Autumn term 1 2019 newsletter

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Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the first newsletter of the academic year!

Welcome to our new children

Ellis, Tommy, Thomas S, Isla, Willow, Jasmine, Orion, Olivia, Joel, Lily, Dylan, Leo, Evelyn, Airabella, James & Betsy who have settled in beautifully!

You will have been introduced to your child’s key person by now and been invited to access Seesaw. If you have not please speak to either Kate or Maria.

Uniform

Your children are looking super in our uniform! We have uniform available to purchase throughout the year: New green sweatshirt £10
New green polo top £7.50
Old style blue sweatshirt £8.50

Old style green t-shirt £4.50
Please make sure your child wears suitable closed toe footwear to nursery.

Activities this half term

Our topic this term is ‘In our neighbourhood’ and our themes this half term will be:

  • All about me
  • In my garden
  • Harvest
  • Transport
  • Recycling
  • Shops
  • Shapes and patterns


We welcome books, pictures, leaflets etc from home to support our topics.

We are planning a visit from the Fire Brigade and a Woods For Learning session with Gary Marlow. These activities will take place within the school grounds. Visitors and experiences will be planned throughout the year for different days so each child can experience at least one activity.

Photographer

The school photographer will be in school on Friday 4th October. If your child does not attend on a Friday morning and you would like them to have a photograph taken please indicate on the form which will be outside this week. Time to be confirmed but is likely to be 9.30am.

Harvest collection 23rd-27th September

This year we will be joining the school and collecting items for the Trussell Trust which is a charity in Horsham which helps local families. If you are able to please donate tinned food, crisps, biscuits, toiletries and hygiene items next week 23rd-27th September. There will be a box outside nursery for all donations.

Drop off & collection

Our session times are:

  • 8.50-11.50am
  • 11.50-2.50pm
  • 8.50-2.50pm

Please do not let your children climb on the equipment outside at the beginning and end of the day. Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer until nursery opens and after collection.

We like to have the door closed by 9am in the morning and 12pm for afternoon sessions so we can start our Welcome Time. At Welcome Time we talk to the children about the sessions activities, our Golden Rules and share news. This is an important listening time for the children. Please drop off promptly when possible.

It’s great to see so many of our children coming into nursery independently! Please make sure they are through the door before leaving the premises. A member of staff is on hand to help with hanging coats and bags.

If someone else is collecting your child please let a member of staff know beforehand. If you cannot do this at drop off then please call as I do not always pick up emails in time. If we have not met this person before we will require a password.

A few reminders

Please please please name your children’s belongings! We have 24 children each session and remembering who’s coat/water bottle/lunchbox/bag etc belongs to is very time consuming for staff and often results in children going home with the wrong items!

Illness

Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. I understand that they may ask to come in but this will only delay them getting better and will spread germs to other children and staff. If your child needs paracetamol/ibuprofen to get through the day they are generally not well enough to attend nursery.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, then they cannot return to nursery until 48 hours after their last episode

If your child has had any medication (ie Calpol. Nurofen, inhaler, antibiotics) before coming in to nursery please let a member of staff know-this is important in case your child is taken ill during nursery time and we need to seek medical help as they will ask for this information.

Please call or email if your child is not at nursery.

Snacks and Lunches

Thank you for your donations towards morning snack foods. We offer a variety of fruits and vegetable as well as breadsticks and crackers.

Please note that we cannot have nuts in nursery-so please no peanut butter, Nutella or such like foods.

Hot meals- Please follow this link if you wish to register for and book and pay for your child’s meals: Each meal costs £2.35 and must be booked and paid for in advance

https://westsussex.mealselector.co.uk
Put in “Leechpool School” as the school name and the class as “Caterpillars”

Contacts details

Please make sure we have an up to date email address for you so you receive our weekly activities emails and reminders. You can email [email protected] with your child’s name to be added to the list

Big Run

There are 6 Big Runs scheduled for this year. The Big Run encourages awareness of good health. The Big Run takes place in the school grounds and is a walk/run around the wellbeing walk. Staff will take the Friday morning children on their Big Run at 9.15am on:

  • Friday 20th September
  • Friday 22nd November
  • Friday 31st January
  • Friday 13th March
  • Friday 3rd May
  • Friday 14th June

Celebrations and festivals

To support our children in learning about the wider world we would like to talk to them about celebrations and festivals which you celebrate at home or in your community. If there are celebrations or family traditions both religious or non-religious which you would like us to talk about and celebrate with your child please talk a member of nursery staff

Resources

We are looking for donations of wooden planks to use in the garden-these will be used by the children to create seats, build structures and balance.

