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June 2015

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 the office to avoid disappointment.

Our Parent Author
After many months in the making, Lorraine Catterall is very excited to have completed her first children's book; 'The Unlikeliest Of Friends; The Mouse & The Crocodile'; a fun, rhyming story about friendship with colourful illustrations for young children aged two to early school years.

My name is Lorraine Catterall.
My son, Jenson, has been attending Clifton Lodge for the past two years. I am thrilled that the nursery has kindly taken four copies of my book which will be distributed within each class for the children to enjoy during story time. Writing a children's book has always been something that I have dreamt about doing. Since becoming a mummy three years ago I have been surrounded by many children's books and like all parents, story time is always part of the bedtime ritual. It is such a joy to see the pleasure my son gets from reading and how a good story can feed his imagination. It was during this time that I decided to finally give it a try and take the plunge into the self publishing world. The plan is to create a series of books under 'The Unlikeliest Of Friends' and I have already put pen to paper for my next book so watch this space for the next addition!
'The Mouse & The Crocodile' book is hot off the press!
Should you be interested in buying a copy and supporting a local mummy who is new to the publishing world then my book is available to buy on Amazon RRP £6.99. It is also available to buy at Plackitt and Booths in Lytham.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mouse-Crocodile-Unlikeliest-Friends/dp/0 993221807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431547531&sr=8-1&keywords=lorraine+catterall
I would be really grateful if you could spread the word to any family & friends who you think may be interested and if you do like the book please leave a review for me too.
Thank you.....and wish me luck!

Nurturing and Developing Independence
At Clifton Lodge Nursery we really celebrate a "can do" attitude. We allow the children to undertake age and stage appropriate "grown up tasks", such activities might include: food preparation, washing up, putting on their coat, putting their shoes on, helping themselves to cups of drinks, and helping to tidy up after activities. We support the children with this a great deal and spend a lot of time encouraging them to try and have a go. It doesn't matter if they don't achieve, but it is their willingness to have a go which should be encouraged and embraced. Maintaining the attitude that your child "Can Do" things, provides them a tremendous amount of pride and self-confidence. If your child has achieved any milestones at home we would love to hear from you.

Speech and Language
Talking Point, a national website for speech and language has recently created an online progress checker. This Progress Checker has been written by speech and language therapists, based on typical developmental milestones.
This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 0 and 6 months.
Check the progress of your child's language development with this handy online tool http://bit.ly/1cikcan

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 Amie and Helen in the office. This is to ensure that your child's learning journey and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your child's last day.

Hats and Sun cream
As the weather is getting warmer, we would like to remind everyone about sunhats and sun-cream. We would like to be able to enjoy our outdoor area as much as possible so please could you provide your child with a sun-hat, with their name on the label/inside. Could you also provide sun-cream for your child and let us know if your child is allergic to any sun cream.

New Resources Aim To Cut Children's Emergency Hospital Visits For Asthma
New resources are being made available to educate young children with asthma. The resources include Monkey Has an Asthma Attack, a storybook and activity guide breaking down the illness to children and their parents. Helping a child understand how to manage their lung condition can help reduce their risk of hospital admission now, as well as encouraging better management of their condition beyond their childhood years. For more information please follow https://www.monkeywellbeing.com/resources/

Dates to Remember
June 18th Ramadan begins
June 21st Fathers Day
June 27th Club Day Lytham
July 7th Red Frog Photography to Photograph Preschool Leavers at 9.30am
July 18th Eid URL Fitr
July 22nd Summer Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)
July 31st Preschool Sports Day (time to be confirmed)

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May 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. Clifton Lodge will be collecting the Sainsbury's vouchers until 1.07.15.

Spare Clothes
When attending nursery please can you ensure that you provide a spare set of clothing including vest and socks. At nursery we have a stock of spare garments for your children, ensuring we have spare clothes in case of emergency. We would kindly ask if you do borrow nursery clothes to bring them back to guarantee we have enough on a daily basis. All nursery clothes are clearly labelled; please can you ensure that all your child's belongings are labelled to ensure that items can be returned correctly.

Early Years Pupil Premium
If your child is 3 years old your child may be eligible for additional funding called the Early Years Pupil Premium. The EYPP is additional funding that the Government is making available for early years settings to improve the

education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds. If you have not yet received your EYPP form please see the office.

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!

Sunflower Competition
We have a new competition for all the parents at Clifton Lodge this month. If you would like to take part we will be providing sunflower seeds for you to grow with your child. Just pop in a pot, water it and watch it grow. When it begins to grow you can either put it in the ground or transplant it to a bigger plant pot.
Once your sunflower is starting to grow and is fully grown, please take photo of the Sunflower with your child and bring it in. Don't forget to measure it too!
We will display all the photos on a display board; let's see who can grow the biggest Sunflower!

Play Dough Club
Playdough has to be, by far, the most popular malleable activity resource at Clifton Lodge. With this in mind Clifton Lodge are creating a Playdough Club for all parents to participate. Parents can sign up to make playdough for nursery on a voluntary basis. The parents that do participate will make it about 3 times per year. We have a form in the office if you would like to participate. If you do participate we will create a schedule system for each nursery room.

New study shows child fitness levels 'worryingly low'
New research suggests two-thirds of primary school children are below recommended levels of fitness.
Dean Horridge, CEO and founder of Fit For Sport, said, 'Parents know how well their children perform academically, but they often have no idea how fit their kids are.'
In order to support children's health and well being at Clifton Lodge we provide a variety of experiences indoors and outdoors to make sure children are spending enough time being active. This will not only improve their fitness and health levels now, but will set them off on a journey to an active lifestyle.
Guidelines recommend that children spend at least an hour a day being physically active, including intense activities increasing heart rate. Over May and June Clifton lodge will be joining the active challenge offering ideas and challenges you can complete at home and at nursery. We are asking parents to document activities in child's diary to celebrate living a healthy lifestyle.

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
May 4th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 25th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 18th Ramadan begins
June 21st Fathers Day
June 27th Club Day Lytham

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April 2015

We welcome you back after our Easter break, and hope that you all had a lovely long weekend which was full of Easter fun!

Easter Bonnet Parade
Well done to the pre school children who took part in our Easter Bonnet Parade on Thursday 29th March. The children worked hard to design and make their Easter bonnets, and they all looked fantastic. The children loved parading in their bonnets, and showing them to their parents and friends during the parade.

Free Baby Buddy App
In the lead up to NHS Change Day happening on March 11th, 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

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

The children are also watching frogspawn develop in our outdoor pond. The children have a tank with some frogspawn in to watch it close up. We have been observing them everyday to see how they have changed and have been discussing the many changes in their life cycle.

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.

Pre School Uniform
Pre school uniform is available for all pre school children to purchase. The uniform consists of a white polo shirt and navy blue sweat shirt with Clifton 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. To order uniform please see Amie, Helen or Natalie in the office.

Club Day
Our theme for Club Day this year will be Pirates. We aim to make this a fun, exciting, and educational topic for the children. We hope to touch on a variety of topics such as the beach, RNLI, pirates, and sea creatures. We would love parents and children to join Clifton Lodge on the float on the 27th of June to dress up as different pirates. If you have any ideas for this event we would love you to become involved, all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Why not send the nursery a suggestion or picture of your pirate outfit to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clifton-Lodge-Nursery/1550775008487779

Dates to Remember
April 2nd Easter Bonnet Parade (3:30pm)
April 3rd Good Friday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 6th Easter Monday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 4th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 25th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 18th Ramadan begins
June 21st Fathers Day
June 27th Lytham Club Day

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March 2015

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Wednesday 25th March, the evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to look 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 Amie or Helen in the office to book an appointment.

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.

The Danger you may be putting your child in when travelling in the car this winter.
The temperature is definitely still cool outside, and children are being bundled up in thick winter coats and snowsuits to keep them snug and warm in the cold weather. But did you know that you are supposed to remove your child's coat before you strap them into their car seat, and not doing so may put them in danger?

The following pictures demonstrate why winter coats and car seats don't mix.

Leaving your child's coat on in the car is a problem because it creates a gap between your child and their safety harness. In a collision, the harness isn't as close to your child's body as it needs to be to allow it to properly restrain them.

To keep your children safe in the car this winter, remove their coats and jackets and pull the harness tight enough that you can just get two fingers between your child and the straps.

Please see the following website for further details http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/blog/winter-coats-and-car-seats/

Bunting Competition
Now that Spring is upon us we are inviting parents to create their own bunting to hang around the nursery. We encourage you to be as creative as possible and use as many resources as you can. All entries will receive a prize and certificate. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Monday 30th March. Here are some photos for inspiration.

Butterfly Lodge Nursery
We are very excited to announce the opening of Butterfly Lodge; we would like to thank Rebecca Tozer, Jessica Low, Emily Clymer and Laura Johnson, for all their hard work and support. We will be very sad to see them leave Clifton Lodge however wish them the best of luck in their new positions at our sister nursery and know they will be fantastic.

World Book Day
World Book Day is Thursday 5th March 2015. Children and staff are invited to dress up as their favourite character and bring the book into nursery. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Here are some examples of different costumes, which can be found at Home Bargains, Asda, Tesco and Ebay.

Clifton Lodge Policies
We are continually adjusting and updating our policies at Clifton 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.

Lancashire Welcomes Car Smoking Ban
Health experts from Lancashire County Council have welcomed this week's vote in the House of Commons to ban smoking in cars when children are passengers.
Following the vote, which took place in Parliament on Tuesday 11 February, anyone lighting up in a car with a child under 18 present will be breaking the law and could be fined. This change in the law will come into effect on 1 October 2015.
Following on from the vote, Lancashire County Council is also encouraging people to sign up to its Smokefree Homes Programme by visiting www.lancashiresmokefreehomes.co.uk

Red Nose Day 2015
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 and help raise money for this fantastic cause. There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the week for all the children to enjoy.

Extra Sessions
Due to a high demand for nursery places we have limited availability for extra sessions. All extra sessions must be requested in writing or email. We always endeavour to get back to parents on the day of request regarding availability. If you do need to get in contact the nursery email is as follows: cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com

Activity Idea. Do Something Arty!
If you are looking for things to do with your children at any time of the year and fancy something cultured and fun, visit the website of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts and see what's on in your area. Click HERE for more information.

Dates to Remember
March 5th World book day
March 13th Red nose day
March 15th Mothers day
March 25th Summer Term Parents evening


February 2015

Chatterbox Challenge
Clifton Lodge have registered to take part in the Chatterbox Challenge. The Chatterbox Challenge is the annual, educational fundraiser that sees 0-5 year olds develop their communication skills by learning songs and rhymes around a theme before singing them together in an inclusive sing-along. This year's theme, Chatterbox Challenge 2015: Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly, is all about getting young children chattering about what they see, hear and feel indoors and outdoors. We will be asking all parents to bring in a 'chatterbox' for their child. This is a filled shoe box containing special things or pictures that are important to your child which can be kept at nursery. Please speak to your child's key person for more information. Children are encouraged to get sponsored for their involvement, helping to raise vital funds for I CAN's work with children across the UK who are struggling to communicate. Join in the fun and register at www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk

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 29 First Aid trained staff that work on sight at Clifton 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.

Mobile Phone Policy
Recently new signs have been put up at Clifton Lodge with regards to the use of mobile phones. At Clifton Lodge we strive to ensure that all children are safeguarded, and we constantly review our practices. With this in mind we kindly ask parents/carers to refrain from using their mobile phones, especially to take photographs on the nursery premises.

Allergen Information
This new year Clifton Lodge have decided to further develop and extend our nursery menu. This new menu also coincides with the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No. 1169/ 2011). 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 new menu please speak to a member of the nursery team for details.

Are you prepared for winter?
Did you know the government have issued a 'Snow Code' to clarify your rights and responsibilities when clearing snow and ice from public areas? Lancashire County Council have created a web site for advice concerning: driving on the roads, clearing snow, advice on gritting. Please see the following link. http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter?utm_source=staffemail&utm_medium=footerlink&utm_campaign=Winter If you can offer a few hours of your time over the winter when heavy snowfall and freezing conditions are likely to cause problems for vulnerable people and isolated communities, emergency volunteers are wanted, please call Help Direct on 0303 333 1111.

RNLI SOS Day
Thank you for contributing to the RNLI sea themed day. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the rescue boat. We managed to collect £27 to donate to the charity. Thank you to everyone that took part. We hope to continue supporting the RNLI charity with a 'Wear Your Wellies Day. The date is yet to be confirmed.

Ten Year Anniversary
Children and staff at Clifton Lodge Nursery will be celebrating the nursery's 10 Year Anniversary on Thursday 5th of February; we will be holding a big party with lots of party games, and fun for the children. Over the last decade Clifton Lodge has supported hundreds of parents in their return to work by providing high quality childcare, offering a happy, fun environment for children to play and learn. We do our best to involve parents in their child's nursery experience and we would like to thank all parents for their support over the last 10 years.

Nursery Fees
Please can we remind all parents that nursery fees are due on the 1st of every month, for the month ahead. Fees can be paid by childcare vouchers, cheque, or monthly standing order. Please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire) LTD. Clifton Lodge Nursery also has a card payment facility for your convenience. A sincere thank you to all the parents who pay on time each month, this is greatly appreciated and ensures a smooth running of our administration system.

Dates to remember:
February 9th- 15th Chatter Box challenge week
February 14th Valentines Day
February 17th Shrove Tuesday
February 19th Chinese New Year
March 5th World Book Day
March 13th Red Nose Day
March 15th Mothering Sunday
March 25th Spring Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)


January 2015

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

Christmas fair Sponsors and Thanks
We would like to thank the sponsors for their contributions to our Christmas fair. Each of the following companies provided fantastic corporate gifts for the event which were greatly received. The companies include: Stringers, Guy Penn and Co, Trevors, All Fresh, The Devere Hotels, Fleetwood Football Club, Jo's Cupcake Company, Booths, Preston North End Football Club, Sainsbury's, and Casdon Toys. In addition to this we would like to thank Poco Loco for such a great performance at the fair. We were enthused by the great turnout at the Christmas fair and look forward to inviting parents and children to forthcoming events in the future.

