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June 2015

Club Day Info
The theme for club day is the seaside and we will be focusing on 'pirates'. The float will be made into a pirate boat. I have looked online and ebay and asda have a large selection of costumes to choose from http://direct.asda.com/george/kids/fancy-dress/pirate-fancy-dress-costume/G004925844,default,pd.html. We would really like the children from the Lower Pre School room and Pre School to join us on Saturday 11th July. We are also collecting kitchen roll holders to make pirate telescopes as props for the float.

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.

Free childcare for working parents
The government has brought forward plans to double free childcare for working parents https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-brings-forward-plans-to-double-free-childcare-for-working-families.

Summer Fair
We will be holding this years Summer Fair Saturday 25th July 2015 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm. Join us for an afternoon of fun and laughter, there will be a barbeque, face painting, an entertainer and much more. Not forgetting the graduation ceremony for the Pre-School leavers at 12.00 pm. We will be holding the tombola and raffle too and have started collecting prizes. So if you have anything you would like to donate please bring it in over the next few weeks and give it to your room co-ordinators or Katie in the office.

Snacks
Fruit snacks contain more sugar than sweets. Action on Sugar looked at 94 products on UK sale, such as coated dried fruit, and found a third contained three or four teaspoons of sugar and 85% were more sugary than Haribo Starmix sweets. Child health experts said the findings were frightening. The industry pointed out that most of the snacks had no added sugars, and those that did were clearly labelled. Action on Sugar said that parents should give their children fresh fruit and vegetables instead of processed fruit snacks. Katharine Jenner, campaign director at Action on Sugar, said: "Parents find it hard enough to know what 'healthy' is without food manufacturers confusing matters with misleading claims. "Whole, unprocessed fruit is healthier than processed fruit snacks and fruit juice drinks, as it contains vitamins, minerals, water and fibre, and does not cause the devastating tooth decay we see in young children today."

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 http://www.firststepsnutrition.org/newpages/Early_Years/eating_well-early_years_packed_lunches.html

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

Parents Evening
The date of the parents evening is Thursday 25th June 6.00 - 8.00 pm. Please book a 10 minute slot with your child's key worker. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and share targets and ideas between nursery and home.

Pre School Leavers
We would be very grateful if you could let us know your child's leaving date for School.

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

Dates to remember.
June 21st Father's Day
June 25th Parents Evening 18:00 - 20:00
June 27th Lytham Club Day
July 11th St Annes Club Day Parade
July 25th Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair and graduation

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May 2015

Club Day Info
Our theme for Club Day this year will be the Seaside. 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 Shepherd Lodge on the float on the 11th of July to dress up as different characters. 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/sea creature outfit to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shepherd-Lodge-Nursery/549208908513371

How do children learn?
Children's emotional needs must be catered for first and foremost, if a child's well being is high they will be able to become involved in play through exploring, investigating and being creative. The staff within our nursery setting take into consideration brain development and work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the children feel emotionally safe, well nurtured and have a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. This will then enable the part of the brain where learning takes place to do so. If the child has been nurtured well and if the basic needs have been met and also if they feel positive about themselves and feel positive and believe they can do it only then are they physically able to learn. We provide continuous provision which encourages the children to access equipment independently. This helps the children to be able to re-visit and develop their ideas and learning over time. It allows the children to access learning at their own level and in their own style. It promotes the development of self-confidence and self-esteem as children choose to engage in play that is pitched at exactly the right level for their current stage of learning and development. These are the most important years of a child's life so we at Shepherd Lodge feel passionately about ensuring the children meet their full potential.

Pre School Leavers
We would be very grateful if you could let us know your child's leaving date for School.

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. ? We will ensure that the children are covered and fully protected from the sun and will avoid outdoor play during the hottest part of the day.

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

What to expect, when?
It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children's learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child's development through the different age bands of the EYFS. What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children's learning and development. Click here for the PDF guide

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

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April 2015

Easter Bonnet Parade
Thank you for all taking part in our Easter Bonnet Parade. All the children wore their Easter Bonnets and paraded in the garden with streamers and musical instruments. They also sand Easter songs and took part in an Easter egg hunt round the garden. They then met the Easter Bunny.

Spring Time Watch
We would like to announce that over four of the eggs hatched and we would like to introduce our four beautiful spring chicks. Another egg is starting to hatch, so we now need to decide names for the chicks. The children have really enjoyed watching these chicks grow and flourish in nursery; it has been a great learning opportunity for everyone involved! Although the chicks were born on the same day, you will notice they are different breeds, it's been a great experience comparing their similarities and differences. If you would like to enter our chick naming competition please hand in your suggestions by paper by Friday 17th April 2015.

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

The children have also been watching caterpillars develop. The children have been watching the caterpillars grow on our Spring display in the hallway. They have now cocooned and are in the butterfly net ready to turn into butterflies.

Wind chime competition
Now that Spring is upon us we are inviting parents to create their own wind chime 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 18th May.

Gates
Please can I ask everyone to ensure the gates outside the nursery are kept shut at all times. This is to ensure all the children are safe here whilst at nursery.

Spare clothes
The Pre School room has asked if anyone has any spare clothes. They do not have any tops or trousers.

Labelling
Please can all parents label their children's clothes, this will help us when items go missing or get mixed up.

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


March 2015

Welcome
We would like to welcome all of the new children and families that have started at Shepherd Lodge nursery this month. We hope you are settling in well and we are looking forward to watching you grow and develop throughout your time here.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Shepherd Lodge is holding an Easter Bonnet Parade - everyone is welcome to make a bonnet and parents are welcome to watch the parade. The parade will take place in the garden on Thursday 2nd April at 2.30 pm. Here are some examples of Easter Bonnets; there are some helpful kits in Home Bargains and Asda.

Parents Evening
The date of the parents evening is Thursday 19th March 6.00 - 8.00 pm. Please book a 10 minute slot with your child's key worker. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and share targets and ideas between nursery and home.

Allergen Information
Shepherd 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.

Mobile Phone Policy
Recently new signs have been put up at Clifton Lodge with regards to the use of mobile phones. At Shepherd 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.

Current Topics
Our current topic at the moment is fairy tales and rhymes, the children have been enjoying listening to stories along with making their own up and sharing them with their peers. The pre school have also been planting magic beans like Jack in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and developing their understanding of the world. The children are very excited about watching them grow and will be developing their mathematical skills by measuring them to see how tall they grow. The lower Pre School have enjoyed sharing stories brought in from home and even had a Tiger who came to tea picnic in the garden.

World Book Day
This month we have celebrated world Book day and encouraged the children to share their favourite stories with their peers. Sharing stories with your child develops all areas of their learning, especially communication and language skills. Story telling introduces structure and language patterns that are the building blocks for reading and writing skills. For more information and activity ideas please see the link below.

Collections
We are currently collecting foils off chocolates, scarves and hats for dressing up and chocolate boxes/packaging.

Nursery hours
Please can all parents and carers be reminded that the nursery is open between 8.00am and 5.30pm, if you require your child to be booked into the late club until 6pm please inform a member of staff, late club is charged at £2.50 per session. Thank you

Home Learning
Your child's current targets are displayed for you to see on the planning board in each room, these are now planned for termly and ensure your child is being challenged with their development in all areas of their learning. We value you as partners in your child's learning and we ask if you would please keep your child's key person informed of any current interests or development steps you may be working on at home. This would be very much appreciated and would be helpful when planning for your child's learning.

Dates for your diary
March 5th - World Book Day - Dress up as your favourite character
March 9th - Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 15th - Mothers Day
March 19th - Parents evening
April 2nd - Easter Bonnet Parade 2.30 pm - everyone welcome
April 3rd - The nursery will be closed
April 6th - The nursery will be closed


February 2015

Ofsted inspection
Shepherd Lodge has recently been inspected by Ofsted and was graded good in all areas. We are delighted with this outcome and are aiming for outstanding in all areas at our next inspection. Ofsted stated that "children behave well and make independent choices about their play. Staff have secure relationships with children, who support them in developing a positive attitude to learning and prepare them well in readiness for school". During the inspection the inspector also investigated into a member of staff giving the wrong child a 5ml dose of paracetamol. Due to this we have now enhanced our current medication form to include a photo of your child, to avoid any such event happening again in the future. We strive for the best at Learning Curve Nursery Group and for this reason Laura Platt Ba Hons EYP, who specialises in early years education will be working alongside all the room leaders ensuring your child's development is challenged all the time. Ofsted equally noted that "the well-qualified and knowledgeable leadership and management team contributes significantly to the ongoing development of the nursery and the good achievements of the children. They support staff, students and apprentices to inject new thinking and ideas that can be shared among all staff".

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year this year is the year of the Sheep on the 19th February. The children in the pre-school unit will be learning about Chinese New Year and will be taking part in many activities on this topic such as lanterns to hang in the corridor leading to the pre-school.

Tempest Photography
Tempest photography will be at Bluebell Lodge Saturday 28th February 2015 at 10.00 am. If anyone would like to book an appointment please see Katie in the office who will book an appointment with Bluebell Lodge.

Home Diaries
At Shepherd 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.

World Book Day
World Book Day is Thursday 5th March. 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.

