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A warm welcome back after the summer break – for those we haven’t seen, I hope you have enjoyed a restful break.
Well what a fantastic British Summer we have had! The sunshine has been very welcome and very much enjoyed here at New House where we have seen many children enjoying a variety of themes and activities ranging from The Emergency Services, The Seaside, favourite books The Little Red Hen and the Gruffalo, finishing off with The Farm!
Amongst all that we have enjoyed the use of the paddling pool almost every day, so much so that the children now regard it with far less enthusiasm than at the start of the holidays – unheard of ever before!!
Our planters yielded a small crop of vegetables this year and the children have enjoyed courgettes, runner beans, potatoes and rhubarb for lunch as a result; we have many green tomatoes which I am hoping will still ripen up.
Six weeks has flown by and I can’t believe we are already into September heading towards the shorter, cooler days of Autumn, however there will be lots happening in the term ahead and here is the first of many newsletters that will come your way this term.
I would like to start with a few reminders:
Ducklings – The room will be led and overseen by me (Miss Jane) with Emma, Jayne and Louise.
Goslings – Laura and Sue until we recruit a replacement for Marie.
Cygnets – Mrs Stevens Wed, Thurs and Fridays with Jo and Becky. In Mrs Stevens’ absence I will also oversee the leadership of the Cygnets on a Monday and Tuesday.
Having two of any name in one setting is always confusing but having two Jane’s/Jayne’s well, that’s probably too much for anyone, especially in one room!!!
Chloe doesn’t start college just yet so she is still helping out wherever the extra pair of hands are needed over the next few days! I will be recruiting for a new full time Deputy, however I do not expect this to happen overnight as it is my intention to find the perfect Brenda replacement – however I fear I might be setting my sights a little too high!! In the meantime Mrs Stevens remains Deputy in my absence.
Brenda: I am thrilled to report that Brenda is now feeling and looking a whole lot healthier after undergoing major hear surgery back in June. As you will be aware she has taken the decision to retire and now that she is feeling fitter, it is my intention to hold a farewell/retirement tea party at the Nursery in the next few weeks to give Brenda the send off she deserves at the end of a very long career– look out for further details soon.
Themes: We will be covering ‘Ourselves’ for the first six weeks.
Term is now well under way and all the new children are settling in well enjoying the vast choice of activities and opportunities available to them throughout their sessions. Well done to all those mummy’s and daddy’s who have had to endure the pain of separating with a ‘noisy one’ - you all deserve a pat on the back for coping so well in those early days. I have especially enjoyed getting to know the Ducklings who I am working with who have responded well to the routine of the room. Keep an eye out for photos being displayed on the screen in the entrance to catch a glimpse of some of their fun!!!!
Ofsted: Our long awaited Ofsted Inspection finally took place on Wednesday 25th September. As soon as our report is published I will be able to share our outcome with you – hopefully not much longer to wait!
Brenda’s Farewell: Well what a fantastic send off we were finally able to give Brenda after her retirement earlier this year. Thankfully she was totally unaware of the party being in honour of her, falling entirely for my “come to our website launch” party!!!!! It was only when she reached the garden and I confessed did she realise that the wonderful gathering was to say thank you and goodbye from so many people at New House – you may have already seen the photo and write up in this week’s Gazette. Further photos are available for viewing and purchasing on the Kentish Gazette’s website.
Themes: For the next six weeks we are learning about Autumn incorporating our Harvest Sale (w/c 14th Oct!). A separate letter outlining the Harvest Sale is on the back of this newsletter. I thank you in advance for your generous contributions. During this theme we will also be using a variety of natural materials i.e. conkers, acorns, fir cones, logs, oats, wheat, grain etc. and any contributions of such items will be greatly welcomed. Please refer to your child’s Medium Term Plan for information about what the children will be covering over the next six weeks including the colours and letter sounds of the week.
Website: I am thrilled to announce that our website is now ‘live’ and in fact you could be reading this very newsletter on it!!! Get me getting all ‘tech’!!! Please do visit the website and let me know your thoughts, your feedback will be appreciated, and all joking aside all newsletters will be posted on the website for you to access. Eventually paper newsletters will become a thing of the past and you will be actively encouraged to use the website for this info.
Half Term: Holiday School forms are in the entrance for the Half Term break W/C 28th October – please return your completed form ASAP if you require care for this week; I would strongly recommend some kind of attendance for those children who are only just starting to settle, a week off can really set them back.
New Parent Questionnaires: These will be issued in the next week or so to all new parents. Please take time to complete it as it provides us with feedback about any changes we may be able to make to improve our service to you. Thank you.
Finally……….. I am away from the Nursery the week commencing the 7th October so Emma, Louise, Chloe and Valerie will be in charge of the Ducklings in my absence and Mrs Stevens has overall responsibility of the day to day running of the Nursery. Please direct any questions or queries to Mrs Stevens in my absence. I think that’s enough to be going on with but please remember to support our HARVEST SALE, its all for a very good cause.
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