Nursery News 19th July 2021

NURSERY NEWS

19th July 2021 – Edition 233

 

Find out About:

A. Staff changes

B. End of Term arrangements July 2021- A reminder

C. Leavers Day –Thursday 22nd July- 8:50am-11:50am- A reminder

D. The end of the 2020-2021 Academic Year is rapidly approaching.

 

A. Staff changes

Saying Goodbye….

Mrs Shambrook will be leaving us at the end of this term. She has been working at Willow for the past 20 years in a variety of roles, both in the classroom and in the school office. Prior to that she volunteered as a Parent Helper when her two daughters attended Willow. Mrs Shambrook looks after all the staff, is kind, and very generous with her time. We will all miss her from the staff team. Mrs Shambrook said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I am saying goodbye to Willow, and I will miss everyone dearly.”

 

A Warm Welcome Back….

Mrs Cashmore has been working at Willow as a Teaching Assistant since January 2013. Since then she has been studying hard, achieving her Science GCSE, then Maths GCSE, following this with a foundation degree in Child and Family studies, then completing a BA degree in Child and Adolescent Studies. In September 2020 Mrs Cashmore left Willow to study full time to achieve her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to become a fully qualified Primary teacher. I’m pleased to say she has returned and will be joining our team in September.

 

B. End of Term arrangements July 2021

The last day of term in July 2021 for all children will be Wednesday 21st July.This day will run as a normal Wednesday. Timings of the day will be the same as all Wednesdays.

 

C. Leavers Day –Thursday 22nd July- 8:50am-11:50am

On Thursday 22nd July school will open only for the Main Nursery children that are leaving us. The session will be from 8:50 am to 11:50am. All Main Nursery leavers are invited to attend this session, regardless of your child’s normal attendance days. As children are attending for the morning only, no child will require a packed lunch. Children will require their water bottles. Children should arrive at 8:50 am and wait outside as usual.

 

D. The end of the 2020-2021 Academic Year is rapidly approaching!

 

We find ourselves rapidly approaching the end of another year at Willow. I have some ‘Thankyous’ that I would like to share. Firstly I would like to thank each and every parent who has chosen Willow for their child. Parents rarely realise that our funding is directly linked to the number of pupils we have, so without your children, there would be no Willow. Thank you to those parents who have kept us well stocked with fruit for snack time. The children have really enjoyed the ice-pops that parents have provided during the summer term. Parents have been very generous this year. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our collection of boxes and tubes for the children to build models with. All support is very appreciated.

 

Thank you to all parents and staff for working together to keep all our pupils safe. I know the majority of parents have not been inside school at all this year, so thank you for trusting us to look after your children.

 

I would like to thank all the children that have been with us throughout the pandemic. Their behaviour has been Outstanding. The children have been resilient and resourceful which has been proved in the excellent outcomes they have achieved. The school has provided a sense of normality throughout this challenging time for staff and pupils. Staff’s wellbeing has been challenged at times, but channelling our energies into keeping the children safe and stimulated has kept us going.

The year group that are leaving us at the end of this week are a very special year group, who will be remembered as the group who went through Covid 19 with us. I want to wish all these children every success as they leave us to move on to their Primary Schools in September. There is a collection of very unique and special

individuals that will be leaving us, and we will miss them.

 

To those families that are staying, my hope is that we can all get to know each other better, that school will become a more ‘open’ place, and we can resume all the normal Nursery activities that we have been excluded from doing during the past year. (Amongst other things, we have all missed Playdough, Sand play/ Messy play, Dressing up and Cooking!)

 

The only thing left for me to say is ‘Have a Safe Summer’. None of us know what the next few months will bring, but children are only little for a short time, so try and have some positive family time together.

 

Leigh Davies

NURSERY NEWS

12th July 2021 – Edition 232

Find out About:

  1. Very few tissues left in school.
  2. End of Term arrangements July 2021
  3. Leavers Day –Thursday 22nd July- 8:50am-11:50am
  4. Review of the year- Results.

 

1.Very few tissues left in school.

We have very few tissues left in school. We still have lots of runny noses!. If you could spare a box of tissues for the children to use in our classrooms we would be very grateful.

 

2. End of Term arrangements July 2021

The last day of term in July 2021 for all children will be Wednesday 21st July.

This day will run as a normal Wednesday. Timings of the day will be the same as all Wednesdays.

 

3.Leavers Day –Thursday 22nd July- 8:50am-11:50am

On Thursday 22nd July school will open only for the Main Nursery children that are leaving us. The session will be from 8:50 am to 11:50am. All Main Nursery leavers are invited to attend this session, regardless of your child’s normal attendance days. As children are attending for the morning only, no child will require a packed lunch. Children will require their water bottles. Children should arrive at 8:50 am and wait outside as usual.

We have consulted the children about what activities they would like to plan for their last day and this is what they have come up with:

Children may dress up if they want to. Children may come to school in a dressing up outfit if they wish. There should be no pressure on anyone to buy an outfit. I am aware that due to covid-19 children have not attended parties so may not have any dressing up clothes or special party clothes. Normal Nursery clothes are absolutely fine too.

We have arranged for children to:

  • Make party hats, Ice Cakes and eat them, Have Ice Pops and Ice Cream,
  • Play with Trains, Dinosaurs, Transformers, Toy Spiders, The inflatable fish,
  • Have songs and music, musical instruments, Dancing,
  • Watch a Frozen DVD,
  • Play parachute and Ring games.

 

At 10:30 am all children will sit down together for a picnic time in the garden. Staff will provide the snacks the children requested: Jam sandwiches, crisps, pizza, party rings, gingerbread men, jammy dodger biscuits, fruit,

The morning will finish with a group time for each colour group, where all children will receive a certificate praising their individual skills and/or qualities.

11:50am Going Home Time- Parents to collect children from the front gate. Children will be dismissed in the regular way, with Green group first, followed by Red group then Yellow group.

 

D.Review of the year- Results

I had two parents respond to my request to review the school year and to share their thoughts about things we do well and things we can improve. So thank you to those parents for taking the time to reply.

The children were very happy to tell me their views. I have collated their responses to the 5 questions I asked them. I have added the children’s views to the end of the newsletter. Some responses may make you smile.

Response to parents:

My first question to parents was what do we do well? I’m pleased to say both parents recognised the quality of teaching and the variety of activities that children are involved with is a strength.

One said “We are very impressed with the quality of teaching at Willow, our daughter always comes out having had a great day at the nursery (even if she doesn’t tell us what she has done). I think the effort you all put into the different themes of teaching each week shows the dedication you all put into providing a great experience for all the children”.

