Newsletter 10 January 2020
Welcome to our weekly newsletter which will contain dates for the diary, updates on what the children have been enjoying during the week, reminders and any additional information to keep parents in the loop.
We hope you have enjoyed a lovely Christmas and we would like to wish you all a happy New Year J It has been a very positive start back to 2020 with the children in high spirits and full of beans!
This week we have introduced a new theme ‘Transportation’ as our children have been showing interest in cars/aeroplanes/vehicles especially in the small world area so we have decided to build on that and incorporated it into our setting further enhancing the children’s learning.
We have a new display board which the children helped to create with their own designs using mark making to make vehicles, traffic lights and safety messages. We have been busy inside with painting and junk modelling and the children enjoyed making a ‘digger world’ using rice, lentils and the small world to scoop and load to transport in the tuff trays.
Outside the children have been busy using ramps and cylinders to create tunnels for different sized cars to go down. We have also been playing in the wooden huts and visiting the ‘garage’ using the tools for fixing cars and making repairs.
Not only have we introduced a new theme but we are also looking to introduce ‘Yoga’ sessions into our daily routine. Yoga is a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing with the aim to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The staff have been training up on Yoga and the benefits to young children as research shows it is extremely helpful in helping kids reduce levels of negative thinking and depression and by practising yoga and mindfulness it could improve personal, social and emotional wellbeing. We will from next week be running a 10-15 minute daily session that will cover all different ages and abilities and will update you all on how this goes. J
Please could we remind all parents/carers that staff parking alongside the setting’s fence is ONLY for the staff. We have been experiencing some issues with being able to park in the designated area and this causes further complications if staff members have to leave after the session starts to re-park their car. It can affect the staffing ratios and this impact on both health and safety and safeguarding g. Headstart however does appreciate the limited space at busy periods and recognises the inconvenience with the construction work.
Brayton Headstart is a NUT FREE setting. Can we refrain from putting anything containing nuts in pack ups, including chocolate spread and peanut butter. We have a child in setting that is severely allergic to nuts and is in use of an EPI pen due to serious risk of anaphylactic shock. Any pack ups that contain nuts will be disposed of due to the serious nature of the risk to the child.
The registers are looking extremely healthy for the academic year 2019-2020 and we encourage those that are hoping for extra sessions or places for the following year to book now as spaces are limited. Please feel free to speak to Monika or Rachel if you want to extend any sessions so we can try and accommodate and prioritise those that are already in setting.