First Aid Training
The staff at Shepherd Lodge are currently updating their 1st aid qualification. By the 18th February all our 21 staff will have first aid. Current guidelines state only one member of staff to have first aid however we feel this is a mandatory course.

Collections
We are currently collecting ribbon, purses, bags, empty perfume bottles and boxes, empty chocolate boxes, used cards and envelopes.

Dates for your diary
February 14th Valentines Day
February 17th Shrove Tuesday
February 19th Chinese New Year - Year of the sheep
February 28th Tempest photography at Bluebell Lodge Nursery
March 5th World Book Day - Dress up as your favourite character
March 9th Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 15th Mothers Day


January 2015

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 2015.

Applying for a primary school
The deadline to apply for your child's primary school place for September 2015 is Thursday 15th January 2015. 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

Safer Sleeping - The Lullaby Trust
We are currently promoting safer sleeping which is supported by the Lullaby Trust. Here is a guide for parents, please see the following link http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/document.doc?id=295

Fees
Please can I remind all parents that there will be a £10.00 charge for fees that are paid late?

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

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

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

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

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

Dates for your diary
To be confirmed - RNLI SOS Day
February 19th Chinese New Year - Year of the sheep
February 14th - Valentines Day
February 17th - Shrove Tuesday
March 9th - Chatterbox Challenge Week
March 5th - World Book Day
March 15th - Mothers Day

EXCLUSION PROCEDURE FOR ILLNESS/COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Minimum Periods of Exclusion from Nursery

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

 

 

December 2014

Christmas Nativity
The Pre-School children are very excited to be taking part in this year's Christmas Nativity which will take place at St Anne's Parish church on the 12th December, at 2.30pm - 3.00pm. We would like to invite all parents and carers at Shepherd Lodge, especially those of the preschool who will be starring in this year's event. The pre-school will be choosing their parts this month and learning all about the Christmas story.

Charity Christmas Tree Festival
This year Shepherd Lodge Nursery is taking part in the St Annes Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival. This starts on the Friday 12th December 2014 the day of our nativity, there is also an art exhibition by AKS, refreshments and concert on the 13th December to raise money for the charities involved. The charity we have chosen is the RNLI, as a nursery we really like to support the local community.

Staffing
We would like to welcome Valerie Cassell who will be our Baby Room Co-ordinator covering maternity leave. Valerie comes from a nursery in Rochdale as the Baby Room Co-ordinator and has also previously been a nursery manager of a 120 place nursery. We would also like to welcome Ellie Hutt who will be working in the pre-school as a modern apprentice.

Fees
In January 2015 there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 50p, a full day will increase by £1 and a full time place increase by £5. Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Topic for December
Over December the children have been learning all about Winter and Christmas. Over the past week the children have been developing their fine motor skills by decorating play dough Christmas trees using small resources such as beads and sequins, developing their finger muscles as they picked up the pieces and played with the dough. The babies have also had a walk to the local farmers market in the square. The children have also been busy making Christmas cards, decorations and gifts.

Buddy The Elf
We have welcomed Buddy the elf to Shepherd Lodge this week, the children first found Buddy hiding in the Christmas tree after reading a story about Buddy. Buddy will be supporting the children with their personal, social and emotional development in the lead up to Christmas. Buddy's job is to watch over the children and report back to Santa. Buddy will hide in a different place each day so look out for him hiding!

Christmas Holidays
The nursery will be open on Wednesday 24th December 2014 and close at 5.30 pm, we will re-open up on the Friday 2nd January 2015 at 8.00 am.

Christmas Fair
We are looking forward to our Christmas fair and we hope you can join us. We are starting to collect raffle and tombola prizes if you can help? Bubble baths, wine, unwanted gift sets, toys, books. Please come along to our Christmas Fair Sunday 14th December 12 pm - 2pm.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you have a fun filled Christmas and new year. We can't wait to hear all about when you come back.

Dates for your diary
Friday 12th Dec 2014 - Pre-School Nativity 2.30 pm
Friday 12th Dec 2014 - Christmas Jumper Day
Sunday 14th Dec 2014 - Shepherd Lodge Christmas Fair 12 pm - 2 pm


November 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who supported us at our Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday 11th October. It was lovely to see so many of you come and we raised £63.80 for a great cause.

Shepherd Lodge Facebook page
Due to new safeguarding legislation staff from Shepherd Lodge Nursery are no longer permitted to allow clients and ex-clients as friends on their personal face book 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 page can also support us with letting you know of any upcoming events such as our Christmas nativity and parents evening.

Scarecrow Competition
Thank you to all the children and parents who entered our Scarecrow competition.

Christmas Nativity
The Pre-School children are very excited to be taking part in this year's Christmas Nativity which will take place at St Anne's Parish church on the 12th December, at 2.30pm - 3.00pm. We would like to invite all parents and carers at Shepherd Lodge, especially those of the preschool who will be starring in this year's event. The pre school will be choosing their parts this month and learning all about the Christmas story.

Outdoor Mobile Competition
Due to the amount of interest in our past competitions we are inviting parents and children to take part in our Christmas competition; where we are inviting all parents and children to make an outdoor Christmas mobile from recycled materials see some examples below. All children's mobiles will be displayed in the garden area. All entries will receive a prize and certificate; please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Friday 5th December.

Fun in the baby room
As we all knows babies love to explore and climb when they get the chance. The staff in the room had noticed throughout the observation process that the babies needed more opportunity to climb, so with this in mind we got a new ball pool.

Fees
In January 2015 there will be an increase in nursery fees. Morning and afternoon sessions will increase by 50p, a full day will increase by £1 and a full time place increase by £5. Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. We would be grateful if all parents could pay their fees at the beginning of the month for that month by cheque or regular monthly/weekly standing order. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room.

Two year old grant
After a child turns two years old, they might be able to have up to 15 hours a week of free early education. This is called Free Early Education and it is paid for by the government. Some of the benefits of early education are shown below. You can apply if you are on out of work benefits, on low income benefits, or if you have a child with a disability or special need. If you would like more information please call into your nearest children's centre, or call the Family Information Service on 0800 195 0137.

Christmas Holidays
The nursery will be open on Wednesday 24th December 2014 and close at 5.30 pm, we will re-open up on the Friday 2nd January 2015 at 8.00 am.

Car seat replacement
Babystart multi recline car seat has been branded as unsafe from Which? Safety testing. Argos has removed the car seat from its catalogue however are selling existing stock. Please check your car seat.

HOW THE CAR SEAT FAILED THE WHICH? SAFETY TESTS
The Which? front crash tests are carried out at 40mph, rather than 30mph, and these caused the shoulder parts of the seat to break off
When the seat was facing forward and subjected to a front crash test the plastic seat shell did not withstand the crash and the harness came away as the plastic broke. The crash test dummy was not restrained properly and it scored 0


October 2014

Harvest Festival
This month the children in the pre school took part in the Harvest Festival at St Anne's Parish Church. During the month of September the children learnt about Harvest and what happens at this time. They enjoyed listening to 'A wet and Windy Harvest' and learning about the story.

Shepherd Lodge Ice Bucket Challenge
We raised £93.00 - Thank you for everyone's support, we raised a lot of money for charity.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Come and join us for our coffee morning Saturday 11th October 2014 10 - 12 pm. All the rooms will be set up for you to see and staff will be here to chat as well as raising money for a very important cause, pop along and enjoy some cake. The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. They ask people across the UK - and sometimes further afield - to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to hold a coffee morning, raising a record £20 million.

Tempest Photography
Tempest will be in the nursery on Saturday 11th October between 10 and 12 - you are more than welcome to come and have your child's/children's photographs taken. These make lovely Christmas presents.

Staff news
We would like to welcome Lynsey Broughton who will start as the Lower Pre School Co-ordinator at Shepherd Lodge. Lynsey comes from our sister nursery Clifton Lodge, we look forward to Lynsey settling in to the team, Lynsey will be joining Stacey, Dawn and Lisa.

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

Story area
We have developed a story area in the front garden, this is a lovely place for children and practitioners to sit to share stories, or create stories in the natural environment. Here the children in the Lower Pre School listen to the story of Little Red Riding Hood sat on the logs. The children can then go onto re-enact the story or bring Little Red Riding Hood into their play in the garden.

Scarecrow Competition
We are inviting parents and children to take part in our scarecrow competition. All children's scarecrows will be displayed down the driveway. All entries will receive a prize and certificate. Please can all entries for the competition be in no later than Monday 27th October.

Collections
We are currently developing a mud kitchen in the front garden. Does anyone have any equipment or utensils that you no longer need at home that we could use? We are also developing a den area, we are collecting large pieces of material. We are also collecting pipes, bricks and materials for our new bug hotel.

Home Learning Ideas
We have a developed some home learning activity boxes that families can borrow at home. One is a creative activity that can be used with all ages and one is a heuristic basket which is suitable for under 2 years.

Dates for your diary
October 11th Shepherd Lodge Macmillan Coffee Morning 10 -12
October 11th Tempest Photography 10 - 12


September 2014

Allotment
The children visited the allotment in August, this is in preparation for our next topic which is Harvest/Autumn. The children talked to people at the allotment about the fruit and vegetables they were growing, they even gave us some fresh peas to try, we had fun counting them in their pods.

