Friday, 20 April 2018

Week Commencing 23rd April


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Nursery News:

 

Parent suggestions

Do you have any suggestions for our nursery? We have developed a parent suggestion box by the front door. Please let us know any suggestions and we will discuss it at our next staff meeting J

 

Policies

The policies have been reviewed and updated and it would be great to get some feedback from some of our parents.

You don’t need to read them all if you don’t want to, just pick the few that interest you the most and let us know what you think.

If you would be happy to help, let me know and I will email you a copy.

 

Muddy Puddle Walk

A reminder that the Pre-school children are taking part in the Save the Children - Muddy Puddle Walk next Friday 27th April. It’s a great way for us to get active and explore the world around us and the money we raise will help save children’s lives all around the world. There will be a donation pot in the hallway and a pot for the Pre-school walkers in their room. Any donation would be appreciated and will help us raise money towards such a great cause.

 

Sun cream and sun hats

As summer is finally approaching can we please ask you to make sure your child has a labelled sun cream at nursery and a labelled hat when appropriate.

 

Up Coming Events

27th April – Muddy Puddle Walk


This weeks activities and events

 

In 2 Sports – This week at in2sports the children practiced a new sport…. Basketball. The children practiced throwing and catching, then bouncing a ball up and down the garden. They finished off with the Mr. Animal game. 

 

French – During French this week we have been developing our counting skills and developing our spring and animals vocabulary J

 

Forest school – This week at Forest School we have been exploring a different part of the chantry’s close to the nursery. We have been observing the nature around us and finding the difference in patterns of a fir cone and a pine cone and discovering bluebells and dandelions.

 

 
Next weeks 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.

 

Buttercups 

 

Topic of the month: Sign Language

 

Monday – Sammy’s group is listening and dancing to English music celebrating St. George’s week.

Tuesday – Jamie’s group will be building their awareness of animals names and sounds while exploring the happy land farm.

Wednesday –  Hannah’s group is discovering music and sound while exploring the musical instruments.

Thursday –  Leanne’s group are making red and white biscuits for St. George’s day.

Friday – Jamie’s group will be making towers and structures with coloured blocks encouraging hand eye co-ordination and manipulative skills.

Jamie is off Wednesday, Leanne is off Monday, Sammy and Hannah are in all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Spring

  

Monday – Maria’s group are developing counting skills while counting different flower petals.

Tuesday – Ruby’s group will be exploring water and sand in the garden using their imagination to play.

Wednesday –  Megan’s group is playing a game of ‘Simon Says’ encouraging listening and attention skills.

Thursday – Donna’s group are celebrating St. George’s day trying scones for snack and creating English pictures.

Friday – Chloe’s group will be discovering media while painting in a large group.

Donna is off Friday, Chloe is off Monday and Tuesday, Megan is on holiday Monday and off Thursday and Friday, Ruby is in all week. Maria is covering one of our London nurseries Monday and Friday.

 

Sunflowers

 

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 group will be selecting a story of their choice to read, throughout the activity they will be encouraged to talk about what they see and predict what might happen next.

 

Almu’s group is building a knowledge and understanding of CVC words and their sounds. They will be making it fun while playing a memory game.

 

Ines’s group are building literacy skills and an awareness of the world around them while reading a book about ‘The Life Cycle of Plants’.

 

The Sunflowers will also be celebrating St. George’s day this week by reading stores, listening to music and creating the English flag.

 

Topic of the month: The life cycle of plants

 

The letter of the week is: U

 

The children will be:

Talking about words beginning with U

Painting the letter U on the easel

Drawing umbrellas

Finding the letter U in Alphabet puzzles

 

The Number of the week is: 13

 

The children will be:

Talking about the number 13 and what it looks like

Jumping 13 times

Writing the number 13 in the water tray

Playing a number puzzle

 

The shape of the week is: Triangle

 

The children will be:

Recognising triangles around the room

Talking about the shape

Counting the sides and corners

Making a triangle shape with our hands

Becci is off Wednesday, Almu is off Thursday and Ines is off Tuesday.

Jenni and Ottilia are in all week.

I work early shifts every day. So I will get to see you all in the morning, If you have any queries in the evening please speak to your child’s Room Leader or Jamie.

 

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

 

Facebook

Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page promotes the company, engages 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.

 

Menus

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!

 

Useful websites

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).

