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Reminder - we are closed week commencing 19th & 26th August 2024


Happy 20th Birthday to us! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make Red Hen the special place it is over the last 20 years, but especially to Jane and David who have worked tirelessly to give children the most wonderful childhood experiences.


Parents evening/talk for school leavers: Wed 17th April, 4.15pm - 5pm



In 2024 we will be closed:

at Easter: 29th March - 5th April and reopen on Monday 8th April 2024

also weeks commencing 19th August and 26th August 2024



'What it means to be one, two and three!' talk for parents




Talks & wellness support for all, in partnership with Dr C. Wendt


Teresa Foyster photographer will be here taking wonderful photos of children in the nature areas week commencing 20th May

Please book a family slot if you would all like a wonderful photo with Teresa, the children will have their photos taken during play the week beginning 20th May


Coronation Picnic Tea 5th May 4pm




EXPERT ADVISE included in your fees. (Sleep, feeding, behaviour, toileting)

We have fully trained experts on our team who can chat to you to help with child development. They have the added advantage of a detailed knowledge of your child so all advise will be personalised. Please ask in the office for a one-to-one meeting.


Queen's Platinum Celebrations at Red Hen: Family Picnic on 6th June


Please book for parent meetings


New opening times and fees commence on 1st May


School Leavers - meeting to discuss transition to school. April 20th 7pm


Please note that we are closed week commencing 11th April 2022




Coffee and chat drop-ins


Coffee and Chat


Applying for and preparing for school

Please join us for a Zoom to guide you through the school application process and what to expect in your. child's final year at Red Hen. Details will be emailed to all our school leavers parents.


It school leavers time again!

We are proud yet sad to say farewell to 33 school leavers this year, going in to 17 different schools. We have had some lovely visits from the reception teachers and we wish our Red Henners all the best for their time at big school.


Through the summer....

We are open during the school holidays until week commencing 23rd August when we are closed for maintenance.

We reopen on 31st August and the funded term starts on 1st September.


Parent updates


Keeping in touch in Covid times

We have various methods of communication: Our parents receive weekly e-news for each bubble and in addition we are able to tailor the best method for each family, eg.zoom meetings, personal emails, phone calls. And we also maintain wonderful learning journals for each child which also chart their fun, learning and development with links to the EYFS. 

Daily hand-overs are outdoors - so please remember your coat!


November Parent chats

Throughout November we are initiating chats with parents to share information about their child's learning and development. These will be conducted remotely. Please book a time with Julie (phone, email or when you go past the office)


Virtual Parent events!

Applying for School - for our school leavers who start school September 2021.
Wednesday 14th October, 7.45pm.
Details sent to all applicable parents.



Please help us fund raise for this event. We can't invite you in this year but we wouldl like to hold a virtual get-together with a prize draw to win a delicious chocolate cake. Please email for details.

The children will be bakingand will have the chance to take home their baking. Please donate in the box which will be in the lobby. Many thanks!



Wishing all our School Leavers Good Luck.


Red Hen is at the Lincolnshire Show online

Visit the Lincolnshire Kitchen Zone to see Jane Harrison cooking

Visit the Education Zone to see Farmer David


coronavirus precautions

We have Coronavirus precautions in place and are making full use of our extensive outdoor areas. 




RedHen online

Our parents receive regular invitations to zoom events for information and for activites and storytime for the children who are at home.

We also have youtube videos for recipe ideas and our facebook page for updates. We also have an instagram account and Pintrest.



Queen's Jubilee Celebrations at Red Hen


CANCELLED: Grandparents tea to celebrate National Intergenerational Week in March


hypnobirthing course




TO BE REARRANGED: First Aid Training for Families

At The Granary from 4 – 6pm in May and run by Xcite training who are a recognised training provider for Lincs county Council. More details below:-


Course content: The 2 Hour Family First Aid Course covers the following:

  • How to recognise when a child or baby becomes sick, when to go to the doctors/hospital or call emergency services.
  • How to help a baby, child or adult who is choking what do you do when back slaps don’t work?
  • How to help a baby, child or adult who has stopped breathing.

This fun, interactive course gives learners the positive, confidence building experience they need to feel able to help should an emergency happen.


The course is very good value at £10 per person.


Please let us know now!



