Autumn Newsletter 2019 (Ashington)
Dear Parent’s and Carers,
Welcome to the Autumn term newsletter, I would like to say a big thankyou to all the staff and parents for your continuing to support the nursery.
As Autumn has arrived please may I remind all parents to provide a named coat and named hats, gloves and scarves into their child’s bag.
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.
As I am sure that you are aware sadly, we said goodbye to Yvonne Harper our Preschool room lead in August, however Connor Fletcher has been promoted to room lead with Daisy Carvey supporting as holiday club lead.
Bethany Charlwood our shooting stars practitioner, will be leaving us to take on a teaching assistant role at a local school, she will be sadly missed, however we welcome Joshua Brown to the team he will be based in Shooting stars with Debbie and will be supporting throughout the nursery.
I hope you will join me in wishing those staff that have bid us farewell every future success and for those that have been promoted or that have just started with us a very big welcome and a huge congratulations.
We have several staff members completing qualifications this term, Daisy will be completing her SEND coordinator qualification from September and will be taking on the Nursery SEND lead supported by myself and Hannah and Myself and Hannah will be completing our Level 5 Senior Practitioner qualification.
At Ashington Children’s Nursery we have a parent’s forum, for you to be able to have your say and to be apart of the nursery community.
We currently have 2 parent representatives who are responsible for feeding back any minutes from our termly meetings
If you would like to join the parent forum or for more information please email the office at email@example.com.
What’s going on in the rooms ……?
Laura, and Hannah
Laura, Hannah and the Twinkles have been looking at Autumn and down on the farm, they are going to be focusing on your child’s interest’s and next steps to support your child’s learning and development, they have had some lovely new resources and are starting to develop their sensory area.
Debbie and Joshua
Debbie, Joshua and the Shooting stars team are also looking at Autumn, they have been looking at colours of Autumn and are focussing on settling many new friends into the room – therefore, please make sure that you are updating the room team with your child’s interest’s so that they can continue to support your child’s learning and development.
All – Stars
Connor and Daisy.
Connor, Daisy and the All stars team have been looking at different science experiments surrounding the children’s interest’s the children especially enjoyed the zooming space rocket balloons – They have also been looking at people who help us and were lucky enough to have a visit from Two police officers, they brought along their police car and the children enjoyed experiencing the car with its flashing lights and sirens. They also had the opportunity to try on police uniform and hats.
Dates for your diary!
Start of Autumn term:
28th October 2019 – 1st November 2019
Autumn term ends:
31st December 2019
Term time only children last day
13th December 2019
Term time only children return date:
Monday 6th January 2019
Spring term begins:
Monday 6th January 2019
New Autumn term nursery menu.
We hope the children are enjoying the food, we welcome any feedback that you or your children may have.
As I am sure most of you are now aware, we are now an egg free nursery.
I have worked hard to make our menu’s as inclusive as possible for all children within the setting.
Menus have been updated for the Autumn term and will be started on Tuesday 26th August 2019 In line with our egg free changeover
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 yearold 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
Please see dates below for Christmas extras…
New Christmas Session
We are pleased to announce a one-off Christmas session on the Thursday 12th December from 11.30 – 2.30pm.
The session with start with Christmas hat and place mat making, followed by a traditional Christmas Dinner.
For further information or to book/extend you child’s session, please speak to either Abbey Elliott or Hannah Harber, Ashington Management Team.
Christmas Session Code: CSACN12/19
11.30am – 2.30pm Session Fee – £30.00 with Christmas lunch included.
Booking deadline – Monday 2nd December 2019. Bookings are subject to availability.
Christmas Craft Afternoon
On Wednesday 11th December from 4pm – 6pm, the nursery will be offering an afternoon of Christmas crafts for children and parents enjoy alongside the nursery team. You will be able to move around all rooms to create different crafts with your children. You will be able to enjoy a tasty mince pie, take part in a raffle and a chance to buy some handmade Christmas gifts.
On Wednesday 18th December from 3pm – 4.30pm, the nursery’s Christmas party will be taking place, where we will be receiving a visit from a very special guest.
For further information or to book please speak to either Abbey Elliott or Hannah Harber, Ashington Management Team.
Booking deadline – Monday 9th December 2019. Bookings are subject to availability.
Christmas Party Code – CPACN12/19
Christmas shopping day’s
Starting Monday 25th November and running throughout December we are pleased to offer Christmas Shopping Sessions on a Monday and Friday at a 10% Discount.
Sessions Times: 10am – 3pm (home cooked meal included)
For further information or to book, please speak to either Abbey Elliott or Hannah Harber, Ashington Management Team.
Thank you for reading! As always, we welcome any feedback so please feel free to send a quick email, pop in or give us a call.
Abbey, Hannah and the Nursery Team.