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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 October 2017

Dear Parents

We’ve had quite a busy half term but there is still lots to come in the leading up to Christmas.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the parents who came to the Open Evening last Monday. We had some fabulous guest speakers who took their time to come and support the evening. We organise the evening as an additional service to give you the opportunity to access current information from professionals within the health and education sector.
Dr Law and (GP) and Liz Proctor (Dietitian) gave a talk around what a child’s healthy balanced diet should look like, and lots of key tips to settling a child into a good balanced diet. It was fantastic to hear parents asking individual questions, a lot of parent’s heads were nodding in agreement when relevant questions were asked.
Kim Harford (Reception Teacher from Ridgeway Infant School) gave a talk around school readiness and what this means along with a short presentation from Premier Sports on their play-triton program which we are looking at running in the new year.
I would like to also say a big thank you to all the key people who attended the event too to make themselves available to the parents. It is a long day for them but I know they like to give you the opportunity to meet with them as much as possible.

Kits academy
The structured sports sessions by Ewan every Tuesday morning are becoming a big success. The children engage well with him learning new ball and movement skills. We will be looking at changing the day that the sessions run after half term but all children are currently able to access the session due to our quieter period of time in Preschool.

Harvest
A big thank you to everyone who donated goods for the harvest festival. A small of group of children took the boxes up to St Peters church and spent time taking part in activities and learning all about harvest time and what it means.

We will hopefully be organising a trip where all the Preschool children can visit St Peters church at Christmas time to support their focus on the Christmas Story.

Visits to the nursing home
In the last newsletter, I mentioned that some of the Preschool children would be visiting Derby Heights Nursing Home to take part in a story and singing session with the residents. Unfortunately, due to staffing sickness at Derby Heights they had to cancel, however further dates are currently being revised for November.

Staffing
We welcomed Georgie on our last newsletter to Preschool unfortunately due to her feeling her traveling distance was too far she will be leaving us as from today.

Ashleigh Gregory joined the nursery since last Wednesday. Ashleigh is a qualified Level 3 Nursery Nurse with experience of working in a Private Day Nursery. Ashleigh is settling in great and forming lovely bonds with the children.

We will also be saying goodbye to Kara on 1st November, she is going to spend more time with her son who has just turned 1. Charlotte will be taking over the After School Club.

A huge congratulations to Seren who has completed her NVQ2 in child care and will be taking on a key group in Tweenies.
A separate letter will be sent out shortly to Tweenies parents who may be affected by the change of key person.

Lauren will be taking over from Sarah as the Quality Lead Manager. Earlier in the year Lauren took the role of the Quality Lead to support Sarah due to the amount of time Sarah was not accessing out within the nursery due to her role in the office. We have seen the standards of the quality of provision increase since then and feel the passion Lauren has for the role in providing the children with a high standard of care and education will only continue to raise the standards. Lauren will primarily be based out in the nursery to support the staffing team. The new Management structure will be as follows as of Monday 13th November

The Management Structure

Helen Poyser
Managing Director
Business/ Quality

Claire Morgan
Nursery Manager
Organisation of the nursery on a week to week basis
Parent’s Accounts

Lauren Binfield
Quality Lead Manager
EYFS/ Learning Journeys/ staff support

Dalraj Basi
Deputy Manager
Opening up/ Closing Down
Daily running/ organisation

Afshan Bashir
Deputy Manager
Opening up/ Closing down

1140 Free Hour Entitlement
Parents whose children are eligible for funding for January 2018 YOU MUST start this process now! The deadline for the nursery to input your codes into the portal is Friday 29th December, therefore we need to implement a nursery deadline by 30th November 2017. It has taken several weeks for the website to process applications and some funding code has not been accessed until a few days before the deadline. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Claire. Once you have your code, please come to the office for a consent form.

Questionnaires
We hope you all have took the opportunity to give the nursery some feedback via our Survey Monkey Questionnaire. We welcome ideas and suggestions about the nursery and hope you can make these suggestions feeling they will be taken into consideration. I will send out the results from the questionnaire very soon.

Tuesday 31st October – Halloween- There will be lots of gruesome activities on the day for the children to take part in from cooking to creative and tactile activities.

Friday 17th November- Children in Need- Come dressed in your pyjamas with your best wild bed hair (prize for the child with the wildest bed hair). As with Children in Need most years a spotty theme is held so even better if your child has spotted pyjamas. (Please make sure your child brings their normal shoes for outdoor play). There will be an activity in each room where you the parents can take part in when collecting your child (so please make sure you bring your pennies that day).

Week Commencing 20th November- Special time with Grandparents Week- You will receive a letter over the next couple of weeks about this event. Grandparents will have the opportunity to make a Christmas card with their Grandchild, along with enjoying a hot drink and a piece of our new-found Christmas cake recipe (containing sprouts!!) Trust me it is delicious 😊

Monday 4th December Nativity - Preschool

Monday 11th December Santa - all welcome

Monday 18th December Preschool Christmas Party.

W/c 18th December Christmas Jumper Week – all groups

Nursery closes on Friday 22nd December at 6.00pm
We reopen on Wednesday 27th December through to Friday 29th December
The nursery starts the new year opening on Tuesday 2nd January 2018

2,3 & 4 yr. old funding
This funding runs for 38 weeks of the year and the following term dates are as follows:
4th September 2017- 20th October 2017
30th October 2017- 15th December 2017

Extended Entitlement
Please remember if your child is eligible for the extended entitlement this now runs for 52 weeks of the year.

As you can see we have been busy and continue to be! If you have any queries regarding anything in this letter or anything else you wish to talk to us about, please do not hesitate to contact us. And don’t forget, you can arrange a meeting with your child’s key person using the slips located outside each base room.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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