enjoyed using the nursery tablet to take photos of
the shapes that we found. You can see all the amazing photos that we took on
our wall display in the main room near the office. Message
This month the babies have been
really busy. They have really enjoyed reading stories with the grown ups. We
have all really enjoyed bathing wibbly pig because in our story of the month:
‘’Bedtime Wibby pig’’ we see him having a bath as part of his bedtime routine, he also climbs the stairs
We are getting very good at
counting the stairs as well when we go and play outside. We have all enjoyed
getting really messy in paint when we’ve been creating works of art for our
displays. We have all been trying so hard to find where our body parts are,
like in our song of the month: I love my teddy bear. We have also enjoyed
making our own teddy bears and sticking all the body parts on all by ourselves. We have loved welcoming all our
new babies and their families , it’s lovely to see so many new faces. They are
all settling in really, really well.
March Book of the Month:Who am I? This is my foot
March Song of the Month:Tiny caterpillar
March Focus:Mothers day / Spring
February has been a good
month at nursery so far. We have been working to develop our skills to become
more independent by putting on our own coats, hats and scarves. We are
experiencing the full range of winter weather so far with snow, rain, frost,
wind and sun. We were all really excited about playing in the snow and have
done some sledging on our mini hill and managed to build an actual snowman
before it all melted!
We really enjoyed reading
the Gingerbreadman story last month. We learnt some new words and were able to
recall parts of the story ourselves. Some of us enjoyed reading the story to
one another without a grown up.
Our new story of the month
is: Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. It’s a fantastic story and has
great potential for developing imaginative skills. The story is good for
enhancing all areas of learning. For example to promote the area:
‘Understanding the World’ we will set up water on different levels joined with drainpipes to allow the water to
move from place to place and allow exploration of how boats can move from place
to place. We will also explore floating and sinking to begin to introduce the
concepts of floating/sinking and heavy/light.
‘Expressive arts and Design’ we will provide a variety of colours of paint for
children to experiment with by mixing colours together to create different
colours and shades. Different shades of blue could be used for painting the
ocean, greens can be used for the forest and a whole variety of colours can be
used to create representations of the Wild Things.
To enhance ‘Communication and language’ we’ll
make some role play masks for so that we can retell the story in our own way,
using our own words.
We will be encouraging the children to listen
carefully to the story and to really look at the illustrations, talking about
what we see, what’s happening and what might happen next.
The visits to Chirnside House are going really
well. We have had some fantastic learning opportunities and we’re beginning to
build good relationships with one another. The interactions between the
children and the residents has been magical. The sessions are always structured
so that activities can build on the developing relationships. Changes to
Terms and Conditions
We are introducing an updated set of Terms and Conditions for Nursery when
parents sign up. They have been laid out in a more formal contractual way which
makes them much clearer. We are already using them when new families sign up and
we will gradually get most of you changed over onto the new terms and
conditions in the next few months. We are also looking to introduce two more
policies: 1. A dummy policy and 2. Separated Families Policy. You can read both
of these over the page or you can view them on our website at www.brookdaledaynursery.co.uk
Thank you so much to Chirnside House for their generosity, sharing sessions with us that they have paid for, (and not charging us to share)! It is much appreciated, the children would not otherwise have access to those opportunities in nursery. We have shared the chicks and ducklings hatching out, an exercise class and zoo lab. Many thanks to Michelle, Mark and their wonderful staff team as well as the residents for making us feel so welcome when we visit!
Once your child is 3 they may be eligible for 30 funded hours. (All children are eligible for 15 funded hours BUT they may also be eligible for a further 15.) You become eligible the term after your child turns 3. You need to check if your child is eligible by going onto the childcare choices website and clicking through the link from 30 hours which says apply now.
The earlier you apply the better, however the system has not been without it’s problems with last term being the worst yet, resulting in some families who are eligible for their funded hours not being able to get them due to all kinds of errors on the side of childcare choices. Once you have eligibility you need to re-apply for it every 3 months. This too has been massively problematic and we have seen families left high and dry without the funding their eligible for as they have been unable to re-apply.