Harvest Festival
This year our Pre School's Harvest festival will take place on Tuesday 30th September at 2.30pm at St Anne's Parish church, everybody is invited to join us. Throughout September the Pre School children will be learning about what happens at Harvest time and about how fruit and vegetables are grown through stories, songs and activities. Our Harvest collection will start soon. We will be collecting foods such as tinned food, packets and sauces. Unfortunately we cannot take fresh foods to the church. Any donations will be appreciated.

Shepherd Lodge Ice Bucket Challenge
The team took there Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday 4th September, thank you to everyone who has sponsored the team we will let you know how much we have raised for charity.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Come and join us for our coffee morning Saturday 11th October 2014 10 - 12 pm. All the rooms will be set up for you to see and staff will be here to chat as well as raising money for a very important cause, pop along and enjoy some cake. The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. They ask people across the UK - and sometimes further afield - to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to hold a coffee morning, raising a record £20 million.

Tempest Photography
Tempest will be in the nursery on Saturday 11th October between 10 and 12 - you are more than welcome to come and have your child's/children's photographs taken. These make lovely Christmas presents.

Collections
We are currently developing a mud kitchen in the front garden. Does anyone have any equipment or utensils that you no longer need at home that we could use? We are also developing a den area, we are collecting large pieces of material. We are also collecting pipes, bricks and materials for our new bug hotel.

Home Learning Ideas
The children in the Pre School really enjoyed making perfume. They used assorted flower petals; they used a pestle and mortar to grind down the petals and then added water. This is a fantastic activity to do with your children at home in the garden. You will find further activity ideas in your child's room and around the nursery. Please feel free to help yourself and try them at home, this is a great opportunity to work alongside the nursery as partners in your child's learning.

Dates for your diary
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day
September 30th Harvest Festival 2.30pm (St Anne's Parish Church)
October 11th Shepherd Lodge Macmillan Coffee Morning 10 -12
October 11th Tempest Photography 10 - 12


August 2014

Club Day
Thank you to everyone who came and supported us on the float at St Annes Club Day, everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was a fantastic opportunity to support the local community. We were very excited when we were awarded first place for the float, as the children and staff worked extremely hard creating a lot of lovely artwork and a fantastic 'Rio' float.

Summer Fair
Even though the sun was not shining, it did not stop us from celebrating the pre-school graduation and enjoying all the different stalls at our fair. Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and supported our nursery fair.

Staff changes
Lisa Watson is going on maternity leave on Friday 8th August, she is due the beginning of September and we wish her lots of luck. Rachel Pendleton is going to be the baby room co-ordinator whilst Lisa is off on maternity. Rachel has previously worked in the baby room and will join the baby team from the 11th August. We are currently interviewing for a co-ordinator for the Lower Pre-School room.

As of September Laura Platt will be taking on a new role in the nursery. As a nursery we feel Laura's knowledge and experience can benefit the nursery in many ways and she will be leading education and practice within all of the rooms, working alongside the nursery practitioners and Katie. This new role will mean Laura will not be counted in the statutory ratios. Lesley Ormerwood has recently started at Shepherd Lodge and will be the new Pre School Teacher. Lesley has many years experience and has just completed her Foundation degree in Early Years Childcare and Education. Lesley will work four days Monday- Thursday whilst she completes her Ba honours degree. Lesley will work alongside Laura Maskell, Emma Falkingham and Abbey Brezzi who is completing an apprenticeship with us. Leanne Johnston will also move out of the pre-school and will be working with all the age groups in the nursery. All of the staff are excited about September and meeting the new children and we wish them the best of luck in their new roles.

Staff congratulations
We would like to congratulate Leanne Johnston and Lisa Taylor who have recently graduated from a BA (HONS) Early Childhood Studies Degree. They both worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them both.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Come and join us for our coffee morning Saturday 4th October 2014 10 - 12 pm. All the rooms will be set up for you to see and staff will be here to chat as well as raising money for a very important cause, pop along and enjoy some cake. The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. They ask people across the UK - and sometimes further a field - to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to hold a coffee morning, raising a record £20 million.

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.

Collections
We are currently developing a mud kitchen in the front garden. Does anyone have any equipment or utensils that you no longer need at home that we could use? We are also developing a den area, we are collecting large pieces of material. We also collecting pipes, bricks and

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

Getting To Know Your Baby
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.

Dates for your diary
August 7th Pre-School Leavers party - Disney theme
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day
October 4th Shepherd Lodge Macmillan Coffee Morning 10 -12


July 2014

Club Day
St Annes Club Day is Saturday 12th July 2014. Preparations for this years Club Day have now changed. Our theme for this year is 'Rio Carnival'. The float will be decorated like a jungle with palm trees, flowers and animals. The children are welcome to dress up as a bird, butterfly, and animal or in colourful clothing. Shepherd Lodge position is float 20 which will be on Clifton Drive North near Ashton Garden gates. To go on the float please meet between 9.00 am - 9.30 am. The float will be judged between 9.45 am - 10.15 am and the parade will start at 10.30 am.

Welcome to our science garden
As a nursery we have been enhancing the garden to support the child's learning and development. The first area we have concentrated on is the water area in the garden. The area of the EYFS that relates to science is Understanding the World, which covers three main areas: People and Communities, The World and Technology. The world encourages children to investigate and discover what different places are like, focusing on the natural and built environment. This area of learning should help children to understand things that occur such as animals, plants, trees, ponds as well as processes such as ice melting and transferring of water.

Parents Suggestion Box
We would really appreciate any feedback you could give us, we can use this as one of our self evaluation tools. The suggestion box is on the corner shelf next to the toddler door in the hallway.

Parents Questionnaire
Another form of self evaluation we would like to use is a questionnaire. This is attached to the bottom of this newsletter. We ask if parents can fill the questionnaire in and hand it back into Katie in the office.

Visit from the RSPCA
The children were visited by a RSPCA officer. The officer brought some chicks in for the children to see. The children asked a lot of questions and the officer spoke about different animals.

Pre School Leaving Dates
As school is fast approaching please could all pre school leavers hand in their leaving dates to Katie in the office. This would really support the running of the nursery and support the development of the other children in their transitions in moving rooms.

Sun Cream & Sun Hats
Now the weather is 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 for your diary
July 4th Bright Colour Day - part of the Rio float preparations
July 12th St Annes Club Day - Rio theme - meet at 9.00 am
July 19th Summer Fair 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
July 29th Parents Evening 6pm - 8pm - this date has been changed from the events on the website
August 7th Pre-School Leavers party - more details to follow
September 19th Jeans for Genes Day

Click here to download the NURSERY PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE


June 2014

Hen visits nursery
As part of our Farm topic a hen named Omelette came to visit the children at nursery, Omelette arrived in a box where the children had to guess what was in the box. The children made sure Omelette had hay and water whilst she was visiting. The children asked questions such as how may eggs does Omelette lay in a day? The children were very excited and this provided a talking point for the children speech and language development.

Heuristic Play
Heuristic play describes the activities of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of objects. These objects are things from the real world. Using heuristic play with babies stimulates all the senses, creating a rich learning experience. Heuristic play with babies revolves around the treasure basket which is a low sided round basket that is filled with objects of any material except plastic, and come from a variety of sources from nature and around the house. Here the babies are exploring heuristic play with pots and pans, cellophane and wooden boxes. If anyone would like to contribute to the heuristic collection please see the board in the hallway for some examples of what can be used.

Club Day
Preparations for this years Club Day have now changed. Our theme for this year is 'Rio Carnival'. This has changed from the topic farm, we are currently making a new plan and will display plans around the nursery early in the week commencing 9th June.

Pre School Leaving Dates
As school is fast approaching please could all pre school leavers hand in their leaving dates to Katie in the office. This would really support the running of the nursery and support the development of the other children in their transitions in moving rooms.

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 for your diary
June 15th Fathers Day
July 12th St Annes Club Day
July 19th Summer Fair 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
July 29th Parents Evening 6pm - 8pm - this date has been changed from the events on the website


May 2014

Easter Bonnet Parade
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Easter Bonnet Parade. It was lovely to see so many join in and decorate a bonnet. The children were excited to see Peppa Pig who came to give the children there prizes for joining in.

Club Day
Preparations for this years 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. We also intend to look at how farms help to keep us healthy. We will be looking at how farmers grow fresh produce that we eat and where our food comes from. The children will plant vegetables in the vegetable patch. 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. Would anyone like to come in and talk to the children first hand?

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.

Pre School Leaving Dates
As school is fast approaching please could all pre school leaders hand in their leaving dates to Katie in the office. This would really support the running of the nursery and support the development of the other children in their transitions in moving rooms.

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.

Camping
We are currently looking at enhancing the front garden and we are interested in creating a campsite. If anybody has any camping equipment they do not use or want anymore we would really appreciate it.

Graduation photo
Red Frog Photography will be coming in on the 2nd May 10.00 am to take individual and 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 Laura or Leanne in the pre school to arrange coming in for the photograph.