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

Applying for a Primary School
The deadline to apply for your child's primary school place for September 2015 is Wednesday 15th January 2014. Please follow this link to give you more details: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-a-primary-school-place.aspx

Chinese New Year Competition
Everyone at Clifton Lodge is very excited about welcoming in the new Chinese New Year! The Year of the Goat begins this year on 19th February. The children throughout the nursery will be getting involved in this topic becoming engrossed in a variety of activities. Karen our nursery chef will also be cooking a special Chinese menu which we are all looking forward to. We will be decorating the hallway in preparation for Chinese New Year with Lanterns. We would like to invite parents and children to create a lantern for our hallway. The Closing date for this competition is the 19th of February. All entries will receive a goodie bag for their efforts.

Breakfast Club
As of the 5th of January the nursery will be trialling an early breakfast club for those parents who need an earlier start - either on a permanent or occasional basis.
The Breakfast Club will operate from 7:30am prior to the nursery opening at 8am. This session will need to be booked with 24 hours notice and will cost £3.00 for the 30 minute session.

Labelling
After the Christmas season we are aware children may have received new items of clothing, such as hats and gloves for Christmas. Labelling in New Year is essential to avoid loosing any new items, these include: cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes and clothes. A good website to have a look at is http://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 to charity when processing your order. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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 for your support in leaving toys at home.

Home Diaries
To help develop the links 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 would appreciate you have time to add to your child's diary including any fun memories and adventures you have been disembarking over weekend and holiday periods. We also set targets each month for the children, and this is a way to share the targets and the activities that take place at home and at nursery that will help to achieve the targets from the foundation stage. Please ask your child's key worker to share the targets set for your child.

Dates for your diary
Thursday 1st January Bank Holiday
Friday 2nd January Nursery Reopens
Friday 30th January RNLI Day 2014 Sea Themed Fancy dress


December 2014

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 13th of December from 3pm-5pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and chocolate sweetie tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes or know of any companies that would like to donate a prize for the raffle they would be greatly appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Facebook
Thank you for all your support on our new social media Facebook page. We have now reached 159 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.

Christmas Opening and Closing times
Please can I remind all parents/carers the nursery will be closing on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm and will reopen on January the 2nd 2015. We hope all our customers have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to hearing all about your seasonal festivities in January to kick start a super 2015 together.

Fees
In January 2015 there will be an increase in nursery fees. Within the first week of December you will receive a letter stating your new fees for January 2015 onwards. 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.

Competition
Due to the amount of interest in our past competitions we are inviting parents and children to take part in our next challenge. We are inviting all parents and children to make a Christmas tree decoration (see some examples below) for our winter wonderland themed hallway over the Christmas period. All children's decorations All entries will receive a prize and certificate with a goodie bag. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than 19th of December.

Christmas Nativity
We would like to invite everyone to our Pre-school Christmas Nativity on the 19th December 2014. If you have a child in our Preschool we are meeting at 2pm at St Thomas church. The Service time will be 2:30pm. We hope you enjoy the service and take pleasure in the festivities. Here is a picture of the donkeys that join in with the service!

Preschool Grants (January-March)
All children who are 3 years of age and above receive 15 free hours of childcare per week funded by the government. These 15 free hours are provided for each week of the school term. For weeks in which primary schools are closed, such as, half term holidays, the grant is not provided. As we are a private nursery, and are not closed during school holidays, to ensure that your monthly payments are equal, we spread each child's grant hours for each term evenly throughout the months in that term. This is calculated by working out how many hours each child attends the setting in each term, then subtracting the grant hours for that term. The remaining hours are then paid for by the parents.
The number of grant hours received for each term are as follows:
1st January - 31st March = 165 hours
1st April - 31st August = 195
1st September - 31st December = 210
All children who turn 3 before 1st January 2015 will receive this grant next term, which runs 1st January 2015 to 31st March 2015. At the beginning of December parents of eligible children will receive a Grant Claim Form, which informs you of the calculation and payments applicable for next term. If you would like to claim your child's 3 year old grant at Clifton Lodge please complete this form and return it to the nursery office by Monday 15th December.

Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 12th of December we are making the world better with a sweater! We invite all children and parents to wear a woolly Christmas jumper and donate 50p to Save the Children, a charity close to our hearts.

I CAN
Book a free phone call with a speech & language therapist
I CAN is the children's communication charity. To support early year's professionals and parents, we run the I CAN Help Enquiry Service, a free, confidential call-back or email service from an I CAN speech and language therapist.
Our therapists have helped hundreds of parents and early years professionals with a wide range of queries relating to children's speech and language development. They can suggest useful strategies and activities, as well as signposting to other organisations and sending out relevant I CAN resources. They can also provide information on typical developmental milestones, and what to do when these are not met.
Read more about the I CAN Services

Home Diaries
At Clifton 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. If you would also like to fill out a home learning link on the website please follow this link http://www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk/pdf/Home%20Learning.pdf

Children in Need
Thank you to everyone for participating in our Hero day in aid for children in need. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed dressing up as a super hero. We raised a whopping £57.85 for a great charity! Thank you to everyone that took part.

Toilet Training
Toilet training is one of those child developmental stages parents can find frustrating and complex. Making the transition from nappy to toilet can certainly be a challenge, particularly if you feel pressurised to start the process before your child is ready. If you would like to use the following link please follow Top tips on Toilet Training

Dates to Remember
December 9th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 11th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 13th Christmas Fair (3:00 - 5:00pm)
December 16th Hanukkah
December 19th Christmas Nativity - Meet at St Thomas Church at 2:00pm the service to commence at 2:30pm
December 24th Nursery Closes 5:30 pm
January 2nd Nursery Reopens


November 2014

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Tuesday 18th November, the evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to look 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 Amie in the office to book an appointment.

Facebook
Our organization always looks to implement best practice within the childcare industry and as such comply with guidelines and regulations set out by the government and OFSTED. We have recently updated our safeguarding policy which links to social media. Due to new safeguarding legislation staff from Clifton Lodge Nursery are no longer permitted to allow clients and ex-clients as friends on their personal Facebook profile. All the staff would love to keep in touch with you all however. For this reason, we have set up a nursery page so you can still keep us informed of how your lovely little ones are getting on at 'big school'. We would love for you to post onto our page.

The Nursery Website
We are pleased to announce that you can now leave your reviews for the nursery via the nursery website, www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk. We would love to hear if a member of staff has done something helpful, which makes leaving your child at nursery more reassuring. Or alternately if a member of staff has done something special for you or your child? Please take a moment to have a look at our website and we would be ever so grateful if you could create a review whilst you are browsing!

Bonfire night safety
As Bonfire night is approaching we have been discussing firework safety and how to be safe around fireworks.
http://www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk/

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 13th of December from 3pm-5pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and chocolate sweetie tombola this year. If you would like to donate any prizes or know of any companies that would like to donate a prize for the raffle they would be greatly appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

Pre School Christmas Nativity
The Preschool children each year take part in a nativity service at St Thomas's Church. The cast list will be displayed in the Preschool unit very soon to ensure you are able to practice and discuss this role with your child. We will be rehearsing songs and acting out short scenes from the nativity story. We have provisionally booked the church for the following dates for rehearsals for the big day on the 19th of December. The dates are as follows and can be found on the events section on the website. If your child is not in the preschool and you would like to watch the nativity service, everyone is very welcome to watch and enjoy the celebrations!
Tuesday 9th December Rehearsal (2:00 - 3:00pm)
Thursday 11th December Rehearsal (2:00 - 3:00pm)
Friday 19th December Christmas Nativity - Meet at St Thomas Church at 2:00pm the service to commence at 2:30pm

Mobile Competition
We hope you enjoyed being involved in the Mobile competition. We would like to thank everyone who created mobiles. We were delighted by the amount of interest and effort the parents and children put into producing their mobiles. Thank you to all the children and their parents for the fabulous mobiles.

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 Amie in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form nursery' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is: cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com

Our Local Children's Centres
Having fun and playing is how your baby develops. Look out for local activities such as swimming, baby massage, storytelling and arts and crafts, as well as outdoor parks and play areas. Community organisations and faith groups often run activities like parent and toddler groups. You may find this a good way to meet other parents and neighbours, and your child will enjoy meeting other babies and learning how to socialise.
Clifton Lodge is very lucky to have two local Children's Centres, both are offering a number of different courses to parents and their children. If anyone would like anymore details about these courses please see Amie in the office or to book a place please call the numbers below.

Oak Tree Children's Centre
Contact:
Sydney Street,
St Annes on sea,
Lancashire
FY8 1TR
Tel: 01253 781571
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/viewdoc.asp?id=65936

Lytham Children's Centre
Contact:
Lytham Children's Centre
Mythop Road, Lytham St. Annes
FY8 4HB
Tel: 01253 795804
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/viewdoc.asp?id=82716

Health and Development Checks
Your child will be offered a Healthy Child Programme review between 2 and 2½ years. The health visitor will carry out a health and development check. Any development or health problems may be picked up at this review and your child referred to specialists if needed. Your nursery, pre-school or childminder will give you a short written summary of your child's progress at around this age (from September 2012) to share with your health visitor. This will be based on a development and progress check, and will help you see if your child needs any extra support. This can be included in your child's personal healthcare record, the 'Red Book', and shared with others who might be able to help.
Ask your health visitor or children's centre if you think you and your child may need extra help.
You might also be offered a further health and development review when your child is aged 4-5, so you and your health visitor can make sure the child is up to date with immunisations, discuss general health and development and check on any dental health questions you may have.
In addition you and your child will have access to the school nursing service, this will support the health and being of your child through the school-aged years and build on the support provided by your health visitor.

Cauliflower Cards
This year Clifton Lodge Nursery will be taking part in the Cauliflower Cards Design a Christmas Card Project. This will give all of the children the opportunity to design there own Christmas cards, and have them professionally produced.
The children have already been busy creating their Christmas card designs using a variety of materials. You will receive your child's design and an order form, you will then be able to decide if you would like to have the design turned into cards or gift labels. Prices start from £5.50 for 12 cards, and £2.50 for 16 gift labels. Please ensure that all order forms and designs are returned to nursery by Friday 14th November. If you would like to see a sample card please see Amie, Becca, or Helen in the office.

Dates to Remember
November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th Remembrance Sunday
November 18th Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)


October 2014

Jeans for Genes Day
Thank you to everyone that donated money and came in wearing their Jeans for Geans day! We raised £34 for this fantastic cause.

Preschool Open Evening
We would like remind new and existing parents about our Preschool Open Evening on 7th October, starting at 6.00pm until 7.30pm, to see our wonderful Preschool Unit and to meet our Preschool staff team.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Tuesday 18th November, the evening will run from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. We hope you can come along to look 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 Amie in the office to book an appointment.

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; we are still collecting these for the local church to distribute to worthwhile causes throughout the local area.

Staff News
We are very pleased to announce Lynsey Broughton has recently been promoted to a room coordinator position at Shepherd Lodge Nursery, we will be very sad to see her leave Clifton Lodge however wish her the best of luck in her new position at our sister nursery. We are delighted to welcome back Maria Crawshay from Texas, USA. Maria will be taking over Lynsey's position within the preschool and her key children, many of which she worked with in the Toddler unit two years ago!

Mobile Competition
Now the autumn is upon us, we have noticed our beautiful trees are loosing their leaves, we have decided we would like to add some colour and movement to them. Throughout October we have decided to hold a mobile competition. We are inviting parents and children to take part in our recycled mobile competition. All children's mobiles will be displayed in our trees on the driveway. All entries will receive a prize and certificate. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than the 28th of October. Here are some photos for inspiration.

Healthy Teeth and Tooth Brushing
It has recently been in the news about the rising numbers of young children with tooth decay. Recent figures collected in an oral health survey show that in the UK one in eight three year olds have tooth decay. Many have up to three decayed teeth. This decay is caused through a lack of brushing teeth, and through a high sugar diet. Previous studies show 14 per cent of sugar intake comes from fruit juice, 12 per cent from confectionery, 12 per cent squash, and 8 per cent is from biscuits.
At Clifton Lodge we promote healthy teeth, by providing a selection of fresh and nutritious foods on our daily menu. In the coming weeks we will be providing activities promoting healthy food choices and tooth brushing, and we will also be setting up an interactive display about the quantity of sugar in familiar foods such as grapes and raisins.
Please see the link below for more information on the amount of sugar in foods, and ways to reduce the amount of sugar eaten.
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/sugars.aspx

Halloween Fun
Throughout October we will be celebrating Halloween. We aim to make Halloween a fun and educational time for all of the children. The children will be taking part in a number of different Halloween activities, see examples of these below. We will also be making our annual Halloween display at the front of nursery, where we will display our pumpkins and other Halloween crafts. All children are invited to contribute to our display by bringing in a decorated pumpkin or other Halloween craft.
On Halloween, Friday 31st October, we will be dressing up in Halloween themed fancy dress, and will be enjoying lots of fun games and activities.

Communication and Language
Ghost walk around our pre school using our imaginations. What can you see? Hear? Smell? Who is that behind the door? Arrrrr! (Speaking, listening and attention)
Skeleton activity using Billy bones costume using directional language, and instructions. (Understanding)

Mathematics
Witches brew. Designing our witches brew. Can you find? You will need? 4 black mice, 2 slimy snakes, etc. Set up as a resource on black boards for children to read, and action using math skills, seek and find.
Graveyard rubble. Hidden in the soil are jewels to uncover, and coins to find. How many can you spot?

Literacy
Pumpkin Soup (1995, Helen Cooper) Used in our pumpkin patch and as part of our small world activity. Alongside our witches brew activity environment.
Witches brew. Hubble, bubble, toile and trouble! Designing our witches brew using phonic sounds for the children's choices of ingredient. Can you find…?

Physical Development
Moving and grooving skeletons. Heads shoulders, knees and toes activities alongside them bones.
Ghost walk. Creeping, scrambling, tiptoeing, and crawling around our Pre School room in search of ghosts and skeletons. On our adventure using physical movements with our bodies in a range of ways to express moods, actions, and feelings.
Body parts. Bones and our skeleton keeping healthy with Borris Bones borrowed from one of our pre school parents! Thank you. We all love Borris!

Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Using mirrors and torches to show facial expressions in reaction to different feelings, eg, scary, happy, and sad.
Looking at hygiene and a cleanly routine when it comes to hand washing. Exploring in the dirt, and malleable resources provided through Halloween malleable activities.

Dates to Remember
October 23rd Diwali
October 31st Halloween
November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th Remembrance Sunday
November 18th Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)


September 2014

Summer Fair Donations
Thank you for your fantastic generosity at the summer fair. We would like to personally thank the following businesses and parents for their kind donations for raffle prizes: Jo Jo cupcakes, Marks and Spencers St Annes, Stringers Lytham, Fylde AFC, The Pleasure Beech Blackpool, Booths Ansdell, Cassidys Toys, Cheeky Monkeys, Thingamajigs, Planet Kaos, Guy Penn & Company Limited and The Dougherty's. We really couldn't host such a great event without everyone's help and support and look forward to hosting the next extravaganza on the 13th December at a new time of 3-5pm.

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 the office to avoid disappointment. If you have also not yet returned your grant entitlement form please does so as soon as possible.

Changes of sessions and hours in writing
If you require your child to change their sessions we will require you to fill out a change of details form in the office or alternatively put your request in writing or email the nursery on cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com. Due to a high demand to nursery places we require all changes of sessions in writing to ensure a first come first served basis.

Story Sacks and Activity Boxes
Clifton Lodge Nursery has developed a number of story bags that consist of books with teddies, toys and games that link to the story. The activity boxes are also of a similar nature, they include resources and formative cards of activities you can carry out at home. We also have a selection of Oxford Tree reading books some with activities and games inside that develop on the comprehension of the story. There are a variety of Oxford Tree books for different stages of emergent readers. Please ask the office about the lending library for these story bags and boxes, to share with your child at home. We believe our lending library will offer a fantastic opportunity to share a story with your child, to encourage communication and a love of reading; which can be integrated into the bedtime routine.

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 to the signing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

Preschool Open Evening
We would like to invite new and existing parents and carers along to our open evening on 7th of October starting at 6.00pm till 7.30pm, to see our wonderful Preschool Unit and meet our Preschool staff team. The evening will give the chance for questions to be asked about our Preschool Unit and to discuss topics such as The EYFS Framework, Letters and Sounds, and Free Government Funding. The evening will be an informative and valuable evening for all who attend, it will provide you with the opportunity to look around our facilities and introduce you to the Preschool staff team.

Fundraising Fun
Clifton Lodge Nursery have been getting involved in the perfect summer fundraising challenge that's sweeping across social media. #IceBucketChallenge raising money to help people affected by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. - See more at: http://www.alsa.org/ If your child has taken part in the ice bucket challenge please send the nursery the video link/picture to: cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com

Wet Weather Gear
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. Or alternatively we have some great links to look at with great prices for outdoor clothing.
http://www.sportsdirect.com/kids/kids-waterproofs
http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/childrens/toddler-clothing
http://www.littletrekkers.co.uk/

School Admissions
If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 they will start primary school in September 2015.
You need to apply for a place at a primary school, even if it's linked to your child's nursery, or your child's brother or sister is already at the school.
On 1st September 2014 the on-line system goes live at www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools (Please remember to press the 'submit' button every time you leave the online system)
Thursday 15th January 2015 is the closing date for applications statutory.

Useful Links from
www.parentinguk.org
Parenting UK is a national membership body for the parenting workforce, promoting parenting support, keeping you informed, sharing best practice and representing your views.
www.separatedfamilies.info
The Centre for Separated Families is a national charity that works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children.
www.grandparentsplus.org.uk
Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

Dates to Remember
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day
September 26th Harvest Festival - Meet at St Thomas Church at 2:15pm the service to commence at 2:30pm
October 7th Preschool Open Evening 6:00- 7:30pm
October 23rd Diwali
October 31st Halloween


August 2014

Our Chickens
We have recently received an update from the chickens at Cluckingham Palace. Holly, Gertrude, and Fluffy now have their own outdoor pen. The chicken's pen is next to the fully grown hens that already live in the field. The chickens really enjoy scratching on the grass and sunbathing in their new pen. The chickens often look over and cluck at the other hens, and are becoming familiar with each other. In a few weeks time when they are fully grown they will join the others to be a big clucky family.

Congratulations To Our Graduates
Lisa Taylor, our Area manager, Emily Clymer - nursery practitioner in our 2-3s , Robyn Whiteside - nursery practitioner in our baby unit, Jessica Low - the Room Coordinator in our 2-3s, Toni Jackson - nursery practitioner in our Preschool , Rebecca Tozer - Deputy Manager and Preschool Coordinator.
The following staff have all achieved their Foundation Degrees in Early Years and Childhood Studies, being awarded with fantastic results of achievement. Jessica has delved further to achieve her BA Honours; and Lisa, Emily, and Robyn have all done a fantastic job this year completing their Early Years Teacher qualification.
Ongoing staff training is important to the Learning Curve Nursery Group. Staff personal and professional development through further training, ensures that staff members are knowledgeable and up to date with developments in the childcare sector.
Employing highly trained and motivated staff ensures that the best possible childcare and education is provided. Learning Curve Nursery Group supports staff members to continue their education, and in turn enhance and further their career.
Children this year have exceeded all expectations achieving exceptional outcomes in the Early Year's Foundation Stage. This, we believe, is because of the fantastic nursery staff team, so thank you all and everyone, in making Clifton Lodge Nursery an outstanding nursery and a great place to grow.

Summer Fair
Thank you to everyone that came to our nursery fair. What a glorious day to celebrate the children's achievements and get involved in some arts, crafts, and watching Punch and Judy uniting together as a community. We are very grateful for the fantastic turnout and hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Nursery Nurse of The Year
Antonia's Nursery Nurse of the Year award is based on a truly inspirational individual that has contributed far beyond their role in the setting and this year the award goes to our very own Preschool leader: Rebecca Tozer. We often see Rebecca running round the garden, sharing ideas with the children or planning lots of interesting activities and outings for the children to experience. Rebecca is passionate about making the children in her care, happy, excited, engaged and valued.
Rebecca is so enthusiastic about the children's learning and development, children in her care shine and prosper. Rebecca's passion for education has transformed the setting and given staff around her the tools to deliver the highest quality learning and teaching.
Rebecca is a great role model for the children and staff alike, thank you for all your hard work and support over the year, congratulations and keep up the good work.

Parents Evening
Thank you to every one that attended the Summer Term Parent's Evening. This evening was a great success, providing parents and carers the opportunity to look over their child's profile and EYFS grid, tracking their learning and development through their nursery experience. If you were unable to attend this evening please speak to Amie, Rebecca or Helen in the office and we would be happy to organise another meeting for you during the nursery day. The nursery operates an 'open-door' policy with regard to discussing anything with parents; we are committed to working together to resolve any queries or worries about your child.

Future Events
August 25th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day
September 26th Harvest Festival meet at (2:15pm service to start at 2:30pm approximately 20 minutes)


July 2014

Lytham Club Day 2014
Many thanks to everyone that attended Lytham Club Day to support the children on their nursery float for the parade. It was a fantastic day for everyone that attended generating a great community sprit! To put the cherry on the cake the children's float won best in category which we think is an overwhelming achievement! The float looked wonderful adorned with the children's artwork. We hope everyone had a wonderful day!

Home Learning Links
Parents/ carers know their children best and your knowledge is invaluable to us. We have a drive to co educating children through the support of the EYFS. It is paramount however, that we do gather parents views, and pass on necessary information to support and develop your child's personal, social, emotional, spiritual and educational skills to the best of our ability. Clifton Lodge Nursery are currently setting up a 'Home Learning' section to our website for parents and carers to use.

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.

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.

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.

Parents Evening
This term Parent's Evening for all age groups will be held on Tuesday 15th 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 Amie in the office to book an appointment.

Dates to Remember
July 15th Summer Term Parent's Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)
July 26th Clifton Lodge Summer Fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
July 29th Eid URL Fitr
August 25th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)


June 2014

Spring Time Watch
We would like to introduce you to our three beautiful spring chickens. We have really enjoyed watching these chickens grow and flourish in nursery; it has been a great learning opportunity for everyone involved! Although all three chicks were born on the same day and came from eggs, you will notice they are different breeds, it's been a great experience comparing there similarities and differences. During their second week, Hollie was small, Gertrude was medium sized, and Fluffy was very large comparison. Soon we will be letting the chicks migrate to new pastures at a lovely farm in Great Eccleston. Hopefully when the chicks are fully grown chickens we will be able to make some yummy cakes from their eggs.

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.

Information leaflets and parent information
We are currently developing information leaflets on various topics for parents. We have leaflets on first brushing, potty training and a guide to weaning. If you would like to access this information, they can be located in the office above our story sack library.

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.

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.

Children's Books
Golden Rules box set developed by Jenny Mosley
We are continually resourcing our nursery rooms with different rich information texts and wanted to share some with you. We have come across six beautifully designed and illustrated story books to support positive behavior in young children, developed by Jenny Mosley.
There are also free factsheets are available for nurseries and parents on how to use the books effectively to support positive behavior.
"The fun, exciting books really supported my child's language and reinforced positive behaviour."
Parent of a child at an NDNA member nursery.

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.

Parents Evening
This term Parent's Evening for all age groups will be held on Tuesday 15th 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.

Dates to Remember
June 15th Father's Day
June 28th Club Day Lytham
June 28th Ramadan begins
July 15th Summer Term Parent's Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)
July 26th Clifton Lodge Summer Fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
July 29th Eid URL Fitr


May 2014

Easter Fun
A big thank you to everyone who came to our pre-school Easter bonnet parade, the children had a fantastic time making their crowns at nursery and really enjoyed learning about Easter and spring.

Graduation Photo
Red Frog Photography will be coming in on the 20th May at 10.00 am to take a group photograph of the pre-school who are leaving to go to school in September. If your child does not attend on this day please see the nursery staff for details. The nursery Graduation supplement will appear in the Blackpool Gazette in the summer. The newspaper will directly contact the nursery in regards to the publication date.

School Leavers Leaving Dates
We understand this is a sad time of year for you all as we will soon be saying goodbye to your child, many of you for the last time. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Amie in the office to ensure your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your last day.

September Places
September places are booking up fast, if you would like to increase your child's sessions please see Amie or Helen in the office to avoid disappointment.

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

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.

Dates to Remember
May 5th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 26th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 15th Fathers Day
June 28th Club Day Lytham
June 28th Ramadan begins
July 15th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)


April 2014

Sports Relief
Clifton Lodge would like to say a big Thank you to all our parents and children for helping us to raise money for Sports Relief, our total at the moment is £176.24, and are still receiving donations which is fantastic. All the children had a brilliant time when partaking in different fundraising sport activities.

School leavers 2014
It's that time of year again where parents will be finding out which schools their children will be attending in September. At Clifton Lodge we follow the EYFS (the Early Year's Foundation Stage). All early years providers must complete an EYFS profile for each child in the final term of the year in which they turn 5. For most children this is the reception year in primary school. The main purpose is to provide an accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. The profile describes each child's attainment against 17 early learning goals together with a short narrative about their learning characteristics.

To get all our pre-school children ready for school we will be:

When you do find out about your new school place please let your key worker or a member of staff in the office know. We will include all information on a display board for your reference and will begin to liaise with schools.

Club Day
Preparations for this year Club Day are now underway. Our theme for this year is 'The farm'. We hope to build on the children's knowledge when learning all about different types of farms and their contribution to the community we live in. The children look forward to hatching some chicken eggs at nursery during the spring time, and watch our frog spawn grow and develop in our nursery pond. We also intend to look at how farms help to keep us healthy. We will be looking at how framers grow fresh produce that we eat and where our food comes from.
If you participate in additional first hand experiences that link into our Club Day topic please send in pictures to the nursery email. If you have any ideas we would love you to become involved, and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Clifton Lodge pre-school is holding an Easter Bonnet Parade on Thursday 17th April at 3:30 pm; everyone is welcome to make a bonnet throughout the nursery and we will all be making Easter crowns to celebrate this special occasion.

2 year old grant
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 Grant and it is paid for by the government. This website explains the criteria and process of applying. http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=3852&tab=1

NDNA
National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has carried out a small scale study on how nurseries benefit from employing graduate staff. The study was carried out at PVI nurseries, maintained nurseries and academies to see how flexibility was used. It highlighted the different ways graduates were deployed within settings whilst ensuring children's individual needs were provided for and quality was retained.

At Clifton Lodge we have seven employed graduates at our setting and two staff studying for their foundation degree in Early Years Education. 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.

Dinosaurs
The children and staff have enjoyed experiencing the outdoors this month; one particularly significant experience has been the discovery of two dinosaur eggs! Through our discovery we were able to develop on the children's language skills, encouraging them to join in and asking open ended questions and predictions to what might happen to the eggs next? We brought the eggs inside as the children decided we needed to provide the eggs with a warm environment, incase the eggs may hatch! When the eggs piped and hatched we were so surprised and astonished with our very own baby dinosaur! This experience has allowed the children to thrive in many areas of the curriculum such as shape space and measure. Once the baby dinosaurs hatched they grew in size, the dinosaurs had some similarities and differences. Throughout April we will continue exploring this topic and can't wait to tell you what might happen next!

Tot It Up
Experts launch app to monitor the food intake and activity levels of children aged 1 - 4 years Do you think your toddler is a fussy eater? Do you worry they may not be getting the right balance of foods? Now there's an easy way to keep track of their nutritional intake with the Tot It Up food calculator app.

Created by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF), Tot It Up provides a personal analysis of a toddler's daily or weekly food intake compared against current recommendations, together with tips on how to make small changes to maintain the right balance... Read more

Words For Life
Research commissioned by the Sutton Trust has found that the development of early literacy and strong bonds between children and their parents appear to work hand in hand. The study suggested that strong emotional bonds between child and parent may help cognitive and language aspects of early development, because secure parents are better 'teachers', and secure children are more receptive and motivated 'students'.

Similar studies have found that a child's language skills are heavily influenced by their communication environment, which is a stronger predictor of early language development than social background. Parents who regularly read and talk with their children and respond to their baby's babbles, gestures and words are laying the groundwork for future educational attainment and social mobility.

