Friday, 12 October 2018

Week Commencing 15th October


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Nursery News:

 

Babies bonfire and Halloween party

The babies are having a mini party on Friday 2nd November at 3.45 that all parents and children are invited too. If you are not in on that day but would like to come please just let one of the baby team know.

 

Dates for your diaries

6th December – Babies and Bluebells Christmas Parties

7th December – Pre-schools Christmas Party

10th December – Babies and Bluebells Carol Service

11th December – Pre-School Nativity Play

                                                                                           

This week’s activities and event-

 

In2 sports – This week in in2sports the children continued to build their football skills by manoeuvring and kicking balls in different sized spaces made with cones.

 

French-  During French this week we have been learning ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ in French practicing pointing to our body parts.

 

Nature Club – During the weeks Nature Club the children decided they wanted to explore the mud and made their own holly crowns.

 
 

Next 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: Halloween/ Autumn

 

Monday – Sammy’s group are singing number songs, using puppets as a visual aid when they count during the songs.

Tuesday – Leanne’s group are promoting their self-help skills by washing hands and choosing their own snacks.

Wednesday – Jamie’s group are getting messy creating Halloween crafts with their hand prints.

Thursday – Hannah’s group will be exploring books in small groups, encouraging children to point at pictures and use single words.

Friday – Jamie’s group will be looking at family books and photos building their understanding of family, friends and community.

Leanne is off Wednesday, Jamie is off Friday, Sammy is off Thursday, Friday and Hannah is on holiday all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Autumn

 

Monday – Megan’s group is discovering the world around them while playing ‘What can you hear and spy’.

Tuesday – Donna’s group are reading stories encouraging an early interest in reading. 

Wednesday – Ruby’s group will be exploring different shapes while exploring media and painting a picture.

Thursday – Chloe’s group is building their imaginative skills while making their own doctors and nurse kits.

Friday –  Ruby’s group are creating their own horse head out of collage materials and card.

Donna is off Friday, Chloe is off Monday and Tuesday, Megan is off Thursday and Friday, Ruby is off Wednesday and Carla is 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 exploring musical instruments while tapping out simple rhythms and learning how sounds can be changed, 

 

Ines’s group will be creating their own Halloween decorations. They children will be given a selection of resources to choose from and will be encouraged to observe what happens when they mix colours.

 

Topic of the month: Autumn 

 

The letter of the week is: T

 

The children will be:

Talk about the letter T

Playing Tiger games in the garden

Writing the letter T in the sand pit

Reading the ‘Tiger who came to tea’

Talking about our teeth and good hygiene

 

The Number of the week is: 3

 

The children will be:

Counting to number 3

Grouping 3 objects

Writing the number 3 on the art easel

Holding up 3 fingers

 

The shape of the week is: Circle

 

The children will be:

Making a circle shape with their hands

Counting the sides of a circle

Looking for circle shapes around the room

Comparing the circle shape and Semi-circle shape

Becci is off Wednesday, Ines is off Tuesday and Eva is in all week.

 

Jenni and Ottilia are in all week.

I will be working 7.30 – 4.00 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

 

Equality and diversity policy

 

Aim of the policy

Childcare and Learning Group’s equality and diversity policy recognises that all people have a right to their distinctive and diverse identities and that all people are different and must be treated as individuals. 

 

Points to consider

We provide a supportive, open environment where all children and employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Childcare and Learning Group will manage the provision of and access to high quality affordable childcare.  We will promote equality and diversity through our relationships with children, parents, families and carers.

 

Childcare and Learning Group aim to achieve this by:

          Ensuring all children can be included.

           

          Providing children with activities and learning opportunities to acknowledge promote and respect diversity in local communities.

 

          Providing positive images and role models which illustrate non-stereotypical roles, racial, cultural and religious diversity and disability in a way that has real meaning to the children and their families.

