Newsletter - February 2019
We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of Susan’s departure from the company. It has been a difficult decision for her, but we wish her all the best.
We are pleased to inform you that Laura Vazquez will be our Nursery Supervisor. Laura holds a foundation degree in early years, a bachelor's in early childhood studies and an Early year's professional status. With over 15years experience in working with early years professionals and children. Laura will deputise Jessica and focus on our children’s pre-school readiness.
Please join us in welcoming Laura.
Please be aware the Pre-School day starts at 9:00 and finishes 12:30/15:30,please be punctual when dropping off/collecting your child as we have time allotted activities that we do not want the children to miss out on.
Thank you from all of us here at Rainbow Little Waltham
What’s gone well?
- 1. The children have settled very well back after the Christmas Holidays from seeing family friends and spending time at home. The New Year has brought us lots of new ideas that we’ve been experimenting with.
- 2. An example of this was our sports coaching session that the children thoroughly enjoyed! From practicing hand/eye co-ordination, balancing, listening and attention skills to performing under pressure and working as a team.
- 3. Our homework folders seem to have made an impression on the children with responsibility, imagination and building upon their literacy and mathematic skills. We hope all our parents are enjoying this new addition for school readiness and parent partner relationships.
- 4. All the children have been working very hard with their jolly phonics song and nearly know all the rhymes off by heart and their actions! We are very proud of their listening and language skills and have built upon this using reading materials, different tools for writing and making marks extending our letter and number writing to meet our next steps on our online journals.
- Any trouble with logging on/viewing your child please ask a member of staff.
What we hope to achieve over the next month
- 1. The month of February brings us into the Chinese New Year ‘Year of the Pig’ which involves lots of fun and creative ideas expanding on the children’s learning through; expressive arts and design, literacy and physical, social and emotional development.
- 2. We start our first session of ‘Jessie’s Music and Movement’ on Thursday 7th of February 10:30-11:15 for our Pre-Schoolers (any children who are not booked in for a Thursday am session, the cost will be £4.75 should they wish to attend). This will allow the pre-school children and our afterschool club opportunities to express their feelings and social experiences through a fun and planned event in which we hope to continue throughout the months of February and March.
Please be reminded of half term; 18th – 22nd February
- 3. We hope to spend the month of February exploring our mathematical language skills and number problems. We will be exploring lots of new tools and equipment that allow us to meet the EYFS age and stage requirements for 30-50/40-60 months ready for next month's 12-week review/tracking.
- 4. A new introduction to our lesson planning will be the introduction of STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) through many activities that will allow each child to have reasoning, prediction, hypothesizing and theorizing so when they come and say, show me how to measure this or show me how to write that because they are having an investigation – which is an intellectually based activity and it comes so naturally to all children.
According to Dr. Sherri Killins, “What STEM does is give a label to what you are already doing… helping children to explore, observe, ask questions, predict, integrate their learning… it’s what we’ve always done in early childhood education.”
- 5. Please take note of our new Key Person board in the lobby which identifies which child has who as a key person.
- 6. To end on a positive note, we had our visit from Ofsted regarding notes taken last November and they are happy with how well we’ve approached the tasks at hand, from staff training to our new garden play area. We hope to see/hear more from Ofsted over the next month or two awaiting our new registration, the opportunity to have under 2’s and become a 51-week nursery.