We are always looking for donations of compost and sand for our mud kitchen as well as seeds and bulbs to develop our planting area.

WOW Moments

Please continue to send in your childrens WOW moments notes. These are for you to write your child’s achievements on and to share at nursery. These achievements can be anything which made you go WOW! Such as toileting, sleeping, jumping into thepool for the first time, eating new foods, crossing the road carefully, getting dressed all by themselves……!

Nursery closures

  • Nursery is closed for INSET on Friday 25th October
  • Nursery is closed for half term between Monday 28th October and Friday 1st November

Staff news

Miss Laura Salisbury has joined us as a keyworker. Laura has many years of experience and will be a great addition to our strong staff team

Our dedicated nursery staff team are

Miss Kate Summerhayes (Manager)

  • Mrs Maria Gwynn (Deputy Manager)
  • Mrs Hannah Broadbridge (Key person)
  • Mrs Bev John (Key person)
  • Mrs Jakki Maybank (Key person)
  • Miss Laura Salisbury (Key person)
  • Mrs Lucia Urden (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Ali Corpez (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Liz Groves (Administration)
  • Mrs Maria Gwynn (Deputy Manager)
  • Mrs Hannah Broadbridge (Key person)
  • Mrs Bev John (Key person)
  • Mrs Jakki Maybank (Key person)
  • Miss Laura Salisbury (Key person)
  • Mrs Lucia Urden (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Ali Corpez (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Liz Groves (Administration)

Kind regards,

Kate Summerhayes

Spring term 2 2019 newsletter

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the 2ndhalf of the Spring term-and some lovely warmer weather!

A few reminders

Please please please name your children’s belongings! We have 24 children each session and remembering who’s coat/water bottle/lunchbox/bag etc belongs to is very time consuming for staff and often results in children going home with the wrong items!

Illness

Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. I understand that they may ask to come in but this will only delay them getting better and will spread germs to other children and staff. If your child needs paracetamol/ibuprofen to get through the day they are generally not well enough to attend nursery.

Drop-off and collection

Our session times are

  • 8.50am to 11.50am
  • 11.50am to 2.50pm
  • 8.50am to 2.50pm

Please do not let your children climb on the equipment outside at the beginning and end of the day.  Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer until nursery opens and after collection.

We like to have the door closed by 9am in the morning and 12pm for afternoon sessions so we can start our day. Please drop off promptly when possible.

We encourage our children to be more independent from this term so please say goodbye to your child at the door if possible. A member of staff will be on hand to help with hanging coats and bags.

At afternoon pick up time we will be asking you to come into nursery to collect your child. Your child will have been asked to stay on their chair until their grown up comes to them so please don’t wave them to you from the door! This helps us to make sure each child is collected and leaves the nursery building safely. Due to limited space please leave pushchairs outside. If you wish to talk to a member of about your child please kindly wait until the other children have gone home.

If someone else is collecting your child please let a member of staff know beforehand. If we have not met this person before we will require a password.

If someone else is collecting your child please let a member of staff know beforehand. If we have not met this person before we will require a password.

Snacks and Lunches

We are now providing morning snack for your children. You will have received an envelope for you to return with your cash donation toward the cost of this. This can be loose change or more!

Please note that we cannot have nuts in nursery-so please no peanut butter, Nutella or such like foods.

Hot meals-Please follow this link if you wish to register for and book and pay for your child’s meals: Each meal costs £2.35 and must be booked and paid for in advance.

westsussex.mealselector.co.uk

Put in “Leechpool School” as the school name and the class as “Caterpillars”.    

Milk

Milk deliveries will start on 11thMarch. Please return your permission slip before this as we cannot offer your child milk without it.

Contact details

Please make sure we have an up to date email address for you so you receive our weekly activities emails and reminders. You can email [email protected] with your child’s name to be added to the list.

Big run

Caterpillar nursery children will be joining in with Leechpool school half termly Big Run again this term. The Big Run is on a Friday morning and encourages awareness of good health. The Big Run takes place in the school grounds and is a walk/run around the wellbeing walk. Staff will take the Friday morning children on their Big Run at 9.15am on the following dates.

  • Friday 8th March 
  • Friday 3rd May
  • Friday 14th June

Celebrations and festivals

To support our children in learning about the wider world we would like to talk to them about celebrations and festivals which you celebrate at home or in your community. If there are celebrations or family traditions both religious or non-religious which you would like us to talk about and celebrate with your child please talk a member of nursery staff.

