Dear Parents and Carers

Washable Nappies

As you know, we are continually striving to make your nursery as environmentally friendly as possible.  Over the years, we have made various changes to more sustainable options.

We have now turned our attention to nappies and the disposal thereof and want to go down a more biodegradable route.  Currently, we supply normal nappies and use biodegradable cotton wipes.  We have investigated all options, including of course biodegradable nappies. However, being a business, we would still have to dispose of nappies in yellow sacks which are not biodegradable as the contents are classed as offensive waste – making biodegradable efforts in this direction somewhat futile!  Any experiences you would be willing to share with us you have had with regards to this would be gratefully heard.

Our frustration with adding nigh on 600 nappies per week to landfill has become unbearable for obvious reasons. So, we have decided to start providing, using and washing washable nappies. We will be purchasing washable wipes and will be washing these twice weekly. These are soft and lovely for your children’s beautiful bottoms, especially combined with our nourishing gentle natural grapeseed oil. We are currently thrashing out a deal and will be beginning to use washable nappies sometime on October. We are swallowing most of the high cost of this ourselves as we feel it is so important with regards to our environmental responsibilities. Your slight fee increase will help a little and we are sure for the sake of environmental damage limitation you will agree it is worth it.

The last piece of the nappy puzzle is the waterproof outer ‘shell’. This we ask you to buy. It is only one per child and will be added to your October invoice. The price will be settled and given to you shortly. If you wish to buy your own you will need to do this and provide them before we start the system or one of ours will be used and charged for.

The following are some of the main benefits of using washable nappies. For more detailed information we urge you please to go to https://www.thenappylady.co.uk/news/advantages-of-cloth-nappies.html to read all about the advantages…

  • No harmful chemicals or plastics. You can even pick up organic cloth nappies that are made from cotton or bamboo. Less impact on the environment.
  • Modern cloth nappies result in less leakage. The end of explosive poos up the back.
  • Less smelly than disposables.
  • Washing your modern cloth nappies means bins don’t fill up as fast and you’re not contributing further to all that nasty landfill.
  • Prevention of nappy rash due to no harsh chemicals used to make modern cloth nappies, which means they’re great on sensitive bottoms. These combined with our natural oil means no need for spending money on creams to treat nappy rash
  • More comfortable for baby bottoms
  • Can learn to toilet train earlier – on average 6 months earlier
  • Nursery rooms less smelly as poo goes down the toilet, not in a nappy bin

Please check out the Nappy Lady’s site to find out more. We are convinced. We hope you are too. We will keep you posted on exactly when we are starting this…

 

 

International Coastal Clean-Up Day – Wednesday 19th September

We couldn’t let International Coastal Clean Up day go past without doing a beach clean!  We’re way ahead of them!

Inset Day

Don’t forget there is an Inset Day on Thursday 20th September.  The nursery will be closed all day.  We will use this time usefully to make improvements to the whole nursery and provide training for staff.  We will let you know exactly what we have been up to and how what we are doing will directly benefit your children. These days are so important for team building and furthering the knowledge of the staff.  Each time our provision for your children gets better so thank you for supporting us in doing this.

Genes for Jeans – Friday 21st September

We are supporting this very worthwhile cause and hope that you will too.  All you need to do is bring your children to nursery wearing their jeans and donate a £1 per child to the charity.  The money collected will go towards funding research for children in the UK with genetic disorders.

Harvest Festival

We will be marking this event during week commencing 24th September and will be asking for your foody donations.  More details will appear on the app as we get closer to the time.

Payment of Invoices

Thank you to those of you who have paid your September invoices. If you have not yet paid, please can you do so as we will be adding late fees to late payers.   Many of you are helpfully telling us by email when and how you have paid.  Could we please appeal to those of you who don’t tell us to drop us an email to accounts@youngfriends.co.uk to let us know that you have paid and if you have used a voucher company – those details too, please!

Childcare Voucher Schemes

As we’re sure many of you will have heard, From 4th October, Childcare Voucher Schemes will close to new applicants.  You may be able to get Tax-Free Childcare instead.  You should still be able to get the vouchers if your employer continues to run the scheme.

We will continue to accept vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare payments.  If you have any queries, you can look at the Government website where you can calculate the best system for you.

Money Matters

We are currently reviewing our fees and had hoped to have a new fee schedule completed by this week.  However due to unavoidable delays, we will now be issuing the new fee structure early next week.  We will also be returning deposits to those who are awaiting them next week as well.  The October invoices will be at the increased rate.

Show and Tell

The theme for Show and Tell next week is something shiny.

Staff Changes

At different times if the year, some rooms get quieter and some get busier and as a result if this, we are always looking at our staffing and ensure that we always have the right (and usually more) staff in each room whilst ensuring consistency and comfort for your little ones.  It therefore sometimes becomes necessary to redeploy staff and it also gives us an opportunity to reward certain members of staff with a promotion when it is warranted.  So, we have a couple of staff changes to tell you about…

We are delighted to report that Nishat has accepted the position of Deputy Supervisor in the Baboon Room and has already taken up her post there and is excelling.  With her now considerable experience in childcare, her positive energy, enthusiasm and professionalism, we are sure she will prove to be a real asset to Jodie and the team in Baboons.  The other change is Lottie, our wonderful experienced and qualified practitioner who has come up the stairs to Gorillas.  We are sure you will join with us in congratulating them both on their new roles.

Volunteer

We will be welcoming Valerie the Volunteer to Young Friends next week.  She’s an elderly lady whose own children have flown the nest and has asked if she can come in and be with the children and read stories etc for a couple of hours. We want to help and feel it will be beneficial for both the children and Valerie as it will enable the children to learn that society consists of people of all ages and that everyone should be respected and heard. She is lovely so if you see her please say hello.

New Guinea Pigs

Louise’s daughter Scarlett has made the difficult decision to donate her lovely young guinea pigs to the nursery, where they will have lots of love and more space to run around. We think this is a lovely idea They are very sweet, and the children are already loving them. We are currently doing a vote with the children about the best names for them – we will keep you posted!

Inset day

We have planned our inset day to be held on Thursday 20th September. This means the nursery will be closed for an inhouse staff training day. Please add this to your calendars, and we will be sending out weekly reminders until the Inset day in September.

School-leavers tapestry journals

If your child is going to school in September, please download your child’s Tapestry account before September. For data protection purposes we do not keep copies of children’s learning journals after they leave, so if you would like to keep it, make sure you download it. Carly or Jes are happy to help if you have any difficulties trying to download your child’s Tapestry journal.

Sports day photo’s

Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday. It was another fantastic event, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Although a little windy to start with, the sun came out and joined us for the afternoon. We would like to create a board filled with pictures of the day, so please send any you think would look great on display!

Park responsibly

Our drive way is a very busy place during drop off and collection times, so we do ask everyone to park sensibly to create as much space for other families. Buggies do need space to be able to get to the top of the drive, so please park as closely to the wall as possible, and do not stick out over the pavement. Oh, and don’t stick around too long so all can benefit from the limited space we have. Thank you.

September Fee’s

Don’t forget – our fee’s get reviewed every September. They will increase slightly with your next invoices. You have been warned!

Gorilla Show and Tell

The Gorillas show and tell theme next week is super heroes! Don’t forget to take your show and tell toys home as our box is always full at the end of the week.

Funding, fee’s and policies

If your child going to school this year and they are entitled to ’30 hour’ funding, please revalidate your codes if they are staying in the nursery during September. Your child is still entitled to funding until they go to school, and we can claim this for you until then.

If your child turned 3 between April 2018 – September 2018 and you think you are entitled to ’30 hour’ funding, please make sure you have started to process your claim. For more information about funding and the criteria for eligibility, please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. You have until August 30th to let us know your code, and any codes given after that date will be deemed too late and your child’s funding will begin the next term which is January 2019.

If your child is entitled to ‘30 hour’ funding and they are not going to school this year, please make sure you are re-validating your codes. Any codes that are not valid through the next term (September – December) normal fee’s will apply.

We have updated our Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE) policy to make it clearer and easier for you all to understand. We are fully aware funding can be confusing, and if still does not make sense to you after ready the policy, Carly is more than happy to explain all the nitty gritty bits to you.

 

 

 

Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Don’t forget the Summer BBQ and Sports Day today from 1pm – 4pm in St Anns Wells Gardens.  We are all looking forward to seeing you all there. Remember to bring your picnic stuff – something to sit on, shade if you need it for babies, extra water etc. We are providing hot dogs and the basics but we are sure you’ll need more!

