Friday, 17 November 2017

Week Commencing 20th November


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week’s events:

 

Forest School – At Todays Forest School we developed our fine motor skills and understanding by making some bread and baking it on the fire.  We squeezed some golden syrup over the top before eating it and had some delicious hot chocolate to drink!

 

In 2 Sports – This week at sports the children were categorising objects with Coach Pasha. The children had to group objects in size and colour. We finished off by playing the Mr. Men game and manoeuvring around the garden in different ways.

 

French – In French this week we learnt the names of some forest animals and practised our counting and colours as well as naming different parts of our bodies.   

 

Theatrebugs –

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Up Coming Events

Friday 8th December – Christmas party

Monday 11th December – Carol service

Tuesday 12th December – Nativity play

 

Children in Need

Thank you to all who have already donated this week towards Children In Need. We are still accepting the parent games and children’s colouring competition, the winners will be drawn on Monday J We will let you know the answers to the parent competition then.

All donations will go to this year’s Children In Need. With our donations we can make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

 

Nilem’s 10 Years

This week we had a great time celebrating Nilem’s 10 Years at Nursery! Such a great achievement. I hope you all join us in congratulating Nilem and thanking her for all her hard work and support over the years.

 

Nativity and Carol Service

It has reached that time of the year again where we are starting to organise the Christmas productions! Buttercups and Bluebells will be holding two carol service’s on Monday 11th December at 3.00 and 4.30. The Sunflowers will be performing their nativity on Tuesday 13th December at 9.45 and 4.15.  We thought we’d give you plenty of notice so you can make arrangements with work. Each room will have a certain amount of seats for each performance so if there is a performance time you need please let your room know as soon as possible as usually the later performances fill up quickly. Tickets will be limited to two per family. There will be a waiting list for extra tickets if spaces are not filled. This will be on a first come first served basis.

 

Facebook

Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page to 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.

 

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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).

 



 

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.

 

Buttercups

 

Topic of the month: Colours

 

Monday – Charlotte’s group are developing vocabulary while playing group games with the small world farm resources

Tuesday –  Montse’s group is exploring the number shapes in the sandpit building number awareness

Wednesday – Leanne’s group will be discovering body parts while exploring the hand held mirrors   

Thursday – Nilem’s group are taking part in sensory exploration while discovering cornflour gloup with their friends

Friday – Sammy’s group is using co-ordination while making marks on magnetic drawing boards

Charlotte is on holiday Wednesday – Friday, Leanne is off Monday, Nilem is off Monday and Tuesday, Montse and Sammy are in all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Space

 

Monday – Maria’s group are building their knowledge and understanding of different emotions while looking at the emotion flashcards

Tuesday – Maria’s group is discovering different shapes while gluing and sticking different objects

Wednesday – Ruby’s group will be developing gross motor skills while playing bowling in the garden with friends

Thursday –  Donna’s group are exploring the whiteboards and pens encouraging early writing skills

Friday – Ruby’s group will be increasing their vocabulary while choosing different objects from a basket that Ruby has set up

Donna is off Friday, Ruby and Maria are in all week. Megan will begin a gradual return to work for the rest of November and will return at the beginning of December working Monday – Wednesday.

 
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 activity: This week’s Becci’s group is practicing their counting skills while matching numbered role play cookies to the numbers in a tray. The activity will be extended and the children will categorise objects in a set.

 

Ines’s activity: Ines’s group will be building their number skills while playing with a number puzzle and number flashcards. The children will be encouraged to count as high as they can using the puzzle to support them. They will be supported to then match the flashcards to the numerals on the puzzle.

 

Almu’s activity: Almu’s group are

 

Topic of the month: Animals

 

The letter of the week is: Z

 

The children will be:

Talking about words beginning with Z

Setting up the easel with Z stencils

Drawing zig zags

Making buzzy bee sounds and pictures

Painting with the toy zebras

 

The Number of the week is: 12

 

The children will be:

Talking about the number 12 at circle time

Writing the number 12 in the air

Clapping 12 times

Counting to number 12

Playing with the number puzzles

 

The shape of the week is: Triangle

 

The children will be:

Counting how many sides a triangle has

Making a triangle shape with our hands

Find triangle shapes around the room

Becci is off Tuesday, Almu is on holiday Monday and off 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

 

Sleeping children procedure

 

Aim of policy

 

To ensure all sleeping children are cared for to a high standard when sleeping.