Resources

We are looking for items for our role play ICT and Hairdressers boxes! If you have any of the following unused items which you would like to donate they will be greatfully received!

  • Key boards
  • Telephones (House phones and mobiles)
  • Hair dryers (cord cut off)
  • Hair straighteners (cord cut off)

WOW Moments

Please continue to send in your childrens WOW moments notes. These are for you to write your childs achievements on and to share at nursery. These achievements can be anything which made you go WOW! Such as toileting, sleeping, jumping into the pool for the first time, eating new foods, crossing the road carefully, getting dressed all by themselves……!

Starting school

If your child is starting school this year you will be notified by email on 17thApril. Please let me know which school your child has been allocated so I can start the transition process with reception teachers.

See Saw

I hope you are enjoying using the SeeSaw app to keep up to date with your childs progress & time at Caterpillars! If you are yet to sign up please let me know and I will give you another link.

Parents survey

Thank you to those who responded to our survey-I will be reviewing and sending out feedback next week.

Parents meetings

We are holding parents meetings on Tuesday 12thand Thursday 14thMarch between 3.15pm and 4.30pm in the school musicroomYou will need to make an appointment with your child’s key person for a 10 minute slot. Please sign up on the lists which are available at the start and end of session times. If a convenient time is not available and you would like to make an alternative appointment, please let me know. Telephone and email contact is also available.

Website

Our website is continuing to be developed-please take a look! www.caterpillarnursery.co.uk

AGM

Our committee held their AGM on Monday 11th February, reports are available on our website.

Activities this half term

Our themes this half term will be nursery rhymes and Easter

We are hoping to have a visit from the Fire and Ambulance service this half term. 

Week beginning 18thMarch we will also be having an Odd Socks Week to raise support for Downs Syndrome. Your child is encouraged to wear odd socks all week and put a cash donation in the bucket. There will be a cake sale on Friday 22nd March.

Easter egg hunt

Our Easter egg hunt will be on the last day of term-Friday 5th April from 2.15pm. There will be a charge of £2 to take part-payable in advance (so the Easter bunny leaves enough eggs for everyone!) and an adult must take your child round. A letter with details will follow.

Nursery closures

Advance warning that nursery will be closed to children on the following dates due to school INSET and Polling day:

  • Thursday 2ndMay
  • Monday 3rdJune

Staff news

I am pleased to tell you that we have appointed a new staff member who will be joining us before Easter. Jakki Maybank has many years of experience in Early Years and will be a great addition to the Caterpillar staff team!

Mrs Maybank will be working with Miss Hill to get to know and support her key children and then taking them on once Miss Hill goes on maternity leave in May.

Our dedicated staff team are

  • Miss Kate Summerhayes (Manager)
  • Mrs Maria Gwynn (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Hannah Broadbridge (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Bev John (Key person)
  • Miss Kayleigh Hill (Key person)
  • Mrs Jakki Maybank (Key person)
  • Mrs Lucia Urden (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Trina Matheson (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Ali Corpez (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Liz Groves (Administration)

Spring term 2019 newsletter

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring term!

New Starters this half term

Welcome to our new children this half term

  • Chayse
  • Chloe
  • Noah
  • Theo
  • Ava M
  • Harlow
  • Sienna

A few reminders

Please please please name your children’s belongings! We have 24 children each session and remembering who’s coat/water bottle/lunchbox/bag etc belongs to is very time consuming for staff and often results in children going home with the wrong items!

Illness

Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. I understand that they may ask to come in but this will only delay them getting better and will spread germs to other children and staff. If your child needs paracetamol/ibuprofen to get through the day they are generally not well enough to attend nursery.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhea then they cannot return to nursery until 48 hours after their last episode.

If your child has had any medication (ie Calpol. Nurofen, inhaler, antibiotics) before coming in to nursery please let a member of staff know-this is important in case your child is taken ill during nursery time and we need to seek medical help as they will ask for this information.

Drop-off and collection

Our session times are

  • 8.50am to 11.50am
  • 11.50am to 2.50pm
  • 8.50am to 2.50pm

Please do not let your children climb on the equipment outside at the beginning and end of the day.  Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer until nursery opens and after collection.

We like to have the door closed by 9am in the morning and 12pm for afternoon sessions so we can start our day. Please drop off promptly when possible.