 



 

Our Policy of the Week

 

Employee Behaviour Policy

Aim of the policy

To set the scene for the culture and expectation of our individual employees, teams and company in safeguarding children.

As an employee of Childcare & Learning Group, we expect our employees to also be a child advocate.  As a child advocate, your duty is to keep children safe and to use your voice, when a child can’t, is afraid to, or isn’t being heard.

You must:

Act in the best interest of the children at all times, always putting them in front of your own personal preferences or convenience.

Keeping children safe is the most fundamental part of our practice and advocacy.

 

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

·        protecting children from abuse and maltreatment

·        preventing harm to children’s health or development

·        ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care

·        taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

 

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Safeguarding children includes child protection procedures, which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

If you ever have a concern about a child, you must follow the Safeguarding Children procedures displayed in your setting on the Safeguarding board, also in the policies, and given to you as part of your induction and regular updates. 

You and your colleagues are required to whistle blow if you have a concern about the practice of a colleague.

With this in mind, if we are not safe in our practice, it becomes open to question. A part of keeping children safe, is keeping ourselves safe too and with thought and good team working practice, this is very simple to do.

Before you’re signed off /complete end of probation:

You are not to change nappies, toilet, dress, be alone with or provide any intimate care of the children.

After your signed off probation:

Avoid working alone with children. Sometimes it is unavoidable, perhaps through transitions or while a colleague leaves the room temporarily. Ensure that it is for no longer than five minutes (shorter ideally) and that there is a form of communication for you to reach out if you need help and that someone else knows you are alone, so they can check up on you

Always communicate with your colleagues where you are. They are relying on you to keep them safe too, so before leaving a room check it is okay first.

Be visible. If there are no viewing windows into your work/play space, keep doors open. If an open door is not safe, relocate and discuss the issue with your manager so it can be problem solved.

Avoid enclosed spaces. On rare occasions, when enclosed spaces are a part of the curriculum, such as sensory rooms, always work in pairs.

When supervising sleep rooms alone, your colleagues should be carrying out the ten minute checks. These are to keep you safe from allegations as well as keeping children safe. Ensure there is a view into your sleep room and position yourself in a visible place.

When providing intimate care for children, ensure a child’s privacy and dignity is respected, while talking about what you are doing. Talking about what you are doing in a fun way, means the child feels informed and safe and your practice can be overheard and backed up by your colleagues.

Your personal mobile phone must be switched to silent and placed in the setting’s mobile phone safe box during your shift. At no time are personal mobile phones allowed in the children’s spaces of the setting.

It is expected that all staff, volunteers and students at Castle Nursery should demonstrate an example of good conduct and behaviour which we all collectively follow:

·        Be friendly, supportive and a positive role model to everyone; children, parents and other staff.

·        Be motivated, enthusiastic and happy to do your job.

·        Be flexible, reliable and punctual.

·        Be welcoming to everyone within the setting; smile, say hello, give eye contact.

·        Keep confidentiality at all times.  Any issues concerning children, their parents, employees, students, volunteers and visitors should not be discussed outside the setting, or for any purpose other than professional problem solving and support where needed with the assigned people.

·        Maintain high standards in safety and hygiene by keeping the setting safe and clean.

·        Maintain the presentation of the setting. We are professionals, so we need to present a professional environment.

·        Maintain personal professional presentation in a tidy manner reflecting the personal presentation guidelines.

·        Ensure inclusive practise is provided at all times, giving equal opportunities to everyone within the setting regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture, personal identity or background.

·        Encourage and role model mutual respect, manners and general courtesy to other children, professionals, parents and visitors.

 

 In working as a team:

·        Be forward thinking.  Accept feedback and use it to improve your practice. We are all on the same team and we all want the best for our team.

·        Be honest and trustworthy both in your communications and actions.

·        Be hard working and show initiative in your work, executing your own ideas and strategies through discussion and collaboration with others.  Provide direction where others need it, with your support and understanding of others work and learning styles. Not everyone thinks and works in the same way as you, so you may need to try different approaches when directing others, to get it right.

·        Be willing to do as directed when others take the lead, supporting them to achieve their goals, communicating with each other in a positive manner– both in your needs and in responding to their needs.

·        Communicate your needs; to your manager, leaders and colleagues. They don’t know your mind, you need to share it.

·        Ask for help. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. It shows you want to do better and move your practice and team forward.

·        Clear up after yourself.

·        Be the team member you want others to be for you.

