Welcome to Term 3
Happy new year everyone! We hope you had a lovely half term holiday and welcome to term 3!
This term we are welcoming new friends into the tulip room and so far they are settling in brilliantly, they are showing confidence in exploring their new environment and the returning tulip children have helped to make them feel welcome.
During this term we are working with the children on recognising feelings. We have been labelling feelings we see in facial expressions in books and sometimes our friends. We would love to hear if your child has been using words relating to feelings at home
We have been exploring different fruit and vegetables during experimental cooking with families, the children have been able to use knives to chop the fruit and veg as well as taste it once it has been cooked! We have then used the fruit and vegetables in our home corner to continue developing these key skills and likes and dislikes in foods.
We are aiming to complete our family board which creates a homely feeling in our room and allows the children to feel as though they ‘belong’, the family board builds a sense of security for the children and develops their self-esteem.
Please remember to send us in a family picture to display on our Family wall. We want to create a place where your child will feel they ‘belong’ and by having pictures of themselves and their families on the wall, not only do we build a sense of security for them in the physical environment, but their sense of self-esteem is also developed. Thank you to those who have already done this.
Can you help?
The children have really been enjoying coming into nursery and sharing breakfast with us! We would really appreciate any donations of healthy breakfast cereals such as Weetabix and shredded wheat.
We are still looking for real life resources to use in our environment such as tea pots, cups and saucers, old style dial telephones and any other vintage materials you may have that you are happy to donate for the children to play with and explore their curiosity and use their imagination.
We would like to plan a nursery trip this term and are in need of parent/carer helpers for this to go ahead. Are you able to volunteer to join us to support on the trip? If so please speak to Michelle, Gemma or Kat to let them know your availability.
For the families that attend a 12pm session, whilst we understand that your children will become hungry before nursery we would like to encourage you to give them a mid-morning snack so that when they arrive at nursery they are ready to sit down with their friends for lunch.
Polite reminder about packed lunches. We discourage any sugary drinks, No FIZZY (flavoured water is fine). We also provide milk and water during the session.
No chocolate please (chocolate on biscuits is ok)
Please see our healthy meal leaflet for ideas or speak to a member of staff if you would like some advice.
The adults in our room are:
Michelle Frankcom – Room Leader
Katherine Silverthorne – Early years practitioner
Gemma Warren – Early Years Practitioner
Abi Griffiths- Lack – Early years practitioner (Maternity Leave)
Dates for your diary:
- Pyjama Day for Children in Need: Weds 13th Nov – Please send your child/children into nursery wearing their pyjamas for this great cause.
- Children in Need: Fri 15th Nov – We will be making cakes during the nursery sessions and holding a cake sale all week to raise money for Children in Need (Other donations are always welcome J)
- Parents Evening: 20th and 27th Nov – If you have not yet already done so, then please sign up to meet with your child’s key worker. You can find the sign-up sheet on the front of Tulip Room’s door.
- Speech and Language drop in (session reminder): 27th Nov – Being held at Sea Mills Children’s Centre 9.00am- 11.30am
Look at what we have been doing!!
Two Year Old Places
We are now offering a limited number of paid places for our Two Year Old Nursery room. You can choose a mixture of mornings and afternoons but there must be a minimum of 3 sessions per week. The charge is £5.60 per hour. Please see Stuart Huggett in the Two Year Old Nursery if you are interested or wish to reserve a place for when your child turns two.
Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.
You must be getting one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
Children are also entitled to a place if:
- they’re looked after by a local council
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order