Welcome to our August newsletter! This month’s newsletter is always a sad one…it’s where we say goodbye and the best of luck to our school leavers at the annual Graduation Party, which was a Prom theme this year. It’s always an emotional time as some of the children and their families have been with us since they were babies, all that’s left to say enjoy your school adventure.
The preschool children have been looking at healthy eating this month! They made fruit smoothies and have been looking at and cutting up fruit, talking about the pips and stones; they even planted apple and pear pips to see if they will grow into trees.
The toddlers celebrated International Cat Day and World Lion Day at the beginning of August, with a wonderful tuff tray that encouraged the children to use their fine motor skills and creative sticking and painting activities to recreate cats and lions. They also looked at mathematical language whilst filling and emptying containers.
The baby room used fresh herbs to make a sensory jungle, the smell in the room was amazing. They explored ice painting using lolly moulds which again gave a lovely sensory experience for the babies. The giant ball run was a great hit using their hand eye coordination to post the balls down the tube.
What’s coming up next month
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming month! There will be Roald Dahl day, World Clean up day, Recycle week, Talk like a pirate day and World rhino day, as well as lots more fun activities for all the children.
Other important information
Changes to the curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage changes from the 1st September, this has given us an exciting opportunity to look again at how we provide a stimulating curriculum for your child, we have chosen to use the ‘Development Matters’ document. The seven areas of learning will continue but the age ranges are not so rigid, giving us more flexibility when planning children’s activities which will follow a much more ‘in the moment’ planning style allowing children more opportunity to develop at their own pace.
There is a large emphasis on parent partnership which we can include within the planning, Tapestry is always a good tool to let us know what you have been up or to comment on an activity or observation.
Tiffany the baby room senior is stepping down from her role from 1st September to take a more part time role as her son starts school. Katrina will be taking over her role as the senior in the baby room, Laura will continue to work alongside her, and hopefully most of you have met her by now.
Covid rule changes
From 16 August 2021, under 18’s and fully vaccinated adults identified as close contacts of a positive case will no longer legally be required to self-isolate. They should instead take a PCR test. Provided the individual has no symptoms, there is no requirement to self-isolate whilst awaiting test results. If the individual returns a positive test result, they should self-isolate and not attend their education setting.
From 16 August, children who are aged under 5 years old who are identified as close contacts would only be advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is within their own household.
The guidance for individuals with covid symptoms has not changed. Children, staff and all other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into the setting if they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine). If anyone in the setting develops symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, they should be sent home and they should follow public health advice.
Monday 31st August Nursery will be closed for the Bank Holiday
A few quick reminders, if your child has had Calpol before they attend nursery they will not be allowed in that day as Calpol masks a temperature. When you bring spare clothes could you remember to include socks. Finally, if you are potty training your child and they are in pull ups, can you remember to put some in their bag as we don’t provide these.
Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk. Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk
A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.
Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise. If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.
Activity for home
If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.
Paint with your hands and feet
- Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
- Choose what colours to use to decorate with
- Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
- Display the artwork in your windows for people to see
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice
- Mark making using their body
- Sensory experience of paint on their body
- Shapes and sizes
- Developing gross motor skills
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
- Give meaning to marks they make
Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Jackie Berry, Nursery Manager