Newsletter: October 2021

Dear Parents

We are nearing the end of term 1 and our routines have been well established and the term has gone smoothly.

We will be doing away with the driveway drop off as it has become complicated during busy times. We are now asking parents to come to the settings garden area ( so through the large garden gate) and your child will be brought to you there. This is in the morning and evening. We still ask that parents please do not come into the cabins. School children that have been coming in on their own can continue to do this. Please continue to monitor your childs health and do not send them in if they have the symptoms of coronavirus. This will still need a PCR test  and isolation until results arrive. A negative result will allow your child to return to the setting.  All staff are now double vaccinated and so this should help us avoid needing to close the setting. I am currently on trying to recruit a part time staff member to work one day a week and cover when staff are sick so that the setting can continue to operate efficiently.

Please ensure that all children have clothes suitable for the season as everyone goes on the school run. The mornings can be chilly and we need to be prepared for when it rains. If possible all under 5’s should have an all in one puddle suit and wellies.

As many of you know my daughter Cassidy finished university during the first lockdown and never got her graduation ceremony. She has now been informed that this is going to happen on the 16th of November. This unfortunately coincides with an absence that Kerryn had already booked. While I always try and keep the setting open, we will need to close on this day as this is an important family event for us that we need to celebrate together. I apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause but I do hope you all understand.

A reminder that the setting will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 18th December to the 3rd of January. We have not decided what we be doing as a setting to celebrate Christmas and we will be in touch next month to update you on this. We will be doing the secret Santa as usual so please let us know ASAP if your child will be taking part. For new parents, all children that take part are assigned another child within the setting to purchase a gift for (to the value of between £5- £10). These are then swapped at our Christmas party or their last day of term.

 The next part of the newsletter and the other attachment is for parents of children in our early years section :

We have now been using our new observation methods for most of the term and we feel that it has gone well. Everyone should be receiving a page every week via email.  We would love your views on the new system. These are only for term time and should your child attend during the holidays, you will not receive one then. Only children under 1 will have been receiving daily diaries and others will only hear from us if something out of the ordinary happens in your child’s day, if they have not eaten well, if their nap time was different or if they were unhappy or unsettled for any reason. Should your child do something new or special at home, we would love to hear about it and add it to their learning journal. We still are yet to receive the information we requested about the children form many of you. Your child’s key worker will be contacting you and resending the document we need filling in. Please get these back to us as soon as possible as. Developmental reports will be sent out at the end of term 2.

We have planned our themes for the rest of the year and this is attached for your information. We are always ready to incorporate your child’s interests into our day, so if they are excited about something or develop a new interest please share it with us.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact me.