22nd January, 2018
Welcome to our January/February newsletter, and a belated Happy New Year to you all!
We would like to welcome the following children and their families to our nursery: Camila, Charlotte H, Esther, Ivor, Maya, Max, and Rafe (all Baby Room).
Babies and Teenies activities
The Babies and Teenies have been learning about the human body through the various art activities, reading and through singing songs.
The older babies have been talking about weather and holidays. They have also been looking at different shapes and colours. Older babies have been learning to help pick up toys and to be gentle towards the younger babies. Why not continue this at home by teaching children to collect certain toys after play, putting them in one box and then counting the toys in the box. Don’t forget to praise your child!
The younger babies have been learning to crawl, stand, and some of the babies have been learning to walk. They have also been learning to hold bottles by themselves. The younger babies have also been learning to look at books, and to follow their teacher when reading in smaller groups.
We have had several babies starting this month, and these babies have been learning about nursery life while settling in.
Toddler and Preschool activities
The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children
talked about the similarities and differences in Christmas celebrations through the different countries. The children produced some wonderful art work on the subject, which we are proud of! The children also talked about the human body and hospitals, and also learnt to recognition the letters in their names.
The Toddlers have been practising potty/toilet training, and we are happy with their progress. On a daily basis, the children are learning the names of each day of the week, and we have started teaching the children words beginning with the letter ‘A’. Every two weeks, we will move along the letters of the alphabet.
We have introduced “Happy Helper” at the nursery. We will choose one child who has shown positive behaviour to become the helper. The Happy Helper will get to wear a special badge!
We have introduced the ‘Magic Box’ in the Toddler Room. This is where children can bring an item to keep in the Magic Box each week. During activities, the children can show the item to their friends. These items should be related to our monthly plan or special celebration during that month. You can see our themes on our Planning Boards/front doors, or you can ask a member of staff about the themes for that month.
The Preschool children have been looking at Christmas celebrations around the world and talking about how people celebrated. Some of our children have returned from their holidays, and we talked about winter holidays and the clothes that we need to wear to keep warm.
The Preschool children have been concentrating on the letter ‘A’ and the numbers 1 to 10.The children have been practising writing the letter ‘A’ and to recognise the letter in a word.
The children have also been encouraged to practise being independent, by potty training/going to the toilet and communicating this between each other and their teachers.
Older children have been learning to recognise and write their own names.
For our bilingual children, we concentrated on cards with pictures and titles where we worked on recognition of words and pronounciations, while other children joined in to write specific words.
We are encouraging self-serving during lunch times to give children the opportunity to chose how much and what they would like to eat, with our supervision.We are also encouraging children to pour water from jugs by themselves with the Happy Helper and the teachers’ help. I am proud to report that the children are taking this task seriously. So far so good, with minor spillages!
We introduced a small board about healthy eating, where we teach children to recognise different fruits, and the names of the fruits to match the picture. We asked the children how many fruits that they eat per day.
Why not continue this activity at home by helping your child to write the names of fruits that they have been eating. Feel free to bring the writing into the nursery for your child to share with friends.
Positive word of the month
‘Equality’ is our word of the month for January, and we will be talking about ‘responsibility’ in February.
Language of the month
Our languages of the months of January and February are Polish and German, respectively.
This term, our extra-curricular ballet sessions will be held on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. Megan Metts, our ballet teacher, started a university course in January and has had to change her day at our nursery.
Thank you to all parents who participated in our annual questionnaire about your nursery experience. All your feedback is important to us and will help us in our future planning for the nursery. We will, of course, share our findings with you once all the questionnaires have been analysed.
A few reminders for all parents
Only prescribed medication can be administered to the children at the nursery. A medication form must be filled in and signed by a parent before we can administer any medication. Children taking a course of antibiotics must have started the course for 24 hours at home before coming back into the nursery with the antibiotics.
Please email me if there are any changes in your child’s dietary requirements.
Change of contact
Please email me if you have changed address or phone number and have not informed us yet.
Emergency contacts phone numbers
Please email me if you do not have two emergency contact phone numbers at the nursery, or if the emergency contact numbers have changed.
Please ensure that your child has spare clothes that are weather appropriate in their rucksacks.
Please ensure that your child has indoor shoes at the nursery.
Family tree pictures
Please bring in a photograph of your child with the family for our Nursery Family Tree.
Many thanks for your co-operation
Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
Thank you to all children and staff who participated in our Christmas Jumper Day. As a result, Monkey Puzzle Ealing has donated a total of £50.00 to the charity, Save the Children.
Our nursery menus have been amended in response to what the children like to eat and the daily nutritional requirements. We have also made slight modifications to the menus to reflect the seasons, as suggested by several parents.
Nursery closure for INSET day
Our INSET days this year will be on Friday 13th July and Friday 23rd November 2018. 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.
Forthcoming special days/celebrations
22nd January – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
25th January – Pyjama Day
8th February – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
13th February – Pancake Day
14th February – Valentine’s Day
16th February – Chinese New Year
Government’s inquiry into affordable childcare
The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into childcare policy and its influence on the economy. At the launch of the inquiry, Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, commented that “High quality and affordable childcare is important for getting parents into work and supporting working families. The Treasury Committee will look at how it delivers benefits to the economy and supports labour productivity and participation.”
This will include examining the effectiveness of the Government’s 30-hour childcare scheme and whether it has been sufficiently funded, as well as looking at the tax-free childcare offering.
The first evidence session of the inquiry will be held on 31 January 2018.
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.
Also, please do not bring pushchairs into the rooms. We need to keep the carpets clean for the children at all times, as they often play on the floors. Thank you for your co-operation.
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 note that nursery fees are payable when your child is off sick or away on holiday, as specified on our Terms and Conditions. In addition, registered attendance days cannot be changed or swapped.
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.