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June 2015

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
Active Kids is back, and this year there are even more great reasons to get involved. We are collecting them this year to buy equipment to promote healthy eating and exercise in the nursery. Active Kids vouchers are available to collect from all Sainsbury's stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online. Bluebell Lodge will be collecting the Sainsbury's vouchers until 1.07.15.

Community Topic
Within the lower and upper pre-school rooms the children have been learning about the community and the people that help them within their community. The children have been to their local fire station and learnt how firemen save people from fires. Whilst they were at the fire station they were allowed on the fire engine which created a lot of excitement.

They also had a dental nurse called Sue come to visit them at nursery. During her visit she told them a variety of facts about teeth. They also played educational games about what helps us to grow big and strong and what is good and bad for our teeth. All the children took an active part in the visit and it was good to see how much the children already knew about looking after their teeth.

Over the coming weeks the lower and upper pre-school have other exciting visits planned within their local community and also visitors to nursery. These experiences provide the children with good talking points which enable them to communicate freely about their environment and the things they observe.

The GB Relay
This July we are partaking in the Great British Relay. Now in its second year, The Great British Relay 2015 is a true celebration of running and is the longest continuous running event in the world, lasting an incredible 740 hours. That's about 31 days. It is split into 594 stages and run continuously 24 hours a day for the month of June and July and 2015 is the year when the event will attempt to break the world record for the longest running event duration.

Simon and Helen the nursery owners have sponsored two legs of the run in-between Blackpool and Freckleton. On Saturday 13th June, Simon Turpie has sponsored Stage 223; this runs from The Queen's Promenade, Blackpool to Lytham St Anne's starting at 9:31am. On the same day Helen Turpie has sponsored Stage 224; this runs from Lytham St Anne's to Freckleton starting at 10:37am. We would love the children and parents to come along to this event, there is no pressure to do the entire length of the relay, we will be completing small sections of the distance providing refreshments along the journey. There will be lots of staff taking part on the day and we would love you to sign up now for a leg of the relay with the office to be part of something amazing!

Hanen Training
At Bluebell Lodge Staff training is an essential part of our practice. Recognising the important role that early childhood educators play in promoting children's early language, literacy and social communication development, The Hanen Centre has developed an evidence-based in-service education program specifically for early childhood professionals. Hannah, Alex, Abbey, Natasha, Nicole, Chantelle, Heather and Louise have recently attended this course and have already begun to implement their new found knowledge into the setting and with the staff team.

First Steps Nutrition Trust
The First Steps Nutrition Trust has produced a new guide called "Eating well: packed lunches for 1-4 years olds."
With over 30 of our Preschool leavers heading to school in September, we think this may be a beneficial read for parents.
The guide provides practical ideas for anyone who is preparing packed lunches for children aged 1-4 years. It has been produced for early year's settings who may want to provide guidance to families and child carers about how to provide a nutritious, cost-effective and practical packed lunch for children of this age.
The packed lunches shown in this resource all provide the amount of energy (calories) needed by children of this age at a main meal and, if a range of packed lunches are eaten over a period of a week or more, they will provide the important nutrients that young children need to develop and grow.
For more information click HERE.

Dates to remember.
June 13th Great British Relay
June 21st Father's Day
June 23rd Parents Evening 18:00 - 20:00
June 27th Lytham Club Day
July 8th Tempest Photography 09:30 Graduation Photos
July 11th St Anne's Club Day Parade
August 2nd Summer Fair and Graduation 12:00 - 14:30

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May 2015

Nursery Chicks
The chicks are now settling into their new home in the main garden, which allows the pre-school children to observe how they are growing and changing. They are also helping the staff to care for them by ensuring they have clean bedding, food and water.
We are proud to announce that the children have selected names for the nursery chicks. They are called Polly, Buttercup and Chickaletta. Well done to all the children who took part in finding names for the chicks.

Signing In and Out
We would like to remind parents to sign their children in and out of nursery each day. A signing in and out register and pen is located outside each of the children's rooms. If you are unsure of where the signing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

Free Baby Buddy App
The child health charity Best Beginnings are inviting parents and professionals who work in the early years to download and use their free Baby Buddy app which is endorsed by many organisations including the Department of Health.
Baby Buddy is your personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby's life. It has been designed to help you give your baby the best start in life and support your health and wellbeing.
Baby Buddy has been made for young mothers but gives lots of useful information and support to mothers-to-be and new mothers of any age. http://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/babybuddy-about

September Places
Places for September are now very limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Pre-school Leavers
It's fast approaching a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say goodbye to the Pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Anne in the office. This is to ensure that your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

Springtime Event
The pre-school children were invited to a Springtime Event at Marton Primary school. The children who attended the event had a lovely time with their friends from Butterfly Lodge. They also made new friends with children who attended the event from other local nurseries in the area.
There was a selection of activities for the children to get involved in during the morning. The children especially enjoyed the visit from Pets at Home that had brought along a snake, lizard, rabbit and hamster for the children to hold and learn about. After washing their hands the children then enjoyed making some yummy biscuits which they enjoyed eating. On arriving back at nursery the children were full of news about what they had been doing that morning and seeds they had planted to take home to grow.

Hats and Sun Cream
Due to the recent warm weather we would like to advise parents to bring in sun hats and sun cream for your child's protection. The staff at Bluebell Lodge will apply sun cream to areas of exposed skin to avoid sun damage when playing outside in the warm weather. Alternatively if you apply cream at home please make your key person aware, it will still need to be reapplied throughout the day. Finally if your child is allergic to any sun cream please let their key person know.

What to expect, when? A parents' guide
A number of new resources have been launched at 4Children's Early Childhood Matters conference. These include a Parents' Guide.
The purpose of this new EYFS resource is to help you as a parent/carer to find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
Downloaded a free copy of the What to expect, when? guide.
Printed copies can be purchased from the 4Children website.

Dates to remember.
May 4th Bank Holiday - Nursery closed
May 25th Bank Holiday - Nursery closed
June 21st Father's Day
June 23rd Parents Evening 18:00 - 20:00
June 27th Lytham Club Day
July 8th Tempest Photography 09:30 Graduation Photos
July 11th St Annes Club Day Parade

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April 2015

We would like to thank everyone who came along to our Easter Fair, it was a super day and we hope you all enjoyed it. Your support at these events is what makes it worthwhile and is greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank you for all your super entries for our Easter Bonnet parade they were all fantastic and the children looked great. Well done to Lily Murphy on getting first place, Sienna Forrest on second place and Jacob Scot on third place.

Easter Egg Competition
The children have been learning about and Spring and Easter at the nursery. We were delighted by the amount of interest and effort the parents and children put into producing their Easter Eggs which made judging hard. Thank you to all the children and their parents for the fabulous decorated eggs.

Pre-school's Learning Journey Books.
This month the pre-school weekly diary is being replaced with a Learning Journey Book. This new book will help support us in working together to support your child in enjoying learning and making progression.
Each week the book will come home with a suggested activity for you to do together with your child. The suggested activity will include how it supports your child's learning linking to the early years outcomes. At the beginning of each topic a more in depth passage will be added which allows you to see all the different ranges of learning activities we will be engaging in. Each week will also include the jolly phonic(s) that we are learning for the month and our number of the month too. Please try and have a go at the suggested activity and have lots of fun together.

Spring Time Watch.
We would like to announce that over the Easter weekend two of the eggs hatched and we would like to introduce our two beautiful spring chicks. The other eggs are starting to hatch, so we now need to decide names for the chicks.
The children have really enjoyed watching these chicks grow and flourish in nursery; it has been a great learning opportunity for everyone involved! Although all two chicks were born on the same day, you will notice they are different breeds, it's been a great experience comparing their similarities and differences.

If you would like to enter our name the chick competition please download an entry form and return to the office by Friday 19th April.

The children are also watching frogspawn develop in our outdoor pond. The pre-school children also have a tank with some frogspawn in to watch close up. The children have been observing them everyday to see how they have changed and have been noticing the many changes.

Bluebell Lodge Policies
We are continually adjusting and updating our policies at Bluebell Lodge and wanted to give a quick reminder on a couple of points for the Sickness and Illness Policy and Medication Policy. Please be aware that if your child has sickness and diarrhoea they are not allowed in nursery until 48 hours after their last episode. If your child is prescribed medication from the doctor and is a new medication they have not had before then they are to be off for the first 48 hours, if they have had the medication before and are prescribed it they cannot return for the first 24 hours. This is to prevent the spread of infection throughout the nursery.

Parachute Jump
Well done to Nicole Trafford, Carly Fyall and Stephen McEwan on completing their parachute jump in aid of The British Heart Foundation.
They would like to thank everybody that supported them with their fundraising for this great cause.

Better Start.
The successful multi-million pound bid was made by the Blackpool Better Start partnership, led by the NSPCC working with Blackpool Council, NHS health organisations in Blackpool, and a number of local parents and community organisations
including the newly created Community Voice group. The funds will see a new way of key agencies working together to make sure babies born in Blackpool receive the early care and nurture they need for healthy development. Specific attention will be given to diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, and communication and language
with an overall outcome being that children are happy, healthy and ready for school. The money will mean more specialist services to support the most vulnerable families with babies across seven key wards in Blackpool (Claremont, Talbot, Brunswick, Bloomfield, Park, Victoria, Clifton), as well as delivering public health messages and improving public spaces for the benefit of all families in Blackpool.
This funding enabled us to provide our staff with even more training to support our parents and children in living healthy happy lifestyles. Heather and Hannah are now qualified food dudes.

Dates to remember.
May 4th Bank Holiday - Nursery closed
May 25th Bank Holiday - Nursery closed
June 21st Father's Day
June 23rd Parents Evening 18:00 - 20:00
June 27th Lytham Club Day
July 11th St Annes Club Day Parade


March 2015

Everyone at Bluebell Lodge is very excited about welcoming Spring. The children will see many changing in their surroundings with bulbs starting to appear and buds growing on the trees. They are also looking for frogs visiting the pond and hoping that they leave some frogs spawn behind so they can observe the changes first hand.

Spring Topic
To coincide with our topic of Spring the children will be watching our very own chicken eggs hatch in our nursery incubator. This opportunity offers children and parents an opportunity to interact, care for and learn about chickens and their life cycle, from incubation, hatching and finally growth.

In preparation to this experience we are inviting the children and parents to decorate eggs and get crafty and creative. All entries will be displayed in our nursery hallway and will receive a goodie bag for their efforts! Please see examples below:

First Aid Training
Government promises review of first aid training in nurseries after Millie Thompson's death. With recent media information regarding Millie's Trust and First Aid training in nurseries, we would like to highlight that we currently have 21 First Aid trained staff that work on site at Bluebell Lodge. Early Years Foundation Stage requirements emphasise that at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. We are very proud of our staff training and qualifications, and always strive to keep staff up to date with developments in the childcare sector.

Red Nose Day
Time to Ape around this Red Nose Day. To tie in with this year's theme we are asking children to dress up as wild animals on Friday 13th March and help raise money for this fantastic cause by donating a £1. There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the week for all the children to enjoy. We are also selling Red Noses in the office and the Pre-school unit. If you wish to purchase a nose please see Anne or Hannah.

Allergen Information
From December 2014 all food premises are required to display 14 allergens that maybe present in dishes they serve. The new EU Food Information Consumers (FIC) regulation, affects all early years settings who provide food. All settings must provide accurate allergen information to parents, children and staff for every food and drink item that we provide which contains any of the 14 allergens as ingredients. If you would like to receive a list of ingredients for our menu please speak to a member of the nursery team for details.

Good Friday - Family Easter Fun Day
We would like to invite you and your family to the Easter Family Fun Day on Friday 3rd April between 10.00am -12.00pm. There will a variety of be stalls i.e. Jo Jo's cupcake stall, donkey rides, bouncy castle, hook a duck, and many more activities to be confirmed. We will also be holding an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet parade. Entries to the Easter Bonnet competition are welcome from al the children and their siblings. Each entry will receive a small prize and certificate. Please see examples below:

Parent's Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Thursday 26th March. The evening will run from 18:00pm - 20.00. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 18:00 and last for 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment. If you are unable to attend the evening due to work commitments or childcare please speak with Anne who will arrange a day time appointment.

Dates to remember.
March 5th - World Book Day
March 9th - Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 13th - Comic Relief (Do Something Funny)
March 15th - Mothers Day
March 26th - Parent's Evening 18:00 - 20:00
April 3rd - Good Friday
Nursery closed
Easter Fun Day 10:00 - 12:00
April 6th - Easter Monday
Nursery closed
May 4th - Bank Holiday - Nursery closed
May 25th - Bank Holiday - Nursery closed


February 2015

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Smoke Free Homes
Bluebell Lodge staff have recently undertaken Smoke Free Home Smoke Free Car training. It was surprising to learn how long smoke from a cigarette lingers on your clothes and how smoke hand smoke can be detrimental to children. If you would like to find out more information about taking the smoke free pledge, then please see a member of staff within your child's room, who will be happy to give you a leaflet.

Superhero Topic
Wow! What fun the Lower Pre-school and Upper Pre-school children had with their superhero topic last month. They have explored their superhero sense's taken on tough challenges on our superhero obstacle course and tested out their super powers using different magnets. Also they have saved superheroes from the super ice using Thor's hammers and created a superhero headquarters using a wide range of different textured fabrics, supporting us in a wide range of role play ideas. They also created their own superhero cape.

