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Newsletter 4 October 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 have had yet another very busy week in setting; the children have been very enthusiastic and full of beans! J The children have enjoyed a range of varied activities. We have been baking pizza pittas, using our autumn treasures for creative arts and hedgehog pictures, magnetic building and enjoyed books and group singing. Our outdoor fun has involved chalk mark-making, cars and scooters and practising our football skills, not to forget our group ‘vegetable hunt’.

We have also provided the children with brown paper ‘Autumn treasure’ bags for some family fun to help get the children out and exploring nature and as our current theme is Autumn we would love for you to share your findings with us all in setting and talk about seasons, growth and textures which we can incorporate into out learning activities.

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 5th November and a permission slip have now been sent out so we are looking forward to receiving your responses.

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.

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