 

Points to consider

 

All children who sleep at the setting must sleep in an age/ size appropriate bed or cot.

 

No child must ever be left to sleep in rockers, bouncers, prams, or any other equipment that is not for the purpose of sleeping children- even if a parent requests it. They are not safe and not designed for sleeping children.

 

Whilst a young child or baby is sleeping, there needs to be enough staff to ensure that sleep checks are thoroughly carried out in accordance with the supporting paperwork. 

 

Sleep checks must be at a minimum of 10 minute intervals and will include a temperature and breathing check with the minimum of disturbance to the child.

 

Clothing and covers must be checked and consideration given to the room temperature. The child should be allowed to adjust their body temperature before going back into the play rooms.

 

Flexible sleep routines support the individual needs of the children.

 

Where possible the children will sleep in the same cot each time. The hygiene procedures ensure that the bedding is washed and fresh for each child and that cots/ beds are disinfected as per the settings cleaning rota.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Charlotte and the South Hill Team

 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Week commencing 13th November


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week’s events:

 

Forest School – This week at Forest School we used different resources to make our own hammer from wood, we then used the hammer to hit nails in to a piece of wood. We then had some fun group games where we played tug of war and hide and seek.

 

In 2 Sports – This week at sports we had lots of fun playing the traffic light game, where we had to manoeuvre around the garden carefully following the instructions given. We then continued to build our tennis skills with the rackets and balls.

 

French – In French on Wednesday we learnt how to say Happy Birthday in French. We than sang happy birthday to Ronnie J

 

Theatrebugs –

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Up Coming Events

w/c 13th November – Nursery Rhyme week

Friday 17th – Children in Need

Friday 8th December – Christmas party

Monday 11th December – Carol service

Tuesday 12th December – Nativity play

 

Children in Need

Next week we are raising money for Children In Need. To help raise money for this year’s Children In Need we will be having cake sales at nursery, having dressing up days all week and a pyjama day on Friday, colouring competition and a fun parent game for you to get involved with. You will all be given out our parent game as a paper copy from your child’s room, but I have attached it to the e-mail in case you would like to send it back online J  All donations will go to this year’s Children In Need. With our donations we can make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

 

Bonfire night

Thank you to all who came to our bonfire party, we all had a great time J

 

30 hours Funding

HMRC have advised that parents wanting their children to start the 30 hours funded childcare scheme in January should register by 30 November.

This is to avoid any peaks taking place similar to August when the website and helpline were both experiencing problems due to high demand.

Parents must reconfirm their eligibility every three months, so those nearing their deadline need to also act as soon as possible.

I have attached our settings 30 hour information so parents can have a read through and learn how we offer it here at Castle.

 

Facebook

Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page to 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.

 

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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).

 



 

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.

 

Buttercups

 

Topic of the month: Colours

 

Monday – Charlotte’s group will be choosing their own imaginative toys developing their self-confidence with choosing activities

Tuesday –  Montse’s group are improving their understanding of words while following simple instructions given #

Wednesday – Sammy’s group is building their awareness of number names while building with blocks

Thursday – Nilem’s group will be maintaining their attention while singing ‘ 5 Little Ducks’ with their friends

Friday – Leanne’s group are observing animal sounds while playing with the small world animals in the sand pit

Charlotte is off Wednesday, Leanne is off Monday, Nilem is off Thursday and Friday, Montse and Sammy are in all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Space

 

Monday – Maria’s group are playing ‘Simon Says’ supporting their understanding skills

Tuesday – Maria’s group will be building their counting skills while playing in the sand pit with different tools

Wednesday – Donna’s group is creating their own moon and star pictures developing an interest in writing

Thursday –  Donna’s group are discovering the toy cameras and laptops encouraging ICT skills

Friday – Ruby’s group are looking at the weekly nursery rhymes for nursery rhyme week while exploring the musical instruments

Donna is off Friday, Ruby and Maria are in all week. Megan will begin a gradual return to work for the rest of November and will be doing lunch cover for us Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next 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 activity: Becci’s group will be celebrating Nursery Rhyme week. The children will focus on different nursery rhymes and sing along. The activity will be extended and the children will create a picture about their favourite nursery rhyme.