·        If you need to leave the room, check it is a good time with your colleagues. They are relying on you too.

·        Learn from each other. There is no one in the setting you can’t learn from, be it learning from a leader, a leader learning from you, you learning from a parent, a child or a visitor.

 

Parents are our customers and because this is our work place, we need to be the one to take the first step, every time and straight away.  It is important not to shy from it, wait or hope for someone else to do it.

 

At all times, our parents must feel welcomed, valued, respected and responded to by you– immediately. Smile, welcome them and start a conversation about their child. 

Like us, parents are all different. They have different levels of confidence, expectations and openness.   It doesn't matter how open they are with us, we need to be open with them all the time.

 

Sometimes, some parents can feel a little intimidating. Don’t let yourself be intimidated. If you are having trouble with any parents, talk to your leader or manager and get some support. They may just have a special trick they can share with you to help your relationship with the family.

 

Really work on tricky parents. Overcoming the hardest parents to approach is the most satisfying achievement.

 

It is important to remember, that what parents all have in common is an immense love and concern for their children. That concern and love overrides everything and when they feel that you are delivering for their child a day of love, excitement, learning and safety, you have won all of their respect, so never be shy to share what you have been doing with their child to their parents. It is the magic key.

 

Get out there and make every parent feel like your most special parent and their child, your greatest interest too.

 

If a colleague is handing over because you are busy with children, you can reassure parents as well and back up handovers by demonstrating your talent with children. Let parents see you singing, creating, dressing up, having fun with their children.

 

As an early years practitioner for South Hill, you are considered to be a representative of South Hill and a professional by families and by the company.

 

Beyond our ‘in-house’ role, we are still known and needed by our families to present an image of responsibility and respectability. They trust us with their children and we need to show they have every right to trust us.

 

Children see us beyond the setting too. They need to feel safe with us and so they need us to be responsible and professional when we see them outside the setting as well.

 

When leaving the setting, consider the immediate environment, the people and South Hill’s reputation. Ensure that your conversations, language and  behaviour are respect-worthy and appropriate.

 

If you are with colleagues outside work, don’t discuss work with them. It is too easy to breach confidentiality resulting in catastrophic outcomes for all involved, or at a minimum an opportunity for gossip to be let loose.

 

It is strongly advised against making connections with parents on any social media. Parents are not your personal friends, they are your customers and professional distance needs to be maintained, for your own safety and privacy as well as theirs.

 

Too many professionals in early years and beyond have lost their jobs and compromised their futures by making connections with customers that have gone bad or weren’t as honest as you thought they were at the start. Sometimes things go wrong in the customer and provider relationship.

 

For the sake of your future, you don’t want to be dragged in or implicated in anything that was not your issue in the first place.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team

Friday, 13 April 2018

W/C 16 April


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Nursery News:

 

Menus

The new menus begin from next week. Any question, just let us know.

 

Muddy Puddle Walk

The Pre-school children are taking part in the Save the Children - Muddy Puddle Walk on Friday 27th April. It’s a great way for us to get active and explore the world around us and the money we raise will help save children’s lives all around the world. There will be a donation pot in the hallway and a pot for the Pre-school walkers in their room. Any donation would be appreciated and will help us raise money towards such a great cause.

 

Up Coming Events

27th April – Muddy Puddle Walk
 

This weeks activities and events

 

In 2 Sports – This week at in2sports the children moved around the garden in different ways using their imagination to act out different animals. They then built their balance and motor skills while balancing footballs on cones and kicking them off.

 

Theatre bugs –



 

Next weeks 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.

 

Buttercups 

 

Topic of the month: Sign Language

 

Monday – Leanne’s group is building new relationships with others while playing group games.

Tuesday – Jamie’s group will be exploring the ICT toys supporting early ICT skills. 

Wednesday –  Hannah’s group are developing physical skills while trying out tummy time and exploring physical toys.

Thursday –  Leanne’s group will be discovering new signs while exploring the sign language book.

Friday – Sammy’s group is singing nursery rhymes encouraging language.

Jamie is off Monday, Leanne is off Wednesday, Sammy and Hannah are in all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Spring

  

Monday – Maria’s group are developing their knowledge and understanding of different emotions while discovering the emotion dolls.

Tuesday – Donna’s group is exploring the farm yard animals building an understanding of the world around them.

Wednesday –  Megan’s group will be creating their own family picture encouraging an interest in mark making.