New Topic "We all smile the same"
During February Lower Pre-school and Upper Pre-school are going to be learning about children from different countries and the festivals they celebrate. Their new topic will support their development of understanding the world around them and also make them aware of the special celebrations children enjoy around the world.

Words for Life
On Words for Life parents can find a whole range of literacy-boosting activities for children with different themes. Booklists help you find the perfect reading material for your child and downloadable activities illustrate how to enhance your child's literacy and communication skills through seasonal activities. We highly recommend you Visit Words for Life. http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk

Jolly Phonics
Upper Pre-school are now doing their jolly phonics. Jolly phonics is a child centred and fun approach to learning literacy through synthetic phonics. Each letter sound has an action which makes this multi-sensory method very motivating for the children. During February the children will be practising the letter A and T. Song sheets to accompany these letters will be available in the room for you to take home and practise together.

Pre-school Garden
The pre-school garden is now complete and the children are excited and love exploring their new garden area. The main climbing and large equipment areas allow the children to develop both their physical skills but also their problem solving skills. The digging area provides a great wealth of language and mathematical learning opportunities for the children. We will still be enhancing the garden area over the coming month.

Baby & Toddler: Wow Boards.
The baby and toddler staff are delighted to share the children's achievements from both in and out of nursery with the parents. If you would like to share something from home with your chilld's key worker please feel free to write your child's achievements on a star to go on the wow board. These can then be added to your child's Learning Journey and are good for staff to plan individual goals from.

Mother's Day Tempest photography
On Saturday 28th February Tempest Photographers will be at the nursery from 10am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken. If you would like your child to have their photograph taken please book a time slot in the office with Anne or Hannah. Siblings are welcome to join their brother/sister if you would like a family photograph taken. These would be ideal for Mothers Day gifts. Tempest photography advise not to wear red to this photograph session.

Dates to remember.
February 19th Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat/Sheep
February 14th Valentines Day
February 17th Shrove Tuesday
February 28th Tempest Photography 9.30am - 2pm
March 5th World Book Day
March 9th Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 13th Comic Relief (Do Something Funny)
March 15th Mothers Day


January 2015

Happy New Year. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and Santa bought you all some lovely gifts.

Snowmen Competition.
Thank you for the super snowmen made out of recycled things from your home they look super. We are overwhelmed by the fantastic effort and the different ideas used to create the fantastic recycled snowman.
1st: Jacob Scot
2nd: Jasmine Chetter
3rd=: Cody Tweedle & Freya Newton

Labelling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labelled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproof stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

New Topic.
During January lower Pre-school and upper Pre-school are going to be learning about superheroes! Their 'superhero' theme will take them down many different avenues where their serious learning will be accompanied by a lot of fun. During this superhero theme we will be going on superhero adventures and tackling a superhero obstacle course.

Facebook
Thank you for all your support on our new social media Facebook page. We have now reached 261 likes and have a super platform for sharing more information with parents and carers attending our setting. We are currently sending out written confirmation to clarify on permission for your son/daughter to be posted on our page. We must emphasise full names and details will not be disclosed. All photos posted will also coincide with our photo policy.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year this year is the year of the Goat/Sheep on the 19th February. The children in the pre-school unit will be learning about Chinese New Year and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. Activities will use all of your child's senses; there will be creative, messy activities and food tasting to name but a few of them.

Home Diaries
At Bluebell Lodge Nursery we value partnership with parents, and always love to hear what the children have been achieving and exploring outside the setting. The main purpose of our home diaries is to maintain an exchange of information of the children's learning and development including pictures of their weekend adventures. Please do not hesitate to write in your child's diary as we love to see this information on a weekly basis.

Bringing children's toys into nursery
We would ask parents and carers to support us in discouraging children from bringing their toys into nursery. We cannot accept responsibility for toys brought in and so would ask your support in leaving toys at home.

Mother's Day Tempest photography
On Saturday 28th February Tempest Photographers will be at the nursery from 10am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken. If you would like your child to have their photograph taken please book a time slot in the office with Anne or Hannah. Siblings are welcome to join their brother/sister if you would like a family photograph taken. These would be ideal for Mothers Day gifts. Tempest photography advise not to wear red to this photograph session.

Dates to remember.
February 19th - Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat/Sheep
February 14th - Valentines Day
February 17th - Shrove Tuesday
February 28th - Tempest Photography 10am - 2pm
March 5th - World Book Day
March 9th - Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 15th - Mothers Day

December 2014

Staffing
As of December Hannah Farman will be stepping up to deputy manager and will be also co-ordinating our upper pre-school room. Alex Felton is remaining within the pre-school room supporting Hannah in her new role. Cary Fyall will be taking on the role as Lower pre-school co-ordinator.

Topic for December
During December children are learning all about Winter and Christmas. They are exploring how the weather changes, writing their letters to Santa, creating Christmas sensory activities and many more development supporting activities. Over this week babies have been exploring their winter sensory area, with pretty lights, a variety of fabrics and arctic animals. Toddlers have had great fun with their winter small world, developing a range of new language.
What fun lower pre-school have had, creating snow dough the children enjoyed creating snowmen and snowflakes and describing the textures. Pre-school have been so busy doing a wide range of educational activities, they have been engaging in role play as the Jolly Postman writing letters to Santa and his elves.

Nursery closure over Christmas
During the Christmas holidays we will be closed from Thursday 25th December till Thursday 1st January and we will re-open on Friday 2nd January 2015.

Fees
Can I remind parents that fees will be rising as of January 2015. Please can you assist the admin team by ensuring that you have changed your standing orders for your child's nursery fees. If you have misplaced your fees letter please see Anne or Hannah in the office for your new fee amount or contact Anita on 781611.

Winter Clothing
The weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. It would be appreciated if you could ensure that your child has spare clothes in their nursery bags. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.

2 year old funding
The term after your child turns two, he or she might be entitled to have up to 15 hours a week of free childcare, for 38 week per year. This is called the Free Early Education and it is paid for by the government. The website link below allows you to apply for your 2 year old funding online.
http://www.blackpool.fsd.org.uk/kb5/blackpool/fsd/article.page?id=QoUXjgfNSc4

Pre-school Nativity
Good luck to all our pre-school children for their Christmas nativity on the 10th December, we know you will all do a super job.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you have a fun filled Christmas and new year. We can't wait to hear all about when you come back.


November 2014

Scarecrow Competition
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween. We were overwhelmed by the amount of pumpkins we had entered into the competition. Due the number of entries judging was made harder. In the end it was decided to judge the pumpkins in two categories: 1 - originality and 2 - craftsmanship. Thank for all you support.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Thursday 26th November. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman Competition
Due to the amount of interest in our past competitions we are inviting parents and children to take part in our Winter Wonderland competition; where we are inviting all parents and children to make a snowman from recycled materials see some examples below. All children's snowmen will be displayed in the garden area. All entries will receive a prize and certificate the winner will receive a frozen toy hamper. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Friday 5th December.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 6th December 12.00pm - 2.30pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and normal tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or know of any companies that would like to donate a prize for the raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Christmas Nativity
The Pre-School children are very excited to be taking part in this year's Christmas Nativity which will take place at St Mary's church on the 10th December, at 2.30pm - 3.00pm. We would like to invite all parents and carers at Bluebell Lodge, especially those of the preschool who will be starring in this year's event.

Fees
In January 2015 there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 75p, a full day will increase by £1.50 and a full time place increase by £7.50. Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Facebook
Thank you for your overwhelming response to our new Facebook page. We are amazed by the amount of interest from parents and their relatives who comment and like the nursery posts. This is also a fantastic opportunity to see what activities and experiences your children are involved in at nursery. It is also a good way of keeping in touch of what events are up and the coming future.

Dates for diary.
5th November - Bonfire Night
8th November - Tempest Photography 9.30am - 2.00pm
11th November - Remembrance Sunday
14th November - Children in Need Onesie day (donation of a £1 to charity)
26th November - Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Alex in the office to book an appointment
6th December - Christmas Fair 12.00pm - 2.30pm
10th December - Pre-school Nativity St Mary's Church 2.30pm
24th December - Nursery closes for Christmas
2nd January 2015 - Nursery reopens


October 2014

Dear Parents,
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery. We hope you will settle in very soon and become part of our nursery family.

Scarecrow Competition
Scarecrows have arrived at Bluebell Lodge. The children have been learning about and celebrating harvest at the nursery. We were delighted by the amount of interest and effort the parents and children put into producing their scarecrows which made judging hard. Thank you to all the children and their parents for the fabulous scarecrows.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Thursday 26th November. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Story Sack
There are a number of various story sacks available to take home and share with your child for the night or weekend; these include stories such as The Gruffalo, Sharing a Shell, Little Princess and more. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to borrow one. Spending a little time each day reading with your child is a fantastic way of developing all areas of their learning especially their speech and language skills.

Pumpkin Competition
Due to the amount of interest in our scarecrow competition we are inviting parents and children to take part in our Halloween pumpkin competition. All children's pumpkins will be displayed down the driveway. All entries will receive a prize and certificate. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Friday 31st October.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 6th December 12.00pm - 2.30pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and normal tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or know of any companies that would like to donate a prize for the raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Child Details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Dates for diary.
23rd October - Diwali
31st October - Halloween
5th November - Bonfire Night
11th November - Remembrance Sunday
26th November - Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Alex in the office to book an appointment
6th December - Christmas Fair 12.00pm - 2.30pm


September 2014

Dear Parents,
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery. We hope you will settle in very soon and become part of our nursery family.

Nursery Visitors
The nursery had a visit from the local Police and Ambulance crew. The children were able to go in the Police car and on the Ambulance and asked lots of questions. As a nursery we like to promote the emergency services and the life saving work they do.

502 Lytham Road
We are delighted to inform everybody that renovations on the newly acquired nursery are now under way. The completion date is 27th October 2014 and we are looking at opening the doors for business November. If you are interested in transferring your child to the new nursery please see Anne in the office for details.

September Places
Places for September are now very limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Scarecrow Competition
We are inviting parents and children to take part in our scarecrow competition. All children's scarecrows will be displayed down the driveway. All entries will receive a prize and certificate. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Wednesday 17th September.

Child Details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Local Offer
As part of the government Green paper (Support and Aspiration) the government has outlined a new approach to special educational needs and disability. As part of this initiative the government requires all local authorities and establishments that cater to the public to set out a local offer. The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available to them in the area and how to access them. Please see attached a copy of our local offer which you will have access to on our website. We hope this information is useful to you and it allows perspective parents and carers to attain all the necessary information prior to starting a place with the nursery.

Pre-school Uniform
Pre-school uniform is available for all pre-school children to purchase. The uniform consists of a white polo shirt and royal blue sweat shirt with Bluebell Lodge Nursery embroidered on them. Pre-school uniform is not compulsory, but we do find that many children enjoy wearing the uniform as it gives them a sense of belonging and pride, and they are able to wear the same as their friends. Wearing a uniform also helps to protect the children's own clothes from messy play, and helps them to prepare for wearing a compulsory uniform when they transition to primary school. For more information about the uniform please see Anne or Alex in the office.

Staff News
We would like to welcome Nicola Trafford to Bluebell Lodge. Nicole will be taking over form Rebecca Gregory who will be going on her maternity leave soon. She will be working alongside Alex Felton and Stephen McEwan in the Pre-school room. Nicole is NVQ Level 3 qualified and is transferring over from our sister nursery Shepherd Lodge.

Dates for diary.
19th September - Jeans for Genes Day
3rd October - Harvest Festival St Mary's Church at 2.30 - 2.50
4th October - Tempest Photographs 9.30 - 2.00pm
23rd October - Diwali
31st October - Halloween
5th November - Bonfire Night
11th November - Remembrance Sunday
26th November - Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Alex in the office to book an appointment


August 2014

Bluebell Summer Fair
Thank you to everybody that braved the weather to attend this year's Summer Fair and Graduation, despite the rain everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. Once again we really appreciate all your support and dedication that you show when we hold these events. Your support is greatly appreciated.

502 Lytham Road
We are delighted to inform everybody that renovations on the newly acquired nursery are now under way. The completion date is 27th October 2014 and we are looking at opening the doors for business November. If you are interested in transferring your child to the new nursery please see Anne in the office for details.

September Places
Places for September are now very limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Learning and play
Are you looking for advice on fun things for families to do in the summer? The Family Childcare Trust has a newly designed best-selling book 'Learning and Play' is packed with ideas for parents and carers to entertain little ones and help them learn and develop at the same time. Learning and Play also helps is available to buy from the website, along with all of our other books for parents and practitioners.

Staff News
Congratulations to Hayley Priestley on the birth of her baby daughter Mila Poppy who was born on 17th July, weighing 7lb 9.5oz. Both mother and daughter are doing well.
Also congratulations to Rachael Newsham on the birth of her son after a quick labour, weighing 7lb 10oz. Both are doing well.
We are proud to announce that Rachael Newsham graduated and now holds a Foundation degree. A big congratulation to Lisa Taylor who graduated in July with a First Class B.A Honours Degree.

Nursery Nurse of the Year.
This year's Nursery Nurse of the Year is Gemma Skuja. Gemma has worked for the company for nearly ten years, showing great commitment since she started. She began working at Shepherd Lodge and then moved to Clifton Lodge as this was newly opened. Finally Gemma returned from her maternity leave and started working at Bluebell Lodge where everybody finds her a delight to work with. Everybody comments how caring and calm she is to work with. Gemma is wonderful across all the age groups which makes her an asset to the nursery. Gemma will go above and beyond to help anybody which is really appreciated. We are grateful for your years of hard work and thank you for being a fantastic nursery nurse and role model.