The other commented: “I feel that Willow always strive to ensure all children enjoy their time at nursery. I also feel that the children have lots of fun and do great activities throughout the day and it’s great to see the photo’s coming home especially with the chicks and most recently the Giant snails, this was a great thing for the children to experience.”

My next question: Is there anything we can do to improve? especially with regard to involving parents more after the Covid restrictions are removed.

One said: An area we feel the school could improve which is also an area of how the school can include parents more would be how information is passed onto parents about the child’s learning. I’m aware in non covid times parents would be allowed to come inside and look at their child’s folder to follow their progression but due to covid this hasn’t happened and I think other than a newsletter each week not much is passed back to parents.  At the moment we have to wait for a consultation phone call every few months. I’m aware other schools/ nurseries use online platforms parents can log into which shows what has occurred during the school day and includes photos of the learning that’s occurred. I think something like this would be a good way to involve/ include parents more.”

I am considering ways in which the school can become more open to parents in September. We have a very full structured program of open activities that we usually roll out across the year. I hope that early in the next academic year I will publish all those activities in a timetable so parents can see what we aim to achieve across the year.

Parent consultations are offered termly, more often than that, and I know the staff will say that they would not have enough significant information to update parents with. We try to choose times for consultations that coincide with when staff have updated notes on children’s progress and had time to analyse how individuals and groups of children are progressing. All staff are required to be on duty during the school working day to maintain ratio’s, but we will always try to make time for parents to talk to keyworkers if there is something important parents wish to discuss, but for this to happen cover has to be found for the classroom to cover the Keyworkers responsibilities.

Online platforms: This is something we have considered in the past. We have decided to continue using paper copies, to record observations, collect work samples and to add photographs, creating a year book. An online platform would be too time consuming for staff to manage. For example Miss Howe has 22 children that she is keyworker for. Some are part time, so she usually has 17 children in at any one time. If Miss Howe spent 2 minutes per child uploading information that would take at least 34 minutes per day of uploading photo’s etc. We have a lot of children on our registers, we just would not have the time to do this well. I would also be afraid that parents would look daily at the online journal and would be disappointed if there was no update available about their child.

The Ofsted guidance regarding recording information about children’s progress has recently been updated to say that staff should not be recording lots of data about children, that assessment should not take staff away from actually working with the children. This is something I strongly agree with. Our staff create stimulating work environments, and challenge the children, by using language to intervene in the children’s learning, to stretch them, to get them to reflect on what they are doing and enabling them to move onto their next step in their learning.

Getting the balance right, on how staff use their time, is constantly being reviewed, to enable the staff to be as effective as possible. We are putting ‘involving parents’ very high on our agenda for the next academic year. We have a school development plan, where we identify four areas to focus on improving in the next academic year, usually based upon areas identified by staff/ governors/ parents / children/ data in our end of year review.

We know young children rarely share what they have been doing at school, and we do want parents to feel fully informed about their child’s developments and achievement. We will look to find the right balance.

Both parents that gave feed back both mentioned the organisation of drop off and collection time. I have been asked about what will happen in September when the majority of Covid Restrictions have been dropped.

Before Covid, all the main nursery children arrived between 8:45am and 9:05am with their parents, came right into their classroom, took off coats , hung up bags, stored lunch boxes, then went off to choose tasks. I can say, that all staff were tied up with parents and children until at least 9:25am, and teaching would not start until after then.

At that time children were spread across two cloakrooms. With the covid restrictions we had to cut the school space into two spaces to keep year groups apart. This is not something we would ever have chosen to do. However, there have been a number of benefits to how we have been organised for the past year. During the staff review the one thing that staff did not want to let go off is how we manage the children’s arrival and departure. We have one cloakroom for all 50 main nursery children attending on any one day. We could not accept all 50 main nursery families into one cloakroom area all at once. I have spent time giving consideration to this question already. I can say that within two minutes of coming through the door Green Group are already sitting down with their teacher having register time and beginning their learning. Staff find this time invaluable with their Keyworker children. They feel that they really know all the children that they care for really well.  We find that there are less tears. Children have settled much quicker this year. The staff are doing a lot of organisation for the children and families, for example our going home routines begin at 2:30pm. Children wash hands, gather their belongings, put their coats and bags on and are then ready to leave. We match children to parents on the way out. This is the quickest way we can dismiss so many children. At going home time at 2:50, we generally can empty the school in 6 mins. If parents were to come in, we would still have children in the classrooms as late as 3:10pm. Staff have timetabled meetings, assessment and record keeping to do after school from 3pm until 4pm.

We really want to keep our arrival and departure organisation the same. The two parents who responded to my questions both had differing concerns about drop off and collection, which I think is worth sharing for discussion: There is a dilemma. Parent 1 needs to drop off very swiftly. They have to take an older child to a primary school which is not in the close vicinity to Willow. This parent needs drop off and collection to be as swift as possible.

Parent 2 would like the Keyworker at the gate to share some information about their child on a daily basis, just a couple of sentences.

These needs are both reasonable, but they actually conflict. Helping Parent 1 means we have to go as swiftly as possible, passing children to parents as quickly as possible. To meet Parent 2’s needs we would have to slow everything down. If Keyworkers were to give all 50 main nursery parents just 20 seconds each to talk about their child’s day at the gate would mean that the time taken to empty school would be increased by 16 minutes.

The staff can go as quickly, or slowly as the parents need, but for the parents as a ‘group’ it is evident that no one approach will meet everyone’s needs. So again we have to try to achieve a balance that works.

We do accept that some of our parents cannot be in two places at once, and we try to help parents to find a suitable arrangement that will work for them, and support the needs of their family, but families must remember our staff are needed to support their keyworker children from the time the first keyworker child arrives right up to the last keyworker child going home. I am around, and usually available at these times, but it is my job to move the lunch box trolleys around, and ensure all bump notes are photocopied and distributed to the correct keyworker, in order to give to the correct  parent.

 

 

Willow Nursery School- Children’s Evaluation.

1.   What do you like to do at Nursery?

Have a tea party, Do Puzzles, Do football

Play with toys

Go on bikes. I like to play with Fire engines.

Play with X and X.

Play with Cars,play with bikes.

Play with X

I like playing with X and the things she plans for us to do.

Learning and playing

Play outside

I like going outside and when it’s a little day.

I like dinosaurs

Playing and Unicorns

Painting and water

Playing cars

Bikes

Cars, Lego, Crystals, Drawing

I like the slide, I like the monkey bars, I like hanging off the Monkey bars. I like playing with my friends. I like drawing.

Slide

Nursery Rhymes, Nursery toys, playing with toys.

Be happy Play with babies in the home corner I like the slide, painting.

