Winter Newsletter 2021
Winter Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Winter Newsletter 2021
Firstly, we would like to thank all our families for your continued cooperation and support during 2020 and wish you all the very best for 2021.
We will continue with the three separate drop off and pick up locations for the rooms to allow for social distancing during these times. Therefore, the car park will remain closed for the safety of children and parents entering, waiting and leaving the area.
If your child has any of the three symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change of sense of smell or taste. You will need to book a coronavirus test and isolate until the test result gives further instruction. As always, please inform nursery of any illness or absence.
Staff Changes - Emma from our Ladybird room will be leaving Moorlands Day Nursery on Thursday 28th January. We will miss Emma very much but wish her all the very best for the future.
As you may know, Terri is expecting a baby girl at the end of May. Terri's last day before her maternity leave will be Friday 26th February. We are looking forward to meeting her and will let you know when she arrives!
From Monday 8th February Beth will be joining our Ladybird team and Sharon will be returning to Moorlands as part of our Bumblebee team.
Clothing - Please can we remind all parents to ensure that children have appropriate clothign for their nursery day depending on the weather and at least one spare set of clothes in their nursery bag. At nursery we do enjoy messy and outdoor play so please be aware that best clothes may not be ideal. Optional nursery uniform can be purchased from myclothing.com. Just search: Moorlands Day Nursery on the website. Sizes start from 2 years. Nursery uniform is entirely parents' choice and not compulsory.
Progress Meetings - Due to COVID restrictions it has been difficult to meet with parents to discuss children's progress as we would normally do. If you would like to arrange a telephone appointment with your child's key person then please speak with them to arrange a convenient time to do this.
Do you know what you are eligible for? Working parents may be eligible for Tax Free Childcare and/or 30 hours funded childcare. Eligible 2-year-olds and all 3 and 4-year-olds can claim 15 hours funded childcare. Please contact email@example.com for more information or gov.uk to check your eligibility.
Possibilities for Home Learning
Following our Winter theme, the children have been exploring ice and snow, looking at different winter animals and creating their own artwork. As we move into February, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day (Love Day) and Pancake Day!
Here's some ideas of how you can join in at home:
- Wrap up warm and enjoy a Winter walk. What do you wear to stay warm? Can you put it on yourself? Can you build a snowman or roll a snowball? Is the grass crunchy?
- Read a Story. Favourites at this time of year include: That's not my penguin, That's not my snowman, Guess how much I love you, Peace at last, Nanuk the Polar Bear and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Do you have any others?
- Get Creative. Make a card or picture for someone special. Can you find a heart shape?
- Try New Foods. What is your favourite Chinese food?
- Pancakes! Use a cardboard cut out to flip your own pretend pancake. Use playdough to roll a flat pancake. Can you make a spring roll? Can you shake the pancake mix? What will you have on your pancake?
We look forward to seeing your pictures and/or videos on Tapestry!
5 Golden Rules for Communication
Actions Speak Louder Than Words - Use actions, facial expressions and tone of voice to help children understand and make new words stand out. For example, mime having a drink from a cup whilst saying 'you want a drink?'
Model and Extend - Whatever stage a child is at, repeat what they do or say and add one word. For example, your child points to a car. You say 'car.' Your child says 'car.' You say 'red car.' They say 'red car.' You say 'Yes, big red car.'
Eye to Eye - Get down on the child's level so you can see their face and they can see yours. Sit on the floor with your child or sit them on your knee.
10 Seconds - Wait 10 seconds, watching and listening to give the child a chance to take a turn. (Count to 10 slowly in your head.)
A or B - Offer choices as often as possible throughout the day. Show and name the alternatives. For example, 'Do you want an apple or a banana?'
A baby will respond differently to different voices. They recognise their Mum's voice from birth and can work out where a small sound is coming from just 10 minutes after being born. Babies can also tell the difference between a happy voice and an angry voice from 6 weeks.
Sharing stories and singing nursery rhymes help to develop the connections in children's brains. These grow at the fastest rate up to two years old and the brain reaches 60% of it's adult size by the baby's first birthday.
Children use the same muscles for chewing and swallowing as they do for talking, so moving to free flow cups and different textures when your child is ready for weaning will help their talking.
Learning more than one language has many benefits for young children. For example, they have more brain connections and activity in the areas of the brain related to memory, attention and language. Thes ehave long term benefits for learning and life chances.