Information from Lancashire County Council
Lancashire county Council are currently mounting a safety campaign which aims to increase the awareness of child's accidents involving button cell batteries, plastic nappy sacks, window blind cords and detergent liquitabs. As part of the campaign four safety posters have been produced which provide safety advice in relation to each of the issues identified for parents and carers. We hope to include these posters on our newsletter to contribute to the aim of improving child safety and reducing child accidents.

Dates for diary.
August 25th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day
October 3rd Harvest Festival (time to be confirmed)
October 4th Tempest Photographs 9.30 - 2.00pm
October 23rd Diwali
October 31st Halloween


July 2014

Bluebell Summer Fair
Our summer Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd August from 12.00 - 2.30. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place throughout the afternoon, including a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle and donkey rides. We would be grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. Our preschool graduation will also take place at the summer fair at 1.30pm.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Wednesday 16th July. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

National Literacy Trust - Early Words Together
Early Words Together is an early years program run by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) aiming to assist parents and carers to improve the early home learning environment, for children aged 2-5, through a six-week structured program delivered by trained community volunteers. You can find information on Early Words Together, working in partnership to support children's reading at www.literacytrust.org.uk and parents can find hints and tips on how to help their children at www.wordsforlife.org.uk.

Main Garden
We have a few of exciting months ahead transforming the main rear garden, so certain areas will be fenced off to allow for the work to be carried out. The children have already enjoyed watching the diggers and loaders start work on their new garden. Due to the vast size of the garden we ask that parents/carers bear in mind that this is along process. Work will be carried out in phases and phase 1 is well under way. If you would like a closer look at the design for the rear garden please call in the office and see Anne.

Foundation Years Web Site
This month we are delighted to bring you news of the refreshed foundations website, launched on the 11th of May 2014. It includes brand new sections including knowledge hubs on the EYFS.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Staff Baby News
We would like to send our best wishes and congratulations to Sophie Priestley and her partner Glynn on the birth of their baby boy. William Henry was born on the 28th July weighing 6lb 15oz. We would also like to send our best wishes to Rebecca and her partner Andy who are expecting their first baby together and is due on 31st December.

Phone Policy
Due to Ofsted and Safeguarding regulations please can you refrain from using all mobile phones on the nursery premises. Staff and Parents are only permitted to use their personal mobile phones in designated areas. We also ask that photos are not taken of children whist on the nursery premises without consent. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Getting To Know Your Baby
Getting to know your baby app
The 'Getting to Know Your Baby' app is designed to help parents understand and respond to their developing babies. It is the first app to show videos of babies in each of the six different sleep / wake states and this will help mums and dads to interpret their own infants' cues and signals. The videos are accompanied by a website with information for interested parents and health professionals to help promote babies' emotional wellbeing.

Labelling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labeled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproff stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Staff News
Congratulations to Stephen McEwan on gaining is NVQ Level 2, he is now looking forward to starting his Level 3 with the company. We would also like to congratulate Lisa Taylor on gaining a First Class BA Hon Degree.

Dates for your diary
July 12th - St Anne's Club Day and Family Day
July 16th - Summer Term Parents Evening 6:00 - 8:00pm
August 2nd - Summer Fai and Graduation 12.00pm -2.30pm


June 2014

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Wednesday 16th July. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Sun Cream & Sun Hats
Now the weather is getting warmer, please make sure that your child has sun cream and a sunhat. This will allow us to make the most of the nice weather, doing lots of activities outside in the garden and going for walks to the park and beach, whilst ensuring maximum protection from UV rays. Labels can be purchased at http;//www.easy2name.com/ Please let your child's key worker know if you would like to leave these at nursery or take them home daily.

Pre-school Leavers
It's fast approaching a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say goodbye to the Pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Anne in the office. This is to ensure that your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Staff Baby News
We would like to send our best wishes to Sophie Priestley, Hayley Priestley and Rachael Newsham who are all expecting. Sophie and her partner Glyn are expecting their first baby, a baby boy. Her estimated due date is 25th June. Hayley and her partner Ben are expecting their second child, a baby girl. Her expected due date is 25th July. Rachael and her partner Sean are expecting their first baby, a baby boy. Her estimated due date is 7th August. We wish them all the best for their new arrivals.

Toddler Cups and Baby Cups
To support the toddlers and babies free flow access to water thought the nursery day we would please like to ask if children could bring in their toddler cup/ beaker in to nursery on their day of attendance. This cup/beaker will be accessible at the snack table ensuring a drink of water is readily available alongside snack and meal times.

EYFS for Parents
4Children has published a non-statutory document with the aim of giving parents an overview of the EYFS Framework 2012. It illustrates how parents can support their child during the foundation years. We have included a link to this document for your ease of access.
Download Parents' Guide to the EYFS
Download Parents' Guide One Side Summary

School Transition Invitation

If you want to meet someone from the health visiting and school nursing teams who can help you to recognise any areas that you could develop with your child in preparation for them going to school, then please book to come and see us at one of our sessions:

Dates for your diary
June 15th Fathers Day
June 28th Lytham Club Day
July 12th St Anne's Club Day and Family Day
July 16th Summer Term Parents Evening 6:00 - 8:00pm


May 2014

Good Friday Family Easter Open Day
Many thanks for your overwhelming support for our Easter fun morning at Bluebell Lodge. It was lovely to see all the hard work the children had put into their Easter Bonnets to take part in the parade. Once again thank you for all your support, it was good to see so many families there enjoying the sunshine and the fun of the fair.

Nursery Safeguarding Procedures
You may be aware that recently a nursery within Blackpool was closed by Ofsted with regards to the nursery's safeguarding policy, practice and procedures. Please do not be offended if you are asked by a staff member to sign if you child attends with any cuts, bruises or marks from home. They are only following the nursery and local authority's safeguarding policy in documenting any accidents from home and nursery.

Sand Kitchen
We currently have a new sand kitchen in the pre-school decking area. The children are enjoying making sand cakes and investigating the sand. Mixing sand, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being development and learning. We would be grateful if you could bring in any old pots, pans, utensils, containers or chopping boards to help us develop our sand kitchen.

Sun Cream & Sun Hats
Now the weather is getting warmer, please make sure that your child has sun cream and a sunhat. This will allow us to make the most of the nice weather, doing lots of activities outside in the garden and going for walks to the park and beach, whilst ensuring maximum protection from UV rays. Labels can be purchased at http://www.easy2name.com/ Please let your Child's key worker know if you would like to leave these at nursery or take them home daily.

Pre-school Leavers
It's fast approaching a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say Goodbye to the Pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Anne in the office? This is to ensure that your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 2 or 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Staff News
We would like to welcome Hannah Farman and Alex Felton to Bluebell Lodge. Hannah and Alex will be transferring from Clifton Lodge from 6th May. Hannah will be covering Rachael Newsham as Lower Pre-school Co-ordinator and working alongside Carly Fyall, Victoria Newsham and Chantelle Fraser. Alex will be covering Sophie Priestley as Deputy Manager/Pre-school Co-ordinator, Alex will be working alongside Rebecca Townsend and Stephen McEwan. This month we say a sad farewell to Sophie her last day is 16th May.

We also have to say a sad goodbye to Jessica Low and Hayley Priestley. Jessica is transferring to Clifton Lodge to take up her new position as 2-3's co-ordinator. We wish her all the best in her new role.

Dates for your diary
5th May- Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
26th May - Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 3rd Red Frog Photography - Graduation Photograph 1.30pm
June 15th Fathers Day
June 28th Lytham Club Day
July 12th St Anne's Club Day and Family Day
July 16th Summer Term Parents Evening 6:00 - 8:00pm


April 2014

Dear Parents,
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Good Friday Family Easter Open Day
On Friday 18th April we will be holding an Easter Open Day for you to attend with your family between 10.00am -12.00pm. We will be holding an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bonnet parade which will commence at 11.30am. There will also be stalls i.e. Jojo's cupcake stall, Sweet and Sour sweet stall, donkey rides, bouncy castle, hook a duck, and many more activities to be confirmed.

Home Diary's
To help develop the link between home and nursery your child brings home a weekly diary with a short insight of what your child has been doing at nursery. We appreciate if you have time to add to your child's diary. We also set targets each month for the children and this is a way to share the targets and the activities. Please ask your child's key worker to share the targets set for your child.

Baby and Toddler Garden
We have a couple of exciting weeks ahead transforming the baby and toddler garden. This area will be out of bounds whilst the work is being carried out. The children are all very excited about the new equipment that is coming to go in their garden area.

Beach Schools
During the Summer Term 8 Pre-School children and 4 Lower Pre-School children will be taking part in the Beach School learning program. The Beach Schools program will be run by David McGrath from the Solaris Centre where we will be exploring our surroundings, taking a look at the different sea creatures and finding shells of different sizes and textures.

Sand Kitchen
We are currently transforming the Sand Area in the quad into a Sand Kitchen. What is a sand kitchen? Mixing sand, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being development and learning. Children learn to be creative and think critically by making predictions and testing their ideas i.e. "what would happen if we made a sand pie using dry sand?" The sand kitchen also supplies the children with the perfect opportunity to develop their imaginations. The sand mixture easily becomes coffee with sugar, a birthday cake, soups and stews, ice cream in many flavours, lotions and 'make-up', magical drinks and potions, wizards spells and perfumes….This play is filled with emotional, personal and social value, and offers the context for learning a wonderful range of new and interesting vocabulary and verbal language exchange and expression. To allow the children the freedom to play, explore and learn to their full extent in the sand kitchen it is really important that children are encouraged to feel the textures of the materials with their fingers, transfer liquids from one container to another and to splash, slop, stir and whiz.

Please could you help us….?
We would be grateful if you could bring in any old pots, pans, utensils, containers or chopping boards to help us develop our sand kitchen.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Nursery Bag
If your child still requires nappies it would be appreciated if they have enough nappies and wipes in their bag or tray for the days they attend nursery. It is essential that if your child's potty training that you bring spare clothes. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.

Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. Wet weather clothing will be provided.

Dates for your diary
18th April - Good Friday (Bank Holiday)
18th April - Easter Fun Day 10.00 - 12.00
21st April - Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)
5th May- Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
26th May - Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
15th June - Fathers Day
3rd June - Red Frog Photography Graduation Picture at 1.30pm
2nd August - Summer Fair and Pre School Graduation


March 2014

Dear Parents,
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

2 Year Old Funding
From the term after your child turns two, he or she might be able to have up to 15 hours a week of free flexible childcare, for 38 weeks per year. This is called the Free Early Education and it is paid for by the government. This website explains the criteria and process of applying. fis@blackpool.gov.uk

Good Friday Family Easter Open Day
On Friday 18th April we will be holding an Easter Open Day for you to attend with your family between 10.00am -12.00pm. We will be holding an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bonnet parade which will commence at 11.30am. There will also be stalls i.e. Jojo's cupcake stall, Sweet and Sour sweet stall, donkey rides, and many more activities to be confirmed.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Tuesday 18th March. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Story sacks
There are various story sacks available to take home and share with your child for the night or weekend, these include stories such as The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, Kipper, How to grow a Dinosaur and more. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to borrow one. Spending a little time each day reading with your child is a fantastic way of developing all areas of their learning especially their speech and language skills.

Gates
Can I remind everyone to close and lock all the gates behind you. There have been a number of times that the gates have been left unlocked. We treat safeguarding with a very high regard and believe in the importance of promoting this. Please can you ensure that gate areas are kept clear and cars are parked in the bays provided.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Nursery Bag
If your child still requires nappies it would be appreciated if they have enough nappies and wipes in their bag or tray for the days they attend nursery. It is essential that if your child's potty training that you bring spare clothes. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.
Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. Wet weather clothing will be provided.

Dates for your diary
6th March - World Book Day
18th March - Parents Evening 6.00 - 8.00
30th March - Mother's Day
18th April - Good Friday (Bank Holiday)
18th April - Easter Fun Day 10.00 - 12.00
21st April - Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)
5th May- Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
26th May - Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
15th June - Fathers Day


February 2014

Dear Parents,
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Tempest Photography
On Saturday 15th February Tempest Photographers will be at the nursery from 10am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken. If you would like your child to have their photograph taken please book a time slot in the office with Anne or Sophie. Siblings are welcome to join their brother/sister if you would like a family photograph taken. These would be ideal for Mothers Day gifts. Tempest photography advise not to wear red to this photograph session.

Good Friday Family Easter Open Day
On Friday 18th April we will be holding an Easter Open Day for you to attend with your family between 10.00-12.00. We will be holding an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bonnet parade which will commence at 11.30am. There will also be stalls i.e. Jojo's Cupcake Stall, Sweet and Sour sweet stall, donkey rides, and many more activities to be confirmed.

