Child Care Okehampton

April 18 Newsletter

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Newsletters

Stepping Stones News Letter 

April 2018

Stepping Stones News Letter 

April 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and that you all had an opportunity to spend some time doing lovely things with the whole family.   Spring is now upon us, (even though the rain never seems to stop for more than a day)  it is the time for new life as we start to think about our vegetable garden and what we can grow.   If you happen to have green fingers or some seedlings for us to plant we would be very grateful for any support you can offer!

Butterflies Going To School

It is hard to believe that we are in the Summer Term, with many of our Butterfly children now being in their last Term before starting their transitions into their chosen school.  By now you should have received Emails to discover where these are.  We would appreciate if you could inform us of these as soon as possible, alongside your leaving dates so that we are able to prepare and discuss transition reports with the necessary schools.  

Transition reports are in the process of being written, and will hopefully be given out during the month of May.  We would appreciate if you can read them,  add a comment and return them so that we can deliver them to the schools by the first week in June.  If you would like a copy for your own keeping please speak to your key person.  

Tapestry will be also completed by June to enable time for you to complete the relevant paperwork so that you can receive the keepsake of your child’s time at nursery.  However, please be assured that we will still continue to assess, plan and extend your children throughout the rest of their time with us as we continue to use their paper version assessments.

Forest School

During the month of May, we are very lucky to be receiving a student who is training as a Forest School practitioner.  Kath will be planning activities based around the outdoors for the Butterfly children on a Friday morning.  There will be more information to follow. However, it is important if you wish for your child to participate to bring in welly boots.  Likewise, now that we are accessing the grassed areas more to start our planting and gardening, it would be nice to bring in welly boots where possible.

Caterpillars

Many of our Caterpillars are soon to become Butterflies, with that in mind and the numbers dropping over the months of, July and August we will be starting our settling in sessions.  This will be a gradual process with a few children at a time over various parts of the day so that they can get used to their new key person’s and find out about the routines and structures of the day.

Home Learning

We try very hard to engage all of you within the nursery to continue your child’s learning at home by offering group ideas that are connected with our planning as well as offering ideas for personalised children which can be found on your tapestry.  As part of The Early Years Foundation Stage and your commitment to us when enrolling, we would appreciate it if you could take the time to look at these learning opportunities and document them on to Tapestry for us to link in to their learning journey.  If you would like to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage, please look at the display board in the entrance hall and any member of staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  

Please note Bumblebee, Caterpillars and Butterflies home learning can be found in the foyer too.

Funding 

We cannot deny it has been a tricky time for us and nurseries in general are finding ways to viably deliver the funding which came into effect last September. Sadly for us, our delivery has not been as successful as we had hoped and the sessions we have been offering and we will have to change this from September 2018. We are currently working on how this will be implemented. We are planning to get the new delivery to parents by the end of April so parents have plenty of time to review before September when the new delivery structure will come into place from September.

New Staff

You will be pleased to hear that we have two new members of staff joining us; Lucy Lamb will be going the Bumblebees, she will be a familiar face as a student but has now qualified as a B’Tec Nursery Nurse . Also Katie Bond a Level three is joining the Caterpillars as we sadly say ‘Goodbye’ to Abby.  Katie has been working with this age range for two years at Kiddicrew in Exeter and we look forward to receiving some new ideas and innovations. Noah Groves whom has been in child care for just over 6 months in Oxford, and has moved back to his home town of Okehampton, Noah started with us in March.  He is starting his level 3 training with us through Exeter College after the  Easter holidays.

Clare, Chris, Bertie and the Team at Stepping Stones

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