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Collingham Gardens Nursery
The most important classroom has the sky for its ceiling
Easter break is close at 4 on Friday April 7th and return Wed 19th April
January 5, 2017
THIS TERMWEEKLY UPDATE January 9th to 13th. HAPPY NEW YEAR and once again so many thanks for the kind words, cards, good wishes, gifts and the collection you contributed to. We all appreciate these very much Easter Holiday dates – We close on Friday 7th April at 4p.m. and reopen on Wed 19th April. The nursery staff team have decided to extend the amount of time the children spend out of doors, because of health and wellbeing, and also government directives of three hours of physical activity for under-fives per day, along with the knowledge that we are very lucky to have our amazing garden area, and need to use it more. So from now on, each morning the children will go straight out to play in the garden, when they arrive, and be out until snack time at 10 ish. They will then for the most part return outside until lunch time, and again have a long session from 2-3.30 in the afternoons. All areas of the curriculum can be covered with outside play and staff note children’s wellbeing and involvement and exploring/science skills are better utilised in the garden. The older and younger children will mix more as well. We are fully embracing Forest school. Nisha and Syrie will be training in Forest school Level three this year. THIS MEANS WE REALLY NEED YOUR CHILD TO BE DRESSED FOR THE LONGER PERIODS THEY WILL SPEND OUTSIDE. THEY NEED GLOVES, HATS, SCARVES, WARM SOCKS AND SPARES OF GLOVES TOO. THEY NEED A WATERPROOF PADDED/WARM COAT. SOME PARENTS BUY A SPARE TATTIER COAT FROM A CHARITY SHOP OR PRIMARK AND LEAVE IT HERE. We will be looking to increase our stock of warm padded all in ones. If it is dry the children will wear their outdoor shoes rather than wellingtons as the latter are quite cold. We will be going over our outdoor safety rules with the children. We are also going to put the Big and Small room timetables on the exterior notice board near the front door so you can see what your child is doing each day in their room. Your child may bring home a stuffed toy fox for the weekend. It will be accompanied by a letter explaining that it is coming to spend the weekend and we will need to know what it did over that time. This will make each child connect nursery with their home life and they can use the prop of the fox to relate their home life to their peers, which is good for extending their communication and language skills. So if Foxy comes to your house don’t forget to give us a note about what you did that weekend. We still appreciate your weekly updates on home life as well. They are invaluable for understanding children’s interests and planning for their further play and development. Small room will be making regular visits to Harriet’s sing along so I will be sending out permission forms for these trips this term. The Big Room will have trips relating to their interest and we will inform you of these as they arise. We will have a few students with us this term.