Keeping Children Safe Online


A special visit


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Please join us on 22nd January for a cuppa and chat....


Merry Christmas everyone. Here are some Christmas dates for your diary...

Wednesday 11th December: our awesome outdoor Kindergarten Nativity at 4.45pm. All participating children to be here by 1.30pm. Entry by ticket only (Limited numbers to Kindergarten parents and Grandparents only). Please note: no cameras/smart phones, however we will employing an official phographer so you can access photos later.

Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings: 17th December.

18th December. Kindergarten visit to All Saints Church, Legbourne to meet the Vicar and local community.

Friday 20th December, 2.30-4pm. Christmas Party for all children. Includes a special visitor! Please book in the office.

Christmas holidays for funded children: last day of term is 20th December BUT WE ARE OPEN UNTIL 4pm on CHRISTMAS EVE.

We reopen on Thursday 2nd January but funded sessions recommence on 6th January. 


Please join us at our baby sessions in The Granary (open to all)


Parents evenings, 19th & 20th November.


November 5th, bonfire Night


MacMillan coffee event

The Kindergarten will be running a cake stall, selling some of their homemade cakes. But cake donations (nut-free) are welcome too! There will also be a tombola (prizes welcome - please drop off in the office preferably before the day)

(Please note The Granary is upstairs)


Baby events

In addition to our popular baby mingle sessions, we are hosting baby massage sessions. As with our baby sessions in The Granary, these are open to all. Please visit Please note that baby mingle mornings will be every Thursday 9.30-11am (instead of Fridays) during term-time.


Parents events in September

Wednesday September 11th, 4.30 - 5.45:  'Welcome to Kindergarten'. A presentation about how our Kindergarten supports learning and development.
Wednesday September 25th, 4.30 - 5.45: 'Applying for School' - for parents of children due to start school in September 2020. 

These events will be held in the Granary. Please book in the office and let us know if you would like your children to stay for tea.


Please note we are closed w/c 19th Aug 2019


Parent & Baby Mingle events throughout August - open to all.


School leavers

It's a poignant time for us here with many children having been here since babies. Some children will be leaving at this time, however many are coming through the holidays. (Please note that you must have pre-booked your sessions). we wish all our school leavers a happy transition and look forward to hearing how they get on in the future.

We are proud to be hosting our first ex-RedHenner on work experience; Jessica is now 17 and is aiming to to become a paediactric physio so time here will help her to understand the importance of physical development as well as other things.



We look forward to sharing some Red Hen interactive fun with parents and children.

More details from the office.


Schools Challenge at the Lincolnshire Show

Well done Kindergarten. You were brilliant and showed the judges how knowledgaeble you all were about tractors, gardening, bees and mini beasts, and the link from soil to plate. Your homemade carrot cake and honey biscuits were delicious.


how to apply for funding.....


Please come and Join us....

We are 15!
We welcome Red Hen families past and present, extended family and friends to our annual birthday Picnic by the Ponds on May 6th.

Please phone or email for details.


Inspirational Conference at Red Hen

International Early Years Expert Niki Buchan from Australia is visiting us soon and will be guest speaker at our Day of Inspiration on 11th May 2019, 'Why Children should be playing Outdoors!'
This is a prepayable prebooked conference open to all. Details from Penny at 01507 603535 or email for a booking form


May events

15th birthday celebration Picnic by the Ponds Monday 6th May, 12-2pm. Please bring your own picnic, chairs or rugs ,etc. (Carpet picnic indoors if wet weather!)

Conference by Internationally renowned Early Years Expert Niki Buchan in the Granary.  Saturday 11th May. Pre-booking and pre-payment required.

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival starting at Legbourne Community Centre with a walk and nature activity at Red Hen. Saturday 18th May.


For more information please ask in the office.


The Granary

Funded by The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development. Rural investment in rural areas.


Please contact Penny at 01507 603535 for more information and bookings.


2019 Parent Events

Week commencing 4th February is reserved for parents chats with key people for update about children's progress, development and learning. Please email, phone or drop into the office to book a slot.

We are proud of the home/nursery links and of parents input to ensure the best support for the children but please ensure you have returned your child's journal if you have taken it to update at home. Our staff all have paperwork time when they need to keep them up-to-date here so it's important they have them back!

