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Newsletter 15/11/22

(Reg Charity 1199330)

C/o Greystones Primary School, Tullibardine Road, SHEFFIELD S11 7GL

Telephone: 0114 2671111

15th November 2022

Dear all,

I hope you have all managed to stay warm and dry today. We have had lots of fun reading the story Aliens in underpants save the world, decorated our own planets using marbling ink and made and decorated our own alien masks as we continue our topic of light and dark and talk about space. Those children that came dressed for the weather also enjoyed playing what time is it Mr Wolf? For those parents that have returned the social media permission slip please remember to look to see what we have been up to during the day.

I am sure that in the weeks ahead we will have lots of wet and inclement days please send your child in wellies and waterproofs as there are lots of fun activities to do outside such as collecting the rain water, listening to the sounds on a rainy day and colour mixing in puddles. It’s always good to get some fresh air even in the rain!

With regard to the weather and as we are heading towards the winter months, please can you ensure that the setting has all your up to date mobile phone numbers and email addresses? As a setting we aim to provide early years provision every day during term time, however there may be occasions when we have adverse weather conditions that mean the setting has to open slightly later to allow staff to travel across the city or close early to allow staff to go home. In the event of either of these occurrences we will contact you by email. Please also listen out for local radio bulletins and check our website for information.

Thank you to those of you that have emailed to say that they would like to attend parent’s evening in December. You will receive an email in the next couple of days confirming a time in which you can see your child’s key person. If you have not contacted the setting and would still like to have a meeting with your child’s key person then please email as soon as possible and we will try and fit you in.

Over the next couple of weeks you will be receiving your child’s 2 year check or spotlight observation along with their learning journey. These documents form part of your child’s learning and development journey with us and must be returned to the setting so that we can continue to update them and plan for your child’s next steps.

For those of you whose children will transition into school in September 2023, please can you ensure that you have completed and submitted your child’s school application form by no later than the 15th January 2023?

At present there seems to be a lot of different illness in the setting. Just in the last week alone we have had cases of diarrhea and vomiting, children with high temperatures and coughs and hand, foot and mouth. If your child is unwell please could you ensure that they stay at home? This stops the bugs from spreading to other children and ensures that those children and adults that have compromised immune systems do not become seriously unwell. Also if your child has a stomach upset please do not bring them to the setting for 48 hours after the last occurrence. If your child is on antibiotics, please do not bring them into the setting until they have had 48 hours of medicine and finally if your child needs liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen to make it through the day please can you keep them at home? An early years setting is not the place for a poorly child.

Finally we need your help! As you are aware the setting is a registered charity that is run by a group of trustees. At present we are looking for a chair person, deputy chairperson and a treasurer to join the team. As a charity all officer positions should be filled and when this isn’t the case the setting can remain open whilst recruitment activities take place and the remaining trustees undertake any important duties. If you feel that you would like to be involved or would like to fill any of the vacant roles that are available, please contact me for further information.

Home learning challenges

  • On a clear night look at the stars and moon with your children. How many stars can you count?

  • Go on a walk and observe the changes in the environment as we move from autumn into winter. What can you see, what can you smell?

  • Wrap up in a cosy blanket and share a favourite story with your child.

  • Count forwards and backwards to and from 10.

  • Look at patterns in the environment.

  • Look at logos whilst you are out and about, how many does your child recognise?

Have a great week,


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