Our Words for Life website features free activities and advice for helping your child develop communication and language skills: http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

Dates to remember
April 17th Easter Bonnet Parade (3:30pm)
April 18th Good Friday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 21st Easter Monday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 5th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 26th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 15th Father's Day
June 28th Lytham Club Day


March 2014

Road Safety
We were very shocked to hear about a road safety accident in Blackpool last month. A two year old was hit by a van after running into the road outside his nursery on Highfield road. After hearing this information we acted quickly to support the children in the preschool and 2-3s help 'tune in to road safety'.

During our free play we have discussed different topics such as:

In the light of this accident, a very helpful parent provided nursery with some road safety resources which will be available during the nursery day, and for you to take to extend the children's knowledge and understanding outside nursery too! We hope this will be a great learning experience and something which the children in our care will remember and ensure they stay safe in our local area.

Vegetable Patch
We will be starting to prepare our vegetable patch areas at Clifton 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 Amie and Rebecca in the office.

Car park
Please could all parents be considerate to the others when using the Nursery car park this would be kindly appreciated.

Parking down Lightburne Avenue
Please can I remind all parents not to park over the neighbour's driveways. Some have been struggling to get on and off their drive way.

Books for World Book Day
Thursday 6th March is World Book Day. Take a look at our books for parents which are full of ideas for activities, and useful hints and tips. These books will make a great resource for the families you work with on World Book Day.

New books available
I CAN has selected a range of books from Jessica Kingsley Publishers which offer simple introductions to a range of conditions including, Stammering, Selective Mutism and Asperger's Syndrome. These books support children and families (and the professionals working with them) who want to know more about these communication difficulties.
Also in the range are two engaging cognitive behavioral therapy workbooks for young people who struggle to manage stress and anxiety and a therapeutic activity book full of activities to help children with a speech or language delay or disorder to develop their communication skills.
Other Offers: ICAN have a limited number of Babbling Babies, Toddler Talk and Chatting with Children hardback available to you for less than half price when bought as a bundle of 30 for £150. Find out more at www.ican.org.uk/shop.

Nursery Menu
We have recently been developing the nursery menu and would like to know your opinions and ideas on the meals we offer at Clifton lodge. Please find enclosed a copy of the menu and a parent comment form. If you are unable to print of any comment forms please speak to a member of staff. Our parent suggestion box is located at the front of the setting for your opinions and ideas about the nursery.

Dates to Remember
March 4th Shrove Tuesday
March 6th World Book Day
March 30th Mothering Sunday
March 11th Spring Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm)
March 21st Sports Relief
April 17th Easter Bonnet Parade (3:30pm)
April 18th Good Friday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 21st Easter Monday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)

Click here to download a parental suggestion form

Click here to download our menus for weeks 1-3


February 2014

RNLI SOS Day
Thank you for contributing to the RNLI sea themed day. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the rescue boat. We managed to collect £27 to donate to the charity. Thank you to everyone that took part.

March 7th World Book Day
On Thursday the 7th March Clifton Lodge will be celebrating World Book Day. For this occasion we are holding a fancy dress day, the children are invited to dress as a character from one of their favorite books.
If you would like to become involved in this event with your child please have a look online at: www.worldbookday.com.

Pram Cover
Could all parents please leave prams/pushchairs in the pram shed that is situated at the side of the baby unit, outside the 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.

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 Late Club session from 5:30 till 6:00pm the extra charge is a £2:50 per session, payable on the day. Failure to book your child on to Late Club will result in a £5:00 charge.

Signing children in and out
Situated outside each nursery room there is 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.

What makes a good family day out?
The Family Childcare Trust is looking for parents and grandparents to join us for a discussion about what makes a good family day out. The Childcare Trust would like to share your views with the businesses and services that they work with as part of their Family Friendly scheme, so that they can deliver better services for the whole family.
There will be a group discussion, at Trafford on 11 Feb (1pm-2.30pm). Children are welcome to come with you if you wish to attend. Otherwise Clifton Lodge is happy to pass on your views and opinions in our nursery suggestion box.
As a thank you for your time you will receive £20 for taking part from The Family and Childcare Trust. If you are able to attend please email Kate kate@familyandchildcaretrust.org. Places are limited so please get in touch.

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

Active Kids
Active Kids is back, and this year there are even more great reasons to get involved.
Active Kids vouchers are available to collect from all Sainsbury's stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online, between Wednesday 29th January and Tuesday 20th May 2014 Clifton Lodge will be collecting the Sainsbury's vouchers.

What is the progress check at age two?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child's development in the three prime learning and development areas of the EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; and Communication and Language; when the child is aged between 24-36 months.

Aims of the progress check at age two
The aims of the progress check are to:
> Review a child's development in the three prime areas of the EYFS,
> Ensure that parents have a clear picture of your child's development;
> Enable practitioners to understand the child's needs and plan activities to meet them in the setting;
> Enable parents to understand the child's needs and, with support from practitioners, enhance development at home;
> Note areas where a child is progressing well and identify any areas where progress is less than expected; and finally
> Describe actions the provider intends to take to address any developmental concerns (including working with other professionals where appropriate).

For any assessment of development to be meaningful and useful, a complete picture of a child should be obtained. This will best when parents, the child, and all practitioners and professionals who know or have involvement with the child, participate fully in the assessment process. If you would like to know any more information about the progress at age two please ask your key worker for details.

Bringing Toys In
Please can we remind parents to discourage children from bringing in own toys into the nursery. Toys tend to get forgotten about during the day and can easily get mixed up with nursery toys, leading to distress at the end of the day! Please do however feel free to bring your child's comforter. We aim to instill confidence and independence in the children so as they get older we encourage them to leave comforters at the side of the room during the day. In the preschool and 2-3s we encourage them to leave the comforter at home or with parent at the beginning of the day. This will in turn help your child make a seamless transition to school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Dates to remember:
February 12th Chatter Box challenge
February 14th Valentines Day
March 4th Shrove Tuesday
March 6th World Book Day
March 30th Mothering Sunday
March 11th Spring Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:00pm) Please see the office for booking details.
March 21st Sports Relief


January 2014

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

Christmas Fair Sponsors and Thanks
We would like to thank the sponsors for their contributions to our Christmas fair. Each of the following companies provided fantastic corporate gifts for the event which were greatly received. The companies include: Blackpool Football Club, Stringers, Blackpool Zoo, The Devere Hotels, Fleetwood Football Club, Jo's Cupcake Company, Booths, Preston North End Football Club, Sainsbury's, and Casdon Toys. In addition to this we would like to thank the One Voice Choir for such a great performance at the fair, the children, parents and staff thought their unique contemporary Gospel music and harmonies were delightful. We were enthused by the great turnout at the Christmas fair and look forward to inviting parents and children to forthcoming events in the future.

Applying for a Primary School
The deadline to apply for your child's primary school place for September 2014 is Wednesday 15th January 2014. Please follow this link to give you more details:
http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=412&tab=1

Home Diaries
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. If you would like to alternatively email the nursery with any pictures of significant events, or milestones your child has achieved. We can also include this in their learning journey in which we document their learning and development. We in addition set targets each month for the children and this is a way to share the targets and the activities that take place at home and at nursery. Please ask your child's key worker to share the targets set for your child.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, purses, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones, inside of kitchen rolls, jam jar lids, old CDss 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.

Chinese New Year
The Year of the Horse begins on 31st January 2014, and we are all excited about welcoming in the new Chinese New Year! The children throughout the nursery will be learning about year of the Horse and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. In preparation for this day the children have begun to make flags, and horse models with a variety of recycled materials. Matthew our nursery chef will also be cooking a special Chinese menu which we are all looking forward to.

RNLI SOS
RNLI SOS Day is on the 25th of January 2014. Clifton Lodge will be joining in with the RNLI's biggest fundraising day to show our support for our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. To celebrate this occasion we are holding a sea themed day. We invite the children to come to nursery dressed up as: pirates, swimmers, lifeguards or mermaids/mermen, and donate a pound to the charity. The RNLI crew will be visiting the nursery with a rescue boat. By raising funds on SOS day we can help to ensure that our volunteer crew members and lifeguards can continue to provide our lifesaving service.

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.

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 peices 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.

A guide for disabled parents: Choosing and paying for childcare
The guide offers step by step guidance for parents wishing to get help from social services with things like childcare. It also describes what other financial support is available for disabled parents to help pay for the cost of childcare.

New website helps students with children prepare for university life
Studentparents.org provides a range of online information and tools including;

Visit the website for further information: www.studentparents.org

Dates for your diary:
January 2nd Nursery Reopens
January 25th RNLI SOS Day
February 1st Tempest Photography photo Day (Times to be confirmed) Please see the office for details
February 12th Chatter Box challenge
February 14th Valentines Day


December 2013

Parents Evening
Thank you to every one that attended the autumn Term parents evening. This evening was a great success, providing parents and carers the opportunity to look over their child's profile and EYFS grid tracking their learning and development through their nursery experience. If you were unable to attend this evening please speak to Amie, Rebecca or Helen in the office and we would be happy to organise another meeting for you during the nursery day. The nursery operates an 'open-door' policy with regard to discussing anything with parents, we are committed to working together to resolve any queries or worries about your child.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5. It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children during this period. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and child minders must follow the legal document called the EYFS Framework which can be accessed at: https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/AllPublications/Page1/DFE-00023-2012

You can ask for information about your child's development at any time and there are two stages (the "progress check" at age 2, and again at age 5) when the professionals caring for your child must give you written information about how he or she is doing. The written summary of their progress at age 5 is called the EYFS Profile.

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 child‟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 helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.

Parents often underestimate what they can do to support their child‟s development. If you feel unsure of what to do at home to support your child‟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.

Where can I go for further information?
You may want to find out what is on offer at your local children's centre. Also visit www.foundationyears.org.uk for a range of resources and contacts.

Involvement in the Nursery
We believe that a parent'/ carers involvement in nursery life enriches a child's experience and we therefore invite and encourage parents and carers to become actively involved from sharing particular talents, reading a story (particularly in a different home language) to simply joining us on our different fun days and events.

Children In Need
Thank you to everyone that donated some money and came for our animal themed day for children in need! We managed to raise £48.90 for this fantastic cause.

Operation Christmas Child
Thank you for all your kind donations for this year's operation Christmas child. Clifton Lodge sent all 15 boxes off on Monday 18th November to Stead and Simpson Shoe Shop in St Annes Square. Imagine the joy of discovering where in the world your shoebox has been sent. The good news is...you were part of it!

Opening and Closing Times over the Christmas Period
Over the Christmas public holiday the nursery will be closed, Clifton Lodge will be closing on Christmas Eve at 5:30 If your child is due to attend a Tuesday please speak to Amie in the office to confirm your attendance on Christmas Eve. The nursery will reopen on Thursday 2nd of January 2014.

Christmas Parties and Events
Over the Christmas period the nursery rooms will be having Christmas celebrations on the following dates:
Babies: Tuesday 17th December (9.30am-11.00am) and Friday 20th December (2.45pm-4.15pm) Toddlers: Wednesday 18th December (2.15pm-3.45pm) and Friday 20th December (9.30am-11.00am) 2-3s: Wednesday 11th December (2.30pm-4.30pm) and Tuesday 17th December (2.30pm-4.30pm) Preschool: Friday 20th December (2pm-4pm)

We have also, created some different scenarios indoors; in particular on the small world. The children have been provided with different resources to create roads act out different scenarios and discuss road safety rules through their play.

We have shared some great resources such as Topsy and Tim, this story is all about putting on our seat belts and tuning into road safety. If you would also like to look at some road safety activities, stories and games at home please use the Useful websites

Road Safety Week
Did you know w/c 18th of November the preschool celebrated Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event. To celebrate this we have been 'tuning in to road safety'. During our carpet time and free play we have discussed different topics such as:

It is essential for young children to learn about roads, traffic and safe behavior at first hand, a number of activities have involved taking children outdoors.

THINK! Resource Centre
The Resource Centre lists all the THINK! education materials referred to in any of the Lesson Packs. Items can be downloaded, ordered for postal delivery or viewed via an online link (or several of these) depending upon their format.
http://think.direct.gov.uk/resource-centre

THINK! Education website
A range of road safety information and resources for pupils, teachers and parents. Some of the resources will also be useful for road safety professionals and out-of-school
groups. http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary

Tales of the Road
Materials and information aimed at 3-11 year olds covering a variety of topics.
http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk

Dates for your diary:
December 9th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 11th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 13th Christmas Nativity (3pm)
December 14th Christmas Fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
December 24th Nursery Closes 5:30 pm
January 2nd Nursery Reopens
January 25th RNLI SOS Day


November 2013

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Tuesday 12th 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 Amie in the office to book an appointment.

Jeans for Genes Day
Thank you to everyone that donated some money and came in wearing their Jeans for Geans day! We managed to raise £27.80 for this fantastic cause.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 14th December 1:00 - 3:00pm. 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 greatly appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

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.

Outdoor play
The children at Clifton Lodge have made observations concerning the change in season, now the weather is getting colder. As we are approaching the winter, our opportunities and experiences outside are changing during the cold days and dark evenings. We are currently enjoying using the camp fire, melting chocolate for our dipping apples, toasting marshmallows and painted toast! Such activities focus on safety, establishing routines and boundaries as the children develop in confidence, and are more familiar with the campfire. To ensure all children have access to the outdoors it is vital to have the appropriate clothing. This involves full waterproofs and wellington boots in the rain and snow; warm layers, hats and gloves in the cold. 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.

Christmas Nativity
The preschool are starting to undertake plans for the 2013 Christmas Nativity. The church is booked, we have a donkey, and the manger for baby Jesus is waiting to be delivered; however we are yet to find a piano player to help the children rehearse, and sing their songs at the production. If you are a piano player, or know a good musical company that will help our Christmas nativity be a magical experience; please speak to Amie in the office.

The Christmas nativity will take place at St Thomas's church on the 13th December, at 3pm. We would like to invite all parents and carers at Clifton Lodge, especially those of the preschool who will be starring in this year's event.

