Important Dates and Information for your diary

Term dates

Academic year 2015/16

Autumn termStart of term: Tuesday 1 September 2015

Half term: Monday 26 October 2015 to Friday 30 October 2015

End of term: Friday 18 December 2015

Christmas holiday: Monday 21 December 2015 to Friday 1 January 2016

Spring term

Start of term: Monday 4 January 2016

Half term: Monday 15 February 2016 to Friday 19 February 2016

End of term: Thursday 24 March 2016

Easter holiday: Friday 25 March 2016 to Friday 8 April 2016

Summer term

Start of term: Monday 11 April 2016

May day: Monday 2 May 2016

Half term: Monday 30 May 2016 to Friday 3 June 2016

End of term: Monday 25 July 2016

Bank holidays

  • 31 August 2015 (summer bank holiday)
  • 25 December 2015 (Christmas day holiday)
  • 1 January 2016 (new years day holiday)
  • 25 March 2016 (Good Friday)
  • 28 March 2016 (Easter Monday)
  • 2 May 2016 (May day)
  • 30 May 2016 (spring bank holiday)

Training Days – TBA

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016
  • Thursday 27th October 2016

The in house training days are always during the half terms on request from our parents, as they often have to organise alternative childcare for elder children too during these weeks. The days are used to update staff knowledge on changes in regulation, policies and general practices. The nursery is closed to children on these days.

Saturday clubs

Our parents are encouraged to organise and participate in parent and child clubs one Saturday per month and can use the nursery at other times if they wish to.

All parents are welcome to any event in any room, the rooms take it in turns to organise and run the events, so giving all parents a chance to be involved.  For 2016 – Saturdays – 10.30am – 11.30am – as follows

February 13th – Valentines craft session – organised by Oaks and Acorns
March 19th – Easter Egg hunt organised by Willows
April 16th – Graffiti play organised by Seedlings
May 14th – Share a story session organised by Elms
June 18th – Fruit and Vegetable planting in the garden organised by Willows
July 16th – Teddy Bears picnic organised by Budlings
August 13th – Wet Sand Play organised by Seedlings
September 3rd – Eid Celebrations organised by Budlings
October 22nd – Diwali celebrations organised by Elms
November 19th – Autumn rubbing organised by Oaks and Acorns

Additional Diary Events – TBA

Open sessions

We are very happy to show parents around during opening hours at 10am and 3pm.

Please call on 0208 678 0800 option 9 or email us at admin@ladn.co.uk to book a day which is convenient for you.

Parent Stay & Play Days 2016

Join us for ‘Stay and Play’ sessions with a selection of fun activities to stimulate learning through play. Parents and carers are most welcome to organise activities by corresponding with their room supervisors.

Dates for each month and room are as follows:

Seedlings
Budlings
Acorns
Oaks
Elms
Willows
January
22nd
21st
25th
27th
28th
29th
February
12th
15th
18th
19th
23rd
29th
March
14th
21st
23rd
25th
29th
31st
April
4th
11th
18th
20th
29th
25th
May
6th
13th
20th
27th
23rd
16th
June
13th
15th
20th
24th
27th
30th
July
22nd
8th
15th
29th
12th
13th
August
30th
26th
1st
5th
19th
16th
September
15th
29th
21st
12th
9th
5th
October
10th
31st
29th
4th
21st
14th
November
11th
4th
22nd
21st
15th
18th
December
16th
12th
19th
14th
20th
21st

 

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Festivals and Celebrations

We are planning to celebrate a variety of the many ‘days of observance’ – please ask staff for more details as each day approaches.

We’re making flyers for many of the events we’ll celebrate, which can be found below indicated by an active link – please check back here closer to each date for the latest flyer – thank you.