 

          Encouraging an understanding of spiritual development by reflecting all faiths and encouraging the tolerance of all faiths including the promotion and celebration of religious festivals and their meaning.  South Hill will aim to enjoy and celebrate religious events that are personal/relevant to the community we serve.

 

          Having in place policy and/or procedures to deal with inappropriate practices and attitudes, action to be taken should discrimination occur.

 

          Inviting parents in the reviewing of our policies.

 

          Ensuring all our publicity will demonstrate an understanding of equality and diversity.

 

          Using language which is easily understood.

 

          Wherever there is a widely shared specific need or where individuals have common needs, Childcare and Learning Group will address these through a specific strategy.

 

          Recognising the need to monitor and review our policies and welcome challenges from, and the involvement of, our employees and customers in this process.

 

          Actively consulting with different individuals and communities to ensure that the services which are provided are responsive and reflect the diversity of needs.

 

          Valuing the diversity of all communities, and making our services, facilities and resources accessible and useful to every individual.

 

          Recognising that our ability to meet these diverse needs is improved by having a diverse workforce which generally reflects local populations and which has the skill and understanding to achieve our service objectives.

 

          Committing to valuing diversity in our workforce and to developing and training our employees to improve their ability to meet our goals; within an overall framework of equality.

 

Childcare and Learning Group:

 

          Believe that our employees have an important part to play in making this happen.

 

          Require every employee to recognise and discharge their own responsibility.

 

          Undertake to listen to our customers and to involve them in the development of services which recognise and value their diversity.

 

To ensure that we meet this policy at all times each setting has dedicated Equality Officers who support all members of staff by:

 

          Ensuring their team, room and garden area are promoting equal opportunities in their practice and environment.

          Ensuring cultures and festivals are equally celebrated and promoted.

          Ensuring the team has a good understanding of cultures and festivals and therefore can promote them correctly.

          Attending training on equal opportunities, promoting inclusion, and cascade this back to the rest of the team.

          Working together with the other Equality Officers and manager to create:

 

o   A setting that ensures every child is given the same opportunities regardless of their abilities.

o   A setting that positively promotes equality through the genders and cultures.

o   A setting that gives every child an open and accepting knowledge of the world around them. 

 

The Equality Officers for this setting are: Donna, Ines and Sammy.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team

 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Week Commencing 8th October


Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Nursery News:

 

Photographer

The nursery photographer will come into nursery next Thursday (11th October) to take photos of the children. They can do family photos and siblings too so if you are available and want to bring the whole family you are more than welcome! The open sessions will run from 11.45 – 12.30 for children and families who aren’t in on Thursday, it will be a first come first served basis.

 

Grandparent’s week

Thank you to all the Grandparents who came in this week. The children had a great time showing them around their rooms and the nursery J

 

Dates for your diaries

6th December – Babies and Bluebells Christmas Parties

7th December – Pre-schools Christmas Party

10th December – Babies and Bluebells Carol Service

11th December – Pre-School Nativity Play
                                                                  

This week’s activities and event-

 

In2 sports – This week in in2sports the children warmed up by manoeuvring around the garden pretending to be different animals. They then continued to build their football skills while passing balls using their feet, then throwing and catching using their hands. 

 

Nature Club – During the weeks Nature Club the children went on a bug hunt to see what living things they could find. They then created their own paint and painted trees and logs in the environment.

 

Next 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: Halloween/ Autumn

 

Monday – Sammy’s group is reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using resources and materials creating links between reading and real life textures.

Tuesday – Leanne’s group will be discovering media and texture while exploring coloured paints and sponges.

Wednesday – Hannah’s group are developing their self-care skills while washing their own hands and getting ready for routine practices.

Thursday – Hannah’s group is baking Halloween shortbread biscuits with their friends promoting number awareness.

Friday – Jamie’s group are having a role play picnic encouraging talking and babbling.

Leanne is on holiday all week, Jamie is off Monday, Sammy is off Thursday and Hannah is in all week.

