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15 February 2018 - 8:13pm

Don’t forget we are celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow πŸ‰ πŸ₯’ πŸ• πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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13 February 2018 - 11:33am

Pancake obstacle course continued!

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13 February 2018 - 11:08am

Pre-School have had lots of fun with our pancake obstacle course today!

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13 February 2018 - 9:28am

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13 February 2018 - 9:24am

13th February 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers

Chinese New Year
Just a quick reminder about our event day on Friday (16th February) where we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. We would like the children to enjoy the day of activities by dressing in Chinese clothing, red/ gold clothing, or as it is the year of the dog maybe some little doggies. The staff put a lot of effort into the event days, dressing the nursery and themselves to support the event and they really enjoy seeing the children make the most of the activities and taking part in the day. Just a few of the activities will be making lucky money pockets, decorating a Chinese dragon to take part in a parade and trying Chinese cuisines.

Shrove Tuesday
Today the children will be taking part in Shrove Tuesday by tasting various pancakes at snack times along with taking part in pancake obstacle courses to help develop their gross motor skills.

Our Blossom Tree
We would like to see a few more leaves filling our blossom tree with activity ideas, thank you to all the parents and children who have contributed so far we love hearing your feedback.

Baby Unit Outside Play
The babies can now enjoy more outside play under a new lovely wooden shelter, even when it is raining. The outside area is going to be developed to a similar theme as the main nursery bottom garden area, with a focus of large sand, water and block play with lots of den building.

Collecting from the Tweenies Room
If you have a child in the Tweenies' Room you must go into the room on collection to get feedback notes from the staff. Please do not stand outside in the corridor as this can make it difficult for other parents and staff that are trying to answer the door.

Dad's Week
We will be sending out the confirmation slips with the days you have been allocated in the next few days, these events take a lot of organising to ensure staff are deployed appropriately to maintain ratios. If you have not yet returned your slip please contact the office today.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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9 February 2018 - 11:07am

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9 February 2018 - 11:02am

We enjoyed role-playing with each other in the sensory room this morning! (Some blurry pictures as some of the children have taken them)

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2 February 2018 - 3:14pm

Tweenies have really enjoyed making moon sand today, they have made some sand castles!

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31 January 2018 - 11:05am

This morning the Babies have been for a walk to the park to collect natural resources for a tactile activity and had a quick play

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26 January 2018 - 10:24am

Yesterday Tweenies got messy as they explored this dinosaur tactile!

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25 January 2018 - 6:55am

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24 January 2018 - 3:14pm

The babies have been over into the sensory garden today where they have continued their play with farm animals in the mud!

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24 January 2018 - 2:44pm

Toddlers have a water play area now within their room to support continuous provision. This is another exciting area for the children to play and explore with water, whilst giving them the opportunity to become 'experts'.

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24 January 2018 - 2:36pm

Toddlers have really enjoyed exploring the shaving foam. To enhance their provision we added different colours and more tools for them to create marks!

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24 January 2018 - 12:14pm

Look at us dancing to Bollywood music!

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24 January 2018 - 12:08pm

Exploring sounds!

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24 January 2018 - 12:03pm

Pre-School have had a great experience today where we have had a Bollywood dance teacher come into the setting!

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23 January 2018 - 11:04am

Nursery Rhyme Day continued!

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23 January 2018 - 10:48am

The children are having lots of fun for our Nursery Rhyme Day! PreSchool have themed their room around 'Incy Wincy Spider', Toddlers have done 'Humpty Dumpty', Tweenies have done 'Miss Polly Has A Dolly', and Baby Unit are 'Old McDonald'!

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23 January 2018 - 6:56am

We will be celebrating Nursery Rhyme Day at Nursery today. We are looking forward to seeing lots of little different costumes, the staff have been busy decorating the rooms and there will be lots of fun activities to take part in throughout the day. πŸ‘¨‍🌾 πŸ‘ πŸ•·

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19 January 2018 - 4:39pm

Following on from their trip to the park, the toddlers group further enhanced their provision by adding the sticks they collected to a safari tactile.

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19 January 2018 - 3:34pm

Toddlers really enjoyed going on a walk to the woods today and collecting sticks and leaves for our tactile.

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18 January 2018 - 6:57am

Parents/carers if you have received a leaf πŸƒ to fill in and place on our tree, please could you fill them in as soon as possibly to help us blossom even further in our setting 🌳 we love to hear what you and your children would like to see more of.

Thank you

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14 January 2018 - 6:18pm

Parents, we soon have our ‘Nursery Rhyme Day’ event coming up on Tuesday 23rd January. Here is just a few ideas for you to think about when dressing up your child/children!

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9 January 2018 - 3:53pm

Each group has explored lots of fantastic opportunities today outside. Baby unit went over to the green area and collected leaves and twigs to add to their tactile. They then further enhanced their provision by following through with a creative activity. Tweenies got messy as they painted using different tools, whilst other children walked along the stones listening to the sound their feet were making. Toddlers challeged their children to take risks as they balanced along the wooden plank. They created a wet sand tactile, whereby the children generated ideas and made marks. PreSchool encouraged the children to use their imaginations as they built castles, and used the space around them to role play. They also prompted the children to recall by drawing their own ideas. What a lovely day, full of quality activities and plenty of learning opportunities!

