20th January 2020
Can I welcome you all back after what I hope was an enjoyable holiday? A somewhat belated Happy New Year to you all! We have a busy term ahead of us. The children are enjoying some “wintry” activities and are already looking for the bulbs emerging in the garden. A number of new families have already joined us – we hope you all enjoy the time you spend with us.
The photographer will be making her annual visit to take class photos on 29th January. Individual and family photos will be taken later in April.
All preschool children should now be registered for school. Staff are currently in the process of checking this with you. If you are unsure whether your child will be ready to move on to school in August, please discuss your concerns with a member of staff. Applications for an extra nursery year should be completed by 31st March.
Thanks to everyone who turned up to support our Nativity at the end of last term. We really enjoyed putting it on, and hope watching it was equally enjoyable.
Our party, too, was very successful, as were our Jar Sale and Raffle. Many, many thanks to those of you who helped, bought and donated.
You may have noticed the scaffolding which has been erected in the back playground. This is to allow Port of Leith Housing Association to do some work on the flats next door, and it will be moving to the front playground next week. The part of the playground affected will be fenced off, so that it is safe for the children, and the scaffolding will be erected and dismantled at the weekends.
This week we are celebrating the birthday of our national poet, Robert Burns, (Burns Day is 25th January) with our exploration of Scottish culture through music, rhymes, arts and crafts and, of course, food!
During the week beginning 27th January, we will celebrate Chinese New Year. Later in the term (week beginning 2nd March) we will hold our international festival, when we would like to invite any interested parents/carers from countries other than Scotland to come and show us a little of their culture – either by reading a story in their own language, by making something for snack, or showing us some artefacts from their community. Please let us know if you would like to take part. We feel very privileged in having families from so many different cultures in our nursery – it’s a great way for children and staff to learn about the world.
Parent/carer consultations for our younger children – those not in their preschool year – will be held during the week beginning Monday 16th March. Your child’s key worker will speak to you to arrange an appointment.
Best Start Grant School Age Payment
The Best Start Grant School Age Payment of £250 is available to families in receipt of certain benefits or tax credits who have children old enough to start school. Applications must be made by 29th February 2020, even where families plan to defer their child’s start date. Full details are available at https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods/
As many of you will be aware we, along with many other schools and nurseries, had a major flu outbreak last term. NHS Lothian have issued some guidelines on how parent/carers can help reduce the spread of such illnesses.
The advice is:
- Regular hand washing with liquid soap and running water
- Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Using a disposable paper tissue, disposed of immediately after use.
- You can teach your child to sneeze into the “crook” of their arm rather than their hands if they don’t have a tissue – see https://youtube.com/watch?v=mQINuSTP1jl
- Good general cleaning of surfaces that everyone touches eg TV remote, light switches, door handles, toilet flushes and tap heads.
- Look up https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/common-cold and https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu
Finally, can I remind you that it is council policy that children suffering from sickness and/or diarrhoea must not return to nursery until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. This is to protect other children and prevent any major epidemic.
Our learning update this month is about a block play research project we are participating in.
I have also attached this term’s programme of activities for parents/carers offered by Dr Bells. We are very fortunate in having the family centre next door – take a look at what’s on offer and see if there is anything you find useful or interesting.
Some holiday dates
|February week||All break||Friday, 7th February|
|All return||Monday, 17th February|
|Easter holidays||Last day of term||Friday 3rd April|
|Children return||Tuesday 21st April|
|May Day (staff only)||Monday, 4th May|
|Holiday||Friday 8th May|
|Victoria Day holiday||Monday 18th May|
Can I remind you as always to close the nursery gate, even when the children are inside the nursery? We do not want any of our children to escape.