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Ely Newsletter
April 2014
Dear Parents and Carers,
May 2013
Welcome to the April edition of our nursery newsletter.
Children’s news:
I would like to welcome Anna, Oscar, Emily, Charlie
and Oscar to the nursery we hope you all settle in
Baby Room – we will be carrying out lots of painting
activities exploring different textures, water play and
jelly play. We will also be teaching our babies new
action songs to develop their hand eye co-ordination
and physical development.
Toddler Room – we will be learning new songs with
numbers to develop their understanding of the
numbers. We will be discussing people who are
special to us and looking at family photos. Also
playing with lots of different messy play and
exploring textures and our senses.
Early Preschool Room – we will be carrying out
activities to develop letter recognition and counting
objects and insects in the garden. We are also
looking at different weathers and seasons in our
outdoor environment.
Preschool Room – we will be catching and counting
bean bags to develop physical development and
understanding of mathematics. Dressing up in
different characterisers developing imagination skills
and incorporating mark making and literacy into this
imaginative play i.e. policemen with a clipboard. We
will also be growing different plants / vegetables to
plant into our garden environment.
Staff News:
I would like to welcome Natalie Burton to our
Preschool room; she has transferred from a
Cambridge nursery and started on 7 April 2014. I
would also like to announce that Samantha
Goodson who is currently lunch cover will be
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working full time in our preschool room as well from
the 7 April 2014. Sam has been working closely
with Sarah and has been really shining when
working with our preschool children. I am sure you
will all welcome them and congratulate them on their
new roles.
I am sad to say that Arianne Martin will sadly be
leaving us as Room Supervisor of Toddlers due to a
position coming up closer to where she lives. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank Arianne for her
hard work and commitment she has given us. We
are currently recruiting for this position.
I am so happy to congratulate Sarah Lindsay on
getting married on the 29 March 2014. Sarah
looked absolutely amazing and I am sure you will all
congratulate her on becoming Mrs Whitaker.
Training courses attended:
 Sarah Parkinson has attended room supervisor
 On Friday 11 April Jess and Sarah Parkinson
will be attending growing readers, writers and
mathematicians training and this will be
incorporated into our preschool room.
 Jess will be attending fire marshal training and
employment in action training this month.
Dates to note:
17 April – Stay and Play in our baby room between
9.30am - 11.00am. Our baby parents are welcome to
come and have a play in our baby room and see the fun
activities we do throughout the day.
18 April – Good Friday – the nursery is closed.
21 – Easter Monday – the nursery is closed.
Garden Party / Preschool Graduation save this date
Saturday 5 July - the garden party and Preschool
graduation will be on this date. Times will be confirmed
nearer the time.
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This month’s birthdays:
May 2013
4 April – Anna
7 April – Claudia
7 April – Millie
17 April – Isla
17 April – Benedict
20 April – Emily
29 April – Isaac
Family reminders
We have now confirmed the garden party and preschool
graduation date; it will be Saturday 5 July 2014.
Confirmation of times etc will come later. I would like to
ask all parents for ideas and feedback of what they
would like to make this an extra special event. If you
could speak directly to Jess Knowles or Gayle Jeffery
that would be great.
We will also be introducing our new medicine policy for
emergency Calpol or Piriton. A letter will be provided to
explain fully how this will be implemented. If you have
questions please do not hesitate to contact Jess or
I would also like to remind all parents of ensuring only
they know the door code to access the nursery and
parents make sure they close the door behind
themselves ensuring the next person puts the code in
themselves this is to make sure we are keeping
everyone safe.
shared with all kidsunlimited Nurseries over the coming
months. It links learning at nursery and at home by
supporting your child’s magical journey from making a mark,
to emergent writing, and finally becoming a confident writer.
Growing Writers also lays foundation skills at each stage,
which enables your child to flourish with the confidence and
capability to succeed at school.
Stages of Children’s Writing
Learning to write is a significant developmental milestone in
young children’s lives and is a process that begins when a
child is still a baby.
Making a mark: Through experimentation, children
discover that they are able to ‘make a mark’. For toddlers
and twos, the sheer joy of creating a mark is more important
than the end product. While older babies or young toddlers
may experiment with making a mark, it becomes more
deliberate in older toddlers and twos.
Marks have a meaning: The very beginnings of deliberate
writing happen when children begin to attribute the marks
they have made to something else. Some marks may be
‘pictures’ while others are selected as ‘writing’ e.g. “That
says James.” Gradually, the marks children make for writing
begin to look different from the marks they make for
Marks begin to resemble letters: Children’s marks begin
to more closely resemble letters or even cursive writing.
Eventually, children move to ‘mock letters’ that resemble
letters, around the age of four. Mock letters typically contain
many of the strokes in real letters. This stage is often
referred to as emergent writing.
Writing more closely resembles letters: Children come to
understand that there are a finite number of letters.
