Betty Lewis Nursery School
Caterpillar and Dragonfly

This term our topic will be ‘Superheroes’ looking at what makes a hero, 
positive role models and the qualities that make a superhero i.e. caring, 
helpful, leader,brave, hard worker and persevering. We will be promoting 
positive play in our superhero role play area.

We are also encouraging the children to put on their own coats, shoes, hats etc for outdoorplay, if you could also support your child with this at home it would be very helpful for getting them ready for “big school”

Please could we ask that all items are labelled.

We will also be starting work on phonics and if your child would like to bring in an item for show and tell related to the following letters that would be great.

S, A, T, I,P and N

Mrs Craig,Ms Cozens and Mrs Suckling
Mrs Saunders, Mrs Parrot, Mrs Collins and MrsMiller

This term’s theme is “winter”. We are also practicing putting on our own coats, 
gloves and hats.

Could we please ask that all clothing and wellies are labelled

Please could you bring in your child’s favourite book as we will be focussing on these over the term.

We are making a WOW wall to celebrate what our wonderful Ladybirds can do! We would love you to share with us any exciting WOW moments that your child has at home e.g. helped at home, been kind, learnt something new (how to scoot, jump or a new dance), had a good idea, been on a visit, or made something.

Please give us a brief description and a photograph, if possible, on a sheet of A4 paper,and we will display it on our WOW wall.

Mrs Casburn,Mrs Blades & Miss Field
Spring Term Newsletter – January 2018

Happy NewYear to all! We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. A big thankyou from all the staff for the wonderful Christmas presents, cards and Christmas best wishes – we were very spoilt and may still be eating chocolate for the next few weeks!

Last term was a busy one with the exciting lead up to Christmas. The Christmas song concerts and the children’s party rounded up the term and we hope the children enjoyed themselves. The spring term is a shorter one (Term 3 is 5 weeks 3 days and Term 4 is 5 weeks and 4 days), and as usual we have plenty planned to keep the children busy! You can see what your children will be doing in the section below and staff will also endeavour to use the whiteboard each day to let you know a little bit about what has been going on.

Key persons will be summarising your child’s development again in March by completing the ‘My Unique Story’ forms with you and sending home their Learning Journey files for you to look at with the family. We will also be inviting you in for a chat with your child’s key person should there be anything you wish to discuss around this time. Of course if you wish to discuss anything before March then please feel free to come in for a chat anytime.

We say hello to new children and parents in all groups this term – please make them all feel welcome.

We would welcome any parent helpers to come in and assist with art activities, playing games or reading to the children this term. It could be just for an hour or the whole session! Any help is much appreciated and it’s a good opportunity to see what your child gets up to whilst at pre-school.

Lastly, can we remind parents that they are welcome to share their concerns and frustrations with staff members,but staff are here first and foremost to care and nurture your children, they deserve to be respected and spoken to courteously

Thank you.

Please can children have a warm coat, hats, gloves and welly boots for outdoor play. Please can all outdoor clothes be CLEARLY NAMED.

In the event of severe weather we always endeavour to open but in circumstances where safety is an issue due to very heavy snow or severe ice it may be necessary to close the nursery. We use ‘Kent closures’ to notify parents of the decision to close so if in any doubt please check on this website:

Please can everyone continue to be considerate to others when parking and consider parking in the high street, surrounding roads or behind Tesco’s and make the short walk to nursery. Please do not try and access the car park before 9am as it makes it impossible for West Malling School parents to leave the car park, causing serious congestion and forces cars to reverse out of the car park back onto the road. This could ultimately result in a child being hurt or injured. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter. Under no circumstances must cars be left in the car park preventing entry or exit access via the large blue vehicular gates.

Please could we ask that every child has a named pair of wellies for outdoor play, and that these are left at school so they are always available for poor weather conditions

We would politely ask that no dogs are bought onto preschool grounds for health and safety reasons

Please ensure that rucksacks / bags left on cloakroom pegs do not contain hazardous items. Children like to be independent and access their own bags – we have had a number of unwanted items in bags recently!

Lunch time – please can drinks be provided in suitable containers, screw top bottles unfortunately get knocked over easily! Grapes, olive, cherries and tomatoes need to be sliced lengthways to reduce the choking risk. Please ensure there are no nut products in packed lunches as we have a child with a nut allergy

For those children that will be starting school this September (2018), don’t forget that on-line applications need to be made by midnight on the 15th January. Parents will then be notified of allocations on 16th April

Thank you for all your support,

Michelle, Julie and the Betty Lewis Staff Team
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