We are also planning more tea and talks which will include toileting, preparing for school, behaviour. Please let us know if there is anything else you would like us to put on and if you would prefer a different time.

In the meantime or handovers remain important and we are also continuing with parent meetings when more time is appreciated.

Don't forget our 15th Birthday celebrations on Monday 6th May when there will be a picnic by the ponds for parents, family and friends.

We are also joining the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival on 18th May when Red Hen will have a stand at Lehgbourne Village Hall and there will be a guided walk and nature activity round our nature area.




Ho, Ho, Ho, T'is the Season....


CHRISTMAS LUNCH: December 19th.

CHRISTMAS PARTY - FOR ALL. (including a Speical visitor!). DECEMBER 21ST, 2.30-4pm. Parents social at The Queen's Head during this time.

Funded sessions finish on December 21st at 4pm, however the nursery is open on 24th December until 1pm.

We re-open on 3rd January.



children in need 16th November



There will be a hot-dog tea at 4.20pm for children, followed by a child-friendly firework display kindly organised by Farmer David in the courtyard so the children can watch from the safety of the Family Room.

Sorry, no parents due to lack of space, however we invite parents to collect their children at 5.15pm and then join us by the stables for the bonfire (small and child-built!), some warm beverage and a few rockets! All will be over by 6pm.

Names to the office please before 1st November.


World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Red Hen




School Leavers


First Aid training for parents







Please join us to let us know your views and thoughts and to meet other parents. We will also be discussing our aims for the future and the fee review from May 2018, including how the 30 hour funding is working out in practice and how we can work with parents to implement cost effective childcare.


Applying and meet the schools evening


Parents events


Tea on a Tuesday for GRANDPARENTS!


Sports Day

Parents are invited to join us for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating sports day Red Hen style!

Parking is in the yard. Please note that sensible footwear is required as sports day will be in and around the Kindergarten outdoor play area and nature area.


Welcome to Kindergarten

There will be a presentation and we will be discussing what to expect, what the children learn and do and how their learning and development benefit from our very special Red Hen experiences.

Names please to the office.


We are on Radio Lincolnshire

Hear us on


Winners again!

After a successful  presentation to the judging panel, David and Jane were thrilled to be awarded as winner of their category Rural and Farming. Then later in the evening were even more thrilled to be awared as overall winners.

Please visit our facebook page for more details:-



We invite families to view Red Hen on Monday 1st May, 10am-12noon. Please note that we only have spaces for under 2s. We have NO availability for over 3s and very limited availability for 2-3 years.

Please phone for more details or call in on 1st May at the above times. Tel: 01507 603535 or email us at


School Readiness



This year Red Hen will be 13 years old. We invite Red Hen families and their close friends. Please provide your own food, drink and picnic rugs and enjoy the lovely nature area at Red Hen meeting other parents, children and staff. Past Red Hen families are welcome too.  

If the weather is bad please phone us first!

This year we will be opening the nursery from 10am - 12noon for families of under 2s who would like to look round. Please tell your friends!


Tea & Talk


Please see notices in the Lobby for talks, coming up


'It's the most wonderful time of the year!'

What an awesome time for young children!

Our very special outdoor Nativity (Kindergarten only) is on Thursday 8th December at 4.30pm. Tickets available from the office during w/c 28.11.16

Our Christmas Party for children only is on Friday 16th December at 2.30 pm. Names to the office please.

The last day of funded sessions for this term is Friday 16th December.

We are closed for the Christmas period from 24th December and reopen on Wednesday 4th January.




Health & Wellbeing Award

We are proud to have been awarded Highly Commended, runner up to the Children's Sleep Charity. Our congratulations go to the Children's Sleep Charity - a National Charity that supports lots of families throughout the UK, and indeed some of our parents too.


MacMillan Coffee Morning

Red Hen parents, grandparents, friends and locals welcome!


Parents evenings

MON 26TH SEPT: this is for parents of Red Hen children who turn 3 in the next 8 months. It will feature a talk and photos about our amazing Kindergarten, including how children learn from the experiences we offer and what you can do to help.

MON 20TH SEPT: this is for parents of Red Hen children due to start school in September 2017. It includes tips and advice on choosing a school including how to apply. Local schools are also invited so you can meet with reception teachers and heads to lean what each school has to offer as each one is slightly different. There will also be a discussion about school readiness.

