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Newsletter 27 September 2019

Dear Parents,

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 are very pleased as a setting that again the children have had a fantastic week! The children have enjoyed free-flow play with the mixed weather we have had lots of fun outdoors in the water and building ramps for the cars/trucks. We have been exploring the theme ‘Harvest festival’ and have had indoor playdough activities, fruit and vegetable sorting and mark making with potatoes. The highlight of the week has to be our trip onto the school field where we were busy exploring nature, we found ‘treasures’, mole hills and wiggly worms J and practised our sport and balancing skills.

We have finalised a date for the trip to the local church with the children and would like to ask for donations of  any tinned/non-perishable items from parents and families to help put together  a food package to donate with the intention to give a little something back to the community .The date for the trip is Tuesday 2nd November and a permission slip will be sent out soon.

Polite reminder:

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.

Many of our children have started potty training which is fantastic and we offer lots of encouragement and praise for our children at Headstart. Please could parents ensure they provide spare pants/pull ups and extra clothes in case accidents do occur as we have recently had a shortage of spares.

We also are experiencing mixed weather and the summer months are coming to an end so if parents can also ensure they provide wellington boots/spare shoes, coats or waterproofs as this will help to keep the children dry and protects clothing from outdoor/messy play.

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.

We have been experiencing concerns from parents regarding how much drink their child is consuming during the day. We would like to express that we encourage the children throughout the day to drink and also provide fresh water at the snack area which is open for the children to use as often as they wish. We allow juice drinks ONLY at lunch time as this is part of our settings policy in order to promote healthy diets.

At lunchtime we have many pack-ups and have found that numerous children have the exact same pack lunch boxes/drinks bottles and this can easily cause confusion and mix-ups. We would appreciate if parents could try to label these items in order to help minimise this problem.

Many Thanks,

Brayton Headstart