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

Dates for your diary
May 2nd Graduation photo - Red Frog Photography to take Pre School leavers photo
May 5th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 26th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 15th Fathers Day
July 12th St Annes Club Day
July 19th Summer Fair 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm


April 2014

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 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

Parents Evening
Thank you to all parents for attending the Spring term parents evening. This really gives us the opportunity to work in partnership with you to support your child's learning and development.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Shepherd Lodge is holding an Easter Bonnet Parade - everyone is welcome to make a bonnet and parents are welcome to watch the parade. The parade will take place in the garden on Thursday 17th April at 2.30 pm.

Garden
We have been developing and enhancing our garden areas. The children have been planting flowers and using natural resources such as twigs to build a nest. The lower pre school have also been helping to prepare the vegetable patch ready to plant different vegetables. We have also developed an area in the garden where the children are able to sit down on small benches and enjoy reading stories.

Camping
We are currently looking at enhancing the front garden and we are interested in creating a campsite. If anybody has any camping equipment they do not use or want anymore we would really appreciate it.

Graduation photo
Red Frog Photography will be coming in on the 2nd May 10.00 am to take individual and 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 Laura or Leanne in the pre school to arrange coming in for the photograph.

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

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

Dates for your diary
April 17th Easter Bonnet Parade - 2.30 pm in the garden
April 18th Good Friday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
April 21st Easter Monday Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 2nd Graduation photo - Red Frog Photography to take Pre School leavers photo
May 5th Early May Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
May 26th Spring Bank Holiday (nursery closed)
June 15th Fathers Day


March 2014

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 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

Late Club
Due to the high demand of the late club there will be a charge of £2.50. This will start Monday 31st March 14.

Gates
Can I remind everyone to close and lock all the gates behind you? There have been a number of times that the gates have been left unlocked. We treat safeguarding with a very high regard and believe in the importance of promoting this.

Staffing
We would like to announce Rachel Pendleton has a promotion and will be starting as the Lower Pre-school co-ordinator on the 31st March. Tippi Jensen who has been working at the nursery since October has moved into the Lower Pre School room to join Stacey, Gemma, and Lisa. We look forward to seeing this new team work together. I would also like to welcome Hollie to Shepherd Lodge, Hollie will be doing a job share with Dawn, Dawn has a new role in the nursery and will support all the rooms. Gemma will also be going on maternity leave on the 4th April. Gemma's baby is due May 25th. We all will miss Gemma but hopes she comes into nursery to see us all.

Parents Evening
The date of the parents evening has been moved to Tuesday 25th March 6.00 - 8.00 pm. Please book a 10 minute slot with your child's key worker. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and share targets and ideas between nursery and home.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Shepherd Lodge is holding an Easter Bonnet Parade - everyone is welcome to make a bonnet and parents are welcome to watch the parade. The parade will take place in the garden on Thursday 17th April at 2.30 pm.

Camping
We are currently looking at enhancing the front garden and we are interested in creating a campsite. If anybody has any camping equipment they do not use or want anymore we would really appreciate it.

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

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

Dates for your diary
March 4th - Shrove Tuesday
March 6th - World Book day
March 21st - Sports Relief
March 25th - Spring Term Parents Evening 6:00 - 8:00pm
March 30th - Mothering Sunday
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 - Fathers Day


February 2014

Welcome
We would like to welcome all the children that have recently started, we hope you all soon settle in to Shepherd Lodge.

Parking
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.

Staffing
We would like to welcome Kathryn Cunningham to Shepherd Lodge nursery. Kathryn has an advanced BTEC in early years and education and will be joining our baby room team. We would also like to welcome Lisa Robinson who will be joining the lower preschool room. Lisa has a Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. We are looking forward to Kathryn and Lisa joining our team and the new ideas they bring to the setting.

Tempest Photography
On Saturday 1st March Tempest Photographers will be at the nursery from 9.30am till 12pm. You are welcome to bring your child/children along to have their photograph taken. If you would like your child to have their photograph taken please book a time slot in the office with Katie or Laura. Siblings are welcome to join their brother/sister if you would like a family photograph taken. These would be ideal for Mothers Day gifts. Tempest photography advise not to wear red to this photograph session.

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

RNLI Day
The nursery had a visit from the local RNLI crew. The children were able to go on the boat and ask lots of questions. As a nursery we like to promote the RNLI and the life saving work they do promoting water safety.

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

Pirates
For the past few weeks the children in the lower pre school and pre school rooms have been enjoying our topic of pirates! It has been a brilliant way of developing the children's learning through activities such as treasure hunts, pirate role play, stories, map making and obstacle courses.

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/

'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.

Dates for your diary
February 14th Valentine's Day
March 1st Tempest Mother's Day Photographs 9.30 - 12.00pm
March 4th Shrove Tuesday
March 4th Spring Term Parents Evening 6:00 - 8:00pm
March 6th world book day
March 21st Sports Relief
March 30th Mothering Sunday
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 Fathers Day


January 2014

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 2014. <

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

Staff changes
Stacey Madden will be leaving the Pre School on the 10th January; Stacey has a job as a pre school leader at a children centre in Blackpool. Leanne Johnston will be moving from the Lower Pre School room to work in the pre- school with Laura and Claire. We are currently interviewing for a new co-ordinator for the lower Pre School.

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

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

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

Dates for your diary
Thursday 2nd January 2014 - Nursery reopens at 8.00 am
Friday 31st January 2014 - RNLI Day
Tuesday 4th March 2014 - Parents Evening
Friday 21st March 2014 - Sports Relief


December 2013

Parents Evening
Thank you for attending this terms parents evening. This is a great way to share your child's experiences and development. If you were unable to attend please see your child's key worker who will be able to arrange a more convenient time.

Children in Need
This year Shepherd Lodge's theme for Children in Need was a pyjama party. We raised £68.00 which was a fantastic amount.

Outdoor Play
The children and staff have enjoyed experiencing the outdoor weather this month with exploring the natural materials available to us such as developing gross motor skills and social development when building dens. Using logs for co-ordination and balance when balancing on rocks and developing their mathematical skills in scavenger hunts involving sorting through items we have found such as by size or colour. We also had an adventure in the garden, using the magic key and a little help from our imaginations we were transported to an enchanted forest abundant with dinosaurs, foxes and Gruffalo's. Here we developed the children's language skills, encouraging them to join in and asking open ended questions, we then talked about safety as the children experienced a real campfire in a safe environment. The campfire gave the practitioner's a great opportunity to talk about safety and develop the children's communication and language skills, we all enjoyed toasting our marshmallows at the end before carefully putting the fire out.

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

Christmas Fair
We will be holding our Christmas Fair on Sunday 15th December 2013 from 12pm - 2pm. I am writing to businesses to ask if they would like to sponsor the event or if they would like to donate a prize for the raffle. We would like to raise money for SANDS charity which is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

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

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

Dates for your diary
Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day - Everyone is invited to wear a Christmas jumper
Sunday 15th December - Christmas Fair 12pm - 2 pm
Monday 16th December - Pre School Nativity Play - 2.30 pm
Wednesday 24th December - The nursery closes for Christmas at 5.30 pm - there will be no late club on Christmas Eve
Thursday 2nd January 2014 - Nursery reopens at 8.00 am


November 2013

Halloween
The children have enjoyed exploring and taking part in all the Halloween activities. The children dug for pumpkins in the vegetable patch, went on spooky walks through the den, made pumpkin soup and prepared pumpkins for the competition. The children prepared artwork for the nursery and the babies painted their pumpkin with their fingers.

Tropic Make-up and Skincare Party
We would like to invite parents and friends to our Tropic and Skincare Party. The night will be held by a parent of the nursery - the night will involve a talk, demonstration and a chance to try the products before you buy. The evening will take place Wednesday 6th November, the evening will start at 7 p.m. and there will be a raffle and refreshments.

Parents Evening
This term Parents' Evening is on Thursday 21st 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 your childs key worker to book an appointment.

Children in Need
This year the nursery is supporting Children in Need on 15th November. The nursery theme this year is a pyjama party. All we ask is your child attends nursery in their pyjamas with a doll and teddy and brings along a donation of £1 for the cause.

Christmas Fair
We will be holding our Christmas Fair on Sunday 15th December 2013 from 12pm - 2pm. I am writing to businesses to ask if they would like to sponsor the event or if they would like to donate a prize for the raffle. We would like to raise money for SANDS charity which is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

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.

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

Sewing
Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 6th November - Tropic Make-up and Skincare Party - 7 p.m.
Friday 15th November - Children in Need - Dress up in your pyjamas.
Thursday 21st November - Parents Evening 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Sunday 15th December - Christmas Fair 12pm - 2 pm
Monday 16th December - Pre School Nativity Play - 2.30 pm
Wednesday 24th December - The nursery closes for Christmas at 5.30 pm
Thursday 2nd January 2014 - Nursery reopens at 8.00 am


October 2013

Autumn topic
Autumn is a great time to play outdoors. The children have been going on autumn walks and collecting conkers, fir cones, leaves and sycamores. The pre school children also took part in their Harvest festival at St Annes Parish Church, the children collected food and made a hamper to give to the church.

Tropic Make-up and Skincare Party
We would like to invite parents and friends to our Tropic and Skincare Party. The night will be held by a parent of the nursery - the night will involve a talk, demonstration and a chance to try the products before you buy. The evening will start at 7 p.m. and there will be a raffle and refreshments.

