Newsletter May 2018
21st May 2018
Firstly, I would like to thank you for all your support in our event days, the children thoroughly enjoyed May Day, where they had the opportunity for may pole dancing, exploring flowers and many other activities. Kings and Queens day was a great opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, being creative by making their own crowns, exploring the colours blue, red and white, developing the children social skills by taking part in a royal picnic and again lots more. We hope you have had an opportunity to view the photos of the event days on our Facebook page.
30 Hour Funding for 3 & 4 year olds
We hope parents who are accessing the funding are now beginning to find the process a little easier, however please remember YOU are responsible for validating your codes for the new term, the nursery does not receive reminders from HMRC for us to remind you.
I would like to remind parents of children who will be leaving us this summer for school that we require a 4 week written notice period to cancel your child’s place. If you wish to send this via email then please do so to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately we are very sad to announce that Zoe, our Tweenies Team Leader will be leaving the nursery as from 8th June. Zoe has been with the nursery since 2012 and trained with us from the very beginning of her apprenticeship. Zoe has written us a wonderful letter about her time here at La Petite and has said she will be very sad to leave us. Zoe is going to be taking on a new adventure into a different industry of which we wish her every happiness. A big thank you Zoe from all at La Petite Academy.
Team Leaders Transitions
As part of our practitioner’s continual professional development the Team Leaders will be taking the opportunity to run a different room within the nursery setting, apart from Joanne in the Baby Unit who will remain with the same team. This transition will take place as from Monday 11th June. Please see the list below as follows;
Tweenies: Dalraj Basi
Toddlers: Afshan Bashir
We have employed a new Preschool team leader called Paul O’Connell. Paul has 12 years of experience of working in a Private Day Nursery, along with experience of running a Preschool team for another Outstanding Day Nursery within Derby City. Paul has a foundation degree in Early Child Hood Studies and will be continuing his academic progression in September at the University of Derby to complete his Bachelor of Arts.
Your child’s current team leader/ key person will be informing you of any key person changes which may affect your child. Please be reassured that all the practitioners within each of the rooms know all the children and disruption will be kept to a minimum.
This week we have changed over to the nursery’s Summer Menu. All parents of children with Special Dietary Requirements please could you return the menus to us as soon as possible so Glenda can ensure provision for alternative meals are in place. The Summer Menu’s brings a lot more salads to the children’s diets and there have been a few new dishes added to the Menu’s.
It is recommended by the Health Protection agency when the UV is moderate or high that sun cream should be applied. As a nursery we ask all parents to apply sun cream to their children before attending nursery when the UV is high. When the UV is moderate it is at your discretion whether you wish to apply sun cream before your child comes into us. Whilst in our care the management reserve the right to make a decision at the time whether scream should be applied for outdoor play when the UV is moderate.
Progression within the nursery
From collating information taken from all the children’s trackers, it shows that where boys were showing a lack of progression in Literacy this has now vastly improved. Lauren concentrated on making the Literacy areas more appealing to boys which in turn has benefitted them. We will be continuing to concentrate in raising the children’s progress in Mathematical development. Using mathematical language with your children within everyday activities e.g. counting cups/ plates and using terminology such as big/small with all children will reinforce their learning. Please see the attached parents’ guide to how you can support your child further at home.
It is very sad for me to be addressing but on a couple of recent occasions some staff members have been spoken to disrespectfully. Where I appreciate that at times parents may have frustrations these can be discussed in a professional manner. If at any time you find you are not happy with something, please feel free to come and discuss your concerns. The first point of call is usually your child’s key person or team leader, however if you would rather discuss the matter (no matter how small) with a manager then please do not hesitate. However, staff being spoken to disrespectfully/ rudely will not be tolerated. In the setting we teach the children to be respectful towards each other, therefore role modelling is the key to this!
The Preschool children have been busy in the sensory garden and it is now underway with a mixture of lettuce, green beans, mangetout and tomatoes, along with some beautiful flowers for the children to care for.
We are currently having a pagoda put up on the top garden as a permanent structure to provide a shaded area for the children in the summer- no more flying gazebos!
I would just like to reassure you that Dean our maintenance man is fully Enhanced DBS checked along with the gardener. Trades people otherwise are not left unsupervised with the children at ANY time. We do also request that any professionals from outside agencies working with children leave their phones in the nursery office and do not use them in the nursery.
All the staff will be attending Safeguarding training on Saturday 16th June, keep their knowledge refreshed to ensure your children are being kept safe😊.
Dates for your Diary
Week Commencing 4th June- Mum’s week-
A separate letter for this organised event has been sent out, if you have not received one please let your child’s key person know.
Thursday 14th June- Eid-al-Fitr
The nursery children will be coming together to celebrate and learn about the Muslim celebration. With lots of crafts activities and the opportunity for staff who celebrate Eid-al-Fitr to share with the children how they celebrate it in their own homes with their family and friends.
