Dear Parents and Carers,
This week’s events:
In 2 Sports – This week we have been practising our skills at dribbling and kicking the footballs. We had fun playing the traffic light game again and explored different movements by pretending to be the ‘Mr Men’ characters.
Forest School – This week at Forest School we saw some beautiful horses, we all stood really still and quiet so as not to frighten them. The horses left some interesting footprints so we decided it would be a good idea to look for some other animal footprints. We found a very big dog paw print and used some plaster of Paris to make a cast of it to bring back to nursery. We then collected some sticks to finish off making our den we started last week. There was a wooden bench nearby and we thought it would be a good idea to take it into the den to sit or lie on. We played lots of role play games, including pretending there was a crocodile chasing us and we had to hide! We also discovered some interesting chestnut cases which had fallen down from the trees, we were fascinated by their spikey shells!
Up Coming Events
5th October – Nursery Photos
The nursery photographer will come in on Thursday 5th October to take photos of the children. They can do family photos and siblings too so if you want to bring the whole family you are more than welcome! The open session will run from 3.45-4.30pm for children and families who aren’t in on Thursday, it will be a first come first served basis.
As a group we have decided to create a Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page to promote the company, engage with parents and team members across our nurseries. If you would be interested in following this page, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Castle-Nursery-and-Preschool-790319011138020/. We will be regularly adding events and photos to the page.
There are no planned changes to this week’s menu.
See attached document for the weekly menu.
If you would like to see a copy of our allergens menu at any time please ask!
Here are the links for the Surrey Family Information Service, Free Early Education (the 15 hours funding), Free Early Education for Two year olds and Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
This week’s activities
Each key person will be responsible for designing an activity based on their key children’s needs; however, all children who are in on that day will have the opportunity to access the activity too.
If the key person is on holiday or off, another staff member will be able to lead the activity in their place so that the children do not miss out.
For more information on the Early Years Foundation stage, the guidance we use to support our planning and practice, please visit:
This week’s planned activities are also on the ILD’S.
Topic of the month: Construction
Monday – Charlotte’s group are developing their construction skills and hand-eye coordination through building towers with the large wooden blocks
Tuesday – Montse’s group will be listening to stories and playing with the puppets together, practising their vocabulary by naming things they can see in the books
Wednesday – Sammy’s group are exploring the shape sorters and hammer and peg boards, developing their awareness of the names of shapes
Thursday – Nilem’s group are playing hide and seek games to support their awareness that things exist when out of sight
Friday – Leanne’s group will be looking at the ‘Touch and Fell Farm’ book, making the sounds of the different animals and feeling the textures of them
Charlotte is off Wednesday, Leanne is off Monday, Nilem is off Monday and Tuesday, Montse and Sammy are in all week.
Topic of the month: Jungle animals
Monday – Donna’s group are playing imaginatively with the jungle animals in the sand tray
Tuesday – Megan’s group will be choosing which songs they would like to sing and using props to join in with the actions to the songs
Wednesday – Donna’s group are developing their colour recognition through drawing pictures with the paint sticks
Thursday – Ruby’s group will be practising their number recognition through making their own car park with numbered cars and parking spaces. They will then see if they can match each car to the corresponding parking space.
Friday – Ruby’s group will be choosing a bear from the cosy area and reading the story ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. They will be filling in the blanks in the repetitive part of the story to encourage their listening and vocabulary.
Donna is off Thursday and Friday, Leanne is in Thursday, Megan is off Thursday, Ruby and Maria are in all week.
In the Sunflower room each Key Person plans and implements their own Key Group activity, but the room works on the same area and aspect to ensure the activity is individual to each Key Group and therefore meets the specific Key Group’s individual needs.
This will work alongside their weekly planned activity list which you can see in the room and on the ILD’S.
Becci’s and Almu’s activity:
For this week’s activity the children will be developing their understanding of rhyming words. They will be listening to a story with rhyming words in and have their attention brought to these words. The children will then use the rotating word cubes to talk about different words that rhyme and see which words they can think of that rhyme.
Ines’s group will also be developing their understanding of rhyming words as they are invited to play with various letter and ABC flash cards and rotating rhyming cubes. The children will be asked about what they can see and if they can find any names that rhyme with it. They will also think about other words that rhyme with each other.
Topic of the month: Mini beasts
The letter of the week is: R
The children will be:
Talking about words beginning with R
Setting up the easel with letter R stencils
Writing the letter R
Making the letter R using playdough
Hopping like rabbits and colouring pictures of them
Seeing which toys will roll down the hill.
The Number of the week is: 4
The children will be:
Counting to 4
Holding up 4 fingers
Jumping 4 times
Writing the number 4
Making the number 4 using playdough
Exploring number puzzles
Counting the sides of a rectangle and square.
The shape of the week is: Octagon
The children will be:
Counting how many sides and corners an octagon has
Drawing around an octagon stencil
Playing with the shape sorter puzzles
Using the shape flash cards.
Becci is on annual leave all week, Almu is off Wednesday, Megan is in Wednesday and Ines is in all week
Interactive Learning Diary
Don’t forget to check out all the exciting things your child has done this week, on their ILD profile.
We aim to put at least one observation up per week.
Follow the link below: www.interactivelearningdiary.co.uk
Our Policy of the Week:
Health and hygiene procedures
Aim of policy
To give guidance on procedures to keep the children and the setting environment as clean and healthy as possible.
Points to consider
1. Staff should make every effort to help the children to understand that cleanliness will help to keep them healthy.
2. To reduce the risk of cross infection, provision must be made for each child to be allocated a bed and bedding for his and her exclusive use, labelled accordingly. A supply of clean tissues must be available for wiping runny noses etc. No disposable material must ever be re-used.
3. Children must be accompanied to the toilet whilst assistance may be given in wiping bottoms, washing hands etc., staff should encourage and show children how to do as much as possible for themselves at the same time ensuring that good hygiene is practised.
4. Children should be given the opportunity to use the toilet before going out to play, in order to minimise movement into and out of the building and to ensure that supervision of the outside play area is maintained.
5. Cleaning children’s hands and faces before and after meals must be carried out in a hygienic manner, using one flannel per child. Used flannels must then be put in for washing.
6. When changing nappies, staff must wear disposable gloves and aprons and ensure that the child is in a clean nappy when the parent is due to collect.
7. Specified tabards worn by staff during nappy changing or cleaning tasks must not be worn whilst undertaking any other tasks i.e. during meal times, play activities etc.
8. Ensure cupboards are stocked with disposable gloves, aprons, wipes, cotton wool, nappy bags and individual labelled barrier cream.
9. Soiled clothes will be rinsed through and returned.
10. All cupboards are to be kept clean and tidy.
11. All toys, games and equipment should be sterilised or thoroughly washed/cleaned monthly or as appropriate. E.g. notification of communicable illness.
12. All toys, games and equipment must be checked for safety prior to use.
Jess, Charlotte and the South Hill Team