April Newsletter

Mo & Jo

We are once again having a photographer in to come and take some summer pictures! This is optional and we will have a sign up sheet on the back of the front door, there is no obligation to buy the pictures or a charge for taking them. Lots of people always ask if it is ok to bring sibilings….this is absolutely fine just be aware any booked times may have a slight delay! The date they are coming in is Thursday 30th April please speak to any member of staff for more information.

Donations

We would like to thank everyone who has donated us books/soil/seeds/pots and toys this month. The children really do benefit from this and we are very very grateful!

Reports

We hope you all enjoyed reading your reports! Each key worker hand writes every childs report individually and we hope you notice how personal they are. Every child should have received one (please speak to Astone or Laura if you have not). If you have not already then please return it to your childs key worker with any comments you wish to make. These will then be stuck into their Learning Journeys which you receive when they leave, however if you would like a copy now then please just ask and we can copy it for you.

Teeth Brushing

The bear cubs are really enjoying their teeth brushing every morning and love singing the song and brushing along! Due to this success we are going to implement it with some of the younger ones in Big Bears and children whose parents have indicated they struggle with brushing at home!

If you would like your child to partake then please mention it to your keyworker!

Here is the song below, if you wish to sing along or implement this at home! :)
This is the way we brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth,
Early in the morning’

Staff then comment saying ‘up like a rocket’, ‘down like a plane’ ‘side to side like a choo choo train’. (and repeat!)

Diddi Dance & Music with Stephanie

The Big Bears have been having so much fun with Danielle and Stephanie doing dance and music sessions. They learn so much and have been happy and engaged throughout both sessions! We will be welcoming both sessions in over the next term too! If you do NOT want your child to take part in these sessions, please speak to a member of management and you will not be charged for these.

Grandparent Stay & Play

Thank you to the grandparents that attended our stay & play session last month it was so lovely to see grandparents and children working together in Big Bears to make their own playdough! In Bear Cubs they bathed the ‘babies’ and had a lovely tea party – along with some messy play of course! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the little ones did.

Parents Committee

We are always looking for extra members on our parents committee! These are informal chats that take place to discuss any upcoming events, things we are thinking of implementing and any topics parents would like to discuss. These take place once a term and if you cannot attend a meeting we will forward you the minutes. If you would like to join our parents team please speak to Astone or Laura. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 14th May at 6.10pm.

Outdoor Area

We are so please with the results of our outdoor renovations and the babies are really benefitting from more outdoor play! They have requested donations of any old pots or pans to hang from the posts that would help make a new musical area. The older ones love having a cosy area to sit and have quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the other outdoor space too!

Fundraising

Now that we have our cosy area we are looking to develop our climbing frame area too. To help towards this the staff are holding a fundraising day (date TBC) with ideas of children making over staff, sponsored silences and sponge throws! If you have any ideas on things we can do please let a member of staff know  watch this space…..!!

Laura

The time has come to temporarily say goodbye to Laura while she goes off to start her biggest adventure and have her baby! Lauras last day will be Monday 20 th April  We are going to miss her so much but cannot wait to meet the newest little Sandy Bear. She won’t be far and will still be assisting from home and will still be picking up her emails should you want to contact her. Astone is the on-site Manager and can deal with any queries you may have. Feel free to call email or Facebook her as you would with Laura. Your room leaders are still Beckie and Laura S and they along with other staff are here to help!

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