Just Learning – Ipswich May 2007 Welcome to my first Just Learning newsletter for Pinewood. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome and supporting me in my new role as your manager. I am sorry this newsletter is a little later than normal, but a I am sorry this newsletter is I later is worth the wait littlehope itthan normal but I hope you find it worth the wait. We have lots of staffing news Firstly I would like to congratulate Crystal on her promotion to Senior which took place earlier this year. I would also like to formally welcome our new staff members who have started since the last news letter. Jo Harris joined our 3-5 team in Oct 06. Melissa Cocksedge - Deputy Manager started in Oct 06. Debbie Lucock joined us as lunch cover in Nov 06. Lesley Lamb who joined our 2-3 team in Nov 06. Clare King who joined the baby unit in Dec 06 and finally Rosalyn Manning who joined our supply staff. I would like to welcome back Emma Humphrey, Fiona Blake and Chantelle Bak who have returned back from maternity leave. I would also like to welcome two new staff members starting in the next few months, Laura Jones and Chloe Cashburn. All About Us All the rooms have been very busy over the past few months, read below to find out more of what they have been up to!!! Kanga’s and Roo’s Room In Kanga’s and Roo’s we have lots of activities out during the day and our favourite is messy play. We would also like to take this time to remind you that as the weather is now changing we need sun hats and cream so we can go out and enjoy the garden.. We are also doing a strong child display of family, pets and our favourite toys. So please could you bring in any photos that we could use on the wall for our display. Thank you Piglets Room In Piglets we provide a wide range of toys for the children to play with. These include shape sorters, Inter-stars, building with the mega blocks and wooden bricks and a cosy corner for the children to relax in. We enjoy doing messy play which includes free painting, finger and foot painting and sticking. Our favourite is playing with crazy foam. We also play with corn flour, flour, beans and pasta. Rabbits Room We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of the new children to Rabbit’s room, and say good luck and have fun to those who have recently moved to Tiggers. We have been very busy just lately doing lots of ‘crafty’ things to put up on our walls in both Rabbit’s rooms. We have also been enjoying picnic type snack times by sitting outside on a blanket to eat our snack. We love doing this!! Our favourite activities at the moment are messy play-especially with water in the garden! We also love our new mark making area where we are free to use felt tips, crayons and pencils whenever we like – it’s great fun! In our home corner area we are trying to make a display of the children’s favourite things from home. We would therefore appreciate it if you have any spare photos of your child with family members, pets or favourite toys, if you could bring them in for our display. Thank you. Tiggers Room We have been having a wonderful time so far this year. We have made ladybirds, frogs, flowers, ducks and some fluffy clouds which we have put up on our spring display. All of our Tiggers would like to welcome the new children that have started over the past few months. It’s been great for everyone to have more children to play with, especially with the beautiful weather we have been having. We have been having lots of fun in the garden with the sand, water, balls and puzzles. We really like taking our babies for walks as well. In the next few weeks we are going to be having lots of fun with different types of messy play and making a big rainbow to hang from our ceiling. We are going to learn about all the different colours of the rainbow and make lots of different coloured pictures to hang up to make our rainbow. XXX Eeyores Room We would like to welcome our new children and those who have come up from Tiggers. We also had to say goodbye to our children who have now gone up to Pooh Bears room, and we hope they enjoy their time there. We have had fun trying to get the children ready for pre-school. This includes using our circle time to look at our colours, shapes and numbers, supervised scissor use and pencil use. We extend on the children’s interests and focus on things they enjoy. We are also doing a display of people and things that are important to the children, such as family, friends, pets and favourite toys etc. These are for our cosy corner to make them even more cosy for the children. Any photos to add to this would be very much appreciated. Pooh Bear’s Room In Pooh Bear’s room we have said goodbye to some of our children who have left to go to ‘big’ school, we wish them well. We are very pleased to welcome our new children. We have introduced free flow between the garden and Pooh Bear’s room. This means that activities are set up both inside and outside. During periods of the day, the door is left open for the children to choose where they would like to play, with both areas being supervised. This is working very well. We have also introduced a rolling snack time, where the children can choose when to have snack, rather than leaving the activity that they are enjoying. Last month’s topic was ‘People who help us’. This month’s topic is ‘Food of the world’. Owl’s Room Firstly we would like to welcome the new children who have joined us in Owl’s Room and a sad goodbye to the children who have gone to big school. This month the children have enjoyed learning about people who help us and recently enjoyed a visit from PC Gary Austin, where the children tried on his helmet, listened to his radio and played in the police car. We would like to start a display about the children’s lives outside of the nursery to establish a link between home and nursery. If possible we would like photo’s of your child at home and pictures of their family. If you have any queries or questions please feel free to speak to either Emma or Jo. Thank youi I hope you enjoyed reading about all the exciting things everyone has been up to over the past few months. If you have any suggestions about your child’s care please speak to a member of staff or use the suggestion box in the entrance area. Events and Dates for your Diary We have lots of exciting things planned over the next few months. See the table below for more details. Dates Events Comments 17th May Photos Please fill in the attached form if you would like your child to have their photo taken. Unfortunately without this permission form filled in we can’t take your child’s photo. 28th May Bank Holiday Nursery Shut 28th May – 1st Half Term Non attendance of funded only June children. rd 3 July Parents Evening More information will be given out nearer the time. 20th July End of Term Last day of Term for funding. July/Aug Summer Fete Date to be arranged July/Aug Nursery Outing Date to be arranged, but any suggestions of places to go would be greatly appreciated. 18th June Baby Massage If you would like to book a place Course Starts on the course please speak to Kara. Other Information Please can I remind you that for Health and Safety reasons please can you let us know if your child will not be attending nursery due to any circumstance. Also now the weather is warmer we would very much appreciate it if you could provide your child with sun cream and a clearly named sun hat. Also attached to this newsletter is an updated registration form, please could you check the details and return the form. We need this information so to keep your contact details up to date, which we use in case of an emergency so it is really important. Also a few weeks ago we handed out Asthma, Allergies and Medical Forms, if you did receive one and you have not returned it yet, please could you do so ASAP. As you may have noticed in the nursery we have made lots of cosy areas in each room, these are there for the children so they can go and snuggle down when they would like, so if you have any spare pillows or cushions at home they you are going to throw away, we would really like them. We are introducing new menus. Copies will be displayed in the entrance hall. Again I would just like to thank everyone for welcoming me and I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.