School Leavers and Graduation Picnic

If you are unable to come to the School Leaver’s Graduation picnic, please tell your child’s Keyworker as there is a certificate and photo for you to collect.

Thank you to all Gorilla parents and carers who have given us your child’s last day.  Could we please ask that if you have not already done so and your child is leaving to go to school this year, you give us her/his last day.

We hope school leaver parents and carers will be able to join us for a picnic in St Anns Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm. Bring tissues!

Sun cream

Please can we urge you again to apply sun cream to your children in the morning before you bring them to nursery or do it while you are here.  We know that you can do a much more thorough job than we can and then the children will have more fun time and won’t be standing in a line waiting to be sun creamed.  Rest assured, we will reapply the sun cream in afternoon.

Funding

If your child is entitled to funding from September, please make sure you are starting to process your claim.  You can do this by going to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk  Once you have registered and if you are eligible and successful, you will be given an 11-digit code.  WE NEED YOUR CODE.

New Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE) policy

There is a shiny new Early Years Funding Entitlement policy – please read.

Important information for School leavers

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If your child is going to school this year, please email and let us know your last day as soon as possible. If your child’s last day is in September, please make sure you revalidate your funding codes if your entitled to extended funding (30 hours) as you can still claim for the sessions your child attends until they officially leave. Your final invoice will be charged pro-rata the days your child has attended throughout September and deposits are returned during the second week of the following month.

All accounts must be closed before deposits are returned. Any extra sessions booked in advance before the end of the month will be added to your final invoice, and any extra sessions booked after the end of the month will be invoiced the month after your child leaves.

 

Tapestry

The School leavers’ Tapestry accounts will be deleted by the time they go, so please download by the end of August.  There will be no more observations after the reports have been written.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is an object of your child’s favourite colour. (ideally something small!)

The Show and Tell box is getting very full again.  Please, please, please take your child’s items home after they have ‘showed and telled’ it.  By leaving items in the box, other children are unable to put their items in the box.  Your help in this matter would be much appreciated.

Invoice Queries

Just to remind you that Sue now works Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and therefore any emails regarding invoicing will be responded to on those days.

Penpal Nursery

The Gorillas children are loving the concept of letters and envelopes, so Jes is starting a penpal nursery whereby the children can write their letters to neighbouring schools and then go to the post office to post them and await an exciting reply to come through the post!

Emergency contacts

We would like you all to make sure that the emergency contact details we have for your child are up to date. We would also like to express the importance that all emergency contacts must be able to reach the nursery within 20 minutes, if an emergency was to take place and direct parents/carers were not contactable.

Late policy

We uploaded our revised Lateness and Non-collection of children Policy onto our mobile app yesterday. It is very important that you all become familiar with the new policy as it will be enforced strictly from the beginning of August.

Baboons Teddy bears picnic

We are going to host a wonderful Teddy Bears Picnic for our mighty Baboons on Wednesday 22nd August.  If your child is in the Baboon group and this is not your child’s usual session, you are more than welcome to come along and join in the fun. There will be games, snacks and stories for your little ones to enjoy. Teddy’s and parents are welcome too!!

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Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Don’t forget the Summer BBQ and Sports Day on Saturday 28th July 2018 from 1pm – 4pm in St Anns Wells Gardens.  The children have been practising their running, jumping, hopping and leaping for this event and are very excited to be taking part in a proper Sports Day watched by their parents, so please come and support them.  There will be food and drink and scintillating company to boot.  We will be in the walled section of the park and look forward to seeing lots of you there.

School Leavers and Graduation Picnic

If you are unable to come to the School Leaver’s Graduation picnic, please tell your child’s Keyworker as there is a certificate and class of 2018 photo for you to collect.

Thank you to all Gorilla parents and carers who have given us your child’s last day.  Could we please ask that if you have not already done so and your child is leaving to go to school this year, you give us her/his last day. As per our terms and conditions, we require a month’s notice, so you will be charged for the full month even if you leave before.

We hope school leaver parents and carers will be able to join us for a picnic in St Anns Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm. Bring tissues as the children have been practicing a rather emotional song.

A Trip to the Charity Shop

The children gathered up all the unclaimed clothes and toys and took them to Save the Children Charity Shop and experienced the warm feeling inside of knowing they were helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Beach Clean

We are delighted to report that the Beach Clean, now a regular monthly feature here at nursery, was lots of fun last Tuesday.  And the beach was very clean afterwards!

Sun cream

Please can we urge you to apply sun cream to your children in the morning before you bring them to nursery or do it while you are here.  We know that you can do a much more thorough job than we can and then the children will have more fun time going straight out to burn off some energy rather than standing in a rather boring line waiting to be sun creamed.  Rest assured, we will reapply in the afternoon.

Funding

If your child is entitled to 30 hour extended entitlement funding from September, please make sure you are starting to process your claim.  You can do this by going to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk  Once you have registered and if you are eligible and successful, you will be given an 11-digit code.  WE NEED YOUR CODE. If you are late it is out of our control and you’ll have to wait for the term after.

New Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE) policy

There is an improved and much clearer Early Years Funding Entitlement policy – please read as it will probably help you to understand how it works.

Library Scheme

We now have a library scheme for the school leavers.  We have purchased some lovely new books for you to borrow and take home one at a time and read with your children.  Inside these book are some hints and tips on how you can encourage your child to enjoy books and reading. They reflect their first reading tasks in reception which are geared towards helping children create a foundation for a lifelong love of stories and reading.  Please look after the books and remember to bring them back.  Please see Jes about this.

Tapestry

The School leavers’ Tapestry accounts will be deleted by the time they go, so please download by the end of August.  As you know we try our best to be eco-friendly so they won’t be printed off. It is up to you to download your child’s. There will be no more observations after the reports have been written.

Baboon Parent Consultations

A reminder of the dates for the Baboon Parent Consultations

Jodie – Monday 23rd July

Lottie – Tuesday 24th July

Sinead – Wednesday 25th July

Tara – Thursday 26th July

Have you booked your slot?

Staff News

We are delighted to announce that Romany, our Gibbon practitioner, has now gained her Level 3 qualification, so we are sure you will join with us in congratulating her.  Chelsie has gained her Level 2, so congratulations all round in the very qualified Gibbon Room.

We are sad to report that Nadeem, our Sports Coach will be leaving us at the end of the month.  He has organised many fantastic Sports sessions that your children have been enjoying.  However, as the father of a school-aged son, the imminent long Summer holiday will cause him to have childcare issues and he therefore feels he cannot commit to Young Friends in the way he would want to. The Sports sessions will continue as normal as the rest of the Gorillas team are very well practiced now, pumped and ready to fill his trainers!

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is ‘When I was a Baby!’  Please can your child bring in a picture of themselves as a baby.

The Show and Tell box is getting very full again.  Please, please, please take your child’s items home after they have ‘showed and telled’ it.  By leaving items in the box, other children are unable to put their items in the box.  Your help in this matter would be much appreciated.

Carly’s back!

We are happy to be welcoming Carly back from maternity leave on Monday.  Many of you will know her, and some won’t, but she is our Deputy Manager.  Sue, who was covering her maternity leave, is now so much a part of Young Friends, that we can’t bring ourselves to let her go! So, Carly will be working Monday to Thursday until Christmas and then Monday to Friday thereafter.  Sue will be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Just to clarify the people and their roles:

Louise – Owner/Manager

Carly – Deputy Manager

Jes – Head of Education

Sue – Part-time Office Administrator

Nature Plot Video

We hope you have now had a chance to watch the lovely video of the children at our Nature Plot (created by Dawn Jee our photographer) and are all convinced of the special times they are having there.  The plot is very well established now and looking abundant and flourishing. We have had few very kind offers of help, so thank you to those who have come along. At this time of year, there are always things to do, so if you would like to come along, please let us know.

Baboon Parent Consultations

We can now give you the dates of the Baboon Parent Consultations as follows:

Jodie – Monday 23rd July

Lottie – Tuesday 24th July

Sinead – Wednesday 25th July

Tara – Thursday 26th July

Forms will shortly be appearing on the wall in Baboons Room for you to sign up with your child’s key worker.

New Intern

We will be welcoming Celine from Germany who will be with us from mid-July to mid-October.  (Fiorenza, the intern we told you about last week, has decided not to come!)

Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Just a quick reminder of the date for the Summer BBQ and Sports Day which is Saturday 28th July 2018 1-4pm.  It is in St Ann’s Well Park private walled garden just to the right as you enter through the brick arch on Somerhill Road. Obviously if it’s a lovely day (or even if it’s not) you are welcome to stay as long as you want – we have hired the area for the whole day. Please come and join us to watch your child take part in races and stay to enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter, chat and food and a few beers. Remember the races are non-competitive and bring your trainers as there will definitely be mums and dads races at the end – these will of course be very competitive!

School Leavers and Graduation Picnic

Thank you to all Gorilla parents and carers who have given us your child’s last day.  Could we please ask that if you have not already done so and your child is leaving to go to school this year, you give us her/his last day.

We hope school leaver parents and carers will be able to join us for a picnic in St Ann’s Well Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm. Bring tissues!

As part of our many endeavours to prepare the children for school, we have turned the outdoor dress up cabin into a classroom!  The children can use this space exclusively to role play being teacher and pupils and get a feel for what ‘big school’ is like.  The regular dressing up clothes will be put out in the garden for all the children to use.

We are preparing a ‘Class of 2018’ photo for your children to keep forever and a rather grown up graduation certificate. The children are also practicing a graduation song which will make you mummy’s shed a tear we are sure – they will be singing this to you at the graduation picnic.

New Sign

Our rather lovely new sign will be erected later today outside Young Friends. We hope you like it.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is something beginning with ‘S’

Brighton and Hove Council Childcare Survey

We have received a flier from the council asking for people to complete an online childcare survey.  You could win £100 in shopping vouchers!  The link is:

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/childcare-consultation

Lost Property

Please can you look through the lost property mountain and reclaim your child’s items.  Anything left by next Friday will be taken to the charity shop.

Sun cream

Please can we urge you to apply sun cream to your children in the morning before you bring them to nursery or do it while you are here.  We know that you can do a much more thorough job than we can and then the children will have more fun time and won’t be standing in a line waiting to be sun- creamed.  Rest assured, we will reapply sun cream in afternoon.

Pick-Ups

A message went out on the app, but this is a little reminder to please pick up your children on time and let the staff get on tidying up.

The June blog is now ready to view on the website – press the button on the app to jump straight there.  There are lots of lovely pictures of your children – why not take a few minutes to look?

Baboon Parent Consultations

We can now give you the dates of the Baboon Parent Consultations as follows:

Jodie – Monday 23rd July

Lottie – Tuesday 24th July

Sinead – Wednesday 25th July

Tara – Thursday 26th July

Forms will shortly be appearing on the wall in Baboons Room for you to sign up with your child’s key worker.

Our New Intern

We welcome the lovely Fiorenza from Italy who will be an intern, with us for six weeks. We will be having more students and interns visiting throughout the Summer, so we will keep you posted on who is here and for how long so that you can put names to faces!  Rest assured, we use a very reputable intern company who we have close and positive relations with and they always obtain their police check documents and references for us before they arrive in this country. We also interview them as we would any other employee and they immediately settle into our supportive 1-1 system. In other words, our stringent safe recruitment system applies to them as well.

World Cup Celebrations

How exciting to be in the semi-finals! We are and will continue to be tapping in to the excitement of the forthcoming final matches and using this enthusiasm to teach the children about the countries involved, whoever they are.

Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Just a quick reminder of the date for our lovely Summer BBQ and Sports Day which is Saturday 28th July 2018.  Please come and join us to watch your child take part in races and stay to enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter, chat and food and a few beers. Lets hope this amazing weather lasts!

School Leavers

Could we please ask that for those children who are going to school in September, you give us your last day as soon as you know it.  Remember we need 4 weeks’ notice of your child leaving us if you wish to receive you deposits back at the end.

Graduation Picnic

As the time is drawing closer for some of our Gorillas to fly from the Young Friends nest, we wanted the mark the event by inviting the school leavers and their families to a celebratory picnic in St Anns Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm.  We hope many of you will come and join us for an emotional afternoon!

Inset Day 20th September 2018

To give you as much notice as possible, we are letting you know that we will be having an Inset Day on 20th September.  We will be giving the whole nursery a jolly good sort out and as the day approaches, we will focus on enriching a specific area of our provision and will let you know exactly what this is and how we will be doing it.  Inset days are an important part of nursery life as it gives us a chance to improve the nursery for you and your children.  We will obviously tell you in detail afterwards what we did on that day to improve the nursery.

Reclaim, reuse recycle!

Please can we have your bottle top lids – if you’ve finished with them – you’d be surprised what we can turn into educational resources!

Private Owner’s Meeting

A couple of years ago, Louise created an initiative where connections are made between nursery owners and managers to share good practice, current issues etc.  She felt that there was not enough communication between nurseries and that we should not be competing but sharing what we do to improve outcomes for children. We know you will agree, as Ofsted do, that this was a splendid idea and many nurseries have got on board. It is growing each time. Each meeting a different nursery hosts the meeting – the first one was of course at Young Friends and others have taken the roll each time.

The work Louise began and now the nursery is doing to eradicate single-use plastics such as finding an alternative to nappy sacks, shoe covers, plastic bags, glitter and our passionate commitment to cleaning up that beach of ours has contributed to us being heralded as a trail-blazing nursery with regards to integrating current environmental concerns within our daily activities and educational programme.   Many other nurseries are aspiring to follow suit but unsure how to do it, so Louise has offered to host the next meeting to explain what we are doing and how, and the benefits to us all. We are excited to be finally beginning to influence others and hope that we will continue to make a real difference.

Ebone

Almost lastly, but certainly not least importantly we shed a tear as we tell you that after around six years with us, our Ebone has decided to leave to explore pastures new – namely her writing career.  Ebone has been part of the furniture at Young Friends in her roles as Practitioner, Administrator, Supervisor and even Deputy Manager.  We will certainly miss her sunny smile, scientific investigations and caring attitude and computer skills.  As many of you will know she has been doing a writing course and aspires to write her own books. She is very talented at this and we wish her every luck and happiness in the world. We will certainly stay in touch. We are sure you will join with us in wishing Ebone every success.  Her last day is 19th July and by then, we will have looked at staffing, so we will keep you posted of any resultant staff changes/key people etc. Our main priority is consistency and smooth transitions for the children so please rest assured we will be creating a replacement system that works well for them.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is my favourite Teddy Bear

Anyone for tennis?

We will be celebrating the start of Wimbledon fortnight with lots of tennis themed sporting activities.  On Monday your child is invited to come to nursery in tennis whites or sports clothes and to bring a tennis racket.  The children will be learning some tennis skills, eating strawberries and orange slices for snack and who knows we may be sparking the interest of a future Andy Murray or Virginia Wade. Every muscle will be exercised, as the children volley, smash and lob their way to tennis perfection.

Talking of muscles, if you would like to help your child develop their handwriting muscles, you can always look at the Home Learning Board for inspirational activities designed to build up those muscles and develop their writing skills ready for school and life in general!

What’s Happening Dude?

We are sure you can appreciate that we will not be putting every sports session, visit and yoga session on the app as it will cause your devise to be constantly pinging!  This information is contained in the monthly calendars which are up around the building in several places.  The calendar for the next two months will shortly be uploaded onto the website as well.  Also, you can ask the staff what’s happening and when.

Nature Plot Video Update

We had a very successful day’s shooting at the Nature Plot and our photographer Dawn Jee, now has lots of lovely footage which she will weave into a video for the website.  Thank you to all you parents who gave your permission for your child to be filmed.  We are really looking forward to seeing the finished product and hope you are too. Its not often you get to see how truly special and fun your children’s time is a our Nature Plot so we are sure you will find it both interesting and worth a look.

School Visits

In preparation for the next chapter of their lives, some of the Gorillas, have been to their new schools.  This is if their school is willing to do this and of course near enough for us to carry out a visit. Some of them prefer to host children with their parents/carers only and not their previous setting staff so if your child’s school is nearby and we haven’t visited them there will be some such good reason.  So far we have visited Balfour Infants, West Hove schools – both Conaught and School Road.

Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Just a quick reminder of the date for the Summer BBQ and Sports Day which is Saturday 28th July 2018.  In the run up to this event, Our Sports Coach, Nadeem, will be planning lots of sporting activites to train up the children for the big day.  Please come and join us to watch your child take part in races and stay to enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter, chat and food and a few beers!

Graduation Picnic

As the time is drawing closer for some of our Gorillas to fly from the Young Friends nest, we wanted the mark the event by inviting the school leavers and their families to a celebratory picnic in St Anns Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm.  We hope many of you will come and join us for an emotional afternoon!