Both these meetings will be at tea-time so please let us know if you would like your child to have tea at Red Hen. The deadline for this is Thursday the week before.


Summer notices...

For funded children only: Please note that termtime ends on Friday 15th July. We are open as normal throughout the summer so we welcome you to book any sessions you require with Julie.

Happy summer!




RED HEN is 12 this year, and the Queen is 90 - POSPONED TO 9TH JUNE

Please bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy our lovely surroundings by the ponds for a giant family picnic. You will need picnic rugs and suitable footwear to fully enjoy and explore our nature area. We will also be eating cake and proposing a toast to the Queen for her 90th Birthday. Hopefully also have some baby chicks for the children to cuddle.


Hot Cross Bun INVITATION for last year's school leavers..

It will be good to catch up with you all again - RSVP - please email or phone



Come and join us for a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake. David and Jane will be here to chat with you and answer any queries you may have. There is also plenty for us to share, including the upcoming fee review, plans for the future and of course, we are here to listen to any of your comments.


Happy New Year!

Please book for the following - more details available from the office:-

SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY: The Sleep Charity are coming again to give advice about children's sleep - so if you have any queries or if your child isn't sleeping well, please join us. Limited places -

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY: Breakfast with parents at 8.15am - Please join us for Breakfast

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY: parents evening 7pm - 8.30pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY: parents evening 6.30-8.30pm

For funded children only (Sessions must be booked if you would like your child to attend this week):-









DATES for Christmas

Term-time for funded children ends on 18th December; paid sessions may be pre-booked for the following week.

Nursery closes at 4pm on 24th December and re-opens on 4th January 2016.



Parents Evening

The evening starts at 4.30pm and will finish by 6pm. Come and meet the Kindergarten team, other parents and enjoy a drink and delicious homemade nibbles.

Children may be booked in for tea in the nursery.

Please RSVP to the office.


Meet the schools evening

Local schools are invited to this evening too so come and meet the teachers over a drink and homemade cake and learn what they have to offer.

For parents of children due to start school in September 2016.

RSVP to the office.


Sports Day

Parking will be in the yard. Please bring a picnic rug - and your running shoes!


Exciting news for Summer...

Lucy will be running a week of special Kidz Crew in the 'old stables'. We welcome all our ex-Red-Henners to come and join in the fun, rekindle some of their special times at Red Hen, and learn new skills.

Please phone us for more details or to book.



Local schools will be attending too.

We look forward to seeing you - Please book in the office.



Easter holidays for funded children are Monday 30th March - Friday 10th March. The nursery remains as normal for under 3s.

Our funded term recommences on Monday 13th April.




Come and join us on World Book Day

If you haven't already had a Gruffalo adventure, please ask us for our take-home pack! Our little Gruffalos are having a busy time visiting everyones home or going out-and-about with families.

We have book tokens for the children to take home on the day and we are also raising money by asking for £1 donations to dress up as favourite characters. Please make sure the children also have suitable outdoor clothing too!




Please join us for breakfast.

Please join us for a delicious breakfast and have an easy morning! Names to the office please.


Parents Evening

The evening will be a chance to learn about what happens in Kindergarten so will be useful for parents of children who have recently joined Kindergarten or will be joining later this year.

Names to Julie please.



"Hi there,


Just wanted to share this comment from a friend of mine in Canada when I sent her a few photos from the nativity. It was internationally impressive!


"Thanks for sharing this. These pics are AWESOME. Our Xmas concerts are mickey mouse compared to this amazing production.  Wow!"


Thanks again to everyone for putting on such a great evening."





Whether or not your child sleeps well - this is an interesting talk that highlights the science of sleep and different sleep phases. also advise about successful bedtime routines, how to deal with night-time wakenings, average sleep needs and sleepy foods!

Please support us - we have specially organised this with the Children's Sleep Charity - so there will be a fee which will be lower if more people come.




We are keen to provide the opportunity for you all to come to a parents evening as follows. Please let us know times that are suitable for you.

We aim to have your key person available to have a brief chat with you regarrding your child's progress.

Also, a slide show of the children's experiences throughout the year.

Also a questions and answers session. Please let us have your suggestions prior to the evening.

