Betty Lewis Nursery School
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Caterpillar and Dragonfly Group

Next terms topic will be science, followed by lifecycles/minibeasts.
Any items / books related to our topic can be brought into school and 
will be shown during show and tell.

Phonics and number activities will be covered each day, and we will 
be continuing to talk about our feelings, respecting each other, good 
manners and sharing.

We will be focussing a lot on transition in the second half of the term. Reception teachers from the local primary schools will be coming out to visit the children and see them in the pre-school environment prior to children starting transition events at their primary school.

Please can all parents confirm their Primary school offer so we can work with reception school teachers on transition sessions at the setting.

We will be starting PE sessions in Term 6, so children will need a drawstring style bag with shorts/ t-shirt and plimsoles / trainers so we can practice getting changed. Please ensure ALL items are labelled!

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

This term we will be looking at Seasons, talking about Summer and growing some sunflowers.

We will be focussing on transition to the pre-school room in preparation for September, spending sometime with the Caterpillar and Dragonfly teachers, becoming more independent in self-care, and putting coats and shoes on ourselves
Mrs Casburn,Mrs Blades & Miss Field
Ladybird Group

This term we will be looking at Seasons, talking about Summer and growing some sunflowers.

We will be focussing on transition to the pre-school room in preparation for September, spending sometime with the Caterpillar and Dragonfly teachers, becoming more independent in self-care, and putting coats and shoes on ourselves
Mrs Casburn,Mrs Blades & Miss Field
Summer Term Newsletter 2018

We hope you are all looking forward to the Easter Break! 
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back refreshed and ready for an exciting Summer Term at Betty Lewis!Weare planning to work in the garden over the Easter Break to update resourcesand equipment ready for the children to enjoy in the Summer months.

We are hoping that parents might be able to help us source some of the following items:
Term Dates

This term has been busy with Mother’s Day and Easter activities. 

Term 4 finishes on Thursday 29 March.
Term 5: Monday 16 April to Friday 25 May
Bank Holiday: Monday 7 May
Term 6: Monday 4 June to Thursday 19 July

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.
Children’s Development

Key persons will be summarising your child’s development again in June by completing the ‘My Unique Transition’ forms, ready for their transition to either the pre-school room, or primary school.

Learning Journey files will be sent home in June for Ladybirds / Tadpoles, and in July for Dragonflies / Caterpillars as they will become yours to keep.

Key workers will also be inviting you in for a quick chat to discuss your child’s transition, but if you wish to discuss anything before then, please feel free to catch them at the end of a session.
Parent Helpers

We would welcome any parent helpers to come in to assist with art activities, playing games or reading to the children this term. You do not need to have any experience – an extra pair of hands is always welcome and we know the children really enjoy having parents / carers in to help. 

Any help is much appreciated and it’s a good opportunity to see what your child gets up to whilst at pre-school!
We will be building a new mud kitchen, brightening up our wooden castle, providing den making materials and refilling our sand pit ready for hours of fun!

We would love our children to decorate a tin can with paint and any other embellishments over the Easter break, so they can be hung in the trees to brighten up the garden. We have been collecting them, so please feel free to pick one up from us to transform!
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Reminders…..

Please can parents also inform us of booked holiday dates during the summer term so we can make sure parents / children do not miss any important events!

Can all children bring in a water bottle daily. These needs to be named with a screwable lid so it can be re-filled during the day

Please can all outdoor clothes be CLEARLY NAMED, including shoes!

Sun cream needs to be applied BEFORE the children start pre-school. We can re-apply before the start of the afternoon session, or if it is exceptionally hot, but as you can imagine, doing this for 40 children is very time consuming! Please ensure bottles / tubes are named

Please remember to pack a sun hat for your child every day. The great British Summer can take us by surprise on some days!

Please can you ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Children may needs a light jacket / cardigan / hoodie, even if the forecast is for warm weather. We access the outdoors from 9.30am and it can be chilly at the start of the session

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

Important Safety Information

Please note that the climbing frame must not be accessed by children without adult supervision. We therefore ask that children do not use it outside of nursery hours i.e. at pick up and drop off times. The climbing frame must NOT be used by any child under the age of 3.

We will be operating a strict adult : child ratio of 1:4 when children are climbing during nursery hours.

Staff Training Update

Mrs Collins and Mrs Blades have completed their 12 hour paediatric first aid course, under the new revised guidelines which meant them having to sit an exam at the end – both passed with flying colours! 
Mrs Hollyer has completed her SENCO training, a communication course and a data protection course (please see note below). Mrs Collins has also attended a 2 day Makaton workshop and Mrs Miller has completed 1 day of level 5-8 Makaton.

Other Items
The new GDPR General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 28th May, replacing the 1998 Data Protection legislation. We will shortly be asking all parents to re-complete the settings Privacy Notice outlining the use of your data in our setting

Please continue to park responsibly taking care not to block cars in the car park. Please consider parking in the high street, surrounding roads or behind Tesco’s and make the short walk to nursery. It is essential that our parents DO NOT access the car park before 9am as it makes it impossible for West Malling School parents to leave the car park. Thank you for your co-operation and support in this matter.

As ever, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries or questions!

Thank you for all your on-going support

Michelle, Julie and all of the Betty Lewis Staff Team
Key Dates for Summer Term

June
Parent Questionnaire – your feedback and comments are important to us in improving our provision and we care what you think! We will be sending this out in Term 6.

Thursday 19th July
Last day of term. Pre-school finishes at 12.15pm for Ladybirds.

Leavers party for all Caterpillars and Dragonflies and parents / carers - more details to follow!
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  • Plastic piping / tubing / guttering
  • Exterior paint
  • Shingle
  • Tyres
  • Pallet boards
  • Old kitchen utensils
  • Spray paint
  • Wood pieces for large scale construction
  • Milk or bread crates
  • Small buckets
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