 

Ines’s activity: This week Ines’s group will be building their writing skills by writing familiar letters. The children will use the alphabet flashcards to support them.

 

Almu’s activity: Almu’s group is exploring the sand letters with their friends. They will be supported to find and write their own name with support from Almu.

 

Topic of the month: Animals

 

The letter of the week is: Y

 

The children will be:

Talking about words beginning with Y

Looking at animal names that contain the letter Y

Writing the letter Y in the air

Talking about yoyo’s

 

The Number of the week is: 11

 

The children will be:

Talking about the number 11 at circle time

Writing the number 11 in the air

Complete 11 star jumps

Counting to number 11

 

The shape of the week is: Pentagon

 

The children will be:

Counting how many sides a pentagon has

Counting how many corners a pentagon has

Draw with our fingers over a pentagon shape

Becci is off Tuesday, Almu is off 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

 

Procedure for control of hazardous substances (COSHH)

 

Aim of policy

 

To give guidance on handling and storing hazardous substances.

See the current risk assessments and the risk assessment policy.

 

Points to consider

 

1.                All staff will receive information on COSHH regulations and be expected to adhere to the regulations.

2.                The number of hazardous substances will be kept to an absolute minimum and be provided with relevant COSHH sheets.

3.                Spillages must be swept up and disposed of in plastic bags or mopped up using plenty of cold water and diluted to a safe level before disposal.  Brushes, mops and disposable cloths should be well rinsed after use and contaminated paper products disposed of in closed plastic bags.  The Manager must be informed of any significant spillage.

4.                After handling a hazardous substance, staff must remove protective clothing and wash hands before resuming work, touching food or leaving the premises.

5.                Emergencies resulting from swallowing, inhaling, skin or eye contact must be dealt with in accordance with first aid provision and with instructions issued by the manufacturers of the substance.

6.                Medication for personal use must be treated as a hazardous substance whether or not excessive dosage is to be harmful. All medication brought onto the premises must be surrendered to the manager and stored in the kitchen medication cupboard or kitchen fridge

7.                It should be assumed that all forms of bodily discharge are potentially infectious and the appropriate precautions observed in disposing of contaminated materials and subsequent cleaning.

8.                Hazardous substances are to be kept in the containers in which they were supplied and are not to be transferred to and stored in other containers which are unidentified or which have incorrect markings.

9.                It is unlikely that radioactive substances or known carcinogens will be deliberately brought onto the premises.  However, if there are grounds to suspect that any such material is present, the setting Health and Safety Co-ordinator must be notified immediately.

 

There are special regulations covering the control of substances, which are hazardous to health.

 

The regulations lay down what an Employer must do to protect people in the work place against health risks arising from swallowing, inhaling or having contact with toxic, irritant, carcinogenic, infectious or radio-active substances.

 

An employer must:

       Identify those substances that are covered by COSHH.

       Assess the risk of someone being harmed by them.

       Try to reduce the risk by substituting another, less hazardous substance, or reducing the quantities used.

       Monitor the procedures in the setting for controlling hazardous substances to ensure they are still appropriate and are being observed by all members of staff and contractors.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Charlotte and the South Hill Team

Friday, 3 November 2017

Week Commencing 6th November 2017


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week’s events:

 

Forest School – This week at Forest School we have been doing some climbing on ropes, developing our risk taking by trying to go down the slope.  We also looked for bugs and found some giant spider webs in the trees!

 

In 2 Sports – This week at sports we have been practising how to hold a tennis racket with two hands and hitting the ball to the ground.  We played the traffic light game and hide and seek around the garden.  We also had lots of fun balancing bean bags on our heads!

 

Up Coming Events

Monday 6th November – Bluebells Bonfire party

w/c 13th November – Nursery Rhyme week

Friday 8th December – Christmas party

Monday 11th December – Carol service

Tuesday 12th December – Nativity play

 

Bonfire night

The Bluebell room will be having their Bonfire party on Monday 6th from 4.00 – 5.00, they will be dancing with glow sticks and having pizza for tea.