Children in Need
This year the nursery is supporting Children in Need on Friday 15th November. This years theme is "animals". All we ask is your child attends nursery in something animal themed, and bring along a donation of £1 for the cause.

Clifton Lodge's Local Children's Centres
Clifton Lodge is very lucky to have two local Children's Centre's; both are offering a number of different courses and classes to parents and their children. If anyone would like anymore details please see Amie in the office or to book a place please call the numbers below or click on the links to find out more.

Dates for your diary:
November 3rd Dawali November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th Remembrance Sunday
November 12th Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
November 27th Hanukkah
December 9th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 11th Rehearsal for Christmas Nativity (2:00 - 3:00pm)
December 13th Christmas Nativity (3pm)
December 14th Christmas Fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
December 24th Nursery Closes 5:30 pm January 2nd Nursery Reopens


October 2013

The Communication Trust
Help develop children's talk with Small Talk
Learning to talk is one of the most important skills a child will ever learn. Children need to be able to communicate with the people around them so they can learn, make friends, sort out problems and have fun.
Babies listen and can recognise voices before they're born. From birth, they learn to communicate by looking at their parents, listening and taking turns. As they develop children begin to understand what people are saying, they learn how to say words and sentences and their speech becomes clear.
But learning to talk doesn't happen by accident, it needs support from their parents to make this happen.
The booklet Small Talk can help encourage the development of a child's speaking and listening skills and it will also explain roughly what a child should be doing at a certain age. Suitable for parents who have children between the ages of birth and 5, it explains what a child will usually be doing at their age, ways to see if they're doing certain things and suggests things they can do with their child to support their learning.
It also has a checklist so if they're not sure whether their child's communication skills are on track they can use this to check.
Small Talk has been developed by The Communication Trust and is available to buy from www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/shop.

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. Completed paper applications should be returned to your local Area Education Office details about this are as follows:

Prams
If you would like to keep your child's buggy or pram at nursery during the day, please can you take it to the shelter at the side of the nursery. If parents and carers can please also fold down the prams/buggies as much as possible to ensure there is enough space for all. This ensures the hallways and exits are kept clear at all times. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Fun at The 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; we are still collecting these for the local church to distribute them to worthwhile causes throughout the local area.

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 brushes, cotton reels, wooden bowls, curtain rings, clothes pegs etc. Metal objects such as pans, a length of metal chain, spoons, 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.

Tempest photography
On Saturday 19th of October at 10am we will be holding individual portrait sessions at Clifton Lodge. Please see Amie, Rebecca or Helen in the office to book an appointment.

Dates to Remember:
Thursday 31st October Halloween
This year our Halloween celebrations will include: Fancy dress, a selection of themed games, arts and crafts. We will also be holding a pumpkin competition which we invite children and parents to participate in; please see your key worker for details. Fantastic prizes to be won and certificates for all that take part!
November 3rd Dawali
November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th Remembrance Sunday
November 12th Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:00 - 8:30pm)


September 2013

Welcome
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.

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: Robyn Whiteside, Lisa Taylor, Natalie Bell and Emily Clymer who graduated last month. All the named staff members now have a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years. Hannah Farman has also recently completed her BTEC National Certificate Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

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 http://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 to charity when processing your order. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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 to the signing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

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.

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.

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.

Pre-School Harvest Festival
The Pre School Harvest Festival takes place on the 27th of September at St Thomas's Church at 2.30 p.m. The service will be approximately 30 minutes in duration. The children take part by performing songs, showing their families and parents what they have learnt about Harvest. Children are asked to wear clothes that match the colour of the fruit/vegetable they would like to be. The children will also wear a headband they have created and decorated at nursery of their chosen fruit/vegetable. Please ask your key worker what fruit/ vegetable your child has chosen. Anyone is welcome to watch the Pre School perform at the church.

Prams
If you would like to keep your child's buggy or pram at nursery during the day please can you take it to the shelter at the side of the nursery. Can you also fold down the prams/buggies as much as possible to ensure there is enough space for all families to keep the prams/buggies dry as much as possible.

Home 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 that take place at home and at nursery that will help to achieve the targets. Please ask your child's key worker to share the targets set for your child.

Story Bags
Clifton Lodge Nursery has developed a number of story bags that consist of books with teddies, toys and games that link to the story. We also have a selection of Oxford Tree reading books some with activities and games inside that develop on the comprehension of the story. There are a variety of Oxford Tree books for different stages of emergent readers. Please ask Amie, Rebecca or Helen in the office about the lending library for these story bags, to share with your child at home. We believe our lending library will offer a fantastic opportunity to share a story with your child, to encourage communication and a love of reading; which can be integrated into the bedtime routine.

Parental Involvement
At Clifton 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 Amie, Rebecca or Helen in the office.

Dates for you Diary
October 9th Alistair Clegg Evening, Learning Through Play: Solaris Centre (time to be confirmed)
September 18th Harvest Festival (2:30- 3:00pm)
October 4th 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.
October 31st Halloween
November 3rd Dawali
November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th Remembrance Sunday
November 12th Autumn Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm) Please see yopur Key worker or Amie in the office to book an appointment
November 27th Hanukkah


August 2013

Dear Parents,

Clifton Lodge Summer Fair
Many thanks to all who came to our Summer Fair on 20th July. We all had a lovely afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the circus school, and the stalls, games, and refreshments that were available on the day, and had a picture in our RNLI lifeboat .The Pre School Graduation Ceremony was fantastic, and the children all looked so grown up in their caps and gowns!

Many thanks to all who donated prizes for our raffle and tombola stalls, it is greatly appreciated.

Feedback from Parents
At Clifton Lodge we value input about our service from our customers, and believe that feedback from our parents is invaluable. Many thanks to our 2-3's parents who have completed and returned our Parental Feedback Questionnaire. These questionnaires provide parents with another opportunity to express their views and opinions, and to put forward any suggestions or ideas that they may have. In response to these questionnaires we have made our Safeguarding Policy more readily available for parents/carers to read, and it is now displayed on our notice board in the nursery entrance hall.
If you have any suggestions or comments about the nursery, please do not hesitate to use our Parents Suggestion Box or speak to Amie, Rebecca, or Helen in the office.

Staff News
On Wednesday 14th August we say goodbye to Lindsay Wright. Lindsay and her family are moving to her home town of Tarporley in Cheshire. Lindsay will be greatly missed by both children and staff. We would like to wish Lindsay all the best in the future, and hope that she comes back to visit us!
Welcome to Hannah Farman, who will be taking over from Lindsay Wright working with the 2-3s Room, and working closely with Lindsay's key children. Hannah has worked with Clifton Lodge Nursery during her modern apprenticeship with Lytham St Annes Sixth Form. Hannah has a profound knowledge of different practices and settings in the local area through her apprenticeship. In the future Hannah hopes to further her education through a degree in Play Therapy.
Also Welcome to Victoria Walsh. Victoria has a BA in Teaching and Learning Support, and has previously worked with Foundation stage children at Layton Primary School. We really look forward to Victoria working with our team.
Finally we would like to introduce you to our new modern apprentice, Curtis Cross. Curtis is very eager to learn about childcare and child development, and will be starting his NVQ Level 3 in September. Curtis is one of two males in the setting, which is refreshing to see in a predominantly female industry.
We wish Hannah, Victoria, Curtis, and Andy all the best in their new roles.

Nursery Payment
As from immediate effect we will no longer be accepting cash at the nurseries. This decision has been made due to a recent burglary at Bluebell Lodge Nursery. The fixed nursery safe containing fees and fundraising money was stolen. We are working closely with the police who have been looking at our CCTV images, obtaining fingerprints and carrying out door to door enquiries.
To ensure the safety of our staff and our nurseries payments can only be made by cheque, standing order and card payment. As quoted in our terms and conditions fees must be paid by the 1st of each month. Failure to pay nursery fees will jeopardise your nursery place.
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 Amie, Rebecca, or Helen aware in the office. Clifton Lodge Nursery currently has a card payment facility for your convenience.
A sincere thank you to all the parents who pay on time each month, this is greatly appreciated and ensures a smooth running of our administration system.

Garden and Pathway Security
Please ensure that when entering or leaving nursery, all gates are closed and clasps are securely fastened. This 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.

Our New Mud Kitchen
We have a new Mud Kitchen in the Toddler Garden! The children have enjoyed getting very messy investigating the mud.
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. By providing children with cooking equipment, such as bowls and spoons, they can explore the mud in a new way and can make things such a mud pies.

Learning Outcomes of our Mud Kitchen
Imagination - a mud kitchen allows children to develop the capacity to use their imagination to feed their play by pretending to cook with the mud
Communication and language - the mud kitchen allows children to play together and offers many opportunities for them to interact. Whilst playing, the children may tak about what they are making and how the mud feels. The children may also take on different roles within the mud kitchen and will also learn about turn taking with the different equipment.
Physical - children can use their gross and fine motor skills whilst playing with the mud as they will use the spoons and whisks to fill containers and mix the mud
Maths - whilst the children are filling and emptying containers they are learning about measurements and quantities
Knowledge and Understanding of the World - children will learn what happens to soil when water is added to it.

If you would like your child to take part in our mud play, please provide a pair of wellies.

Pre School Open Evening with Alistair Clegg
You are invited 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 Amie or Rebecca, 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.

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.

Dates for your diary
August 8th Eid
August 26th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
September 4th Rosh Hashanah
September - Harvest Festival (date to be confirmed)
October 9th Alistair Clegg Evening, Learning Through Play: Solaris Centre (time to be confirmed)


July 2013

Lytham Club Day 2013
Lytham Club day 2013 was held on Saturday 22nd June. Many thanks to everyone who attended and supported nursery on the day, and to everyone who helped to decorate the float the night before. We received 2nd place in the Nursery School Competition, which we feel is a great achievement. The float looked wonderful decorated with the children's work and photographs. We hope everyone had a fantastic day!

Parental Involvement
At Clifton Lodge we love to have our parents/carers involved in nursery life. Our Pre School children are currently focusing on Being Healthy. If you feel you would be able to come into nursery and share some knowledge with the children on this topic, for example, about a sport such as rugby or aerobics, or about healthy eating, or brushing your teeth please speak to Amie or Rebecca in the office. Or if there is any other area you wish to share with the children through a talk or activities, or would like nursery to be involved with please let us know.

Summer Parent's Evening
Our Summer Term Parent's Evening will take place on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Parents Evening is an opportunity for you to speak to your child's key worker about their progress and development at nursery, to read their learning journey, and to look at all of their artwork and photographs. If you would like to book an appointment please book your self into a time slot on the appointment sheet on the door of your child's room, or speak to your child's key worker or Amie, Rebecca, or Helen in the office.

Clifton Lodge Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 20th July, from 1pm until 3pm. We will have lots of stalls and fun activities taking place, including a raffle, tombola, guess the name of the teddy bear, donkey rides, and a bouncy castle. This year we will also be having a very special visit from the circus. We will be having an Auction of Promises by the nursery staff. If you have any suggestions of promises that staff members could make please let us know.
We would be very grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. We have already received a £20 Stringers voucher, and 2 for 1 Wristband vouchers for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Our Pre School Graduation will take place at the Summer Fair, at 2pm.

Opening hours of the nursery
The nursery opening hours are 8.00 a.m. and closes at 5.30 p.m. The morning session starts at 8.00am and finishes at 12.30pm, and the afternoon session starts at 1.00pm and ends at 5.30pm.

Extra Sessions
Whilst we hope to be able to accommodate any extra session requirements that you may have, as nursery is reaching capacity, extra sessions may be unavailable from the present time until September. Extra sessions may not be confirmed until the week prior to the date or alternatively, we may be able to confirm the space if there is prior knowledge of children's absences due to holidays. Please speak to Amie, Rebecca, or Helen in the office for details of any available extra sessions. We do hope to avoid disappointment regarding extra sessions however nursery is very busy at present.

Nursery Payment
The nursery is now able to take card payments to help with your payments of fees. 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 Amie, Rebecca, or Helen aware in the office.

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 to the signing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

Dates for your diary
July 9th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
July 20th Clifton Summer fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
August 8th Eid
August 26th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
September 4th Rosh Hashanah
September - Harvest Festival (date to be confirmed)
October 9th Alistair Clegg Evening, Learning Through Play: Solaris Centre (time to be confirmed) All 2-3 and Pre School parents are invited to attend..


June 2013

Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week
Many thanks for your support and kind donations towards CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association). We decided to support this charity as our previous manager Rachael Parkins' son Toby was born with a bilateral left sided cleft lip and palate. Toby had surgery in January 2013, and CLAPA supported Rachael and her husband Chris during this time. On 11th - 18th the children at Clifton Lodge took part in special walks in the Turtle Buses and on the Walkodiles.

We also had lots of fun baking cakes, biscuits, and brownies for a Cake Sale on Thursday.

Overall we raised £102.73, we know that Rachael and CLAPA will be enormously thankful for this donation.

Rachael, Chris, and Toby took part in a sponsored walk themselves in Manchester on Sunday 19th may

Club Day
Preparations for this years Club Day are now underway. Our theme for this year is Superheroes. As well as superheroes such as Superman and Spiderman, we will spend time focusing on lesser known superheroes, particularly those linked to the children's own society, such as Welephant the Fire Safety mascot, and Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot. We hope to build on the children's knowledge of what a superhero is, and on their understanding of who can be a hero. Children who are 2 years old and over are invited to join us on the nursery float. The nursery practitioners will be on the float, and parents/carers are able to join the children on the float too if they wish. If you have any ideas we would love you to become involved. On Friday 21st June we will be decorating the float during the afternoon and into the early evening, any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Super Heroes
As our Club Day theme was inspired by the children's interest in Superheroes, during the month of June 2-3s and Pre-school will be spending time focussing on this topic. The practitioners are planning exciting activities to develop all areas of the children's learning, including den making to enhance their physical and social skills, role play activities providing capes and masks and venturing out into the community. Our Superhero Club missions will be starting very soon. 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.

