Newsletter September 2019
Welcome back after the summer holidays, I hope you all had a fantastic few weeks. The holiday club here at the Valley had an action packed time!
I would like to welcome many new families and we look forward to being a part of your early years.
Autumn term is always a favourite and we are looking forward to some exciting activities and new adventures!
I would like to introduce a new member of staff, Amy, who is an experienced Early Years Practitioner and one of our mum’s! Lily will be having some time out from October half term to have her second baby, but will be returning after maternity leave. Amy will take over Lily’s key children during this time.
Healthy Under 5’s (previously known as Nutritious Nippers!)
We are currently working through the guidelines to update our recognition of being a healthy pre-school and have already been awarded the ‘Healthy Eating’ sticker. I have added a new page to our website with many links which you might find useful. Please have a look and I hope you find some links of interest.
We have also been awarded the ‘Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM) for Childcare Providers, the certificate is displayed in the front porch.
Nigel has once again been busy over the holidays refurbishing Pre-School 1. All the classrooms and kitchen have now been revamped which leaves the bathroom to do and Nursery floor!
Hopefully he will start the Tumble Barn very soon for another dry area to use during the winter months!
All new parents will be sent an email to activate their Tapestry account, please look out for it and check your junk mail. It does expire after a period of time, so please do keep checking!
We would love for you all to share home events with us through Tapestry by uploading photos and comments. This is a great way for the children to talk to us about their own community and special occasions.
We do not provide a babysitting service outside our normal operating hours. However, we understand that parents sometimes ask nursery staff to babysit for their children and therefore have written a policy to clarify some points regarding private arrangements between staff and parents and in line with our Safeguarding procedures. For any of our staff to babysit I require you to read and sign the disclaimer, available either from myself or the girls. Thank you for your support.
Kerry – Manager,
Vicki – Deputy Manager, Joint Pre School 1 Room Lead
Lexi – Senior Supervisor
Louise – Pre School 1 Room Lead
Gemma- Pre School 2 Room Lead
Lily – Early Years Practitioner
Amy – Early Years Practitioner
Taite – Nursery Room Lead
Tamsyn – Baby Room Lead
Hayley – Early Years practitioner
Jess - Student
Kerry, Lexi and Vicki – DCPO’s (Designated Child Protection Officers)
Vicki, Lily and Louise – SENCO’s
Any financial or attendance issues can only be dealt with by Kerry. For any general questions please see the appropriate Room Lead.
Please remember to send in a piece of fruit daily for your child to share at morning snack.
Drawstring bags are available and recommended for your child to help with limited storage!
Please check Baby and Nursery blue books for messages.
Please ensure your child has weather appropriate outdoor clothing and that flip flops / crocs are not worn on Forest School days.
Half term 21st October – 25th October (Term time only funded children are required to book in during this week)
Term time funding finishes on Friday 13th December (term time only children are required to book in for the following week)
Whole school closes on Friday 20th December
Re open on Monday 6th January 2020
Tuesday 24th September Forest School (Pre School 1) Harvest Festival Information will be sent to PS 1 parents separately
Thursday 26th September Visit from the Fire Brigade
Handa’s surprise story day – Thursday 17th October Come dressed up for a day of activities.