meet our manager - ZuzanA

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It's all change here at Brockswood.  Not only will we will be getting a brand new nursery built - ready for this September.  But hot on the heels of this exciting news I'm also pleased to let you all know that Brockswood will now be a Community Interest Company.  

Our new Community Interest Company at Brockswood ensures that our surpluses are reinvested  in the nursery or in our community, rather than the need to maximise profit for the operators. Our new Community Interest Company will tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that we will have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy

My name is Zuzana and it has been a great privilege to work as a manager at Jack in the Box at Brockswood. I have been working in the education sector since 2005 and I feel that I have the best job in the world. For many years I have been motivated to become the inspirational role model for all the children and give them the courage and belief it is ok to aspire high and follow their dreams. I want to bring joy into the child's learning, watch them come into the nursery with a big smile rearing to be curious, acquire new skills and not to be afraid to take risks. Together with my dedicated and welcoming staff team, we pride ourselves in ensuring that the nursery provides a warm and loving environment. The teams’ passion is shown through the constant dedication and time that we devote to the children attending Jack in the Box Nursery.

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Breakfast Club - 8.00am-8.45am

AM Session - 8.45am-11.45pm

Lunch Club - 11.45pm-12.30pm

PM Session - 12.30pm-3.30pm

Tea Club - 3.30pm-4.00pm

Full Day Session - 8.00am-4.00pm



Address: Shenley Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7QH

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Contact Zuzana on: 01442249328 / 07852914934


At Jack in the Box we follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.
The EYFS ensures:

 - Children learn through play

- Providers work closely with parents

- You are kept up to date on your child’s progress

- The welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

time table key

Self Registration
As children enter the nursery for the start of their session, their name card will be displayed with a YES/NO question for you to answer with your child (this happens daily).

Small Group Time
This is a time for children to work in small groups mainly with their Key Person to work on key skills like shapes, colours, numbers, sounds etc.

Letters and Sounds
Linking Letters and Sounds is scheme where the children have a chance to explore sounds, rhyming and initial letters sounds using the Jolly Phonics programme.

C.I.P & A.I.A
Children are supported during Child Initiated Play (C.I.P) is where the children choose to free play within the nursery this includes both indoor and outdoor play. During this time Adult Initiated Activities (A.I.A) are available for the children to choose.

Lunch Time
This is a sociable occasion where children eat with practitioners and peers.  Children then have the opportunity to look at books with their peers.  We promote healthy eating.  Please look at our lunch box idea leaflet HERE

Rolling Snack
Every day children are provided with fruit, water, milk and other snacks throughout their session.  Please bring to each session a piece of fruit and/or vegetable for your child to share.

Open Classroom
All activities your child has available to them are linked to the potential learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S). Parents and carers are welcome to share their child's learning journal with their child's key person at any time or during our termly open classrooms. To find out more about our curriculum please click HERE

dates for your diary

Incredible Eggs is a very exciting programme arriving at Jack in the Box from Tuesday 30th April until Friday 10th May. Incredible Eggs provides a life cycle education programmes that enables children to see ducklings hatching from their eggs. Incredible Eggs Ready Hatch is a two-week comprehensive programme providing all you need to successfully hatch ducklings in our Nursery. They will be placed in the classroom so every child every day will have access to the ducklings. I will also welcome all parents and siblings to be part of this and can come and see our ducklings throughout the time they are with us. This is a very reputable company which keeps the ducklings, health and welfare at the heart of the programme. Jack in the Box will be funding part of this but be would be grateful of a donation of £3.

Incredible Eggs

Monday 20th May to Friday 24th May we will be holding a parents/grandparent gardening week. During the week, we will be planting seeds, bulbs and exploring our outdoor environment as well as having discussions on growth and decay. All parents and grandparents are welcome from 9.10 am. If you would like to bring something to plant with the children during this week it would be greatly appreciated.

Parent/Grandparent and Child Gardening Week

Photos will be taken this term on Thursday 13th June, if your child does not attend this day and you would like your child’s photo taken then please add their name to a time on the list placed on the wall closer to the time. Pm children’s photos will be taken when they come in. If you would like a photo with your child’s sibling, then please book at time.

Photos by the Two Photographers 

Songs and rhymes have a hugely positive impact on a child’s language and literacy development. Children love rhyme, rhythm and repetition. These three things found in songs and rhymes can naturally help to boost a child’s language and literacy skills. To support this, we would like to invite you in to learn some of the rhymes we sing at nursery. We will be holding three different rhyme time workshops on Wednesday 5th June, Wednesday 12th June and Thursday 20th June at 9.00am until 9.15am please come and join us sing.

Rhyme time sessions

7th June 2019 please wear your favourite pyjamas and bring in your favourite book. We will be reading these to the children during the session.

Bookstart pyjama’s day

Thursday 11th July 11am followed by our Teddy Bears Picnic. Parents and children to stay on after sports day to enjoy a picnic with their child and family. Please remember your picnics and teddy bear.

Sports day