Betty Lewis Nursery School
Spring Term Newsletter – January 2019

Happy New Year to all! We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. A big thank you 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 6 weeks 1 day and Term 4 is 6 weeks), 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 filesfor 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 the Ladybird group this term – please make them 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.
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 carpark 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 th ecar park preventing entry or exit access via the large blue vehicular gates.

In accordance with our Medication Policy, we are ONLY permitted to administer prescribed medicines in their original packaging, clearly showing dosage instructions. If children require preventive medicines during pre-school hours we will require a doctor’s note detailing the reason and dosage.

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 (e.g. Calpol sachets etc).Children like to be independent and access their own bags – we have hada number of unwanted items in bags recently! Please especially check for food items and sweets that sometimes find their way into children’s ruck sacks!

Lunchtime – 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.

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.

For those children that will be starting school this September (2019), don’t forget that on-line applications need to be made by Tuesday 15 January. Parents will then be notified of allocations on Tuesday 16 April

This term’s theme is “winter”. We are also practicing putting on our own coats, gloves and hats.
Could we please ask that all water bottles and clothing including hats, gloves 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
Caterpillar and Dragonfly

This term our topic will be animals….looking after our pets, and habitats for farm animals and zoo animals.

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 in getting them ready for “big school”

Please could we ask that all items are labelled.

We will also be starting work on phonics during our circle times. 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, Mrs Suckling and Mrs Miller 
Mrs Saunders, Mrs Parrot and Mrs Collins
Thank you for all your support,
Michelle, Julie and the Betty Lewis Staff Team
Spring Term Dates 2019

Term 3 Friday 4 January to Friday 15 February

Spring Holiday Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February

Term 4 Monday 25 February to Friday 5 April
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