Some parents of school leavers have been asking about photo CDs.  As mentioned in previous weekly updates we are enot be doing these anymore as we have had a complete rethink of all our systems and feel that Instagram and Facebook are the way forward with regards to images.  It also takes a lot of staff time to produce these CDs which we feel is much better spent on educating, developing and nurturing your children.   We have also had to take into consideration the introduction of the new GDPR regulations.

Got any eggstras?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

Please can we also have your unwanted egg cartons.  We want to plant sunflower seeds in them and then take them to the Nature Plot for planting out.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell (chosen by one of the Gorillas) is: Sparkly things!

Wishing you all a sparkly week-end!

It is Easy Being Green!

Here at Young Friends, we are very serious about saving the planet and at the very core of our ethos is our dedication to teaching the children about the need to reclaim, reuse and recycle. We continue to make changes where possible to be more environmental.  We have replaced many single-use disposable items with greener alternatives.   We are delighted that most of our parents now provide a metal water bottle for their child.  If anyone is still trying to source a metal water bottle, you could try Klean Kanteen as they supply excellent quality drinking vessels that will last far longer than their plastic counterparts.

Nature Plot Video Update

You may know it as the allotment, but it is now officially called our Nature Plot as that sounds much nicer! The Nature Plot is looking particularly beautiful now, so our photographer, Dawn, is currently in the process of making a stunning video for the website.

School Visits

We have now heard back from the schools and have various dates in the diary for visits.  Some schools have not taken up the opportunity, so please either look at the Learning from Home board or speak to a member of Gorillas staff to find out if your child’s school is being visited and when.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

To reduce congestion, we are changing the way we carry out Family Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.

Summer BBQ and Sports Day

Just a quick reminder of the date for the Summer BBQ and Sports Day which is Saturday 28th July 2018.  In the run up to this event, Our Sports Coach, Nadeem, will be planning lots of sporting games to train up the children for the big day.  Please come and join us to watch your child take part in races and stay to enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughter, chat, food and a few beers.

Graduation Picnic

As the time is drawing closer for some of our Gorillas to fly from the Young Friends nest, we wanted the mark the event by inviting the school leavers and their families to a celebratory picnic in St Ann’s Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm.  We hope many of you will come and join us for an emotional farewell.

Shut the Gate

Unfortunately, some parents are still leaving the gate open when they leave the building.  This is a significant issue affecting the safety of your children, so can we ask you to PLEASE SHUT THE GATE behind you and make sure all internal gates are kept shut.

Morning Drop Off

Please can we ask that you do not bring your child in any earlier than your session start time.  We do try to be helpful and understanding, but due to our staffing levels and ratios, we may have to ask you to stay with your child until their session start time.

Gorillas Self-Registration Board

We are changing slightly the self-registration procedure.  From Monday, your child’s name will be on the door at the top of the stairs.  Can you please help your child to find her/his name and take it to the Self-Registration board in the room.  We are in the process of re-writing some of the names as a few are getting a little dog-eared.

Can we have your empties?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is: My favourite game

The Ofsted Inspection

Our Ofsted report is now available for you to read we really urge you all do so.  The staff  work admirably hard for your children and we are so proud of them.  It is also good for you to know that we are doing all the things plus a lot more that we should be behind the scenes and how good this is for your children’s development. It will be published on the actual Ofsted site when the details have been verified by us. But seeing as you are so important to us, you can access it now. Just go to the documents section of the app.

Father’s Day Breakfasts

Thank you to all the dads who came and joined us for bacon butties last week.  We hope you enjoyed having breakfast with your child.  We certainly enjoyed having you and hope that you were spoilt rotten on Sunday.

The World Cup

Your children will have the opportunity to join in with some World Cup themed sports sessions over the next few weeks.  We couldn’t let this opportunity go by without using it to teach some football skills to the children and learn the names and places of other countries around the world.

Send Us a Postcard

As it is getting towards the main holiday season, can we ask that when you do go away on holiday, that you send us a postcard, so we can talk about the different places that people visit, what it was like and also locate them on the map.  We are creating a post card around the world board. Once again, we can’t let a good educational opportunity pass us by and children heading off overseas must be one of the best.

Illness Update

We have had a case of threadworms in the Nursery.  Please be vigilant. As ever there is an information sheet in the lobby but symptoms are itchiness and it can be treated with an over the counter treatment. We do not exclude children but do require that treatment has been given.

Plastic free

We have now replaced all our plastic cups with stainless steel ones.  One more step towards going plastic free. Lovely.

School Visits

We have now heard back from the schools and have various dates in the diary for visits.  Some schools have not taken up the opportunity, so please either look at the Learning from Home board or speak to a member of Gorillas staff to find out if your child’s school is being visited and when.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

To reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.

Payment of Invoices

For us to check payments, we really need each payment (whether it’s bank transfer or payment via a voucher company), to include the name of your CHILD as the reference.  Please don’t put your names as references. This really is not us being pedantic; it really does take a lot of detective work to track down many of the payments and it would therefore save us much time, if you could do this please.

Summer BBQ

Just a quick reminder of the date for the Summer BBQ which is Saturday 28th July 2018 However, this is subject to change if the weather looks inclement.  We’ll keep you posted via the app.

The App

Please make sure you have all downloaded this in order to receive all nursery information. Thanks.

Graduation Picnic

As the time is drawing closer for some of our Gorillas to fly from the Young Friends nest (sad face) we wanted to mark this special event by inviting the school leavers and their families to a celebratory farewell summer picnic in St Anne’s Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm.  We hope many of you will come and join us for an emotional afternoon!

Shut the Gate

Unfortunately, a couple of parents have left the gate open when leaving the building in the past couple of weeks.  This is a significant issue affecting the safety of your children, so can we ask you to PLEASE SHUT THE GATE behind you and make sure all internal gates are kept shut. Please be vigilant. Thanks.

Evening Pick Up

Can we also politely remind parents that the latest time for collecting your child is 6pm?  Some parents are coming after this time when the nursery is closed and our team have families of their own to get home to. Another problem for our team is parents who are taking rather a while to leave and therefore making it a bit tricky to clear up the nursery ready for the following day and leave at their own finish time.  Please don’t let you child disrupt a tidy /set up room as this is disheartening for the staff who have been working hard to create a stimulating morning environment for the children.  Your co-operation in this matter would be much appreciated.

Beach Clean

There will be another Beach Clean on Wednesday at 11am.  This is rearranged from Tuesday due to nursery circumstances and a realisation that Louise and Jes are off on a training session and won’t be there to help. You are as always welcome to come and join us. Please make sure your Gorilla child is in on time and if you would like to come please let us know.  The weather is looking really good for Wednesday.

Can we have your empties?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

May blog

Your May blog is now available on the website just a click away on the ‘Monthly Blog’ tab on the app.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is: ‘What I like best about Summer’.

The Inspection

Yesterday’s inspection went brilliantly, you will receive our nursery report as soon as we receive it and we hope that you will all give it a thorough read through.  We can’t wait!

The App

We hope you are all having fun with the new app.  If you are reading this, then you must be!

We will no longer be sending out any group emails and will use the app instead for every ‘all-parent’ communication.  As we are sure you are already discovering, the app is an ‘all singing all dancing’ bit of tech that will enable us to send you up to the minute information and with its handy link to the website, you can source all the information you need.  If you no longer wish to receive communications from us, then you can opt out.  The power is in your hands!

We need your Feedback

Also, while you’re on the website, why not go to the feedback section in the Parent Portal and give us some feedback.  We always love to hear what you think about us and it helps us to continually improve our service to you. Also, check out the suggestions tab as this will keep you up to date on how we have been responding to your comments.

School Visits

Just to let you know, we are currently in the process of liaising with your child’s school and where possible are making arrangements for them to either visit their new school with a member of Gorilla staff or for a member of their school to visit us.  We always do what we can provided the schools are willing and able.  More details will follow later when we have the information.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

In order to reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.

Guten Tag!

We will be welcoming two German students to the nursery over the Summer months and they are Celine who will be with us from mid-July until mid-October and Hannah who will be with us from the end of July until late September.  We feel this is mutually beneficial for both the students themselves and the children as it widens their experiences of differing cultures, languages etc. and helps the children understand the concept that the world is big and not everyone is from the UK!  Always rest assured that all new members of staff including students and interns are thoroughly vetted and interviewed for suitability and have enthusiasm for childcare.

Can we have your empties?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

Tapestry Tutorial

We may have told you in the past that we are having a Tapestry Information evening, but we’ve had a little rethink.  We understand that it is difficult for you to come to nursery in the evenings as you are all busy hard-working people with children!  We are kicking off our new YouTube channel, with a fabulous and informative Tapestry tutorial.  We’re so modern here!  So, watch this space!

