Nursery Newsletter

1st December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself to those who have not yet met me. I am Nick Reynolds and I’m delighted to be the new Head of Centre at Stanwell. If you have any idea’s or questions on how we can improve our service, please get in touch. Your feedback and input would be greatly appreciated. I would like to extend a huge thank you from myself and all of the staff here at Stanwell to both children and parents. The way you have all adapted to the new rules on drop-off and pickup times has been truly amazing and made our return to work in these difficult times so much easier. The children have been phenomenal in their return and our new starts have settled better than anyone could have imagined. Hopefully things will start to become a little more normal in the New Year. In the meantime, could I ask parents to continue to stick to their pickup and drop-off time slots, wear face coverings and observe the social distancing rule in playground.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to do Christmas shows this year due to current restrictions on singing and the number of people allowed in the building. We will video the Christmas Party and any Christmas activities the children do and post them on the website for your enjoyment.                                                             

The children will be having their Christmas lunches on Thursday 17th December.                  

There is an expectation that children will spend more time outdoors to try and keep infection rates down. Please make sure you child wears appropriate clothes for the weather.  It would help us if hats, scarves and gloves could be labelled with your child’s name and a change of clothes supplied in your child’s named bag, as well as one pair of suitable outdoor shoes and one pair of indoor shoes. If possible, could you also dress your child in easy to pull up and down clothes such as joggers or elasticated waists. Staff will always be on hand to help, but often children don’t give themselves enough time to undo belts and buttons when they arrive at the toilet.

We are keen to re-establish our parent’s council. The parent’s council plays a vital role in developing our service and generating income through fund raising events. If you are keen to join the parent council, please talk to a member of staff or e-mail us at admin@stanwell-nur.edin.sch.uk

We have recently signed up to Easyfundraising. When you shop on line Stanwell nursery will receive a percentage of your spend as a donation. The website is Easyfundraising.org.uk. Simply sign up and select Stanwell Nursery School as your supported organisation.

Thank you for all the kind donations for our sponsored brick build. Fundraising helps us to improve certain areas within the nursery. We plan on using this money to give the children the best Christmas party we can in these challenging times. We are also planning to develop our back-garden space which is currently being used by the children in room two. Once we are can share outdoor spaces between our two bubbles we hope to provide two different outdoor experiences for all of our children.

The Nursery has its own website and also uses E-Learning Journals. During these difficult times we will continue to use these formats as a way of communicating with you and keeping you up to date with nursery events and observations and updates on your child’s learning. Please check them regularly and leave us comments and feedback. If you have any difficult accessing any of these please speak to a staff member.

We would like to wish Dionne, Rukshi, Justyna and Zara all the best in their new jobs. They will be hugely missed by us all. They leave us at the end of term and all start their new jobs in January.  Also, our Secretary Pam will leave at the end of this term. She has been at Stanwell for 16 years and will leave a huge void in our admin team. We wish them all the best for the future.

Kind regards

Nick

Nick Reynolds

Head of Centre