Dear Parents and Carers,
Dates for your diaries
13th July – Funding finishes
23rd July – Term ends
26th July – Sunflowers Graduation
4th September – Term starts
This weeks activities and events
In2 Sports – In Sports this week the children practiced their football skills and had a fun imaginative game where the kicked footballs off mountains (cones).
Forest School – During this week’s Forest school it was this groups last sessions! They created their own fire and made yummy smores for snack! The children said goodbye to Forest School Lee as Owen is ready to take over Forest School for the Childcare and Learning group.
Nature Club – In this week’s Nature club the children chose what activity they would like to this week. They chose to read ‘were Going on a Bear Hunt’, then had a fun bug hunt!
French – This week in French the children have been learning new Summer vocabulary, they finished the session practicing numbers and insect names.
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: Summer
Monday –Hannah’s group is exploring the ICT musical toys exploring different sounds.
Tuesday – Leanne’s group will be watering the plants in the garden observing the world around them.
Wednesday – Jamie’s group are distinguishing between different marks they make while exploring media.
Thursday – Leanne’s group will be building motor skills while manoeuvring a child wheelbarrow around the garden.
Friday – Sammy’s group is observing each other expressions while discovering the hand held mirrors.
Jamie is off Wednesday, Leanne is off Monday, Sammy is off Friday and Hannah is in all week.
Topic of the month: Summer
Monday – Megan’s group are using their imagination while reading and acting out different stories.
Tuesday – Donna’s group will be reading the ‘Colour Monster’ book while building their understanding of different emotions.
Wednesday – Maria’s group is creating a member of their family out of recycled materials!
Thursday – Chloe’s group are making animal footprints in paint building their knowledge of the world around them.
Friday – Ruby’s group will be building their shape awareness while exploring different shapes and animals.
Donna is off Tuesday, Chloe is off Monday and Friday, Megan is off Thursday and Friday, Maria and Ruby are 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 is building their understanding through play with dinosaurs. The children will be encouraged to ask how and why questions and will develop a knowledge of prepositions.
Ines’s group is celebrating the end of the World Cup by playing Football in the garden. The children will be experimenting by moving in different ways and building their motor skills.
Topic of the month: Going to School
The letter of the week is: G
The children will be:
Writing the letter G
Painting with green and gold
Thinking of words that begin with the letter G
Finding objects in the environment beginning with G
The Number of the week is: 5
The children will be:
Counting to 5
Making the number with playdough
Clapping 5 times
Writing the number 5 in the sand pit
The shape of the week is: Pentagon
The children will be:
Counting how many sides a pentagon has
Drawing a pentagon on white boards
Creating the pentagon shape with their hands
Becci is off Wednesday and Ines is off Tuesday.
I work 7.30 – 6 on Monday’s, 7.30 – 4.00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 7.30 – 2.30 Friday. 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:
Physical intervention policy
Aim of the policy
To give guidance on what physical intervention is and when it is appropriate.
Points to consider
There are three types of physical handling:
· Giving guidance to children, such as how to hold a paint brush or when climbing
· Providing emotional support, such as placing an arm around a distressed child.
· Physical care, such as toileting or first aid.
Physical intervention can include mechanical and environmental means such as high chairs, stair gates or locked doors. These are appropriate ways of ensuring a child’s safety.
Restrictive physical intervention
This is when a member of staff uses physical force intentionally to restrict a child’s movement against his or her will. In most cases this will be through the use of adult’s body rather than mechanical or environmental methods.
When can restrictive physical intervention be used?
Physical intervention can be justified when:
· Someone is injuring themselves or others
· Someone is damaging property
· There is a suspicion that, although injury, damage or crime has not yet happened, that it is about to happen.
What type of restrictive physical intervention can and cannot be used?
Any use of physical intervention in a setting should be carried out with reasonable minimal force. Where it is judged that restrictive physical intervention is necessary, staff should:
· Aim for side to side contact with the child. Avoid positioning themselves in front (to reduce the risk of being kicked) or behind (to reduce risk of allegations of sexual misconduct)
· Aim for no gap between the adult’s body and child’s body, where they are side to side. This minimises the risk of impact and damage.
· Aim to keep the adults back as straight as possible.
· Be aware in particular, of head positioning, to avoid head butts from the child.
· Hold children by “long bones” i.e. avoid grasping at joints where pain and damage are most likely.
· Ensure that there is no restriction to the child’s ability to breathe. In particular, this means avoiding holding a child around the chest cavity or stomach.
· Avoid lifting children
Recording and reporting
It is important that any use of restrictive physical intervention is recorded. This should be done as soon as possible and within 24 hours of the incident. According to the nature of the
Incident, the incident should be noted in other records such as the incident/accident records.
After using restrictive physical intervention, the setting should inform the parents. Parents should also be given a copy of the record form(s)
After use of restrictive physical intervention, information recorded should be used to review the individual behaviour plan so that the risk of needing to use restrictive physical intervention again is reduced. Monitoring this information will also help develop the settings ability to meet the needs of children without using restrictive physical intervention.
Jess, Jamie and the South Hill Team