Newsletter - March 2015

What’s been happening?

This month upstairs our babies are learning their rhyme of the month “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” so please encourage your child to practice the actions & song at home. Our toddlers are working on a rhyme & a book each month, this month they are exploring “Goldilocks & the Three Bears” making displays, singing & making pictures based on the rhyme.

In pre-school we’ve had great fun learning about different emergency professions. We’ve had visits from the local fire & ambulance departments bringing their vehicles in for the children to explore, along with safety equipment & helmets to try on. This turned into emergency action role play in the nursery, during circle time we talked about what to do if there was an accident at home & used play telephones to practise dialling 999.

We have also been talking about sharing & caring in the lead up to Valentine’s Day making marble picture hearts & discussing how to be kind to our friends, siblings, pets & animals. On World Book day, the children dressed up and we made books, remember your £1 book voucher is in with your invoices.

A new Facebook page has been set up to enable us to share information with you about things happening in the nursery, what the children have been up to as well as posting reminders. We would appreciate your support on how the page is used & would respectfully ask that it is only used for this purpose. It is not a page for posting about local businesses or items for sale. We take the security of our children very seriously; images posted will only be from consenting parents. If you have any concerns, please speak to us directly.

Pay Less Tax…Use Childcare vouchers

Childcare vouchers are a tax relief benefit available through your employer. You exchange part of your gross salary before tax for childcare vouchers which can be paid straight to your childcare provider meaning this amount is tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions. It doesn't cost you anything to sign up & the scheme applies whatever rate of tax you pay. We accept a wide variety of Childcare vouchers to help ease the costs. Speak to your employer to see if they support the Childcare Voucher scheme or speak to Andrea at the nursery & start saving!

Changes to your child’s sessions etc..

Can we please remind you we need any changes in your child’s circumstances in writing please.

Supporting Charities

Over the coming months we are looking to raise money to support a variety of cancer charities. Luke will kick this off in April by shaving his head to raise money whilst Debbie is training for the 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. We recently raised £14 on Wear it Red Day for the British Heart Foundation, so a huge thank you to all your donations. One of our previous children, George Goad is raising money for Water Aid. It is World Water Day on 22nd March 2015. The UN has designated 22 March every year as World Water Day: a day to celebrate life-giving water. Today 748 million people around the world still have no clean water to drink. George has written a poem in aide of this special day and is making badges to sell.

Water water everywhere,
Tears to God if I stare,
Cause children are dying don't we care,
From dirty water everywhere.

Montessori

Hannah Hurley (owner) has for many years wanted to complete her Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy Level 4 and started her diploma at the end of February. We look forward to benefiting from Hannah’s learning over the coming months. Hannah will attend the Montessori National Conference on 21 March in London where discussions will focus on ‘Technology & Montessori in the 21st Century’ & if it has a place in nurseries or not.

Barn Development News

The barn is due to start at the beginning of March and take approximately 3 months. Staley Construction are doing the building work (also Jonny is a dad at the nursery). Plans for what the accommodation will look like will be available in the next few weeks and we will hold an evening in May so that we can talk through what the barn will be used for and any questions you might have.

Parents Group Meeting

Our first meeting was 25 February 7pm . We discussed the barn development, what we could do with the garden area when the building work is complete, food – how we can potentially supply hot meals. It was decided we would look into external caterers dependent on cost and take up numbers. We also talked about extending the nursery to include outdoor/forest school sessions (something for the future maybe!) Parents input into the development of the nursery is really important to us as we want it to be a 2 way process. If you would like to be part of this group, please speak to Hannah or Debbie.

Breakfast Club

This is now up & running & working well. We are offering breakfast daily for all children from 8–8.30am which includes cereal & toast at no extra cost.

Recommend a Friend

We currently have nursery places available, so if you know of anyone looking for a nursery place, please pass on our details & get them to contact Debbie on 01748 823667.

Staffing

Yolanda, our Montessori pre-school room leader will be leaving us at the end of July. Yolanda has been a key figure in building & leading the Montessori approach in the nursery & will be greatly missed by us all. Yolanda has always wanted to train as a primary school teacher & now with her daughter settled into Secondary School, feels the time is right to follow that dream. Yolanda will first gain some valuable teaching assistant experience before starting her teacher training course in September so will be working on a Tuesday and Friday with us.

Libby will start with us on the 16 March part time to fill some of the sessions Yolanda was doing. Libby has several years’ experience as a Teaching Assistant and we are excited to have her join our team in the pre-school.

This month’s Montessori message….
Tune into your child – watch them, listen to them & talk about what they are interested in

Parent’s quick reminders

  • Can we please remind you to use ice packs in your child’s lunch box to maintain chilled temperatures
  • Any spare clothing your child has outgrown would be greatly welcomed into nursery as we always need spares
  • Please could we ask you to bring in clean, empty plastic bottles for a forthcoming project
  • Red nose day - children upstairs dress up in pyjamas and onesies – all doing funny faces upstairs and down.

If you have any comments or suggestions for our newsletter content, please let us know either in person or by e-mailing info@rooftopsnurseryschool.co.uk

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