specific

Running a Nursery During a Pandemic

It has now been a month since nurseries, schools and other educational settings were asked to close indefinitely to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Several nurseries in Clacton-On-Sea have closed their doors leaving only a quarter of providers open for children of key workers, including Willow Tree Nursery on Chingford Avenue. Here we share

An open letter to the Storal Learning team

Dear colleagues, Beneath the very visible impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on our daily lives, these past few weeks have also precipitated a period of deep soul-searching – for us as individuals, as a society, and as an organisation. Amidst the intense, real-time decision-making that we’ve tackled on a daily, and sometimes hourly