Nursery Newsletter October 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
Organisation of the nursery on a week to week basis
Quality Lead Manager
EYFS/ Learning Journeys/ staff support
Opening up/ Closing Down
Daily running/ organisation
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.
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
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.