20th March 2018
Winter certainly has been reluctant to leave us this year! I hope the children enjoyed the excitement of the snow days but I, for one, will be glad to finally say goodbye to winter in the nursery, and introduce daffodils, lambs, buds, birds and all the other exciting signs of spring. Over the next few weeks, we will also be enjoying some healthy activities, and beginning to think about Easter. Our Easter Fun Day will take place on the last day of term, Thursday 29th March. Come along, try some parent and child crafts, join other parent/carers for tea/coffee in Room 3… meet the Easter Bunny and maybe even get a little surprise present from him! (Or is it her?). Please try to join us and share the fun with your child.
Some of you will be aware that Rona ran some very successful Forest Nursery sessions for some of our children last term. She will be running these again next term. As part of our series of Learning Updates, she has put together some photos and information on Forest Nursery to go out with this newsletter – we hope you enjoy them.
Unfortunately our International Week was somewhat disrupted by the snow closures. Many thanks, however, to those parents/carers who did contribute by cooking/baking national dishes, reading stories, dressing in national dress or sharing crafts. We are very proud of the range of nationalities represented in our nursery community and really enjoy learning about them.
Storysacks and Reading Rainbows
Learning to read is a crucial part of education for children – we have a couple of events coming up to help you support early literacy skills. Learning to enjoy books and stories one of the most important gifts we can give our children.
Our storysack library will be up and running again next term – many thanks to the parent/carers who have volunteered to help. Storysacks are a brilliant way of motivating your child’s interest in books.
Audrey is also offering some adult/child storytelling sessions – short, informal groups where you can get some tips on sharing stories in an enjoyable way with your child. These will be on Wednesdays from 25th April, at 11am or 3pm.
Finally our preschool children will be receiving their Reading Rainbows bags (a bit like the Bookbug bags) early next term. More information nearer the time.
Parental Consultations for Younger Children
Consultations between parent/carers of our ante preschool children and their key workers will take place during the week beginning 19th March. Staff will arrange a suitable time to meet with you. Rona and Claire are also currently putting together profiles of these younger children – paper copies of these will be provided before the consultations. We will also be making the profiles available, for the first time, in your child’s learning journal. Please take this opportunity to come along and discuss your child’s progress with us, and fill us in on what they have achieved at home.
Dr Bells Family Centre
As many of you will know, Dr Bells Family Centre next door to the nursery has had a re-launch, and is keen to re-start its supports and activities for families with young children. They would like to find out your ideas for the services you would like it to provide – so Dr Bells staff are coming into the nursery on Tuesday 28th March to ask for your suggestions. Dr Bells already provides affordable childcare, a café, counselling and various childcare supports. It is a valuable community resource, which can be shaped by local need. So please come along and give them your ideas.
Applications for deferred entry to school have to be sent in before the end of term, so if you haven’t completed a form, and would like your child to have another year in nursery, please speak to a member of staff.
We have children in the nursery who have a severe nut allergy. Can I ask those of you preparing packed lunches for your children to please avoid nuts of any kind, and they could potentially cause a dangerous reaction.
Phones in the classroom
The Care Inspectorate have indicated that mobile phones should not be used by parent/carers in the nursery classrooms. We therefore require that you put your phones away when you are bringing or collecting your child, or supporting him/her in the classroom. Currently, we still allow photos to be taken at special events such as the Nativity and Christmas Party.
Dates for your diaries
|Last day of term – Thursday 29th March||All children return – Tuesday 17th April|
|Monday 7th May||May Day holiday|
|Tuesday 8th May||Inservice day|
|Monday 21st May||Victoria Day holiday|
|Thursday 28th June||leavers’ trip to East Links Park (preschool leavers only)|
|Friday 29th June (lunch time)||end of term|
In the meantime, I hope you all have a very Happy Easter when it comes, and an enjoyable holiday.