Label clothing
Can we ask all parents to label their child's clothing and possessions; this will help ensure that clothes do not go missing.

Christmas Fair
We will be holding our Christmas Fair on Sunday 15th December 2013 from 12pm - 2pm. I am writing to businesses to ask if they would like to sponsor the event or if they would like to donate a prize for the raffle. We would like to raise money for SANDS charity which is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Parental Involvement
At Shepherd 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 Katie in the office.

Sewing
Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 1st October - Pre School's Harvest Festival 2.30 St Annes Parish Church
Saturday 26th October - Tempest photography - 9.30 - 12.00 - you are welcome to come as a family and have your photographs taken
Wednesday 6th November - Tropic Make-up and Skincare Party - 7 p.m.
Sunday 15th December - Christmas Fair


September 2013

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

Healthy Body, Happy Me topic
As part of the healthy eating topic the children have visited Shepherd Road allotments. The children were able to explore the allotments whilst asking questions and were able to have a look in the potting sheds. The children came back with carrots, tomatoes and cucumber.

Sand Kitchen
We have a new sand kitchen in the garden! The children have enjoyed making sand pies and investigating the sand.

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

Please could you help us…..?
We would be grateful if you could bring in any old pots, pans, utensils, containers or chopping boards to help us develop our sand kitchen. Here is an idea of how we would like our sand kitchen to look in the future.

Pre-School Open Evening with Alistair Clegg
We would like to invite all the parents of children who are moving up to the pre-school in September to attend our Pre-School Open Evening on Wednesday 9th October, time to be arranged. The evening will take place at The Solaris Centre, Blackpool. We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for the evening will be Early Years Educational professional Alistair Bryce-Clegg. Alistair will be discussing early year's education, the implication of good quality play, and how this promotes development in subjects such as numeracy and literacy. The evening will provide parents with 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 Katie or Laura, 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.

Parental Involvement
At Shepherd 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 Katie in the office.

Sewing
Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
14th and 15th September - Pop up Beach Event - please see poster underneath
Friday 20th September - Jeans for Genes Day - All staff and children are invited to wear jeans - Jeans for Genes day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders.
Tuesday 1st October - Pre School's Harvest Festival 2.30 St Annes Parish Church
Wednesday 9th October- Alistair Clegg Evening - Learning through play: Solaris Centre all preschool parents invited.


August 2013

Summer Fair
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Summer Fair. It was lovely to see how much fun everyone was having.

Healthy Body, Happy Me topic
The lower pre school and pre school children are learning all about being healthy. The children have been visiting the greengrocers and learning all about how fruit and vegetables are good for our body. The children have also been undertaking obstacle courses and making smoothies.

Payment of fees
Thank you to every parent who pays their fees on time, your support is very much appreciated. Fees are payable monthly or under exceptional circumstances weekly, in advance, and are due on or before the first of each month / week. Because of the way in which our accounting procedures operate, late fees will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. We respectfully ask that parents call into the nursery manager's office to pay fees and not leave cheques or money in their child's room. If you wish to pay your fees by card please call Jayne or Anita on 01253 781611. Due to recent circumstances cash is no longer accepted as payment in the nursery.

Parental Involvement
At Shepherd 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 Katie in the office.

Sewing
Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines

Dates for your diary
Thursday 8th August - Parents Evening - 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm - Please see your child's key worker to make an appointment
Thursday 15th August - Pre School Leavers Party 2.30 pm - 4 pm
Monday 26th August - Summer Bank Holiday (Nursery Closed)
Wednesday 9th October- Alistair Clegg Evening - Learning through play: Solaris Centre all Lower preschool and preschool parents invited.


July 2013

Club Day
Thank you to everyone who joined us on the float at St Annes Club Day. It was lovely to see how much the children enjoyed themselves, the nursery won 1st prize for the float.

Staff changes
Lisa Watson has began her maternity leave, the children and staff will miss Lisa whilst she is away. Rachel Pendleton will take on the role of Baby Room co-ordinator whilst Lisa is on maternity leave. Rachel has spent time in the baby room over the last month room to get to know all the babies. Grace Chester will move to Clifton Lodge Nursery in September to work in the 2-3s room, Grace has completed her apprenticeship with us and we are pleased that she is staying in the company as a full time Early Years Practitioner. We welcome Stacey Madden to Shepherd Lodge, Stacey will work full time in the pre-school with Laura. Stacey previously worked at Clifton Lodge Nursery, we are really pleased that Stacey will be joining us in our pre-school team. Stacey will spend a lot of time in pre-school so it is a smooth transition for the children.

Staff news
Congratulations to Leanne Johnston, Stacey Madden and Lisa Taylor who graduated this month. They have a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Early Years. They have worked extremely hard over the last three years studying in their spare time from work. Grace Chester has also gained her Level 2 in Childcare and Learning.

Summer Fair and Graduation
This year the Pre School graduation will take place on Saturday 27th July from 12pm until 2pm. The graduation will take place at 12pm, if your child is leaving for school this year please arrive at 11.45 in good time for the staff to get the children ready. There are plenty of different stalls at the fair such as a raffle, tombola, hook a duck and bouncy castle. This is a lovely afternoon to share with us.

Nursery fees
The fees will not be going up in September; the fees will be staying the same price. Please can all fees be paid at the beginning of the month for that month?

Sewing
Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Sun safety
Can I remind all parents to provide sun cream and a hat for your child? It is very important to protect your child from the dangers from the sun; the children also enjoy exploring the garden and activities in this lovely weather.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Saturday 6th July - St Anne's Club Day - the children are welcome to join us on the float - the theme this year is ‘superheros. Please ask your child's key worker for anymore details.
Saturday 27th July - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair - 12 pm - 2 pm
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events
Thursday 8th August - Parents Evening - 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm - Please see your child's key worker to make an appointment


June 2013

Club Day
Our theme for Club Day this year is Superheroes on Saturday 6th July 2013. The float will leave Clifton Lodge approximately 8.45 am to head towards its position near Ashton Gardens. All the children and parents need to get on the float at Clifton Lodge. The float will then be judged at 9.30 am for the parade to start at 10 am. The parade goes through the square, over the crescent and down to Church Road, it then goes back down St Albans and back through the Square and finishes where the judging takes place.

We Are All Superheroes
As part of our topic of superheroes we have been carrying out our superhero missions, last week we went to the Greengrocers and retrieved our first motto- "Always eat your fruit and vegetables!" The children enjoyed following the map to the greengrocers and weighing and counting out the fruit and vegetables, extending their problem solving and numeracy skills. Over the next few weeks leading up to Club day we will be carrying out similar missions to gain our next mottos. The children each have their very own mission diary where their missions are recorded each time they are completed. You could even help your child achieve missions at home by carrying out the ‘home missions' section in your child's diary.

Summer Fair and Graduation
This year the Pre School graduation will take place on Saturday 27th July from 12pm until 2pm. The graduation will take place at 12pm, if your child is leaving for school this year please arrive at 11.45 in good time for the staff to get the children ready. There are plenty of different stalls at the fair such as a raffle, tombola, hook a duck and bouncy castle. This is a lovely afternoon to share with us.

Nursery fees
The fees will not be going up in September; the fees will be staying the same price. Please can all fees be paid at the beginning of the month for that month?

Sewing
Thank you to Matthew's Grandma Kath who made the lovely Superhero bunting for the hallway. Would anyone be able to make us some small cloth bags for us to develop some story sacks to take home?

Late Club
Can I remind parents about Shepherd Lodge late club? This runs from 5.30 - 6.00pm and is no extra charge to the parents. Each night the children enjoy a different club such as physical club and baking club. The children have a lot of fun and I can see how successful it is being by how busy it gets. If you would like to book your child into late club please see Katie or Laura in the office.

Sun safety
Can I remind all parents to provide sun cream and a hat for your child? It is very important to protect your child from the dangers from the sun; the children also enjoy exploring the garden and activities in this lovely weather.

Updates
Please can all parents fill in an update form if any circumstances change relating to your child? Such as dietary needs, change in medicine etc.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Sunday 16th June - Fathers Day
Saturday 6th July - St Anne's Club Day - the children are welcome to join us on the float - the theme this year is ‘superheros. Please ask your child's key worker for anymore details.
Saturday 27th July - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair - 12 pm - 2 pm
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events


May 2013

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.

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.

Lower Pre-School
Over the last couple of months the lower pre-school have been undertaking activities focusing on their personal and social emotional development such as promoting manners and being kind to others and sharing. The children helped to make golden rules and we spoke about what makes us happy and what makes us sad. They made pictures of different feelings and told us why they felt that way. The children have been practising taking turns and helping their friends. Manners are also something which the nursery likes to promote. In lower pre school the children are always reminded to say please and thank you. We now know the sign for thank you. This is all helpful in developing personal, social and emotional skills. The subject of manners is very relevant in the media this week. Elizabeth Truss Education Minister declared that nurseries were producing a generation of toddlers with no manners, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312657/A-generation-unruly-toddlers-Childcare-Minister-Elizabeth-Truss-ill-judged-claims-nursery-children-arent-taught-manners.html.This statement has been met with criticism from early years experts along with Learning Curve Nursery Group. We pride ourselves on promoting good manners and supporting the children's personal, social and emotional development.