Clifton Lodge Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 20th July, from 1pm until 3pm. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place, including a raffle, tombola, guess the name of the teddy bear, and a bouncy castle. This year we will also be having a very special visit from the circus. We will be having an Auction of Promises by the nursery staff. If you have any suggestions of promises that staff members could make please let us know. We would be very grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. We have already received a £20 Stringers voucher, and 2 for 1 Wristband vouchers for Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Our Pre School Graduation will take place at the Summer Fair, at 2pm.

Sun Cream & Sun Hats
As the weather is now warmer, please ensure that your child brings sun cream and a sun hat to nursery each day. Please ensure that these are clearly labelled with your child's name. This allows us to make the most of the lovely weather by providing lots of fun and educational activities outside in the gardens, and ging to walks to the park and beach, whilst ensuring that the children receive maximum protection form UV rays. Labels can be purchased at http;//www.easy2name.com/. If you would like these items to remain at nursery, instead of being sent home each day, please let your child's key worker know.

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 rooms. If you are unsure of where to the signing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

Garden and Path Security
When dropping your child off or picking them up from nursery, please ensure that you close and bolt all of the garden and pathway gates behind you. The garden gates are fitted with a double lock mechanism of both a catch and bolt. This ensures that the children are safeguarded at all times when playing outside in the garden, and maximum security is achieved. Please make sure that both are closed after your child enters or exits the garden.

Dates for your diary
June 16th Fathers Day
June 22nd Club Day Lytham
July 9th Ramadan begins
July 9th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
July 20th Clifton Summer fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)
August 8th Eid
August 26th Summer Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
September 4th Rosh Hashanah
September - Harvest Festival (date to be confirmed)
October 9th Alistair Clegg Evening, Learning Through Play: Solaris Centre (time to be confirmed)


May 2013

Dear Parents,
We welcome you back after our Easter break, and hope that you all had a lovely long weekend which was full of Easter fun!

Spring Watch at Clifton Lodge
Over the past month Clifton Lodge Nursery has had its own Spring Watch. The children have learnt about Spring Time, and have loved meeting an array of baby animals.

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

Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week
May 11th - 18th is Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week. Clifton Lodge Nursery will be supporting CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association). Our previous manager Rachael Parkins' son Toby has had surgery for a cleft lip and palate, and this is a charity very close to her heart. Rachael and her husband Chris will be taking part in a sponsored walk in Manchester on the 19th May. We feel that we would like to support them in this.

Monday 13th May - Friday17th May we will be having a sponsored walk week. We will be taking part in lots of different walks and advenutres throughout the week, including nature walks and shape hunts, and bug hunts. Please feel free to donate £1 to the charity during the week.

On Friday 17th May we will also be holding a cake sale at nursery.

Clifton Lodge Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 20th July, from 1pm until 3pm. We will have lots of stalls and activities taking place, including a raffle, tombola, guess the name of the teddy bear, and a bouncy castle. This year we will also be having a very special visit from the circus. We will be having an Auction of Promises by the nursery staff. If you have any suggestions of promises that staff members could make please let us know.
We would be very grateful of any donations towards the raffle or tombola, or any ideas of local businesses who may donate prizes. We have already received a £20 Stringers voucher, and 2 for 1 Wristband vouchers for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Our Pre School Graduation will take place at the Summer Fair, at 2pm.

Clifton Lodge's Home Companions
At Clifton Lodge we have three Home/Nursery Companions who love to spend the weekends with our children and their families at home, and love to join them on their holidays. Each of the home companions has its own special diary which shows all of the adventures that they have been on. On their return to nursery the children are enjoying sharing their adventures with their friends. If you are going on holiday or doing something exciting at the weekend, and would like one of our home companions to join you, please let your child's key worker know.

In the Toddler Room lives Bobby the Bear. He loves having lots of cuddles and enjoys meeting the Toddler's own toys and teddies.
Arthur the Alien lives in the 2-3s Room. He loves to explore new places, and enjoys learning all about life on planet Earth.
In the Pre School we have two nursery/home friends. They are Simon the Superhero and Buttercup Bear. Simon the Superhero loves to save the day! He loves to go on exciting adventures with the pre school children. Buttercup Bear loves to explore and find out about the children's interests. She is nursery's socialite, and loves to make new friends!

Club Day
Preparations for this years Club Day are now underway. Our theme for this year is Superheroes. As well as superheroes such as Superman and Spiderman, we will spend time focusing on lesser known superheroes, particularly those linked to the children's own society, such as Welephant the Fire Safety mascot, and Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot. We hope to build on the children's knowledge of what a superhero is, and on their understanding of who can be a hero.

If you have any ideas we would love you to become involved, all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dates for your diary
May 27th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 16th Fathers Day
June 22nd Club Day Lytham
July 9th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
Red Frog Photography To Photograph Preschool Leavers (date to be confirmed)
July 9th Ramadan begins
July 9th 11th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
July 20th Clifton Summer fair (1:00 - 3:00pm)


April 2013

Dear Parents,
We welcome you back after our Easter break, and hope that you all had a lovely long weekend which was full of Easter fun!

Easter Bonnet Parade
Well done to the pre school children who took part in our Easter Bonnet Parade on Thursday 29th March. The children worked hard to design and make their Easter bonnets, and they all looked fantastic. The children loved parading in their bonnets, and showing them to their parents and friends during the parade.

Cleft Lip and palate Awareness Week
May 11th - 18th is Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week. Clifton Lodge Nursery will be supporting CLAPA (Cleft Lip And Palate Association). Our previous manager Rachael Parkins' son Toby has had surgery for a cleft lip and palate, and this is a charity very close to her heart. Rachael and her husband Chris will be taking part in a sponsored walk in Manchester on the 19th May. We feel that we would like to support them in this. We will be holding a cake sale and other events that week and any money raised will go to CLAPA.

Toby was born with a bilateral left sided cleft lip and palate.

Toby had corrective surgery last September to repair his lip and palate at alder hey hospital.



Pre School Uniform
Pre school uniform is available for all pre school children to purchase. The uniform consists of a white polo shirt and navy blue sweat shirt with Clifton 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. To order uniform please see Amie or Becca in the office.

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 rooms. If you are unsure of where to the singing in and out form is please ask a practitioner in your child's room.

Club Day
Our theme for Club Day this year is Superheroes. We aim to make this a fun, exciting, and educational topic for the children. As well as superheroes such as Superman and Spiderman, we will spend time focusing on lesser known superheroes, particularly those linked to the children's own society, such as Welephant the Fire Safety mascot, and Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot. We hope to build on the children's knowledge of what a superhero is, and on their understanding of who can be a hero.

Benefits of Superhero Play

We would love parents and children to join Clifton Lodge on the float on the 22nd of June to dress up as different Superheroes. If you have any ideas for this event we would love you to become involved, all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dates for your diary
May 6th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 27th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 11th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
June 16th Fathers Day
June 22nd Club Day Lytham


March 2013

Dear Parents,

In light of the recent news regarding both changing childcare ratios in nurseries and the appearance of horsemeat in meat products, Learning Curve Nursery Group would like to take the opportunity to make clear its stance on both issues.

Child Ratios
As you may be aware, the government recently announced plans to make changes to ratios in England allowing nurseries to offer more places with the same number of staff. The proposal is to allow ratios of one member of staff to four babies or six two-year-olds (currently three babies or four 2-year-olds). They also propose that only providers who employ better-qualified staff will be able to take on more children.
We would like to reassure parents that Learning Curve Nursery Group have no plans to follow these ratios, instead maintaining their current provision and ensuring that children at the nurseries continue to receive excellent care with an acceptable number of staff working with them.
We feel it is important to clarify our position on this to alleviate any fears that parents may have that their children will soon have less staff to support them in their early years at nursery.

Meat products
Recent news has identified that many meat products entering the UK have been incorrectly labeled and have in fact contained up to 100% horsemeat in some instances.
Again, we would like to reassure parents at Learning Curve Nursery Group that all of our meat dishes are cooked from scratch using fresh meat and that we do not bring in any pre-processed mince meals. Our recent food hygiene visit graded us a 5 showing we work well in partnership with food standard agencies. Finally Learning Curve Nursery Group would like to reinforce our stance on providing children with high quality, locally sourced meals and all of the meat comes directly from local farms and butchers.
If any parents have any questions regarding either of these issues then please feel free to email us on cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com or speak to Amie or Rebecca in the office.

Staff News
Due to staff professional development and the continued success of Learning Curve Nursery Group, Laura Maskel will be transferring to Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Laura has decided that she would like to become a play therapist and will be sadly leaving us to go to university, working at Shepherd Lodge on a part time basis. We would like to say a huge thank you to Laura for all her hard work and wish her good luck for the future.
Rachel Newsham will also be transferring to Bluebell Lodge nursery to develop her knowledge leading the 2-3 unit. Rachel has been a valued member of staff at Clifton Lodge Nursery. It is fantastic to see her professionally develop throughout the settings.
We are also very pleased to appoint Emma Nicholson as the new Toddler Room Coordinator at Bluebell Lodge Nursery. We will be very sad to see Emma move settings however feel she will be great in her new role.
Clifton Lodge will also be welcoming Alex Fenton, and Rebecca Knighton, to the nursery staff team. We wish Laura, Rachel, Emma, Alex and Rebecca the best of luck in their new positions.

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!

Vegetable Patch
We will be starting to prepare our vegetable patch at Clifton 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 Amie and Rebecca in the office.

Dates for your diary
March 10th Mothering Sunday
March 12th Spring Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
March 15th Sports Relief
March 21st Spring Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)
March 27th Easter Service (time to be confirmed)
March 29th Good Friday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 1st Easter Monday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)


February 2013

Dear Parents,

Staff News
We are very pleased to appoint Rebecca Tozer as the new Deputy Manager at Clifton Lodge Nursery. Rebecca has now been working with Learning Curve Nursery Group for five years and will be transferring from Bluebell Lodge Nursery where she led the lower pre-school team. Rebecca will be moving into the preschool at Clifton Lodge Nursery working alongside Kim, Jennifer, Sam and Melissa.
We are also very pleased to appoint Chloe Hindle as the new Toddler Room Coordinator at Clifton Lodge. Chloe has been a valued staff member working with the company for over four years. Clifton Lodge will also be welcoming Daniella Vivace to the nursery staff team. Daniella will be studying her NVQ level 2 whilst working as a modern apprentice. We wish Rebecca, Chloe and Daniella the best of luck in their new positions.

RNLI SOS Day
Thank you for contributing to the RNLI sea themed day. It was a great success, the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the rescue boat. We managed to collect £20 to donate to the charity. Thank you to everyone that took part.

Our Pirate Adventure
Based on our recent RNLI SOS day the 2-3s and preschool rooms have incorporated this interest into their daily environment and activities plan. Particular activities such as map making, role play, treasure hunts, and pirate themed masks have been planned and set up to help the children with their communication language and literacy, in addition to problem solving reasoning and numeracy skills.

Fun in the Snow
Please have a look at the ice art we created at Clifton Lodge Nursery. We created the ice art by using a variety of containers that we found around nursery, we used a mixture of shapes and sizes which gave the children lots of variety. Once the containers had been filled with a variety of natural materials, we mixed food coloring with water and filled the containers. Once frozen we then hung them up outside in our nursery garden. The children also enjoyed filling up balloons and making their very own ice balls. The balls were great to kick, slide and roll around the nursery garden

World Book Day
On Thursday the 7th March Clifton Lodge will be celebrating world Book Day. For this occasion we are holding a fancy dress day, the children are invited to dress as a character from one of their favourite books.
If you would like to become involved in this event with your child please have a look at a fantastic FREE online festival streamed LIVE into your internet device from: www.worldbookday.com.
On the following link you can watch an amazing line-up of NINE authors and illustrators including Tony Robinson, Lauren Child, Shirley Hughes, Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz, Rachel Bright, Liz Pichon, Cathy Cassidy and Guy Parker-Rees - and hosted by Tony Robinson himself!

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/

Best Beginnings
Best Beginnings is a fairly new charitable organisation which works to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children in the UK and to help reduce child health inequalities. Best Beginnings is developing an innovative and ambitious national project to develop, launch and evaluate a series of free evidence-based mobile phone apps for both young mums and dads that cover the period from pregnancy to 24 months post-birth and provide a highly-interactive, fun and cost effective way to inform and engage parents/parents-to-be. If you would like to trial the following app please follow the link provided above.

Essential Shop
The nursery understands how busy parents are and understand that there may be times when nappies and wipes run out. To help our busy parents out the nursery now runs its own essential shop. You will be able to purchase nappies, wipes, and sudocrem. If you require anything please see Amie in the office.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Saturday 9 February 2013 / 10am & 11.15am / Preston Minster
As New Year celebrations become a dim and distant memory, Lancashire Sinfonietta looks ahead to its 2013 series of Sound Playground Children's Concerts - the perfect introduction to live music for babies, toddlers and young children. The ensemble gets off to a "roaring" start with February's treat - We're Going on a Bear Hunt, performed in the beautiful surroundings of The Minster in Preston on Saturday 9 February. Based on the popular children's story, families can expect to enjoy high quality music combined with interactive storytelling and lots of fun in this professional concert, perfect for children aged 0-5 years. The Sinfonietta also guarantees a unique and up close experience, where the audience gets involved too - playing instruments, singing, and making a whole lot of musical noise!

Dates for your diary
9th Feb - Tempest photograph day at Clifton Lodge appointments are available between 10am till 1pm .
10th February - Chinese New Year
12th February - Shrove Tuesday
14th February - Valentines Day
7th March World Book Day
10th March Mothering Sunday
12th March Spring Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30pm)

Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events


January 2013

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome everyone back to nursery after the Christmas break. We hope you all had a lovely rest and are ready for an exciting 2013.

Christmas Fair
Firstly I would like to thank the sponsors for their contributions to our Christmas fair. Each of the following companies provided fantastic corporate gifts for the event which were greatly received. The following Companies include: Blackpool football club, Margaret's flowers, Studio 10 Hair Salon, Exquisite shoes, Sainsbury's Groceries, The Grand Theatre, The Sandcastle Water Park, Essensi Portrait Photography, Stringers, Guy Penn & Co Ltd in Lytham St Annes. We were enthused by the great turnout at the Christmas fair and look forward to inviting parents and children to forthcoming events in the future.