Playing on the slide Balancing

Play on the slide

Play with my friend X I like playing with X

Like playing with the special tray. I like the jewels. Like playing on the slide- Like the teachers. Like playing with friends.

Hulk role play. I like to eat snack.

Being Spiderman and other super heroes.

Playing with cars, Drawing,

I like the new fence, cos it’s nice and clean. I like playing with my friends. I play in the mud. Looking for stuff, bugs.

Out in the garden, going on the bikes. Messy Play tray, slide

Playing with X, cutting out things.

Play cars, play with penguins and Ice, playing with snails. Pancakes, bikes painting more pancakes

Dress up as Elsa. Lollies

Play draw, The Kitchen, Playing on Bikes

Drawing Making Bug hotels, painting

Play bikes, water tray made a flag

Play with the dinosaurs. Like having friends

Play with the crates, drawing things, playing on the bikes with X

Stamps, playing in the water, colouring, I like the screen, I like when I go outside’cos I made a flag.

 

2.   Is there anything you don’t like at Nursery? 

When ‘X’ pushes me.

I don’t like going outside but sometimes I do go outside. Sometimes I miss my Mum.

Books aeroplanes and helicopters.

Cars

No

I don’t like that there is no stories.

Sometimes I miss my Mummy.

To play outside

Bananas

I don’t like my feet.

Unicorn

When my clothes get wet and I’m changing and changing. (water tray)

I don’t like going outside

Water tray, wet sleeves

I don’t like anyone pushing me or bullying me.

No

No, I like it

No.

No

I don’t like it when X is mean to me

Silly words

I don’t like swords to beat me.

I don’t like the hulk.

I don’t like playing with water cos my sleeves get wet.

I like nursery

When the kids are too noisy.

Painting.

No

Dinosaurs and cars

I don’t like playing in the water tray. I don’t like getting wet.

Children making really loud noises with the musical instruments, X running over my foot.

?

When X hurts me, I don’t like that,

I don’t like it when X is not my friend.

 

 

3.   Tell me something you are good at now since coming to Nursery?

Reading

Basketball, Playing football

Puzzles colouring

Helping

Writing

I’ve learnt to cut paper. I can paint.

I can ride the bicycle with two wheels.

Doing Painting

Reading and writing

I have learnt about Guinea Pigs.

Writing

Learning colours pink and purple

Playing on the bikes I ride the fastest bike in school.

Talking, riding Bikes

Playing football, I’m very good at riding the tricycle

Drawing now Listening, Making Music

Painting

Playing with toy dinosaurs, drawing pictures.

Not hurting anyone Good at eating my lunch now.

Balancing

Good at getting clowns. Good at joining boxes together with sellotape Cutting out.

Painting, playing outside.

Star jumps, playing superheroes.

Having Superpowers

Running and faster running

Playing games, playing outside.

I am good at writing, I like writing words like dog. I’m good at writing numbers. Waterplay, colouring

Writing, good at riding a bike. I’m good at numbers

Listening with people, cutting and colouring

Good at being happy

On rope bridge- I can put my feet high up on the rope.

Stories but I can’t read.

Dancing Drawing

I don’t like making

Phonics

Balancing on rope bridge. Can go upside down, jumping and colouring

Good painting, making hats.

Cutting

 

 

 

4.Tell me what you have learnt in Phonics:

Reading books

I need Miss Howe to teach me phonics. If Miss Howe wasn’t here I wouldn’t learn phonics.

A,m,d,b,c,k,

‘l,l,l,’

No

Letters

P,a,t,s

F,e,n,g

A, the sound

T,e

A,t,p

A,p

‘fffff’ action

A,p,d,r writing.

I’ve learned d,a,s,a,c,b

We make words with letters inside the pictures

T,t,t, tennis

Singing songs with Iggle Piggle

Numbers and letters

A new word. Letters

Letters, a lot of letters ‘s’ Learning

Numbers

Stories about the fish says ‘fff’

I don’t know.

Hairy Bear

I don’t know.

T l a c s r o b

Use letters to read and write n p t g

To learn letters

Learning about Letters and numbers.

Letters Biff and Chip Books.

Letters

Ive learned about reading

I have learned about something but I don’t know

H p e r colouring pictures, letters help you to read and write.

Fff (does action) Letters are for reading and writing.

Im learning phonics and we play word building-BAT

 

 

5.How can we make Willow better for the new children?

Don’t know.

All be friends

Switch the toys around, change the boxes.

I don’t want dinosaurs with Playdough. I like t rex.

I don’t know.

Switch toys, presents.

Make ball pits.

To learn hymns.

Make X’s little brother good. He needs to know abcd’s

 

Do the same things as we do.

 

More cars more bikes.

Nothing

More grown ups to play.

Play in the garden

More play , have lots of fun.

We can have some unicorns.

New Fishy toys for the water tray.

Coming to Nursery Makes me happy!

More toys LOL dolls and bottles.

Put a trampoline outside  Inside Room 1 a ball pit

Put some dinosaurs out because my brother likes those.

Have a party.

Playdough- I like playdough.

Hulk Toys superheroes.

Bring my home here.

A house. My home here.

New toys- Elsa toys and Anna and Olaf and Sven and Christoff.

New painting aprons.

I don’t know.

Take (Willow Nursery) to Flitwick lower school.

?

More painting

Get some new stuff, go to the farm, come to visit me at my home: gave address.

A party, Dancing.

Make a show.

Maybe we could be kind to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NURSERY NEWS

5th July 2021 – Edition 231

Find out About:

A. Arrangements for September 2021.

B. Reminder about consultations this week.

 

A. Arrangements for September 2021.

We have finalised our plans for the beginning of term in September 2021. So this information is for all the families staying with us in September.

Covid 19 has impacted quite greatly upon our ability to show families around our school. In normal circumstances, I (as Headteacher), personally show at least two families per week around our school, to see if they would like to add their child to our waiting list. We usually invite the children joining the 3+ year to come to a visit afternoon to a ‘stay and play’ session with their parents. When a child starts parents are welcome to stay to help settle their child.

I am aware, that most parents of children attending Willow in September have not seen inside the school. So, we have planned a few days of induction to enable parents to come in to school with their children, to see what the school is like.

The regulations that we have had to follow in schools during Covid have not yet changed. It is very unlikely that any new guidelines will be released this side of the school Summer Holidays. So, Miss Howe and Myself have tried to plan the first week or so back, not knowing what rules will exist for schools, or indeed what will be happening with the pandemic. It is our hope that these arrangements that we have planned will happen in the way we have planned. We are optimistic.

We have kept numbers of families small at each event, to be safe, but also to give families lots of opportunity to meet all the staff, look around the school and ask questions. This does mean that these visit arrangements will take longer than one day.

