Welcome to Nursery
Foundation Stage Leader – Ms Booth
Nursery Nurses / Teaching Assistants:
Ms Renuhausay, Ms Lewis, Ms Hewitt & Ms Hunter
We have had a wonderful start to the year, welcoming you and your children to our Nursery. We have appreciated your support in helping the children with their transition to nursery and value the information you were able to share with us at the ‘sharing visit’ we had at the beginning of term.
The children are making great progress in settling into their new environment and they are showing a lot of interest and engagement in the activities offered to them. Please continue to keep us informed of how you feel your child is settling and we will do all we can to make sure they continue to have fun while they are learning.
The children have explored the areas of the nursery and played eagerly with many of the resources. Particular favourites have been
- modelling with play dough
- exploring the sandpit
- climbing, building
- making train tracks
- making mud pies and washing the babies.
The children are very quickly developing a sense of belonging to the Rainbow Nursery and are very proud of their achievements. They are also playing very happily with each other.
Each session begins with an opportunity to explore the stimulating resources that are on offer
At carpet time we have been singing favourite songs, learning where to put our toys when we have finished playing and using our visual timetable to help us remember what we will do next. We have just introduced our special ‘Rainbow Board’ and we like it when we go up to the rainbow for being kind to others, being helpful and doing ‘good sitting’, ‘good listening’ and ‘good looking’. This week we will be taking two ‘special helpers’ to the office every day to deliver the register and we will learn to say ‘hello’ to adults in the office – a very responsible job.
Next stop is snack time and all the important routines for eating
The children love to have their snacks and to watch the world go by and like to talk to the adults and each other about the fruit they have chosen, what they do with their families and other things that are important to them. This is followed by ‘free-flow’ learning time when children engage with adults and learning opportunities both inside and outside in the nursery garden.
- We come together again at the end of the session for a shared story and singing.
- The children love listening to stories and joining in with favourite songs and are learning to listen carefully for their name to be called to go out to their parents and carers.
We support all of the children with toileting routines, putting on dressing up clothes, climbing, removing and putting on shoes and socks and other routine tasks if children need help. As time goes on we encourage children to develop these skills themselves to enable them to become independent in making choices about when they move from one activity to another. As parents, you have an important role to play in helping your child to master these skills and to reach milestones in their development. Together, we can help them to become independent in their self-care.
We would like to offer a few practical tips to help your child to manage the routines throughout the day.
- If your child brings their own snack, please send it in a named pot to help us identify who it belongs to. This helps to avoid any upsets or confusion. Sending a small, named pot is easier for children to manage because it will fit in the box under their coat peg. Please send ‘pots’ of fruit or vegetables only.
Changing our shoes
- Because children have opportunities throughout the day to climb and play in the sandpit and ‘mud kitchen’, they often need to change into wellies or to take off their shoes. Please send them in shoes that are easy to fasten and unfasten and that are safe for climbing. Shoes that fasten easily enable the children to be independent, so it is easier for them to have a go at removing and putting on their own shoes and socks. Shoes or trainers with Velcro straps are ideal.
Bringing your child into the Nursery in the morning
- Coming into nursery is a very busy time now that all the children have started nursery. We are keen to welcome parents into the nursery with their children, especially as children are settling and we are happy for you to spend some time playing with your child before you leave.
- We would like to thank you for asking older siblings to wait outside the nursery, when possible, as this reduces the number of ‘bigger’ people at the start of the session.
- Adults on the door will help to stagger the entry of children and parents between 8.45 am and 9.00 am and 12.30 pm and 12.45 pm.
- Please remember that children do not need to bring bags unless they are going on to another setting in the afternoon or have arrived from another setting. Spare clothes can be kept on each child’s peg in a named plastic carrier bag.
- Each child will be sent home with a sharing book and a reading record book every Friday.
- Each Friday the staff will change book bags and send them home. If you would like your child to change their book bag more frequently you are welcome to come into the nursery at the beginning of the session to change their book bag with them.
- If you have not yet sent in a named book bag for your child, they can be purchased from the school office for £1.20 or £1.50 depending on the size you choose.
- The reading record book contains ideas for activities you can do with your child to develop their early language and literacy skills. We would love to receive some feedback from you and your child when you ‘have a go’ at these activities at home.
Sharing our learning
- During our ‘Getting to Know You’ sessions, you will find out more about the learning opportunities that children have at the nursery. We would like to share the learning that your child engages in at nursery and will be offering ‘Children’s Home Challenges’ for you to share with your child so that you can offer similar linked challenges at home.
- An overview of the planning for the term accompanies this letter. We plan weekly from this Medium Term Plan drawing on our ‘topics’ and the children’s interests. The planning will be displayed in the nursery noticeboard on the outside wall each week.
At the end of the session
- The staff members on the gate and on the door are responsible for making sure that your child is handed over safely to you and will send out only one child at a time.
- As at the beginning of the session, the staff members on the gate and on the door must pay full attention to each child as they leave, to ensure that they are handed over to you safely.
- For this reason, we ask you to wait until all children have been ‘dismissed’ before you ask questions of staff on the gate or door. We are happy to talk to you once all the children have safely left the premises as you may have questions or information that you need to share, especially in the early days.
- Please write in the message book the name of the person collecting your child, if it is someone other than yourself. If you would like a friend or relative to collect your child on a regular basis, please add the name to the ‘child collection’ form that you have completed, which is in a file just inside the main nursery door. We are only able to release your child into the care of someone else if we have your permission.
- We look forward to seeing you all at our
‘Getting to Know You’ sessions on the following date:
- Morning Nursery – Tuesday 8th October – 9.00 am to 9.30 am
- Afternoon Nursery – Tuesday 8th October – 2.45 pm to 3.15 pm
Please remember to send in a photo of your child with your family for our ‘family Board’ and a photo of your child for the front of their learning journey.
‘I’m coming to Rainbow Nursery’ posters are now on the school website. Please select the ‘class’ tab, then ‘nursery’ tab and the link can be found there.
Customising your child’s poster
The idea of this poster is for you to tell us as much as you want to about your child. This will help us get to know your child and understand what they need to feel cared for at school.
Please customise your poster in any way you like. Talk to your child about what should go in it too. You can change the colours and fonts to suit your child. When you have finished you can e-mail it back to school (email@example.com). We will print it off and this will form the first page of your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ book.