Monday 11th June- Portugal day
The Preschool children will be learning about what the Portugal flag looks like and the colours used to make up the flag, trying traditional Portuguese food, learning about where Portugal is on the globe and making plans about how they could travel there.
Monday 18th June- World Cup Day
The toddler and the Preschool children will be taking part in mini football tournaments, developing an understanding of the rules of the game, developing their gross motor skills to learn how to control a ball with their feet. We will be introducing an understanding of the concept of a team and what team work is all about. The younger children will be having a fun day with a variety of balls of shapes and sizes, being encouraged to use their gross motor skills to roll balls down tracks, to make balls bounce and developing their balance to use a foot to kick a ball.
Monday 2nd June- Wimbledon
Of course we will be par taking in strawberries and cream! Along with also lots of activities where the children will develop their knowledge about bat and ball games……. watch out for the nursery poster with more activities closer to the date.
Home Learning - A parent’s guide to… number
Introducing young children to the concept of number should be easy and entertaining.
One of the concepts that your child will need to learn about is number. The good news is that very young children appear to have a natural interest in number. Therefore, at a surprisingly early age a child will notice if another is given more of something than them. The age-old cry of ‘It’s not fair!’ is linked to children’s interest in quantity.
FIVE THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
1. A learning journey
There are many aspects to learning about number, so see it as a journey. The starting point for toddlers is an understanding of ‘more’ and ‘all gone’ (zero). Children also must learn the names of numbers (one, two, three…) and what the names stand for.
Understanding what a number really means often takes children longer than adults expect. It is one reason why a child who can count aloud to ten might find it hard to pick out and count four objects, or may say that ‘six’ is more than ‘nine’. Most children will be aged five or so before the basics of recognising number and having some understanding of adding and subtracting is in place.
2. Doing and seeing
As learning about number becomes increasingly abstract, one way in which children can be helped to understand is to spend a lot of time in the early years touching, doing and experiencing number. Therefore, nurseries encourage children to handle objects and play simple games rather than to do sums. Children who later do well in mathematics tend to have had a strong ‘touch and feel’ start to their mathematical journey.
3. Everyday routines
The more children hear, talk about and experience number when they are very young, the more confident they become in all things mathematical. Therefore, many nurseries create routines where children are regularly counting or talking about number and quantity. This might be anything from counting the number of buttons when being helped to put on their coat to counting the steps as children are walking up them.
4. Brain development
As with all aspects of child development, the speed at which children acquire concepts and skills is partly related to brain development. As their brains grow and develop, their ability to think changes too. This is one reason why despite practice and an explanation, there are often in learning about number when a child cannot seem to ‘get’ or ‘see’ something that is very straightforward. A good example is the constancy in number. A child may be able to count a group of four dinosaurs, but not ‘see’ that if the same dinosaurs are laid out in a square, the quantity has not changed.
Another factor in children’s ability to learn about number is stress. Children who lose confidence or feel under pressure to get the right answer are more likely to become stressed. Sadly, when stressed, they are more likely to find learning and understanding concepts difficult. Stress also affects how well children remember things. The impact of stress on children means that the most effective approach to teaching your child about number will be to keep it fun and pleasurable.
HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN ABOUT NUMBER
Share counting rhymes
A great introduction to learning about number and to develop the skill of counting is through rhymes. While your early years setting will probably focus on rhymes, the more you do at home the better. You can sing or say rhymes in a car, on a bus or walking down the street. If you don’t know many counting rhymes, look online. There are plenty of YouTube videos, but also websites such as https://champaign.org/kids/early-childhood where you can get ideas. As your child’s knowledge of number develops, look out for rhymes involving larger numbers.
Point out numbers
The great things about numbers is that they are everywhere. One of the ways that you can help your child is to simply point out numbers as you see them, from the number on your front door to the keypad in a Chip & Pin machine.
In the same way, there are plenty of things to count when you are out and about. You can count the number of animals that you see on the way to the shops or the number of vans that drive by. The more that you point out number and count, the more interested that your child is likely to become in exploring maths with you.
Use number around the home
Most children love helping. Encouraging your child to do a few things with you around the home is also a great way of helping them to ‘do’ number. You could ask your child to fetch you a certain number of potatoes or to look out to see if there are enough plates or spoons on the table. If you take out laundry from the machine, your child could count the socks and put them in pairs. Even a little tidying-up can be made into a game. See who can be the fastest to pick up three items.
A great way to help older children enjoy and practise maths is through games. From around three years old, simple games such as pairs are worth looking at. Once your child is starting to recognise numbers and count, look out for simple board games involving dice and counters. Avoid complicated games or ones beyond your child’s skill level. While it may seem a good idea to ‘stretch’ your child, the danger is that it may not feel like a fun activity and so your child’s interest in learning may evaporate