Chinese New Year is a traditional holiday that's very important in China. Traditionally, Chinese New Year would begin on the last day of the month in the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year’s Eve, and would end on the fifteenth day of the first month - the Lantern Festival.
This makes it the longest festival in the Chinese calendar. The date changes from year to year because it follows an ancient farmer calendar, which is based on phases of the moon.
Chinese New Year 2022, the Year of the Tiger, will be celebrated on 1st February 2022. The Tiger is considered to be brave, cruel and forceful. It is the symbol of power in Chinese culture.
Alternative names also include the Lunar New Year, as the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, and the Spring Festival, which is the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.
What different animals represent Chinese New Year?In Chinese tradition, twelve animals represent each year. These animals are:
How long does Chinese New Year last?Chinese New Year usually lasts for 15 days. The Lantern Festival is held on the 15th day and signals the end of the New Year celebration period.
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?In preparation for Chinese New Year, Chinese people spring-clean their houses and gardens to sweep away any bad luck. Houses are decorated with paper scrolls and lanterns, and any unfinished business is settled so that there's a fresh start to the new year.
Children receive red envelopes that are filled with money and sweets from elders. Parades and performances fill the streets, and people enjoy fireworks and eat lots of food to mark the occasion.
Facts about the Chinese New Year
We know the original 'freedom day' got pushed back from 21st June 2021, but we are already so close to the new 'freedom day' with 19th July just around the corner.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for supporting us throughout this pandemic and for following the Government guidelines and our extra procedures diligently.
We are still all working so hard to keep each other safe, so want to remind everyone to keep doing what you're doing to protect each other. We are nearly there!
We will of course update you as soon as we can following the next Government announcement, and will let you know if anything is due to change at nursery toward the end of July.
Thank you again for everything.
As you may have seen in the press, Walsall have a small number of cases of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa have been identified in localities across England, including an area in Walsall. This variant cannot be traced back to international travel, which suggests it may be the result of transmission within the community.
Walsall Council is working closely with Public Health England and the national NHS Track and Trace team to curb any potential spread of this variant and we will be undertaking more testing in certain areas within the Borough. Our priority remains very much to keep our communities, and including our most vulnerable residents and staff, safe. The advice we have received nationally tells us that there is currently no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccines would not protect against it, but research indicates that it does transmit from person to person more easily.
The more cases of the variant we find, the better chance we have at suppressing it, so residents over the age of 18 living, or working in some parts of the WS2 postcode, specifically Birchills Leamore, Blakenall or Bloxwich East areas, will be strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test this week, even if they are not showing symptoms. Testing Units will be deployed offering testing and Walsall Council will also be encouraging people in the area to get tested by providing home test kits.
So what does this mean for you?
Symptom Free testing
Here we are - Christmas Eve!!!!!! The big man is on his way, and we are ready to see all those little smiley faces on Christmas morning, taking in all the magic, joy and splendour of it all!!!
We just want to take this opportunity to say a massive, MASSIVE thank you to all our parents this year. There is no way we would have made it to Christmas Eve without your constant support.
You have helped us at every stage throughout this crazy pandemic and listened to everything we've had to say, and importantly have kept everyone safe by following the endless rules and guidelines!
We want to say as well - as parents, you have all made it through one of the most incredibly hard years! Many of us all of a sudden had our little ones home with us 24/7 back in April while we tried to work..... but we did it!!!!! We should be SO proud!! Our children are happy, loved, supported and well - and that's all we can wish for at Christmas. We hope you all manage to have some well deserved rest over this festive period.
We also want to join to acknowledge the hard work of our wonderful staff. We are sure you will agree, they have gone above and beyond this year to make sure all the little ones have known little or no difference to their lives. Our aim has been their happiness and wellbeing, and keeping you and your families safe. From the strange early days of the pandemic until now, it's been and still can be a nervous time for parents - we hope we have made you feel calm and happy, and provided some of that much needed normality.
Here's to 2021. Although we know it will still be much of the same to begin with - we are going in to the year stronger and more resilient. May the New Year soon bring us back in the arms of our loved ones.
Wishing you and all your families a special Christmas, despite everything going on around us, there will always be magic and wonder to enjoy.
Take care, keep safe and see you in January.
Love everyone at the Old Railway House Nursery xx
With guidance ever changing, we compiled a 'Reference Guide' to try and cover some potential Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and scenarios for our families to refer to.
We know some local schools have done this, and have found it really useful, so we hope you do too.
As ever, if any of our parents are unsure whether to bring your child to nursery or not in a given situation, please just ask :)
Thank you as always for your support and cooperation.
We are pleased to announce that we are hosting another show around day on Saturday 17th October 2020.
If you are interested in our nursery and would like to come and have a look around, please get in touch on 01922 455755 or email us/message us via our contact us page.
We hope to meet you and your families soon!
Please see the below link which takes you to a breakdown of the latest Government guidance updated 7th October 2020.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about how any of the Government guidelines relate to nursery.
Due to the huge success of our recent show around day we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another one on Saturday 22nd August.
If you, or someone you know is looking for childcare then please get in touch to book in to view our lovely little nursery.
Please contact Clare on 01922 455755 or email us.
Over the weekend the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced that they were advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain. [UPDATE: Since the weekend's update, this now includes the Balearic and Canary Islands].
In relation to nursery, the FCO and Government guidance therefore means, that any of our families and/or staff members who are returning from Spain, and/or the Balearic or Canary Islands, on or after 26th July 2020, must quarantine for 14 days from date of return, and therefore keep themselves/their child/children away from nursery for this 14-day period.
For avoidance of doubt, some of the popular holiday destinations that parents and/or staff will have to quarantine/isolate for 14 days if returning from, are:
We must also stress that if you have any extended family members and/or friends who are returning from these countries/areas (that you may currently be seeing in line with social distancing guidelines), or grandparents/family members etc. that may be helping you with childcare, you should not see them at all if they have returned, or are due to return, from Spain, Canary or Balearic Islands after 26th July 2020.
Government advice says that those having to quarantine upon return from one of these destinations should not have visitors (including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care). Should not go out to work, school/nursery, or visit public areas. Should not go shopping (including buying groceries).
This guidance will remain in place until further notice.
The full list of what else you can/cannot do if you are having to self-isolate can be found here:
Complete guidance about the FCO and Government travel advice can be found here:
Thank you as always for your cooperation and understanding.
We are pleased to announce that from August we will be accepting new registrations. Our show around process is slightly different at the moment but if you would like to enquire about
The Old Railway Care Conductors
We'll keep you up-to-date with nursery news & events, as well as any important information we feel would be useful for you to know.