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March 2019 – Newsletter



Dear Parents/Carers

Hopefully you all survived the week holiday and are glad we re-opened today!

The next 6 weeks before Easter is proving to be a very busy one.

Indoors we are having fun dressing up, giving plenty of opportunities to develop self-care skills, as well as the cognitive, physical, social and emotional benefits associated with this type of play.

Following on from holiday club, we are developing communication, speech and language skills by making puppets, creating stories and acting them out.

Measuring dinosaur bones enables us to explore mathematical concepts, while spring planting helps learn about seasons and change. Also, outdoors, much to the boys’ excitement, we have set up a ‘Police Station’ role play area.

If you would like to hear any more about any of this, please ask a member of staff.



We are very grateful for any home observations you are able to add to your child’s developmental records via Capture. To clarify, in order to login please follow this link – enter using your email address, or for new parents, click on register. All families should be receiving updates on a regular basis. If you are having difficulties receiving observations from the setting, please let your child’s key person know.


Toys from Home

We recognise that brining toys from home is sometimes beneficial to a child, particularly as they settle, or to see them through a difficult time. However, we have seen a huge increase in the number of toys being brought into setting. This can cause issues with sharing, damaged toys, or even lost toys. Unless your child has a specific need, please leave toys at home. Thank you.


Starting School Evening

Each year we hold a starting school evening, to which we invite all the reception teachers from our local schools. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss any issues surrounding your child starting school in September. Even if you have an older child already at school, each child is different, procedures may have changed, and so it can still be beneficial. At the evening, key people will be available for a brief parents meeting concerning your child’s progress. As soon as I have confirmed a date, I will let you know.


Mother’s Day Celebrations

On Friday 29th March we will be celebrating our ‘Mum’s in our usual fashion of tea/coffee and cakes. This will take place in the Town Hall between 2pm-3pm. As always, all mum’s, aunts and grandmothers are welcome. Invitations will be sent home in the next couple of weeks, and we would appreciate the rsvp sheet completing once you have received yours.  All children in Setting this afternoon will be taken to the Town Hall to meet you. For those of you unable to make it staff will be assigned to sit with the children in your place.



We will be having a collection for the ‘Firefighter’s Charity’ on Wednesday 3rd April. Some of you will be familiar with this very simple way of fundraising. During the next month as you sort out your wardrobes, we ask that you put aside any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, and belts. Please bag them up and bring to setting either the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd April, or before 9.30am on the morning of the 3rd. The heavier our collection, the more money we raise for Acorns, plus a contribution also goes straight to the ‘Firefighters Charity’.


Holiday Club

Dates for Easter are – 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 25th April. Booking forms will be available at the end of this week.


Reminder: We break up for Easter on Friday 12th April, and will be back on Monday 29th April

Thank you for your continuing support. As always if there is anything you wish to discuss please give us a call or speak to your child’s key person.


Kind regards

Val & Team