CARRICK NURSERY UNIT NEWSLETTER
Welcome to our first Newsletter of the year. You will be receiving one every two months. Our Nursery newsletters provide you with lots of information about the Nursery e.g. our Nursery curriculum, trips, visitors to Nursery, topics, colours, rhymes and songs, advice on how to help your child at home and lots more.
Starting Nursery is a very exciting time for both you and your child.
Our Settling In timetable allows each child to become familiar with our environment and the adults in the Nursery. They are initially in small groups which gives them the opportunity to explore our activities and become familiar with our rules and routines before they join the bigger group.
It is very helpful at this time for you to:
-Talk positively with your child about their new Nursery e.g. discuss the toys they will be playing with, having snack, playing outside every day, meeting other boys and girls, names of adults, listening to story in Quiet Room before dinner etc
-Encourage your child to be as independent as possible at home especially putting on/taking off coat and shoes and tending to themselves at the toilet.
-Bring your child into the Nursery classroom every morning and briefly talk about which Area of Play they would like to choose first.
-Be honest and let them know that you are leaving but reassure them that you will be coming back shortly to pick them up.
-Do not put pressure on your child to make friends quickly - initially they are just becoming familiar with the whole Nursery experience and exploring all the Areas of Play.
-Speak regularly to Nursery staff about how your child is settling in and discuss possible strategies if they are still becoming distressed leaving you in mornings e.g. bringing familiar toy from home, keeping small photograph of you in pocket etc.
-Be aware that your child will probably initially be exhausted after Nursery and that their sleep pattern may change.
-Enjoy your first school experience together.
Please feel free to ring the school at any time during these early days if you are concerned about your child or simply require reassurance that everything is alright (tel: 028 3832 2458).
Photographs of our Nursery staff are displayed in our Entrance Hall including Mrs Brown (Nursery Coordinator), Mrs Elliott (Teacher), Mrs Murray (Nursery Assistant), Mrs Black (Nursery Assistant), Mrs Cullen (Newcomer Assistant), and Mrs Capper (Special Needs’ Assistant).
During the months of September/October we will be concentrating on settling in the new children and teaching them our routines – Snack, Art & Toilet. These routines are the basis of our Open plan Nursery day and it is essential that all children become familiar with them and can carry them out independently before moving on to longer hours.
We will be introducing topics regularly throughout the year. During September and October we will be introducing Topics on “Settling in”, “Myself” and then “Autumn”.
More details of our Topics will be on our Information Board in our Entrance Hall and also advice on “How to Help Your Child at Home” will be displayed. Encourage your child to look at the topic displays and talk about them to extend their vocabulary but please ensure that all items on our displays are returned to their original place before moving on.
Nursery children will be able to get individual photographs taken on 24th October by Opus. Nursery children with brothers and /or sisters in our school can also get their photograph taken together.
Rules are a vital part of our Nursery as they provide structure and consistency for children. We quickly introduce our Nursery rules to our new children as well as continually reinforcing and rewarding positive behaviour with stickers, Good News Notes and praise from all adults.
We will soon be introducing our first colour – ‘RED’ and during Oct/Nov we will be introducing the other Autumn colours brown, orange and yellow. We will be doing lots of activities reinforcing these colours and setting up Autumn displays. If you have any chestnuts, acorns or red leaves please bring them in. No berries please.
We collect all money on Mondays only. Money will only be accepted if it is in an envelope with your child’s name on it. Envelopes can be purchased from Nursery Staff at a cost of £2.00.
Dinner Money is £2.50 per day (£12.50 per week) and can be paid by cheque or cash weekly or monthly. Cheques should be made payable to EA).
Toy/Snack Money is £3 every week. This money is used first of all to buy food for our healthy snack and then to buy resources for the Nursery. We will let you know of any big purchases made during the year and are extremely appreciative of your support. Snack money can be paid either weekly or now monthly.
The Entrance to our school at opening & closing times is very busy and raises the chance of an accident. Please try to park on Sloan Street and avoid bringing cars into Sloan Avenue. Parking is not allowed in school grounds or in the staff car park at any time.
