Birthdays

Charlotte L
Ellie H
Sam CB
Leo A
Finn CB
Noah CB
Zach P
Scarlett F
Sonny N
Charlie W
Ayva L
Elizabeth U
Abigail V
Daisy O
Lauren C

Happy Birthday to you all!

Christmas – Dates for your diary

Theatre trip – 11th December
Christmas jumper day- 15th December
Christmas concert – 19th December from 2pm
Christmas party for Pre – School – 20th December – 1.30 to 4pm if this is not your day
Nursery closes – 22nd December at 6pm
Nursery re opens – 2nd January 2018 at 8am

The hall children will be visiting the Lowry theatre in Manchester on the morning of Monday 11th December (more details to follow). The younger children will be having a Christmas entertainer while the older children are out at the theatre.

Playground refurbishment – Tesco bags of help
Please visit Tesco during November and December and support the nursery in the bags of help scheme. You can vote for the nursery with the blue tokens, found at the checkout at St Helens Tesco extra, Windle Island Express and Four Acre Lane stores. 1st prize is £4000, 2nd is £2000 and 3rd is £1000. We are hoping to lay a new soft play area for the children.

Debit card payments

Don’t forget that nursery is able to accept debit card payments, please pop into baby room if you need to make a payment.

Questionnaires
Thank you to all parents who returned the questionnaires recently, we received some lovely comments.
Could we please remind parents that your children’s timetables are on display in their rooms, please have a look or ask your child’s key worker if you would like more information.

Car Park
The car park was mentioned in the questionnaires a number of times. Could we please remind parents to –
• Drive slowly and carefully when entering and exiting the car park.
• Be aware there are small children about and drive slowly at all times.
Could we please ask you –
• Not to park in front of the fire doors on the hatched area at the side of the nursery.
• Not to park in front of the gate in the railings at the rear.
• Not to park close to the main gate at front of the building as it blocks visibility when exiting.

30 Hours
Parents of the children eligible to receive the 30 hours could you please check if you need to renew your code and let Caroline know so she can update your claims.
If your child is 3 between 1st September and 31st December 2017 please see Caroline for your January funded hours.

Raffle
Thank you to everyone who supported Mia with her Halloween raffle, she raised £201 for a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) school for under privileged girls in Ghana. Keep a look out for the Christmas raffle.

Can we take this opportunity to thank Yvonne who will be leaving the nursery after 17 years of employment. Good luck with your move to Leyland Yvonne, we wish you lots of love and happiness in your new home and make sure you stay in touch!

Baby Room
Welcome to Toby who has recently joined baby room.
This month we will be busy preparing for winter and for our Christmas displays. We will introduce new language and textures with these seasonal activities.
Could we please ask that we have a coat, hat and gloves in the nursery at all times. This will enable us to spontaneously go out for short local walks.
Sarah, Caroline, Lindsay, Kath, Anita & Yvonne

Little Toddlers
During November we will be starting our winter activities. The children will enjoy lots of painting with various utensils i.e. brushes, sponges, hands and feet plus lots of gluing and sticking. We will display our masterpieces around the room so please take time to have a look.
Natalie, Claire, Charlotte & Louise

Big Toddlers
This month we will be focusing on music and movement, encouraging physical development by using musical instruments, shaky bottles and music CDs. If any parents have any alternative music for us to play please feel free to bring it in for us.
As the weather changes please make sure your child has warm clothes, hat, coat etc as we will still be enjoying lots of outdoor play. We will also be creating lots of winter themed artwork for our displays,
Thank you to all our parents who have brought in their family photos, look out for them around our room.
Brenda, Liz, Paula, Sharon and Barbara

Little Group
Our activities for November include the book / story of ‘we’re all going on a bear hunt’. We will learn all about the long wavy grass, the different kinds of mud, the snow, the water and the bear in his cave. The children will become familiar with the story and the repetitive words. We will also be improving our counting skills which will include singing counting songs, nursery rhymes, stories and other counting activities. Please also encourage your child to count at home.
Lesley, Chloe & Zoe

Younger Middle Group
The colder weather is approaching but that won’t deter us going outside so please can you make sure your child has a good winter coat, hat and gloves with them every day. This month we will be exploring sounds and the children will be making their own musical instruments to bring home. Towards the end of the month the children will be participating in lots of Christmas activities as we get ready to turn our pre-school into Crank’s grotto.
Toilet training is going well, with nearly all the children in our group now toilet trained. If your child isn’t potty trained and you would like any advice or information please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff in their group.
Nicola Lindsay & Leonie

Older Middle Group
Throughout November we will be looking at Space. We will be making planets, building space rockets and lots more.
Now the weather is getting colder can you please make sure your child has suitable outdoor clothing.
Please check your child’s box for any pictures, letters etc. that may be in there. Thank you
Kerry, Jo & Jenna,

Top Group
Our Christmas performance will be soon approaching ‘All about Christmas’ we will soon be making a list of characters, so keep a look out for your child’s character.
It is also advisable with cold weather change to ensure your child has warm outerwear, such as hat, gloves, wellies and a warm coat.
On Friday 17th November we will be supporting children in need, we will keep you posted of our activities regarding this. Many thanks
Gemma, Adele, Lyndsey, Natalie, Elaine and Alex