We are looking forward to 2018 with excitement and anticipation. I want you to leave your child in our care with a smile and assurance that they are well cared for, loved, and are learning & developing.
I want your children to have access to all learning activities, experiences, & offerings out there that any child their age is accessing.Therefore alongside all the activities crafts, games, art, circle time and routine at the nursery, i have worked very hard to get partners on yoga, football, fitness, french, forest school, singing and signing etc in 2017. Further working in this direction we will have Music and Rhyme time added and are going to be a Forest School (officially!).
Music & Rhyme Time
In January 2018 We are bringing the Rhyme time offering by Kate to the nursery. Kate has established and run the Music and Rhyme time in Bexley over last 12 years. Some of our parents have attended her sessions too. This will bring the best of nursery rhyme singing (without the support of a background media / music system) to our children. This will support your children’s communication and language skills.
Forest School and Gardening
So far we have been providing forest school activities like nature walks and activities as provided & supported by our membership of the Nature Detectives & Forest School Association. Starting January 2018 we are welcoming, on our staff team, our first qualified Forest School Practitioner – Melani Smith. Melani is a trained and qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner that joins from Kent Council. We would be developing the forest school activity area on site with a lot of gardening in our vegetable garden at the nursery. You can look forward to magic portions, den building, mini bonfires, minibeast hotels and mud kitchen. We are also looking forward to visiting some local nature reserves via bus routes in summer next year. Melanie will be at the nursery all week Monday till Friday so each day is Forest School day in 2018.
In 2018 our weekly contracted sessions will continue:
Tiny Trekkers brining professional football (and other sports) coaching to the nursery offered by Concept4Football coach Bill Hutchins and team.
Award wining PE – Fitness Fun by GT Centre of Sport (The London Borough of Bexley -Best Small/Medium Enterprise 2016) providing children fitness sessions and being active.
Yoga by Yogami our dear parent Minaxi Gami – providing children posture development through creative story telling.
Singing and Signing by Jenette Hawkes . Singing sessions with signing that help babies and toddlers communicate before and after speech development. This also support language development for our older chidlren.
Please note the following important dates for your calendar:
Parent Evenings from 29th January till 1st February. The staff will coordinate with you a suitable time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress.
Sports days – 13th July’2018 Friday- Butterflies Sports Day & 19th July’2018 Thursday – Bumble Bees Sports Day & Graduation Day at 4:30pm.
Parent Evenings from 20th August till 24th August. The staff will coordinate with you a suitable time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress.
Christmas Performances dates to be decided in November’2018.
We have worked out our themes for 2018 and would be following the below:
January – New Year and new resolutions
February- Transportation -Trains, Buses, Cars, Cycles. Also Chinese New year of the Dog.
March – Science and Gardening month
April – Being Safe & People who help us
May – Royalty and the Monarch (the expected royal wedding)
June – Health: Healthy eating, Physical Activity, Hygiene
July – Being Active
August – Lifecycle – Hatching chicks and butterflies
September – Our Environment
October – Space & the Planets and Autumn
November – People of the World – Celebrating Diversity
December – Christmas
I do intend to keep the tradition of taking our graduating children to a primary school visit and a museum visit before they are off to school next september.
Please feel free to give us your suggestions on how we can improve our offering. If there is anything you come across that you believe would be good for our children then please do drop me a note.
There is a suggestions & feedback box at the entrance and request you to please drop a note in it if you wish to any time.
Looking forward to a great 2018.