Valentines Day Fundraising
Join us on Friday 14th February to help raise money for Brian House and Trinity Hospice by dressing up as a Superhero for the day, dressing in any outfit you like make believe or fantasy and tell us your superhero power for the day. Donations would be kindly appreciated. We will be visiting Thornlea Care Home and baking them some yummy biscuits to try and also JoJo Cupcakes will be selling Valentines and Superhero cupcakes for you to purchase. Cakes can be made to order please see Anne in the office to place your orders.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for all age groups will be held on Tuesday 18th March. The evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Foundation Years
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on Early Education and Childcare, and is seeking views from parents and carers as well as local authorities and providers of free early education or childcare. The Foundation Years website also provides information for all families in England with children under the age of 5. The broad range of information is accessible on the web site which has been developed by government professionals. If you would like to look at this website and send your views please follow the link below.
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents/

The Daycare Trust
The Daycare Trust is working actively to promote Parent Champions. It has lots of useful links and articles with parent news; this section provides you with childcare information that may be of interest to you as a parent/carer such as:

'Make it work' campaign for single parents
Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, is running a new campaign to push for changes which will make it easier for single parents to find a job and provide for their families. Find out more and add your voice to the campaign by visiting www.gingerbread.org.uk/makeitwork.

Supporting Grandparents who provide childcare
Recent research by Daycare Trust shows that 36 per cent of families get help with childcare from grandparents. This amounts to 4 million grandparent carers in the UK providing almost 10 hours of childcare each week. Daycare Trust is undertaking various pieces of work to understand the needs of grandparents who provide childcare, and develop services and information to support them. www.grandparents-association.org.uk covers topics such as home learning; communicating with your grandchildren's nursery or pre-school; providing quality childcare at home and understanding the early years foundation stage.

Nursery Bag
If your child still requires nappies it would be appreciated if they have enough nappies and wipes in their bag or tray for the days they attend nursery. It is essential that if your child's potty training that you bring spare clothes. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.

Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. Wet weather clothing will be provided.

Dates for your diary
14th February - Valentine's Day
15th February - Tempest Mother's Day Photographs 9.30 - 2.30
4th March - Shrove Tuesday
18th March - Parents Evening 6.00 - 8.00
30th March - Mother's Day
18th April - Good Friday (Bank Holiday)
18th April - Easter Fun Day 10.00 - 12.00
21st April - Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)


January 2014

Dear Parents,
Welcome back and a Happy New Year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Fundraising
Many thanks for your support and kind donations throughout 2013 at our many fundraising events. Your generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated. This year we will be adding a new event to our fundraising calendar by holding an Easter Fun Day on Good Friday. More details to follow.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year this year is the year of the Horse. The children in the pre-school unit will be learning about Chinese New Year and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. Activities will use all of your child's senses; there will be creative, messy activities and food tasting to name but a few of them.

New Nursery
Learning Curve Nursery group is proud to announce they are expanding. We have bought a new nursery next to Arnold school on Lytham Road. We are hoping to open the new nursery in the spring.

As a mum or dad, how can I help with my child's learning?
All the activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your children's learning as they progress towards and through school. For example, talking, reading, singing nursery rhymes with your child or cooking and baking with them. More ideas can be found at: www.earlyhomelearning.org.uk. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, you talking to them help them to learn and understand new words and ideas.

Parents often underestimate what they can do to support their children's development. If you feel unsure of what to do at home to support your children's learning, you can find out from your key worker at nursery. Staff can also give you suggestions about the kinds of books, or other activities your child might enjoy at different ages. They can give you ideas on how you can help your child learn and develop.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, purses, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones, inside of kitchen rolls, jam jar lids, old cds and children's magazines.

We are currently creating some heuristic play bags. Heuristic play describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of 'objects'. These 'objects' are things from the real world.

Nursery Bag
If your child still requires nappies it would be appreciated if they have enough nappies and wipes in their bag or tray for the days they attend nursery. It is essential that if your child potty training that you bring spare clothes. All clothing and shoes should be labelled. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. Wet weather clothing will be provided.

Exclusion Policy
Can I remind all parents the exclusion policy to the nursery - this relates to illness and sickness. Can I highlight that children must not attend nursery in the first 48 hours of taking antibiotics. The exclusion policy has been attached to the bottom of this newsletter.

Dates for Diary
31st January - Chinese New Year
14th February - Valentine's Day
15th February - Tempest Mother's Day Photographs 9.30 - 2.30
4th March - Shrove Tuesday
30th March - Mother's Day
18th April - Good Friday (Bank Holiday)
Easter Fun Day 10.00 - 12.00 (details to follow)
21st April - Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)


EXCLUSION PROCEDURE FOR ILLNESS/COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Minimum Periods of Exclusion from Nursery

Disease/Illness Minimal Exclusion Period
Antibiotics prescribed First 48 hours at home
Temperature If sent home ill, child must be off for 24 hours
Vomiting If sent home ill, child must be off for 48 hours
Conjunctivitis Keep at home for a minimum of 1 day; longer if eyes still weeping
Diarrhoea 48 hours or until 2 clear nappies
Chickenpox 7 days from appearance of the rash
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, salmonellas and dysentery Until authorised by District Community Physician
Infective hepatitis 7 days from onset of jaundice
Measles 7 days from appearance of the rash
Meningococcal infection Until recovered from the illness
Mumps Until the swelling has subsided and in no case less than 7 days from onset of illness
Pertussis (whooping cough) 21 days from the onset of paroxysmal cough
Poliomyelitis Until declared free from infection by District Community Physician
Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection of the throat Until appropriate medical treatment has been given and in no case for less than 3 days from the start of treatment
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Typhoid fever Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Impetigo Until the skin is healed
Pediculosis (lice) Until appropriate treatment has been given
Plantar warts No exclusion.  Should be treated and covered 
Ringworm of scalp Until cured
Ringworm of body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given
Scabies Need not be excluded once appropriate treatment has been given

 


December 2013

Dear Parents
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Sponsored Walk
Thank you to all the children and parents that took part in our sponsored walk from the glitter ball to South Pier and back, all your donations and constant support are greatly appreciated.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 7th December 12.00pm - 2.30pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and normal tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Christmas Nativity
The Pre-School children are very excited to be taking part in this year's Christmas Nativity which will take place at St Mary's church on the 7th December, at 2.30pm - 3.00pm. We would like to invite all parents and carers at Bluebell Lodge, especially those of the preschool who will be starring in this year's event.

Nursery Fees
Nursery fees increased in November. Please can you assist the admin team by ensuring that you have changed your standing orders for your child's nursery fees. If you have misplaced your fees letter please see Anne or Sophie in the office for your new fee amount or contact Anita on 781611.

Child Details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. telephone numbers, address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the ‘People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Working together with the Community
Some of the Lower Pre-School and Pre-School children enjoyed helping the local community at Highfield Road Park this month. They all took part in planting daffodil bulbs ready for the spring. They enjoyed working with the ladies from Friends of Highfield Park. Planting the bulbs using the spades to dig the holes and learning all about what will happen to the bulbs over the coming months. The children were very proud of themselves for all their hard work and can't wait to see the results.

Winter Clothing
The weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. It would be appreciated if you could ensure that your child has spare clothes in their nursery bags. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.

Parking
Please can I remind parents about only parking in the bays provided. We are still experiencing problems with parents parking their cars in front of the pre-school unit and not in the bays, which is causing problems. There have been several reported bumps to cars whilst they have been parked.

Heuristic Play
Heuristic play is about the discovery of everyday objects through spontaneous exploratory play. If you have any unwanted household items or natural objects that we could use for heuristic play and role play we would be grateful if you could donate them to nursery. Items should be simple everyday objects for example: wooden objects such as spoons, pastry brushes, cotton reels, wooden bowls, curtain rings, clothes pegs etc. Metal objects such as pans, a length of metal chains, spoons, metal beakers, keys, tea strainers etc. Leather, textile, rubber or fur objects. Or natural things such as fir cones, pebbles, shells, corks, conkers, natural sponges etc, basically anything that will take a child's interest

Applying for school in 2014?
To make the process of applying for a place at school as easy as possible, parents must either apply on-line or complete a paper application form before January 2014. For more information visit www.blackpool.gov.uk

Dates for your diary:
7th December Christmas Fair 12.00pm - 2.30pm (2:00pm raffle being drawn)
10th December Pre-school Nativity 2.30pm at St Mary's Church
24th December Nursery closes for Christmas at 5.30pm
2nd January 2014 Nursery reopens at 8.00am


November 2013

Dear Parents
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Tuesday 19th November, the evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Children in Need
This year the nursery is supporting Children in Need on 15th November. This years' theme is "Show me the spots". All we ask is your child attends nursery in something spotty and brings along a donation of £1 for the cause.

Pre-School Harvest Festival
Thank you to all the parents and family members who attended the Pre-School Harvest Festival. The children enjoyed sharing their special service with you. We would also like to thank everyone for their kind Harvest donations; these went to the local church to distribute them to worthwhile causes throughout the local area

Garden and Pathway Security
Please ensure that when entering or leaving nursery, all gates are closed and clasps are securely fastened. This is essential to ensure the safe arrival and departure of children, and also to ensure that they can safely access the garden areas. Also when collecting your child from the front or side garden please ensure that the garden gates are double locked behind you.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 7th December 12.00pm - 2.30pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and normal tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Winter Clothing
The weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play. It would be appreciated if you could ensure that your child has spare clothes in their nursery bags. All clothing and shoes should be labelled.

Tropic Pamper Party
Come and join us at our Tropics Pamper Party on Tuesday 12th November from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, in the main building. Try an amazing range of natural beauty products and indulge yourself. Tickets cost £2 and are available from Anne or Sophie. There will be refreshments and a raffle on the night.

Sensory Play Area
Sensory play is simply play that encourages children to use one or more of the senses. Sensory play experiences focus on stimulating childrens' senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance, and movement.

Research tells us…
Young children rely on sensory input to learn about their environment.
Sensory play helps build neural connections that support thought, learning, and creativity. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine/gross motor skills, problem solving/reasoning, and social interaction.

We are looking at developing the Pre-School decking are into a sensory area for the whole nursery to use. If you have any unwanted fairy lights or material we could use for sensory play we would be grateful if you could donate them to nursery.

St Cuthbert's and Palatine Children's Centre
Bluebell Lodge works in partnership with St Cuthbert's Children's Centre to provide a wide range of services for you and your family. Children's Centres act as a one-stop shop for a variety of services. They are somewhere your child can make friends and learn as they play. A place you can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just drop in for a coffee and a chat.

Dates for your diary:
9th November - Fundraising Sponsored Walk along the Prom
11th November - Remembrance Day
12th November - Tropics Pamper Party 7pm - 9.30pm
15th November - Children in Need
19th November - Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Sophie in the office to book an appointment
7th December - Christmas Fair 12.00pm - 2.30pm (2:00pm raffle being drawn)
10th December - Pre-school Nativity 2.30pm at St Mary's Church
24th December - Nursery closes for Christmas at 5.30pm
2nd January 2014 - Nursery reopens at 8.00am


October 2013

Dear Parents
We would like to say a warm welcome to all the new parents and children who have come to join us recently at Bluebell Lodge. We hope you soon feel at home and enjoy all the happy and exciting events we have planned over the coming months.

Tempest Photography
On Saturday 12th October Tempest Photographers will be at the nursery from 10am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken. If you would like your child to have their photograph taken please book a time slot in the office with Anne or Sophie. Siblings are welcome to join their brother/sister if you want a family photograph taken.

Pre-School Harvest Festival
The Pre-School Harvest Festival takes place on the 18th October at St Mary's Parish Church at 2.15 p.m. The children take part by performing songs and showing the church and parents what they have learnt about Harvest, anyone is welcome to watch the Pre-School perform at the church.

Heuristic play
Heuristic play is about the discovery of everyday objects through spontaneous exploratory play. If you have any unwanted household items or natural objects that we could use for heuristic play and role play we would be grateful if you could donate them to nursery. Items should be simple everyday objects for example: wooden objects such as spoons, pastry brushes, cotton reels, wooden bowls, curtain rings, clothes pegs etc. Metal objects such as pans, a length of metal chains, spoons, metal beakers, keys, tea strainers etc. Leather, textile, rubber or fur objects. Or natural things such as fir cones, pebbles, shells, corks, conkers, natural sponges etc, basically anything that will take a child's interest

Child details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the ‘People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Home/Nursery Diary
To help develop the link between home and nursery your child brings home a weekly diary with a short insight of what your child has been doing at nursery. We appreciate if you have time to add to your child's diary. We also set targets each month for the children and this is a way to share the targets and the activities. Please ask your child's key worker to share the targets set for your child.

Pre-school Uniform
Pre-school uniform is available for all pre-school children to purchase. The uniform consists of a white polo shirt and royal blue sweat shirt with Bluebell Lodge Nursery embroidered on them. Pre-school uniform is not compulsory, but we do find that many children enjoy wearing the uniform as it gives them a sense of belonging and pride, and they are able to wear the same as their friends. Wearing a uniform also helps to protect the children's own clothes from messy play, and helps them to prepare for wearing a compulsory uniform when they transition to primary school. For more information about the uniform please see Anne or Sophie in the office.

Dates for your diary:
4th October Jeans for Genes Day - Jeans for Genes Day Children are welcome to come to nursery in jeans and donate money towards to the Genetic Disorders UK.
9th October Alistair Clegg Evening - Learning through play: Solaris Centre all Lower preschool and preschool parents invited.
11th October Tempest Photography - will be here from 9.30am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken.
31st October Halloween
3rd November Dawali
5th November Bonfire Night
11th November Remembrance Sunday
12th November Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Sophie in the office to book an appointment


September 2013

Dear Parents
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Clifton Lodge Nursery. We hope you will settle in very soon and become part of our nursery family.