Also, tasters of a few of the dishes from our menus.

Also a glass of wine or non-alcholoholic  drink!!




Parents Evening

This is for all parents of children who are in Kindergarten or will be joining Kindergarten this year. However, it is all relevant to learning and development through the ages at Red Hen.

Please let us know if you would like to attend.


Leavers adventure

Our school leavers are moving on to 13 different schools again this year. A sad time for us, however we hope all will keep in touch and join us in Kidz Crew or just to drop in from time-to-time.

Many thanks to our Kindergarten team for all their hard work ensuring the children have had lots of positive experiences to help them in their learning, skills and independence ready for their new adventure at school.


Come for Breakfast!

We welcome parents and Grandparents to breakfast on Tuesday 25th March at 8.15am. We will also be displaying our future plans; Penny, David and Jane will be available to speak to for more information.


Plans for the future

We are proud that the ethos of Red Hen is nationally renowned. Everything that is conducive to well-being is applicable to all ages and we would like to extend the benefits to retirement age.

Please visit for more information and to leave your comments - or come and chat with Penny, David or Jane in the nursery.




Professional Development for TAs

Here's what TAs from a local school said after their day at Red Hen:-

"I will be sharing my whole experience with everyone I meet!! Also I will be sharing my new knowledge/skills with my focus group of children and my colleagues in every way possible."

"What a wonderful setting, leadership team and dedicated, passionate group of people who are living the dream and enabling children to start their lives from the best possible place."

"Self-fulling prophecy in a real and accessible setting. Thank you so much"

"Calming atmoshere, lovely members of staff and children. Very welcoming"

"Some great ideas to pass on. Everything runs smoothly"

"Exceptional ideas shown in the perfect setting"

"Child initiated activities, respectfully embraced and natural progress facilitated"

OUR NEXT CPD DAY IS FRIDAY 25TH JULY 2014. If you are interested in spending some time at Red Hen to develop your practice, please phone us on 01507 603535



What more can we say?!

please e-mail us with your comments:-

However, we will not rest on our laurels and we look forward to another year of continuous development for the benefit of our 'Red Hen'  children and staff.

We would like to engage more fully with more parents - please email us with your suggestions.


Christmas/New Year dates

Half-term is week commencing 17th February so there will be no funded sessions this week. Please book in with Julie if yoiu would like your child during this period.



Please note the Nativity is OUTDOORS so please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear. Warm punch will be served!

PARKING IS IN THE YARD so you may need a torch.





Many thanks to all of you who joined in the fun, bought our cup cakes or donated. We raised £86


Parent forum

We have chased our Ofsted report but I'm afraid we are still waiting so when it comes we hope to re-arrange the Parent Forum to share it  with you.

We also have some plans for the future which we would like to share with you.......



We were very excited to be awarded Nursery of the Year at the Nursery World Awards at the Royal Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden in London on. We ha September 28th. We had a lovely time at the Glitzy Awards ceremony, but it really made it special to be announced the Nursery of the Year out of the whole UK. Thank you to all who help to make Red Hen so special, but especially to Jane and David who work tirelessly to ensure the nursery continues to thrive. 


Inspirational Days for students and professionals.

Please phone or email us for more details of the days we have planned to show interested people our setting and to share our practice and the theories that underpin it in a reflective, inspiring day which will include cooking lunch outdoors.


Come and help us to make apple juice!

Donations of apples welcome - if you don't have your own apple trees, how about asking the neighbours, grandparents, etc if they have any apples that are going to waste? Windfalls are suitable as the apples do not have to be in pristine condition!

Please also bring a bottle to take some home (quantity allowing!)




We welcome you to join in with our talk about what happens at Red Hen, how your child develops, how we support this, the meaning of play, behaviour, etc............. !

Wine and nibbles will be served so come and have a relaxing evening at Red Hen!

RSVP to the office please.



The evening will include a presentation amd chat about what happens in Kindergarten, preparing for school and choosing a school. Local schools will be attending, and also Louth Children's Centre representatives.

As usual, wine and nibbles will be served!

Names to the office please!


Parent and Baby Session

Please join us at our next parent and baby session. Dads are welcome too, so are new families.

