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Newsletter December 2016 Dates for your diary Friday 2nd December—Butterflies Panto Saturday 3rd December—Christmas Fair 11-1 Wednesday 14th December—Butterflies nativity Thursday 15th December—Christmas dinner (Thursday only children)

General information Charlotte Hardy will be leaving us after 7 years to pursue a new career in healthcare. Charlotte will be missed by all staff and children and we wish her well in her future career. We will be recruiting for a new nursery nurse soon. Children in Need Thank you to all the children for helping make a fantastic Children in Need and raising an incredible £303!!! On the Thursday the nursery turned into a scene from Great British Bake Off with all the rooms cooking and just a hint of competitiveness. On the Friday everyone had fun dressing up in spots and selling the cakes. Thank you to all who contributed cakes! Christmas Fair This coming Saturday 11am-1pm. We hope to see lots of you there! Christmas Just a reminder that the nursery is closed from Saturday 24th December to Monday 2nd January and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd December. If your child is off in the build up to Christmas please let us know. Many thanks. Monthly website This website is all about new babies with lots of useful resources! Training This month, Sarah. C went on ‘improving your outdoor environment’. Amina went on ‘Individual plan’. Jemma and Nina went on ‘Meaningful mark making in the EYFS’ and Chelsea Bell– Savage attended ‘Marvellous maths in the EYFS’. Kirsty and Raina also went on ‘Designated child protection’.

Tel: 01903 275750 Email: Sanditon Way, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9FD

Newsletter December 2016

General information continued... I am sure some of you have already seen the publicity recently about conjunctivitis and the recommended non-exclusion by G.Ps . In our policies we state that we have an exclusion period of 24 hours whilst drops are administered if needed. We have had cases of conjunctivitis lead to more serious complications for both staff and children and dues to its contagious nature we will continue to exclude for this whilst we look into the matter. We would ask for your support in this and if your child has symptoms of conjunctivitis please do not send them to nursery. If they break out in a case of it at nursery we would ask that they are collected promptly to stop further contamination. Toys and equipment are routinely cleaned but extra cleaning has been put in place due to the increased cases we have had of conjunctivitis. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. Christmas parties All rooms will be having Christmas parties for the children and will notify you individually about this with further details . Parking permits We now have parking permits to be displayed on your dash board for using in the nursery/blue badge car park. The premises team in the college will be doing regular patrols of the nursery/blue badge car park so it will make it easier for them to see who should not be parked in there and stop them from taking up spaces for the nursery and blue badge holders. We will automatically issue one permit to each child and put it in drawers for you to collect. If you would like an extra one please come to the office for one. We would appreciate it if you could pass the permits back to us when your child leaves the nursery. Thank you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Finally myself and all the staff at Children First Nursery would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope that you all enjoy your Christmas break .

Tel: 01903 275750 Email: Sanditon Way, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9FD

Little Eggs This month We will be participating in lots of Christmas related activities together in preparation for the most wonderful time of the year! We will be singing Christmas songs, making Christmas crafts and having a Christmas party together– more information on that to follow!

Other bits and bobs This is our last month with some of the current Little Eggs children before they move up to Caterpillars! They will be going lots of settles and we will miss them but wish them all the best in their new room!

Ideas for home We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and any photos of family festive moments will be much appreciated over the next few weeks and in the new year!

Caterpillars This month It’s the most exciting time of the year! We will be getting into the festive spirit by making Christmas cards, making our own presents with boxes and wrapping paper, making decorations for the room, and singing lots and lots of Christmas songs! We are having two Christmas parties on Friday 9th December and Wednesday 14th December– letters have been sent with more information!

Acknowledgements Thank you to Dylan’s mum for donating some Happyland and Mega blocks! Thank you to William’s mum also for giving us Happyland!

Other bits and bobs This is our last month with Willow. F, Elliot, William, Mason, Leonard, Ethan and Reuben– they will be

doing lots of settles in Blossom ready for the move up in January. We will miss them!

Ideas for home Create a Christmassy play dough by adding cinnamon or ginger to your mix. You could also add pieces of tinsel or sequins!

Blossom This month We will be making lots of lovely Christmas pictures, decorations and enjoying our very own Christmas party on Tuesday 6th December! Amina will transform the room into a Santa's grotto with lots of lovely decorations around the room. Our Christmas board will be created from Blossom’s beautiful Christmas artwork. Every child will make a salt dough decoration for your Christmas tree at home!

Acknowledgements Charlotte. H will have her last day with us on Thursday 22nd December after 7 years at Children First! She is moving on to pursue a new career as a health care assistant. We wish her the best of luck and we will all miss her very much in the Blossom room!

Other bits and bobs Please, please please try to label your child’s clothes. We gather lots of lost property without names on!

Ideas for home Have lots of fun decorating your Christmas trees together!

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Butterflies This month We will be having a super festive month!! We will be learning our Christmas songs and our roles in the nativity. We will be looking at the Christmas story and the reason we celebrate Christmas. We will be creating Christmas themed crafts; so expect lots of glittery children to come home!!! On the week beginning Monday 12th December we will be having an extra festive week with a party on the Tuesday, Nativity on the Wednesday, Christmas dinner on the Thursday and a party on the Friday. We are looking forward to our exciting trip out to see the pantomime Peter Pan.

Acknowledgements Thank you for all your support with Children in Need. We raised ÂŁ303! Congratulations to the Stockwell family on the safe arrival of Travis! Max is a very proud big brother!

Other bits and bobs If children do need to bring a comforter, please can it be of a size to fit in their tray. We do not want to see toys from home in the room as this can cause conflicts and children to get upset. Thank you for your assistance in this matter .

Ideas for home At this time of year, share your child’s love of Christmas by writing a letter to Santa!

Forest School We have been making Christmas decorations– this activity allows lots of maths discussion. We have been talking about long, short, big, small, counting up to 10, estimating, ordering and of course taking turns and waiting for an adult!

We have also been talking about the change in seasons, squirrels collecting nuts for the winter and hiding them cleverly and also about the weather! Autumn is a wonderful season in forest school and children have loved the windy days watching the leaves blow around. The children think hot chocolate tastes even better when it is cold

Ideas for home Outdoor walks, splashes in puddles, running in the wind, hunting for treasure; all these fun things would follow our theme of enjoying the seasons and being aware of our outdoor environment! With Christmas fast approaching it is the perfect time of year to get crafty with an endless list of what the children could make with twigs, pinecone and glitter.