Pre-School Open Evening with Alistair Clegg
We would like to invite all the parents of children who are moving up to the pre-school in September to attend our Pre-School Open Evening on Wednesday 9th October, time to be arranged. The evening will take place at The Solaris Centre, Blackpool.
We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for the evening will be Early Years Educational professional Alistair Bryce-Clegg. Alistair will be discussing early year's education, the implication of good quality play, and how this promotes development in subjects such as numeracy and literacy. The evening will provide parents an insight into child development and how best to teach children how to read and write; and methods in which your child will continue to be taught at school. The evening will be an informative and valuable evening for all who attend, so please book a place with Anne or Sophie, as there are only a limited number of places available. The pre-school staff team will also be attending the evening, this will be a good opportunity for you to meet your child's new key worker, and discuss any educational information or queries further.

Child details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the ‘People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Two Year Old Funding
As of September 2nd 2013 around 130,000 two-year-olds across England become eligible to access an early learning place, to improve the attainment and life chances of some of our most disadvantaged children. This will support working parents, benefitting the labour market and economic growth locally.

The Deputy Prime Minister has also announced the criteria to double eligibility from 2014, to offer funded places to around 260,000 two-year-olds.

From September 2014, a two-year-old will be eligible if they meet any one of the following criteria:

The Department for Education will confirm the benefits and earnings criteria for families on Universal Credit at a later date.

Extra Curricular Activities
From September the nursery will be offering extra-curricular activities Monday to Friday from 5.30pm - 6.00pm. There will be a small charge of £3 for these sessions. If you would like to book your child into any of the activities please see Anne in the office. Please see timetable of activities below.

Late Club Timetable - From September 2013

Monday Football Club (If raining exercises indoors) (Back Garden or Pre-School)
Tuesday Arts and Crafts Club (Pre-School)
Wednesday Baking Club (Toddler Room)
Thursday Sports and Exercise Club (Back Garden or Pre-School)
Friday Art and Crafts Club (Pre-School)

Labeling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labeled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproof stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Weather
The weather is very unpredictable at the moment and we aim to get all the children out in all weathers. Please can you bring your child in some wellies if they don't already have them at nursery. Nursery will provide wet weather clothing when your child goes outside to play in the rain.

Useful websites
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents/ The above site is designed to help you work your way through the information and support on offer to help your child get off to a great start in life. The foundation year's website goes through the main life stages all families' experience, from preparing for parenthood through to starting reception class. Each section gives an outline of the huge range of information available to parents to help in make different choices and plans.

Staff news
As part of Learning Curve Nursery Group we develop and employ highly trained practitioners, to provide high standards of care and Education to the children in our settings. This month we wish to congratulate: Jessica Low who graduated last month and now has a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years. Also Kirsten Fellows who graduated last month and now has a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies.
We also would like to wish Emma Nicholson, Rebecca Townsend and Carly Fyall good luck in their studies, from September they will be studying for their Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years. Jessica Low and Lisa Taylor will be continuing their studies and are undertaking a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Dates for your diary:
4th October - Jeans for Genes Day- Jeans for Genes Day Children are welcome to come to nursery in jeans and donate money towards to the Genetic Disorders UK.
9th October - Alistair Clegg Evening
Learning through play: Solaris Centre all Lower preschool and preschool parents invited. 11th October -Tempest Photography will be here from 9.30am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken.
31st October - Halloween
3rd November - Dawali
5th November - Bonfire Night
11th November - Remembrance Sunday
12th November - Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see Anne or Sophie in the office to book an appointment


August 2013

Bluebell Lodge Summer Fair:
Many thanks for your overwhelming support for our summer fair at Bluebell Lodge, it was good to see so many families there.

Mud Kitchen
We have a new mud kitchen in the pre-school free flow garden! The children have enjoyed getting messy investigating the mud.

What is a Mud Kitchen?
Mixing soil, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being development and learning. Children learn to be creative and think critically by making predictions and testing their ideas i.e. "what would happen if we made a mud pie using dry soil?" The mud kitchen also supplies the children with the perfect opportunity for the children to develop their imaginations. The mud mixture easily becomes coffee with sugar, a birthday cake, soups and stews, ice cream in many flavours, lotions and ‘make-up', magical drinks and potions, wizards spells and perfumes….This play is filled with emotional, personal and social value, and offers the context for learning a wonderful range of new and interesting vocabulary and verbal language exchange and expression.
To allow the children the freedom to play, explore and learn to their full extent in the mud kitchen it is really important that children are encouraged to feel the textures of the materials with their fingers, transfer liquids from one container to another and to splash, slop, stir and whiz.

Parental Involvement
At Bluebell Lodge we enjoy having our parents/carers involved in nursery life. If you feel you could come into Nursery and share some knowledge with the children on this topic, for example about a sport such as golf or rugby, please speak to Anne in the office.

Garden and pathway security
Please ensure that when entering or leaving nursery, all gates are closed and clasps are securely fastened. This is essential to ensure the safe arrival and departure of children, and also to ensure that they can safely access the garden areas. Also when collecting your child from the gardens please ensure that the garden gates are double locked behind you. We also have CCTV throughout the nursery both indoors and outdoors.

Extra Curricular Activities
From September the nursery will be offering extra-curricular activities Monday to Friday from 5.30pm - 6.00pm. There will be a small charge of £3 for these sessions. If you would like to book your child into any of the activities please see Anne in the office. Please see timetable of activities below.

Late Club Timetable - From September 2013

Payment of fees:
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly and are due on or before the first of each month. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Anne or Sophie on 01253 407172.

Staff News
On Friday 13th September we will be saying a said goodbye to Charley Beardsall. Charley is leaving to start a new adventure studying social work at Lancaster University. We wish her all the best for her studies and her future career.

Pre-School Leavers
We would like to say goodbye and good luck to the pre-school children who are leaving us to go to school this year. We wish you all the best in the future, and hope that you will come back and visit us soon.

Pre-School Open Evening with Alistair Clegg
We would like to invite all the parents of children who are moving up to the pre-school in September to attend our Pre-School Open Evening on Wednesday 9th October, time to be arranged. The evening will take place at The Solaris Centre, Blackpool.
We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for the evening will be Early Years Educational professional Alistair Bryce-Clegg. Alistair will be discussing early year's education, the implication of good quality play, and how this promotes development in subjects such as numeracy and literacy. The evening will provide parents an insight into child development and how best to teach children how to read and write; and methods in which your child will continue to be taught at school. The evening will be an informative and valuable evening for all who attend, so please book a place with Anne or Sophie, as there are only a limited number of places available. The pre-school staff team will also be attending the evening, this will be a good opportunity for you to meet your child's new key worker, and discuss any educational information or queries further.

Dates for your diary:
26th August- Summer Bank Holiday (Nursery Closed)
4th September Rosh Hashana
September- Harvest Festival (Date to be confirmed)
9th October- Alistair Clegg Evening
Learning through play: Solaris Centre all Lower preschool and preschool parents invited.


July 2013

Dear Parents
All the staff and children would like to say a warm welcome to all the new parents and children who have come to join us recently at Bluebell Lodge. We hope you soon feel at home at Bluebell Lodge and look forward to all the happy and exciting events we have planned over the coming months.

Be healthy be happy topic
During July our lower pre-school and pre-school children are focusing on being healthy. The children have been taking part in lots of fun activities such as pizza making, creating their own smoothies and taking trips to the local green grocers. The children will also be taking part in dance classes, football and tumble tot's sessions.

Parental Involvement
At Bluebell lodge we enjoy having our parents/carers involved in nursery life. If you feel you could come into Nursery and share some Knowledge with the children on this topic, for example about a sport such as golf or rugby, please speak to Anne in the office.

Code of conduct for parents.
Just a reminder to all parents that at Bluebell Lodge Nursery we tolerate no swearing within our buildings as this is a child friendly premise.

Free Medications for Minor Aliments:
If your child is suffering from any minor ailments contained in the list below and they are registered with a GP in Blackpool they can get free medication without seeing their GP. This service is only available in Pharmacies in Blackpool.

List of Minor Aliments covered by the service

Bluebell Lodge Summer Fair:
Our summer Fair will be held on 3rd August from 12.30-2.30. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place throughout the afternoon, including a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle and donkey rides. We would be grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. In one of the nursery room's a photographer from Tempest will be available for family portraits or graduation photos. Our preschool graduation will also take place at the summer fair at 1pm.

Opening hours:
The Nursery opening hours are 8.00am and closes at 5.30pm. The morning session starts at 8.00am and finishes at 12.30pm. The afternoon sessions will start at 1.00pm and ends at 5.30pm.

Early club & late club
We also offer an early morning club which is open from 7.30 am and our late club is till 6pm, this is an extra cost of £3.00. If you would like to book in for these sessions please contact Anne. If Anne isn't contacted and you are late picking your child up we will charge a late fee of £10.00.

Keep our children safe:
Please do not open the door to anyone even if it is someone you know. Alert a member of staff if someone needs entrance to the nursery and be cautious when you are entering and leaving to make sure the door is closed behind you. Can you also ensure that gates are closed behind you when entering and leaving the nursery.

Please can you make sure that you sign your child in and out of nursery each day. This is an important time to share information with you and for any messages to be passed on to the staff and is a legal requirement for the nursery.

Payment of fees:
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly or under exceptional circumstances weekly, in advance, and are due on or before the first of each month / week. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Jayne or Anita on 01253 781611.

Dates for your diary:
3rd August - Summer Fair & Graduation
8th August- Eid
26th August- Summer Bank Holiday (Nursery Closed)
4th September Rosh Hashana
September- Harvest Festival (Date to be confirmed)
9th October- Alistair Clegg Evening
Learning through play: Solaris Centre all Lower preschool and preschool parents invited.


June 2013

Dear Parents
All the staff and children would like to say a warm welcome to all the new parents and children who have come to join us recently at Bluebell Lodge. We hope you soon feel at home at Bluebell Lodge and look forward to all the happy and exciting events we have planned over the coming months.

Super Hero's
During the month of June the Lower pre-school and Pre-school have focused on their children's interests which are Super Hero's. The practitioners have based their current topic around this subject, planning activities to develop all areas of the children's learning. The Nursery Practitioners have been planning exciting activities these include den making to enhance their physical and social skills, role play activities providing capes and masks and venturing out into the community. During these trips the children will follow secret arrows to the chosen place before carrying out their missions in order to find their motto boxes containing their badges.

Design a super hero Competition
The children will be a receiving a Super Hero pack inside this pack will be a copy of the template if you would like your child to take part in the competition please complete and bring back to Anne Closing date is Friday 14th June. The winning Super Hero will be displayed on Clifton Lodge's Nursery float for Club day and the winner will receive a goody back and T- Shirt.

Bluebell Lodge Summer Fair:
Our summer Fair will be held on 3rd August from 12.30-2.30. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place throughout the afternoon, including a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle and Donkey rides. We would be grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. In one of the Nursery Room's a photographer from Tempest will be available for family portraits or graduation photos. Our preschool graduation will also take place at the summer fair 1pm.

Sun cream & Sun hats:
Now the weather is getting warmer, please make sure that your child has sun cream and a sunhat. This will allow us to make the most of the nice weather, doing lots of activities outside in the garden and going for walks to the park and beach, whilst ensuring maximum protection from UV rays. Labels can be purchased at http://www.easy2name.com/ Please let your Child's key worker know if you would like to leave these at Nursery or take them home daily.

Story bags
Over the coming months we are preparing book bags which will be situated near the office. Feel free to ask Anne if you can take the bags home and enjoy a story time with your child.

Keep our children safe:
Please do not open the door to anyone even if it is someone you know. Alert a member of staff if someone needs entrance to the nursery and be cautious when you are entering and leaving to make sure the door is closed behind you. Can you also ensure that gates are closed behind you when entering and leaving the nursery.
Please can you make sure that you sign your child in and out of nursery each day. This is an important time to share information with you and for any messages to be passed on to the staff and is a legal requirement for the nursery.

Payment of fees:
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly or under exceptional circumstances weekly, in advance, and are due on or before the first of each month / week. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Jayne or Anita on 01253 781611.

Dates for your diary:
25th June- Summer Term- Lower pre-school & Preschool Parents Evening (6.00-8.00)
27th June- Summer Term- Babies and Toddlers Parents Evening (6.00-8.00)
2nd August - Summer Fair & Graduation
26th August- Summer Bank Holiday (Nursery Closed)


May 2013

Dear Parents
All the staff and children would like to say a warm welcome to all the new parents and children who have come to join us recently at Bluebell Lodge. We hope you soon feel at home at Bluebell Lodge and look forward to all the happy and exciting events we have planned over the coming months.

Chick Chick Chick Chick Chickens:
Over the last few weeks at Bluebell Lodge Nursery the children have hatched their very own chicks. The older children have enjoyed holding the chicks and talking about spring time and Baby animals, whilst the younger children have enjoyed stroking them and the Babies have been fascinated by them.

Bluebell Lodge Summer Fair:
Our summer Fair will be held on 3rd August from 12.30-2.30. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place throughout the afternoon, including a tombola, raffle, bouncy castle and Donkey rides. We would be grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. In one of the Nursery Room's a photographer from Tempest will be available for family portraits or graduation photos.
Our preschool graduation will also take place at the summer fair 1pm.

Sun cream & Sun hats:
Now the weather is getting warmer, please make sure that your child has sun cream and a sunhat. This will allow us to make the most of the nice weather, doing lots of activities outside in the garden and going for walks to the park and beach, whilst ensuring maximum protection from UV rays. Labels can be purchased at http;//www.easy2name.com/ Please let your Child's key worker know if you would like to leave these at Nursery or take them home daily.

