Parents Letter September 2019
Dates to remember
7th October- Parents Evening
28th October-1st November- 15 hours Non-Funded Week
31st October- Nursery Photos
31st October- Halloween Stay and Play
Please ensure you notify us of any changes to contact details. This includes contact details and address.
Please ensure that you label your child’s belongings clearly and provide them with appropriate clothing such as coats, wellingtons, hats etc.
When entering the building please buzz to announce that you are here.
Lunch and snacks
At jack in the box we aim to promote healthy eating. We are aware of the importance of children having a balanced diet. We provide a healthy snack of fruit during the morning session and again in the afternoon. A healthy snack is also provided at 4pm for children who attend past this time. Children are also welcome to bring their own snack from home for tea time.
We would like to reiterate that for children bringing a packed lunch/ tea this is to be healthy and may consist of a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a yoghurt. We do not encourage children to bring in chocolate, sweets and cake other than for celebrations. Please do not put these into your child’s lunch box.
Please ensure that you inform nursery if your child is going to be absent. This may be due to a holiday, 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 or sickness you will still be charged for this session.
Clare had a baby boy named Jacob, she is enjoying her time with her family whilst on maternity leave.
Victoria has joined us as an apprentice working towards her level 2. She has worked with children in her previous job and has good knowledge of working with children.
Sharon is a volunteer student working towards her level 2 and level 3 in childcare.
Upstairs staff (Babies/toddlers) – Kirsty, Lauren, Rachel, (Sharon).
Downstairs staff- Kim, Lucy, Chloe, Jade, Izzy (Victoria).
Congratulations to Sam, Clare and Kim for graduating in July. Sam and Clare graduated for their achievement of The Foundation degree in early childhood. Kim graduated for her achievement of BA Honors in early childhood.
We use tapestry for uploading children’s observations and this can be accessed by all parents/carers. If you are having trouble accessing tapestry or activating your account please let us know and we can support you with this.
It was highlighted during our recent Ofsted inspection that parents appeared unaware of what their child’s next steps of development are. These can be found via the tapestry app, your child’s observations will once a month state their next steps for development. We will also now be providing a copy of your child’s learning journey with next steps each month for you to have. Your child’s learning and development can also be discussed at parents evenings which are held termly to allow us the opportunity to share their progress and further lines of development with you. This also allows opportunity to share ideas of how you can support your child’s learning further at home. We understand it is not easy for all parents/carers to attend however, if the dates provided are not suitable we are happy to arrange a more convenient date if required. We would strongly urge you to participate with your child’s key worker to successfully identify how their learning will progress within the nursery and for you to continue this at home.
We would like to welcome all of our new starters. Welcome to Angeline, Melania, Kiara, Avneet, Kiera, Coryn, Zachary, Zohair, Harper, Amelia, Royalty, Perry, Tommy, Virshiya, Spencer, Eve, Lola, Ivie, Arjun, Michael, Richard.
30 hours funding
Please ensure to reconfirm your code every 3 months to ensure that you continue to receive funding for your child. It is recommended that you continue to do this until your child is attending school.
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.
Parents evening will be on Monday 7th October for Preschool children from 4-6pm and on Tuesday 8th October for babies and toddlers 4-6pm. If you would like to see your child’s key worker please complete the slip and return this by 27th September to be allocated a time slot. Each appointment will last for 10 minutes. If you require longer than this please see the office to arrange an appointment.
Tamsin Simpson photography will be in the setting 31st October. If your child is already attending during sessions on this day they will automatically be photographed. If your child is not in and you would like them to be photographed you can bring them along between 10-11am. If you do not want your child to be photographed, please inform the office.
Halloween stay and play
Halloween stay and play will take place on Thursday 31st October 9.30-10.30am. If you would like to book a place to attend with your child please inform the office by 14th October.
We are looking for some items to extend the resources we have for the children to use. If you have any of the following that you no longer use please bring it into nursery.
- Stair gate
- Old phones/ keyboards items with buttons to press.
- Baby blankets
- Toddler/ baby books
- Dressing up clothes
- Baby dolls with clothes
- Wooden crates
Thankyou for your continued support
Sam and Clare