Keeping Ricardo Busy

In line with our continual efforts to keep the nursery well resourced and well maintained, we have had the decking redone in the garden so the Maths patch looks wonderful now!

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is:

Something that makes me smile!

Father’s Day Breakfasts

And finally, all you Dads out there especially Baboon and Gibbons’ Dads – don’t forget to book your table for your Father’s Day breakfast and come and enjoy a bacon butty or croissant with your child – expect it to be noisy,  but it will be fun!

Father’s Day Breakfasts

This week we start with the details of our Father’s Day Breakfasts! Hello all you Dads out there.  Finally, it’s your turn to come and enjoy a croissant or a bacon butty with your child.  If you would like to come in between 8am and 9am on any day of week commencing 11th June, please speak to a member of staff in your child’s room and your table will be booked.  Please also tell them whether you would like a bacon butty or a croissant.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

In order to reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.  As you all know, Chiara leaves us today, so if Chiara was your child’s key person, you will be informed very soon (if you have not already been informed) of who will take over as your child’s new Key Person.

Show and Tell Theme

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is: My Favourite Food.  Your child can come and tell us what they love to eat, what the ingredients are, why they like it and when and where they enjoy it.

We have an overflowing box of old show and tell items.  Please, please, please come and collect your child’s possessions.  Anything not claimed by Friday 8th June will be donated to charity.

GDPR

As we mentioned last week, we have a new Privacy Policy and GDPR policy for you to read on the website.  We also have hard copies in the office for you to collect.  There is also a sheet in the office which we would like you to come in and sign next time you are in the nursery to state that you are in agreement to our holding on file the details we need in order to look after your child properly.

Tin Cans

We are appealing for your unwanted, washed and safe tin cans.  Any contributions gratefully received.

GDPR

This week we start with the new GDPR regulations – the most talked about subject this week!  To stay in line with the new GDPR regulations, we need to obtain your consent to holding your details on file.  On the website and on our new OurSchoolsApp you will find our GDPR policy and our Privacy policy.  Copies of our Privacy Policy will be available in the office from Wednesday to collect and you will be asked to sign a document giving us consent to hold your details and those of your child/ren on file.

Photos

We are also changing the way we take photos of your children and will no longer be taking pictures which show their faces. Our team are brilliant at videos and pictures showing the wonderful things they do without identifying the children and so we are going to make this an actual rule. It falls in line with the new GDPR data protection laws but we also feel that it will benefit children’s records as well. We will be sending separate information about this soon so you are more aware of the reasons behind this carefully considered decision.

Funding Codes

Can we please remind you to re-validate your funding codes.  Although the code doesn’t actually change, it needs to be re-validated before the end date you have been given. Please let us know if you are no longer eligible so we can adjust our records and your fees accordingly. Many thanks.

Arranging Meetings

if you ever want to have a meeting with a member of staff please feel that you can ask at any time. We understand that there are issues sometimes that need special attention and we want you to always feel welcome and listened to.  If you would like to talk to any of us about anything to do with your children and their care, please email management first or Jes’s email address and we will happily arrange it for you.

Arts Week

The children have enjoyed Arts Week this week, learning about various artists and their work and making their own artworks in the style of different artists.  The driving force behind these lovely activities has been Chiara.  We are very sad to tell you that she will be leaving us at the end of next week to go back to Italy. She was always a long term temporary member of staff but we were living in denial. She will begin a university course in September and reunite with her mum but we know we won’t lose contact and she knows she is welcome back any time.  The children have gained so much form Chiara and we are sure you will join with us in wishing her luck and happiness for her future.

No More Raisins

In the interests of healthy teeth, we have taken away the raisins from the entrance. We believed this to be a healthy morsel to help you and your children on your way home but we have had recent updated information in the form of a dentist at the library) that in fact they are not good for young children’s teeth. As you know we are very passionate about the health and well being of the children in our care so sadly we have made the decision to stop our raisin giveaway. Sorry – please blame the dentist at the library – whoever she was!

OurSchoolsApp

We are very proud of our new app – we hope you will find it to be a fantastic way of keeping you informed of what’s going on at nursery.  You will have control over the information you receive and you can happily delete us when you leave. However, we understand that you don’t want your ‘phone to be constantly pinging, so only special events will be uploaded to the new app calendar.  It sends automatic reminders 24 hours and 2 hours before so you will probably smash your phone up if every allotment and sports trip etc were on there.  For regular trip information, please go to calendar on the website or look at the calendar on display in the entrance and in rooms.

Summer BBQ

The proposed date for the Summer BBQ is Saturday 28th July.  However, this date may shift if the weather looks dodgy. The summer BBQ is always a real hit, especially if the weather is great. We have a lot of lovely families and it’s always nice to get to know each other over a few beers and a burger. And the children always have an amazing afternoon. Anyway please try and keep the afternoon free if you can.

Show and Tell Theme

The theme for next week’s Gorilla Show and Tell is free choice – so no theme at all. We can’t wait to see what the children come up with.

Dear Everyone

 

Welcome to Friday!

 

In the Gorilla Room, we now have a Self-Registration board.  This is so that the children can register their arrival each time.  The idea is that they learn to recognise their own name and register their arrival each day they come to nursery .  As it is a new thing, we were wondering if you could help your child to ‘sign themselves in’ until they get the hang of it and are able to do so independently.

Also, could you please collect your child’s artwork from their drawer and put it on your fridge! Thank you!

 

Illness Update

Unfortunately, we have had a few cases of headlice in the nursery this week.  Please can you check your child’s head for lice and nits and treat accordingly.  As always, there is information in the folder in the hallway.

We have also had a few cases of children with high temperatures in the Gibbons Room.

 

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is “This is a picture of someone I love!”  Please can your child bring in a picture to show and talk about.

 

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have. It’s not too late to join in the fun!  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

 

And a Warm Welcome To…..

More new faces around the place!  We welcome Daniel who is a new apprentice.  All going well so far – we’ll keep you posted.

 

The Allotment

Our bus driver, Tony, took the week off (a busman’s holiday perhaps?!), but that didn’t stop the staff and children from getting out and about.  They took public transport to the allotment and whilst there took advantage of the warmer weather and stayed for lunch.  They made themselves delicious chicken cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches to eat.

 

Lost Property

 

Please come and look in the lost property basket for any of your items.  Can we also please remind you to put your child’s name in their garments.  Thank you!

 

Funding

We need your code by 21st March 2018 if you want the 30 hour funding.  It is your responsibility to check validation every three months.

 

Cloth Bags

We have a small stock of cloth bags now, so if you would like to purchase one, please let us know.

 

Midnight Walk

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

 

The Gate

 

And finally, as you know,  we take the safety of everyone here very seriously and therefore need to remind you all to Shut the Gate behind you.

 

Wishing you all sunshine, health and love and don’t forget to shut the gate.

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We start this week with…………………..

The New Website

The new website is now up and running and look fabulous if we do say so ourselves!  Please have a look (particularly the Parent Portal) and see what you think.

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is ‘My Favourite Animal’.  Please can your child bring in an animal (not a real one) of their choosing to share and talk about.

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have.  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

And a Warm Welcome To…..

You may have seen some new faces around the place.  We welcome Ramy who is a new apprentice on trial.  All going well so far – we’ll keep you posted.  We also welcome Lisa who is an intern from Germany who has engaged with the children very well.

 

The Allotment

We are delighted to tell you that Jennifer, our lovely allotment lady has just gained her Children’s Yoga qualification is now taking over the Yoga sessions for Gorillas and Baboons.  This will be really exciting for the children as they all know and love her.  With her Gardner hat on, she will be coming in next week to start off some veg and keep them warm in preparation for being planted out in the allotment when the weather gets warmer.  We are sure you will agree that this is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn first-hand about where our food comes from and the conditions it need in order to grow.

Midnight Walk

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

Wishing you all a lovely week-end and to all you mothers out there, we wish you a fantastic Mother’s Day and we hope you get very spoilt.

 

Happy New Year

Dear Parents and Carers

The only subject we can start with this week is the weather – Snow Joke!

We hope you had lots of fun in the snow with your children.

As you probably all know by now, we use text to communicate any immediate information or any information that may be subject to change at short notice.  It is vital, therefore that we have your mobile number so that you receive our texts.  You can also look on our Facebook hub for up-to-the-minute information.

 World Book Day

Well done everyone children and staff for dressing up on Thursday as your favourite book character.  You all looked wonderful in your costumes!

