Spring Newsletter 2019 (Ashington)

Dear Parent’s and Carers,

Welcome to my first newsletter, I would like to say a big thankyou to all the staff and parents for your continuing support.
With all that Cold weather hopefully behind us, we can now start looking forward to the spring and some warm sunshine.

Outdoor clothing

As the weather is so unpredictable now please make sure that appropriate clothing is put into your child’s bags and is named with your child’s full name and room.

Next steps

Please be aware that your children’s next steps are currently being completed, we will be now updating them termly. The team will be extending on your children’s next steps where necessary to make sure that the learning is embedded.

What’s going on in the rooms ……?

Twinkle Stars

In Twinkles we have planned various activities following the children’s interest’s the children will be looking at Dinosaurs and Transport.
The children also be celebrating pancake day, Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s day, we will be creating some wonderful experiences and activities using these interest’s as a guide, we will be supporting the children with their next steps throughout.
Hannah, Laura, and Connor

Shooting Stars

In shooting stars, we are focusing on being kind to our friends and building positive relationships, alongside this we are using the children’s interests to plan some fantastic activities and learning opportunities.
We will be exploring spring and the garden with the lighter evenings and also celebrating pancake day, Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s day
The children will be having a sensory week the w/c 25th February 2019 during this week the children will be able to explore a range of different media and experiences supporting their next steps
Debbie and Beth

All – Stars

In All stars we are currently looking at Super- heroes – putting more of an emphasis on the people who help us, this will lead us on to world book day on the 8th March 2019.
We will be looking at mini- beasts and birds within our environment this will then lead us on to how things grow.
Finally, we are going to be looking at different animals and where they live.
Using our map, we will be looking at how the countries are different in climates and cultures.
All activities and experiences are planned through the children’s interest’s and help to support and embed the children’s next steps and learning.
Yvonne, Daisy, Sandra, and Emma.

Term Dates

Please note last day Term for those children that attend term-time only, who will break up for Easter will be Friday 5th April, starting back with us on Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Dates for your diary!

Half term: 18th – 22nd February 2019
Monday 25th February Parent forum.
Tuesday 5th March 2019 Pancake day
Thursday 8th March World book day – come dressed as your favourite book character.
Monday 25th March – Formal Parent’s evening – please see your child’s keyperson to book in your time.

Food hygiene rating

Well done to Jo and the team for gaining our 5 rating during our food hygiene inspection during February.

Nursery Menu’s

We hope the children are enjoying the food, we welcome any feedback that you or your children may have, we have been trialing self-service at meal times in the pre-school room which the children really have enjoyed after the February half term the Shooting stars children will also begin to trial this. I will be updating menus for the summer/ Autumn term after Easter.

Free entitlement – extended hours

Please remember to update your personal details on your child’s account when you receive your email via parent choices.
All 3 and 4 year old children are currently entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free childcare for 38 weeks of the year (term time) or 11 hours a week for 51 weeks of the year (stretched). From September 2017 this entitlement could go up to 30 hours a week (term time) or 22 hours per week (stretched) for some working families. Here at Ashington Children’s Nursery, we spread the annual entitlement across the full year meaning some families will now be entitled to 22 hours per week (stretched) over the year. You can find more info here:
Those in the qualifying age bracket should have received an email from us regarding what to do next. Please speak to Abbey if you have any queries with this.

Tax free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a new scheme which gives eligible families up to £2,000
per child towards childcare costs.
You will be able to open an online childcare account via
www.childcarechoices.gov.uk which for every £8 you pay in, the government
will pay in an extra £2 (up to £2,000).
You can find more info here https://www.connectchildcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/tax-free-guide-for-parents.pdf

Thank you for reading! As always, we welcome any feedback so please feel free to send me a quick email, pop in or give me a call.
Abbey and the Nursery Team.