We are aware that a number of our parents are working parents, and look fo the school to be operating for all children as soon as possible. We have made our plans trying to strike a balance for everyone’s needs.

However, if these plans change (due to Covid) we will do our best to get in touch with all parents as soon as possible. If I have anything to communicate to all parents I will put a ‘Latest News’ Story on our Website. Please check there first before ringing the school.

Let us start with Catkins class…..

Catkins Class will reopen on Wednesday 8th September. Children’s attendance patterns remain the same, unless you have spoken to me about additional hours for your child. New starters in Catkins Class have received paperwork advising parents what their child’s first day will be. In Catkins Class we wish to settle only one or two new children in each session. New Catkins Children have start dates somewhere

between the 13th September 2021 and 4th October 2021.

Catkins hours remain 8:45am – 11:45am for a morning session or 8:45am to 2:45pm for a full day session.

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Main Nursery:

Monday 6th September 2021 and Tuesday 7th September 2021 have been scheduled as visit days. The school will not be open as usual on these two days. Attendance on these days is by invitation only. See details below:

Monday 6th September:

All children who will be in Yellow Group in September are invited to attend a Stay and Play session, lasting for one hour, with a Parent. Invitations were sent out on Thursday 1st July to all these parents. There will be 3 sessions during the day, so only 8 families will be invited to each session. Yellow Group have all been allocated a start date between Wednesday 8th September and Wednesday 15th September, to ensure we only take in 6 brand new children on any one day. These start dates have also been communicated to Yellow Group.

Tuesday 7th September.

This day will offer a transition session for all children (and their parents) in Miss Gaffneys Blue Group and Mrs Brinkley’s Orange Group.

We will offer a morning session or an afternoon session.

The idea of these sessions are that you and your child will arrive at school to have a scheduled meeting lasting ten minutes with your child’s current Keyworker and with your child’s new Keyworker

So, Blue Group children will meet with Miss Gaffney and Mrs Patterson

Orange Group children will meet with Mrs Brinkley and Miss Skai.

You will arrive at your specified appointment time, meet with your child’s Keyworker’s and discuss anything you wish to share to enable the transition into Main Nursery to go as smoothly as possible. You will then be free to move around the school together, both inside and outside. Classrooms will be set up with activities, and we invite you and your child to explore their new spaces and chat to staff who will be available to talk with you.

Morning session: 10 minute appointments will be available to choose from between 8:50am and 10:10am. Parents may choose to stay and play after their appointment, but all parents and children should leave by 11:00am.

Afternoon session: 10 minute appointments will be available to choose from between 12:30pm and 1:50pm. Parents may choose to stay and play after their appointment but all parents and children should leave by 2:40pm.

All these meetings/ stay and play are optional. You do not have to attend, but it will be a way to see the school with your child. You may choose to just have the meeting

and then you and your child can choose to leave to go home. You may choose to have the meeting and then stay for a short time and then go. We cannot offer meetings at alternative times or dates as we are looking to get the school up and running as quickly as possible for those parents who are working.

Parents must stay with their children at this event.

Parents can arrange these appointments for Tuesday 7th September with Miss Gaffney/ Mrs Brinkley, during the telephone consultations that are scheduled for this week. If you do not have a telephone consultation this week with Miss Gaffney or Mrs Brinkley, please do not worry they will get in touch with you regarding a transition session in September.

Wednesday 8th September – Main Nursery Re-opens for regular Nursery sessions.

Blue Group and Orange return to Nursery, attending for their agreed attendance pattern. So for example, if your child currently attends for two and a half days at the end of the week, they would return on this Wednesday at 11:50pm with their lunch box.

Main Nursery hours are:

Morning session: 8:50am to 11:50am

Wednesday afternoon session: 11:50am to 2:50pm.

Full day session: 8:50am to 2:50pm

 

B. Reminder about consultations this week

We will have parent consultations for all the children on 6th, 7th and 8th July 2021 as follows:

Tuesday 6th July- Catkins children. Telephone consultation, a 10 minute consultation scheduled from 3:15 onwards with your child’s keyworker.

Wednesday 7th July- Blue Group Children, 10 minute Telephone Consultation with Miss Gaffney scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Thursday 8th July- Orange Group children, 10 minute Telephone Consultation with Mrs Brinkley scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Main Nursery children will have a Leavers Consultation, where staff will hand over your child’s year book. Therefore Miss Howe has decided these consultations will be face to face, but outside and seating will be 2 metres apart.

Tuesday 6th July -Green Group Children, 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Mrs Patterson scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Wednesday 7th July,- Red Group Children 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Miss Skai scheduled between 3:15 onwards

Thursday 8th July –Yellow Group children 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Miss Howe scheduled from 3:15 onwards.

If any/all of these parent meetings are cancelled due to covid, we will not be able to reschedule.

NURSERY NEWS

28th June 2021 – Edition 230

Find out About:

A. Bookstart Packs.

B. Review of the Year

C. Queues outside school.

D. A case of Head lice in the Younger Bubble.

 

A. Bookstart Packs.

If your child attends the Main Nursery and is in Green, Red or Yellow Group they will bring home a big envelope containing a book from the Book Trust on WEDNESDAY 30th June . This book is for your child to keep. Book Trust is the UK’s leading reading charity. Every year they give over 5 million books and resources to children across the country. Children receive this pack in their final year in Nursery, so our younger children will receive them in future years.

 

B. Review of the year

At this time of year, we carry out a big review of our school. In the past few days I have been talking to children individually to gain their views about their school, with regard to what they like, what they think they have learned and what they would like to see change. All school staff and Governors are busy filling in questionnaires too.

This information helps us to plan our areas for development next year.

I always ask parents for their views too at this time of year.

We usually ask just two questions:

1. Please comment about what we do well at Willow.

2. Please tell us one thing you would like to see at Willow that you would consider to be an improvement and/or development. Please write a short email and send to office@willownursery.co.uk

It has been an unusual year for everyone. We have been following government advice, in a GOV.UK document : Action for Early Years and Childcare providers during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak. We have been unable to invite parents in to school. The experience families have had this year at Willow has been completely different to all previous years. We hope that at some point in the new school year we will be able to increase parent involvement. So, with this in mind I would like you as parents to share with us:

3. Any ideas regarding how parents could feel more involved with the school.

If you wish your comments to inform my review, please send your email by the end of this week, Friday 2nd July. I will then compile all the comments and respond to them in a future newsletter, on Monday 12th July.