Some of the things we have prevoiusly enjoyed:-

  • Joining in with the big birthday picnic,
  • taking a walk to the woods to sing songs and soak up the peaceful atmosphere,
  • chilling under the gazebos in the mound field,
  • chatting in the garden room
  • or just enjoying the company in the baby room, chatting about various 'baby things'! 

Grandparents, Parents, Babies and some Kindergarten children are welcome to join in with the fun. Come along and meet other parents an absorb some of what makes Red Hen so special and glean information about bringing up baby.

If you are interested please let us know in the office or Little Oaks team or:

       email us at       phone 01507 603535

       text 07979098320

See you at the next session!







Last time we had a good discussion regarding our plans for this year, with alot of encouragement for the development of more 'family-time'. we are pleased to report that this is going really well.

This time we are excited to share staff team developments with you, as well as anything you with to raise with us. 

If you are interested in joining us:-

Please email us on

or phone 01507 603535

or text 07979 098 320



Healthy Schools Award

Although a healthy lifestyle, including good food, has been at the heart of what we do at Red Hen, private Day Nurseries in this area have only recently were able to access this Award. We are now pleased to have gained this status and have the Award to prove it!



Coming soon........................

LET’S TALK  sessions to welcome parents and Grandparents to an informal chat, to share information, advice and ideas from us and from other parents – and also a cup of tea and some homemade cake!

 Please join us at the following sessions: 

LET’S TALK: BEHAVIOUR - THUR 6TH JUNE, 4.30-6.00PM (Tea can be provided for your child, please pre-book) 

LET’S TALK: BEHAVIOUR - TUE 25TH JUNE, 7.30 – 9.00 pm 

LET’S TALK: TOILET-TRAINING – WED 3rd JULY, 4.30 – 6.00 pm  (Tea can be provided for your child, please pre-book) 

LET’S TALK: SLEEP – WED 10th JULY, 7.30-9.00pm 

Please tell us if you are interested or if you have further suggestions:-

 Julie, Lucy or Penny (phone, email, or call in at the office!)


Kindergarten Sports day

Kindergarten Sports Day - As usual we will be holding our 'nursery rhyme sports day' for all the kindergarten children. We look forward to seeing parents and grandparents on the mound to cheer the children along!


Kindergarten leavers adventure

Kindergarten school leavers adventure will be on Friday 20th July at 1pm for children. Parents are welcome at 2.30pm to join us for our special adventure snack! 

Please be aware that this will be the last time the whole of the Kindergarten Leavers and the Kindergarten Staff Team will be together so is an ideal time to exchange any gifts.

Please ensure you have booked your sessions throughout the Summer Holidays - please ask Julie if you would like to know which staff will be in.

Although it is a sad time for us to say Goodbye to our school leavers, it is also a proud time to know that they will take with them many happy memories and skills from their time at Red Hen and we look forward to seeing everyone progress through their respective schools, and of course, to welcome  you back to Kidz Crew Holiday club.


Visits to Red Hen


Farm Sunday

Every day at Red Hen is like a farm visit for our children, however this National Event provides fantastic opportunities for all families to visit a farm and learn more about the countryside as well as where our food comes from.

Visist for details of local farms who are opening on Farm Sunday.


Preparing for School Meeting

The next stage in our preparing children (& parents) for school involves visits from teachers so we can share information and they can meet their new pupils here. this year we are working with the following schools:-

Eastwold, Kirkby-on-Bain, Alford, N. Somercotes, Kidgate, St. Michaels, East Ravendale, Scamblesby, Grimboldby, Tetford, St. Peters-in-Eastgate Lincoln, Utterby.




We had a lovely evening with all of you and appreciate your time - we all know how difficult it is for you to find time to attend and to organise babysitters.

Please see the parents section to view all the comments.




Many thanks for joining us on Red Nose Day.

Thanks also to Mike and Joe of Lincolnshire Academy of Music Performance for the fabulous Strum & Drum session - enjoyed by all ages from 9 months up to Grandparents!

For details of their courses visit:-



Big birdwatch

Please bring your sheets in next week and any other relevant photos, etc of the children's activities.

Please see parents section for link to the birdwatch chart, etc.



Please join us for Breakfast!

