My ten tips for creating your yearbook:

1) Do it! If you’re still unsure whether or not you are going to create one, do it. They’re easy to put together, children absolutely love them, and parents are so grateful. They went down so well with parents that we are going to charge for them this year, and raise some funds for the nursery. They have also raised our reputation in the area. All of last year’s parents have shown their friends, we even had a new parent this year ask if we are doing them again.

2) Get content together now. Luckily in the age of social media we were able to get most of the pictures we needed from our Facebook page, but this year I have been getting yearbook content together since September. It makes it so much easier when you put the yearbook together.

3) Make a plan. Before I even logged in to the online creator I planned out what I wanted to achieve from a yearbook, and what I wanted on each page. The flat plan generator on the Nursery leavers’ Books site helped with this.

4) Get help. You’ll be amazed at how many people will help you put the yearbook together. All of the staff here chipped in with getting content ready.

5) Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The team at Nursery Leavers’ Books are fantastic. Never be afraid to pick up the phone or send them an email.

6) Be different. Or don’t, it’s up to you! I wanted to create something a little different with this year’s yearbook and I think it was worth it, but the templates Nursery Leavers Books provide are invaluable and any gift that looks as lovely as a leavers’ book does is going to go down well.

7) Use the online resources. There are some brilliant online resources on the Nursery Leavers’ Books site, they’re free to download and saved me a lot of time.

8) Consider your options. I opted to use the online creator, partly because I wanted to be a bit experimental and partly because I (wrongly) assumed that the professionally designed service would be more expensive. This year I am definitely toying with the idea of asking Nursery leavers’ Books to design our books for us.

9) Remember what you are doing it for. The leavers book only took a couple of weeks to put together, from starting to get content together to requesting a proof. And this year I imagine It will take less time, as I will be better prepared. Despite that there were days that I didn’t really fancy working on the leavers book, but thinking about how excited the children would be to receive their books soon put an end to that.

10) Have fun. Enjoy creating the yearbook. It’s a lovely opportunity to reflect on the time you have spent with the children. And certainly brings up some wonderful memories.

Mandy Robinson
Nursey Manager
Magic Kingdom Nursery