Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Maternity Cover Vacancy at St Nicholas Pre-school and Nursery

St Nicholas Pre - School and Nursery – Job Vacancy – Maternity Cover
Early Years Practitioner – Maternity Cover to start in September 2017 date to be confirmed.
Qualification: Early Years Level 3 or above required
Pay - £7.75 per hour
Hours – Monday to Friday, term time only –  08.45am to 3.45pm would consider 2 practitioners with one working 08.45am to 12.10pm and one working 12.15pm to 3.45pm. The opportunity to do administrative work such as planning is on a Monday and Wednesday evening – 3.45pm – 5.30pm.

Experience Required
·        Have experience of working with parents
·        Have experience of working as a team
·        Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (April, 2017)
·        Knowledge of writing reports
·        Knowledge of completing observations and assessments
·        Working with other early years professionals
·        Setting up activities that link to children’s stage of development and interests
·        Be aware of health and safety
·        Be first aid trained or be willing to attend training
·        Be fully aware of safeguarding children as this is at the very core of our duties and responsibilities and The Prevent Duty.
·        Be able to attend in house training and team meetings after normal working hours usually once a term on either a Monday or a Wednesday evening.

If you are interested please either call into the nursery on Fallowfield Road with your CV or email your CV to caroline.hughes48@btconnect.com. This post is subject to a DBS clearance and 2 references. You will be asked to complete a full job application form upon receipt of your CV as part of our safer recruitment processes.

Understanding Autism

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Joint Service Housing Advice Office

AWS re:Start - Are you interested in a career in technology?

Monday, 22 May 2017

Activities at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre - Essex Wildlife Trust - Essex Wildlife Trust
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

There are always great family events/activities going on at the visitor centre.


Events at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre -

Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including grassland, heathland and ponds. 
There is a great range of family events/activities.


Firstsite Colchester

Exhibitions, Children & Families, Films & Screenings & Events


Free Family Saturdays

Saturdays at 11am - 1pm. Saturdays at 2pm - 4pm.
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
Validated by The Children’s University.
Please note: Activities take place across 2 sessions,
  • 11am – 1pm
  • 2pm – 4pm

Essex School Holiday Dates 2017-18

Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Opening hours for Centre and Gardens
● 11.00am-4.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays until late September.

What's on offer
● Admission free.
● Tours and information from friendly guides.
● Free WiFi in cafĂ©.
● Book and hire a bike from the Colchester Cycle Hire at the Circus Centre and explore the Colchester area.
● Or grab your own bike and come to the Circus Centre as part of the great Essex Cake Escape!
● Centre available for hire out of opening hours by corporate organisations and societies.

Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.
Enquiries and bookings: 01206 501785.

Colchester Archaeological Trust website: thecolchesterarchaeologist.co.uk

Colchester Castle


100+ Tips For Cheap School Holiday Fun

100+ tips for cheap school holiday family fun

Ideas to entertain the kids this summer holiday

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Find the cheapest petrol prices in your local area

Compare petrol prices in your local area by visiting 

Tickets For Troops - Free Tickets To The World Para Athletics Championships Available Now

We're teaming up with London 2017 to offer you and your family free tickets to watch world class athletics at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is your chance to be part of the roaring cheering crowd. 

Information On The New 30 Hours Free Childcare Offer.

This new offer enables some working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to now get up to 30 hours of free childcare. Find out if you are eligible and apply.
Please view our parents' information page.

All 3 and 4 year olds get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, and some2 year olds are also eligible. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds may also be able to get up to 30 hours of free childcare.

Who can get 30 hours free childcare?

It is for working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children. Parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.

You might also be able to get Tax-Free Childcare. If so you can apply for both at the same time.
See GOV.UK for the full eligibility criteria (opens in a new window)

Friday, 12 May 2017

CESSAC Community Cafe

New opening hours for 2017:
Monday 9-2
Tuesday 9-2
Wednesday 9-4.30
Thursday 9-2
Friday 9-2

Breakfast served until 11.45am Monday - Friday.

BFBS Colchester with Liz Mullen

Our new competition is running until Thursday morning! The delicious prize is a meal for two (total max value £40, drinks extra) at Colchester's newest Nepalese restaurant: The Quayside Bar & Gurkha Restaurant in Haven Road, The Hythe.
If you win, you can take your prize any time up to Dec 23 or from Jan 3 (Meals served Tues to Sat 5.30pm - 9pm).if you're not the lucky winner, remember Chitraj Limbu and his team offer 15% Military Discount all the time, with ID.
So, how do you win? Tell me which country the Gurkhas and their wonderful cuisine come from. Easy! 

Just listen to Breakfast with Liz on 107fm, 6.30am - 10am.  Great competitions most weeks, you only need to enter ONCE during the  week.
Text is 07740 377377 starting Col then a space, then the password - listen to Liz to find out this week's password or check the facebook page.

Parent & Toddler Group Community Centre Fallowfield Road