Front garden
Due to the bad winter the front garden's lawn suffered, leaving it with large areas without any grass. Over the next few weeks' parts of the garden will be fenced off to allow the reseeding of the lawn, hopefully this will help it to recover.

Updates
Please can all parents fill in an update form if any circumstances change relating to your child. Such as dietary needs, change in medicine etc.

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 Shepherd 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 Katie or Laura in the office.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Monday 6th May - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Friday 10th May - Pre School Graduation photo - 10.00 - all Pre-School children can attend - published in the gazette
Monday 27th May - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Sunday 16th June - Fathers Day
Saturday 6th July - St Anne's Club Day - the children are welcome to join us on the float - the theme this year is ‘superhero's. Please ask your child's keyworker for anymore details.
Saturday 27th July - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair - 12 pm - 2 pm
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events


April 2013

Shepherd Lodge Late Club
The nursery is starting a late club on the 02.04.2013 which will run from 5.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. There are 10 places available for children to attend; you need to book your child in at the office for the place. There will be a lot of exciting activities taking place such as gardening and football. Please see Katie in the office if you would like to book a slot. Monday's late club is Physical club, Tuesday is Imaginative club, Wednesday is Baking club, Thursday is Art and craft club and Friday is Movie club.

Spring Parents Evening
Thank you to everyone who attended the parents evening on 28th March, if were unable to attend but would like to book an alternative date please see your child's key worker who will be able to arrange a suitable time. The parents evening is a good opportunity for practitioners to work alongside parents and support your child's development.

Staff
We would like to welcome Laura Maskell from Clifton Lodge. Laura has worked for the company for 2 ½ years and previously worked at Shepherd Lodge in 2010. Laura is going to be working part time at Shepherd Lodge whilst she goes back to university to gain a Masters Degree in Play Therapy. We would also like to welcome Claire Dixon-Smith who will be training to be a modern apprentice working in the lower pre school room.

Spring
This month Pre School have been covering the topic of ‘Spring', which has naturally progressed onto a new topic of life-cycles. The children have been learning all about various different life cycles including caterpillar to butterfly, tadpole to frog and seed to plant and flower. The children are watching how the caterpillars grow and will soon be observing as they form their cocoons and turn into beautiful butterflies before we release them outside. Along with lots of other learning opportunities, the children will be gaining an understanding of symmetry, using dance as a form of expression when acting out a life cycle and developing communication skills through talking about the changes we see and sharing ideas.

Gates
To ensure the safety of the children, may we remind parents to keep all the gates inside and outside of the nursery shut at all times.

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

Winter clothing
Can all parents remember to bring wellies, gloves, hats and scarves? The children enjoy exploring the outdoors but do need suitable winter clothing even though it is April (the winter weather is still upon us).

Signing children in and out
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.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
Monday 6th May - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Friday 10th May - Pre School Graduation photo - 10.00 - all Pre-School children can attend - published in the gazette
Monday 27th May - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Sunday 16th June - Fathers Day
Saturday 6th July - St Anne's Club Day - the children are welcome to join us on the float - the theme this year is ‘our heros'. Please ask your child's keyworker for anymore details.
Saturday 27th July - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair - 12 pm - 2 pm

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


March 2013

Fairy Ring
Over the past few weeks the pre school children have been developing their special fairy garden in the outdoor area. As Spring approaches and the fairies return back to their tree, the children have been making glass lanterns, fairy dust and sending them welcome notes, developing their imagination and writing skills along the way. Please feel free to visit our fairies at any time. If you are very quiet you may even spot one cooking or helping our vegetables grow!

World Book Day
Thursday 7th March is World Book Day. The children have been learning all about the importance of books and developing their knowledge of stories. The children and staff are invited to dress as their favourite story book character for the day to encourage stories to be shared. You may like to join in with our competition and take a photograph of your child reading in an unusual place. The most creative photograph may win a prize.

Forest school activities
During the month of March the children in the Pre school room will be attending further forest school activities at Hope Street Park led by our local sure start centre; Oak Tree. These afternoons have been a big success with both the children and staff gaining so much from the activities. Oak Tree Children's Centre is based in St Anne's and offer lots of sessions for the family on various days. The children's centre welcome any new families to register with them, if you are interested in registering with the centre please see a member of the pre school for more information.

Chatterbox Challenge
The children took part in the chatterbox challenge where all the children who attended on Wednesday 6th March sang and signed Miss Polly had a Dolly. The aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of the importance of speech and language. To co inside with the challenge the nursery is starting to use a sign of the week to encourage communication with the children who are unable to communicate through speech. The first sign is ‘hello'. The next sign will be thank you. Please ask the practitioners in the room to become involved in signing.

Parents Evening
Spring term parents evening will take place on Thursday 28th March 6.00pm until 8.00 pm. The meeting is for 10 minutes with your child's key worker. It gives you time to talk about your child's development and share the targets set for your child. This will support the partnership between nursery and parents/carers. If you would like to make an appointment please ask your child's key worker, if you are unable to attend you are more than welcome to ask for an alternative time which suits you better.

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/

Sign of the week - ‘Thank you'

Working flat hand (palm back, pointing up) fingers in front of bottom lip, make a short forward movement.

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Dates for your diary
Friday 1st March 2013 - Chatterbox Challenge Week
Thursday 7th March 2013 - World Book Day
Sunday 10th March 2013 - Mothers Day
Friday 15th March 2013 - Comic relief - dress up as a chef for the day
Thursday 28th March 2013 - Parents Evening - 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm
Friday 29th April 2013 - Good Friday - Nursery closed
Monday 1st April 2013 - Easter Monday - Nursery closed

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


February 2013

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

Book Library
Shepherd Lodge has started a book library which is situated in the hallway, where children are able to borrow the books to read at home and then return back to nursery after they have finished. This kind of shared experience is believed to further support the acquisition of literacy by encouraging interest and motivation towards books and reading.

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

People who help us
The children have been learning about people who help us in our community. The RNLI lifeboat, Fire engine and the police have visited the nursery this month.

Sainsbury's vouchers
The nursery is collecting the vouchers - the collection point is in the box in the porch. We collect the vouchers to get active and cooking equipment for the children.

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

Forest Schools Course
The pre school children have been attending a Forest Schools Course at Hope Street Park. During the Forest School Outing, Julie the Forest School leader showed us how to paint in the snow using food colouring. We also made mini snowmen from plant pots and twigs and a giant snowman picture using coloured ice fruits, leaves and sticks. We learnt all about using natural resources in the environment to enhance our learning such as nest building.

Signing children in and out
ach 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.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks, old mobile phones and children's magazines.

Dates for your diary
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


January 2013

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.

Staff changes
We are delighted to announce that Lisa Watson is now the baby room co-ordinator and has worked for the company for 6 years. Lisa finished her Foundation Degree in June and has already started to put what she has learnt into practice. Lucy MacKenzie will also be covering in the kitchen as nursery cook whilst Babs is off on maternity leave. Lucy has a NVQ 2 in Professional Cookery and will maintain a high standard of care in the children's dietary needs.

Baby news
We would like to congratulate Helen Turpie (owner) and Barbara Illingworth (cook) who have both had a baby. Helen gave birth on the 4th December to Lottie and Barbara gave birth to Arabella on the 23rd December. We hope they both enjoy there time off on maternity leave.

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

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

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
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
The nursery has been developing story sacks which are a bag with a book in with supporting materials to stimulate language activities and make reading a memorable and enjoyable experience. 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 Katie in the office.

Collections
We are currently collecting buttons, keys, shells, corks and old mobile phones.

Charity news
Katherine Surtees 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.

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

Dates for your diary
25th January - RNLI 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


December 2012

Parents Evening
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the parents evening, this gives us an opportunity to be able to share your child's targets and development with you. If you were unable to attend your child's parents evening but would like to meet with your child's key worker please see either your key worker or the room co-ordinator who can arrange an available time for you.

Shoe Box Appeal
Thank you to all the parents who donated a shoe box. We were able to donate 24 boxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Sunday 16th December 12.00pm - 2.00pm. If you would like to donate any prizes for the tombola or raffle they would be appreciated. We hope that you can come along and join in the fun of the day.

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

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



Fudge The Rabbit

Would you like to come and visit Fudge over the Christmas holiday?



Fudge would love visitors at the weekends and over Christmas, he gets very lonely at times. Would you and your family like to come and visit him? Fudge has become a much loved pet for the children, he not only teaches them about how to care for animals but he also helps to develop their personal, social and emotional development such as expressing feelings and showing care. If you would like to visit please see Katie S in the office who has a rota.


Dates for your diary
Wednesday 12th December 2012 - Pre School Nativity - 2.30 Everyone is welcome to come and watch at the church. Sunday 16th December 2012 - Christmas Fair - 12 - 2

Christmas Dates
The nursery will be open on Monday 24th December and close at 5.30 pm, the nursery will then re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 8.00 am.

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

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


November 2012

Card payments
The nursery now is able to take debit/credit card payments to pay for fees. To use this method you need to ring Jayne our accounts administrator on 01253 781611 who will be able to process this for you. There is no charge to use a debit card but there is a 2 % process charge to pay by credit card.