Story bags
Over the coming months we are preparing book bags which will be situated in the office. Feel free to ask Anne if you can take the bags home and enjoy a story time with your child.

Beach School
On the 9th and 15th May we will be taking a group of 8 Pre-School children and 4 lower Pre-School children to take part in the Beach School learning program. The Beach Schools program will be run by David McGrath from the Solaris Centre where we will be exploring our surroundings, taking a look at the different sea creatures and finding shell of different sizes and textures. When the weather is getting warmer we will be starting pond dipping. Children that have already attended the beach schools sessions have loved the experience and are welcome to attend again.

Keep our children safe:
Please do not open the door to anyone even if it is someone you know. Alert a member of staff if someone needs entrance to the nursery and be cautious when you are entering and leaving to make sure the door is closed behind you. Can you also ensure that gates are closed behind you when entering and leaving the nursery.

Please can you make sure that you sign your child in and out of nursery each day. This is an important time to share information with you and for any messages to be passed on to the staff and is a legal requirement for the nursery.

Payment of fees:
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly or under exceptional circumstances weekly, in advance, and are due on or before the first of each month / week. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Jayne or Anita on 01253 781611.

Dates for your diary:
3rd May - Pre-school Graduation Photograph (10.15 am)
6th May - Nursery closed Bank Holiday
27th May - Nursery closed Bank Holiday
3rd August - Summer Fair & Graduation
26th August- Summer Bank Holiday (Nursery Closed)


April 2013

Dear Parents
All the staff and children would like to say a warm welcome to all the new parents and children who have come to join us recently at Bluebell Lodge. We hope you soon feel at home at Bluebell Lodge and look forward to all the happy and exciting events we have planned over the coming months.

Comic Relief
Thank you for all your amazing support in helping us to raise money for Comic Relief. We have so far raised a fantastic £368.80 for this worthwhile cause and the total is still rising. This wouldn't have been possible without all your help and support over the week: donating money for the cake stall, onesie day, buying red noses and sponsored obstacle race. Thank you also to Becki for organising the week's events for the children and staff to enjoy.

Keep our children safe
Please do not open the door to anyone even if it is someone you know. Alert a member of staff if someone needs entrance to the nursery and be cautious when you are entering and leaving to make sure the door is closed behind you. Can you also ensure that gates are closed behind you when entering and leaving the nursery.
Please can you make sure that you sign your child(ren) in and out of nursery every day. This is an important time to share information with you and for any messages to be passed on to the staff.

Main garden and Baby garden areas.
Due to the bad winter the main garden's lawn suffered, leaving it with large areas without any grass. Over the next few weeks' parts of the garden are will be fenced off to allow the reseeding of the lawn, hopefully this will help it to recover.
We have a couple of exciting months ahead transforming the baby garden so certain areas will be fenced off to allow the work to be done and reseeding of the lawn area. The children are already enjoying the new seating area in the garden and are excited about the new equipment that is coming to go in their garden area.

Payment of fees
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly or under exceptional circumstances weekly, in advance, and are due on or before the first of each month / week. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Jayne or Anita on 01253 781611.

Beach School
On the 4th, 11th and 18th April we will be taking a group of 8 Pre-School children and 4 Lower Pre-School children to take part in the Beach School learning program. The Beach Schools program will be run by David McGrath from the Solaris Centre where we will be exploring our surroundings, taking a look at the different sea creatures and finding shell of different sizes and textures.

Project X
Reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in their early years at school. The ability to read unlocks doors to learning and without this vital skill children will struggle to access other subjects.
It is well known that parents who regularly read with and to their children, and who act as good reading role models, play a vital part in their children's development as readers. Getting dads and other males in the home reading with boys can be particularly helpful. Visit our dedicated parent's website, Oxford Owl, for FREE Project X eBooks you and your children can read together

Dates for your diary
11th April - Lower & Upper Pre-school Parents Evening
3rd May - Pre-school Graduation Photograph (10.15 am)
6th May - Nursery closed Bank Holiday
27th May - Nursery closed Bank Holiday
3rd August - Summer Fair & Graduation


March 2013

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening for Babies and Toddlers is on Tuesday 26th March, Lower Pre & Pre-school Parents evening is Wednesday 10th April. Both evenings will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment

Recent Legislation.
It has been in the news recently that the government are intending to change the ratio requirements of nursery settings, to come into force in September. The government would like to raise the ratio of children under 2 to 1:4 children and also the 2 year old ratio to 1:6 children. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we will not be changing the ratio of the nursery and we will continue with the high standard of care and education we give the children.

Signing children in and out.
As part of our new policies and procedures at Bluebell Lodge Nursery we have now reinstated our signing in and out policy with signatures from parents both dropping off, and picking up children. Each room has a board that parents/carers can sign the children in when they arrive at nursery and sign out when they are leaving. Please ask the early years practitioners in the room to show you where to sign for your child.

Card Payments.
The nursery is now able to take card payments to help with your payments of fees. If you wish to pay by card please contact Jayne or Anita on 781611. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. Please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. If you have not yet received a standing order mandate with the bank account details please make Anne aware in the office.

Down Syndrome Day - Wear LOTS OF SOCKS!
Bluebell Lodge will be joining in Down Syndrome Day and will be collecting donations for this worthwhile cause. Down Syndrome International invites everyone across the world to wear LOTS OF SOCKS on 21 March 2013 to raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).
We want to get people talking about WDSD on 21 March, and we can do this if we all wear socks…BUT NOT JUST ANY SOCKS…brightly coloured socks, mismatched socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock…maybe even 3 socks (or EXTRA socks) for 3 chromosomes. Or if you don't normally wear socks then wear them. Just so long as they are socks which are on display and people will ask you about.

Charity News
Katherine Surtees at Shepherd Lodge Nursery will be hosting a Charity Ball on the 13th July 2013 @ 7.00pm. The ball is in aid of the Down Syndrome society at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. There will be casino tables with fun money and a live auction. There will be a champagne reception with a live singer. The tickets cost £35.00 and include a 3 course meal with fun money. There will be a live band on during the night followed by a DJ and dancing.

Collections
We are currently collecting old mobile phones in the nursery - we have a collection basket in the nursery if anyone would like to donate their old mobile phone that is not being used.

Triple P, for every parent
Children don't come with an instruction manual so when it comes to parenting, how do you know what's best and what works? The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is one of the world's most effective parenting programs because it's one of the few that's been scientifically shown to work.
Over more than 30 years, Triple P has helped hundreds of thousands families around the world deal with issues ranging from temper tantrums to disobedience, bedtime dramas to homework battles, schoolyard bullying to teenage rebellion. If you would like to look at this website and send your views please follow the link below. http://www.triplep-staypositive.net/home

Comic Relief
Please support us in helping to raise money for Comic Relief. From the week commencing 11th March we will be holding a fundraising week which will consist of: Sponsored Obstacle Course, Bake Sales and on Friday 15th we will be holding a Pyjama and Onesie day. We will also be selling Red Noses throughout the next few weeks for £1.

Foundation Years
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on Early Education and Childcare, and is seeking views from parents and carers as well as local authorities and providers of free early education or childcare. The Foundation Years website also provides information for all families in England with children under the age of 5. The broad range of information is accessible on the web site which has been developed by government professionals. If you would like to look at this website and send your views please follow the link below. http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents/

Staff Changes
We would like to welcome Emma Nicholson to Bluebell Lodge. Emma will be transferring from Clifton Lodge from 18th March and will be replacing Rachel Kitt as Toddler Room Co-ordinator. Emma has worked for the company for four years and has completed her Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 NVQs in Childcare.

Dates for your diary
15th March - Comic Relief
21st March - Down Syndrome Day
26th March - Baby & Toddler Parents Evening
10th April - Lower & Upper Pre-school Parents Evening


February 2013

Dear Parents
We would like to welcome all the new parents and children who have joined us at Bluebell Lodge Nursery recently.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year this year is the year of the Snake. The children in the pre-school unit will be learning about Chinese New Year and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. The children will be making Chinese lanterns, snakes as well as partaking in many more theme relating art and craft activities. All the children within the nursery will also sample Chinese food, yummy.

Parking
Please can I remind parents about only parking in the bays provided. We are still experiencing problems with parents parking their cars in front of the pre-school unit and not in the bays, which is causing problems. There have been several reported bumps to cars whilst they have been parked.

Vegetable Patch
We will be starting to prepare our vegetable patch at Bluebell Lodge Nursery and would like to invite parents and other family members to assist. The children will learn about sustainability through planting and watering the plants and vegetables and eating them. If anyone would like to be involved please see your child's key worker or Anne in the office.

Essential Shop
The nursery understands how busy parents are and there may be times when you forget to bring in nappies and wipes. To help our busy parents out the nursery now runs its own essential shop. You will be able to purchase nappies, wipes, soothers, sudocrem and carton formula. If you require anything please see Anne or Sophie in the office.

Updating Details
If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter by email please give your email address to your child's key worker. The newsletter is also available on the nursery website which is www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk and also a copy is kept in each room.

Winter Clothing
Can all parents remember to bring wellies, gloves, hats and scarves? The children enjoy exploring the outdoors but are unable to if they do not have suitable winter clothing.

Staff Training
To enhance the staff practice within the setting, staff will be attending various training courses over the following months. These include: Safeguarding Children, First Aid, Food Hygiene, and Managing Children's Behaviour. Staff members that attend these courses will then cascade back to the rest of the staff team in staff meetings, so all staff are kept up to date with any changes in practice.

Staff Changes
Congratulations to Becca Tozer on her new job within the company. Becca will be taking up her new role of Deputy Manager at Clifton Lodge Nursery on 18th February. We will be sad to see her go but wish her all the best for her new job. Becca has been an asset to Bluebell Lodge Nursery since she joined us and we know she will make an excellent deputy manager.
We would like to welcome Rachael Newsham to Bluebell Lodge. Rachael will be transferring from Clifton Lodge and will be replacing Becca as Lower Pre-school Co-ordinator. Rachael has completed her Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs in Childcare and is currently studying for her Foundation Degree. Rachael has worked for the company for three years now and comes to us from an outstanding nursery provider where she has gained in depth knowledge of planning to meet each child's individual educational needs. Rachael is a fun character to have around and we are excited to have her join our lower pre-school team.

Dates for your diary
10th February - Chinese New Year
12th February - Shrove Tuesday
14th February - Valentine's Day


January 2013

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and a Happy New Year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Staff Changes
Becca Tozer will be joining the lower pre-school team as room co-ordinator and taking over Rachel's key worker children; she is looking forward to getting to know her new key children and their parents. Becca is also studying for her Foundation Degree and wanted to further develop her experience and knowledge of working with the older children, which would help her in her studies.

Rachel Kitt is joining the toddler room and will be the room co-ordinator. Rachel will be taking over Becca's key worker children and is looking forward to meeting them and their parents.

Baby News
We would like to congratulate Helen Turpie (owner) and Amanda Hammett who have both had baby girls. Helen gave birth on the 4th December to Lottie and Amanda gave birth to Alicia on the 12th December. We hope they both enjoy their time off on maternity leave.

Winter Clothing
The weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play.

Labeling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labeled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproff stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Exclusion Policy
Can I remind all parents the exclusion policy to the nursery - this relates to illness and sickness. Can I highlight that children must not attend nursery in the first 48 hours of taking antibiotics. The exclusion policy has been attached to the bottom of this newsletter.

Session Times
Please can we remind parents that the nursery opens at 8.00am and closes at 5.30pm. If you wish your child to be dropped off earlier or picked up later, then you can book them into the Early and Late Club. The morning session is from 8.00am - 12.30 and the afternoon session is 1.00pm - 5.30pm. Failure to collect your child on time at the end of your child's session could incur you having to pay a £10 late fee.

Parent Reminders
Child details - Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Dates for Diary
10th February - Chinese New Year
12th February - Shrove Tuesday
14th February - Valentine's Day

Kind regards
Anne Smithen


November 2012

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery and hope that you are all settling into nursery life.

Parents Evening
The Autumn Term Parents Evening, for Babies and Toddlers is on Tuesday 20th November, Lower Pre & Pre-school Parents evening is Thursday 22nd November. Both evenings will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to go through your child's learning journey and talk with your child's key worker. Appointments will start at 6pm and last for about 10 minutes. Please see Anne in the office to book an appointment.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 1st December 12.30pm - 2.30pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and normal tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is the largest children's Christmas project in the world, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. If you would like to make your own shoebox up for this good cause, please see the attached leaflet for more details of what to put in your shoebox. Nursery will be collecting shoeboxes in up until Friday 23rd November.

Card Payments
The nursery is now able to take card payments to help with your payments of fees. If you wish to use this facility please phone head office and ask for Jayne or Anita on: 781611 they are happy to take your payments between 9am - 5pm.

Mobile Phones
Due to new Ofsted and Safeguarding regulations please can you refrain from using all mobile phones on the nursery premises. Staff and Parents are only permitted to use their personal mobile phones in designated areas. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Children in Need
This year the nursery is supporting Children in Need on 16th November. This years' theme is "Show me the spots". All we ask is your child attends nursery in something spotty and brings along a donation of £1 for the cause.

Reminders for parents
Child details - Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Hats, Coats & Wellies - the weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play.

Sickness - I have attached the exclusion policy to the newsletter, it is important we follow as this helps prevent the spread of any illnesses.

