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New EYFS Information

Dear Parents

Welcome (back) to the start of the autumn term. We are writing to you to give you an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and to inform you of the recent changes that have come into effect this September.

What Is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old and ensure that your child will learn and develop well and be kept healthy and safe. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning and is the same curriculum as in reception classes in school. From September 2021 the EYFS has changed.

What Will My Child Be Learning?
The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:
• Communication and language
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Physical development

There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

We will consider your child’s needs and interests to plan challenging and enjoyable activities and experiences. You can help us to do this by sharing your observations of your child’s interests at home.

There are also three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
• Playing and exploring
• Active learning
• Creating and thinking critically
These tell us about how each child learns not what they are learning

Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

The new curriculum gives us the opportunity to spend more time interacting and playing with your children. This means that we will not be completing as many written observations and putting them on Famly. This does mean that we will know your children very well and be able to share observations verbally with you. It is important that we continue to listen you as parents regularly.

What can you do to help your child?
• Chat, play and read to and with them
• Encourage them to be independent
• Play board games with them

There is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary. You can help us do this by:
• Having quality learning conversations and interactions with your child
• Reading a range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts
• Teaching your child new words and vocabulary
• Sharing what you are doing with your child at home

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s key person. Thank you for your continued support.

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September 2021 Newsletter

September Newsletter 2021

Welcome to our September Newsletter, firstly we would like to welcome all of our new families that have joined us. We are excited to watch your children grow and flourish.
Secondly, we wave good bye to many of our older children who are starting school, we wish them the very best of luck and we are extremely proud of you all!

Our OFSTED inspection has now taken place and I am extremely proud to tell you our outcome was good across all of the four areas. A huge thanks to our parents and carers for your lovely comments. Without you and your children we would not be here today doing the job that we love.

If you wish for Younger Siblings of children who already attend to be signing up to Nursery in the near future please see us now to reserve your space. I am anticipating a 6 – 12 month waiting list.

This term sees some huge changes for the Early Years Curriculum, we are trying to get our head around these and are planning a very simple start to the term.

We have considered re launching lunches, we would love some parent feedback so please let us know your thoughts, a possible start for these would be October at latest end of.
We propose a much simpler lunch menu, for example, pasta bakes, jacket potatoes, homemade soup, hot dogs. Pudding would consist of Yoghurt or fruit. These would need to be booked in advance and paid for in advance.

Toys / personal belongings
Could we ask that toys and personal belongings are left at home or in bags before the children enter Nursery. We end up losing them, they often get hidden by the children in the most peculiar places and these also cause children to argue in setting over items that aren’t ours which can make life a little distressing for all involved!

Christmas Cards are in production, if you would like to order a pack please let the girls know, payment will need to be provided before we order. The cost is £6 and the final date for ordering will be 8th October I shall post the designs for you to look at shortly after this newsletter.
As usual we will be doing our tea towels printed with logo and either your child’s self portrait or hand / foot print. Priced at £6.
We will also be offering your child’s Card design on a coaster priced at £4.50 each or £12 for 4.

Last year and this current year, saw many cancellations for us including the Christmas play, sports day – to name a few! Should we have any more interruptions we will aim to Film this but all parents will need to give permission. It would be good to know in advance if you wish your child to be disguised, so we can plan our characters – for example our donkeys usually have lovely headwear!


It is with great hope that I announce the dates this year as follows:

Christmas Play – Friday 10th December
Christmas Party – Friday 17th December
Father Christmas Visit – Date TBC
Polar Express Day – Monday 6th December (All in Pyjamas)


Uniform
We are awaiting a new delivery of Uniform – These are NOT mandatory but if you wish for your child to have one please ask the girls to add you to our list, pricing 9.95 for a jumper, 5.50 for a polo. Please note our polo shirt colours have now been discontinued so will be white or Navy! Sizing is (1-2) (3-4) or (5).


New project
We get huge amounts of offers of donated goods such as clothing, shoes, pushchairs and toys.
Is anyone interested in a swap shop, our Cellar which is also known as the Dungeon (just our nickname) could potentially become a storage area for a set up, it would be great to recycle such items and would be interested to know if anyone would like to help or donate.

