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September Newsletter 2020

Setting News

A massive warm welcome to the many returning faces and those joining our setting.  The children have been so amazing transitioning into the new building and coming in so well using a different entrance. Thank you so much to all the parents and carers for adhering to our mask covering guidelines. We value your patience and time during this pandemic.

     

The children have done so well getting to know the new rooms, key people, and the routines.  Enjoying many engaging and challenging activities, as well as taking trips over to the field opposite to explore the open space.  We will be continuing to spend as much time outdoors as much as we can. To give the children the best possible experiences: whilst ensuring the health and wellbeing of the whole First Steps team is our priority and respecting Government social distancing guidelines. 

 

New development to outdoor area

We have just completed an extended undercover cover area for our outdoor space, giving the children a larger area to explore the outdoor surroundings in all weather conditions. Whilst under these challenging circumstances we aim to provide our children with as much fresh air and space as possible.

Tapestry/In the moment
planning

Thank you to parents that have
been uploading and contributing to their children’s learning journey on
Tapestry. We have enjoyed seeing and sharing the many fantastic photographs and
experiences the children have had. These are so important to support and
contribute to your child’s learning and massively help us in extending their
development, it also gives the team a real understanding of how we can meet
every child’s next steps.

Staff news


A massive congratulations to Dani and Luke on the birth of
their daughter, born on Monday 21st September called Lillie Tamara
Harris weighing a healthy 9lbs. We wish her and Luke all the happiness for their
new adventure of becoming parents.

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Megan on Friday. After being
with us for nearly 2 years and being in childcare for many years she has
decided to have a career change and to give herself time to train to climb
Kilimanjaro next October. We wish her all the happiness and good luck with her
climb.

We welcome Samantha who will temporarily be supporting the
setting and the team in a SENCO role (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) 

Updated Fees and Terms and Conditions

You all should have received the updated ‘Terms and Conditions’
an ‘Fees policy’ updated September 2020. Please read this carefully and return
it to us by the 1st October.  We
appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this very uncertain
time.  If you have any questions
regarding this, please do not hesitate in contacting us directly. If you
require a hard copy, please let us know.

 

Polite Reminders

We have been extremely fortunate recently with
the weather. However now evenings are becoming darker and weather now seems to
be getting colder we kindly request for all children to be provided with
appropriate footwear and clothing for all weather conditions.   Suitable
waterproofs and wellingtons for our spontaneous splashing in muddy puddles and trips to the
fields is a definite must!!

May we also remind parents and carers that all clothing should
be named especially coats/jackets and easily removable items. We are having a
lot of issues with children having similar clothing that is getting mixed up.

We are also still not able to allow any toys from home in the
nursery, so if they could be left at home, we would greatly appreciate it.