18.3 EXCLUSION PROCEDURE FOR ILLNESS/COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Minimum Periods of Exclusion from Nursery

Disease/Illness Minimal Exclusion Period
Antibiotics prescribed First 48 hours at home
Temperature If sent home ill, child must be off for 24 hours
Vomiting If sent home ill, child must be off for 48 hours
Conjunctivitis Keep at home for a minimum of 1 day; longer if eyes still weeping
Diarrhoea 48 hours or until 2 clear nappies
Chickenpox 7 days from appearance of the rash
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, salmonellas and dysentery Until authorised by District Community Physician
Infective hepatitis 7 days from onset of jaundice
Measles 7 days from appearance of the rash
Meningococcal infection Until recovered from the illness
Mumps Until the swelling has subsided and in no case less than 7 days from onset of illness
Pertussis (whooping cough) 21 days from the onset of paroxysmal cough
Poliomyelitis Until declared free from infection by District Community Physician
Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection of the throat Until appropriate medical treatment has been given and in no case for less than 3 days from the start of treatment
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Typhoid fever Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Impetigo Until the skin is healed
Pediculosis (lice) Until appropriate treatment has been given
Plantar warts No exclusion.  Should be treated and covered
Ringworm of scalp Until cured  
Ringworm of body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given
Scabies Need not be excluded once appropriate treatment has been given

Dates for your diary
Friday 7th Dec: Pre-School Nativity, 2.30 pm - Everyone is more than welcome to attend
Saturday 1st Dec: Christmas Fair 12.30p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
We close for Christmas @ 5.30 on the 24th December and the nursery re-opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.


October 2012

Dear Parents,

Charity events
Thank you to everyone who supported the Jeans for Genes Day. We had a fantastic day and raised £47.87 for this fantastic cause.

Tempest Photography
Photograph day was a huge success and thank you to everyone that came along. If you want to place orders for photographs please can you ensure that you return your proof card with payment to the office by Friday 26th October.

Sooty, Sweep and Fred
Sooty, Sweep and Fred would love more visitors at the weekends; they can get lonely at times. Would you and your family like to come and visit him? Sooty, Sweep and Fred have become much loved pets for the children, they teach them about how to care for animals but he also helps to develop their personal, social and emotional development such as expressing feelings and showing care. If you would like to visit please see Anne in the office who has a rota.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
The nursery received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer at the Health Protection Agency advising us that there has been an outbreak of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). There is going to be a drive on vaccinating pregnant women against pertussis (whooping cough) following a number of deaths that occurred in babies. If you require any further information please go to the following website: http://immunisation.dh.gov.uk/

Essential Shop
The nursery understands how busy parents are and there may be times when you forget to bring in nappies and wipes. To help our busy parents out the nursery now runs its own essential shop. You will be able to purchase nappies, wipes, soothers, sudocrem and carton formula. If you require anything please see Anne or Sophie in the office.

Harvest Festival
Thank you to all the parents and family members who attended the Pre-schools Harvest Festival. The children enjoyed sharing their special service with you. We would also like to thank everyone for their kind Harvest donations; these went to the local church to distribute them to worthwhile causes throughout the local area.

Staff News
We would like to send our best wishes to Amanda Hammett and her partner Andy Dawson. Amanda is going on her maternity leave and is expecting her first child in December. We wish all the best for the new arrival.

We would like to say farewell and good luck to Laura Marsh and Toni Jackson. They are leaving the company to go and work at settings nearer their homes.

Kirsten Fellows will be joining the toddler team and taking over Toni's key worker children; she is looking forward to getting to know her new key children and their parents. Rebecca Townsend will be joining the Pre-school in November. Until she starts Jess Low and Hayley Allinson will be working with Sophie in the Pre-school room.

Reminders for parents

Child details
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Hats, Coats & Wellies
The weather is starting to become colder and we still want to get the children outside to play. Please can you ensure that you bring hats, scarves, gloves and wellies for your child to ensure they are wrapped up nice and warm when they go outside to play.

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 31st October - Halloween - the children are welcome to dress up
Tuesday 20th November - Babies & Toddlers Parents Evening 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Thursday 22nd November - Lower Pre & Pre-school Parents evening 6.00 pm - 8 pm


September 2012

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell Lodge Nursery. We hope you will settle in very soon and become part of our nursery family.

EYFS
The EYFS framework has been revised and updated from September 2012. The framework exists to support professionals working in the early years to help support your child's development. The 2012 framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter the most, for example less paperwork so practitioners spend more time with your child.

The new EYFS framework makes a number of improvements:

Parking
I understand that cars are still parking in front of the pre-school unit and not in the bays provided. This is leading to congestion in the lower car park area at dropping off time and picking up time. Please can we remind parents to only use the parking bays provided. There have also been several reported incidents of cars being bumped because of inappropriate parking.

Home/Nursery Diary
To help develop links between home and nursery your child brings home a weekly diary with a short insight of what your child's been doing at nursery. We would appreciate it if you have the chance to add to your child's diary, this helps us plan for experiences they enjoy doing at home but don't express when they are at nursery.

Labeling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labeled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproof stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Policies and Procedures
Our policies and procedures book is constantly being updated to keep in line with current regulations. It is always available for your perusal. Feel free to ask Anne in the office if you wish to look at it.

Medicine
If you require medicine administered to be your child whilst at nursery, please ensure that it signed in at the main office with Anne or a senior member of the staff team. We can only administer medicine that is in the original bottle and is clearly labeled with your child's name.

St Cuthbert's and Palatine Children's Centre
Bluebell Lodge works in partnership with St Cuthbert's Children's Centre to provide a wide range of services for you and your family. Children's Centres act as a one-stop shop for a variety of services. They are somewhere your child can make friends and learn as they play. A place you can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just drop in for a coffee and a chat.

Child details
It is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your child's details, i.e. address, etc. Please can all parents ensure that all your child's details are up to date. If you require any new forms please collect them from Anne in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is bluebelllodge@googlemail.com

Pre-School Harvest Festival
The Pre School Harvest Festival takes place on the 5th October at St Mary's Parish Church at 2.30 p.m. The children take part by performing songs and showing the church and parents what they have learnt about Harvest. Anyone is welcome to watch the Pre School perform at the church.

Dates for diary
13th October - Tempest Photography will be here from 9.30am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken.
5th October - Jeans for Genes Day Children are welcome to come to nursery in jeans and donate money towards to the Genetic Disorders UK.


August 2012

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Bluebell. It's also a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say Goodbye to the Pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. We wish them and their families all the best and we hope they keep in touch after leaving.

Pre-school Unit
Many of the pre-school children like to change their shoes when they come in from outside and change into their slippers. If your child is in the pre-school unit you are welcome to bring a pair of slippers in for your child. All we ask is that you write your child's name in them. To help with space in the pre-school unit corridor all the children will be provided with a bag for their peg to put any spare clothes in that they may need whilst at nursery.
We understand that from time to time children like to bring in toys from home. Please can you try and discourage your child from doing this, it's very upsetting for the child if they get misplaced or broken whilst at nursery. There is also limited storage to store them away safely.

Weather
The weather is very unpredictable at the moment and we aim to get all the children out in all weathers. Please can you bring your child in some wellies if they don't already have them at nursery. Nursery will provide wet weather clothing when your child goes outside to play in the rain.

Fees
In September there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 50p, a full day will increase by £1 and a full time place increase by £5.
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Labeling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labeled, this is to include cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is www.easy2name.com they sell waterproff stick on labels and iron on tapes that stay on. Please mention nursery when you order as they give a small amount for fundraising. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Session Times
Please can we remind parents that the nursery opens at 8am and closes at 5.30pm. If you wish your child to be dropped off earlier or picked up later, then you can book them into the Early and Late Club. The morning session is from 8am - 12.30 and the afternoon session is 1pm - 5.30pm. Failure to collect your child on time at the end of your child's session could incur you having to pay a £10 late fee.

Heuristic play
Heuristic play is about the discovery or everyday objects through spontaneous exploratory play. If you have any unwanted household items or natural objects that we could use for heuristic play and role play we would be grateful if you could donate them to nursery. Items should be simple everyday objects for example: wooden objects such as spoons, pastry brush, cotton reels, wooden bowl, curtain rings, clothes pegs etc. Metal objects such as pans, a length of metal chain, spoon, metal beaker, keys, tea strainer etc. Leather, textile, rubber or fur objects. Or natural things such as fir cones, pebbles, shells, corks, conkers, natural sponge etc, basically anything that will take a child's interest.

Dates for diary
5th October - Harvest Festival The Pre-school children will be holding their Harvest Festival Service at St Mary's Church from 2.30pm - 3.00pm. We are asking for donations of tins and packets to go in our Harvest Baskets which will be given to people in the local area.

13th October
Tempest Photography will be here from 9.30am till 2pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken.


July 2012

Summer Fair & Torch Breakfast
Many thanks for your overwhelming support for our summer fair at Bluebell Lodge, despite the weather, it was good to see so many families there. A big thank you also to the many families that got up early to join us at Clifton Lodge for the Olympic flame breakfast celebrations. The parents, children and staff had a fantastic time on each occasion, even the weather didn't spoil all the fun.

Pre-school Leavers 2012
It's also a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say Goodbye to the pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. We wish them and their families all the best and we hope they keep in touch after leaving.

Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Anne in the office. This is to ensure that your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

Fees
In September there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 50p, a full day will increase by £1 and a full time place increase by £5.

Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Sooty, Sweep and Fred
Sooty, Sweep and Fred would love more visitors at the weekends; they can get lonely at times. Would you and your family like to come and visit him? Sooty, Sweep and Fred have become much loved pets for the children, they teach them about how to care for animals but he also helps to develop their personal, social and emotional development such as expressing feelings and showing care. If you would like to visit please see Anne in the office who has a rota.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Staff News
We would like to send our congratulations to Amanda Hammett and her partner Andy Dawson. Amanda is expecting her first child in December; we wish her all the best.

Congratulations to Kirsten Fellows on gaining her Foundation Degree she is now looking forward to starting her BA Honours Degree in September. We wish her all the best in her studies. Kirsten will be transferring to the baby room and working alongside Jenny and Abbey.

Toni Jackson will be joining the toddler team and taking over Kirsten's key worker children; she is looking forward to getting to know her new key children and their parents. Toni is also studying for her Foundation Degree and wanted to further develop her experience and knowledge of working with the younger children, which would help her in her studies.

We would like to welcome to Hayley Priestley to Bluebell Lodge. Hayley is returning from her maternity leave and will be transferring over from Clifton Lodge. Hayley has a wealth of experience and knowledge and will be joining the Lower Pre-school team.


June 2012

Summer Fair
This year's Summer Fair and Graduation will be on Saturday 16th June at 12.00- 2.00. There will be lots to do including: a raffle, tombola, coconut shy, bouncy castle and refreshments. Please come and along and bring your family. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
We hope you enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The children enjoyed the run up to the Jubilee, taking part in a variety of activities from making crowns to their own jubilee picnics and dressing up for the occasion.

Preschool Leavers 2012
It is a sad time of the year for the nursery when we have to say goodbye to the pre-school children that are leaving to start a new adventure at their big school. We wish them and their families all the best and we hope they keep in touch after leaving. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Anne in the office. This is to ensure that your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

New Bank Account & fees
Please can all parents ensure you have changed your standing order to the new bank account as the old bank account is no longer in use. Please can all cheques be written to Learning Curve (Lancashire) Ltd.
In September there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 50p, a full day will increase by £1 and a full time place increase by £5.
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt
Congratulations to Ella and Anja for winning the design a t-shirt competition. This was such a hard competition to judge, children and their parents designed some fantastic t-shirts. Bluebell Lodge have also decided to support the Olympic Games through wearing our t-shirt designs as a London 2012 themed uniform for the duration of the Olympics.

CCTV Cameras
The nursery has just had CCTV cameras installed. As a children's nursery we believe that the children's and staff safety is paramount. Recorded footage can only be accessed by senior management and the system is password protected.

September Places
Places for September are now limited. If your child is entitled to the 3 year old grant in September you may want to increase your child's sessions. If you are considering increasing your child's sessions at nursery please see Anne in the office to avoid disappointment.

Bug Hotel
The pre-school staff and children are looking at creating a natural habitat for the many mini-beasts that can be found in the garden. Whilst constructing the bug hotel the children will be exploring and investigating their surrounding environment, along with learning about mini-beast. We are looking for the following materials that we can use in the construction of the hotel please; pieces of plastic pipes, bamboo, plant pots, roofing slates, broken bricks and paving stones. Please speak to the pre-school team if you have any of the listed materials.

Extra Sessions
If you require any extra sessions for your child we would appreciate payment on the day. If you need to book your child into the Early Club or Late Club the extra charge is £3.00 per session, payable on the day. Failure to book your child on to Late Club will result in a £10:00 charge.

Staff Training
To enhance the staff practice within the setting, staff will be attending various training courses over the following months. These include: Safeguarding. First Aid, Signalong, Food Hygiene, Behaviour. Staff members that attend these courses will then cascade back to the rest of the staff team in staff meetings, so all staff are kept up to date with any chances in practice.

