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Fall/Winter 2020 Newsletter

We would like to welcome new children and parents that have recently joined us and we hope that you and your child have a wonderful time at our nursery and that you have the chance to help us create many wonderful memories for your children.

You will have noticed some new faces within our nursery team. New staff have been taken on to accommodate for the new intake of children that we have had

Below we have outlined our nursery structure of staff so that you are aware of who the senior staff are within your base room.

Manager: Kimberley
Deputy Manager: Claudia
Deputy Manager- Curriculum co-ordinator -Steph
3rd in charge: Jo L
3rd  in charge: Sam

Shooting stars: Room leaderSam

Deputy room leader: Hayley K

Shining stars: Room leader- Jo L

Deputy room leader: Aimee

Bright stars: Room leader- Mel

Deputy room leader- Chelsey

Tiny stars: Room leader- Tina- A new addition to our team

Deputy room leader- Hayley O

All pictures are on staff notice board. Again, please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions.

 

Some of the stories and songs we will be focusing on are:

  • Bear hunt
  • Percy the park keeper
  • Henry the otter
  • Elmer and the wind
  • Delicious
  • Winnie the witch
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Chicken licken
  • Autumn songs
  • Handa’s surprise

Plus more (please ask a member of staff if you would like the words to any of these songs)

We will be learning a variety of things such as:

  • Joining in with familiar words and phrases from stories and rhymes
  • New descriptive language during malleable activities- play dough, corn flour, shaving foam and paint’
  • Using our senses to explore the world around us
  • Acting out own experiences
  • Playing with and alongside others
  • Responding to new boundaries
  • Introducing storylines to our play
  • Giving meaning to the marks we make
  • The changes that occur during Autumn

Also included in this term will be a topic surrounding Animals and habitats

Along with this we will be celebrating festivals such as Diwali. Looking at Halloween (with a fancy-dress day), fireworks, Remembrance Day and children in need

Please can Parents/Carers remember that breakfast finishes at 9am, this is to allow time to tidy up and reset up the room for morning play activities.

Labelling clothes:

Can all parents please make sure that they are labelling their children’s spare clothes at nursery.

Please label clearly with a marker pen or alternatively there are many websites you can go on and order labels that stay on in the wash.

Suitable clothing:

Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing at nursery for the weather.

Wellington boots for garden play- as we take the children out in all weathers. Also gloves and hats so that the children are kept warm whilst out in the garden area.

If you have all in one suits that you wish for them to wear in the rain, please bring them in and inform base room staff.

We know that the weather can be very unpredictable so we want to make sure that we are ready for whatever the day may bring us.

We also asking if parents are able to provide a draw string bag which will remain at nursery for the children to have their wellies and raincoats in so that we always have them to hand if needed.

Children’s profile books and learning journey folders:

The children’s profile books are a collection of photographic evidence of some of their experiences at nursery. Each week we spend time with the children looking through them and talking about their own experiences. The profile books help to develop language skills and encourage children to talk about and take pride in their own experiences.

If you have any photo’s that you would like to bring in for their books or wish to take their book home to look through together please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

The learning Journey folders are also available for parents to look at but unfortunately cannot be taken home. These contain photo and written observations outlining achievements and general individual development of each child.

You can always arrange a meeting with your child’s key worker to go through these with you and inform you of how your child is getting on.

As we have a large amount of children and parents to cater for it can be quite hard to find a more structured way of arranging these meetings on a regular basis- therefore this is why we feel it is best for individual parents to arrange meetings direct with key workers as and when you feel you would like to discuss your child’s development

2 year checks:

The Nursery now has a duty to carry out 2 year checks on all the children in our care, this runs alongside a 2 year check that your child would have with their Health visitor.

As and when your child is due this, you will be asked to attend a meeting with your child’s key worker so that we have a picture of the child as a whole before writing up our reports.

Exclusion Policy (Non Covid)

Please remember that if your child is sent home with sickness and/or diarrhoea they must be off for 48hours from their last case not from when they are sent home from Nursery.

If your child is sick in the night/day before they are next due at nursery can you please make sure that they are kept at home as to minimise the risk of spreading bugs and viruses to the children and staff

Also if they are sent home with a temperature they must remain off for 24hours from when the temperature has gone without the use of Calpol or any other form of pain relief- Parents are reminded that we do not administer Calpol to the children under any circumstances.

We were advised during first aid training that Calpol can mask other symptoms that children may develop- we have had a few cases recently where children have had high temperatures and on one occasion we were informed that if we had given calpol to a child then the fact that they had dangerously low sugar levels would have been masked by the calpol and the fact that the child had an underlying infection would have gone undiagnosed.

