Newsletter February 2019
Lynn, Day Care Manager
Welcome to this month’s newsletter.
Exciting news! We have been awarded Millie’s Mark! This is a Quality Mark for nurseries where employees working directly with children are trained in paediatric first aid. We are planning a celebration of this achievement which we would like to enjoy with yourselves and our children. When we have finalised the arrangements we will let you know!
Polite reminder: Could all parents please reverse into our car park for everyone’s safety.
Important reminder: Our nursery is a nut free setting, please ensure children’s lunches are nut free, this includes pesto pasta, Nutella chocolate spread and Kinder chocolate bars. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
REMINDER – Term time only children, it is half term week beginning 18th February 2019.
Easter - last funded day is Friday 29th March and funding starts again on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.
On April 12th, we will be holding a Charity Ball on behalf of Childrens Hospice South West. Rachel's husband, Steve will be running the London Marathon for the second time this April and we have a minimum target of £2000 to reach. Children's Hospice South West has always been the chosen charity of Fit N Fun Kids and is very close to our hearts.
CHSW provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care they offer is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care. They operate three hospices; Little Bridge House in Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
The evening will consist of a three course dinner, live music, auction, raffle and more to make it a fun filled evening! Tickets are £32 per person, £10 of which will go to charity. We have 10 tables of 10 which are going fast so if you would like to purchase a ticket, please pop in to the office at the nursery or email Rachel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember our office door is always open if you have any enquiries.
Sennen / Gemma, Under Twos Managers
Our theme for this month is Winter, and we are focussing on animals, we have read Dear Zoo to the children and have made lots of different animals with them. We will also be reading Busy Farm and exploring farm animals and will be making animals for our display using collage, paints and other media. We will be enjoying lots of water play and talking about sea animals. We talk about where animals are from and the environments that they live in, which links to understanding the world and communication and language in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We will be exploring lots of sensory and messy play with the children, including gloop and making ‘muddy puddles’. We will be singing lots of different animal songs and learning the Makaton signs to go with the songs. This will link to the children’s communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.
Claire, Littles Manager and Deputy Manager
February in the littles room is all about bears. We are starting the month off with the theme of we are going on a bear hunt ….., the children seem to really enjoy this story and are looking forward to exploring the sensory bags and tuff tray which links to expressive arts and design. We will be using compare bears in our math’s area to help your children develop their understanding of size, colour and numbers. There will also be lots of arts and crafts for the children to explore such as making our own bear hunt map and our own bear masks.
We will then move on to goldilocks and the three bears, where we will be focusing on our counting and size which links to your children’s mathematical development. We will also be making our own porridge and building houses using a wide variety of resources which help to develop your children’s imagination as well as encouraging your children to try new things.
Chinese New Year falls at the beginning of February so we will be taking part in some Chinese food tasting as well as exploring noodles in our sensory tray. 2019 is the year of the pig so our artwork will be pig themed and we will be making some Chinese lanterns in small groups.
To celebrate Valentine’s day we will be making cards for the people we love and making some heart shaped biscuits to take home.
Sasha, Early Years Teacher – Pre-School
Pre-school and explorers have had a great time exploring winter throughout January, the children’s interests have taken us on a journey exploring artic animals, different weathers and climates, fantasy characters, Chinese New Year and finally pirates! It is great to follow their interests and ideas to see them thriving and learning about the world around them.
February half term leads us on to look at Valentine’s Day, we will be looking at the special people we have around us, making some heart shaped biscuits, looking at different shapes and taking part in lots of arts and crafts, ensuring we continue to cover all the areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The second part of the spring term will see us move on to our topic of ‘nursery rhymes’, focused on looking at a range of nursery rhymes, to develop the children’s awareness of rhythm and rhyme in traditional nursery rhymes. This may take us on a journey down a range of different pathways, based on the children’s interests and misconceptions. For example, looking at Incy Wincy spider may lead us to investigate the natural world and how to look after insects and keep them safe, we may go on a bug hunt in the woods, which could lead to designing and making a shelter for Incy Wincy or exploring various weather types, why it rains and what we have to stay dry. The children will have the opportunity to do lots of mark making and recording, such as noting down all the insects they find, or comparing the sizes of the bugs they see. We will be doing lots of investigations and exploration to find spider webs and then have a go at drawing these or creating our own spider webs out of wool and paper plates!
Looking at Incy Wincy Spider may then lead on to additional nursery rhymes with animals in, such as Baa Baa Black Sheep or Old McDonald, which will enable us to explore farm animals and their needs. This could link to counting animals, looking at different patterns and textures and creating animal puppets. Focusing on how to look after our natural world and animals, will also lead us to look at what we need to keep healthy and well too, linking into ‘Miss Polly had a dolly’ and ‘10 little monkey’s’ and what doctors do to help us for example.
Please keep adding to Tapestry, we love to see what the children have been up to out of the setting. As always please feel free to pop in if you have any questions or just fancy having a look at what we have been up to!
Could we also remind parents to please bring in coats and warm clothing as we do spend quite a lot of time outside. We also have quite a large collection of water bottles in pre-school which are not being used, please claim any that may have been left behind!