 

C. Queues outside school.

I have been approached by one of our childminders to ask all parents to be considerate of the needs of other parents /carers when waiting in the queues outside school. Her concern is that she can have up to 6 children with her, dropping them off to Willow and Hadrian Academy Schools, and she does not want the children to be asked to walk in the road. I do understand this, as these children are not her own children, but other people’s children in her care. I would kindly ask that when you are queuing outside school you try to leave enough space on the pavement so that others can pass you when walking single file. It is a narrow path, and I have always asked parents and carers to look out for the safety of each other’s children to enable us to keep all our children safe.

From my point of view, I do think that all parents are working really well together to fill and empty the school in an organised manner.

 

D. A case of Head lice in the Younger Bubble

A parent kindly telephoned me on Friday to inform me her child had head lice. I would ask that all parents of children in the younger bubble check their child’s hair.

I have copied the following information from an NHS information website, which you may find useful.

Head lice and nits

Head lice and nits are very common in young children and their families. They do not have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.

Check if it’s head lice

Head lice are small insects, up to 3mm long

 

They can be difficult to spot in your hair

 

 

Head lice eggs (nits) are brown or white (empty shells) and attached to the hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head lice can make your head feel:

· itchy

· like something is moving in your hair

The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice.

You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.

How to get rid of head lice

Important

You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.

Treat head lice as soon as you spot them.

You should check everyone in the house and start treating anyone who has head lice on the same day.

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

Wet combing

Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. You should try this method first.

You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

There may be instructions on the pack, but usually you:

· wash hair with ordinary shampoo

· apply lots of conditioner (any conditioner will do)

· comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends

It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.

Do wet combing on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice. Check again that everyone’s hair is free of lice on day 17.

Medicated lotions and sprays

Ask a pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 17 days, but your child still has live head lice.

They may recommend using medicated lotions and sprays. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.

Head lice should die within a day. Some lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.

Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.

Check the pack to see if they’re OK for you or your child and how to use them.

If lotions or sprays do not work, speak to a pharmacist about other treatments.

Some treatments are not recommended because they’re unlikely to work.

For example:

· products containing permethrin

· head lice “repellents”

· electric combs for head lice

NURSERY NEWS

21st June 2021 – Edition 229

Find out About:

A. Covid Coughs and Temperatures.- Our View.

B. Some children and adults are really scared of dogs.

C. Is your child ready to learn?

D. Updated Public Health Advice.

E. Parent Consultations July 2021

F. End of Term arrangements July 2021

 

A. Covid, Coughs and Temperatures.- Our View.

Cases of Covid 19 are currently rising rapidly, nationally, especially in schools. We are still required to keep protective measures in place in our schools. If a parent tells us that their child has a temperature or a cough, we are required to advise parents that they should seek a Covid test for their child.

We are being very vigilant in school listening out for children with new, continuous coughs. We will send a child home if we feel a cough is persistent, and advise parents to seek a Covid test for their child.

However, this is a complete minefield at the moment. We have had a child who is suffering from Chronic Hayfever, who has been off school for some time, and the doctors advice has been that residual congestion remains on the child’s chest due to hayfever.

We know of at least two children in recent weeks who have had a cough, that have seen their GP and been prescribed antibiotics for an infection, and they were told to return to school when they felt well enough.

Children who suffer from asthma are feeling the heat and high pollen counts, which is making their asthma worse.

But, if you, as a parent, are waiting in the queue outside in the morning, and can hear a child coughing and coughing it is a worry knowing that your child may sit next to the coughing child at register time or lunchtime, or may spend half the day playing with the child who is coughing.

So we will do our bit by being vigilant, and looking for children who are coughing, but we ask parents to do their bit by not sending in to school children who are unwell.

 

B.Some children and adults are really scared of dogs.

A parent has spoken to me about her, and her child’s fear of dogs. She is concerned that a number of families are joining the queues outside school with their dogs. It is a busy space, and families are quite close. I know all our Willow family dogs are well handled and well behaved. However, there will be more than one child out there in the queue who is petrified of dogs. I would kindly ask that if you choose to bring your

pet to school that you consider waiting over the road with your dog and bringing your child over when all the other children from your child’s colour group have gone in. Keyworkers do look out for all their keyworker children arriving and will know that you are there. The same would apply at going home time too. The younger bubble are really good at staying at their waiting spot until their keyworker signals to them to move down. We need Red and Yellow groups to wait at their colour spot until called forward. This will allow a clear space at the gate for our dog owners to pop over and drop off/ collect their children.

I am asking our dog owners to please consider those adults and children who are not comfortable around dogs. I know an argument could be that our small collection of well behaved pups would allow children to get to know animals and be less scared of them, but the line outside school is not the place for this, as parents do not have choice about being here, or indeed the choice to move away to avoid the dog.

 

C. Is your child ready to learn?

We are in the final half term of the school year, and our thoughts do become focused on those children who are leaving us. We prepare children’s records to transfer to Primary Schools and we summarise children’s progress with parents. We now begin to question, are our leavers school ready?

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To be able to take off coat and put on shoes.

Children need to be as independent as possible. It is not just the ability to take clothing off that is important, children need to put their belongings in a place where they can be found again, which in school is on their peg. As temperatures rise children will take layers off to try to keep cool. Encourage them to look after their belongings at home. To put their shoes in the place where they should be stored. Also: To be toilet trained and able to visit the toilet alone. Children come into Catkins class in varying stages of toilet training. We support all parents when they feel their child is ready to be toilet trained. Not wearing nappies anymore is a huge achievement for both child and parent. Your child is on their way to independence. Children also need to be taught how to use a toilet independently. Children need to be shown how to manage their clothing, how to use toilet paper to wipe their own bottom, how to flush the toilet and how to wash their hands. They also need to be allowed to try this on their own at home. Children should be confident toilet users by the time they leave Willow to go to Primary school.

 

 

D. Updated Public Health Advice.

We have received some updated Public Health Advice after the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s speech on the 14th June 2021. Schools have been advised to keep all, current protective measures in place until there is a further announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap.

We have been waiting to see if there would be any changes to the Covid rules which the school must follow before planning the end of term.

Our plans are now in place, which I will share with you below.

However, Covid may impact upon any of the plans we have put in place. We currently have a small number of pupil families where one parent is isolating due to contact with a positive Covid case. It is very likely that a confirmed case in one of our pupils will close a bubble. Case numbers are growing in schools generally. Staff may have to work from home if their children are asked to isolate.

If we cancel something we have planned, we will not have time to reschedule.

 

E. Parent Consultations July 2021.

Following, guidelines for schools, we should, wherever possible, use electronic means to meet with parents.

We will have parent consultations for all the children on 6th, 7th and 8th July 2021 as follows:

Tuesday 6th July- Catkins children. Telephone consultation, a 10 minute consultation scheduled from 3:15 onwards with your child’s keyworker.