 

Bluebells

 

Topic of the month: Autumn

 

Monday – Megan’s group are exploring the story flashcards with their friend building language and an interest in reading.

Tuesday – Donna’s group is building confidence and an interest in imaginative play while dressing up with their peers.

Wednesday – Chloe’s group will be making their own sandwiches. A small group will walk down to Sainsbury’s, pick their tea items and come back to make their own special tea J

Thursday – Donna’s group is developing their manipulative skills while discovering the magnetic whiteboards and pens.

Friday –  Ruby’s group are making their own fruit smoothie. They will cut and prepare the ingredients and will then put the ingredients into our smoothie maker!

Donna is off Friday, Chloe is off Monday and Tuesday, Megan is off Thursday and Friday, Ruby is off Wednesday and Carla is 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 is building their number skills while exploring the ‘Super Sorting Set’. The children will have a choice of a variety of counting and sorting games. The activity will develop counting skills, number recognition and colour recognition.

 

Ines’s group are playing a memory game in a small group. The children will have an arrangement of resources and cups in front of them and they will be supported to hide objects and guess where they are and which ones are missing!

 

Topic of the month: Autumn 

 

The letter of the week is: S

 

The children will be:

Talk about the letter S

Making their own snakes out of recycled resources

Writing the letter S in the water tray

Playing with the S alphabet shakers

 

The Number of the week is: 2

 

The children will be:

Counting to number 2

Holding up two fingers

Writing the number 2 in the sand pit

Clapping and jumping 2 times

 

The shape of the week is: Semi-circle

 

The children will be:

Making a Semi-circle shape with their hands

Counting the sides of a Semi-circle

Shape sorter puzzle

Comparing the circle shape and Semi-circle shape

Becci is off Wednesday, Ines is off Tuesday and Eva is in all week.

 

Jenni and Ottilia are in all week.

I work 7.30 – 6 on Monday’s, 7.30 – 4.00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and 7.30 – 2.30 Friday’s. 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

 

Data protection policy

 

Aim of the policy

To give guidance as to what Data Protection is and how it affects The Childcare and Learning Group

 

Points to consider

This policy works with our confidentiality policy and the Data Protection Act (1998).

 

Childcare and Learning Group aim to achieve this by:

Keeping relevant records on children and staff. These records may be filed onsite or archived at the registered office when the child/ staff member has left.

 

Records will be kept for the regulated amount of time depending on the nature of the record.

 

Records shall be kept securely either by password protected computer systems or in the case of paper documents, locked away. Access to this information is only to be given to authorised suitable people in line with their job role.

 

Childcare and Learning Group is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, as part of the Data Protection Act 1998. Our ICO registration reference is: Z1203871

 

What is Data Protection?

·        There are several key principles of Data Protection law, these are:

·        Data may only be used for the specific purposes for which it was collected.

·        Data must not be disclosed to other parties without the consent of the individual whom it is about, unless there is legislation or other overriding legitimate reason to share the information (for example, the prevention or detection of crime). It is an offence for Other Parties to obtain this personal data without authorization.

·        Individuals have a right of access to the information held about them, subject to certain exceptions (for example, information held for the prevention or detection of crime).

·        Personal information may be kept for no longer than is necessary and must be kept up to date.

·        Personal information may not be sent outside the European Economic Area unless the individual whom it is about has consented or adequate protection is in place, for example by the use of a prescribed form of contract to govern the transmission of the data.

·        Subject to some exceptions for organisations that only do very simple processing, and for domestic use, all entities that process personal information must register with the Information Commissioner's Office.

·        The departments of a company that are holding personal information are required to have adequate security measures in place. Those include technical measures (such as firewalls) and organisational measures (such as staff training).

·        Subjects have the right to have factually incorrect information corrected (note: this does not extend to matters of opinion)


 

Kind Regards,

 

Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team