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15 February 2018 - 8:13pm

Don’t forget we are celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow 🐉 🥢 🐕 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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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. 👨‍🌾 🐑 🕷

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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 🍃 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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Nursery Newsletter

Nursery Newsletter

Dear Mums & Dads

We are now in our busiest time of year for the nursery and we have lots to tell you!

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who came to our 21st Birthday Party! Both children and adults seemed to be having a lovely time and the feedback we had was really positive!

The photographs that Gazza’s discos took will be developed and handed out to those of you who got snapped!

For those of you who missed Christine’s speech on the night, we would like to tell you how important each and every one of you are to us and without your continued support we would not be as successful as we are today, so thank you very much!

Staffing
A huge congratulations to Sherridanne (Tweenies Key Person) who is expecting a baby girl and Kara (Nursery Assistant) who is expecting a baby boy, both due in September.
We are welcoming back Emma Harper who left us on maternity leave in 2008 and went on to have 3 children. She worked for us for 8 years and gained her NVQ levels 2 & 3 with us. Emma will be working Monday to Friday from 11am to 2pm to cover our busy lunch times.
And, well done to Demi (Nursery Assistant) who has completed her NVQ level 2 qualification!

Suggestions Board
You may have noticed the board in the porch which has been up for about a week. The purpose of this is to get your input on areas of the nursery. At the moment we are focussing on our outdoor areas as we can use them again to their full potential now that (hopefully) the wet, winter weather has passed. We have already developed our sensory garden and now that some of the things we have planted are starting to poke through the soil, the children are engaging really well with helping to water and look after them. We have purchased a climbing frame and targets for the children to develop their physical skills on the top garden area, as well as high street scenery to accompany the road layout.

If there is anything that you feel would benefit our outside area, please write your suggestions on the board – all contributions welcome!

Website
We have spent the last few months updating our website which is set to go live very soon! The new layout will include a daily menu so you can go to our site and check what food your child will be offered throughout the day, we have updated information, testimonies and photographs and are very excited to get it up and running! We have taken some lovely photographs of the children taking part in various activities which reflect their time at nursery. With the website being viewed by the public, we would like your permission to possibly put your child’s photograph on our website. We cannot guarantee that every child will appear on the website however we need to know who is allowed to go on, as we will be able to upload photographs ourselves. Please can you fill in and return the attached slip.

Menus
Thank you to those who contributed to our new menus! We are now on week 3 and the children seem to be liking the food so far…

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
Thank you for helping us to collect 1,869 vouchers! These will go towards new equipment for the nursery which the staff and children are currently choosing.

Maintenance
The Breakfast & After-School Club has now been decorated, they have had a new storage cupboard built and had new tables and chairs. We have also had a list of resources that the Schoolers would like, which we are trying to make our way through!

The ‘animal wall’ at the top of the corridor has now been replaced with a farm animal scene which is providing a great talking point for children of all ages as they make their way outside and to the bathroom.

The wood effect flooring in all the base rooms is being replaced next weekend, the bathroom and porch areas are being tiled and we are having a lovely new carpet for the corridor.

Holidays & Absences
We know that with the Summer coming up many of you will be taking the opportunity to have a well-deserved break with your families or spending some time at home with your little ones. If your child is going to be absent from nursery, please can you let us know at your earliest convenience as it can have an effect on ratios and meals prepared, especially if your child has a dietary requirement.

Funding
The Government 15hours funding ends on Friday 8th July for 2, 3 & 4 year olds.

If this is your child’s last term with us before starting school, may we remind you that we require 4 weeks written notice to terminate their place (if we do not receive your notice in time, you may be charged for the sessions there after). We ask that all accounts are cleared before your child leaves us.

Funding for the new term will begin on Monday 5th September.

Dates for your diary…
Monday 6th June – Preschool Graduation photographs (preschool only). If your child is leaving us to go to school, they can come in to have their photograph taken in between 9:00am and 11:00am in a graduation cap and gown by Andy Brown Photography.

Friday 10th June – The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations. ‘The Queen & her guard’ have popped in to the porch to invite you to celebrate her birthday with us with a right Royal knees up! We’re planning an afternoon tea garden party with cucumber sandwiches, cakes and pink lemonade (weak juice & sparkling water!), crown decorating and flying the flag as well as many other patriotic activities!

W/C Monday 13th June – Mum’s week. You should all have received a slip with the day that you can come in on. We have had a huge response to this week and are fully booked up for the week! We look forwards to seeing you!

Wednesday 29th June – Safari day. The nursery will have a safari theme for the day with lots of animal based activities, look out for the poster nearer the time for more details.

Tuesday 19th July – People Who Help Us. More information will follow but we aim to dress up as Police Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Fire Fighters, Lollipop People, Dentists and more to acknowledge the people who help us. If you or anyone you know could come and visit the children on this day with some information about how their job helps us then we would be very grateful!

We hope you all have a wonderful summer, and Good Luck to all of our school leavers!

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director/Early Years Professional

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