Thursday - Chloe’s group are making their own fruit smoothies, choosing different fruit and cutting it up.

Friday – Ruby’s group is discovering a sensory tub supporting language and vocabulary.

Donna is off Friday, Chloe is off Monday and Tuesday, Megan is on holiday Monday and off Thursday and Friday, Ruby and Maria are in all week.

 

Sunflowers

 

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 group are developing their language and vocabulary while discovering the small world resources.

 

Almu’s group will be building their attention skills while reading ‘The Highway Rat’ in a small group.

 

Ines’s group is taking part in a treasure hunt in a group supporting understanding and attention.

 

Topic of the month: The life cycle of plants

 

The letter of the week is: T

 

The children will be:

Talking about words beginning with T

Writing the letter T in the air

Roaring like tigers

Finding the letter T in the Sand pit

 

The Number of the week is: 12

 

The children will be:

Talking about the number 12 and what it looks like

Clapping 12 times

Writing the number 12 on the easel

Playing a number puzzle

 

The shape of the week is: Square

 

The children will be:

Recognising the square shape

Talking about the shape

Counting the sides and corners

Making a square shape with our hands

Becci is off Wednesday, Almu is off Thursday, Ines is off Tuesday.

Jenni and Ottilia are in all week.

I work early shifts every day. So I will get to see you all in the morning, If you have any queries in the evening please speak to your child’s Room Leader or Jamie.

 

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

 

Facebook

Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page promotes the company, engages 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.

 

Menus

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!

 

Useful websites

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).

 



 

Our Policy of the Week

 

Assessment policy

 

Aim of policy

 

To ensure all staff understand and are familiar with our assessment processes.

 

Points to consider

 

Assessment is an ongoing process that starts as soon as the child starts the setting. It is important to celebrate the child’s achievements and support any weaknesses so that we can “close the gap” in any developmental delays.

Assessment is best if done with parents and professionals such as health visitors or other settings a child may attend.

 

Childcare and Learning Group aim to achieve this by:

 

When a child starts the setting the key person asks the parent to complete an ‘all about me’ document outlining the child’s needs and interests. Along with the verbal communication from the parents the key person uses this information to help settle the child and family into the setting.

 

Using the information the key person has learnt about the child they will be able to plan regular activities and complete observations on the child. Next steps will be set for the child so that the key person is always looking at how to support future development.

 

Activities have extension and support options so they can be adapted to meet the needs of the group of children taking part.

 

Four times a year the key person will formally assess the child’s progress. If a child is not where they are expected for their age the key person may speak to the SENCO or Gifted and Talented Coordinator for support and advice.

 

The manager will use the cohort assessment to see if all of the child’s needs are being met. For example if funded two year olds are not reaching the expected developmental milestones the manager will work with the key person and other agencies to assess why is this and put actions into place to close the gap.

 

By using a web based learning diary the parents are able to access their own child’s observations as often as they like. They are also able to add their own observations, photos and videos so that we can work together to create a whole picture of the child’s learning journey.

 

It is important that staff understand the EYFS well and have a good understanding of child development in order for them to be able to correctly identify who is not reaching/exceeding their expected developmental milestones. Staff are supported to do this through a solid induction process, by being supported to gain a level 3 (or higher) qualification if they have not already done so and by attending ongoing training.

 

The two year check is an important part of the assessment process. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; and Communication and Language; when the child is aged between 24-36 months. The Early Years Foundation Stage gives more guidance on the two year check.

 

In summary:

 

We observe the children:

       Upon arrival at the setting

       Daily/weekly with regular observations

We assess the children:

       Six weeks after they start (base line assessment)

       Four times a year using the Childcare & Learning Group Assessment cycle

       Children are also assessed thought out the year using the ILD online assessment systems

We share assessments with parents:

       Between their second and third birthday, through the ‘Two Year Old Check’

       Before moving on to school, through the setting Transfer summary.

       Additionally on request

 

Assessments may also be shared with other professionals such as Health Visitors and other settings that the child attends.

 

The assessments are recorded on our online system. All of our families are welcome to come into the setting and use our iPads to see their child’s profile. 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team

 


Childcare and Learning Ltd

14 South Hill | Guildford | Surrey | GU1 3SY

Tel: 01483 533344 | Fax: 01293 772971 | Email: southhill@castledaycare.co.uk | Web: www.castledaycare.co.uk | Blog: www.castlenursery-southhill.blogspot.co.uk

 

                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 



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