Day Observing Faith
Jan 1st Naming of Jesus Christian
Jan 1st Ganjitsu (New Year) Japanese
Jan 5th Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sikh
Jan 6th Epiphany (Coming of Magi to baby Jesus) Christian
Jan 6th Orthodox Christmas Eve and Day Christian (Eastern Orthodox, Armenian, Rastafarian)
Jan 14th Lohri/Makar Sankrant (Day of almsgiving) Hindu
Jan 16th Shinran Memorial Day Buddhist
Jan 18th – 25th Week of prayer for Christian unity Christian
Jan 25th Tu B’Shevat (New Year for trees) Jewish
Jan 25th Honen Memorial Day Buddhist
Jan 27th Holocaust Memorial Day National
Feb 2nd Imbolc (Festival celebrating growing power of light) Pagan
Feb 2nd Candlemas (Presentation of Jesus in the Temple) Christian
Feb 3rd Setsubun (Bean Scattering ceremony) Japanese
Feb 8th Yuan Tan (New Year: Year of the monkey) Chinese
Feb 8th or 15th Parinirvana (Nirvana Day) Buddhist
Feb 9th Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) Christian
Feb 10th Ash Wednesday Christian
Feb 10th – Mar 24th Lent Christian
Feb 12th Darwin Day Humanist
Feb 12th Vasanta Panchami/Saraswati Puja (Festival of Goddess of Learning) Hindu
Feb 22nd Teng Chieh (Lantern Festival) Chinese
Feb 22nd Birthday of Sri Guru Ravidass Ji Ravidassia
Mar 1st St David’s Day Christian (and Welsh National)
Mar 1st Baha’i Fast Baha’i
Mar 4th The Women’s World Day of Prayer Christian
Mar 6th Mothering Sunday Christian
Mar 7th Mahashivratri (Great Shiva Night) Hindu
Mar 8th International Women’s Day Humanist/Secular
Mar 10th Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna Hindu
Mar 14th Guru Nanak’s birthday (Nanakshahi calendar) Sikh
Mar 17th St Patrick’s Day Christian (Irish National and Traveller Community)
Mar 20th Spring Equinox/Ostara Pagan
Mar 20th Palm Sunday Christian
Mar 20th – 26th Holy Week Christian
Mar 21st Shun-bun-No-Hi/Higan (Spring equinox) Japanese
Mar 21st Jamshedi Noruz (New Year) Zoroastrian (Fasli)
Mar 21st Naw-Ruz (New Year) Baha’i
Mar 23rd Holi (Festival of colours) Hindu
Mar 24th Hola Mohalla (Celebration of health & freedom) Sikh
Mar 24th Purim (Celebrates saving of Jews of Persia) Jewish
Mar 24th Maundy Thursday (Commemorates Last Supper) Christian
Mar 25th Good Friday (Crucifixion of Jesus) Christian
Mar 25th Annunciation (Lady Day) Christian
Mar 27th Easter Sunday (Resurrection of Christ) Christian
Mar 28th Khordad Sal  (Birth of Zarathustra) Zoroastrian/Parsee (Fasli)
Apr 4th Qing Ming (Festival of pure brightness) Chinese
Apr 8th Varsha-Pratipada (Lunar New Year) Hindu
Apr 8th Hanamatsuri (Flower festival celebrating Buddha’s Birthday) Buddhist, Japanese
Apr 14th Vaisakhi (New Year; celebrates founding of Khalsa) Sikh
Apr 15th Rama Navami (Birth of Rama) Hindu
Apr 19th Mahavira Jayanti (Birth of Mahavira) Jain
Apr 21st – May 2nd Ridván (Baha’u’llah’s proclamation of mission) Baha’i
Apr 23rd – 30th Pesach/Passover (Commemorates exodus from slavery) Jewish
Apr 23rd St George’s Day Christian (English National)
May 1st Beltane (Celebrates marriage of Goddess and God) Pagan
May 1st Pascha (Orthodox Easter) Christian
May 3rd Lailat ul Mi’raj (Prophet’s Night Journey) Muslim
May 5th Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Day) Jewish
May 5th or 8th Ascension Day (Last appearance of Risen Christ) Christian
May 15th Wesak (Bodhi Day; enlightenment of the Buddha) Buddhist
May 15th Pentecost (Celebrates gift of Holy Spirit) Christian
May 15th – 21st Christian Aid Week Christian
May 21st Lailat ul Bara’h (Night of forgiveness) Muslim
May 24th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab Baha’i
May 26th Lag B’Omer (Ending of sorrows) Jewish
May 26th Zartusht-No-Diso (Remembrance day for Zarathustra) Zoroastrian (Shensai)
May 26th Thanksgiving for Holy Communion (Anglican) Christian
May 29th Corpus Christi (Catholic) Christian
May 29th Anniversary of the Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
Jun 5th World Environment Day Humanist/Secular
Jun 6th – Jul 5th Ramadan (Month of Fasting) Muslim
Jun 9th Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat Festival) Chinese
Jun 13th Shavuot (Commemorates revelation of Torah) Jewish
Jun 16th Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Sikh
Jun 21st Midsummer (Summer solstice) Pagan
Jun 21st World Humanist Day Humanist
Jul 2nd Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of power) Muslim
Jul 5th Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Muslim
Jul 6th Ratha Yatra (Chariot journey) Hindu
Jul 9th Martyrdom of the Bab Baha’i
Jul 15th Asalha Puja (Dharma Day) Buddhist
Jul 23rd Birthday of Haille Selassie Rastafarian
Aug 1st Lughnasadh/Lammas (Harvest festival) Pagan
Aug 6th The Transfiguration (Confirmation of Jesus’ divine nature) Christian
Aug 9th – 18th Farvardigan (Departed Souls Day) Zoroastrian (Muktad)
Aug 13th – 16th O-Bon (Day of the Dead) Japanese
Aug 14th Tisha B’Av (Day of mourning) Jewish
Aug 15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian
Aug 17th Chung Yuan/Yue Laan (Festival of hungry ghosts) Chinese
Aug 18th Raksha Bandhan (Festival of brotherly protection) Hindu/Sikh
Aug 25th Janamashtami/Krishna Jayanti (Birthday of Krishna) Hindu
Aug 28th Paryushana-Parva (Renewal of faith) Jain
Sep 5th Ganesh-Chaturthi (Birthday of Ganesh) Hindu
Sep 11th Ethiopian New Year Rastafarian
Sep 11th Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of sacrifice) Muslim
Sep 15th Mid-autumn Festival Chinese
Sep 22nd Shubun No Hi/Higan (Autumn equinox) Japanese
Sep 22nd Mabon (Autumn equinox) Pagan
Sep 28th Birthday of Confucius Chinese