Letter to Parents 7 May 2021
Dear Parents / Carers
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all children and parents joining us for the first time. The children have settled in well and are engaging in the fun activities.
We are working closely with TPA to ensure a smooth transition in to school for those children who will be joining the Academy in September. As part of this, I am delighted to inform you that following the upcoming two-week break, we will be arranging familiarisation sessions for our ‘school age children’ transitioning in to TPA; these will take place as part of their normal Nursery attendance pattern and will be for the duration of the final learning block before the summer break.
The purpose of these sessions is to familiarise the children with the Reception learning base and with some of the adults who will be teaching them. This will help to make their transition in to the Academy in September as seamless as possible.
The children will still need to arrive at and be collected from the Nursery entrance. Once settled, a group of children will then spend a morning or afternoon, and possibly a whole day, in the Reception classrooms with their new Reception team. A member of Nursery staff will also be on hand to provide continuity of care. We will ensure that all children receive equal sessions across the six weeks and they will get an excellent introduction to the class and lunch routines in preparation for September. We will manage the sessions in house, and they will remain fluid depending on individual children’s needs and any factors arising on the day, and you will be informed during your daily feedback whether your child has had a settle session that day.
We have run this programme previously with great success, so I do not envisage any issues. However, should you have any questions or queries at any point, please do not hesitate to speak to Tracey or Amy who will be happy to help.
Food And Snacks In Nursery
We would like to remind parents that we provide all snacks, food and drinks for children whilst they are attending their sessions at Nursery and therefore food and drink of any sort should not be put into children’s bags even if it is to be consumed after your child has been collected.
Please check your child’s coat pockets regularly as some sneaky sweets made their way in to Nursery this week!
Thank you for your cooperation with this.
It’s really challenging knowing what to dress the children in at the moment. One minute it’s sunny but cold and the next it’s wet and warm. During this changeable weather it is really important that the children attend nursery in appropriate clothing. We find that layers are a really good way to help us manage the children’s comfort and well-being. So for example, if your child is wearing a jumper, please ensure that they have a T-shirt or something cooler underneath.
We may be being a little hopeful but we would like to be prepared for when the sun, with heat, finally decides to show its face.
Therefore, we thought it prudent to let you know the policy and procedure for the application of sun cream in the Nursery. During hot weather we ask parents to send their child in to nursery preferably with ‘all day’ sun cream applied. We appreciate that sometimes there is a need to apply or reapply sun cream during the day. In this instance we use Asda Protect Kids Sensitive Formula Sun Lotion High SPF 50.
If you do not wish your child to have the Nursery’s Asda sun cream applied you can provide your preferred sun cream from home. Please ensure that the bottle is clearly labelled with your child’s name and is left in the Nursery for the remainder of the summer term. If you have not already done so, please send in your preferred sun cream next week so that we can act quickly should the sun come out!
We have a confirmed case of Chicken Pox within the Nursery. Chicken Pox is a very common and very itchy illness which usually gets better by itself after 1 to 2 weeks without needing to see a GP. Many of you will already know the signs and symptoms, however for those of you who have not experienced this before, here is some information that may help you.
Your child will need to stay away from Nursery until all the spots have crusted over which usually takes about 5 days after the spots appear. There are other symptoms to be aware of which might appear before or after the spots, so you should keep your child at home if they present with any of the following:
• A high temperature
• Aches and pains, generally feeling unwell
• Loss of appetite
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Give paracetamol not Ibuprofen as this can cause skin infections
• Use cooling creams or gels
• Bathe in cool water
• Dress in loose clothes
Note: If your child has, or you suspect they may have Chicken Pox, contact with pregnant women and new-born babies should be avoided.
We are currently taking bookings at the Nursery for children who are eligible to join us. If you or someone you know has a child aged two or over and you would like them to join our Nursery, or your child already attends and you wish to increase their sessions, please speak to Nicola in the Atrium for more details.
Please note that spaces are getting booked up very quickly and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
Last Day Of Learning Block 6
The last day of Learning Block 6 is Friday 21 May. We close for two weeks and re-open on Monday 7 June.
Nursery holiday dates for 2020-2021 and 2021 – 2022 can be collected from the Atrium or viewed online at www.eatonmillnursery.co.uk
Take care and stay safe.
Chief Operating Officer