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Newsletter 1 February 2019

Another fantastic week here at Headstart. By request, the children have asked to make buns this and next week. So instead of ‘stick man/woman/person’, we are experimenting with buns. Please don’t panic if your child does not make theirs straight away, we plan to keep this going for the 2 weeks (ish).

We have been on the big field again this morning trying to catch snowflakes, unfortunately for the children the snow didn’t last long. We have been playing in playdough this week and talking about how we can use this in roleplay to create a winter scene. The children have added polar bears, penguins and seals to create an Arctic iceberg.

As our themed topic continues to be ‘Stick Man’. We are asking if you could collect twigs and little sticks etc with your child so they can bring them in over this term. The children have been making pictures using them, stick people, use them for counting…anything really, they chose.

Lots of building and construction using our very popular magnetic blocks. Some amazing buildings coming from there and the children have combined this with the small world to create their own community.

In the cloakroom, we have displayed a poster containing themed words we will be using this term. We have changed the words today, please have a look and please do write on the blank part to help us and show us what words your children have been using at home related to winter and stickman.

Lost property- Please could I ask that you check for a pink string bag with girls clothes in. It went home with someone else this week and has still not returned. Also, some children have lost hats and gloves. We ask that you label all your clothing as this is becoming a daily occurrence. We can not be held responsible for items going missing, if they are on the pegs, but then someone picks it up my mistake thinking it was their child’s, goes home with it and doesn’t return them. Names MUST be on them to help us help you!

Please can we remind everyone of bringing in spare clothes and boots. We do play in the rain and the children are getting wet through their play. We don’t have many spare clothes to offer to your children to change into, so at times they may be dressed in whatever spare we do have and this could be in opposite sexed clothes (please don’t think we are neglecting them, we are simply trying to keep them dry and warm in whatever fits. So please, bring plenty of spare clothes in. PLEASE LABEL THEM!

A polite reminder once again…… Can I ask also, we really do need your child to come with a string bag and not a rucksack. Most of the children are doubled up on pegs, we simply cannot put up more pegs and 2 coats with 2 string bags do fit together. Rucksacks are bulky and big. We do sell bags here, but you are welcome to purchase your own.

We have welcomed some new children this week and they have settled in lovely, meeting new friends and creating bonds with their keyworker. As the intake is increasing, we recommend that if you require further spaces to accommodate both 15 and 30 hrs funding, that you speak to Monika or Kirsty so that we can offer you any free spaces we do have.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parent’s, grandparent’s and carers for your support on Thursday morning. Thankfully we got the pipes thawed and were able to open quickly without any need for closure. The children did fantastic and settled into their routine quickly after the hectic start to the morning. Thank you again. A huge thank you to one of our daddy’s, that has taken the time today to help insulate the pipes so this problem hopefully doesn’t arise again, thank you.

The children have asked to revamp our playroom, could we ask if you have any spare or unwanted items that we could use in our areas if you could drop them into setting. We have a home corner and construction area in need of a make-over. Thank you in advance.

Have an amazing weekend and we shall see you all next week.