Author Archives: Jane Bain

Deadline to apply for School Age Payment

The deadline for families to apply for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment is 28
February 2023. This one-off £267.65 payment is currently open to eligible families with a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Parents and carers – including those who have deferred their child’s entry to school
from August 2022 to August 2023 – must still apply before the closing date or they will miss their opportunity to access the School Age Payment.

Further information can be found here.

Open Day : Wednesday 25 Jan 1pm-3pm

We would like to invite parents and families as well as prospective parents and families to our Open Day in nursery on Wednesday 25 January 2023 between 1pm and 3pm. Our children are looking forward to showing their families around nursery and letting them see some of the things they like to do here.

We are delighted that Sharon, our Speech and Language link therapist, Lisa, our Childsmile representative and also a team from Parent and Family support will be joining us and will be available to answer questions or provide information. Our staff team will also be available and happy to answer any questions.

We will also be delighted to welcome any prospective families along to see our setting and to meet our staff team and some of our children. Please note that the deadline for applications for Session 2023/2024 is Feb 28th 2023. Applications can be submitted via email (see Apply for 2023/2024) but we will have some paper copies available if required.

Bronze Award!

Our children were very excited to open a special envelope today containing a Bronze Award certificate for developing a communication friendly environment in our playroom. We gave ourselves a well deserved clap to celebrate our hard work before Sharon, our Speech and Language link therapist, formally presented the certificate to Lynda, our communication champion, in recognition of her hard work in developing our environment for the benefit of our children. Well done everyone 👏🏻

First Aid Training

*** Course now full ****

Paediatric First Aid Training : Thursdays January 19th and January 26th 2023 6pm to 9pm.
We are pleased to be hosting first aid training sessions in conjunction with Daisy First Aid on the above dates (you must attend both sessions to complete the course) There are still a few spaces available so please get in touch if you are interested. (Email us at
The course will provide certification valid for 3 years, a first aid manual and CPR mask keyring.
We have secured funding for this course and are pleased to be able to offer it FREE. Priority places for parents and family members of children attending CVN.

Well done Lynda!

CVN staff know that every day is a learning day and that it’s not just our children who are constantly expanding their skills and knowledge. Sometimes we even get formal recognition for our efforts! Well done to Lynda who braved the extreme cold last weekend to complete her certificate in Outdoor First Aid with the First Aid Training Cooperative

Christmas Party Day!

Our children and staff had an amazing Christmas party today with the Oasis group. Everyone enjoyed crafting a Christmas tree before tucking into some ice cream and jelly. Of course it wouldn’t be a Christmas party without some presents and our children exchanged gifts with the Oasis members – it was such a joy to see so many smiling faces.
Thank you to everyone who came along and really got into the Christmas spirit with our wee ones 🥰

A big thanks too to our fantastic staff team and who always rise to the occasion, to our lovely caretaker Lesley for accommodating us and also a big thank you to the community fund who funded our party.