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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Parents

Happy New Year to all parents and children! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and had the chance to spend quality time with your respective families.

So, off we go then- the start of the New Year at nursery is always very exciting. Please find attached a copy of the diary of events for the year! We have been very busy plotting event days/festivals, grandparents and parents weeks and parents/open evenings. We hope you will find the events which we have planned exciting and we look forward to many fun days throughout the year.

Our first event day is……

Nursery Rhyme Day- Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The children will be enjoying lots of the traditional nursery rhymes and each room will be focusing on one particular rhyme throughout the day, exploring it in more detail through the exciting activities provided. We are asking you to support this event by talking with your children about their favourite nursery rhyme they sing at home and if your child is in one the day then to bring them along dressed relating to their favourite nursery rhyme. We will then be able to talk to the children about each other’s favourite rhymes and hopefully we will be able to learn some new ones😊

Chinese New Year-Friday 16th February
The children will have the opportunity to experience tasting various Chinese foods including the dinner menu being themed around the day. At snack times the children will be exploring different tastes at textures of Chinese cuisine. We will be making lanterns, taking part in dragon dances with our very own Chinese dragon made by the children and many more activities. All children are welcome to come dressed in either Chinese related clothing, red or gold clothing or as it is the year of the dog, maybe some little doggy costumes will fit the scene nicely.

W/c 26th February 2018- Come and join us Dad’s
We would like to see as many Dad’s attending during this week to spend some lovely time with your child taking part in craft activities for Mother Day (ssshhhh, don’t tell the Mummies). There will be a further letter being sent out closer to the time where you will be able to book in for a session.

Monday 5th March 2018- World Book Day
I am passionate about helping children to develop a love for reading. I believe that a love of reading is a stepping stone to becoming an enthusiastic learner and a confident reader, writer and speaker. With confidence and enthusiasm, children can enjoy a wonderful world of learning and exploration.
This list is just a few of the opportunities that reading with your children provides.
• Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives
• Stories can stimulate imagination and play
• Reading provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children
• Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
• Books provides inspiration, thought and reflection
• Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
• Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
• Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy skills and language development
• Exposure to books contributes to the understanding of print concepts (e.g. left to right, top to bottom)
• Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge
On world book day we would like every child to bring in their favorite book along and dressing as a character from the books. This will also give the children the opportunity to experience new books, talk about their preference and encourage sharing.

Management Team
Lauren has settled into her role as Quality Lead Manager extremely well. She has made lots of positive improvements across the rooms from implementing continuous provision, so the children become experts through play and become more confident learners to challenging staff’s knowledge around quality of activities they provide for the children and the children’s experiences whilst with us. The way in which we have devised Lauren’s role will ensure she is working out in the nursery providing support to the staff in each room, only spending little time based in the nursery office. Well done Lauren.

Funding
Thank you to all parents who have ensured that funding forms have been returned to Claire as soon as possible, with over 60 children accessing funding and tight deadlines this can be quite challenging for Claire to ensure all applications are correct and uploaded, your co-operation in this process is vital.

Safeguarding your child
We have rigorous security procedures in place to ensure your child is kept safe at all times; one of which is that all members of the public MUST be escorted off the premises by a member of staff. We have had a few Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles etc who are letting themselves out and not waiting for a member of the staff team. It is vital we ensure the door is locked and would appreciate it if this could be communicated to all people dropping off/ collecting your child/ren, thank you for your co-operation.

Can I also just ask that drawstring bags or plastic bags are not brought into nursery as they are hazardous to the children.

Nursery opening times
The nursery closes at 6pm, parents please could you ensure that you arrive at the nursery by 5:55pm to enable the staff to have enough time to give you appropriate feedback. Recently we have had many parents arriving late. When the nursery closes the staff should be able to leave on time to get home to their families. I appreciate on occasions traffic can hold parents up but would just like to ask you to be mindful of this and lateness should not be a regular occurrence.

Facebook
Please may I remind parents about our facebook page. We regularly give out dates, instruction and interesting information together with photographs of the activities/children etc. If you are not on facebook please go to our website where there is a rolling page of recent facebook events to give you an idea of what a useful communication tool it is. If you change your mind about allowing your child to go on the nursery facebook page, please come to the office and we can amend your authorisation form. Please remember that we never mention your child’s name and we closely monitor what is put on the page- the administrators of the page are myself, Lauren and Claire.


Our Ideas Tree
We would like you and your children to contribute to improvements across the nursery we can make. Each term we are going to be sending home a leaf where we would like you to write down any improvements you feel we could make. There will be a specified area each time, for example the first one is going to be the ‘Base Rooms’. When you receive your leaf please write the room your child is in and how you think we could improve, we would then like you to hang it on our little tree in the porch to help us flourish😊 We look forward to hearing your feedback.


Kind Regards



Helen Poyser
Managing Director


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