We encourage our children to be more independent from this term so please say goodbye to your child at the door if possible. A member of staff will be on hand to help with hanging coats and bags.

At afternoon pick up time we will be asking you to come into nursery to collect your child. Your child will have been asked to stay on their chair until their grown up comes to them so please don’t wave them to you from the door! This helps us to make sure each child is collected and leaves the nursery building safely. Due to limited space please leave pushchairs outside. If you wish to talk to a member of about your child please kindly wait until the other children have gone home.

If someone else is collecting your child please let a member of staff know beforehand. If we have not met this person before we will require a password.

Snacks and Lunches

We are now providing morning snack for your children. You will have received an envelope for you to return with your cash donation toward the cost of this. This can be loose change or more!

Please note that we cannot have nuts in nursery-so please no peanut butter, Nutella or such like foods.

Hot meals-Please follow this link if you wish to register for and book and pay for your child’s meals: Each meal costs £2.35 and must be booked and paid for in advance.

westsussex.mealselector.co.uk

Put in “Leechpool School” as the school name and the class as “Caterpillars”.    

Contact details

Please make sure we have an up to date email address for you so you receive our weekly activities emails and reminders. You can email [email protected] with your child’s name to be added to the list.

Big run

Caterpillar nursery children will be joining in with Leechpool school half termly Big Run again this term. The Big Run is on a Friday morning and encourages awareness of good health. The Big Run takes place in the school grounds and is a walk/run around the wellbeing walk. Staff will take the Friday morning children on their Big Run at 9.15am on the following dates.

  • Friday 1st February
  • Friday 8th March 
  • Friday 3rd May
  • Friday 14th June

Celebrations and festivals

To support our children in learning about the wider world we would like to talk to them about celebrations and festivals which you celebrate at home or in your community. If there are celebrations or family traditions both religious or non-religious which you would like us to talk about and celebrate with your child please talk a member of nursery staff.

WOW Moments

Please continue to send in your childrens WOW moments notes. These are for you to write your childs achievements on and to share at nursery. These achievements can be anything which made you go WOW! Such as toileting, sleeping, jumping into the pool for the first time, eating new foods, crossing the road carefully, getting dressed all by themselves……!

Starting school

If your child was born between 1stSeptember 2014 and 31stAugust 2015 please apply for a school place for September 2019. Apply online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions Deadline for applications is 15th January 2019.

September 2019

For our children who will be returning to us in September now is the time to let us know what sessions you would like-even if they are to stay the same-Please email Liz at [email protected] asap and no later than Friday 5thApril. The children on our waiting list will be contacted after this date. If you know of any families who would like to go on our September 2019 waiting list please ask them to get in touch!

See Saw

You will shortly be receiving a letter inviting you to view your child’s online journal. This will be via the see saw app and only you can see your child’s progress. You can add up to 6 family members to your account.

Parents meetings

We will be holding parents meetings on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14thMarch between 3.15pm and 4.30pm. You will need to make an appointment with your child’s key person for a 10 minute slot. Details to follow after half term.

Website

Our website is developing and is now live! www.caterpillarnursery.co.uk

AGM

Our committee will be holding our AGM on Monday 11thFebruary at 7.15pm at school. All parents are invited.

Staff news

I am excited to tell you that Miss Kayleigh Hill is expecting her second child later this year. Kayleigh will be working with us until May half term before going on maternity leave.

We will be recruiting a qualified staff member to join our team in the coming few weeks.

Our dedicated staff team are

  • Miss Kate Summerhayes (Manager)
  • Mrs Maria Gwynn (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Hannah Broadbridge (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Bev John (Key person)
  • Miss Kayleigh Hill (Key person)
  • Mrs Jakki Maybank (Key person)
  • Mrs Lucia Urden (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Trina Matheson (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Ali Corpez (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Liz Groves (Administration)

Kind Regards,

Kate Summerhayes

Autumn term 2 2018 newsletter

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Autumn term 2-we have a busy half term ahead with preparations for Christmas activities!

New Starters this half term

Welcome to our new children this half term

  • Ayron
  • Hallie
  • Jack
  • George
  • Rayya

A few reminders

Please please please name your children’s belongings! We have up to 24 children each session and remembering who’s coat/water bottle/lunchbox/bag etc belongs to is very time consuming for staff and often results in children going home with the wrong items!

Illness-Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. I understand that they may ask to come in but this will only delay them getting better and will spread germs to other children and staff. If your child needs paracetamol/ibuprofen to get through the day they are generally not well enough to attend nursery.