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is ‘Your Favourite Comic/Magazine’.  Please can your child bring in a publication of their choosing to share and talk about.  Could we please ask you not to bring in toys for Show and Tell.  We use Show and Tell as an opportunity to broaden the children’s experiences and this is why there is a specific theme.  The children will only get to show their toys if they relate to the theme.

Mother’s Day Breakfasts

Next week we will be inviting all mothers to join us and their child for a special Mother’s Day breakfast of bacon butty or croissant between 8am and 9am.  If you would like to come, please ask someone in your room to book you in on your preferred day with your menu choice.  If your child normally starts at 9am, you can come in before 9am, but we would ask that you stay until 9am before leaving your child.

Sweet Charity!

The children really enjoyed their trip to the Charity Shop and it got us thinking that we should link up with an overseas children’s orphanage/organisation.  If anyone has any connections or ideas on how we can do this, we’d love to hear from you.

Please can we remind you that unfortunately we cannot accommodate any day swaps as we have to adhere to strict staff ratios.

Can we also remind you that there is a Hand Skills Board in the Gorilla Room on which you will find resources and ideas of things to do with your child at home.  Also, in the Gorilla Room is a Self-Registration Board.  The children have been working very hard on learning to write their name to use on the board. Take a look – it’ll break your heart!

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have.  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

Wishing you all a fabulous week-end whatever the weather!

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Week Beginning 27th November 2017…

Hi All,

Blog

The blog has been updated as normal this week. We are changing the format next week slightly in that we will be more selective with photos so there will probably be a maximum of about twenty high quality photos from now on. We are in the process of updating our website and having so many pictures uploaded each week really slows the site down. Please don’t worry – you will still be taking home CD’s before Christmas break with the years photos of your child uploaded onto.

Cold Weather

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed the weather has turned much colder recently. We are still making sure that the children can participate in all the activities we offer outside but we would like to ask that they have a jumper, gloves, a scarf and a hat with them every day so that this is still an enjoyable time.Show and Tell

As all the Gorilla parents know, show and tell is in the process of changing. It will still be on Tuesday and Thursday next week however from now on we will now be introducing a theme each week. This way you can find something with your child and it means that we won’t have several of the same toy. This week’s theme is ‘something from the kitchen’. Have a look with your child for something you use in the kitchen that they would like to tell their friends and teachers about (please stick to only one item). We would also like to request that if your child does want to bring one toy to nursery it is put in their bag at the beginning of the day as children tend to get easily distracted from their learning otherwise.

Allotment Board

We would like to thank you all for being so proactive with our new allotment board. We know change can take some getting used too so we really appreciate your enthusiasm. This has made our mornings a lot more organised so please do keep checking the board to see where to drop your little one off.

Christmas Party

Since it’s now December our Christmas party is fast approaching. We would like to remind you to please bring a gift for Santa to give your child. We would also please ask that the gift is small and not too expensive as there is limited space in Santa’s sack and we want to be fair to all the children. The Christmas party dates are:

11th December= Baboons Christmas Party

12th December= Gibbons Christmas Party

13th December=Gorillas Christmas Party

The party starts at 2.30pm. If your child is not attending nursery that day they are still welcome to come along. If any parents would like to volunteer to help out on the day please let one of our team know, we are only able to accommodate two helpers for each party. On the day Santa will be arriving to hand out gifts from around. 3.45pm so if you would like to see Santa please pop in then, we would please request that you come in as quietly as possible so as not to disturb the flow of the party.

Photos

We are pleased to tell you that you will receive your photos from Dawn before Christmas. Today is the deadline if you wanted to order some. Any orders that come in late will incur a £5 late fee.Text service

We would like to say that we do not intend to sound blunt when we send out text messages. We have a limit of 160 letters/numbers for every message and sometimes its difficult to fit our message in, so we try our hardest to give as much information as possible and try to sound polite.

Register

We would like for all our parents/carers or anyone else that may collect your child in the evenings to write down the time that you have signed your child out on the register, it will really help the team. Thank you.

Funding info

If your child is eligible for funding from January, please make sure you start your code process as soon as possible. For more information on the 30-free hour scheme, tax free childcare or 2 year funding please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Mulled wine

We are having difficulty finalizing the date with the church, but we are really hoping its going to be on 14th or 18th December. We will give you more information about the evening next week once a date has been confirmed.

Spare Clothes

If your child goes home is any spare clothing that has been provided by us, please may we ask that they are return as soon as possible as we do not have the space to store piles of spare clothes. We do have a list in the office with the children who have borrowed our clothing, so when you return your items can you please ask the team to make sure your child’s name is taken of the list. We would also like to kindly ask for any donations of any warm winter jumpers that you may not want anymore.

Employee of the Month

Lastly, we just wanted to remind you that we do have a staff praise box in the main lobby so if you would like to nominate anyone who have been particularly helpful for employee of the month then please drop a note into the box.

Have a great weekend. We look for to sharing all our festive activities with you over the next month.

The Young Friends Team,

 

10th November:

Hi everyone.

Room pick up’s at 5pm…

We have listened to few parents who have raised concerns about how busy pick up time is at 5pm. Firstly we would like to say you must understand by this that the day is not as busy throughout for the children. Quite the opposite it feels very calm in the nursery for the children and if you would like convincing of this you are more than welcome as ever to come and help in the nursery for a few hours. The thing is that many of you turn up at the same time. We have always much preferred giving verbal personal feedback than handing out generic pieces of paper, but we understand that you are as a result all waiting for our team to talk to you and it is not beneficial for anyone. So, this week we have been racking our brains trying to think of a happy medium between the two. From next week the Gibbons will be, as they are throughout the day, kept in their two split separate spaces. So, they do not join and are picked up from the White Room. This should make life more relaxed. Added to this the Baboons will spend the last part of their day in the conservatory, not the main room, thus encouraging parents to come through to pick them up and not get ‘clogged’ up in the lobby. We are also trying a new thing where we put personal feedback on your Tapestry accounts, so you can see what your child has been up to that day before, or after, you arrive. We don’t want you to think we are trying not to talk to you – far from it. Our team will still be there and will be pleased to talk to you it just means they won’t be repeating themselves and you won’t be getting frustrated waiting for your feedback behind a queue of other parents. Hopefully this will help a lot so please do let us know when it has all been put into place.

Lots of new faces…

We are really pleased to be welcoming the lovely Jessica Taylor to the nursery starting this Monday. She is really excited to be starting here will be our educational lead, based largely, but not solely in the preschool. She has been working at Brunswick School (very closely with Claire my sister) so many of you will recognize her from there. She will be supporting our team with their environments and planning exciting and beneficial activities for your children. She will be monitoring progress and next steps and helping staff provide the absolute best educational (and fun) provision for everyone. She will also be our nursery SENDCo and carrying out and supporting staff in the provision of small intervention groups for any children that need or would benefit from it. You will be seeing her around a lot so please introduce yourselves and we are sure she will. It will be such a great link as she, with her experience at the school, knows exactly what is required to get your little ones ready for the school transition. Where they will meet my sister – who also spends a lot of time in the nursery. What could be better!

Neon Whittaker is our new addition to the office. She is working three days per week in the office to support Alice, who as you know, has reduced her days due to her childcare course. Neon has been a friend of the nursery for a long time as her daughter Amber, now in year 2, went through the whole nursery from a baby. Some of the team have known her for a long time so are really happy to have her around. Neon is a big supporter or the nursery and has lots of experience running offices and with HR so she is helping get us even more ship shape with regards to records and paperwork. She will also be supporting the whole team with regards to their working requirements.  She will be a very friendly regular face around the nursery and a voice on the phone so again, please introduce yourselves.

Oh – and if anyone knows anyone that might be interested in an apprentice position in the nursery please point them in our direction. We are looking for someone caring and enthusiastic to join the team. It is so hard to find the right people nowadays, so we thought we may widen the net and let you guys know we are looking.

Congratulations…

Most of you will probably have noticed by now that our Carly is getting a baby bump. She is happily expecting with her other half Reece and she will be taking maternity leave from the middle of January. She is planning on 6 months off and then back full time but we all understand that these things are unpredictable, so we won’t hold her to those details though we know she won’t be losing touch as she loves her job here and we already can’t wait to have her back with her little one.  Congratulations Carly! – So, as you can see we have covered all aspects of the running of the nursery thoroughly and with a decent crossover. So, from Nov – Jan we will have ‘too many’ team members to help everyone sink into their positions so all will be adept at everything by the time Carly goes off to have that beautiful little one.

