The Enchanted Forest
This year’s nursery development focusses on the outdoors and we are well on our way to raising the money, as we have already raised £5,600 of our target of £10,000. We have applied for a lottery grant for £10,000 which will mean that we will be able to proceed this year if we are successful.
As you know we have a rather restricted area for outdoor play and the school has kindly given us an area of land for us to develop for the nursery children. The area will be known as, The Enchanted Forest, and will include scented plants, shrubs and bushes to attract insects and bird life and provide colour & fragrant sensations for the senses. We will make use of this area to help children learn more about their natural environment, growing cycles and the insect and bird life within it.
The sensory area will include planter beds, architectural planting, tactile objects and features that will stimulate the senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing. It will help the children to better understand their environment and will greatly improve their awareness of issues faced by some of their class mates who have significant Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) thereby helping them to understand their needs and limitations.
The Enchanted Forest
We also wish to install environmentally friendly wooden buildings that will provide storage, a growing shed and learning areas. This will mean that we can use this area all year round ensuring that the children have regular learning experiences in the open air, in different seasons, whilst protected against the elements such as rain or strong sunlight. Due to the location of the wooded area we will also be installing power to the site thereby further enhancing the learning opportunities. It will enable us to install multi-coloured lighting that will further enhance the sensory experience. The area will also provide somewhere to provide activities that focus on nature, growing, ecology and the environment.
We will be writing to you soon with some information about a sponsored jump and we hope that all children in the nursery will be able participate and hope in some way to raise some funds for the project.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Letter To Parents: 8 February 2017
World Book Day – Thursday 1 March
Thursday 1 March is ‘World Book Day’, a celebration to encourage people around the world to enjoy reading activities in a range of ways.
To honour this, the children will be taking part in lots of fun book-related activities during the week commencing Monday 26 February, culminating with a ‘dress up as your favourite book character day’ on Thursday 1 March.
We are pleased to announce that the Book Fair will be with us in Harrison Hall from Thursday 1 March until Tuesday 6 March. The Book Fair will be open for parents and families to visit at the beginning and end of each day. Alternatively, you can send money in with your child and we will help them to choose during the day.
Nursery Feedback Forms
We are always aiming to do our best for the children and families that use Eaton Mill Nursery. We value your feedback on what we are doing well and also on what we could improve on. With this in mind, Nursery Feedback forms are now available in each area of the nursery. Please feel free to complete a form to help us to improve and also to celebrate what we are doing well.
We are constantly looking at ways in which we can celebrate children’s experiences and that includes their achievements at home. With this in mind, we have our ‘WOW’ Moments display boards in each of the rooms; we encourage all parents to add their child’s ‘wow’ moments from home so that we can share these.
Please find attached some blank ‘WOW’ moment sheets for you to complete and return to us when you would like to share with us something special your child has achieved.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that all children should arrive with a bag, clearly labelled with their name, containing a full change of clothes (including socks and underwear) every day that they attend the Nursery. Even if your child is fully toilet-trained we still require a complete set of clothes as children do sometimes get wet or messy through play and we want to ensure that their time spent with us is as comfortable and happy as possible.
The following is a list of other items from home that we request you provide for your child:
- Nappies (if applicable)
- Baby Wipes
- Nappy sacks
- Sun cream and sun hat / gloves and hat (depending on the current weather conditions)
Any medication your child needs (e.g. asthma inhaler, eczema cream etc.) should NOT be placed in your child’s bag. Medication must be given to a member of staff and a form will need to be completed.
Food and Drink
We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that children should not bring any food or drinks into the Nursery as there are a number of children who have food allergies and/or intolerances. There is also the potential for a child to choke on food which adults are not aware they have access to.
End of Learning Block 6
Finally, we would like to remind you that the last day of this Learning Block is Friday 9 February. We return to the Nursery on Monday 19 February.
Nursery holiday dates for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 can be collected from the Atrium or viewed online at www.eatonmillnursery.co.uk
Letter To Parents: 1 December 2017
Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 they will be due to transfer to primary school in September 2018. Places are not issued automatically and an application must be submitted online to Milton Keynes Council (Link), the deadline is Monday 15 January 2018.
Each year we request that parents complete a questionnaire about the Nursery. Your opinions and comments really do make a difference and ensure that all children continue to receive the best experience possible whilst at the Nursery. Please complete the attached confidential questionnaire and return it in the envelope provided as soon as possible and definitely by Wednesday 13 December 2017 at the latest.
We are busy preparing lots of fabulous experiences for the children to take place throughout December. Please look out for the letter coming shortly containing a list of important dates for your diary and more information on the activities which will be taking place during the festive period.
|Wednesday 13 December||
|Friday 15 December||
|Monday 18 December||
|Friday 22 December||
There has been an increase in buggies being left on the premises in recent weeks whilst children are attending the Nursery. Unfortunately we simply do not have the space to store buggies for parents. Those left at the front of the Atrium are blocking a fire exit and are therefore causing a very serious health and safety hazard. With this in mind we ask that all parents take their children’s buggies home with them and bring them back at the end of the session.
If we can afford it we will attempt to create a buggy park in the New Year.
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 no food and drink of any sort should be put into children’s bags even if it is to be consumed after your child has been collected. Thank you for your support with this matter.
Let’s Talk Pants (The Underwear Rule)
We will be discussing The Underwear Rule at Nursery with the children. ‘Talking PANTS’ (The Underwear Rule) teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they are upset or worried. If you wish to learn more about The Underwear Rule and complete activities at home with your child please use the following link; https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/.
Nursery Closures Nationwide
As you may be aware there have been over 1000 nurseries close during the past twelve months and all are citing the reason that the amount the Government gives them for the free child places isn’t enough. There are other nurseries which are now refusing to offer free childcare places for the same reasons. As a consequence we are taking lots of calls for places so if you have a child, or you know someone locally who is looking for a nursery then now would be good time to enrol them as we do work on a first come first served basis.
End of Learning Block
Finally, we would like to remind you that the Nursery closes on Friday 22 December for the Christmas break. We return to the Nursery on Monday 8 January 2018.
Holiday Club will be not be operating during the Christmas break.
Nursery holiday dates for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 can be collected from the Atrium or viewed online at www.eatonmillnursery.co.uk.
Chief Executive Officer