Staff changes
Katie Fox will be leaving Shepherd Lodge in November to pursue a different career in early years. Katie has worked for the company for five years and worked from a modern apprentice to deputy manager. We will be sad to see Katie leave but wish her all the luck for her future. I am pleased to announce that Laura Platt will be taking over the role as pre-school coordinator and deputy manager. Laura has worked for the company for 8 years, and gained B.A. Hons Degree and Early Years Professional Status in 2011.

Leanne Johnston also recently became the Lower Pre School Co-ordinator taking over from Nicola Pate who recently left. Leanne has worked for the company for 9 years and has been co-ordinator of all the different ages over the three nurseries. Leanne is currently in her third year of her Foundation Degree and is putting what she is learning at university into practice in the nursery. We look forward to all the exciting activities planned in the coming months.

Charlene Pearson is also covering Bab's maternity leave in the kitchen. Charlene is looking at introducing some new dishes into the menu, and over the next coming months the staff and children will be sampling her new culinary delights.

Mobile phone policy
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. The policy is at the bottom of this month's newsletter.

Parents Evening
The Autumn Term Parents Evening is the 29th November 2012, 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm. 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 your child's keyworker in the office to book an appointment.

Christmas Fair
This year's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 16th December 12.00pm - 2.00pm. 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.

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.

Labelling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labelled; this includes cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes, clothing and bedding. 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.

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

Dates for your diary :
Friday 16th November - Children in Need
Thursday 29th November 2012 - Parents Evening
Wednesday 12th December 2012 - Pre School Nativity - 2.30 pm
Sunday 16th December 2012 - Christmas Fair - 12 - 2

Christmas Dates - The nursery will be open on Monday 24th December and close at 5.30 pm, the nursery will then re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 8.00 am.

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

Use of Mobile phones

The setting recognises that staff need access to mobile phones; however this is undertaken in their own time and does not detract from the quality of supervision, care and education of the children.

Mobile phone technology may not be used to take photographs anywhere in the nursery settings, grounds or on an outing. The setting uses digital camera to take photos or videos to record visual information. The mobile phones used in the setting do not have a camera/video built in. The setting uses a mobile phone only for outings where emergency contact telephone numbers are also taken.

Staff are to keep their phones locked away in the lockers and only used in the staffroom on their breaks and lunches, and should be on silent. Mobile phones are not to be used in the children's rooms, bathrooms or gardens.

Visitors, volunteers, and students must also follow this policy. Parents are to be told during settling in visits not to use their phone in the setting. Visitors, volunteers and students are to be told on their initial visit. An explanation about safeguarding the children will be explained.

If staff are waiting for an important call they are to give the works phone number. They must inform the duty manager beforehand and give as much notice as possible. Calls are to be kept to a minimum.

Failure to adhere to this policy will lead to disciplinary action

Date the policy was adopted: 24th October 2012

Date for review: 24th October 2013


October 2012

Operation Christmas Child
Would you like to donate a shoebox to the world's largest children's Christmas project? Please take a leaflet with all the information on how to create your shoebox and what you can and can't put in the shoebox, it also has a sticker to say whether you have made it for a boy or girl and the age between 2-4 5-9 or 10-14. There is also a small donation to be made of £2.50. When you have made your shoebox please bring it all back to nursery to be sent away to less fortunate children around the world. The shoe market have kindly donated 45 shoe boxes so if your unable to get hold of a shoe box then please ask Jenny or Charlene and they will be able to get them for you. Shoeboxes need to be back at nursery by the Week commencing 5.11.12. If you have anymore queries please ask Charlene or Jenny.

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.

Labelling
Please can all parents ensure that all your child's belongings are labelled; this includes cups, bottles, dummies, comfort toys, shoes, clothing and bedding. A good website to have a look at is 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.

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 shed at the back 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.

Dates for your diary
5th October - Jeans for Genes Day - Children are welcome to come to nursery in jeans and donate money towards to the Genetic Disorders UK.
16th October - Pink day - Children are invited to dress in the colour pink and make a small donation towards the Breast Cancer Campaign.
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events

Applying for School
To make the process of applying for a place at school as easy as possible, parents must either apply online or complete a paper application form before January 2012. Completed paper application should be returned to your local Area Education Office details about this are as follows.


September 2012

We would like to welcome all the new parents and children to Shepherd 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:

Fudge the Rabbit - Fudge would love more visitors at the weekends, he gets very lonely at times. Would you and your family like to come and visit him? Fudge has become a much loved pet for the children, he not only teaches them about how to care for animals but he also helps to develop their personal, social and emotional development such as expressing feelings and showing care. If you would like to visit please see Katie S in the office who has a rota.

Pre-School Harvest Festival - The Pre School Harvest Festival takes place on the 2nd October at St Annes Parish Church at 2.30 p.m. The children take part by performing songs and showing the church and parents what they have learnt about Harvest. Anyone is welcome to watch the Pre School perform at the church. There is also a harvest collection in the hallway.

Pre-School uniform - If any children would like to order a uniform please see Katie S in the office.

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.

Dates for your diary
2nd October - Pre School Harvest Festival
5th October - Jeans for Genes Day - Children are welcome to come to nursery in jeans and donate money towards to the Genetic Disorders UK.
5th October - Jeans for Genes Day

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


August 2012

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

Parents Evening - Thank you to all the parents who attended the parents evening. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet with your child's key worker to talk about your child's development and future targets.

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. 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.

The Olympics 2012 - The children have been enjoying taking part in lots of Olympic activities ranging from creative activities such as making medals, to taking part in racing activities in the garden, and marching in an Olympic opening ceremony. This is a photo of the children marching with pom poms and playing musical instruments to mark the opening of the Shepherd Lodge Nursery Olympic Games 2012.

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.

Tiny treasures - 10.00 - 11.30 am (Crawling to 4 years)

Pre-School uniform - If any children would like to order a uniform please see Katie in the office.

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.

Dates for your diary
27th July - Olympic Games activities taking place at nursery
19th August - Eid-ul-Fitr
17th September - Pre School Harvest Festival
5th October - Jeans for Genes Day

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


July 2012

St Annes Club Day - Well done and thank you to everyone that helped and took part in St Anne's Club day. The nursery float looked lovely and we were delighted to win 1st place with our Diamond Jubilee float. Thank you to all the families who cheered us on and supported us through the parade. Club Day is a lovely day and the children thoroughly enjoy themselves. We are already thinking of ideas for next year's theme.

Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair - Thank you to all those parents who came and supported the nursery at our summer fair. It was a lovely day and we were very lucky with the weather. The graduation ceremony was really emotional, having to say goodbye to all our little graduates. It is also nice that we can celebrate how well the children have progressed in their time at nursery. Thank you to all parents that contributed to the charity raffle, which raised £68.00 and has been donated to the Down Syndrome charity.

Fudge the Rabbit - Fudge would love more visitors at the weekends, he gets very lonely at times. Would you and your family like to come and visit him? Fudge has become a much loved pet for the children, he not only teaches them about how to care for animals but he also helps to develop their personal, social and emotional development such as expressing feelings and showing care. If you would like to visit please see Katie S in the office who has a rota.

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 Katie 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.

Pre-School uniform - If any children would like to order a uniform please see Katie S in the office. The sweatshirts are £8.40 and the polo top is £7.40. An order form can be collected from the office.

Golf - The roads around nursery will be closing for the Open Golf Championship 2012. A lot of the roads will be no waiting, so please take care when dropping off and picking up your child. St Annes Road East outside nursery will be no waiting.

Pre- School Leaving Dates - It is always sad to see the Pre-School children leave Shepherd Lodge to go to school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Katie so your child's profile is up-to-date and ready to take with you? We wish all our families good luck for the future and hope you will pop in and see us soon.

Dates for your diary
Thursday 26th July 2012 - Parents Evening 6.15 pm - 8 pm


June 2012

St Annes Club Day - Shepherd Lodge will be taking part in St Annes Club Day's Parade on the 7th July. The theme for our float this year is the Diamond Jubilee, so you will see a lot of artwork being started to dress the float. The children are welcome to join us on the float and dress up in the jubilee theme such as red, white and blue, union jack or even a soldier, prince or princess. Please would you put your child's name down if you wish for them to go on the float? The float will be decorated at Clifton Lodge Nursery. This is where we will be meeting in the morning and travelling from on the float to the meeting point in the square. The float will leave the nursery at 08.45 a.m. Please arrive at Clifton Lodge from 8.15 a.m. The float will leave Clifton Lodge and make its way to our position point to be judged at 9.30 a.m. The parade will start at 10.30 a.m. and makes its way around the main streets of St .Annes. The float will stop near its starting position to allow the children off after the parade.

Shepherd Lodge Summer Day - Shepherd Lodge will be holding their Summer Fair on Saturday 30th June 12.00 - 2.00 pm. The date for this has changed from previously advertised. The fair will start with the pre-school graduation. There will then be stalls such as a raffle, tombola, coconut shy, bouncy castle and refreshments. Please come and along and bring your family. If anyone would like to donate any prizes for the Tombola or the Raffle they are gratefully received.

Fudge the Rabbit - Fudge lives at nursery and he was wondering if anyone would like to visit him at the weekend to say hello and to feed him. If anyone would like to visit Fudge please come and see Katie S in the office.