Wednesday 7th July- Blue Group Children, 10 minute Telephone Consultation with Miss Gaffney scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Thursday 8th July- Orange Group children, 10 minute Telephone Consultation with Mrs Brinkley scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Main Nursery children will have a Leavers Consultation, where staff will hand over your child’s year book. Therefore Miss Howe has decided these consultations will be face to face, but outside and seating will be 2 metres apart.

Tuesday 6th July -Green Group Children, 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Mrs Patterson scheduled from 3:15 onwards

Wednesday 7th July,- Red Group Children 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Miss Skai scheduled between 3:15 onwards

Thursday 8th July –Yellow Group children 5 minute Face to Face meeting with Miss Howe scheduled from 3:15 onwards.

If any/all of these parent meetings are cancelled due to covid, we will not be able to reschedule.

Your child’s keyworker will contact you to arrange an appointment, either at arrival or departure times, or failing that on the telephone.

 

F. End of Term arrangements July 2021

The last day of term in July 2021 for all children will be Wednesday 21st July.

On Thursday 22nd July school will open only for the Main Nursery children that are leaving us. The session will be from 8:50 am to 11:50am. All Main Nursery leavers are invited to attend this session, regardless of your child’s normal attendance days. As children are attending for the morning only, no child will require a packed lunch. Children will require their water bottles. We are going to consult the children about what activities they would like to plan for their last day, and try to enable their ideas.

NURSERY NEWS

14th June 2021 – Edition 228

Find out About:

A..Is your child ready to learn?

B. Keeping Children Safe in the Heat

C. What the children are learning about this week:

D.End of Term arrangements July 2021

 

A. Is your child ready to learn?

 

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To talk in sentences and use an extending vocabulary.

Do you listen to your child and model appropriate speech and conversation when talking to them? Do you share new words with your child and explain what they mean?

Children absorb so much about language from what they hear around them. The average 3 year old knows 200 words. By the age of 4 this increases to around 1500 words. We talk to the children all day long at Nursery, about what we are doing and what they are doing, giving them the vocabulary to describe their experiences.

 

B. Keeping Children Safe in the Heat.

We are now moving into the last part of the school year. Summer brings it’s challenges, one of which is keeping the children hydrated. The children should all have their own water bottles and we remind the children to drink frequently. All children are offered a carton of milk at snacktime. We would like to ask all parents to donate a box of ice pops. We have a freezer in the classroom. When it is very hot we can then ask all the children to sit quietly in the shade or inside for a few minutes, to have a break from the sun and eat their ice pops. This has worked very well in past years. The children enjoy the treat.

 

C.What the children are learning about this week:

In the Main Nursery Bubble, we will be exploring another classic storybook ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’

Mrs Patterson creates an adventure in the classroom! In the story the children walk through all different environments, short grass, long grass, thick oozy mud, a river, a snow storm. Mrs Patterson creates a trail around the classroom, so the children can explore all these different textures. At the end of the story the children find a big dark cave, and peep inside…. Mrs Patterson builds a big dark tent to represent the cave, and maybe the children will find a bear inside!

Miss Howe will organise a bear hunt in the garden, moving around with the children looking for different illustrations from the story hidden in the trees and bushes. The children will then retell relevant parts of the story at each stop. Miss Skai, working in the Art area will help children to make some binoculars and maps to help them on their bear hunt! We are running very low on tubes and boxes in our box modelling area. We would be very grateful for donations of these items.

Miss Howe will also be teaching the children traditional ring games, such as: ‘Isn’t it funny how a bear likes Honey, I wonder why he does, Buzz Buzz!’

The younger Bubble will be having a role play café, organised by Mrs Brinkley. (We have considered Covid carefully when planning, children will only handle their own food, and utensils will not be shared), Children will have the opportunity to prepare and eat sandwiches in the café. Children will also learn about the story of the ‘Tiger who came to tea’, because at the end the story the family eat at a café.

To help keep the children cool, we will be allowing them to play with ice blocks in the water tray. Please remember to keep your child’s bag well stocked with spare clothes as the good weather means we can play with more water activities. The younger the children are, the more likely they are to become very wet.

 

D. End of Term arrangements July 2021

The last day of term in July 2021 for all children will be Wednesday 21st July.

On Thursday 22nd July school will open only for the Main Nursery children that are leaving us. The session is likely to be a ‘morning only’ session. More details will follow.

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We usually invite new September starters to visit the school for one afternoon visit with their parents during the school day in July. We are not sure if this will be able to happen this year. A lot depends on what the government decides to do with it’s roadmap to reopening. The school has received this advice from Public Health regarding transition days:

Update from Public Health

Transition days

Schools across Central Bedfordshire will already be planning for transition days in the summer term. These days, whilst incredibly valuable for pupils and staff, could increase the risk of transmission of COVID as pupils from multiple settings will be arriving in schools across Central Bedfordshire. We know that, at the moment, we are experiencing the highest rates of cases in school aged children and their families, therefore, minimising any additional risk is really important as the Delta (Indian) variant appears to be more transmissible.

As such, we will be closely monitoring the situation but would advise that you actively plan alternative arrangements for in-person transition days. We hope that as we get closer to the next stage of the national roadmap in mid-June, and when we see how our patterns of infection are changing locally, that we can provide more definite advice about transition days.

 

So we are waiting to hear.

We may have to use some time at the beginning of the September term for new children and families to visit the school when the school is empty of other pupils.

We have already had some enquiries from existing parents about when children will restart in September. At the moment we are waiting for advice, to enable us to plan transitions.

NURSERY NEWS

7th June 2021 – Edition 227

Find out About:

A..Is your child ready to learn?

B.What the children are learning about this week:

C. Covid 19 updates

 

A. Is your child ready to learn?

 

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To understand the word ‘no’ and the boundaries it sets.

To understand the word ‘stop’ and that this might be used to prevent danger.

Do you and others treat behaviour of your child consistently e.g.child carer, relatives? Do you model behaviour in a way that you would expect your child to behave? Are there non-negotiable rules that your child understands, such as holding hands when crossing the road? Do you explain why you are saying ‘no’ or ‘stop’?

At Willow we try to be positive with the children, using positive language to encourage desirable behaviour. Sometimes though we do have to use a firm ‘No’ to catch a child’s attention, to prevent a child from getting hurt or indeed to stop them hurting someone else.

Children need to know when you are being serious. Boundaries are needed to keep everyone safe.

 

B.What the children are learning about this week:

In the Summer term we try to learn lots about the world around us, usually as the weather becomes warmer and we can spend more time outside. The chicks were a wonderful success and, as always, the children gained so much from the experience. So, we continue with the ‘animal’ theme this week.