Baby news
Congratulations to Helen Turpie the nursery owner who gave birth to her daughter Lottie on the 4th December 2012. Helen, Simon, Molly, Emily, Lucy and Lottie are all well; we all hope Helen enjoys her time off on maternity leave.

Staff news
With regret Rachael Parkins has decided not to return from her maternity leave, which will conclude late January 2013. Rachael has worked with the company for over ten years where she began her career as a student at Shepherd Lodge Nursery, developing her professionalism throughout the nursery settings. Due to this consequential news we intend to organise an event for Rachael to return back to Clifton Lodge to say goodbye to the children and parents at the setting; details regarding the event will be followed up in February's newsletter. We are proud of the high quality care and attention Rachael provided as a manager at Clifton Lodge, and wish Rachael all the luck for her future, we are sure she will keep in touch through future nursery fairs and events. Amie Nicolson will be taking over as manager permanently in 2013. Amie will continue to develop the nursery establishment, to maintain its outstanding quality.

We are delighted to be welcoming Gemma Skuja back from maternity on the 14th of January, Gemma will be working on a part time basis in the Baby Unit in 2013. We are also thrilled that Rachael Newsham will be returning back to work now recovered from her car accident in December. Rachael has made a good recovery and will be completing some initial back to work days commencing the 7th of January.

Quite recently the opportunity came up for Aimee Ross to develop her studies and travel in America, we are very sad to see her leave, however we hope that when Aimee returns from America, she will rejoin our nursery group.

Amanda will be taking over Aimee's position within the Toddler Unit. Amanda has worked with the company for over ten years at our sister nursery Shepherd Lodge. We are delighted that Amanda will be permanently based at Clifton Lodge Nursery where we will be able to embrace her breadth of knowledge and expertise within the early year's foundation stage.

New Front Door
As you are aware we have a new beautifully painted front door at the nursery setting. The door was painted by Cornford Road Body Shop in Marton Blackpool. The children decided on a lovely blue colour, which we think looks very attractive and bright at the front of the nursery premises. The code for the keypad will change frequently to maximise the safeguarding of your children within the nursery premise, this will be given to the parents on a verbal basis to ensure security.

Opening hours of the nursery
The nursery opening hours are 8.00 a.m. and closes at 5.30 p.m. The morning session starts at 8.00am and finishes at 12.30 pm and the afternoon session starts at 1.00 pm and ends at 5.30 pm.

Signing children in and out
As part of our new policies and procedures at Clifton 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.

Story Sacks
Clifton Lodge have developed a number of story bags that consist of books with teddies, toys and games that link to the story. This is a fantastic opportunity to share a story with your child to encourage communication and a love of reading. If you have borrowed a story sack and still have it at home please can you return it to the nursery so other families can share the story sacks. If you would like to borrow a story sack from the nursery please see Amie in the office.

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 Amie in the office. If you haven't been able to attach photos to the 'People who are allowed to collect me form nursery' you can email your photos to nursery our email address is : cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com

Card Payments
The nursery is now able to take card payments to help with your payments of fees. 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 Amie or Laura aware in the office.

Car park
Please could all parents be considerate to the others when using the Nursery car park this would be kindly appreciated.

Collections
As you may be aware the nursery group were recently in the Gazette on the 2nd of January in regards to methods of recycling. During January we are staying green by taking donations of used Christmas cards for the Marks and Spencer Scheme. From 2nd to 31st of January 2013, we will be collecting any used cards for The Woodland Trust charity. For every 1000 Christmas cards brought into store, a tree will be planted with the Woodland Trust. Thank you to all the parents that donated their old Christmas cards so far, we hope this small contribution will make a big difference to the wider community. In addition to this Clifton Lodge are currently collecting: buttons, keys, shells, corks and old mobile phones for play resources inside the setting.

Charity News
Katherine Surtees at Shepherd Lodge Nursery will be hosting a Charity Ball on the13th July 2013 @ 7.00 pm

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.

Our Nursery Rocket
The children at nursery are continually developing their knowledge about shape space and measure through their immediate learning environment. As you will be aware the nursery rocket has gown in height, the children are currently exploring sizes and heights of objects. Abligail Blizzard aged 4 said, "it's got taller so our aunties can stand up inside." Cameron Mouncey aged 3 said, "we have got a bigger rocket because the little one went to the moon."

Throughout the nursery year the children will be covering a selection of topics such as the space theme. Through touching on a variety of learning experiences we can provide great opportunities to inspire the children's learning and development. At the nursery setting the children learn through the practitioner's observation, assessment, and planning of the children's learning and development. This then aids nursery practitioners to provide a range of play activities that revolve around each individual child's knowledge and interests. If you can include any particular interests into your child's diary though their weekend activities we would be happy to explore these areas within the nursery setting.

Extra sessions
Football, dance, aerobics and drama will continue in 2013 and will commence the week commencing the 7th January.

Dates for your diary
25th January - RNLI day (this will be a pirate/ sea themed fancy dress day)
10th February - Chinese New Year
12th February - Shrove Tuesday
14th February - Valentines Day

Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events


November 2012

Dear Parents,

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

Parents Evening
The Autumn Term Parents Evening is on Tuesday 27th November. 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 Amie in the office to book an appointment.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday December15th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. We are looking at doing a bottle tombola and chocolate sweetie 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.

Dates for your diary
Friday 16th November. Children in Need "Show me the spots" day
Wednesday 21st November World Hello Day Please ask your child's key worker for information on this event.
Monday 10th December: Pre-School Nativity, 2.30 pm, everyone is welcome to attend the performance
Saturday 15st December: 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.

Click here for the EYFS Parents Guide


October 2012

Charity Events
Thank you to everyone who supported the Jeans for Genes Day. We had a fantastic day and raised £35 for this fantastic cause.

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.

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 and link

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, and sudocrem. If you require anything please see Amie in the office.

Staff News
Maria Crawshay will sadly be leaving us in early November as she will be moving to Texas USA with her husband. Maria has been a valued staff member working with the company for over 18months, we will be sad to see her go, however we wish her the very best of luck in the future.

Home 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 that take place at home and at nursery that will help to achieve the targets. Please ask your child's keyworker to share the targets set for your child.

Prams
If you would like to keep your child's buggy or pram at nursery during the day please can you take it to the shelter at the side of the nursery. Can you also fold down the prams/buggies as much as possible to ensure there is enough space for all families to keep the prams/buggies dry as much as possible.

Reminders for parents
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 Amie 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 cliftonlodgenursery@googlemail.com

Exclusion policy
In partnership with parents and carers, Clifton Lodge Nursery has a duty of care to maintain safety and welfare of all children who access the nursery. Effective response to childhood illnesses is a responsibility for our nursery setting. We will always follow medical guidance when fulfilling that responsibility. A copy of our sickness exclusion policy is attached to end of the newsletter.

Dates for your diary
Monday 29th October - RSPB Feed The Birds Day, The children will be making bird feeders, all parents are welcome to join in and collect an activity sheet from the office.
Wednesday 31st October - Halloween celebrations including: fancy dress and a selection of themed arts games, arts and crafts
Tuesday 27th November -Parents Evening 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events

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


September 2012

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.

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:

Pre-School Harvest Festival
The Pre School Harvest Festival takes place on the 25th of September at St Thomas's 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.

Pre-School Uniform
In the pre-school group there is an optional uniform if you wish for your child to wear. Although it is not compulsory we do try and encourage it. The uniform we provide helps children to prepare for the transition to school, providing a sense of belonging. Parents in the past have found it saves their child's own clothes from paint and glue. If any children would like to order a uniform please see Amie in the office.

Liquid Tablets Alert after Children Burned
Doctors are warning about the dangers of liquitabs used in washing machines and dishwashers, after treating some children for near fatal injuries. Concerned doctors in the U.K. are now calling for improved safety warnings and childproof packaging of liquid laundry and dishwasher detergent capsules after seeing a rise in the number of young children needing hospital care after swallowing or being exposed to them.
Read more: time.com or bbc.co.uk

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.

Applying for School in 2013?
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 2013. Completed paper applications should be returned to your local Area Education Office details about this are as follows:

Dates for diary
25th September- Harvest Festival The Pre-school children will be holding their Harvest Festival Service at St Thomas'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.


August 2012

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Clifton Lodge. 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.

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 will increase by £5.
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.

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.

Staff News
Maria Hudacova will sadly be leaving us in late August to work at a children's hospital as a care worker. Maria has been with the company over 3 years now, and we will be sad to see her go, however we wish her the very best of luck in her new career. Maria will be leaving the Preschool as our older Pre School children embark upon their new schools paths. We are sad to see both Maria and some of our Pre School go, however we welcome our new Pre school starters for the year 2012 to 2013 to Clifton Lodge.

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 picked up later, then you can book them into 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 brushes, cotton reels, wooden bowls, curtain rings, clothes pegs etc. Metal objects such as pans, a length of metal chain, 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.

Oaktree Children's Centre
Oaktree have a number of sessions and courses available - there are a number of leaflets in the office or you are able to contact the centre on 01253 781571.
Making Sense of Special Needs - a course for parents - 6 week course starting October 1st.
Stay and play sessions - Baby stay and play 1.30 - 3.00 pm (Birth to crawling)
Tiny treasures - 10.00 - 11.30 am (Crawling to 4 years)
Baby massage - 5 week course
Dad's group - 3rd Saturday of each month 10.00 - 12.00
Baby yoga - suitable for babies from 8 weeks to crawling
Sensory room - available to book for 45 mins - maximum of 5 people at one time
Young parents drop in - Every Friday Term Time only 10.30 - 12.00

Dates for diary
25th September- Harvest Festival The Pre-school children will be holding their Harvest Festival Service at St Thomas'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.


July 2012

Parent Involvement
Many thanks for your overwhelming support for: The olympic flame breakfast celebrations, Lytham club day, and our summer fair at Clifton Lodge. We were overwhelmed by such large attendances to all three events. The parents, children and staff had a fantastic time on each occasion, even the weather didn't spoil all the fun. We have made a short video of the summer fair, if you would like to look at our nursery videos please look at our youtube channel.

Anotnias award/ nursery nurse of the year
This award is based on a truly inspiring individual, or individuals that have contributed far beyond their roles within the setting. This year the nursery nurses of the year are: Fundraising friends Kerry Sharp and Lynsey Broughton. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Fundraising Fun
Clifton Lodge Nursery staff decided to hold an Auction of Promises providing a complete, flexible and free service, all in aid of The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

Incorporated in our auction of promises included: Cake baking, dog walking, car washes (please see photo, left) babysitting services, and personalised crafts. The parents and children helped to raise £80:80 during the auction.

Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions to our collections of Sainsbury's active kids vouchers and Tesco vouchers. We have decided to bank the vouchers this year in the hope to purchase more substantial Equipment in 2013.

Staff News
Rachel Garlick will sadly be leaving us in August to move to Scotland with her partner John. Rachel will be starting an intense foundation degree in Scotland; we wish her the best of luck in her future career.

We would like to give a warm welcome to Hannah Wales and Michelle Wood who are joining our team this month at Clifton Lodge. Hannah Wales will be taking over Rachel's position in the Baby Unit. Hannah is currently working towards her NVQ level 3 in childcare at Preston College.

Michelle will be joining the preschool team and is hoping to gain Early Years Professional Status over this next academic year. Since its launch in 2007, Early Years Professional Status has become recognised as the gold-standard in early years training and the only government endorsed accreditation for the early year's workforce. We are extremely proud and pleased to employ such highly qualified nursery practitioners.

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 Amie in the office to avoid disappointment.


June 2012

Pre School Information Parents Evening
Thank you for attending The Pre-school Information Evening at the Solaris Centre with Alistair Bryce Clegg. We hope you found it to be a fun and informative evening incorporating our practice and ethos regarding the pre-school children's learning and development. Further ideas can be found on Alistairs website: http://abcdoes.typepad.com/

The pre-school children and 2-3s at Clifton Lodge are able to purchase and wear our nursery uniform. Many parents have found our uniform a great tool to help prepare their children for school, if anyone would like a uniform form please ask Laura or Amie in the office. Sweatshirt £7.95, Polo shirt £6.95 and the draw string/ reading book learning curve bags are £4.95.

Summer Fair
This year's Summer Fair and Graduation will be on Sunday 1st July at 12:30. The fair will begin at 12:30 - 2:30. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated.

Staff News
Due to staff professional development and the continued success of Learning Curve Nursery Group, Leanne Johnston will be transferring to Shepherd Lodge Nursery. Leanne has acquired further knowledge of child care education and teaching practices, from working alongside Laura Maskell our pre-school teacher. She will deliver all aspects of the new revised 'Early Years Foundation Stage' curriculum alongside Katie Jakeman at Shepherd Lodge Nursery.

Maria Hudacova will be joining our pre-school team over the summer, to get to know all the children that are about to move into the pre-school group for the 2012/13 academic year. Maria has worked for Learning Curve Nursery Group for two years and has an NVQ 3 in child care and education. Maria currently works as part of the pre-school team at Shepherd Lodge Nursery and will bring with her a wealth of creative ideas and knowledge.

Parent Involvement Coordinators
Following the devastating fire at Donna's Dream House, parent involvement coordinators: Lynsey Broughton and Kerry Sharp from Clifton Lodge Nursery organised a charity concert on the 9th of June raising over £600. The intentions of the concert was to bring families and staff from both nursery settings together to raise money for Donna's Dream House. Over the past year this inspiring group of friends have raised funds with learning curve nursery group for various charities. Well done for all your efforts, and keep up the good work.

Extra Sessions
Clifton Lodge Nursery are now creating a new invoice document for any extra sessions you wish for your child to attend. If your require any extra sessions for your child we would appreciate payment on the day. If you need to book your child into the Late Club session from 5:30 till 6:00pm the extra charge is £2:50 per session, payable on the day. Failure to book your child on to Late Club will result in a £10:00 charge.

New Bank Account
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.

Nursery 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.

Preschool Leavers 2012
We understand this is a sad time of year for you all as we will soon be saying goodbye to your child, many of you for the last time. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Amie in the office to ensure your child's profile and transition document is up-to-date and ready to take away with you on your last day.

