Welcome to our September/October newsletter!
Summer is almost over, and we are getting ready for winter. We had a very busy summer at the nursery, with our Garden Party, Sports Day and our Graduation celebrations. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to parents and staff who participated and helped.
Khayla Alphonse has joined us as a Nursery Assistant, and will be studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare.
Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Iris Dos Santos, our Preschool Senior Room Leader. Iris will be leaving in mid-October to work reduced hours and days at another nursery to accommodate her family life. We wish Iris all the best and have asked her to keep in touch with us!
The older babies have been using the words ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ during meal times. The children have been learning nursery rhymes and actions following singing. The children have also enjoyed seeing the vegetables and plants growing and changing daily in our garden. The children have also been learning to recognise and to put on their own shoes.
We have been teaching the older babies to count from 1 to 5 using different activities. Why not continue this at home by counting different fruits after your grocery shopping trip? Children will learn to count, and to pronounce the names of the fruits.
The younger babies have been learning to hold bottles by themselves, with much success. Almost all of our babies can walk with confidence! Our babies have been joining in with nursery rhymes and dancing. This is a pleasure for staff to see, as it shows us that the children can clearly understand different voice tones and volumes. Why not continue this activity at home, by listening to your child’s favourite children’s songs together, and changing the volume on the recording to see your child’s reaction? This activity also allows you to check your child’s hearing.
The babies have also been learning about some nursery rules and boundaries, such as not throwing toys, and not pushing our friends. Why not continue these activities at home by role affection play with their special toys, teaching your child to look after the toys, storing the toys in their place, and not throwing toys.
Toddler and Preschool activities
The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children have been talking about farm animals, fruits and vegetables. They have also been learning about the days of the week, letters and numbers. We also talked about moving to school, as some of our children have recently left the nursery for ‘big school’.
The Toddlers have been learning about days of the week through singing and repetition. Most of the children in the Toddler Room are currently potty training, and we must all be patient as this is an emotional process. We work closely with parents regarding this, and we are all aware that children’s potty training at home may be different to that at nursery, because of the different environment and stimulation. This is perfectly usual.
The Toddlers have been learning to count, and I am pleasantly surprised that some of our Toddlers can count to 20!
The Preschool children have been learning to recognise different shapes and colours, and to write these.They have also been learning to write the letters in their own names. Why not continue this at home by talking to your child about the names of their friends at the nursery and to write their names? Feel free to bring the writing to the nursery for your child’s friends to see.
Over the summer, the children enjoyed an activity based on the circle of life, where caterpillars became butterflies. The children were excited about the various stages of development, which they were keen to see for themselves. The developed butterflies were freed in our garden. This circle of life activity generated many questions from the children, including “where do we come from?”
The Preschool children also talked about numbers, and sorting objects by colour or shapes. Why not continue this activity at home using simple, everyday objects from home, or using some of your child’s toys or books?
It has come to my attention that some parents are requesting specific sleep times for their child, such as 20 or 30 minutes. This is distruptive for children, resulting in mood swings as they are woken up without enough sleep, and is also disruptive to other children who are sleeping. The recommended amount of sleep for the different age groups is as follows:
Infants (4- 12 months-old) – 12 to 16 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years-old) – 11 to 14 hours
Toddlers (2-3 years-old) – 10 to 12 hours
Preschoolers (3-5 years-old) 10 to 13 hours (Preschool children can go without a nap, and this also prepares the older children for school).
At Monkey Puzzle, children have the opportunity to rest or sleep if they want to throughout the day. We do take your requests into consideration,although we cannot force a child to sleep, wake up, or to keep a child awake against their will.
Children need sleep and rest periods to help their development.
Positive word of the month
‘Patience’ is our word of the month for September, and we will be talking about ‘Friendship’ in October.
Language of the month
Our languages of the months of September and October are Arabic and Polish, respectively.
Forthcoming special days/celebrations
21st September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
5th October – First day of Sukkot (Jewish)
11th October – Last day of Sukkot (Jewish)
19th October – Diwali (Hindu)
31st October – Halloween (Pagan)
Spare clothes and nappies
May I remind you to ensure that your child has enough nappies at the nursery, as the nursery does not provide nappies for children, and we cannot borrow nappies from other children. Also, please ensure that children have enough spare clothes in their rucksacks, especially for those children who are potty training.
30-hours government funding for 3-year-olds
A few parents have asked me about the government funding. Please be reassured that we will contact you individually, prior to your child becoming eligible for funding. We will provide you with the relevant forms and explanations at that time.
Currently, the 15-hours funding available is not means tested and the nursery applies for this on your behalf when your child becomes eligible. The additional 15-hours funding offered from September 2017 must be applied for by the parent. Parents can apply online at the following government website:
Front door security
It has come to my attention that parents are letting other parents into the nursery without knowing if they are actually our parents.
Please follow our front door security rules.
Each parent MUST ring the doorbell themselves, and not allow any person to enter the nursery with them. If someone is leaving the nursery, please do not try to enter the nursery without first ringing the doorbell.
In the interest of security of our children, I would be grateful if you could please follow the nursery procedure for leaving and entering the building. Thank you.
Emergency contact numbers
Can I remind all Baby Room parents to provide the nursery with two emergency contact phone numbers if you have not done so already. Please email these to me as soon as possible. Thank you.
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.
The Chief Dental Officer for England advised that infants should visit the dentist once their first teeth emerge, at around 6 months-old, to reduce the rate of tooth extraction amongst preschool children.
Currently, for many children, their first dental appointment occurs when they are in pain and require decayed teeth to be extracted.
Flu vaccine available to 2- and 3-year olds
All children who are aged two and three years old on 31 August 2017 can get the flu vaccine at their general practice, as part of the the extension of the NHS’ national flu immunisation programme.
Flu is a common infection in babies and children and can be very unpleasant for them. Children under the age of five have the highest hospital admission rates for flu compared with other age groups.
Nursery closure for INSET day
Our final INSET day this year will be on Friday 24th November 2017. The nursery will be closed on this day for essential staff training. Please arrange alternative childcare for this day.
Please note that monthly fees take INSET days into consideration so that you are not charged.
Arriving at the nursery
May I remind parents who have not booked or registered for an early drop-in, not to bring their child into the nursery before our regular opening time of 8:00. We will not be allowing children into the nursery before this time to enable our staff to continue preparing the nursery. Your co-operation is much appreciated.
Please ensure that pushchairs are stored folded and upright in the buggy storage area to ensure that all pushchairs can fit into the area. Please do not place pushchairs flat on the floor, as this takes up valuable space and can be damaged if other pushchairs are placed on top. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Manager, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery Ealing
020 8840 1116