Newsletter

Carleton Newsletter

April 2017

Welcome to our new starters at Carleton Childcare – Theo and LucaWe have a busy term ahead with lots of activities planned. The Baby Room are making the most of their garden now that the weather is picking up and the older children will be planting some vegetables.                               Sarah 

Fees and chargesThere has been a small increase to all children’s fees this term, please check your bill. Fees are payable within two weeks of the beginning of term, to avoid a late payment charge of £10 per week. Thank you to all parents that pay their fees promptly each term.

Tax Free childcare – If you’re a working parent, you could get £2 from the government for every £8 you pay for childcare. If you’re eligible, you’ll get a Tax-Free Childcare account. It works a bit like a bank account, with you and the government paying money in. You can then use this to send money straight to us at nursery. For more details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know(if you use Childcare vouchers – this is the same type of scheme and you don’t need to change)

Holiday Club June – Mon 22nd May – Fri 2nd June. We have been very busy in Holiday Club for the last two breaks, please book early to avoid any disappointment. Also, can I mention that places booked and then cancelled at short notice may incur a charge as staffing, holidays and places will have been allocated.

News from the Baby Room – Thank you to all our Babies for dressing up for World Book Day, we had lots of fun reading your favourite books from home. For our “Big Wiggle” we made “Very Hungry Caterpillars” and “wiggled” around the Baby Garden.

During Red Nose Week we made lots of lovely cakes – thank you for all your donations. We are still reading our rhyming books by Dr Zeuss and making lots of pictures for our wall display.

You may have seen our Student, Libby from time to time in the Baby Room. The babies love playing with her and we hope they are teaching her a lot!!

Just a quick reminder – we like to do lots of messy play with the babies, we do try to protect their clothes but it is really helpful if you don’t put them in their best clothes or anything that may be spoiled if they get paint on. Then they can have lots of fun getting really stuck in!

We also say goodbye to Darcie and Mya who have moved to the Main Room. We will miss them, but hope they continue to grow and flourish.

Pre-School Graduation Photos – TUESDAY 25th APRIL We will be having an individual and a group photo taken of the children who are going to school this September. If your child attends on a Tuesday – you don’t need to do anything. However if they don’t attend, please bring them in for 10.00am. Thanks. There are no obligations for you to purchase these, but it is a lovely keepsake of your child’s time at Nursery.

Staffing News –We have a new staff member – Stephanie will be joining us from 11th April. Stephanie has a degree in the Early years and is passionate about childcare. Please say hello next time you are in.

Alhana and Leanne, our Teaching Degree Students – will again be joining us for more hours from May, as they are on leave from their Universities. We would like to Congratulate Leanne who has now completed her Teaching degree.

Aunty Kath – lunchtime assistant – will be off for sometime due to illness. If you know of anyone interested in a lunchtime assistant position (11.30-1.00pm daily). Please pass on my details or ask at the office for an application form.

Safety & Security Please, for all our children’s safety can you make sure that all gates to both school and Nursery are closed when you are arriving and leaving Nursery, Do not park on the school lines. Thanks.

Drinks bottles Please remember that unless your child has a preference for drinking from a drink container, we have plenty of snacks during the day and children are always able to access a drink. We are collecting a large number of drink containers each week that are left at nursery. If you don’t need to bring one, we would like most children to drink from a cup in preparation for school.

NAME/LABELLING Please can you ensure that all children’s belongings are clearly labelled, so we can easily identify their individual bags, coats, drinks etc.

LOST PROPERTY We have also accumulated a box full of lost property. Please take a look at drop off or pick up times. If not claimed then they will be distributed to a local charity, after the Easter break. Many Thanks.

Achievements at home board  We love to hear about things you have been doing at home. We would like to have pictures or certificates of anything you do such as swimming achievements, riding a bike, writing your name. This is so that at carpet time we can share children’s experiences with others and encourage confidence.

Family photos Both the main nursery and the baby room would like some photos from home. In the baby room they like looking at the family pictures during the day and in the main room we would like some photos to put in areas like the home corner, so photos sitting at the dinner table or eating would be good to enhance the area. Thanks.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

PRE-SCHOOL                                                                                                   HOLIDAY CLUB

CLOSED BANK HOLIDAYS

14th/17th April

OPEN Tues 18th April

CLOSED 1st May (B/H)

CLOSE Fri 19th May                                                                                                             OPEN Mon 22nd May

CLOSE Fri 2nd June

CLOSED 29th May (B/H)

OPEN Tues 6th June

CLOSE Tues 25th July                                                                                                          OPEN Wed 26th July

CLOSE Fri 1st Sept