25th November 2019
Even though it is just November, it is beginning to feel that winter is here already! In nursery we’ve been having a busy time, celebrating Hallowe’en, Diwali and Bonfire Night, plus looking at the importance of nursery rhymes in early reading skills. We hope you all enjoy the free nursery rhymes book gifted to all the children.
We are pleased that so many of you are using our Bedtime Stories library. Books can be borrowed any time, without any need to record that you are doing so. If you can, please try to borrow only one book at a time – if you have a number of books at home, it would be helpful for other children and families if you could return them before the end of term. Thank you.
Parents/carers of pre-school children should be aware that registration with catchment schoolsshould now have been completed. If you have not been along to your local school to put your child’s name down, you should do so as soon as possible. If you would like to request an out-of-catchment place, there is an on-line form to complete – please ask a member of staff if you are unsure. Even if you are planning to make an out of catchment request, you should still register with your catchment school as a fallback.
It is worth remembering that children whose fifth birthday falls in January/February 2021 could have an extra nursery year if parents and staff feel it would be beneficial. Children reaching five between September and December 2020 can also delay school entry if a sufficiently strong case can be made.
Paperwork for deferrals will be out early in the spring term and applications need to be made before the end of March. However, even if you are considering deferral, you need to register your child with a school now and withdraw their name later.
Mobile Phones in the Classrooms – a Reminder
The Care Inspectorate has indicated that the use of mobile phones in nursery classrooms should not be permitted. You are welcome to use your phone in Room 3, while you are settling your child, for example, but the expectation is now that parents/carers put phones away when passing through the classrooms and playground.
There has been a surprising amount of illness around already this term, with a number of children absent with coughs and colds, plus a few with sickness bugs. Thanks to all of you who have been diligent in keeping children at home when unwell – it is really important, not only for the child, but also to prevent the spread of infection. Please remember that children who have sickness/diarrhoea must not return to nursery until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
As you all will know, children have a healthy snack during each nursery session. Unlike lunches, snack has to be paid for with our snack fund – the £2.50 you pay every week. Could you please try to pay this regularly (ideally on a Monday) each week? Otherwise, the snack fund will be in deficit. It is also possible to pay snack termly.
We will be sympathetic to those in financial difficulty – if your circumstances are such that you cannot afford to pay the snack money, please let a member of staff know.
There are some major events in the calendar over the next few weeks. Our “Grand Jar Sale” will take place on Friday 13th December. The jar sale is our main Christmas fundraiser and was a big success last year. We asked each family to fill and decorate a glass jar (eg a jam jar/coffee jar) with sweets, party bag toys, crayons or marbles etc. We then sold the jars for £1 in aid of nursery funds. We will have some examples in the classrooms to give you inspiration. The children really got into the spirit of the event last year, and had a lot of fun.
The annual Christmas Raffle will be drawn on Friday 20th December at 9am. Boxes for contributions to the prize hamper will be out shortly in both rooms.
Our Nursery Nativity, which has been enjoyed so much by family members over the past few years, will take place on Tuesday 17th December (Room 2) and Wednesday 18th December (Room 1).
Personalised Santa plates will be on sale again in December. If you would like your child to have their own named plate for Santa’s mince pie and the reindeer’s carrots on Christmas Eve, put your order in to staff in early December.
The Christmas party will be on Thursday 19th December 9.30-11.40am. Children should attend for the party time only on that day. Parents/carers are invited to join us at 11am for Santa’s visit and to hear the children sing some Christmas songs. We are asking everyone to contribute £3 towards the cost of the present from Santa and the party food.
Instead of a Learning Update this month, I have attached a summary sheet with the dates of all our Christmas activities. All families should also have been given a paper copy of this information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
This week, the children will be celebrating St Andrew’s Day with lots of activities on a Scottish theme. After that, the countdown to Christmas will begin!
Some dates for your diary:
|Christmas trees go up||Monday 2nd December|
|St Nicholas day||Friday 6th December|
|Grand Jar Sale||Friday 13th December|
|Nativity||Tuesday 17th December & Wednesday 18th December|
|Christmas party||Thursday 19th December|
|Christmas Raffle draw||Friday 20th December|
|End of term||11.40am on Friday 20th December|
|Children return||Thursday 9th January|
Christmas Dates for your Diary
Monday 2nd December: Christmas trees go up in nursery
Friday 6th December: children will celebrate St Nicholas’s Day in nursery
Friday 13th December: Christmas fund raising event – Grand Jar Sale and Bake Sale
Tuesday 17th December 1.45pm: Nativity (primarily for Room 2 parent/carers)
Wednesday 18th December 9.30am: Nativity (primarily for Room 1 parent/carers)
Please note: due to pressure on space we have decided to perform our nativity twice this year. We are suggesting that Room 2 families attend the Tuesday performance and Room 1 families come along to the Wednesday performance. This is a guide only – if you can’t manage the allocated day, please come along to the alternative.
Thursday 19th December 9.30 – 11.40am: Christmas party. Children attend for the party time only. There will be no afternoon nursery that day.
Parent/carers can join us to hear the children sing, and for Santa’s visit at 11am.
Friday 20th December, 9am: Christmas raffle draw
Friday 20th December: End of term. Children finish at 11.40am.
Thursday 9th January 2020: Children return to nursery