In the older, Main Nursery Bubble: Miss Howe will be exploring the story of Handa’s Surprise.

 

The story introduces a number of animals found in Africa, and they enjoy eating Handa’s exotic fruits.

Miss Howe has provided the fruits from the story for the children to taste. All going to plan, this fruit tasting activity will happen on Wednesday.

 

Mrs Patterson will be exploring textured painting this week. This activity does get messy. Children are encouraged to mix their own powder paint with water, but then explore adding textured substances such as sawdust, porridge, sand, rice, or anything they can think of, and then try applying the paint to paper. Children find that a paint brush will not do the job, so explore tools that will spread their textured paint onto paper.

Miss Skai spends the week outside. She is following the children’s interests by developing a scavenger hunt, where children have a list of items that are hidden in the nursery garden, and the children have to see if they can find them.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………. In the younger Bubble, children will be learning about the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Staff will be retelling the story. Children will be learning to sequence the story with Miss Gaffney. Mrs Watson is helping children to paint Caterpillar pictures, printing round shapes using balloons dipped in paint.

The Hungry Caterpillar is a brilliant storybook to teach concepts from. Children begin to hear the names of the days of the week within the story, as the story tells of what the Caterpillar ate on Monday, then Tuesday etc. The illustrations are very bold and colourful. The caterpillar eats lots of fruits. Children hear that the caterpillar eats 1 to 5 pieces of fruit as the week progresses. Children can begin to count the fruits in the illustrations, using their finger, so they give one number name to each fruit as they touch them with their finger.

 

 

C. Covid 19 updates.

I am personally very concerned that the spread of the Indian variant may lead to a greater risk of school closures. Remember, one confirmed case of Covid 19 in a child or staff member will cause a bubble to close for 10 days. Please continue to make safe Covid decisions in your social choices, to help us to keep the school open. Leigh Davies, Headteacher.

Our Local Public Health Team sent out a letter to all Early Years settings for us to share with parents and carers. This letter is very important as it details how we should work in our Local Area. There are some significant changes to procedures. Please read the letter below very carefully.

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Dear Parent/Carer

An important message from Vicky Head, Director of Public Health

Cases of the new COVID-19 variant first identified in India (known as VOC-21APR-02 or B1.617.2) have recently been identified in Central Bedfordshire. These cases are not related to travel and include cases in children and families in early years settings.

We are working closely with Public Health England to investigate the cases and will undertake additional testing where this is appropriate.

Evidence suggests this variant spreads more easily than previous strains. In nearby Bedford, cases of this variant are increasing, and there has been a rapid rise in cases overall, particularly amongst children, including nursery and pre-school aged children.

The emergence of this new strain locally, and the speed with which it has spread in Bedford, is a reminder that we must all continue to be cautious and do what we can to control the spread of the virus.

Around 1 in 3 people do not have symptoms of COVID-19; increased testing will help to find other cases, and to limit the spread of this disease.

There are 4 key things that you can do to help:

1. Please watch out for symptoms of Covid-19 in your family

We are currently seeing more cases in young children. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell and book a PCR test at:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

 

2. People who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive should also self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible

Please book a PCR test for all close contacts of positive cases at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, EVEN IF THE RESULT OF THAT PCR TEST IS NEGATIVE, ALL CLOSE CONTACTS WILL NEED TO CONTINUE TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR THEIR FULL 10 DAYS.

 

3. Continue to participate in regular LFD testing.

Everyone over the age of 11 in Central Bedfordshire is encouraged to take up the offer of twice weekly testing. We have test centres across Central Bedfordshire for people to get tested, which can provide results usually within 30 minutes. You can also collect tests from test centres, from local pharmacies or order tests for home delivery at: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

 

4. If you (as a parent/carer) are eligible for vaccination, please book this promptly.

You can book your vaccination at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviruscovid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or visit the Clinical Commissioning Group website for details of drop-in sessions: https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/

 

We will continue to work with our education settings to ensure that they remain as safe as possible for our children, young people and staff.

 

Whilst we are concerned about this new variant, there is little evidence at present to suggest it causes more severe illness or makes the vaccines less effective.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely, Vicky Head

Director of Public Health Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes Councils

NURSERY NEWS

24th May 2021 – Edition 226

Find out About:

A..Is your child ready to learn?

B. Chick Success.

 

A. Is your child ready to learn?

 

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

Recognise numbers and quantities in the everyday environment.

Children need to have lots of experience with maths to feel confident with it. Children need lots of hands on experience with real objects to begin to count accurately. A simple idea to get started is to count the stairs on the way up to bed. Your child will then hear the number order repeated 1,2,3,4,5 etc This will help them to learn to count by rote. Reciting numbers to 10 is like being able to recite a learnt rhyme. Children need more experience in order to count quantities. Ask your child to count objects when playing with their toys: ‘How many cars are in the queue for the garage?’ ‘How many ducks are in the bath?’ Encourage your child to touch each item as they say the number. Help children to put the objects into the line. A line of objects is easier to count than a randomly scattered group. Children need to be able to name numerals. Look at door numbers or bus numbers when out. Books are great too. Some stories are full of maths, for example ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, the Thomas the Tank Engine stories (each engine has a number). Eventually your child will be able to piece all these skills together. They will be able to count a group of objects accurately and be able to label the group with the correct numeral. At grouptime, with the July 2021 Leavers, we count the number of children in the group, so children hear us counting every day. We plan lots of maths activities to stimulate the children’s number recognition. Over 10 weeks we watch a BBC tv program called ‘Numbertime’, once per week, focusing on one new number each week, and doing lots of repetitive counting to 10. Children’s counting skills start to come together around now, ready for big school. To give children challenge, pose mathematical problems: ‘How many biscuits will we need if everyone in our family has two each?’ Most importantly try to make maths fun -Happy Counting!

 

B. Chick success.

Our eggs arrived on Monday afternoon last week. Our eggs began to hatch overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. When we arrived on Wednesday morning we had two very tired and wet looking chicks who looked like they had very recently emerged from their eggs.

During the day, a further 5 chicks hatched, which the children were able to observe during the school day.

By Thursday morning all 10 eggs had hatched. We had 5 boys and 5 girls.

Today, Monday, the children were able to handle the chicks. The children were really careful. A few children were a little nervous but staff supported everyone individually., to encourage all to have a go.

NURSERY NEWS

17th May 2021 – Edition 225

Find out About:

A..Is your child ready to learn?

B. Eggs arriving.

C. What the children are learning about this week.

 

A. Is your child ready to learn?

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To eat a meal or snack unaided and identify and enjoy healthy foods.

