Jul 19, 2021

Faringdon July News: Hungry Caterpillars, Graduation and Tortoises

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I can hardly believe that I am writing the last newsletter of the term and academic year! There is a bittersweet feeling writing this, as it means saying goodbye to so many families as their children prepare for school. Some of you have been here since babies and letting go, especially after the year of us being the only other outlet of caregiving during the pandemic, makes it more difficult. I think the bonds that have grown over this time, somehow feel more protective. We have had lots of fun celebrating our leavers and hopefully the nursery children have also had a blast taking part in all our fun events, more of those to come later!

June news

In memory of Eric Carle, author extraordinaire of the Hungry Caterpillar, to name but one of his incredible books, the children have been celebrating a life dedicated to the power of story. We invited the children and staff team to dress the part and enjoy a fun filled day of events all relating to the story, the children ate like the hungry caterpillar, morphed into beautiful butterflies and studied life cycles. The day was action packed and the staff team thought outside of the box to bring some awe and wonder into the day. All age groups took part in this fun day, so please do look to our Facebook page and your journals for the photos.

The school leavers celebration was lovely, to have parents in the nursery – all be it at a distance in the front car park, was a special moment for us all. Thank you for coming along and taking part, I’m sure you will agree the children did a fabulous job. To see the friendships and hear the giggles was so enjoyable for us all, through the tears (at times) we recognise the need for the children to move onwards and upwards. They are now all prepared for school and are excited about the prospects ahead. As I said at the ceremony, thank you to you all for entrusting your most precious people into our care, especially at this time; it has been a real pleasure.

The Graduation photos will be uploaded to your journals and the links to download the whole journal will also be emailed to you over the coming days.

The afternoon was a huge success, Basil and Crew Farm visited us with an array of animals, the children spent the afternoon feeding ducks, brushing the pony and miniature donkey, snuggling the baby chicks and watching with great delight as the tortoise munched through their vegetables. Pete and his crew always provide us with such an excellent service, they are already booked for next year!

What’s coming up next month

 We will be taking part in the Oxfordshire Play Association Play Day on August 6th, it is a free event open to all, from 11am – 3pm. We will have a gazebo up, so if you are not in nursery that day pop along to Tuckers Park and say hello.

Summer months are always fun packed here, with an array of exciting, themed weeks taking place. Please do look at the list at the end of the newsletter.

The staff will be training for preparation of the new framework that takes effect from September. We will be looking at our planning and assessment cycles, and how you as parents can get involved. Please do continue to share over Eylog, we love to receive any input, big or small!

Assessment is our process of analysing and reviewing what we know about your children’s development and learning. By observing children regularly, we evidence children’s progress over a period that allows us to gain an insight into their learning style, their personal developmental needs, and how and what they are achieving. To be effective for each child on an individual basis, any evaluation or decision about a child’s progress and their learning and development needs to be shared with you, as the child’s number one educator. You also give us the information we need to plan for the next steps. Assessment for lifelong learning is very much a partnership, so we really encourage you to complete the reports for two-year reviews, and transitions, but to also feedback regularly to your key person. Observations are not always written, going forward the new framework requires less paperwork, with more focus on building key people relationships in person. Please do check in regularly with your key person, and always contact us if you have any questions.

Other important information

Some of us have been able to attend the virtual Nursery World Conference, most notably for me, was a webinar with Valeria Daniels, with the recent surge of online racism following England’s football loss, the webinar ‘Thinking the Best of all Children’ highlighted how we must always model best practice to children, challenge racism, bias and treat all children with equality. Looking at teaching and confronting difficult subjects is crucial, so that all children can be given the best opportunity in life and beyond. Continued Professional Development within the staff team will highlight how important our role is in providing a framework that will meaningfully address a shared vison of equality. Learning through each other and working together will enhance what we do!

Oh my goodness, did you see our Facebook post where Sarah Harries smashed a 100k run? She really is our inhouse wonder woman, her very first ultra-marathon and we know it won’t be her last, she was on cloud nine and full of smiles. It was also a fundraiser for such a great cause, in remembrance of her twin sister Tamara! We couldn’t be prouder. We’ll be there cheering you on next time too.

A little reminder – Term recommences for all those on a term time only contract on September the 2nd.

School term 2021-2022 –

Term dates
Term Dates
Autumn Term 2 September – 22 October
October half-term 25 October – 29 October
Autumn Term 1 November – 17 December
Christmas holiday 20 December – 3 January
Spring Term 4 January – 18 February
Spring half term 21 February – 25 February
Spring Term 28 February – 8 April
Easter Holiday 11 April  – 22 April
Summer Term 25 April –  27 May
Late Spring half term 30 May – 3 June
Summer Term 6 June  – 15th July

Four additional inset days, apart from 1st September, will be taken the 18th – 21st July 2022

Don’t forget all our lovely, themed holiday club weeks, these will be the themed weeks for all age groups across the summer.

26th July – Olympics

2nd August – Jungle Week

9th August – Pirates Week

16th August – Baking Week

23rd August – Arts and Crafts Week

Do book in via the nursery office if you would like to book an extra session.

We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.

Thank you so much for all your continued support. Have a wonderful Summer.

Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager

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