Community Notice Board
We have a Community Notice Board in our Entrance Hall which provides information on local events for parents. If you have anything you would like to display please speak to Nursery Staff.
We are very keen to discuss your child’s progress with you during the year and also for you to have the opportunity to talk to us about your child so we will be having three interviews during the year. Our first interviews will be held in November. Details of interview times will be put up on Information Board in Entrance Hall nearer the time.
Outdoor Play is a vital part of our Nursery Curriculum and we offer it every day weather permitting. Please make sure your child wears suitable footwear for running, climbing etc and that it is clearly labelled with their name.
Please also ensure that you bring in a complete change of clothes for your child to be left in a bag on their peg with every item of clothing labelled.(Clothes for changing do not have to be school uniform)
Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible at home and to try to put on their own coat and shoes if possible.
We provide Carrick Nursery coats for outdoor play and welly boots for the children to wear in our outdoor sand house. All clothing must be clearly labelled.
Breakfast / After School Clubs
Breakfast and After School Clubs are available for all Carrick children. Breakfast club is available from 8 am and Afternoon Clubs are available from 1.30 pm for children when staying full time. Nursery children attending Breakfast Club are brought down to their class by a Classroom Assistant at 8.55am. If your child is attending Club they must bring a school bag and leave it on their peg for Art work, letters for parents etc. Please note that medicine must NEVER be sent in a child’s school bag to Nursery or Clubs.
Picking up / Collecting children
Children are welcome to come between 8.55 am and 9.10 am. We complete our register at this time and unfortunately children who arrive after 9.10 am will be given a Late mark unless you have informed Nursery Staff beforehand. If your child is sick please either ring our School Office (028 3832 2458) or provide a written note for your child’s teacher when they return.
When your child is full time they should be picked up punctually between 1.15pm and 1.30pm. Feel free to look at books with your child if you are waiting in the hall. You may also look at the displays in the hall and discuss them with your child. Please ensure that displays are left neat and tidy for other children to benefit from.
«Please don’t let children climb on our coat area or run about as space is very limited.«
The security lock on our outside door will be kept on at all times for the children’s safety. Please push the button ONCE ONLY and be patient – a member of staff will open it when they can. Please do not allow your child or siblings to press any of our door buzzers at any time.
We appreciate that some children have a special toy/teddy that they like to bring to Nursery when they first start and indeed they can be a vital link between home and school. Please inform your child’s teacher if this is the case but if not please do not allow your child to bring toys to school, even in a school bag as they can cause problems for both staff and children.
We operate a Healthy Eating Policy in our Nursery Unit – and offer a healthy snack including fruit each day for the children. There is no need for you to send any sweets / drinks or food for your child to Nursery.
Our monitor in our Entrance Hall is on every day and provides you with information on staff, children’s birthdays, photographs of school trips and lots more.
We are constantly evaluating our practice and are very keen to take on board any ideas/suggestions you as a parent have concerning our Nursery. Feel free to write suggestions on the paper provided in our Porch and pop it into our Suggestion Box. We will then bring the ideas to our Nursery Team Meeting and discuss appropriate action to be taken if required.
Holidays and closures for the year are set and are available online along with other information including our Uniform policy and photographs of Nursery children.
23rd October- Fundraising event
24th October-Nursery Photographs
25th October- School finishes for Half Term.
There will also be a Nursery trip during this term. Details to follow.
You are always welcome to come into the Nursery when you pick your child up to look at the displays and see their work. The children love showing their paintings etc to parents and explaining how they produced them. Please appreciate that every child’s work is at different stages.
We are really looking forward to having your child in our Nursery for their Pre school year and hope that this Newsletter has provided you with lots of information about our school. Next Nursery Newsletter will be distributed at the beginning of November.
Here is a list of the rhymes we will be doing in class. You can help your child by saying them together at home.
falling down, falling down.
The Autumn leaves are falling down
2. Five little leaves so bright and gay
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
Who o o o o o
And one little leaf came tumbling down.
Four little leaves etc
Here are the apples that hang between,
When the wind blows the apples will fall.
Here is the basket to gather them all.
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream.
To see what he could see, see, see,
But all that he could see, see, see,
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.