Mums and kids missing out on breakfast

Research carried out for Farmhouse Breakfast Week shows that hundreds of thousands of children across the country are missing breakfast as a quarter of parents admit to not ensuring their children eat a proper morning meal.  Mums are also neglecting their own health with 42% of them skipping breakfast at least once a week.

Dietician Nigel Denby said: "Mornings are hectic for everyone but it is worrying that so many parents and children are missing out on this important meal.  Eating breakfast improves concentration, mood and energy levels and many breakfast foods provide important nutrients which cannot be made up later in the day."



New Year Resolution?

After-all, you all put the correct fuel in your cars; there is no reason why you not should give your child good nutritous food to fuel their growing bodies and brains.

Please see our resources page for recommended information or drop into the office for advice.

Watch this space for upcoming workshops at Red Hen!


Nativity NEW DATE

Nativity on 18th December at 4.15pm. Please be dressed for the weather!

Any Kindergarten children who are not normally here on a Tuesday, need to be at Red Hen for 1.00pm or 2.30 at the latest.

Names to Kindergarten staff please, places are limited to family members (we have 38 children performing so please do not include all your distant relatives!) Hot punch will be served to keep you warm while you wait. Please also join in with some carol singing.
Sorry, NO CAMERAS. This is because the Nativity is performed when it is dark and flashes are very off-putting for the children.

This year we are paying for a professional photographer and we will be selling DVDs at cost to recover our costs. 

We assume all parents are happy to have their child photographed and for us to use the photos, if not please see Julie now.

Once again, we thank Mike for coming along with his guitar and amplifier.

The performance will be brief as appropriate for 3 and 4 year olds! The children will return to their room for derobing afterwards. please wait in the outdoor area for them to be ushered out to  you afterwards.

Many thanks, we hope you all enjoy it!


Children’s Christmas Party and Father Christmas

Children’s Christmas Party and  Father Christmas: despite his very busy schedule, Father Christmas is hoping to visit us at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 18th December, 2.30-4pm. All children are welcome, however, please let Julie know if you would like your child to attend. The Staff Room will be open for parents to have a chat and a cup of tea whilst the children enjoy the party!

Kindergarten children will have a 'Nativity' themed party. No party clothes please as they need to be warmly dressed. Tea will be included and Father Christmas will visit too!



BBC Food and Farming Awards

We were in the final 3 out of 300 entrants for the national award for Caterer of the year! Julie and Jane were also very excited to meet Adam Henson from BBC's 'Countryfile' and the world famous chef, Raymond Blanc. However, the best thing of all was to discover how many food professionals from all over the country had heard about Red Hen and our ethos. What an achievement for our little nursery from Lincolnshire!

Professional Development

We heard from emiment leaders and researchers (Claire Warden, Prof. Cathy Nutbrown, Dr. Kathy Gooch, dr Sacha Powell and Prof. Lillian Katz) in the Early Years Profession talking about Baby Care, Professional Development and attended workshops too. Despite the long day (having had to get up at 5am!) we were all buzzing with inspiration and knowledge to help us all at Red Hen.

We learnt more about the importance of positive experiences in the early years;-

What Nutbrown said:-

 "The quality of children's early education influences their achievements and learning in later years"

"The best way to help children be ready to be 5 is to let them be 3 at 3, 2 at 2, and so on..."

"Wisdom begins with wonder" as Socrates said.

 "Real learning happens when you know something so well you can play with it"

"Parents lay the foundations of who children are and what they will become"

"They need infant appropriate pedagogies....... and breadth and balance"

Lillian Katz - "Reach and teach them"   "Don't squash their fun and excitement"



Nutrition update.

An informative day with lots of information on nutritional requirements for babies, toddlers and young children, including reasons for faddiness.

Please see Jane if you have any queries about your child's diet, she will be happy to provide information and support.


Revised EYFS


UPCOMING parents events for you to join in!



Choosing and applying for your child's first school can be a daunting process. At Red Hen we help you with this:-

Please come to our parents meeting on Mon 10th Sept at 6pm to gain special tips, learn about how we prepare children for school and to meet some representatives from local schools.

Please e-mail or phone 01507 603535 to book


interesting article that supports our philosophy at Red Hen....

