21st October 2019
Welcome to our November/December newsletter!
We would like to welcome the following children and their families to our nursery: Ella and Isaac (both Baby Room).
Babies and Teenies activities
The Babies and Teenies have been talking about healthy eating, fruit and vegetables, autumn, and animals. The children also learnt about Black History.
The children chose some dry leaves from the garden and stuck them onto paper. You can see the display from this lovely activity in the Baby Room!
Why not continue this activity at home by picking up different leaves when visiting the park. Allow your child to choose the best leaves and stick those onto paper, while talking to your child about Autumn. You can compare the leaves, and talk about their colour and shape. Perhaps have an ‘art of the month’ display at home.
The older babies have been learning the numbers one to five, and simple shapes. The children have also been learning to drink from an open cup and to use cutlery.
The younger babies have enjoyed exploring our sensory room, and learning about the different senses.
Toddler and Preschool activities
The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children have been learning the numbers 1 to 20, and recognising and writing the letters from A to J. The children talked about harvest, fruit and vegetables, animals, British Values, and planets.
The children also talked about healthy eating and the importance of washing hands and brushing teeth. The children were also engaged in various activities involving senses, sharing, and potty training.
The Preschool children have been talking about British Values and they have been introduced to the concept of a ‘committee’, where the children can chose their nursery peers to become Committee Members for the following week. The Committee is responsible for choosing and delegating their preferred activities to be undertaken by all the children. To be considered as a Committee Member, the children need to demonstrate their ability to share, listen, follow instructions, and be polite to friends, teachers and parents. The children take the Committee seriously, and work hard and listen to give themselves an opportunity to become a Committee member. The children like to see themselves on the committee board!
The Preschool children have been learning to recognise and write their names. The children also learnt that by listening well, and looking after our books, that they can become the ‘Helper of the Day’ and wear a special star!
We have introduced a Book Hospital. We hope that this, as well as other activities, will teach the children how to respect and look after books, as many of our books have been ripped.
Why not continue this activity by taking your child to the library, and talk about the beautiful books that they can chose to look at or read. Also show the children how the library books have been nicely kept, just as they should be at home and at nursery!
Both Toddlers and Pre-schooler children have been talking about healthy eating, and had the opportunity, for the first time, to see some fruit and vegetables not grown in England. The children were curious and wanted to know the names of the fruit and vegetables, where they originated from, and what they looked like inside.
The Preschool children produced some excellent artwork, using empty cardboard boxes. The children chose what they wanted to build, and were assisted by their teachers. The children built and painted ‘Monkey Puzzle School’, Big Ben, a garage, a tunnel, and a tower! The children enjoyed this activity so much that they continued by adding cars, people, and animals. We will keep hold of these structures for a while!
Why not continue this activity at home? Take an ordinary cardboard box, and ask your child to choose a building to recreate, and a colour. Support your child to design their chosen building. Feel free to bring the finished product to the nursery to show to your child’s friends. This activity is a lot of fun for both children and adults!
The Preschool children and Toddlers talked about different countries, and discussed Black History month. The children painted their chosen country or famous buildings.
Importance of sharing information about your child
By sharing information between the nursery and parents, children are given the best opportunity to develop their potential in the early years. By sharing information from home, we can include this in our individual planning for your child. This will help your child to develop their self esteem and reach their goals in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
This, together with daily conversations with our children, helps children to develop their language skills and also allow us to provide opportunities ‘out of the box’. For example, we recently wrote to the Queen on behalf of one of our children who often talks about the Queen and her corgis, and who generally showed an interest in our Royal Family. We were excited to receive a reply for the child from the Royal Household, along with some leaflets. This made our child’s day different and made her feel special. Even as adults, we like to feel special sometimes! This also gave us an opportunity to develop this as an activity for all children .
Please share your child’s interests from home with us!
Word of the month
‘Peace’ is our word of the month for November. We will be talking about ‘forgiveness’ as our word of the month for December.
Language of the month
Our languages of the months of November and December are Arabic and Makaton (sign language), respectively.
Forthcoming special days/celebrations
27th October – Diwali (Hindu festival of lights)
31st October – Halloween (Pagan)
5th November – Guy Fawkes Day
11th November – Remembrance Day
13th November – World Kindness Day
15th November – Children in Need (children can wear something spotty and colourful for this day)
30th November – St Andrew’s Day (Christian Scottish)
22nd December – Hanukkah (Jewish festival of lights)
24th December – Christmas Eve (Christian)
Children’s photographs – a reminder
Adam Hollier, from Adam Hollier Photography, will be coming to the nursery on Tuesday 29th October 2019 to take individual photographs of the children. Adam has taken photographs of the children at our nursery over the past four year. Photographs can be viewed and ordered directly through Adam’s website (details 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 Tuesday, 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.
Concrete mixer lorry visit
We have a special visit in the afternoon of Tuesday 5th November! One of the drivers from Aggregate Industries will be bringing a concrete mixer lorry to the nursery to show the children how it works! The lorry will be parked in the nursery car park for the children to see. Many thanks to Aggregate Industries, and also Rafe’s mum, Ella, for organising this!
Children’s Christmas lunch and party
Christmas lunch will be served to the children on Thursday 5th December 2019. 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 (this year, we have a new Father Christmas who will make a speedy delivery of presents!). 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.
Spare clothes, nappies and baby bottles
For all children in the Baby Room, please ensure that your child has enough spare, clean clothes in their bags. Please also bring nappies into the nursery promptly when asked by our staff.
Please also ensure that baby bottles are labelled with your child’s name, and are clean and disinfected before you bring them into the nursery.
Please ensure that your child’s nails have been cut short, especially for those children in the Baby and Toddler Rooms, as some of the children accidentally scratch each other during play.
Language development starts at this age, and, instead of using language, children sometimes use physical expression which can harm another child.
Paid neonatal leave for parents
In the UK, one in seven babies requires neonatal care. Working parents of premature, newborn babies currently need to take annual leave to spend time with their new babies. The government is planning to introduce a system whereby every working parent would receive one week of paid leave for each week their baby receives neonatal care. With over 100,000 babies requiring neonatal care each year, this introduction would be a welcome change.
INSET Day nursery closure
Our last INSET Day this year will be on Friday 29th November 2019. 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.
Christmas opening/closure dates
We are planning to close the nursery at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 24th December. If this is likely to cause problems for you, then please let me know. The nursery will re-open again on Thursday 2nd January 2019.
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 16th December.
Nursery opening/closing time
I would like to remind all parents that the nursery opens at 8:00 am. Please do not come any earlier and do not enter the Nursery before 8:00 am as our staff will be conducting risk assessments and prepare the nursery for breakfast before 8:00 am. Please DO NOT ring the bell before 8:00 am to avoid delays in our preparation of the nursery for opening.
Please also note that the nursery closes at 6:00 pm. Please come to collect your child prior to 6:00 pm to allow a few minutes for feedback. A few parents have arrived late for collection recently.
Thank you to all parents for storing pushchairs folded and upright in the buggy storage area. Your continued co-operation is much appreciated and will ensure that all parents can access their pushchairs with ease. Please do not leave pushchairs at the nursery overnight.
Scooters and bicycles
Please do not bring scooters or bicycles into the nursery, as we do not have space to store these.
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.
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 in 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.
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