Dear Parents and Carers,
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
· 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.
Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team