"While child-centred parenting has been the norm for the past couple of decades, new research suggests that if we want to raise confident, well-adjusted, healthy children our style of parenting has to change. Forget the “helicopter parent” (who hovers continually over their offspring), the “lawnmower parent” (who tries to mow down all obstacles in their children’s path) or the “tiger mother” (a parent who hothouses her children to succeed academically, named after the bestselling memoir by Amy Chua). We should now be learning how to be “underparents” .


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CPD for teachers at Red Hen

The transition to school is an important time for children and parents. We are proud to give the children a broad range of skills that will help them at school, in addition, at Red Hen we devote a great deal of time going the extra mile to help make the move to school as smooth as possible. Part of this is to hold 'meet the school' and 'planning for school' meetings in September with another at Easter time when schools have been allocated.



Hay is made at Red Hen!

One of the children thought the baler twine on the bale looked like a guitar string, so Andrea instigated some singing around the haybales! It is always exciting when the children make connections in their learning! 




The children will be on the lookout for butterflies to log on the National Big Butterfly count. How many can you spot with your child?



Leavers Adventure

Although we are sorry that the children are leaving us, we are proud to have been part of their early years - they will always carry with them a part of Red Hen and will be able to recall many happy memories and skills to link to their future learning.

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Parents evening




Olympic torch at Red Hen (Photos)

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Jane stressed the importance of studying to gain knowledge about the early years and encouraged the students to continue in their professional development stating that those who work with children never stop learning! Students were encouraged to think about which past theoristics could be applicable to the practice at Red Hen. They all toured the setting, observing and engaging in the enabling environment and thinking about how children benefit from this environment. Including holding chicks in the paddock area, frogs by the ponds and tasting some of the delicious redcurrants from the garden.



Jane Speaking in London - again!

Jane was honoured to have been asked to speak at 'Early Years 2012' conference in Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Hall, London on 19th June alongside very influential Early Years Experts, including Ministers, Dames, Professors and consultants. She was priviledged to deliver her presentation in The Abbey Room which overlooked Westminster Abbey main entrance - awesome! 

She has now been asked to deliver a talk at A Public Policy Exchange Symposium Event in Central London. However the date clashes with the Olympic Torch event at Red Hen. Although gutted to miss this,whe is excited to once again be at the forefront of all that is good for early years care and edducation. Thanks to the competent team at Red Hen for keeping things running smoothly!



Red Hen Top 10 Nursery Rhyme CD launched

The CD is available for purchase at only £3.00. It will help parents to singalong with their children and reinstall the importance of nursery rhymes for children's learning, development and enjoyment.

"Rhythm, rhyme and repetition tunes children's bodies to balance, their ears to sounds and their minds to pattern, opening up the neural networks that lead to fluent speech" - Sue Palmer (2006:115) Toxic Childhood



Jublilee Celebrations

We enjoyed welcoming parents, grandparents and friends to our special evening to celebrate the following:-
Jubilee tea and tree planting, Opening of our new Garden Room (Many thanks to the Mayor of Louth, Jill Makinson Sanders), Red Hen's Birthday, Launch of the Red Hen Top 10 Nursery Rhyme CD.



New Website!

We are thrilled to present our Brand New Website! Red Hen has developed so much over the past 8 years since we've been open and we wanted a new website to show what Red Hen is now! Many thanks to Rick, our talented Graphic Designer who has worked hard to produce this wonderful new site (along with Andrea, his wife)!

Please keep checking - we will be constantly updating it!




Great News: rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted March 2012


Food, glorious food

In an age when it’s all too easy for children to stay indoors and become engrossed in their TVs and game consoles, one Tastes of Lincolnshire award-winner is teaching children the glories of nature.

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Reminder - we are closed weeks commencing 19th & 26th August



Reminder - we are closed week commencing 19th & 26th August 2024


Tea and Talks

These are usually from 4.30 - 5.45 so that parents can fit them in before collecting their children who can stay for tea on that day if now already booked in.

Subjects include behavoiur, transitions to school, feeding children, toileting, welcome to Kindergarten, what it means to be two. We have a welath of experience and can tailor subjects to parents needs. Just let us know what you would like!

In the future we will have more space when our Granary extension is open.

What they say about Red Hen
My choice to keep our son at Red Hen instead of starting school has been very beneficial for him. Now, with Red Hen's help, I feel he is fully prepared. He has learnt so much and I thank you for all your support with his development.
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