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Playgroup Children Photo

- Tuesday 21 May, 2019
An opportunity to have a photo with all the children on Wednesday 5th June. See attached for deta...


Potters Bar Carnival 9th June 2019

- Tuesday 21 May, 2019
Please see attached newsletter with everything you need to know about this years Carnival on 9th ...


May 2019 Newsletter

- Thursday 16 May, 2019
Attached is our summer newsletter outlining the topics of focus including important dates for you...

Parents' Comments

In our annual questionnaire, we asked the families what do you think we do really well. The responses are:      
  • Engage with children with variety of activities
  • Give guidance and support to parents, encourage independence and explaining new things to child
  • Welcoming and activities (especially creative and music)
  • Make children feel welcome. Good range of activities
  • Encouraging and praising them so that they feel like it´s home
  • You really welcome all the children and get to know them all, it is a friendly setting, we love you
  • Fun days with varied activities. Understanding the child. Warm environment
  • Allowing children to explore and play independently
  • Talking in English, he has made big progress
  • Make the children feel safe and comfortable and build good relationships (child and parents)
  • Create a warm, safe atmosphere
  • Everything!
  • Everything! However the comfort and support you have provided recently has been amazing, thank you!
  • Lots of compassion for the children 
Responses to Parent Questionnaire Summer 2018

To all the amazing teachers at St John´s. Thank you for looking after me (and my bro and sis) I will miss you lots and lots. Lots of love M - spoken as if from the child.
Ms W July 2018

Our son had a great time at St John´s. It has taught him to be confident and outspoken. You are a fabulous teacher, I am going to miss you.
Mrs A, July 2018

Just a little something to say thank you for all your hard work to provide such a fantastic nursery but also a thank you for the support you have provided our son through a challenging time. We wish you all the best and will miss St John´s very much!
Mrs T, July 2018

I just wanted to thank all the very kind and special staff that make St Johns such a brilliant place. I really couldn´t speak earlier as I was a blubbering mess but hope you all know how much we appreciate everything you do. I have so many friends with children in private day nursery’s who feel very little emotion when they leave. Staff turnover is so high and there are not there are not wonderful opportunities we have had to watch and join in sports days, carnivals, Easter, Christmas and harvest festival shows. All these things make it so hard to say goodbye but also make for wonderful memories. 
Mrs H, July 2018

Thank you for helping our boys to learn and grow. They love spending time with you and in our house ´Mrs S´s word is gospel´. I appreciate everything you have done for V preparing him for primary school, he will miss you lots.
Mrs F July 2017

Thank you for all your support over the past 2.5 years and for looking after our daughter so well! (Mrs M)
Mrs C. July 2018

Thank you so much for all your hard work and supporting our son, always.  We will forever be grateful for not only all your hard work, but for the constant love, care and understanding you have provided. We will miss you and know our son will miss Mrs S´s snuggles! Thank you!
Mrs T, July 2018

Thank you for looking after our son and loving and guiding him the past 2 years. You have been a teacher to him and a friendly advisory to myself. Quite simply Mrs S you rock!!
Ms M, July 2018

Thank you so much for taking on our son, helping him progress. We couldn´t have asked for a better keyworker for him (Mrs T).  You´re the best and you can tell how much he has taken to you.
Mr & Mrs K July 2018

You all are simply wonderful at what you do!  It´s been a real joy for myself and my daughter. She has grown in confidence so much! Thank you all very much!! 
Mrs S, July 2018

Thank you for all your love, care and support you have given our son. He has loved nursery because of you. He will miss you lots. (Mrs M)
Mr & Mrs B, July 2018

Thank you so much for all your hard work and support with our son this year. He has come on leaps and bounds and he is so lucky to have you (Mrs T) as his key worker. 
Mr & Mrs F July 2018

I woke this morning to find my baby is now a big boy. He speaks and counts so well now. Thank you for guiding him through the basics as he moves to the next level, we know that we owe these lessons to you.
Mrs P, July 2017

Thank you for all you´ve done for R and L. You´ve been the best key worker that we could ask for and we´re all very sad to be leaving.
Mrs M July 2017

