Newsletter- March 2018
In recent years there has been a cultural shift in our society that has reduced the access and use of outdoors for many young children. Contributory factors include increased fear amongst adults in relation to children’s safety and technological advances leading to an overwhelming prominence of more sedentary indoor activities, such as television, video and computer games.
Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which promote brain development, so we want to support the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. Learning outside the classroom gives children an appreciation of nature and the environment, a chance to be active and healthy and develop their physical capabilities, so this term we have been out and about around the village with the children and have visited the Junior Schools nature garden, St Mary’s Church, the park and have taken the children to the shop to choose and purchase their snack.
Each time we have been out the children have worn their high visibility jackets and have walked holding onto our safety rope, they have listened and followed instruction remarkably well especially regarding road safety. We plan on continuing these trips with further visits to the park, a walk across the fields and a visit to the Wesleyan Chapel.
Tapestry & Feedback books
We have been using ‘Tapestry’ online learning journal for a year now and it has been a valuable tool, recording, analysing and sharing every childs journey with us.
On Tapestry you will find, photos, videos, observations and reports relating to your child. You can see what they have been up to and follow their development.
We have now opened the ‘All about me’ page to enable parents/carers to update information about their child. We would appreciate it if you could update this at the start of each term (September, January & April) so we always have up to date interests and likes/dislikes enabling us to plan appropriately for your child. We will of course give you a reminder each term.
We are now also using ‘Care Diary’ on Tapestry where we can let you know about toileting, morning or afternoon naps and incidents/accidents. Most importantly it has a communication tool which allows two way communication and works like messenger/texting. We have just started to use this so please look out for any notifications and feel free to message us regarding your child.
If anyone would like any help accessing Tapestry, or guidance on how to use it, please do not hesitate to ask.
Since we have been using Tapestry use of the feedback books has reduced. With the introduction of the ‘Care Diary’ on Tapestry giving us an online communication tool we do intend to stop using the feedback books by September if the ‘Care Diary’ communication is a success. We will continue to monitor the feedback books for those parents/carers that would prefer to keep this form of communication until September.
We recognise the need to encourage healthy eating from an early age, as this will help children to reach their full potential in terms of growth and development.
We provide opportunities and experiences to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of healthy eating concepts and give the children well balanced and nutritious snacks.
Crich pre-school regards snack and meal times as an important part of the settings session. Eating represents a social time for the children and adults and this helps children to learn about healthy eating. They are encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat.
We encourage parents to provide sandwiches with a healthy filling and a fruit and milk based dessert such as yoghurt or fromage frais. We provide water for the children although you may wish to put in a juice carton. Please do not include any fizzy drinks. We discourage packed lunches that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet drinks and sweet products such as cakes or biscuits and we reserve the right to return this food to the parent as a last resort.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Crich Pre-School has a strict no nuts policy which must be adhered to.
Summer term sessions
We are currently planning for the summer term, if you would like to increase/decrease your childs sessions please let us know before the Easter break.
Did you know that you can support Crich Pre-School by shopping online?
Every time you shop via ‘easyfundraising’ at one of 3300 retailers including John Lewis, Aviva, Sainsburys and Booking.com, a donation will be made to our Pre-School, and it wont cost you a penny extra. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/crichpreschool/ to sign up for free and get shopping.
We appreciate all your help with fundraising, everything from baking a cake, helping on the cake stall, buying raffle tickets and signing up to Crich Pre-Schools easy fundraising.
Over £200 was made on the cake stall last weekend and with this money we will be purchasing a couple of activity mats, some plants and bulbs for the outside play area, and a bluetooth speaker so thank you for all your support.
Finally we would like to thank all parents and carers for your support and understanding through what has been a difficult term for us in terms of staff shortages and snow days.
We appreciate your continued support.