Important – 30 hours codes…

If your child turns 3 between 1st September and the 31st December, then please go onto childcare choices website to begin your 30-hour code process.

If you do already receive 30-hour funding, please be aware that your codes do expire, and you need to re-validate them before the expiry date. This will be 3 months from when you logged into your account and set up for the funding. You will be receiving a private email from us regarding this aswell.

Little spruce up…

This weekend the lobby will be redecorated. You may have noticed the new revolting pink wall around the Baboon notice board. This was the result of miscommunication between Ricardo, our DIY guy, and myself. The team all found this very funny. I asked him to repaint the pink wall and he understood this as ‘Please find the most horrible pink you can and slap it all over that wall’. Anyway, it will be eradicated at the weekend no longer offending anyone.

New notice board…

The notice board in the corridor is now, as it used to be, your go-to place for all information so please remember to look at it. Instead of things everywhere not being looked at we realize it’s better for you to have it all in one place. So here you will find the menu, current illnesses, upcoming events, information on funding. Upcoming events will always be made obvious in the center- at the moment taken up with school admission date (15th Jan) and Dawn Jee, photographer visits.

Season of bad weather…

We have updated our sever weathers conditions and this is in each of the rooms and on the notice board. Please have a look at this when you get a chance.

Dawn Jee’s photo…

Dawn Jee. She will be visiting on the 14th and 15 Nov. her photos are gorgeous, and most people order them when they see the proofs. They are a lovely keepsake and she is so good with the children – if anyone can make them giggle she can! If your child isn’t in that day, please come in between 9.30 and 11.30 and she will fit you in. Come and find us in the office so we can talk to her and feel free to bring any siblings (as long as can sit up) and you might get a lovely family photo to give as a Christmas present or two.

Website…

We are in the process of redesigning the website to better reflect all the outdoor healthy stuff we do at Young Friends and part of it will be redesigning the blog and how we do it. We would love some feedback on whether you read it/love it/hate it so we know how to keep you guys happy with the new site. Do you read it? Do you actually look at all the photos? Anyway, for now, in order to speed up the site, we will be deleting all but the last three months because they are all just sitting there clogging things up and we figure the most recent ones are the most important. We will always keep the past three months and the rest are all on file for you to receive at Christmas on your complimentary disks so don’t worry they aren’t going to be lost.

Xmas Party…

Just a reminder that the Christmas parties will be week commencing 11th December. The Baboon party will be on Monday 11th, the Gibbons will be on Tuesday the 12th and the Gorilla party will be on Wednesday 13th.  You don’t need to do anything but please make sure your child has a present for father Christmas sack at least a week before. If you would like to dress your child up, then please do and we will provide everything else.

School selecting…

The closing date of school admissions is 15th January 2018. Please take a leaflet from the lobby for more information. Please see below for opening days in the local schools. Please call the schools to book onto the days and times you wish to attend.

Brunswick school – Monday 13th November 9.30am, 1.30pm and 6.00pm

St Andrews – Thursday 16th November 7pm

  • Monday 20th November 11am
  • Friday 24th November 9.30am
  • Tuesday 5th December 9.30am
  • Monday 8th January 9.30am

West Hove – 9th November 9.15-10.00

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organizing activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time, but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

 

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog has been uploaded with photos of this week’s latest activities so please check it out! Also, don’t forget to log in to your tapestry account.

Were famous…

As you all know it was Halloween on Tuesday and the children and staff all came in dressed up from witches to pumpkins to pirates and mermaids and everyone look fab! We look so cool in fact we even made it into the Argus on Wednesday morning. If you haven’t seen the pictures we have a copy here at nursery, please ask the staff.

Xmas Party…

Just a reminder that the Christmas parties will be week commencing 11th December. The Baboon party will be on Monday 11th, the Gibbons will be on Tuesday the 12th and the Gorilla party will be on Wednesday 13th.  You don’t need to do anything but please make sure your child has a present for father Christmas sack at least a week before. If you would like to dress your child up, then please do and we will provide everything else.

Dawn Jee…

Dawn Jee is coming in to take pictures of the children on the 14th and 15th November. If your children are not in on those days, please feel free to bring them in from 9.30 to 11.30 to have their picture taken.

Old McDonald had a farm…

Next week we are taking the children to some local farms to visit the animals and have a fun day out. On Monday the Baboons will be going to middle farm with Nadeem, Jodie and Tara. Please make sure you bring a warm coat with your child for the day. The Gorillas will be going g to Mile Oak farm next Friday.  Again, please make sure your child has a warm coat with them.

Surfers against Sewage…

In line with our passion all things environmental, we are now in communication with surfers against sewage about activities we can do with them to promote the children’s awareness about looking after our seas. We feel this very relevant considering where we live. We will keep you posted about this.

Display in our lobby…

If you have any leaflets in anything you wish to advertise, maybe it’s something in your career or a hobby that you run or a class that you attend or any information you wish people to know more about then please feel free to display some leaflets on our boars in the lobby or leave with Alice in the office and she will display for you.

Instagram…

We have started posting some fantastic pics on our Instagram page and we want you all to check it out. Please follow our page and get liking. Our Instagram name is ‘Youngfriendsnursery’.

School selecting…

The closing date of school admissions is 15th January 2018. Please take a leaflet from the lobby for more information. Please see below for opening days in the local schools. Please call the schools to book onto the days and times you wish to attend.

Brunswick school – Monday 13th November 9.30am, 1.30pm and 6.00pm

St Andrews – Thursday 16th November 7pm

  • Monday 20th November 11am
  • Friday 24th November 9.30am
  • Tuesday 5th December 9.30am
  • Monday 8th January 9.30am

West Hove – 9th November 9.15-10.00

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organising activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

 

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

On Fri, 20 Oct 2017 at 16:08, Management Young Friends <management@youngfriends.co.uk> wrote:

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog has been uploaded with photos of our wonderful Safety Scooter week so please check it out! Also, don’t forget to log in to your tapestry account.

Ho Ho Ho…

We would love any parents to come forward to be our Father Christmas for this year’s Christmas. We have had one volunteer so far – thank you Paul Allum (Father if Gigi in the Baboons). We still need another two so please don’t be shy and get involved. If you are interested please speak to Alice or Carly in the office.

Season of illness’s…

Many children have been at home with illnesses this week. High temperatures, colds and even croup. Please don’t forget to keep looking at our illnesses chart in the main lobby and our information book– we are updating it every day.

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organising activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

Tapestry…

Every so often we get an email or a call from one of you guys expressing a lack of confidence when using Tapestry. Of course, you are always welcome to call us and we can explain but it is so easy that shouldn’t be necessary. The way it works will have been explained to you during the settling process so it’s always best to get started as soon as possible after that whilst its fresh in your mind (we know, along with a million other things you are told all at the same time). As soon as you join the nursery your key person will get onto the site, put in your details (name, email addresses etc.) and join you up and you will then receive an activation link which leads you to set up your login details with a password and username. You can also add other users at this point like grandparents who might be interested too. We used to create passwords for our families but this meant people forgot them so we found it more efficient for you to create your own. The general jist is simple – basically, Tapestry is the site we use to observe your children and which gives you this direct information so you can look at the observations there and then. Your child’s key person observes your child at least three/four times per month complete with photos or videos. These are uploaded and you immediately receive an email notification. Click the link, login with your password and you can clearly see your child’s development file complete with photos, videos, text and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) information about what areas of development have been addressed/conquered and at what level. It’s pretty clear how it works once you are in there – you can even upload your own observations or comments about what has been said/what your child can do – just about anything really, we will appreciate any interaction at all, though of course this aspect is not essential.  So, the pressure is on – you now have an up to date explanation – and guess what, In the management dashboard we can see who has been logging in to see what their child is up to and there are a few of you who never have. Don’t let your child’s development and your key persons efforts go unnoticed – get logging on. Thanks!

Scooter Safety week…

Thank you to all who brought in their scooters and helmets with their children this week for Safety scooter week. The week was an enormous success. We taught the children about road safety, always wearing our helmets stopping at lights and at zebra crossings. We even had our own zebra crossing in our garden in a mini obstacle course. The Gorillas used their new-found knowledge on road and scooter safety learning how to use their breaks correctly, and scootered their way down to Palmeria Square. Please remember that is it Walking and Wheeling Month, so please still carry on the great work and walking, Wheeling, or Scooting to Nursery next week too! There are certificates to be given out.