It is important that children learn how to feed themselves to enable them to have some independence with their eating both at home and at school. As with other skills, parents need to be aware that children should be prepared for the next stage in their lives. Coming in to Catkins Class we expect children to drink their milk from a carton through a straw. We expect them to be able to use a regular cup to drink water from. Catkins staff encourage our youngest children to learn how to use a spoon to feed themselves by providing cereal with milk to eat at the beginning of the morning session.

A few children stay for lunch in Catkins, a larger number of 3+ children stay for lunch, but eventually all children will have lunch at school when they join reception classes. Children need to be prepared for this. Children need to practise using their cutlery as it is difficult to learn. At home, try to have meals with your children, so they can see you using cutlery. At school we encourage children to use knives in cookery sessions, for example to prepare fruit for fruit salads.

Lunchtime brings its challenges. A pot of yogurt or jelly with a spoon is quite a tricky task for a three year old. Your child has to be able to hold a spoon and move it so that it goes into the yogurt. They then have to pick up some food, but not too much, so that it will fit into their mouth without going all over their face. Children also have to learn about wanting to be clean after eating, so we encourage the children to check their face in the mirror and wash their face if necessary after eating. All these

things can be taught at home. Some children will try to eat food through the packaging, they need to know the packet must be opened before they can eat the biscuit. Some children squeeze their foods in their hands and sprinkle it onto the floor. Others tip food onto the floor and then tread on it to break the biscuits or crisps into crumbs. Children are all at different stages of independently eating, and it is not always linked to a child’s age. Some of our youngest children already have very good table manners, so well done to parents who have obviously spent time practising with their children.

Before half term the staff in Main Nursery Bubble spent quite considerable time discussing the theme of healthy eating with groups of children. The younger Bubble will be looking at healthy eating this week. We work on the concept that all food is okay for you in moderation, but some foods are healthier than others. We try to help children make informed decisions to help them over time. We explain that fruit and vegetables are really good for you because they provide lots of vitamins. Try talking to your child about the topic of healthy eating, to test their knowledge. I think most children in Main Nursery could talk confidently on the subject. Encourage children to help you prepare food at home. Maybe let them chop the carrots after you have peeled them, or help them to make their own sandwiches.

B. Eggs arriving.

How Egg-citing!

This week we will be receiving a delivery from ‘Living Eggs’.

The eggs arrive almost ready to hatch, so we hope by Tuesday or Wednesday we should see the chicks beginning to hatch out from their eggs. We keep the chicks for about 10 days so that the children can watch them grow, and learn about how to care for them. We plan lots learning opportunities around the eggs/chicks over the next two weeks. Updates to follow……

 

C. What the children are learning about this week.

The younger bubble will be focusing on Healthy Eating this week. To promote an interest in food Miss Tyler will be setting up a fruit and vegetable shop role play area. We have lots of plastic fruit, and the children love to buy lots of fruit and put it into their shopping bags. Children begin to use the names of different fruits, as well as learning about quantity, sharing, being in role as the shop keeper or customer, and exchanging money for goods.

To compliment this, they will investigate fruit shapes, by using pieces of fruit to print with, using paint. They will play some table top card games with a healthy eating theme, and eventually have the opportunity to prepare their own fruit salad.

Miss Gaffney will be looking at the effect of exercise on their bodies, in a very basic way. Helping them to observe that their breathing rate changes when they are active, and that you can feel your heart beating when you are physically working hard.

In the older bubble:

If the weather is good Mrs Patterson will develop more water play this week. Her plan is to provide the dolls clothes, washing up bowls, a washing line and pegs, so children can explore washing and drying clothes.

Most of the week we will be focusing on chicks. As I am writing this a small group of children keep coming to check at the front door to see if the lady from Living eggs has delivered them yet! I hope to offer some photos next week!

NURSERY NEWS

10th May 2021 – Edition 224

Find out About:

A.Is your child ready to learn?

B. Baby announcement.

C. What the children are learning about this week.

 

A. Is your child ready to learn?

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To recognise own name and familiar signs and logos.

A child will begin to recognise their name if they begin to see it written down. At home you can make sure your child sees you adding their name to birthday cards, or writing their name on drawings your child completes. At Willow children see their names on their coat pegs and folders. They have a name card, which they can use to copy their name onto their artwork. Every term, with the 3+ children we ask them to draw a picture and to write their name and we keep this sample of work, to see how their letter formation is progressing.

This week Miss Howe is helping children to make a caterpillar with their name on. They are using their namecards to enable them to copy their names. (This is Miss Howe’s example )

Children are already reading familiar logos and signs– shop names, and brand names. Most 3+ Nursery children could identify the names of supermarkets from their shopfronts and logos. This should be encouraged as it is an early stage of reading. Take an interest in words you see in the street. Look at street names to see if any of the letters in your child’s name appear on the street signs.

 

B. Baby Announcement

 

Baby Announcement:

Mrs McGrath gave birth to her daughter on the 4th May 2021 .

She weighed 5lb 13oz.                                                        Mum and Dad have named her                                Isabella McGrath.                                                             Mum and baby are both doing really well.

 

 

C. What the children are learning about this week.

We are continuing with our theme of Minibeasts across the school.

 

Main Nursery Children are beginning to look at lifecycles. Miss Skai is looking after an caterpillar to butterfly demonstration. We hope that the children will observe the butterfly lifecycle.

We have lots of resources in school to support our themes. We have sets of puzzles that teach about life cycles.

We have sequencing cards that feature minibeasts that promote pattern making.

 

Our Younger bubble will have the opportunity to print using minibeast stamps.

 

 

Our planting is beginning to grow, both inside and outside.

Early Summer is an exciting time to be in Nursery, as there are lots of things growing and changing in the classrooms.

One tick from ‘the sixteen ticks’ to work upon:

To recognise own name and familiar signs and logos.

A child will begin to recognise their name if they begin to see it written down. At home you can make sure your child sees you adding their name to birthday cards, or writing their name on drawings your child completes. At Willow children see their names on their coat pegs and folders. They have a name card, which they can use to copy their name onto their artwork. Every term, with the 3+ children we ask them to draw a picture and to write their name and we keep this sample of work, to see how their letter formation is progressing.

This week Miss Howe is helping children to make a caterpillar with their name on. They are using their namecards to enable them to copy their names. (This is Miss Howe’s example )

Children are already reading familiar logos and signs– shop names, and brand names. Most 3+ Nursery children could identify the names of supermarkets from their shopfronts and logos. This should be encouraged as it is an early stage of reading. Take an interest in words you see in the street. Look at street names to see if any of the letters in your child’s name appear on the street signs.