Spring Term Newsletter 2019

Welcome to the Spring Term at The Psalter Lane Nursery.
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Shannon Little is the new Deputy Manager. We wish Miss Dower good luck for her new adventure in fostering. We also welcome Miss Chance who is joining the team in Garden Room and Miss Mahoney in Treehouse.

Comic Relief: 15th March
We will be taking part in Red Nose Day this year, helping to raise money for Comic Relief. We will be doing lots of fun activities week commencing 11th March, including dressing up, cake sales etc – look out for what will be happening!!!!

Treehouse
The children in Treehouse will be singing the “Old MacDonald” song, together with learning animal names and the sounds they make,
helping to develop their language skills.
Tree Tops
The children in Tree Tops will be reading “Dear Zoo”. They will be looking at different kinds of animals, the sounds they make and linking stories to animal songs, such as “Old MacDonald”.

Garden Room/Oak Room
The children in Garden Room and Oak Room will be learning about shapes; the names of shapes, the number of sides, finding shapes in the environment, different sizes of shapes and
enjoying number time.

School
The deadline for school applications was the 15th January 2019. We hope that you all applied on time and you will be notified on 16th April as to which school your child will be attending. Going to school is a big transition in a child’s life and we would like to support you and your child as much as possible. We are aiming to have a Transition Meeting at the nursery in March/April where a teacher from a local school will attend to help inform you of what to expect when your child starts school and how to support them. As a nursery we will offer advice on how to be ‘School Ready’. We hope this is something that will be supportive to you!ways nice to know what the children have been up to over

World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March the staff will be dressing up as characters from a book. We are inviting the children to dress up as their favourite character and bring in their favourite book to share with their friends. Books are an important part of a child’s life and sharing stories can support learning and development in all areas.

Library Books
In the porch we are offering a small library service where your child can borrow a book for you to share with them at home. All you need to do is encourage your child to choose a book and sign it out. You can keep it for as long as your child enjoys it, just remember to sign it back when you return it—Reading is Fun!

Scrapbooks
These are an important part of your child’s development and learning. They give both nursery and home a chance to share the child’s interests, skills and experiences, as well as developing language and communication skills. Please remember to bring them into nursery so they can share them with their friends.

Star Moments and Home Observations
In the porch we have some star moments and home observation forms that you can complete and return to your child’s key person. It’s an opportunity to share some of your child’s achievements, interests and what they are doing at home. These will help your child’s key person to support their learning.

Term Dates

Term Begins: Monday 7th January
Half Term: Monday 18th February —
Friday 22nd February
Term Ends Friday 29th March
Further Term Dates are published on our website

Parking
Can we please remind parents not to bring their cars up the cul-de-sac as there is no parking there or outside nursery, it has double yellow lines and it is an offence to park on them as well as being a danger to the children and parents coming in at nursery.
The neighbours around the nursery have the right to contact the police if anyone parks across their driveway.

First Day Absence Calls & Attendance
Can we please remind parents to inform the Nursery if your child is unable to attend for any reason. The Nursery will follow up any unexplained absence with a phone call to see why your child is not at nursery. It is important for all children to attend nursery regularly and on time as it gets them into a routine ready for school. If your child receives funding then punctual time keeping and regular attendance is essential in order for this to continue. Children arriving late to Nursery can sometimes miss out on activities already started at the beginning of the session.

Adverse Weather Conditions

Whilst we will always try to remain open in adverse weather conditions we may have to close the nursery at short notice or delay the start time. Notification of this will be posted as soon as possible on our Website and Facebook page.

Summary of Dates for your Diary

Parents Evening 25th March 2019
Transition Meeting for Parents TBC
World Book Day 7th March 2019
Red Nose Day 15th March 2019