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 Katie 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.

Staffing - I would like to welcome Leanne Johnston to our team. Leanne has worked for Learning Curve Nursery for 9 years. Leanne has an NVQ 4 in Child Care and education and has currently finished her second year in her Foundation Degree. Leanne will be joining the pre-school team.

Road works - Shepherd Road will be closed from Monday 11th June - Tuesday 3rd July. This will affect the parking when dropping off and picking up your child. Please leave enough time when picking your child up from nursery.

Golf - The roads around nursery will be closing for the Open Golf Championship 2012. A lot of the roads will be no waiting, so please take care when dropping off and picking up your child.

Pre-School Leaving Dates - It is always sad to see the Pre-School children leave Shepherd Lodge to go to school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Katie so your child's profile is up-to-date and ready to take with you?

Dates for your diary
Saturday 30th June 2012 - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair 12p.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 7th July 2012 - St Annes Club Day Parade
Thursday 26th July 2012 - Parents Evening 6.15 pm - 8 pm

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


May 2012

St Annes Club Day - Shepherd Lodge will be taking part in St Annes Club Day's Parade on the 7th July. The theme for our float this year is the Diamond Jubilee, so you will see a lot of artwork being started over the next few weeks. The children are welcome to join us on the float and dress up in the jubilee theme such as red, white and blue, union jack or even a soldier, prince or princess. The details of meeting times will follow, please take note of the parents notice board.

Pre School Information Parents Evening - Thank you for attending the Pre School information evening. This gave us a fantastic opportunity to explain the activities we undertake in Pre School, and the reason why the activities take place and how they develop your child. The Pre School will be open on Thursday 24th May 5.30 - 7.00 pm. This will give those parents who are moving to the Pre School a chance to see the Pre School room and meet the staff. The Pre School children are able to wear a uniform which helps prepare the children for school, if anyone would like a uniform form please ask Katie in the office. The path to Pre-School will also be closing and all children and parents need to use the main entrance to enter and leave the nursery. I am sure you understand this supports the nurseries Safeguarding Policy. This will take affect from the beginning of June.

The Diamond Jubilee - The nursery will be closed on Tuesday 5th June as part of the bank holiday weekend to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The nursery will celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee by having a jubilee picnic on Friday 1st June. The children are welcome to dress up in red, white and blue. They will take part in a jubilee parade and other jubilee activities.

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 Katie 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 if you wish to make changes to your child's attendance.

New Bank Account - Please can all parents ensure you have changed your standing order to the new bank account as the old bank account will no longer be used after the 30th May. Please can all cheques be written to Learning Curve (Lancashire) Ltd.

Roadworks - Singleton Avenue will be closed from Monday 30th April 2012 - Friday 8th June
Shepherd Road will be closed from Monday 11th June - Tuesday 3rd July. This will affect the parking when dropping off and picking your child up. Please leave enough time when picking your child up from nursery.

Pre- School Leaving Dates - It is always sad to see the Pre-School children leave Shepherd Lodge to go to school. Please can you arrange to give your child's leaving dates to Katie so your child's profile is up-to-date and ready to take with you?

Collections - We are always collecting items such as glass jars, buttons, corks, bottle tops, milk tops, shells, keys and natural objects. We are also collecting children's magazines and comics.

Exclusion policy - Please can I remind parents of the sickness exclusion policy? I have attached a copy of this to end of the newsletter.

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

Design our Olympic 2012 Official T-shirt - In correspondence to the Olympics, the staff at Shepherd Lodge hope to wear a London 2012 themed uniform for the duration of the Olympics. With this in mind, we are launching a t-shirt design competition for the children. We are hoping to find an inspiring design that represents the Olympic Games incorporating the famous symbols and The Learning Curve logo. The competition will be judged Monday 14th May.

Dates for your diary
Monday 7th May 2012 - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Thursday 31st May at 10am Pre-school graduation photograph - Red Frog Photography will be taking a group graduation photograph of all the children who are leaving to go to school. If your child doesn't attend nursery on that day please feel free to bring them along. Further details will follow.
Monday 4th June 2012 - Bank holiday - Nursery closed
Tuesday 5th June - Bank holiday - Nursery closed due to the Diamond Jubilee
Sunday 1st July 2012 - Shepherd Lodge Summer Fair 12 - 2
Saturday 7th July 2012 - St Annes Club Day Parade

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

 


April 2012

St Annes Club Day - Shepherd Lodge will be taking part in St Annes Club Day's Parade. The theme for our float this year is the Diamond Jubilee so you will see a lot of artwork being started over the next few weeks. We are currently still trying to get a float for the parade - if anyone can help us please see Katie S.

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

Nursery fees - The nursery has changed the bank account they use and as from the 1st of April all fees now need to be paid into this account. We prefer you to pay by standing order but if you must pay by cheque please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. Please find attached a new standing order mandate with the new bank account details. You can you can either set this up through internet banking or by telephoning your bank.

Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers - We are collecting Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers. The nursery exchanges the vouchers for equipment to keep active such as a parachute or dancing equipment. The Sainsbury's collection point is in the porch near the office, the Tesco collection point will be in the hall way.

Collections - We are always collecting items such as glass jars, buttons, bottle tops, milk tops, shells, keys and natural objects. If anyone has any objects we are always using these objects in activities and decorations.

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

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

Dates for your diary

Friday 6th April - Nursery closed
Monday 9th April - Nursery closed
Monday 30th April 7pm - 9pm. Pre-school Information Evening - We would like to invite all the parents of the children who will be starting in Pre-school in September to an Information Evening being held at the Solaris Centre. Further details of this event will be given out nearer the time.
Monday 30th April - all week - RSPCA week
Thursday 31st May at 10am Pre-school graduation photograph - Red Frog Photography will be taking a group graduation photograph of all the children who are leaving to go to school. If your child doesn't attend nursery on that day please feel free to bring them along. Further details will follow.
Saturday 7th July 2012 - St Annes Club Day Parade

Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events.
Kind Regards
Katie Southern Ba(Hons) EYP


March 2012

Please have a look at the newly designed nursery website, http://www.learningcurvenursery.co.uk/ 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 Katie in the office.

Nursery fees - The nursery has changed the bank account they use and as from the 1st of April all fees now need to be paid into this account. We prefer you to pay by standing order but if you must pay by cheque please make all cheques payable to Learning Curve (Lancashire)LTD. Please find attached a new standing order mandate with the new bank account details. You can you can either set this up through internet banking or by telephoning your bank.

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

Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers - The nursery is collecting Sainsbury's and Tesco vouchers. The nursery exchanges the vouchers for equipment to keep active such as a parachute or equipment for dancing. The Sainsbury's collection point will be in the porch near the office. The Tesco collection point will be in the hall way.

Staffing - We would like to welcome Laura Platt back from maternity. Laura will return back to work part time and will work throughout all the rooms. Laura has worked for the company for nearly eight years and is an experienced member of staff. She will be taking the role of Early Years Professional.

Collections - The nursery is always collecting items such as glass jars, buttons, bottle tops, milk tops, shells, keys and natural objects. If anyone has any objects we are always using these objects in activities and decorations.

Dates for your diary

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


February 2012

I am pleased to announce that Shepherd Lodge was inspected by Ofsted and received a 'good' with 'Outstanding' in many areas, on the 1st December 2011 and the report has just been published online. The web address for this is:
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/309455.

The nursery team were delighted with the result, which included outstanding safeguarding procedures, leadership and management, effective partnerships with other agencies, engagement with parents and outstanding in the children achieving and enjoying. We look forward to developing the nursery further by developing our observation techniques. As you can see our education and partnership with parents is of the highest level and we know is of the upmost importance to yourselves and your children.

Vegetable patch - We are going to be starting the vegetable patch soon and would like to invite parents and other family members to assist us if anyone is interested. The children 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.

Story Bags - We have been developing story bags that consist of books with teddies, toys and games that link to the story. This is a fantastic opportunity to share with your child to encourage communication and a love of reading. If you would like to borrow a story bag to share with your child at home please see Katie in the office who has a log and will sign the story bag in and out. There are lots to choose from including; a tiger and Dora story bag.

Oaktree Children's Centre - The local children's centre are offering a number of different courses to parents.

If anyone would like anymore details about these courses please see Katie S in the office or to book a place call 01253 781571 - Oaktree Children's Centre

Staffing - We would like to welcome Lisa Watson back from maternity. Lisa will return back to work part time and will work throughout all the rooms. Lisa has worked for the company for nearly six years and is an experienced member of staff.

Dates for your diary -
Tuesday 7th February 2012 @ 10.30 a.m. - Chatterbox Challenge - the nursery will take part by singing and signing the turtle song. All children and parents are able to attend and it will last approximately ten minutes.
Thursday 1st March - World Book Day - The Children are invited to dress up as there favourite character for the day.
Thursday 22nd March 2012 - Parents Evening - @ 6.15 - 8 p.m. - you are more than welcome to arrange a ten minute appointment with your child's key worker. If you are unable to attend we can make alternative arrangements
Friday 23rd March 2012 - Sports relief - More details will follow
Please ask if you would like anymore details of any of the events.

Kind Regards
Katie Southern
Nursery Manager
 

 



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