Welcome to our May/June newsletter!

New children
We would like to welcome Jasper and Zoe (Baby Room) and their families to the nursery!

New staff
Megan Neil has joined us as a Nursery Assistant, and will be studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare.

Iriucka, who is currently on maternity leave, gave birth to a baby boy. Congratulations, Iriucka!

Babies and Teenies activities

healthyeatingThe Babies and Teenies have been talking about healthy eating, table manners, summer, and the names of our carers and peers.

The older babies have been using the words ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ during meal times. The children have been talking about different shapes and animals. The children have also enjoyed seeing the vegetables and plants growing and changing on a daily basis in our garden.

Why not continue these activities at home by planting some flowers or vegetables, such as cress, in a small pot together with your child, and monitoring their growth. Feel free to take some photos for your child to share with friends at the nursery.

The younger babies have been learning to hold bottles by themselves, with much success. Our babies have shown confidence in standing, crawling and climbing. Several of our babies are almost walking! The children have also been learning about the senses, especially listening. We have been playing calm and also loud music in our sensory room. The children understand this activity, and have shown interest and excitement. This has been reflected in the children’s daily routine during singing songs.

Why not continue this activity at home, by reading a book to your child. You can change the volume of your voice while reading the book and see your child’s reaction, which I am sure will be of excitement! This activity helps to check the children’s hearing and also their speed of reaction.

Toddler and Preschool activities
1The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children have been talking about sea creatures, investigating bugs, predicting what will happen next, and fruit from different countries. The children have also been learning about which foods are unhealthy.

The Toddlers have been looking at different shapes around us, saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please’. They have also been learning to share and take turns.

Potty training in the Toddler Room has been going well, and we are proud of our Toddlers! We have several children who are almost ready for potty training, and we will work closely with parents with this. Potty training can be very emotional for all involved and requires much patience.

We have been talking a lot about sea creatures. Why not take your child to the zoo or a fishmonger to look at sea creatures and talk about them. Take some photos of the activity to share with your child’s nursery friends.

2Our Preschool children have also been talking about sea creatures. A crab, fish, prawns, mussels, squid, and oysters were brought into the nursery for children to see, touch and explore.

The children really enjoyed this activity, which led to several questions about the sea creatures, such as “Do they have legs and a stomach?

We brought a little visitor to the nursery – a slug! Mr Slug stayed a full day with us before we released him back into the garden. The children had great fun and were excited to look after Mr Slug!

The preschool children also talked about different shapes in our enviroment, and watched and measured plants/vegetable growing in our garden. The children have been looking after our plants and vegetables.

The Preschool children have been concentrating on the letters ‘R’,’M’,’D’ and ‘G’, and we will look at ‘O’,’U’,’L’ and ‘F’ next.

4The Preschool children made their first bread for this year, called ‘Granny’s bread’, which they then took home to share with their families. The children were excited and enjoyed the process of baking bread. Why not repeat this activity at home?

Positive word of the month – ‘Humanity’ is our word of the month for May, and we will be talking about ‘Trust’ in June.

Language of the month – Our languages of the months of May and June are Spanish and French, respectively.

FBCP_org_25Jan_25Mar_2Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
Thank you to all parents and staff who have donated their Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers to our nursery. These will be exchanged for sports equipment, toys and other resources to be used in the nursery. Please drop any final vouchers into the voucher box in the entrance foyer – thank you!

30-Hours government funding
The nursery expects to offer the 30-hours government funding to Preschool children from September 2017; however, we are awaiting statutory guidance from Ealing Council before we can inform parents.

Forthcoming special days/celebrations
27th May- Start of Ramadan (Muslim)
4th June – Pentecost (Christian)
18th June – Father’s Day
26th June – Eid al Fitr- End of Ramadan (Muslim)
30th June- Nursery Garden Party (details will be provided nearer the time)

Monkey Puzzle Ealing Library
We are starting our own library, consisting of books of stories made up by our children.

Our first book is in preparation, and is entitled ‘Sea Creatures’. The authors are our children, and the books can be seen and read in our Preschool Room. The children are enthusiastic about this initiative, and their imagination and participation is wonderful to see!

Several children are currently transitioning and settling into all our rooms. I can proudly say that all has gone well. Children are taking the transitions in their stride, and staff are doing a great job supporting the children. If any parents have any queries regarding their child transitioning from rooms, please do not hesitate to speak with Kiera,Iris or myself.
Spare clothes and summer hats
Please ensure that your child has clean, spare clothes in their rucksacks each time they come to the nursery. As the warm weather is approaching, please also bring a sun hat for your child, labelled with your child’s name. We use Nivea Sun Sensitive Kids Lotion SPF50 at the nursery. If your child cannot use this lotion, please provide us with a separate sun lotion for your child.