We´d like to thank you for everything you´ve done for E this year. Her nursery school experience has been all the more special because you (Mrs C) were her keyworker, and she´s loved every minute of it. She´s learned so much and grown in confidence because of your care and the way you´ve nurtured her and she´s made some lovely friendships.
Mr & Mrs S July 2017

Thank you very much for helping E to settle at the beginning of the year! She´s had a great first year at Nursery and looking forward to starting again in September! 
Mrs S July 2017

Thank you so much for looking after S for us... we will come and pay you a visit in September to show off her new school uniform!
Mrs P-T July 2017

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful playgroup. You are all outstanding in our opinion. We will miss you all a lot!
Mrs L July 2017

Thank you so much for looking after Julia and helping her to settle in new environment. She really enjoyed past for times spend with you.
Mrs M July 2017

To Mrs Conyers
Thank you for everything you have done for L & J. They adore you and have been so happy which is largely down to you. Thanks for all your hard work. 
Mr & Mrs F July 2016

To Mrs Conyers
I am so happy that you have been I´s nursery keyworker.Since that first day she started at St John´s she has shown so many achievements and grown up so much and I know that it´s because of your dedication and love to the children...
Mrs P. July 2016

To Mrs Mash
Thank you for being our first teacher and making nursery magical. You were always there for us and you made learning fun. We will miss you, A and J.
Mrs R July 2016

Thank you very much for everything that you have done for I. There are no words that can express how much we appreciate your hard work and commitment. ..
Mrs P July 2016

Mrs Hearne. Thank you so much for all the wonderful care you gave Y. whilst at St John´s.  We can´t imagine anyone more perfect to be his guardian at nursery...
Mr & Mrs S

Mrs Cooke, We just wanted to say a very big thank you for looking after T over the last year. He speaks very fondly of you and I know he will miss you when he moves to BIG school. I really do believe you have been a key part of his development, especially socially with other children.
Mrs R. July 2016

Mrs Stone, All I can say is thank you! The time you have spent with M. in your firm yet gentle way has brought him on enormously and he has learned so much and grown in confidence. I know he will miss you next year (and so will I!!) but you´ve done a fantastic job in further preparing him for reception...
Mrs D. July 2016

To all the amazing, beautiful teachers at St John´s Nursery. 
I cannot thank you all enough for all your hard work over the many years looking after my 3 babies. I´m extremely grateful and lucky to have had you all there to care for and love them! We will miss you!
Mrs B. July 2016

Thank you so much for everything you have done for L and J. They have loved their time with you and have grown so much in both their learning and confidence.
Mrs F July 2016

Many thanks for all the love, encouragement and support you have given E. during her time with you.
Mrs M July 2016

We would like to thank you for looking after our son A. He has progressed so much over the past year which we feel you hold great responsibility for.
Mrs K July 2015

In answer to a question in a recent questionnaire:  
What do you think we do really well?
·         *  You help him settle down and enjoy his time there. The feedback is given at the end of the day.
·         *  Everything!
  *  Bring out the best in children and help them grow, being friendly and caring with the children whilst teaching them new skills and educating them in a fun manner.

*  *  Organisation, changing activities, making the children feel safe and happy.

·         *  Look after the children, showing care and concern for them. The reports show how well you know the children.
·         *  Great communication, engaging activities and a lovely bond with the children.

Several responses July 2015

Thank you for looking after our son so well. He’s had a great 7 months at St John’s and after being upset to be separated he’s now much more confident and enjoys nursery. We will both be sad to leave. The staff at St John’s are all lovely and it was great to see so many of the same ladies who were there 6 years ago.
Mrs M. July 2015

My husband and I want to thank you very much for all that you have done for our two sons over the past 3.5 years. My mum, husband and I will miss St John’s being part of our daily routine and obviously we will miss our chats with you! Our son is now ready to start a new and exciting chapter of going to ‘big school’ and hopefully he will be just as happy at Pope Paul as he was at St John’s
Mrs L. July 2015

1.     Thank you for all the care and attention you gave to our son to help him become a better person. What you do is priceless and more than words can describe. We wish you all the very best.

