Sep 24, 2020

Innsworth September News: Recycling, Outdoor Learning and Book of the Week

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September news

Welcome to our September newsletter!

We have had a very busy start to the new academic year with our term time only children returning and new children starting with us. Welcome!

This month, the nursery has raised awareness of Recycling Week from 21st September – 27th September. We have been highlighting the importance of recycling through fun and interactive activities, highlighting the benefits that recycling has on our planet.

Throughout the week, the children have taken part in activities such as creating their own recycling bins and reusing material to create models and sensory bottles. They have engaged in various other child and adult led activities to encourage conversations about looking after our oceans and planet; giving the children the opportunity to ask questions and to introduce them to new vocabulary through continuous provision.

The Tots enjoyed taking a trip to our recycling bin at the front of the building to see where our nursery recycling goes. The Pre-school children especially enjoyed exploring how litter gets into the ocean and how it can affect the sea creatures.  

We are keen for parents to share any interests that their child may have outside of nursery with their child’s key carer or on EyLog. This enables the staff to extend focal points and to enhance home learning. The staff really enjoy seeing what the children have been up to and to have consistent communication with parents so that we can build on those relationships and enable the staff to follow and discuss the children’s interests and home experiences at nursery.  

The Babies and Tots have been exploring outside in the garden this month as the seasons begin to change. The children have really enjoyed exploring the fallen leaves. Please remember that as the weather is changing, we would be grateful for you to provide wellies, hat and gloves and a warm coat for your children as we do spend a lot of time outside, in all weather.

This month, the children in Pre-school have introduced a ‘Book of the Week’. The staff will follow the children’s interests through using the ‘Book of the Week’ and other stories. The aim is to ensure that the Pre-school children are familiar with a large selection of well-known stories before they go to school.  

What’s coming up in October

We will be using the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ as our book of the week from the 4th – 10th October for World Space Week. The children will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life by creating their own spaceships, rockets and planets!  

Wednesday 14th – 20th October is National Baking Week and we will be encouraging the children at nursery to get creative with baking by telling us what they would like to bake at nursery, following the ‘Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes’ cookbook.  

On the week commencing the 26th October, the children will be engaging in Halloween themed activities such as carving pumpkins and fancy dress!  

Other important information

On Saturday 19th September, First Aid Training took place for 10 members of the nursery team. This ensured that our whole staff team are Paediatric First Aid Trained and we still hold our Millie’s Mark Accreditation 

Every year the staff team engage in face to face Child Protection training that is provided by the Local Authority. This year, due to Covid19, this will not be possible. Alternatively, they have created a virtual learning platform where the staff can engage in Child Protection training and other E-Learning courses for education providers. All staff will be completing this over the next few weeks. 

Due to our increasing numbers, Jasmine will be joining us in October. She is a Level 3 Qualified Nursery Teacher and is working towards her Level 5 Leadership and Management. She will be based in the Baby Room.  

As most of you know Amy, who was our Deputy Manager, has decided to stay at home with her little boy Thomas after maternity leave. Jemma is now our Pre-school Room Leader and Deputy Manager and Carole is deputising as Pre-school Room Leader in Jemma’s absence.  

Can I please remind all parents and carers that Thursday 22nd October will be the last day for all term time only children before the October half term. Friday 23rd October is an Inset day but all year round can attend nursery. Half term is from Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October. Term time only children will return on Monday 2nd November.  

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Day nurseries. You can do this online by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support. Innsworth Nursery does have an open-door policy; myself, Sue, Jo and Jemma are always available around the nursery if you have any queries, questions or to offer any advice. Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support.

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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