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