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Spring Newsletter

This term we will be focusing on spring. 

We will be getting more chicks this year – the children will be able to observe first hand their life cycle and be able to comment and ask questions on the observations they make, this however will not be until May 14th.

There has been quite a bit of controversy on the news about what happens to the male chicks once they are collected and taken back to the farm (this is due to them not being seen as important as the female chicks for further reproduction of eggs), however the company that we use as a nursery has been supplying us with our eggs for the children to observe the life cycle for quite some time and have always reassured us that when the chicks are taken back they make every effort to get them rehomed as quickly as possible. We have also in the past had staff take them and help rehome them (myself included).

We hope this goes some way in to helping any parents who may have felt a little uneasy about this.

Following on from this we as a Nursery have also decided to follow suit with many larger companies in banning the use of single use plastics such as plastic cups, straws glitter etc…..just doing our bit to try and help the environment :)

As always the newsletter will focus on the main events that are coming up through the year and reminders will be in place in the office.

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

- The very hungry caterpillar
- Old McDonald
- Mary had a little lamb
- Peter Rabbit
- 10 tiny tadpoles
- Speckled frogs
​​​​​​​- The tiny seed
​​​​​​​- Spring song book
​​​​​​​- Titch
​​​​​​​- The tiny seed
​​​​​​​- Oliver’s vegetables 

Through these we will be learning:

- Show an understanding of decay, changes and growth
​​​​​​​- Learning to play alongside others
​​​​​​​- To express own interests and preferences
​​​​​​​- Respond to and follow boundaries
​​​​​​​- Join in with familiar words and phrases from stories and songs
​​​​​​​- Question why things happen and how things work
​​​​​​​- Find total number of 2 groups by counting all together
​​​​​​​- Ask simple questions
​​​​​​​- Suggest ways that stories may end
​​​​​​​- Hold books the correct way and turn pages
​​​​​​​- Give meaning to the marks we make
​​​​​​​- Begin to make comparisons between size and quantities
​​​​​​​- Use number language in play
​​​​​​​- Begin to make believe by pretending

Plus many more

Adapted relating to age and stage of development

Your child’s key worker should be advising you as to when your child will be their focus child on planning and the work that they will be doing with them along with any additional learning you can do at home.

If you have not been informed then please come and see myself or Steph or speak with your child’s key worker.

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.

Arriving at nursery:

Please can all parents please ensure that they are remembering to sign the children in and out on the registers in the office.

Breakfast:

We hope that all your child have been enjoying the new additions to our breakfast menu. We have been really pleased with how well this has gone down with the children and we are now working on other adaptations to our menu.

Can all Parents please 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.

Appropriate clothing for the weather!

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.

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 through on site 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 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.

Parents as partners:

Do any of you have a talent that you would like to come in and share with the children, reading stories, playing an instrument, cooking, gardening or anything that you think the children would enjoy.

Exclusion Policy:

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

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 the office area for any notices that are being put up- as these have important information about things that are happening at the nursery. 

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.

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 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

Car park:

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

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 29th March- Easter Bonnet parade/arts and craft afternoon (The nursery is then closed on Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April for the Easter weekend)

Sunday 1st April-Easter Sunday

Monday 23rd April- St Georges day- wear something red and white

Monday 7th  May- closed for bank holiday

Monday 28th May- closed for bank holiday

Thursday 7th June- Sports day- date to be confirmed

Sunday 17th June- Father’s day (Mummy’s one for you to remember 😁)

Thursday 26th July- Fun day- date to be confirmed

Monday 27th August- closed for bank holiday

Wednesday 31st October- Dress up for Halloween

Wednesday 7th November- Diwali

Sunday 11th November- Remembrance day

Friday 30th November- St Andrews day- Wear something Blue and White
 

Tuesday 11th December- Christmas dinner (only for children that attend this day) We thought it would be nice to also make this our Christmas jumper day 😁
 

Wednesday 12th December- Big star dress rehearsal for Nativity play- If your child does not attend this day they will need to be here by 10:00 and collected by 11:00
 

Thursday 13th December- Santa and Christmas Party. (If your child does not attend this day you are welcome between 2:30-4) 

Santa will be visiting Baby room at 2:30, Bubble room at 2:35, Little stars at 2:45 and Big stars at 3:00
Please make a note of changes to Santa times- as on previous experience many of the younger children get upset so Santa ends up moving on to the older rooms quicker than we had anticipated 

Friday 14th December- Big star nativity play- If your child does not attend this day (in big stars) they will need to be here by 2pm 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)
 

Friday 21st December-last day- we reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019

If there is anything you would like to see highlighted in our Newsletter please feel free to let us know- Also we are in the process of updating our Menu’s if you have any meal suggestions please let us know

Many thanks!