Meadowgreen Newsletter May 2014
We’ve had another busy month here at Meadowgreen. Children have been learning about growing and planting and have been planting their very own sunflowers, growing cress and exploring soil. Rona, Zara’s gran has very kindly gave her time to plant with the children and has taken the plants home to grow in her green house until they are bigger, then they will be planted in the garden. The children have been exploring what plants need to grow and have been carrying out experiments to see what seeds will grow.
We have also been learning about mini-beasts. The children have had lots of fun finding bugs in the garden and looking at them with magnifying glasses. We have our very own caterpillars which we have been watching grow and will soon be forming into their chrysalis, hopefully we will have some beautiful butterflies soon.
The café project next door is now well underway and the children have had fun watching the building take place, we have been talking about builders and scaffolders and we are having fun watching the building progress.
In the next few weeks we will be continue to focus on the world around us and start getting ready for school and their preschool year. We hope you are happy with our transition calendar for the children moving to Struthers in August.
Sports Day and BBQ
On Friday 30th May we will be holding our annual sports day and family BBQ. The races will take place from 10am till 11am and we would like to invite all parents to participate. As it will be very busy we ask that children are picked up at the end of the races to enable the staff to help out with teas and coffees etc. The BBQ will be run by the parent’s forum and we are looking for donations of food to cook on the BBQ. More details to follow nearer the time.
As most will be aware, we have introduced a behaviour tree at nursery. The aim is to remain on the tree or gain a star place on a juicy apple. Not so good behaviour will result in the child falling off the tree and landing in the muddy puddle . We always try to promote positive behaviour at nursery but recently we have been observing a lot of hitting and pushing and children not using their listening ears. We ask that parents can remind their child of the golden rules at home to help us promote a positive ethos in nursery.
Look after and tidy toys.
After a very successful social night last time, the parent’s forum have decided to have another one before the end of term. This will take place 6th June and details can be found at reception.
Could all parents who have not done so yet please return the signed copy of their child’s care plan report? As part of government legislation, we have to keep a care plan for each child including changes to health or needs every 6 months. It is therefore paramount that we receive this information back.
Feedback from questionnaires
The staff have discussed the feedback from the questionnaires which we sent out at the end of January. After collating the results we identified gaps in our performance and we have set the following tasks to address these:
• Include information about assessment in parent handbook
• Give more detail about care plans at parents evenings
• Ensure parents are aware that we consult children through information in handbook and feedback at the end of the day
• Self-evaluate our current practice to ensure that we work efficiently with parents.
Parent’s night will take place on Wednesday 18th June from 6.30pm appointments can be made at reception. This parent’s night will discuss your child’s summary report going to school or if they are going into their pre-school year we will be discussing how they have progressed this year and next steps for the year ahead.
Farm Park Trip
The trip to the farm park has been booked and paid. All parent helpers who put their name forward have secured a place on this trip. If anyone has not handed back the slip and £5 please do so as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or queries please feel free to pop into the office or call on 01292 315512