Mrs K. July 2015

Words and gifts cannot convey how grateful I am for all that you have done for our daughter during her time at St John’s. You instantly recognised her personality and nurtured it and have helped her to grow so much. Her confidence has increased so much and from that, her beautiful, bubbly, funny personality is shining through. Never give up what you do, you’re excellent at it!
Mrs W. July 2015

Thank you so much for all you have done for our daughter! You made her feel so welcome and comfortable at St John’s and have had such a great impact on her.  
Mrs C. July 2015

I think St John´s is a fantastic playgroup. There are so many activities, toys, games etc. for the children and I´ve found my son has progressed superbly here.
Ms C

My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed being at St John’s and has learned a lot. Thank you for your time and efforts with her, we all appreciate the skill and professionalism of the staff.

Mrs J-R

My son has enjoyed his time at St John’s nursery. Mrs Stone has been fab with him and I feel he has come far with all areas of learning. He will really miss St John’s but I know as a mother he has had the best start to school life. Thank you all at St John’s nursery for all the help and happiness he received. 

Mrs L

Playgroup´s effort to promote little one´s development in every aspects of life is much, much appreciated. Thank you is the least we can say to you to show our appreciation for everything you have done for us, thank you.

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The staff I believe go beyond what is expected for a playgroup. The interaction and effort they put in not merely with the children but on outings is just simply outstanding. Job very well done, keep doing what you’re doing!!!!

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1.     To everyone at St John’s. My son and I are going to miss you all so much. It is clear to see that you genuinely love the kids you care for and the job you do and that it isn’t just something you do to ‘pay the bills’. My son has been blessed to have had you all looking after him, I wish he could stay forever!!!  It has been a tough year at times and you have all been so amazing and supportive and all this will help my son for when he starts school.  If anyone ever asks me of a great nursery, there is no better than St John’s. Love to you all and thank you, thank you, thank you. Mrs E

Mrs E

1.     All the lovely teachers at St John’s playgroup. Thank you all so much for giving my daughter such an excellent start to her education. She has enjoyed so much her time at St John’s Playgroup. Thank you lots of love Mrs C & H

Mrs C

We have been delighted and impressed with both the level of care and provision that you give each child at St John´s.  We are sad to be leaving you as a family after four continuous years. Our children have had a wonderful introduction into their school years. 
Mrs T

We are impressed with the variety of activities at St John´s. Our daughter has learnt so much and had so much fun.  Thank you for all your help and expertise.
Mrs T

I love the Learning Journal. What a great way to look back on your child´s journey. The effort that the playgroup put in to helping the children with special needs is fantastic and you all should be recognised by the authorities for this.  I wouldn´t hesitate in recommending St John´s to any future parents. 
Mrs C.

St John´s in excellent!  Outstanding staff, security, planning, learning journey, discipline, extra activities including music and flexibility of sessions. 
Mrs A

Just a note to say thank you very much for all the help and support you have given to our daughter throughout her learning at St John´s during her time there - which she has enjoyed very much.
Mrs K

Thank you very much to you and your team for the wonderful experience that our daughter has had at St John´s. It has been lovely to see all her progress and it has set her up to move on to Cranborne with confidence.
Mrs B

Thank you for all your hard work and support in helping our son to settle in. He is a transformed child. We are looking forward to our return in September and wish you a restful summer.
Mrs C

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful time my son has spent with you all. Now both of our boys are taking their next steps into school, thanks to you.  Your time, knowledge and patience has been invaluable. St John´s is a wonderful playgroup and the best start we could have wanted for our two sons. I will keep in touch, but truly wish you all the very best, keep up the excellent works as they say. 
Mrs T

St John´s continues to be a calm and yet exciting place to be. I have been very happy with the quality of the provision and would never hesitate to recommend it to others. Many thanks to all the staff.
Mrs P

I think St John´s is a really lovely nursery, the teachers are very nice.  My daughter has been really happy here and we are really pleased with all the different activities and the variety of what the children do.
Mrs W

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