Parents Letter June 2021
Children will access the outdoor area in all weather conditions therefore, we ask that you provide wellingtons, coats, hats for cooler weather and hats and sun cream on warmer days. We ask that parents/carers apply sun cream prior to children coming to nursery and staff will reapply this during the day.
Please ensure that you label all of your child’s belongings clearly!
Please provide nappies, wipes and spare clothes in your child’s bag, this should be in a named bag not in a carrier bag.
Please ensure you notify us of any changes to contact details. This includes contact details and address.
Congratulations to Lauren and her partner on the birth of baby Barney born Sunday 6th June, weighing 5lb 10oz 🙂
Nicola has returned to work after her maternity leave and has settled straight back in 🙂
Lunch and snacks
Children are provided with a snack of toast or crumpets and a drink of milk in the morning this is served between 9-9.30am and a snack of fruit and a drink of milk in the afternoon, this is served between 2-2.30pm. Water is offered regularly for children to access throughout the day. All children attending for lunch are required to provide a packed lunch with healthy snacks, this may include sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, please ensure that foods are cut safely for example, grapes, blueberries and cocktail sausages should be sliced length ways.
Lunch should be sent in a wipe-able lunch box with a rubbish bag provided inside to avoid any spillages within your child’s box, can we also ask that spoons are provided for yogurts.
Partnership with parents
We often send out a group message to parents when sharing information such as reminders, upcoming events etc. It has been brought to our attention that some parents/carers have not been receiving these messages, if you think you have not been receiving them please let us know.
Regular updates are also added to then nursery website including photos of activities that the children have been participating in, there are also weekly observations added to tapestry.
Please ensure that you inform nursery if your child is going to be absent. This may be due to a holiday, a day trip or sickness. You can notify us via phone, text, whatsapp or email.
If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhea please ensure that they remain absent from the setting for 48 hours from their last bout of illness to ensure that this is not passed on to other children and staff.
If your child is absent due to holiday, illness or a day at home you will still be charged for this session.
Please can we remind you that if your child is prescribed antibiotics they will not be able to attend nursery until they have been on their antibiotics for 48 hours, this is stated within our medication policy.
In line with government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus, staff continue to carry out weekly lateral flow tests at home. Staff will continue to wear a face covering when collecting and bringing children to the door and within communal spaces however, they will not be required to wear them within their bubble groups/rooms.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that children must be fit and well to attend their sessions within the nursery and able to participate in all activities provided both indoors and outdoors.
Please refrain from sending your child to nursery if they are displaying any signs of illness, being unwell or appear to be under the weather. If your child is displaying symptoms linked to Covid we would ask that a negative PCR test result is presented to us prior to them returning to the setting.
In addition to this, if yourself or your child are displaying symptoms or have been in contact with someone that has tested positive please ensure that you isolate for the full day 10 days.
Please ensure that when entering the nursery grounds you wear a face covering and use the sanitiser provided. All children must wash their hands prior to entering the building at the hand washing station provided, this water is warm and will be changed throughout the sessions.
We continue to work with children with regards to hand washing regimes, they are encouraged to cover up coughs and sneezes and wash their hands afterwards.
The nursery is cleaned daily and at the weekend, all resources that children access are cleaned on a regular basis. Surfaces touched frequently such as door handles, hand rails and gate latches are cleaned throughout the day.
Observations of your child are regularly added to tapestry, this enables staff to track and monitor their development and enables you to encourage their next steps of learning at home too. It is lovely to see so many parents/carers accessing tapestry and uploading images of the children enjoying activities and reaching milestones at home.
If you have not already done so you can subscribe to the nursery website to receive notifications of when new information is added. We regularly add photos of the children participating in activities at nursery and information of any upcoming events. The website can be accessed at www.jackintheboxnuneaton.co.uk.
30 hours funding
Please ensure to reconfirm your code every 3 months on your personal online portal to ensure that you continue to receive funding for your child, you should receive an email from the portal reminding you to do this. It is recommended that you continue to do this until your child is attending school. Whilst we do offer the 30 hours funding for children these places are limited and are not guaranteed within the setting just because your child is eligible. We offer the delivery of the 30 hours funding as 3×8 hour days over 47.5 weeks of the year.
15 hour funding
We have spaces available for two year funding. If your child is eligible for this please speak to the office to book sessions.
Two year progress check
Please can you inform staff of the date of your child’s appointment to ensure that we can prepare the information that is required for your child’s two year progress check.
Preschool Graduation Party
We will be holding a preschool graduation party for school leavers on Wednesday 21st July 4.30-5.30pm, children will participate in party games, have a tea of chicken nuggets and chips (vegetarian option available) and receive a certificate. Should you wish your child to attend and have not already done so please inform the office by Monday 28th June, this will be charged at the hourly rate of £5.35, if your child is a school leaver and already attends during this time they will automatically participate in the session.
We would like to wish all of our school leavers the best of luck as they begin a new adventure starting school. Good luck for the future 🙂
Please can we remind everyone that fees are to be paid two weeks in advance. Failure to pay fees on time may result in a late payment charge and your child being unable to attend for their sessions. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. For parents/carers whom are in receipt of universal credits, letters confirming payment will be provided at the beginning of the month confirming the previous months payment once received in full.
Any additional sessions booked during non-funded sessions must be paid for at the time of booking, for example if you are booking your child in for half term this will need to be paid prior to the child attending.
Preschool children participate in creative flair music and movement sessions on a Thursday morning, this is charged at a weekly rate of £2 per child and is to be paid in cash each week.
We currently continue to run with our reduced opening hours and are open from 8-5, should there be an increased demand for longer opening hours in the future we will resume our original hours of 8-5.45.
Dates to remember
21st July- Preschool Graduation Party
26th July-3rd September- Non funded weeks for 15 hour funded children
9th August- children in receipt of 30 hour funding will only receive 12 hours funding this week
16th August- Non funded week for 30 hours
23rd August- Non funded week for 30 hours
(If you would like your child to attend during non funded weeks please inform the office, this will be charged at the hourly rate).
6th September- Funded children return to nursery
Thank you for your continued support.
Sam and Clare