Red Frog Photography will be visiting the nursery to photograph Pre-school leavers on Wednesday 27th of June at 1:00pm. If your child does not attend nursery on that day please feel free to bring them along. This picture will be in the local newspaper alongside other nurseries in the Fylde.

Club Day 2012 Procession
This year the Club Day procession will begin at 10.00 a.m. after the judging of procession entries. The nursery float will be situated on Westby Street at 9:30 prior to the procession. If you would like your child to accompany the staff on the nursery float you are very welcome. The procession route for Club Day 2012 has been changed from previous years; please see the diagram below for the new revised route.

Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt
In correspondence with the Olympics, the staff at Clifton Lodge will parade in Erin McGill, Evangaline Doyle, Liberty Doyle fantastic winning t-shirt designs. This was such a hard competition to judge, children and their parents designed some fantastic designs. Clifton 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.

The Olympic Flame
In preperation to The initial Club Day celebrations we are asking parents to hand back any order forms for the continental breakfast that morning. Returned order forms will help the nursery plan ahead and make sure we have enough food for the event.

After the torch relay Clifton Lodge are privileged to have the olympic torch along with Leonard, on their olympic themed float thoughout the club day procession. Leonard is the founder of Donna's Dream House Charity, which was created in memory of his late daughter Donna. The charity provides much needed free breaks for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Leonard is a very respected member of the local community and a worthy candidate for carrying the olympic torch. Alongside the olympic torch will also be a team of dancers from the Donnas Dream House charity concert.

Dates For Your Diary
June 17th Fathers Day
June 23rd Initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration at 6:00am
June 23rd Club Day Lytham St Anne's starting at 10:20 on westby Road
June 25th Insect Week and The Big Butterfly Count
27th June Red Frog Photography To Photograph Preschool Leavers 1:00
July 1st Clifton Summer fair (1:00 - 2:30)
July 10th Summer Term Parents Evening (6:30 - 8:30)


May 2012

Parents Evening
All the team at Clifton Lodge would like to thank all parents/carers for attending our Spring Term Parents Evening, it was fantastic to see so many of you there to discuss your childs development and give us your feedback, thoughts and suggestions on the service we provide. If you have any comments or suggestions for the nursery please feel free to add your ideas to our suggestion box in the nursery office, we really value your comments.

Easter Service
We would also like to thank you all for supporting our Pre-school Easter service, it was a great success. The children really enjoyed performing and I'm sure you're still singing the songs on your way to nursery!

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 Amie know in the office. If you wish to make any changes to your child's hours please give the nursery as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment.

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 Clifton Lodges Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt. We will be judging the competition on Mon 14th May at 2:00 o clock. There will be a certificate and Olympic sticker for all entries.

The Olympic Flame
Clifton Lodge Nursery is very excited to hold our initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration at 6:00am on Sat 23rd June 2012. We invite all parents/ carers to this event where you will be able to enjoy a continental breakfast as we cheer the Olympic Flame through Clifton Drive on its torch bearing route. Shortly after we will proceed to Lytham for 08:30, where the town will be closed to private cars this includes Station Square.

Inspiring Generations
Clifton Lodge want to use the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire children to realise their potential making their learning more relevant, interesting and fun. An early introduction to sports and to the world of Olympics will help children at our nursery learn new things, play new activities; incorporating friendship, unity and sports and have lots of fun!

Club Day 2012
Clifton Lodge Nursery is beginning to organise the float for this year's procession. The Olympics theme will be incorporated on this year's float. We are looking for any props and decorations to support pictures of the children getting involved in physical activity and Olympics themed projects. If any parent/carers can sew/ knit or can offer any other help at all (i.e. helping to dress the float on the Thursday/Friday beforehand) we would really appreciate it. We endeavour to have a fantastic day, and if you would like to become part of our celebrations and volunteer your services please let Amie or your key worker aware, thank you.

Staff News
Congratulations to Gemma Skuja who gave birth to her Son Archie Harry also on the 21st of April, Gemma, Adam and Oliver and baby Archie are doing well. We are very happy to announce that Rachael Parkins gave birth to Toby Edward Parikins on the 22nd of April who weighs 7lb2oz. In April Maria Crawshay was appointed as The Toddler Room Coordinator at Clifton Lodge Nursery. Maria is also working alongside Emma Louise Szysz who has recently joined the staff team. Emma is currently working in the Toddler Unit, and has the NVQ level 3 in children's care learning and development. We wish Maria and Emma the best of luck in their new positions.

St Annes Library
The children and staff at Clifton Lodge enjoy accessing our local services and sometimes travel down to St Annes Library to lend stories and enjoy the story telling experiences they have to offer at the library. Since the library has been closed for renovation some of the session times have changed. The new times are as follows:

If you would like to contact St Annes Library concerning any of their programs please use the contact details below:
Telephone: 01253 643900
Library Email: stannes.library@lancashire.gov.uk

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. On the 29th May we invite you to our Royal Garden tea party to celebrate this special event. The children are invited to dress up for the event in either: red, white or blue or as Princes or Princesses.

Dates for your diary
May 1st Share A Story Month
May 7th Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 29th Royal Garden Tea Party
June 1st National Smile Month
June 4th Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 5th Queens Diamond Jubilee (nursery closed)


April 2012

Rainbow Day/ Sports Relief
Thank you for contributing to the Rainbow themed day. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the sports activities and games, including hurdles, sack races and various ball games. We raised an amazing £83:29 for the sports relief and rainbow charities. Thank you to everyone that took part.

Nursery fees
As of 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 Amie or Laura aware in the office. You can either set this up through internet banking or by telephoning your bank.

Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers
The nursery is collecting Sainsbury's and 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 the office.

Club Day 2012 and The Olympic Flame
We are very excited to hear about the Olympic Torch that is being relayed through St Annes and Lytham from 6.20am on June 23rd which is Lytham Club Day. Although the torch - carried in turn by 16 bearers on its relay through Fylde - will have left the area long before the usual mid-morning parade timing, plans are already being considered to co-ordinate the two events, possibly with some form of initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration. Due to this consequential news we intend to theme our float for the procession covering the Olympics. Clifton Lodge are determined to make the most of this opportunity which will live long in the memory of everyone involved, details regarding the event will be followed up in Mays newsletter.

Design our Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt
In correspondence to Lytham Club Day, the staff at Clifton Lodge hope to parade in a London 2012 themed uniform. With this in mind, we are launching a children's t-shirt design competition 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 incorporate holding Clifton Lodges Olympic Torch and starring on our nursery website. (Please see the T-shirt silhouette below if you would like to enter).

Easter Bonnet Competition
Clifton Lodge Nursery are having an Easter bonnet competition on Thursday12th of April at 2:15. Below are some websites that may give you some inspiration or support when making you're bonnets.

Net mums: click here
this is a fabulous link and website in general packed with real ideas and suggestions for parents who have been there and done it themselves.

All free crafts world: click here
this website tells you how to make a bonnet from a variety of materials.

ehow: click here
I hope you find these websites useful and if not ask your child's key person they will be happy to help.

Hats and Sun Cream
Due to the impeding warm weather we would like to advise parents to bring sun hats and sun cream for your child's protection. The staff at Clifton Lodge will apply sun cream to 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 . Finally If your child is allergic to any sun cream please let your key worker know

Dates for your diary
April 4th Easter Service (time to be confirmed)
April 6th Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 9th Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 23rd RSPCA Week
April 30th Pre-school Information Evening with Alistair Clegg at The Solaris Centre, 7pm - 9pm. 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.


March 2012

Story Bags

As a result of World Book Day, we have developed a number of story bags that consist of books with teddies, toys and games that link to the story. This is a fantastic opportunity to share a story with your child to encourage communication and a love of reading. We soon hope to create a lending library for these story bags to share with your child at home.

The Media

Clifton Lodge were thrilled to win star photo in Nursery Worlds February Edition 2012, featuring our rocket ship adventures. The Preschool children were also pictured flipping pancakes on shrove Tuesday in The Lytham Express. Additionally The Preschool children can also be seen in this weeks (1/3/12) addition of the Lytham Express using thye nursery Walkodiles. All media coverage can be viewed online or at the nursery entrance.

Vegetable patch

We will be creating a vegetable patch very soon at Clifton Lodge Nursery and would like to invite parents and other family members to assist, if you would like to be involved. The children will learn about sustainability through planting and watering the plants and vegetables. If anyone would like to be involved please see your child's key worker.

Rainbow Day - 23rd March 2012

On 23rd March 2012 we will be celebrating a special day to raise money for two different charities. Clifton Lodge are supporting both: The Legacy Rainbow House and Sports relief. The Legacy Rainbow House provides support for children with disabilities, and life threatening or shortening conditions. Due to funding cuts, the centre is reliant on fundraising and donations. Kyle in our 2-3s room attends this centre each week. In order to raise funds for both charities the children are invited to dress in bright colours for the day. We will be having a cake sale, and lots of fun sports activities will take place throught the day.

Our Local Children's Centres

Clifton Lodge is very lucky to have two local Children's Centres, both are offering a number of different courses to parents and their children. If anyone would like anymore details about these courses please see Amie in the office or to book a place please call the numbers below.

Oak Tree Children's Centre
Contact:
Sydney Street,
St Annes on sea,
Lancashire
FY8 1TR
Tel: 01253 781571
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/viewdoc.asp?id=65936

Lytham Children's Centre
Contact:
Lytham Children's Centre
Mythop Road, Lytham St. Annes
FY8 4HB
Tel: 01253 795804
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/viewdoc.asp?id=82716

Dates for your diary

Please take a moment to take a look at the events section available on the learning curve website. Clifton Lodge have a variety exciting events including;

 

February 2012

RNLI SOS Day

Thank you for contributing to the RNLI sea themed day. It was a great success; the children looked fantastic and enjoyed exploring the rescue boat, we also managed to collect £60 to donate to the charity. Thank you to everyone that took part.

Website

Clifton Lodges new website is fully open; we are using the same address in which you can access a range of photos and videos surrounding the nursery. From this month you will be able to access the nursery newsletter straight from the website alongside your paper copy. Please visit our website on http://www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk/

Chatter Box Challenge

I CAN's Chatterbox Challenge is an annual fundraising activity for nurseries, children's groups and childminders. Children aged 0-5 have fantastic fun and develop their communication skills by singing songs and rhymes to raise money for children who struggle with their speech and language. Between the 6th and 10th of February, The children will be taking part in a variety of speech and language activities for chatter box challenge incorporating National Story Telling Week.

Staff News

We are very happy to announce that Claire gave birth to her daughter Emily on the 29th of January weighing 6lbs 14oz, both mother and baby are doing well. Rachael Parkins and Gemma Skuja will also be leaving to start their maternity leave in the near future, we wish both Rachael and Gemma the best of luck with their new arrivals. Lynsey Broughton will be moving from the toddlers to the baby unit on the 5th of March, we would also like to give a warm welcome to Aimee Ross Who has joined the team at Clifton Lodge. Aimee is level 3 qualified and will join the toddler team in March.

Walkodile

We are very excited to be using a Walkodile at Clifton Lodge Nursery. A Walkodile is a flexible plastic frame that secures a maximum of six children via a secure two way clip. Each child holds on to the handle, children and practitioners put on their high visibility vests and are set to go walking. We believe the Walkodile will help the children at Clifton Lodge to explore the local environment safely and encourage the children to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Nursery Maintinence

As you may be aware Clifton Lodge is currently undertaking a facelift. Our maintainence team Gary and Stuart are busy carrying out repairs on the building and decorating at weekends. The colour of the front door has yet to be decided, if you have not yet suggested a colour please do so ASAP.

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 we have created an essential shop. You will be able to purchase nappies, wipes and sudocrem. If you require anything please speak to your key worker or see Amie in the office.

Space News

During January we have been involved in extensive space themed play experiences. The children at Clifton Lodge were visited by a time travelling Tardis, Darlecks and aliens curtisy of Blackpool illuminations. This experience has prooved a great success for all the children at Clifton Lodge. We plan to adopt this theme for the Lytham Club Day procession. If you have any ideas for this event we would love you to become involved, ally suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards

Amie Nicolson Nursery Manager


January 2012

Dear Parents,

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

Our Nursery Rocket

Throughout the month of January the children are learning about space with our very own spaceship. We have been very excited to star in the Blackpool Gazette and The Lytham St Annes Express with editorial and photo coverage's. We hope the children have enjoyed our space theme, and this provided them with a great opportunity to inspire their learning and development.

Website

Please can parents have a look at the newly designed nursery website. The site contains information about each of the nurseries that make up Learning Curve Nursery Group. Parents will be able to access information when logging on using a password. As part of our aim to be more eco-friendly all newsletters will soon be viewed online. However if a hard copy is required, please speak to Amie in the office.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2012 will take place on the 23rd January. The children throughout the nursery will be learning about year of the Dragon and will be taking part in many activities on this topic. In preparation for this day the children have begun to make flags, and Dragon models with a variety of recycled materials. Alisa our nursery chef will also be cooking a special Chinese menu which we all looking forward to.

RNLI SOS Day On the 27th of January 2012 Clifton Lodge will be joining in with the RNLI's biggest fundraising day to show our support for our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. To celebrate this occasion we are holding a sea themed day. We invite the children to come to nursery dressed up as: pirates, swimmers, lifeguards or mermaids/ merman and donate a pound to the charity. The RNLI crew will be visiting the nursery on the 27th with a rescue boat. By raising funds on SOS day we can help to ensure that our volunteer crew members and lifeguards can continue to provide our lifesaving service.

Staff News

We are very pleased to appoint Rachael Newsham as the new Baby Room Coordinator at Clifton Lodge. Clifton Lodge will also be welcoming Sam Surtees to the preschool staff team. Sam is returning from her maternity leave and will be job sharing with Sam Lewis.

New Front Door

As you are aware we have a lovely new front door. We are no longer using the fingerprint system for access, as a new key pad system is in operation. The code for the keypad will change frequently to maximise the safeguarding of your children within the nursery premise. The front door is yet to be painted, before painting commences we would like the children's help in deciding the best colour. Please help your child to fill in the slip below and indicate your colour preference.

Kind regards

Amie Nicolson BA (Hons.) EYP


 



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