If your child has sickness and/or diarrhea then they cannot return to nursery until 48 hours after their last episode.

Drop-off and collection

Our session times are:

  • 8.50am to 11.50am
  • 11.50am to 2.50pm
  • 8.50am to 2.50pm

Please do not let your children climb on the equipment outside at the beginning and end of the day.  Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer until nursery opens and after collection

We like to have the door closed by 9am in the morning and 12pm for afternoon sessions so we can start our day. Please drop off promptly when possible.

Snacks and Lunchboxes

Please note that we cannot have nuts in nursery-so please no peanut butter, Nutella or such like foods.

Please remember to provide a healthy snack for your child if they attend a morning session. This is to be left in their tray in the morning for them to find at snack time.

Contact details

Please make sure we have an up to date email address for you so you receive our weekly activities emails and reminders. You can email [email protected] with your child’s name to be added to the list.

Garden

You will have noticed our garden is developing! We have a planting area where the children have enjoyed planting seeds. This will help to support your childs knowledge of the world as they continue to care for their plants. We will continue to develop this area over the coming months.

Our Mud Kitchen is up and running and very exciting for the children! Your children may become muddy so please provide spare clothes and outdoor shoes. 

Thank you to all the parents who donated items for our planting area and mud kitchen.

Christmas

Christmas is only around the corner! The children’s party will be on Wednesday 19thDecember 10-12pm at Roffey Millennium Hall. We will be asking for a small donation of £5 per child this year to go towards the cost of hiring the hall, entertainer and gift. We will be asking families to provide a plate of food for the party-a list will go up the week before.

Christmas Fayre

Please remember to save and fill your jars with sweets/small toys for our stall at Leechpool’s Christmas Fayre on Friday 30th November from 3pm. Please bring jars in from Monday 19th November.

Childrens Christmas Concert

The children will be holding a Christmas Concert for parents and families to watch on Friday 7th December at 2pm. We will be rehearsing our songs daily and a copy of songs will be sent home next week.

A letter with details about party and concert will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Big run

Caterpillar nursery children will be joining in with Leechpools school half termly Big Run! The Big Run is on a Friday morning and encourages awareness of good health. The Big Run takes place in the school grounds and is a walk/run around the wellbeing walk. Staff will take the Friday morning children on their Big Run at 9.15am on the following dates.

Big Run Dates:

  • Friday 16th November
  • Friday 1st February
  • Friday 8th March 
  • Friday 3rd May
  • Friday 14th June

Celebrations and festivals

To support our children in learning about the wider world we would like to talk to them about celebrations and festivals which you celebrate at home or in your community. If there are celebrations or family traditions both religious or non-religious which you would like us to talk about and celebrate with your child please talk a member of nursery staff.

WOW Moments

We will shortly be sending home WOW moments notes. These are for you to write your childs achievements on and bring to nursery for your child to share with everyone and to display on our WOW board. These achievements can be anything which made you go WOW! Such as toileting, sleeping, jumping into the pool for the first time, eating new foods, crossing the road carefully, getting dressed all by themselves……!

Starting school

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 you can now apply for a school place for September 2019. Apply online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions Deadline for applications is 15th January 2019.

From Leechpool School

Leechpool School are now showing families around the school ready for admission to the Reception Class in 2018.   To make an appointment families should telephone the school on 01403 210233.  Tours last about 40 minutes and are with the Head teacher Nicola Davenport.

The school entrance and driveway is looking smarter after an upgrade over half-term.

From the committee

Chartwells meals

We are exploring the idea of supplying hot meals from Chartwells to nursery children. Please indicate on the attached slip if you would be interested in this. The cost is currently £2.35 per meal and these are to be ordered a at least 1 week in advance.

Ofsted news

We had our Ofsted inspection on 13thSeptember and were awarded a GOOD rating which is fantastic! A copy of our report is available on the Ofsted website.

Our dedicated staff team are

  • Miss Kate Summerhayes (Manager)
  • Mrs Maria Gwynn (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Hannah Broadbridge (Key person) (Deputy job share)
  • Mrs Bev John (Key person)
  • Miss Kayleigh Hill (Key person)
  • Mrs Jakki Maybank (Key person)
  • Mrs Lucia Urden (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Trina Matheson (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Ali Corpez (Nursery assistant)
  • Mrs Liz Groves (Administration)

Kind Regards,

Kate Summerhayes