Parents’ meetings
Thank you to all parents who came to the Parents-Key Teachers meetings. Thank you also for all your feedback and lovely comments about our staff.

Please be aware of the age/stage of your child and their development, and move from bottle feeding to beakers and open cups as soon as your child is able, as this is important for children’s speech development. Similarly, children over two should be discouraged from using dummies, unless these are essential as a comforter for sleep.

Family photos
If you have not done so already, please provide us with a photo of your family, as we use these photos for several activities at the nursery. We do not want children (especially babies) to feel separated from other children because they do not have a family photo at the nursery.

Dental decay epidemic in young children
An epidemic of dental decay amongst nursery and school-aged children has been reported, including in children as young as one. In a pilot study, Public Health England showed that the average 5-year-old child had one decayed, missing or filled tooth.

At Monkey Puzzle Ealing, we ask all parents of Toddlers and Preschool children to bring in a toothbrush, toothbrush cover, and toothpaste to nursery. We ensure that children brush their teeth after lunch each day.

Nursery closure for INSET day

Our INSET days this year will be on Friday 21st July and Friday 24th November 2017. The nursery will be closed on these days for essential staff training. Please arrange alternative childcare for these days.

Please note that monthly fees take INSET days into consideration so that you are not charged.

Home time feedback

I am sure that you will appreciate that home time is a busy time for staff. We will provide short feedback about your child to avoid other parents having to wait for too long at home time. Please ensure that you arrive at the nursery in plenty of time to receive feedback and to collect your child.

Sickness policy
A few parents have brought their children into the nursery even when they have been feeling unwell, and this has led to other children at the nursery becoming unwell. In some instances, parents have given their children Calpol before bringing them into the nursery. The best place for children to recover when they are feeling unwell is in the comfort of their own home. Children tend to get upset and do not want to participate at the nursery when feeling under the weather.

It is important that we keep our children healthy at all times, and to prevent the spread of infection. We adhere to the advice from Public Health England on whether a child should remain at the nursery for certain illnesses. Should a child have an infectious disease, or sickness and diarrhoea, they should not return to nursery until they have been clear for at least 48 hours. Children on antibiotics must remain at home for the first 24 hours of the course. Manager’s discretion can be applied where appropriate. Our sickness policy can be found on the parents’ notice boards.

Thank you to all parents for folding up pushchairs in the buggy storage area. Just a reminder that pushchairs must not block either of the double doors next to the buggy area (marked by silver tape), nor the stairway, as this is our fire exit route. Pushchairs must not be left in the nursery overnight. Your continued co-operation will be much appreciated.

Emergency mobile telephone number
If you need to call the nursery, please phone our nursery landline on 020 8840 1116. If for any reason the landline is down, please call the emergency nursery mobile on 07745219888 (please do not leave voicemail or text messages on the nursery mobile. Messages may, however, be left by email). If in doubt, you can contact Head Office on 01442 878887.

Extra sessions
If you require extra sessions at the nursery, please let me know. Please give as much notice as possible, as we need to ensure that our staff to child ratios are met at all times. However, if you have a last minute request for extra sessions, we will try to accommodate when possible. Please check with us whether we can accommodate extra sessions for your child before you bring your child into the nursery. Please note that extra sessions must be paid for prior to attendance and cannot be cancelled once booking has been confirmed.

This also applies to parents requiring an early drop in (7:30), as sometime we are unable to accommodate your requests because of our staff: child ratio. The nursery will open at 08:00 should we not have any children for 07:30 starts, and we would therefore be unable to change this mid-week because of our advance-planned staff shift rotas.

If your child is unwell or intends to be away from the nursery for any reason (eg, holidays or sickness), please could you let us know as soon as possible. This helps us to plan our activities and staff rotas.

Late collection
I have noticed that several parents have been late in picking up their children from the nursery. Please could all parents ensure that they pick up their child promptly as soon as their nursery session finishes at 1 pm or 6 pm. Late collection is disruptive and can affect our staff/child ratios. Late collection charges will apply.

The nursery closes at 6:00 pm. Please pick up your child before this time to allow for feedback about your child. Your consideration would be much appreciated.

Contacting the nursery
If you need to contact the nursery, please telephone us on our landline. You may also email me at, but please be aware that I am not always at my desk to pick up emails throughout the day. Please phone me for anything urgent, or for anything that needs my same-day attention.

Children’s development profiles
Your child’s development profile is available for you to see at any time. Just ask your child’s key person if you wish to view this.

If you have any concerns, queries or suggestions, please feel free to speak to me at any time.

Biljana Dokmanovic
Manager, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery Ealing
020 8840 1116