All parents and children are welcome to join J

 

Facebook

Castle Nursery and Preschool Facebook page to 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.

 

Image result for children foodMenus

There is a temporary menu for this week.

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).

 



 

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.

 

Buttercups

 

Topic of the month: Colours

 

Monday – Sammy’s group will be exploring the sea animal flash cards and developing their vocabulary as they point to and try to name the animals

Tuesday –  Charlotte’s group are looking at books about colours and talking about what they can see in the pictures

Wednesday – Leanne’s group are investigating the shape sorter bus, supporting their awareness of shapes and spaces

Thursday – Nilem’s group will be moving and dancing to music with the ribbon streamers and musical instruments

Friday – Montse’s group is learning how to operate the electronic toys in the garden

Charlotte is off Wednesday, Leanne is off Monday, Nilem is off Monday and Tuesday, Montse is in all week and Sammy is on holiday all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Space

 

Monday – Maria’s group are using different paints and materials to create their own Autumn trees

Tuesday – Donna’s group will be listening to nursery rhymes and joining in with the words and actions, developing their language and turn taking skills

Wednesday – Donna’s group is celebrating Remembrance Day by making their own poppy pictures and a poppy wreath

Thursday –  Ruby’s group are developing their understanding of weights and measures as they help to make their own playdough, they will then talk about the different shapes they can make with it

Friday – Maria’s group will be learning about the different parts of the body as they stick pictures of parts of the body to the corresponding place on a template of a person

Donna is off Friday, Megan is on compassionate leave all week, 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 activity: Becci’s group are experimenting with floating and sinking.  They will be choosing a variety of objects and talking about if they think it will float or sink and then testing it in the water.  Throughout the activity the children will be encouraged to ask questions and observe what is happening.

 

Ines’s activity: This week Ines is encouraging the children to speak about their experiences or any topic of their interest to develop their use of more complex sentences during conversations.  The children will then be given the opportunity to make a picture about one of their interests or of something that has a special meaning to them.

 

Almu’s activity: Almu’s group are playing a game called ‘Roll and Cross’.  They will be developing their  listening skills as they follow the instructions of the game, then rolling the dice and counting how many spots there are and crossing the number out on their number cards. 

 

Topic of the month: Animals

 

The letter of the week is: X

 

The children will be:

Talking about words beginning with X

Looking at animal names that contain the letter X

Writing the letter X

Learning about x-rays

 

The Number of the week is: 10

 

The children will be:

Jumping 10 times whilst counting to 10

Writing the number 10 in the sand

Making number 10 out of playdough

Talking about what numbers make 10

Counting our fingers and our toes

 

The shape of the week is: Octagon

 

The children will be:

Counting how many sides an octagon has

Counting how many corners an octagon has

Drawing octagons on the chalkboards

 

Becci is off Tuesday and on holiday on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Almu is off 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

 

Emergency closure policy- buildings/ environment

 

Aim of Policy

 

To give clear guidelines if bad weather or building issues should cause a setting to close.

 

Points to consider

 

In the event that bad weather or building issues (such as fire, flood or heating breakdown) makes one of the Childcare and learning Group sites inoperable the staff and children will be relocated to one of the other group sites.

 

If the shortage of staff limits the number of places available the following priorities will take place:

1.                Children of Emergency Services and medical staff

2.                Children of teachers or school workers/ children of bank workers/ children of staff at utilities companies and children of public transport workers

3.                All other working parents

4.                Children of non-working parents

 

In the event of staff shortages, parents with current DBS forms may be asked to support the setting team in order to maintain smooth operations.

 

The manager or person in charge will inform the parents of the children attending that day of the change by telephoning them.

 

Answer phone messages will be updated and we will try and keep parents as informed and up to date as possible through emails, our blog and our website.

 

The operations manager will be informed immediately about the site change.

 

Ofsted will be kept informed at all times of changes in circumstances.

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Financial decisions will be made by the Director or the Finance Director.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Charlotte and the South Hill Team