All parents are made aware of all the policies when joining the nursery and sign the admission form that you agree to these.  Some parents have said that friend’s nurseries etc do administer calpol but things like this are down to each individual nursery.

COVID 19:

PLEASE KEEP UP TO DATE WITH CURRENT GUIDELINES SET OUT FOR EXCLUSION PERIODS, ISOLATION AND NEW SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.

THE NURSERY WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON ANY CHNAGES TO NURSERY PRACTISE AND PROCDEURES

Antibiotics- If children are on any form of antibiotics they have to remain off Nursery for the first 48hrs. This is to ensure that the medication is in the child’s system and has begun to fight the infection/virus that they have. Also within this time frame children are most likely to have a reaction to medication if there body is unable to tolerate it. Even if your child has had the same medication before it does not mean that they cannot react to it if they are given it again. This is also something all parents are made aware of when you join, you sign and agree to this in admission documents

Additional/Extra days:

We ask that Parents remember that this is something we will always try and accommodate but we cannot always guarantee will always be possible 

Notices:

Can all parents please make sure that they are checking their e-mails and main doors for any notices that are being put up- as these have important information about things that are happening at the nursery.

Car park:

The car park is for drop off and pick up only, no parents should be leaving their cars here under any circumstances

Childs attendance:

If your child is off Nursery and is unwell, we ask that parents ring the Nursery and inform us so that we can keep track of any illnesses that are going around and can put up notices to inform other parents so that they are able to keep an eye for any signs and symptoms there child may

Toys and comforters:

We are aware that some children do have particular comforters that they use when they are upset of to sleep with. These are of course fine for you to bring in to Nursery for your child to use when they are here.

However other items such as dolls, prams, toys, money etc should not be brought in to Nursery. These can create lots of unnecessary arguments and we have at times had toys go missing which then leaves us with very upset children. The Nursery has lots of toys and dolls that the children play with throughout the day.

Items such as money can also be very dangerous and can cause children to choke if placed in their mouths especially if they are picked up by younger children who can be very curious and explorative.

The Nursery will not be held responsible if any items do go missing and we ask that comforters are clearly labelled with your child’s name

NO TOYS OTHER THAN SLEEP COMFORTERS TO BE BROUGHT IN DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS

Pegs:

We understand that at times the pegs can get quite overcrowded. However with the large amount of children that we have in the Nursery children do need to share pegs. We try to make sure that part time children who may not attend the same days share but this is not always possible. We are in the process of getting some new pegs placed in the office.

We ask that parents do not bring in large bags/ or lots of bags so that there is enough space for both children who are sharing pegs

Security:

Can all Parents and Carers please ensure that they always close the gate and door behind them.

Please remember that the gates in the garden are not for parental use, all parents should access the nursery through the office and leave through the office.

Also, only parents and main carers should have the code for the main door. If anyone else is collecting your child, please ask them to ring the bell for assistance.

Buggy park:

We have had several parents complaining about lack of space within the buggy park as parents are not folding down their prams.

Please can you make sure that prams are being folded down to make sure that there is space for everyone, also please be advised

Dates for your diary:

  • Friday 30th October -Halloween dress up day
  • Friday 6th November- red and black ay-Remembrance Sunday
  • Week beginning 9th November-Diwali activities
  • From Wednesday 18th November- road safety week
  • Monday 30th November- Blue day-St Andrews day
  • Tuesday 15th December- Christmas dinner (only for children that attend this day) We thought it would be nice to also make this our Christmas jumper day

CHRISTMAS DATES AND EVENTS!!

Due to the current situation we will not be able to have nay parents/carers on site. We will however be aiming to still have these but only staff and children will participate.

Nativity play- we are looking at still having these and recording to send to parents so you still get to have these special memories. Times will be confirmed nearer the day

  • Thursday 17th December- Christmas Party. Unfortunately Santa will not be able to make an appearance and we can not have any children who do not attend this day, however we will be carrying out lots of fun activities all week and children will still all receive a gift
  • Friday 18th December- Big star nativity play- If your child does not attend this day (in big stars) they will need to be here by 2:15pm in their costume ready for the play to start at 2:30- No parents are allowed in Big stars until the play starts. Also for health and safety reasons no more than 2 people per child will be allowed in (please make note of how many people per child- this does not include young siblings who can sit on parents laps- all prams must be left in buggy park)

          TO BE CONFIRMED!

  • Thursday 24th December- Nursery closes 1pm

If there is anything that you would like mentioned in the newsletter, maybe things have you forgotten of topics you would like covered please let me know.

If there is any COVID information you would like or any questions you have please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will try my best to help you

Many thanks,

Kim