Buggy Park
We have been for many months trying to create a buggy park but trying to find tradesman if near impossible – if anyone knows of someone handy that would like to help, we would be grateful!

Apologies for the long newsletter, we tend not to do one over the summer but will be back now with monthly updates. As always if you have any questions, concerns or feedback please contact me directly, email is usually best. I would also like to thank you all for yet again your continued support, kind comments and recommendations. It has been an extremely challenging 18 months and you as parents and carers have been incredibly supportive. We are honoured to have your children, there is no better job in the world than watching them thrive. Our staff work extremely hard to provide the environment we have and you all make everything very worthwhile.

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Pre-School's Home Learning July 2021

Pre-School Home Learning for July 2021

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Pre-School's Home Learning June 2021

Pre- School June Home Learning

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Toddler's Home Learning June 2021

Toddler Room June Home Learning

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Babies Home Learning June 2021

Babies June home learning

  • Create your own Celery stamp Rainbow fish design.
  • What transport can you see where you live or on your way to nursery, can you name them?
  • Can you sing the wheels on the bus at home with your family?
  • What’s your favourite zoo animal? Can your family help you build whatever it may be?

                                
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May 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our May newsletter, I hope it finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Some big changes have happened over the last few weeks including new flooring in the Pre- School, a new Kiddybus for the children to get out and about, a new camera identification entry system and some new sleeping pods.

We are yet to create our Pushchair bay outside the Nursery and are looking forward to having some lovely new windows in Pre-School. We hope that you like the new additions and changes.

We are placing a big emphasis on toilet training, healthy eating and independence throughout the Nursery. We have gathered and collated information on how best to support our families from various professionals including our local health team. There are flyers and information booklets in and around nursery so please feel free to ask for one. If you feel that you need support with this, we are more than happy to provide this. Last year it was planned to have an informal social evening with Debbie Richards from Bladder and Bowel NHS. However, Covid interrupted this, I would be interested to know if any families would like me to try and organise this again? I would be happy to do face to face with covid measures in place but we could also look at virtual?

We are part of the Oral Health programme, which again has been delayed due to covid and as part of infection control decided to postpone! That will be due to start again after May half term, please look out for your home kits and make sure you re-sign a new consent form!

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Every Mind Matters

A brilliant link for our parents and carers, this is worth a peek, for those who do need support - never be afraid to ask. It has been tough and as we step back into a little normality, we understand life can feel daunting!

Mental wellbeing tips for parents
Every Mind Matters has tips and practical advice to help parents look after their children's and their own mental health.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

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Sounds Right Phonics

With so many children struggling with communication and language delays and the waiting lists so long, we have decided to implement phonics classes to help during the interim time. We have organised to have the lovely Faye from Sounds Right phonics come in every week. I will need consent forms for children to take part. Faye can currently only attend once a week on a Monday but staff will be working with her to pick up any strategies we can use and share with you!

Please be rest assured that the strictest Covid measures are in place with any outside agencies visiting! I hope this helps!

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April 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our April Newsletter, we have this week been enjoying the lovely sunshine and therefore have spent lots of time outside on walks and in the park. 
The children have loved this, as the sun is back can you please remember to pop sun cream and hat in your child’s bag! 

We have received some deprivation funding – which is allocated to something that will benefit the children. Therefore, we have purchased a Kiddybus, with 6 seats, this is a type of Pushchair which means we can get the younger ones out more often! We are really looking forward to it arriving. On this note, we are always open to suggestions of what you might like to see in terms of resources and equipment within the setting – please forward any ideas! 

Parent consultations went really well, if we did not have chance to catch up with you or it was not a convenient time please make contact at any time to discuss your child. 

Can we remind all our lovely families that we are a Nut free zone – due to a child having a severe Nut allergy we would rather not take any chances and felt this was the easiest way around it! 

Lost property
Please check in Nursery if you are missing any items, we have a box in reception! Lots of things have been misplaced, we label as best we can but if you can label your items that would be really handy as so many children have similar items! A concerted effort is being made to ensure the correct things go home – apologies to those who have had mis placed items! 

Spare clothes
Can we ask that parents provide two sets of spare clothes if possible – we do have plenty if not but the children have been enjoying lots of water/messy play lately and although we use aprons a lot of the time we can’t always promise they won’t get wet! 

