Nursery Newsletter

 

June Newsletter

19th June 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

It’s hard to believe we are well into June and the end of term is almost upon us – where does the time go?

Obstacle challenge

This has already been a very busy term – we had a very successful Obstacle Challenge event and have so far raised nearly £300. This will go towards our nursery fund, and this year will, in particular be used for buying some new technologies resources, as well as subsidising our leavers’ trip. A really big thank you to all who have contributed so generously. Could any outstanding sponsor money be handed to staff this week please?

School visits

Those of you with children moving on to school have been busy with visits to primary one classes, and a number of P1 teachers have joined us in nursery. It’s great that the children experience a positive transition and that they can approach the start of school feeling confident, secure and keen to tackle this new challenge.

End of term events

Our “Leavers’ Ceremony” will take place on Monday 26th June, in room 3 at 10.45am and 1pm. All parents/carers of children moving on to school are cordially invited along. The children will sing some songs for your entertainment, then will be presented with a book, some photos of their time at nursery, and a certificate to mark their graduation.

Another event for the preschool children, the leavers’ trip to East Links Park, will take place on Thursday 29th June. Children going on the trip should already have been given a note with details of the outing. Pre-schoolers only should attend nursery from 9am till 3pm on the outing day. Please note there will be no nursery for our younger children (those not going to school) on Thursday 29th June.  Please ensure the cost of the trip is paid and the forms completed by Friday 23rd June.

The last day of term for those returning to nursery after the summer holidays will be as follows: afternoon children, last day on Wednesday 28thJune, and morning children on Friday 30th June.

Staffing

For those of you returning next year, there will some staffing changes in the classrooms. As many of you will know we will be saying goodbye to Gillian, our Room 1 teacher, who is retiring at the end of June after 14 years at Stanwell. A new teacher is to be appointed, and will start early next term. We all owe Gillian a huge thank you for all the hard work she has put in over the years. We will miss her greatly, but wish her a long and happy retirement.

Additional sessions

These will continue to be available next session – several families have already indicated that they want to take up the offer. The cost has gone up slightly – to £4.60 per hour, £18. 40 per session (complete sessions must be bought). Please speak to a member of staff if you are interested in buying these hours.

Ejournals

I am pleased to say that parents/carers can download their child’s ejournal on to their phone, tablet or PC at the end of term. We are really pleased you will be able to keep this record of your child’s learning in nursery. To download the journal, click on the “convert profile to PDF” button, which is located just under your child’s profile picture. Let us know if you experience any difficulty with this and we will try to help you.

Questionnaires

You will see that, we have handed out a questionnaire about our services. It’s really important for us to have your views on what we do, and how we can improve things for you and your children. So please, if you can, take the time to respond. We really value what you say, and will make every effort to address any concerns.

Some final dates for your diary

Monday, 26th June, 10.45am and 1pm Leavers’ Ceremony
Thursday, 29th June Leavers’ Outing
Wednesday 28th June Last day for afternoon returners
Friday 30th June Last day for morning children
Wednesday 16th August Children return to nursery

 

Huge thanks as ever to all the staff who work so hard to make the nursery run smoothly, and make my job as head teacher such a pleasure.

Finally, can I say to those moving on, how much we’ve enjoyed having you here at Stanwell. We hope you have enjoyed being part of our community, and wish you every happiness in the years to come.

With best wishes

Alison Smith

Head Teacher