Welcome to our November/December newsletter
Christmas and New Year are almost here!
As from this week you will see some of our staff working in different rooms.
At our staff’s request, and in line with our staff development programme, some members of staff have been moved to work with different age groups. This is on a trial basis, but I am sure that the changes will work well. All our children in the nursery are familiar with all our members of staff, as we spend plenty of time together. In addition, all our staff walk through the Baby Room each day to reach the Staff Room.
The changes are as follows:
Bernie is working in the Baby Room, while Asha is working in the Toddler Room (several babies are moving, or have already transitioned, to the Toddler Room, and this will increase security and stability for the children, and improve their settling-in into the new room). Our Team Leader of the Toddler Room, Liana, will be in our Preschool Room overseeing all children over 2 years-old until we recruit a new Preschool Room Leader.
Staff who move into a new room will take over the key children from staff who have left the room. Team Leaders in each room will be overseeing these changes.
We are also pleased to inform you that, from next week, Oraphina Da Silva will join us as a Nursery Assistant in our Toddler Room. Oraphina is an experienced Nursery Assistant, who has previously worked in schools as well as nurseries.
The older babies have been looking at different planets, and the difference between big and small. They have also been learning how to take off and put on their shoes.
Why not continue an activity at home. While preparing dinner, ask your child what colour each vegetable is, and ask your child to repeat the name of the colour.
The younger babies have been enjoying lots of messy play, with play dough and sand being the most popular items. They have also been practising to feed themselves, and to use a spoon and fork.
Our new babies are still settling in, and some have learnt to crawl, stand up, and take their first step.
Toddler and Preschool activities
The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children have been
talking about space, different countries, colours, and Black History.
The Toddlers have been producing beautiful art this month, and I am sure that you have seen evidence around the nursery! The children have been learning the numbers 1 to 10, and also the first letter of their names. The Toddlers have also been learning about prime shapes, and have been learning about how to use the potty or toilet. Potty training is going very well and I would like to thank all parents for working closely with our Toddler Room staff. We appreciate that potty training can be a very challenging time for all involved, especially the child, and we all need to be patient.
The Preschool children have been learning to recognise their own name and to write the first letter of their name, or their full name.The children have been going to the library to chose some books themselves following our themes.
Why not plan a family trip to the library to choose books about Christmas for bedtime reading. Let us know which books you chose, so that we can talk abouth them at the nursery.
For older children we have been concentrating on writing their names and their friends’ names. The children have also been learning to add and subtract using different equipment for mathematics.
Positive word of the month
‘Peace’ is our word of the month for November, and we will be talking about ‘Forgiveness’ in December.
Language of the month
Our languages of the months of November and December are Serbian and Italian, respectively.
Adam Hollier, from Adam Hollier Photography, will be coming to the nursery on Monday 13th November 2017 to take individual photographs of the children. Adam has taken photographs of the children at our nursery over the past three year. Photographs are ordered directly through Adam’s website (details will be provided nearer the time).
Please feel free to bring special clothes, or Christmas-themed clothes, for your child, particularly if you wish to use the photos as Christmas cards. Adam will be at the nursery in the morning, from around 9:00 am. If your child does not usually attend nursery on a Monday, please feel free to drop by with your child to have a photograph taken. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please let me know.
Children no longer learning nursery rhymes
According to the Chief Inspector of Schools, ‘old-fashioned’ nursery rhymes are no longer taught in nurseries and schools. Reported in this week’s Sunday Times, Amanda Spielman of OFSTED, urged for a return of traditional nursery rhymes in these settings. We at Monkey Puzzle Ealing agree; teaching children nursery rhymes are a great way to learn early phonics and communication skills.
Christmas lunch will be served to the children on Thursday 7th December 2017. If your child does not usually attend nursery on a Thursday, you can book your child for an extra day, subject to availability. Otherwise, you are welcome to come along with your child for songs and the Father Christmas visit at the times below.
For our Baby Room, the party will start at 3:30. For parents of the under twos, please come along to the nursery from 3:30 pm to hear the children singing. At 4:00 pm, Father Christmas will drop by to see the children. Our babies will have a Christmas-themed ballet session with our ballet teacher, Megan Metts, at 2:00 pm.
For our Toddlers and Preschool children, ZooLab will be coming to the nursery at 1:30 pm to provide the children with an imaginative Christmas-themed animal handling workshop. Children will be singing from 4:00 to 4:30, followed by a visit from Father Christmas. For parents of Toddlers and Preschool children, please come along to the nursery from 4:00 pm.
In search of Father Christmas
We are still seeking a Father Christmas for this year! We would be grateful if any parent can help. Please let me know. Many thanks.
Nursery closure for Christmas and New Year
The nursery will close at 16:00 on Friday 22nd December 2017. We will re-open again at the usual hours on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
To help with our planning, I would be grateful if you could let me know your plans for using the nursery in the week commencing 18th December.
Forthcoming special days/celebrations
5th November – Guy Fawkes Day
19th October – Remembrance Sunday
30th November – St Andrew’s Day (Scottish)
1st December – Prophet’s birthday (Muslim)
7th December – Children’s Christmas lunch and visit from Santa
13th December – Start of Hanukkah (Jewish Festival of Lights)
24th December Christmas Eve
25th December – Christmas Day (Christian)
31st December – New Year’s Eve
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
Just a reminder that, if you intend to apply for the 30-hour government funding for 3-year-olds, please apply by 30 November at the latest to ensure that your authorisation code is ready for the start of the next term. You can find out more and apply at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
If you are already using the 30-hours funding, you will need to confirm that your details are up to date every 3 months.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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