Good Friday & Easter Monday we are closed for a little rest but will re-open on the Tuesday as normal. We hope that you all have a lovely long weekend together and wish you all a very Happy Easter! 

Lastly, thank you again for all your continued support, this spring term has felt long and it has been difficult for the children adjusting back to normal routine. That said, I am incredibly proud of how each individual has flourished since their return!

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February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the first newsletter of the year, I hope that it finds you safe and well.

Topics for February include Valentine’s day, Shrove Tuesday, our family and Chinese New Year!

Home learning sheets will be posted on the Front doors and Famly, it’s great to see what you get up to at home so please feel free to post your pictures and observations of your children.

Please could you check your child’s hair for headlice and treat as necessary.

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January 2020 Newsletter

Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to you all, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas! A huge welcome to all our new families!

Phonics Night
Thursday 23rd January we will be holding a short session on phonics 18:30 in the pre-school, please register a space in the office. Please do come along!

Spare Clothes
Please can you make sure your child attends with spare clothes and any which have been borrowed can you please return. We are getting very short on age 2.5 plus! Thank you in advance.

It’s a want……
We are in desperate need of junk modelling items, tubes, newspapers, plastic pots.
Remote controls, telephones (house ones), mobiles and small plant pots.
Please bring them in if you have any surplus!

Toddler Room
Toddlers will be learning about their families at the end of this month and we will be holding afternoon tea for family members, I will confirm the date for this next week.

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Parent Workshops

First Aid Evening - 14th November 2019

18:30pm in the Pre-School

Parent Paediatric First Aid evening with Liz Greenway from Abbeymead First Aid.

An evening with Liz to give our parents and carers an insight on First Aid, please register your interest in the office.

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December 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our December newsletter – a little late, we have been busy!

Last week we saw the Christmas play take place and I’m sure you will agree that all the children did exceptionally well.
A huge thank you to all the staff and parent helpers for making this possible.

As the end of the year draws to a close we as a team must thank you for your continued support and recommendations, you all make Fledglings a very special place!

Congratulations
A huge congratulations to our lovely Chloe from Pre-school on her recent engagement!

Family
Please see me if you have not yet received your login for the app, this has proved to be very handy in communicating and as of January we will be adding the children’s learning and development to the system, the ‘red’ books will still be used to collate all of their photos and artwork.

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November 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter, December is fast approaching so please make sure you have our dates for the Christmas play and Parties in your diary, letters will be sent out shortly with your child part in the play (should you need to provide anything.)
Friday 13th 10:00am, Christmas play – Trinity Church, Wednesday 18th 14:00 – 15:30, Pre School – Christmas Party. Thursday 19th 14:00 – 15:30, Toddler/Babies Christmas Party.

Wanted
We are in desperate need of Newspapers if anyone has any they can spare!

Family
The app is working well, we are adding more photos and observations as we go, it’s been quite a drawn-out process trying to get to grips with it, if you still haven’t provided us with an email please see me and I can get you onto the system.

Photos
We hope that you have all received proofs of the lovely photos which Jayne took! Any problems please see me!

First Aid evening with Liz Greenway
14th November at 18:45 in the pre-School, this is fully funded by us, please register your place so we can make sure we have enough cake! The session will last about 2 hours and will cover basic paediatric First Aid – Everyone is welcome!

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October 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our October newsletter. Firstly, thank you for all your generous donations for the foodbank – we will be sending these off this week. It’s been a busy start to the autumn term with lots of new children – thank you all for your patience and understanding during our busy times of the day!

As the wet weather has arrived please could we ask that your child attends nursery with wellies and full wet suits – we aim to be out in all-weather unless it is unsafe to do so, we are also asking that your child bring slippers – please feel free to leave these items at Nursery should you wish too. (We will have some new bags on their pegs for all their belongings).

We are in need the following so if anyone has any surplus please bring them in:

Newspapers, pots & pans, utensils, telephones (corded), wooden garage and farm toys.

Lots of parents and carers are still not set up on our family app – if you haven’t received a link to set this up please give the girls your email and I will add you. We are changing the way that we record the children’s learning and development, these will be added to famly and you can also contribute – the Nursery Books will still hold all their lovely artwork and photos for you to keep!

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