Welcome back to Small Friends and Happy New Year – 2021 wow! So, we return in another lockdown. For us, this means we continue to have high standards of cleaning throughout the nursery, during the day and with our cleaning contractor. Our fogging machines also give us an additional layer of safety for our children, families and nursery team.
We welcomed Rebecca O Connell to the team this month. Rebecca started with us at the very beginning of January 2021. She is highly qualified, experienced and settling in fantastically! Rebecca is in the Butterfly group and is a keyperson, already forging strong relationships with the children. She is learning all there is to know about Small Friends and how we maintain and develop our high standards and practices. Please do say hello to Rebecca when you see her and welcome her to the Small Friends family.
I am so happy to share the news that Leah gave birth to a gorgeous, healthy baby boy on Monday 18th January 20201. Both Leah and Logan are doing well.
During January, the Caterpillar children have really enjoyed being back at nursery, seeing their friends and the staff. This month, they have really enjoyed all things transport! They have used chalks to make a roadway to drive their vehicles, made garages from cardboard boxes and learnt some new songs, which is always great to help develop and explore new words. We have had some lovely tuff tray set ups and the children have been using their maths skills to recognise and use shapes to make their own trains. The children have also celebrated National Reading Day; a day where the children have engaged in all things Gruffalo – one of our children’s favourites.
This month, the Butterfly children have also been engaged in the same topic of ‘Our Journeys’. The children have learnt the traffic light game, they have made maps, discussed the journeys they have made and those they want to take in the future. They have also drawn their own roadways on a larger scale and created roadway scenes for their cars and vehicles. The children have been practicing name recognition and writing their names on their art work. They have also enjoyed talking about travelling by air; experiences of flying and a rocket launch take off! The Butterfly children also celebrated National Reading Day. Their favourite book of the day was Winnie the Witch.
What’s coming up in February
In February, our theme is ‘Be yourself’. This is a huge topic looking at and nurturing the children’s mental health and wellbeing. This is such a huge issue right now due to this and previous lockdowns, but hopefully not for our children as they have been fortunate enough to have some good stability, positive experiences and routine. The children will be participating in lots of activities, stories, songs and experiences around mental health; children’s feelings, good sleep habits, healthy eating, friendships and behaviours. If there is anything specific you would like us to explore, please let me know.
As a nursery, our vison and ethos has always been around a child’s emotional well-being and this is a huge priority for us right now. All children have their key workers and we work hard to build secure attachments so that the children feel safe and confident; even after having time away from nursery, which I feel we do well as our children are so happy. Staff spend a lot of time with their key children talking, laughing, engaging, playing and learning. Just being together and enjoying developing the relationship and bond.
During February, we will also celebrate Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday is a definite favourite in the nursery – with children and staff! – and I am sure you can understand why! We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Ox.
Other important information
The nursery bank account details have changed. Please ask myself or Amy if you need these new details. They have been sent out previously and are on the invoices. If you have stored the old details, you will need to update them.
I would like to thank you all for complying to our policies and procedures and government guidance with regards to Covid. We are doing all we can to keep your children, your family and our staff safe in these really difficult times. I will always keep you informed of any updates or anything that you need to know as soon as I can. I want to remind you all, and anyone who drops off/collects your child, to please wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.
We know that our fantastic families are always recommending us to their friends, so we want to say a big thank you for your referrals! As of Saturday 23rd January 2021, when you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we would like to thank you with a £100 credit off your next invoice. We know you have lots of friends so there is no limit! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family! Terms and conditions apply so please speak with me to check these.
Please make sure to follow us on our Facebook page and Instagram page. We upload a lot of photos of all the wonderful activities we have been up to throughout the week so make sure you don’t miss out on seeing these!
Finally, please label your children’s clothing. It makes our day that little bit easier!
Thank you so much for your ongoing support, words of encouragement and little gifts. It really means so much to know you appreciate all that we do.
Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager