2020 Monthly Newsletters

December

Nursery News

We would like to begin this letter by saying a huge thank you to our parents and carers. 2020  has been, as for all business, our most testing time to date. The support from you all in adhering to the guidelines, with understanding and patience, has been hugely appreciated. Thank you also for your direct messages of support. They have not gone unnoticed and have given us all a  boost over this tricky time. 

We would like to extend our thanks to the staff. Life inside the nursery is very much business as usual. The staff have been unwavering in their commitment to providing quality childcare whilst adhering to the, often very restrictive, guidelines.

The fantastic news is that we have almost made it to Christmas! With the promise of a vaccine in sight, we very much hope that 2021 will see us all enjoying a little normality! We would like to wish all our Tiny Tots family a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.

COVID 19 Update 

In terms of Government Guidance, we have had no significant updates that change our current procedures. With this in mind, our risk assessments will remain in place and will be reviewed again during the Spring term. 

 

Important Dates 

Friday 11th December Is Christmas Jumper day! Please feel free to send your children in their  Christmas jumpers (or anything festive). You are welcome to continue this festive theme throughout the week beginning 14th December. Please follow the link to our Just Giving Page and make a donation to the Christmas Jumper charity, Save the Children.  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cjd200032033

W/C 14th December 

We will be decorating our Christmas tables at lunch and snack times and adding a few extra festive edible treats! Please continue to send packed lunch and snacks as normal.  Throughout this week we will also be playing party games each day. 

For this year, these plans will replace our usual Christmas lunches and party day. 

Closing Dates 

The nursery will close at 6pm on Friday 18th December and reopen on Monday 4th January at  8am. 

Reviews 

Staff have now completed reviews for all the children and will be sending copies home over the next week. We would appreciate you completing and returning the feedback forms that will accompany the reviews. This information is an invaluable insight from parents and informs our planning for the children for the upcoming term.  

If your child is in the Ladybird room, it is likely that their review will also form their 2 year check.  If this is the case, your child’s key worker will be in touch to arrange a Zoom call. 

Current Projects

Caterpillar Room

The baby room’s current focus is based around balls. The project stemmed from the children’s interest in balls and fascination with the trajectory schema. The project was initially research based with staff focusing on the development of early physics in relation to forces and motion.  Lots of fun has been had by playing with large beach and fitness balls as well as smaller sensory balls along with guttering and drainpipes. The staff have seen real progress in the children’s ability to use varying force to move the balls. These skills have, in turn, developed core strength as well as fine and gross motor skills. 

Ladybird Room

The toddlers have been investigating shadows! This project arose from an initial interest in torches and light. The room has been enhanced to complement this project with several LED  spotlights and sheeted areas to make shadows. The children have learnt that we need a light source to form a shadow and that sometimes this comes from an electrical light or sometimes from the sun. Further investigation around the reflecting of coloured materials through light has also been a source of interest. 

Dragonfly Room

The project in the Preschool room has been based around landscapes. This has led the children to study a range of landscapes within the nursery garden, the field and in the woodland as well as some spectacular views from their own bedroom windows! More recently the project has focused on the landscapes within their favourite story of the Bear Hunt. The children have learnt new skills around exciting storytelling and drama techniques. A festive example of this will be shared soon...watch this space! 

School Applications 

For all children born between 1st September 2016 and the 31st August 2017, you will need to make your small application by 15th January 2021. Visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions or  https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place If you need specific help with your application, please call the Family Information Service on  0800 587 8191.  

For applications to the new Launceston Primary school, opening in September 2021, please also visit the link to Cornwall council admissions page and follow the information provided.  

Medical Forms 

A reminder that our medical form is available in electronic form on our website. Please complete this form, prior to arriving at nursery, each time you would like us to administer medicine.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScV7iFVTGePK_LjLWBIyWe78CWMseuikrhlUiTt9xlYSjCPNQ/viewform?gxids=7757

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