Newsletter May 2018
Lynn, Day Care Manager
Welcome to May’s newsletter.
What a lovely sunny start to the month, long may it continue!
We would be grateful if you could send your child in with sun cream applied in the mornings and a bottle of sun cream so we can reapply it throughout the day. Don’t forget a sunhat too!
Our garden area is almost finished, our planters and soil are getting delivered this week for the children to start planting their vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is a great opportunity for the children to see what foods they will be eating for their lunch and snack as they will be growing it themselves.
Our Forest school has been a huge success with the Pre School children; our Littles children will be starting their sessions this month, with our Preschool children starting their beach school sessions this month also.
The Pre-School children have been loving Teddy Tennis on a Friday, if you would like more information on this please ask in the office.
We have a special visit from the fire service planned for the 17th of May. They will be coming to the nursery to talk to the children about fire safety and showing them the fire engine.
The children are excited about the forthcoming Royal Wedding, so we are going to have a garden party for them, so they can dress up and have a fun day; this will cover British values with them.
Preschool Information Evening: Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Information Evening, it was a very successful meeting. We will be holding another evening towards the end of the month; with childcare available, we will let you know as soon as we have a date set.
We are delighted to also let you know that we are currently working towards two accreditations:-
- Millie’s Mark - exceptional achievement for childcare provision that shows we go above and beyond minimum requirements in keeping children safe
- Healthy Early Years accreditation that shows we support children achieve the five national outcomes of Every Child Matters; give a clear signal to children, parents, carers and the wider community that we value participation, consultation and inclusion; we build links with the local community, parents and carers to support the health needs of their children; provide supporting evidence to show that we are delivering over arching principles as laid out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage; we provide supporting evidence to show the setting is employing the characteristics of effective learning and the seven areas of Learning and Development; benefit the general health and wellbeing of children; and support our staff with knowledge and awareness of children’s health needs.
This work will be undertaken over the next 12 months. If you have any questions about these please do not hesitate to pop in and see Rachel.
Andrea, Under Twos Manager
Firstly this month we will be focusing on the Zoo and creating Zoo animals using a range of materials. This covers Exploring Media and Materials and People and Communities in the EYFS.
We will have the small world Zoo area set up with the animals and explore the different noises they make using our voices. This covers The World, Understanding and Speaking in the EYFS.
We will also have a tub filled with soil, spades, trowels and plant pots to touch, feel, fill and empty. This covers The World in the EYFS.
Later on in the month we will move on to Elmer ,we will be making multi-coloured elephants, using paint and collage pieces This covers Exploring Media and Materials and Physical Development in the EYFS.
Please could we remind parents to empty their children’s red art work bags, so you can enjoy their wonderful creations. These are stored near the pegs for the under 2’s room. If you are unsure where to find these please speak to a member of staff in the under 2’s room.
Please remember to bring in named suncream and sunhats as we are hoping for warmer weather!
Claire, Littles Manager and Deputy Manager
May in the Littles Room is book themed. We are going to start the month focusing on the book ‘ the scarecrows wedding’. The children will work together to make our very own Betty ‘O’ Barley and Harry ‘O’ Hay. The children will also decorate and make their very own scarecrows, using a range of media, this comes under exploring media and materials in the EYFS.
Then we will change to the book ‘superworm’. The children will make their own bugs, we will go on a bug hunt and make our own wormery, which covers understanding the world in the EYFS. The children will explore colourful bugs using tweezers to help them to learn their colours, counting, categorise sizes and improve their fine motor skills; this covers exploring media and materials, maths and physical development in the EYFS.
As always we will be spending lots of time outside so please remember waterproof coats as well as suncream and sunhats; as we all know how unpredictable the weather can be!
Sasha, Early Years Teacher – Pre-School
This month the children will continue to explore beach safety and how to keep themselves and each other safe on the beach and in the sea. We have already begun to explore the different flags on the beach, what these mean and the role of a lifeguard. The children have shown great interest in our sea side theme, we will go on to become pirates, looking at transport and ‘travelling’ to other countries, developing their use of imagination and language skills, whilst incorporating a multi-cultural element. As some of the children have shown great interest in flags we will also go on to create our own treasure maps, pirate flags and hats, to take on our adventures too.
In addition to this we are also starting our beach school throughout May, enabling the children to put into practice all of the things they have learnt about safety. During these sessions we aim for the children to explore their natural surroundings in a meaningful way, we will set up beach challenges for them, such as collecting a certain number of shells, or building sandcastles in teams etc. to develop their personal social and emotional development alongside their understanding of the world. We will also be continuing with our forest school sessions once a week too, providing lots of vital real life learning experiences for our children to explore!
We have a very busy and exciting month ahead, with some royal wedding celebrations added in too! Please bring in some sun cream and a sun hat for your children as the weather heats up and also please continue to add to Tapestry, it’s lovely to see what the children are up to and what achievements are being made outside of the setting!
Amy, Out of School & Holiday Club Manager
After School Club
This month in the Out of School Club we will be taking advantage of the gorgeous sunshine by spending our afternoons out in the garden playing a variety of games and enjoying races! We will also be having water fights and paddling our feet in the paddling pool! Please could you remember to pack sun cream, a towel and a spare change of clothes in case they’d like to get wet! If we are unfortunate to have rain we will be spending our afternoons indoors being creative and creating our own fun!
For our May Holiday Club we are going to be making shields and swords for a fun day out at Pendennis Castle being Knights and Damsels. We will also be doing some seed planting and other creative activities throughout the week.
Please note that our holiday club in the Summer will only be available in our pre-school room for pre-school, reception age and year 1 children. Places will be limited so please ensure you book early.