September Newsletter 2017
Welcome to a new term, we hope everybody had a safe and enjoyable summer. Some dates for this term:
- Monday 4th September- School term begins
- Fundraiser - Friday 22nd September- Race night at The Royal Oak which begins at 7.30- £10 per ticket to include chips, sandwiches and a dessert. Great value for money – all proceeds to go towards the new access gate between nursery and school. We are selling horses and Jockeys for £2.00 a time please buy at least one (it is all for the benefit of your children), we also need raffle prizes of wines and spirits. Equally if anyone knows of a person/company willing to sponsor a race £35 please let us know as soon as possible – many thanks
- Monday 23rd October – October half term week
Our topic throughout the nursery this term will be “nursery rhymes”. The children will be learning new nursery rhymes as well as singing their personal favourites. On Friday 20th October: children are invited to come into nursery dressed as their favourite nursery rhyme character.
When at home with your baby, you could sing various nursery rhymes to help your baby recognise words. Help them by switching off the television and radio and by using props if you have them. You can also do “action rhymes” such as “Miss Polly had a dolly” to help your child learn by copying. Sing the song to your baby and do the actions, again you can use props if you have them.
When at home with your toddler you could encourage them to sing various nursery rhymes by using a ‘song bag’. You could make a song bag using a pillow case or a bag, chose some of your child’s favourite nursery rhymes or songs and place an item into your song bag which represents the song. You could fill your bag with items such as a sheep for Baa Baa Black Sheep, a clock for Hickory Dickey Dock, a spider for Incy Wincey Spider. Ask your child to choose an item from the bag then start to sing the song which goes with the item which they have picked. If your child does not join in singing at first carry on doing the activity for your child to watch as they will enjoy watching and listening to you sing.
Main area (36-60 months)
When singing with your child at home, it is a good idea to make a “singing puppet” with your child. These can be made by using old socks or paper plates. As well as this, you could also make a “stage” for your child to sing on. This could be done by marking out an area using rope or ribbon or by placing a sheet or towel on the floor. Props at home such as hairbrushes and tv controllers could also be used for your child to use as a microphone. Musical instruments can also be used whilst singing in order to help your child to keep the beat.
We welcome our new starters Ariella, Emma, Rowan and Zac to our setting.
Please note several parents are opening the gate and allowing other people to enter nursery grounds, please do not do this unless a staff member is present, regardless whether or not you know them. Staff need to be aware who has access to the grounds and indeed access to the children. If there is someone waiting to enter the grounds please ask them to buzz and wait until a member of staff answers the door to ensure we do not experience any unauthorised access to nursery. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter
Finally, we would like to welcome our new starters and say we hope you enjoy your time with us, Emma, Ariella, Zac and Rowan. Equally, we have to say a very sad goodbye to Bobbie at the end of September as she is going to start a new job as she is ready for a career change. Bobbie would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all and has loved her job role looking after the children.
Tricia and staff J
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ
Dear Parent / Carer
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents and carers of the Nursery’s policy regarding infectious illness, to include fevers and flu like symptoms. The extract from the Health and Safety Policy is shown below:-
We do not provide care for children, who are unwell, have a temperature, or sickness and diarrhoea, or who have an infectious disease. Any child known to be suffering from any infectious disease must remain at home. For illnesses such as sickness and diarrhoea the child must not attend for 48 hours.
Our infectious illness policy follows guidance from the Department for Children’s Services and the Environmental Health Agency. It is standard practice throughout the county to enforce a 48 hour ‘quarantine’ period following signs of infectious illness.
I have reiterated to the Nursery Manager and staff the need to rigorously enforce this policy, especially at the moment as several children have attended the setting when unwell. Therefore please do not be offended, if staff ask you to collect your child from Nursery or refuse to accept your child if they are displaying any signs of infection or if your child has shown signs of infection in the past 48 hours.
It is incredibly important that all parents and carers support the Nursery with the deployment if this policy for the health and safety of all of our children and staff. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the contents of this letter please do not hesitate to contact the Nursery Manager (Tricia) or myself.
September 19, 2017, 9:10 am