31st August, 2018
Welcome to our September/October newsletter!
I hope that you all enjoyed the glorious summer break!
We would like to welcome the following children and their families to our nursery: Elise, Henry, Jacob, Jude, Lettie, Nehya, Oscar, Rafael FA, Rafael O, Scott, Sophia and Zac (all Baby Room); and Amelia and Natalia (both Preschool Room).
Many of our Preschool children have recently left our nursery to commence ‘Big School’ in September. Although we are sad to see the children leave us, we are proud of their achievements at Monkey Puzzle and wish them all well as they enter the next stage of their lives. I would like to say a big thank you to their parents for their support over the past few years.
I would like to introduce you to Lisa Zanetti. Lisa joined us as Nursery Cook last month, taking over from Bruno, who has moved to work nearer his home. Lisa was previously the Nursery Cook at a nursery in Chiswick. Welcome Lisa!
Sadly, our Baby Room Leader, Monika Chwedczyk, left our nursery last month to pursue a career outside of childcare.
We wish Monika and Bruno all the best for the future.
We are currently in the process of interviewing for new staff.
As from next week you will see some of our staff working in different rooms.
In line with our staff development programme, some members of staff have been moved to work with different age groups. This is initially 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:
Kiera will be leading the Toddler Room, supported by Annette and Asha. Several babies will be transitioning to the Toddler Room, 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. Liana will lead the Baby Room, and will be supported by Bernie, Oraphina and Megan.
Staff moving 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.
Babies and Teenies activities
The Babies and Teenies have been learning about different colours and the weather. The warm weather in July/August allowed for plenty of water play. We made our own mini-beach in the Baby Room, and imagined that we were playing at the beach! The children enjoyed this activity!
The babies are learning to hold bottles and to feed themselves. As we have several new starters, we are concentrating on the settling in of these children. Some of the babies are learning to walk. The babies had their Sports Day in the Baby Room where they played with balls, learning to throw, catch and roll the balls. The babies had a lot of fun!
The babies also looked at their favourite books – one of those was ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Why not read this book to your baby at home? You may also like to visit a farm to see different fruits/vegetables, or a park to look for caterpillars, butterflies and talk about colours.
Toddler and Preschool activities
The Toddlers (2-3 year-olds) and Pre-school (3-5 year-olds) children have been
talking about colours and shapes, and have been learning to recognise and write their own names. They have also been learning to use scissors.
The Toddlers have been concentrating on self-serving during mealtimes, on putting their shoes on and taking them off by themselves, and potty training. The children have been learning to pull on and take off their own trousers to help them when going to the toilet. Why not continue this at home by pulling on and off dresses and trousers on dolls.
Pre-school children have been concentrating on the letters ’w’, ‘x’ and ‘y’.
The children have been talking about healthy eating, and the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. I visited a farm recently and brought in some organic vegetables and fruit for the children to see and taste. I would recommend a visit to a farm with your child as an educational and interesting family outing.
Extra-curricular ballet and sports
Our extra-curricular ballet and sports sessions will re-commence from September. Ballet is scheduled for Thursdays, for all children over 18 months-old, and sport will be on Tuesdays for all children over 2-years-old. The children have enjoyed these sessions in the past, helping to boost their self-confidence and allowing children to enjoy the activities with their Monkey Puzzle teachers who support our extra-curricular ballet and sports teachers. Ballet sessions will again be taken by Megan Metts (Principal of Ealing School of Dance), and sports sessions will be taken by The London Sports Trust. Both these extra-curricular activities are provided by Monkey Puzzle Ealing without charge.
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 Spanish and Makaton (sign language), respectively.
Forthcoming special days/celebrations
3rd September – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu celebration of the birth of Krishna)
10th September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
12th September- Hijri (Muslim New Year)
13th September- International Food Day
28th October – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
31st October – Halloween (Pagan)
Thank you to all parents for attending and participating in our Sports Day. The children enjoyed the day, especially receiving gold medals – I am sure that you did too!
Thank you to all who came to our garden party. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as the Monkey Puzzle team did!
Nursery opening time
I would like to remind all parents that the nursery opens at 8:00 am for parents who have not booked a 7:30 start. Children who are not booked for 7.30 starts will not be admitted to the nursery prior to 8:00 am, as this compromises our staff to child ratio which is arranged in advance.
Did you know…….
The nursery is committed to contributing to a greener environment. We try to create a paperless nursery wherever possible (all newsletters and invoices are sent to parents by email). All waste generated at the nursery is bagged together and sorted for recycling by a specialist company.
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!
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 sometimes we are unable to accommodate your request 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 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.
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