Growing Writers Is Coming to Your Child’s Nursery
Growing Writers is a resource which supports our
educational programme at Bright Horizons and will be
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Writing includes ‘mock words’: Children write standard
letters in groupings that resemble words, though these
aren’t actual words.
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Phonemic or Invented Spelling: Children attempt to write
words the way they think they sound. This is typical for
children in reception and year one.
children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be
protected from it.
Encouraging an Early Interest in Writing
There are many ways that you can help encourage your
child’s interest in writing. Support little ones in making their
first marks by allowing them to explore a range of textures
with their fingers, such as moving a finger through dinner
spilt on a table or a streamed up window. Through activities
such as threading, weaving and printing, you can also
develop your child’s coordination skills which are required to
hold and manipulate a pen. This will help your child master
the complex skills required with handwriting,
Most importantly, as a competent writer, you can encourage
an interest in writing with your child. Whether you are
making a shopping list, writing cheques or recording a
phone message, offer your child writing tools to use as well.
If you are writing letters, offer your child paper, envelopes,
writing utensils and stickers (for stamps) so they can
practice too. Your child may enjoy sending their writing to
family and friends, so take a trip to the post office to post the
letter… Maybe they will even receive a letter in return!
For more information about Growing Writers, please speak
to the staff at your child’s nursery and look out for our ‘Play
and Learning at Home’ guidance and ideas.
If you are interested in learning more about young children’s
early writing, please visit http://www.early-education.org.uk/
and read ‘Making their mark –children’s early writing’.
Children with fair or red hair, pale eyes or freckles are at
most risk. Even on cloudy days, unprotected skin can be
damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet
it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of
sun exposure. So, if your child's skin looks "a little pink"
today, it may be burnt by the morning.
In our nurseries, there is a Sun Protection Policy that your
nursery manager will be happy to discuss with you. We
make sure that throughout the day, sunscreen is applied to
each child at least twenty minutes prior to playing in the sun.
It is also very helpful if you are able to bring a sun hat to
nursery that protects the face, head and nape of the neck
and has their name in too. Although we keep spare ones if
you forget, children are generally much happier wearing
their own.
Children in our nurseries do not play in direct sun between
11 am and 3pm – this does not mean they do not go
outside; just that they play in shaded areas which are often
cooler than inside.
Sun care
We are hopefully approaching better weather and certainly
warmer days, when children will be playing outside for
longer periods of time.
Care of your child’s skin is extremely important and young
skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All
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The following simple steps are recommended by Cancer
Research UK and will help you to keep your children safe in
the sun …
1. Keep them covered: One of the best ways to
protect your child's skin from the sun's rays is to
keep them covered up with loose-fitting, tightlywoven clothing
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2. Seek out the shade: Set up your children's play
areas in the shade so they are less likely to suffer
from over-exposure to the sun. The sun is
usually at its most intense between 11am and 3pm,
so shade is even more important during this time.
3. Stay sunscreen safe: As a general rule, children
over six months old should wear a sunscreen with
SPF15 or higher with UVA protection. Although the
British Skin Foundation recommends that children
should use a minimum SPF 30 product with UVA
protection. Of course it is important to try and keep
sun exposure to a minimum for young children and
especially babies under the age of 6 months. Try to
keep them in the shade whenever possible and
certainly during the hottest time of the day and keep
them covered with t-shirts and hats. Sunscreen
should be applied 15-30 minutes before going out in
the sun and re-applied every couple of hours
throughout the day. Remember to re-apply if your
child has been playing in the water and never use
sunscreen to extend the time they should normally
spend in the sun.
4. Protect their "peepers": Children's eyes can be
more sensitive to UV light than those of adults, so
they need protection. Invest in a good pair of
sunglasses for your child with 100 % UV filtration
(toy sunglasses may provide no protection at all)
and also a wide-brimmed hat.
5. Healthy and hydrated: Make sure your child drinks
plenty of water, particularly in hot weather; keeping
up their water intake prevents dehydration and
maintains healthy kidneys and bladder.
6. Be wary of temporary tattoos: Temporary tattoos
are a popular holiday treat for children, especially
when visiting foreign countries, but be aware of the
dangers they could pose to your child's skin. Some
so-called "black henna" versions can contain illegal
substances which can cause nasty skin reactions.
7. Vitamin D and the sun: There are very mixed
messages about sunscreens and vitamin D. Vitamin
D is essential for good health, and in particular to
maintain healthy bones – but excessive sun
exposure can cause damage too and so there
needs to be a balance. It is possible to get enough
vitamin D from eating certain foods (it is found in
eggs, oily fish, fish liver oils and some fortified
cereals) - but this might not suit everyone’s diet; and
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some sunshine is a necessity. Sunlight acts on the
skin to produce vitamin D. When exposed to the sun
it is still important to protect the skin from the
harmful effects of UV rays, including the use of
To find out more about staying safe in the sun visit:
British Skin Foundation website
Cancer Research UK "SunSmart" Campaign
Best wishes
Jess Knowles
Nursery Manager
Tel: 0845 365 2950
E-mail: [email protected]
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