Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter
Friday 21st August 2020
Welcome back to another year at Gatehouse Nursery, and a very warm welcome to all the children and their families who have joined us this term.
The Nursery Staff this term are:
Mr Riley - Head Teacher
Mrs Hunt/Miss Duka– Principal Teachers
Mrs Smith – Nursery Manager
Miss Denholm- Nursery Nurse
Mrs Frankland – Nursery Nurse
Miss Rennie – Nursery Nurse
Mrs Tighe – Early Years Support Worker
We are still able to do most of the fun and exciting things we would normally do at nursery and we plan to continue doing the daily mile and going for walks in the community. However there are some activities we are not able to do at present:
· No parent helpers in the playroom or for Walkabout
· No visits to the library
· Children are not brushing their teeth at nursery
· No singing in groups indoors
· No CAPER (Children and Parents enjoy reading) books going between home and nursery.
Please ensure that your child is suitably dressed for the weather conditions and that any shoes, wellies, bags and clothes are labelled clearly with your child’s name. It is helpful if you can bring a bag with spare clothes to nursery on a daily basis. Due to not being able to share clothing/footwear at present we are not using our waterproofs and wellies so please bring from home. If your child is still in nappies or pull ups please speak to staff and you can arrange to leave a supply here in the changing area. Thank you.
Personal Plan Meetings
Within Nursery we have a legal requirement to create a support plan for every child. We call these Personal Plans and to enable us to meet the legal requirement we meet with parents within 28 days of your child starting nursery. Parents are not allowed in the school building unless absolutely necessary at present so these meetings will be held over the phone with Mrs Smith. Those who have previously met with Staff are also due a review appointment; these will also be taking place the over the next two weeks with Mrs Smith over the phone.
During the Personal Plan meeting we discuss the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators (Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included).
I have attached the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators information to give you a chance to discuss them with your family before the meeting.
All about me/More about me
All new children have been given an all about me booklet and those children returning to nursery have been given a More about me booklet to complete. Please note that staff need these back as soon as possible for our records. These booklets help us to plan support for your child and inspectors do expect every child to have these updated. Once we have all the children’s booklets back with permission slips we will be able to share photos on social media of some of the children and our activities.
Parents are invited to make a contribution towards Nursery Funds. This money pays for cookery, Birthday cards, Christmas presents, parties and trips as well as other minor items used to support your child’s educational experience. If you give this to the children they can put this money into the piggy bank in the playroom. Donations can be paid: weekly/termly. If paying by cheque please make it payable to Gatehouse Nursery Class.
Keeping You Informed