Dates for Your Diary
June 16th Bluebell Summer Fair
June 17th Fathers Day
June 23rd Initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration at 6:00am
June 23rd Lytham Club Day
July 4th Lower & Upper Pre-school Parents Evening
July 7th St Anne Club Day and Family Fun Day
July 11th Babies & Toddler Parents Evening


May 2012

Pre-school Information Evening
We hope that all those parents that attended the Pre-school Information Evening at the Solaris Centre with Alistair Bryce Clegg found it to be a fun and informative evening. Staff would appreciate to hear your views about how you found the evening. His website address is abcdoes. typepad.com if you would like any further ideas.

Places for September 2012
We are now more than half way through the Nursery year and we are already making plans for September admissions. Places are filling up, but we are still accepting children's names for our waiting lists for September. If you would like any additional sessions for September please let Anne know in the office. If you wish to make any changes to your child's hours/attendance, please give the nursery as much notice as possible.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Due to the celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the May Bank holiday has now been moved to the following weekend. Therefore please note that the nursery will be closed on June 4th which is a Bank Holiday, and June 5th Queens Diamond Jubilee. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee the children will be taking part in a variety of activities in the run up to the day

Summer Fair
This year's Summer Fair and Graduation will be on Saturday 16th June 12.00pm - 2.00pm. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated. Further details are to follow.

Nursery fees
Please can you ensure that all fees are now to being paid into the new account. We prefer you to pay by standing order but if you must pay by cheque please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. From the 31st May the old account will no longer be in use. If you have not yet received a standing order mandate with the new bank account details please make Anne aware in the office. You can either set this up through internet banking or by telephoning your bank.

Tesco vouchers
The nursery is collecting Tesco vouchers. The nursery exchanges the vouchers for equipment to keep active and make learning physical with activities, such as a parachute or equipment for dancing. The collection point will be in the office.

Hats and Sun Cream
Due to the recent warm weather we would like to advise parents to bring in sun hats and sun cream for your child's protection. The staff at Bluebell Lodge will apply sun cream to areas of exposed skin to avoid sun damage when playing outside in the warm weather. Alternatively if you apply cream at home please make your key worker aware, it will still need to be reapplied throughout the day. Finally if your child is allergic to any sun cream please let their key worker know.

The Olympic Flame Procession
Clifton Lodge Nursery is holding a continental breakfast celebration to cheer on the Olympic Flame Procession along Clifton Drive on its torch bearing route. They would like to invite all parents/ carers to this event, starting at 6.00am on Sat 23rd June 2012. After the procession is finished Clifton Lodge will be taking part in Lytham Club Day and you are welcome to go along and watch the procession through Lytham.

Design our Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt
We hope you are all enjoying taking part in the children's t-shirt design competition to design Bluebell Lodges' Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt. Judging will take place on Friday 1st June at 2.00pm.

There is still time for your child to enter the competition. We are hoping to find an inspiring design that represents the Olympic Games incorporating the famous symbols and The Learning Curve logo. The winning prize for this competition will be a sports goodie bag and starring on our nursery website. Please download the attached T-shirt silhouette if you would like to enter. Entries should be handed into Anne or Sophie in the office, no later than 30th May.

Staff News
Congratulations to Charley Beardsall for passing her NVQ Level 2 she is now looking forward to starting her NVQ Level 3. We wish her all the best in her studies.

Dates for your diary
May 7th - Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 9th - 1.30 pm Pre-school Graduation Photograph
June 4th - Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 5th - Queens Diamond Jubilee (nursery closed)


April 2012

Hats and Sun Cream
Due to the recent warm weather we would like to advise parents to bring in sun hats and sun cream for your child's protection. The staff at Bluebell Lodge will apply sun cream to areas of exposed skin to avoid sun damage when playing outside in the warm weather. Alternatively if you apply cream at home please make your key worker aware, it will still need to be reapplied throughout the day. Finally if your child is allergic to any sun cream please let their key worker know.

Sports Relief
Thank you for contributing to Sports Relief. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the sports activities and games, including the dance instructor who came in to do Disney keep fit and obstacle races. We raised an amazing £48.47.

Nursery fees
From the 1st of April the nursery has changed bank account details. All fees are now to be paid into this account. We prefer you to pay by standing order but if you must pay by cheque please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. If you have not yet received a standing order mandate with the new bank account details please make Anne or Sophie aware in the office. You can either set this up through internet banking or by telephoning your bank.

Sooty, Sweep and Fred
During the week the children help to look after the nursery Rabbits and Guinea Pig. We would welcome any help from the children and their families to help with their care in the evenings and the weekend. If you would like to offer your help please see Anne or Sophie in the office.

Tesco vouchers
The nursery is collecting Tesco vouchers. The nursery exchanges the vouchers for equipment to keep active and make learning physical with activities, such as a parachute or equipment for dancing. The collection point will be in the office.

Football Lessons
The nursery offers optional football lessons at an additional cost of £3 for the children in Pre-school. Staff from the YMCA come into nursery to teach football skills to the children. If you are interested in your child taking part please see Anne or Sophie for more details.

Measles
In March the nursery received a letter from the Health Protection Agency advising us that there has been an outbreak of measles in the Liverpool area and some cases in the Lancashire area. We have since received an update from them indicating that measles may already be in Blackpool. They are advising all parents to take up the offer of the MMR vaccination. They have advised if there is a case of measles within the nursery those children who have not been vaccinated will catch measles. If anyone has any questions, please contact your Health Visitor.

Club Day 2012 and the Olympic Flame
We are very excited about the news that the Olympic Torch is being relayed through St Annes and Lytham from 6.20am on the 23rd June. This is also Lytham Club Day. Our sister nursery Clifton Lodge are considering co-ordinating the two events, possibly with some form of initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration, which all parents and children from Bluebell Lodge are welcome to join in with. Further details regarding this event will follow.

Design our Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt
In correspondence to the Olympics, the staff at Bluebell Lodge hopes to wear a London 2012 themed uniform for the duration of the Olympics. With this in mind, we are launching a t-shirt design competition for the children. We are hoping to find an inspiring design that represents the Olympic Games incorporating the famous symbols and The Learning Curve logo. The winning prize for this competition will be a sports goodie bag and starring on our nursery website. Please download the attached T-shirt silhouette if you would like to enter. Entries should be handed into Anne or Sophie in the office.

Dates for your diary
April 6th -
Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 9th -Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 30th- Pre-school Information Evening Solaris Centre 7pm-9pm for all parents of children who will be moving up to Pre-school in September.


March 2012

Dear Parents

Parents' Evening
This term Parents' Evening for Lower and Upper Pre-school is on Tuesday 20th March (6.00pm - 8.00pm). Babies and Toddlers Parents' Evening is on Thursday 22nd March (6.00pm - 8.00pm). You are welcome to arrange a ten minute appointment with your child's key worker. If you are unable to attend we can make alternative arrangements. Please book your appointment with Anne in the office.

Nursery Website
Bluebell Lodge's new website is fully open; we are using the same address in which you can access a variety of exciting things, from this month you will be able to access the nursery newsletter straight from the website alongside your paper copy. If you require a paper copy of the newsletter after March please inform Anne in the office. Website address: www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk

Vegetable Patch
We will be starting to prepare our vegetable patch at Bluebell Lodge Nursery and would like to invite parents and other family members to assist. The children will learn about sustainability through planting and watering the plants and vegetables and eating them. If anyone would like to be involved please see your child's key worker or Anne in the office.

Last year's Vegetable Patch

Bank Details & Fees
From April 2012 we are changing bank accounts and as from the 1st of April all fees now need to be paid into this account. We prefer you to pay by standing order but if you must pay by cheque please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. You will be receiving a letter detailing the new bank details. Please can we remind parents that your child's nursery fees are payable at the beginning of the month.

Measles
The nursery received a letter from the Health Protection Agency advising us that there has been an outbreak of measles in the Liverpool area and some cases in the Lancashire area. They are advising all parents to take up the offer of the MMR vaccination. They have advised if there is a case of measles within the nursery those children who have not been vaccinated will catch measles. If anyone has any questions, please contact your Health Visitor.

Sports Relief (Friday 23rd March)
As a nursery we will be doing various activities throughout the week so all children are involved no matter what day they do in nursery. We are planning activities such as a dance instructor coming in and doing a Disney keep fit dance session. We are currently in the process of talking to Blackpool football club to try and get a few of the players to come to nursery and have and football session with the children. Other activities we will be doing through the week are having a cake sale, doing an obstacle course in the garden and having a sports day. On the Friday we will be having a sports fancy dress theme. As this week is for charity we are asking for all parents/carers to give a donation of as much as possible for this worthy cause.

Storyteller and World Book Day
We are delighted to say all the children in the toddlers, lower and upper pre-school enjoyed the visit from storyteller Alec Williams. He spent time with each age group sharing his favourite stories with them. Thank you to Ann Shellard our ECAT (Every Child a Talker) consultant at Blackpool Council for organising the visit. On 1st March the lower and upper pre-school children enjoyed dressing up as story book character to celebrate World Book Day.

Dates for your Diary

Pre-school Information Evening
We would like to invite all the parents of the children who will be starting in Pre-school in September to an Information Evening being held at the Solaris Centre on Monday 30th April 7pm - 9pm. Further details of this event will be given out nearer the time.

Pre-school graduation photograph
Wednesday 9th May at 2pm. Red Frog Photography will be taking a group graduation photograph of all the children who are leaving to go to school. If your child doesn't attend nursery on that day please feel free to bring them along. Further details will follow.

Kind regards
Anne Smithen B.Ed EYP
Nursery Manager


Febrary 2012

Dear Parents

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children who have joined us at Bluebell Lodge.

Nursery Website

Bluebell Lodge's new website is now open and over the next few weeks they'll be a few exciting changes as we develop it even further. We are using the same address. Website address: www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk

Nursery Walks

Throughout the day small groups of children are taken off the nursery premises on walks. Babies and Toddlers enjoy their walk in the comfort of the pram or Turtle Bus. The Pre-school Unit children have been enjoying getting out on their walks on the Walkodiles. If you would like your child to take part in the walks off nursery premises please ensure you have signed the parents' consent form.

Our Favourite Books

The children in the pre-school unit will be looking at their favourite books and stories. They will be sharing their favourite stories with each other and taking part in many fun activities on this topic. We are delighted to invite back storyteller Alec Williams to share his favourite stories with the children. Alec's visits were arranged by Ann Shellard our ECAT (Every Child a Talker) consultant at Blackpool Council.

Pram Shed

Could all parents please leave prams/pushchairs in the pram shed that is now situated at the side of the Pre-school unit building. May we respectfully remind parents that this is done at parents own risk and it is parent's responsibility to take and collect the pram/pushchair from the designated area.

Essential Shop

The nursery understands how busy parents are and there may be times when you forget to bring in nappies and wipes. To help our busy parents out the nursery now runs its own essential shop. You will be able to purchase nappies, wipes, soothers, sudocrem and carton formula. If you require anything please see Anne or Sophie in the office.

Dates for your Diary

Parents Evening

This term Parents' Evening for Lower and Upper Pre-school is on Tuesday 20th March, Babies and Toddlers Parents' Evening is on Thursday 22nd March.

Pre-school Information Evening

We would like to invite all the parents of the children who will be starting in Pre-school in September to an Information Evening being held at the Solaris Centre on Monday 30th April 7pm - 9pm. Further details of this event will be given out nearer the time.

Pre-school graduation photograph

Wednesday 9th May at 2pm. Red Frog Photography will be taking a group graduation photograph of all the children who are leaving to go to school. If your child doesn't attend nursery on that day please feel free to bring them along. Further details will follow.

Kind regards

Anne Smithen


January 2012

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and a Happy New Year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Website

Please can we encourage parents to take a minute out to have a look at the newly updated nursery website. The site contains information about each of the nurseries that make up Learning Curve Nursery Group. Over the up and coming months the website is going to be further developed. It's planned that from March all newsletters will be added to the website each month for parents to log onto using a password. If a hard copy is required please speak to Anne in the office.

Parking

Please can I remind parents about only parking in the bays provided. We are still experiencing problems with parents parking their cars in front of the pre-school unit and not in the bays, which is causing problems. There have been several reported bumps to car whilst they have been parked.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, year of the Dragon. The children in the pre-school unit will be learning about Chinese New Year and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. Activities will use all of your child's senses; there will be creative, messy activities and food tasting to name but a few of them.

Bug Hotel

The pre-school staff and children are looking at creating a natural habitat for the many mini-beasts that can be found in the garden.

Whilst constructing the bug hotel the children will be exploring and investigating their surrounding environment, along with learning about mini-beast. We are looking for the following materials that we can use in the construction of the hotel please; pieces of plastic pipes, bamboo, plant pots, roofing slates, broken bricks and paving stones. Please speak to the Pre-school team if you have any  of the listed materials.

Sign Language.

The children in the baby and toddler room will be starting to learn sign language to provide them with another form of communication. Each fortnight the children will be learning a new sign, don't worry a copy of the sign will be put into their home/nursery diary for parents to carry on with at home if you wish.

Staff Training

To enhance the staff practice within the setting, staff will be attending various training courses over the following months. These include: Safeguarding. First Aid, Hanen (promoting children's early language, literacy and social communication development), Food Hygiene and Behaviour. Staff members that attend these courses will then cascade back to the rest of the staff team in staff meetings, so all staff are kept up to date with any chances in practice.

Card Payments

The nursery is considering whether to have a card payment terminal installed in the office for the payment of fees.

If you have any feedback on this please come and see me in the office.

Kind regards

Anne Smithen



Learning Curve Head Office: 502 Lytham Road, FY4 1JH. Tel: 01253 346741 or email us