Headlice…

Recently we have had some cases of headlice within our nursery and we just would like you to be keeping an eye out each night for any itching etc. Especially for girls with longer hair, we advise that they wear their hair tied up.

Pumpkins please…

We will be doing lots of activities to do with pumpkins next week ready for Spooky Halloween and we would really appreciate it if our families could donate some pumpkins to us to use. Any size, big or small, would be greatly welcome.

Instagram…

We are now on Instagram, so please get following! Our username is YoungFriendsNursery.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

13th October 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog will be uploaded on Monday when Louise return from her run in Palma along with our brilliant photos from the week.

Inset Day…

Thank you to all the parents for being so supportive of our inset day yesterday. Our team had a very productive day and we got so much done! Our garden is now transformed and the children’s reactions to it today when they went outside just proved how worth it was. Our rabbit hutch area is transformed from doom and gloom to bright and pretty, the garden frame is now interior decorated to look like a cosy home with a fire place and pictures frames on the wall. There are new natural music walls and sensory walls for every age to get involved with and the maths patch and sand kitchen have been completely renovated with bright paint and new accessories. Please come and look when your next in or check our Facebook post along with lovely pictures of our garden and please get liking!

Apologies for the mess…

With the renovation going on in the garden yesterday in our inset, unfortunately it meant a lot of rubbish built up and this morning was there outside the nursery waiting to be taken by Tony. Apologies for any mess you might have seen this morning on dropping off, but it has now all been cleared and taken away.

Ho Ho Ho…

We would love any parents to come forward to be our Father Christmas for this year’s Christmas. We need three in total so please don’t be shy and get involved. If you are interested please speak to Alice or Carly in the office.

Calendar…

Please find attached our parents Calendar for the rest of the year. It has all the special and important dates on there for your information. There will be one in each room too so you can look at on your way in and from nursery.

Good luck Louise…

Good luck to Louise and co this weekend who will be taking part in a run in Palma, Mallorca. We can’t wait to hear all about it next week.

New faces…

Jes has accepted our job proposal and will be the head of education in the setting. We have had amazing references and parents telling us how brilliant she is (those who have met her at Brunswick). Jes will starting with us on the 9th November.

We have a college student called Paige who will be volunteering and gaining work experience for her health and social care course next week. She will be working very Thursday and Friday.

Headlice…

We have had few more cases of children with lice this week. Please check your child’s hair every evening. We advise those with long hair to have it tied up to prevent head lice from spreading.

Allotment…

Jennifer has been busy at work at the allotment and creating lots of tasks for the children to do when they go up there, picking lovely beetroot and other yummy things to bring back to our nursery. We also have new geo boards that we are taking up there this week for the children to use in their activities next week when they go up there.

Sun hats…

All sun hats are in the main entrance in a box. Any left after next week will be taken to the charity shop.

Scooter Safety week…

Please bring in your child’s scooters to nursery week. The Gorillas will be having a special scooter session at the park on Tuesday and Thursday and the Baboons will be going on Wednesday. If your child is not usually in on those days, don’t worry we will be having scooter training at nursery in our garden. Please make sure your child has their helmet with them and sensible shoes.

Picks ups and drop offs…

Please use your full name and child’s name at the entrance when speaking on the intercom to our staff and not just ‘dad’ and mum’. Safety is priority here at young friends and we need to make sure only our families are coming into nursery.

Instagram…

We are now on Instagram, so please get following! Our username is YoungFriendsNursery.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Week Beginning 2nd Oct 2017:

To all Young Friend’s Families,

This weeks and last week’s blogs will be ready over the weekend – we are really sorry for the delay.

Inset Day…

Please remember that the NURSERY IS CLOSED THIS THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER for inset day. When you all return you will have a fully refreshed rabbit enclosure, creative area, climbing frame under house along with some new amendments such as a music wall, sensory zone, loom and a mark making hide out. We have screwdrivers, drills, sanding machines, paint brushes and silicone all at the ready! Let’s just hope for sunshine – not showers!

Garden donations…

We have a long list of random bits and bobs which we (Louise and co) will be out and about collecting over the weekend to complete our garden project on Thursday but we also wondered if any of you have anything at home that you may like to donate to help out.

We are in search for items such as – pennies, pots and pans (anything that would make a noise for our music wall), old metal cutlery, variety of metal tins (nothing fancy – just the baked bean type or larger), nails, screws and unwanted tools, baskets and old pieces of material.

If you have any of these items and you no longer use them or need them, we would kindly receive any donations that you wish to offer (or if not, let us know of any handy shops or good charity shops that may be of good use).

Instagram and Facebook…

We are now officially on Instagram, YoungFriendsNursery so please follow us if you’re a fellow Instagram’r and please like our Facebook posts.

Father Christmas …

This year we intend to be super organised (like every year) but this means poaching our parents to be father Christmas much earlier than we usually do! If you think you’d suit a deluxe Santa suit please email us and nominate yourself (or someone else)! Last year we had 3 fantastic Santa’s – Jenny, Chris and Rob! Thank you again for all your help!

Office changes…

Alice has now reduced her days in the office down to three as she has started a childcare course at Brighton College.  Claire (Louise’s sister) will be working every Wednesday – just in case you wonder who she is if she answers your call. Carly and Louise are still around as usual and will also be answering emails and calls so rest assured the office will always be maned.

Calendar…

Claire has been updating our winter calendar, this shall be in the main lobby and all the rooms next week. We will also send you a copy in the next Friday email for you to have at home too.

30 hours codes…

Please don’t forget to revalidate your 30-hour code if your end date is due. Some families who have tried to revalidate their codes after their end date have found it more difficult than families who have updated it just before their end date so please bare this in mind.

Funding…

If your little one turns 3 after 31st August and before 31st December please start registering for your funding entitlement. If you think your family is eligible for the 30 hour funding please go online www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to begin your funding process, and complete declaration form attached. If you would like to only claim your 15 hours, you don’t need to go online, we can claim the funding for you but please complete the declaration form attached.

Please, please, please complete ALL sections of the form – especially parent National Insurance numbers.

Buggy shed…

We don’t want to sound like we are on repeat but please collapse your buggies if they are to stay on the nursery premises. Buggies that are not collapsed and are not in the buggy store block our fire exits. Please collapse your buggies!

An exciting visit from Kayla…

Today, Kayla our persona doll visited the children at the allotment and joined them for snack time. Kayla came to tell the children about germs and the time she got poorly. She told them about the importance of washing your hands, covering coughs and being hygienic in general. So hopefully if you’re a Gorilla parent you may get told a story or two over the weekend.

Cbabiesafe…

It was such a shock for us to hear the terrifying news about another local nursery – c-baby-safe. When we found out the news our hearts went out to the families and children who attended the nursery, as well as the staff and owners. We have luckily been able to help 2 families who attended the nursery but we have not been able to help as many as we would have liked as our setting is very popular and busy. Anyway, we would like to reassure you that our nursery has recently undergone extensive fire safety checks, we have 2 emergency exit plans, one at the front of the building and another to exit through an exit in the garden (if the front was to become blocked) as well as fire safety trained staff with certificates. We do weekly fire alarm checks for all the alarms and we carry out fire and bomb evacuations regularly.

Walking and Wheeling month…

Please get your comfy walking shoes ready at the door for next week – its walking and wheeling month so don’t forget!

We have certificates and stickers ready for those who participate.

That’s all folks!

Warm wishes,Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

Young Friends Families,

 

Week Beginning 25th Sept:

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October and the nursery will be CLOSED. We have planned for our team to spend the entire day replenishing the garden. Louise is currently drawing up plans for the areas that we will be focusing on. Our garden is a massive feature to our setting and an area most loved by our children. Keep your eyes peeled next week – more information to come.

Walking and Wheeling month…

So, walking and wheeling week was such a success that we have now joined walking and wheeling month. We have many stickers and certificates for the children who take part. During October we will also plan our scooter safety week- good times ahead. Dates to be confirmed.

Christmas photos…

Don’t forget Dawn Gee will be coming in to do the Christmas photos on 14th and 15th November. If your child is not in on those days then please feel free to bring them in for the photo if you are thinking of buying one at Christmas.

Influenza vacation…

This coming winter, all children aged two and three can get the influenza vaccine at their general practice. The vaccine is given as a nasal spray, its quick and painless and no injection is involved. Not only does the influenza vaccine help to protect the children themselves, but by reducing the spread of influenza it will also help protect family members and others in the community. Please speak to your GP or check out our information leaflets and posters in our main lobby for more information.

2-year checks…

If your child is registered to a children’s centre, can you please send a short email just to let us know which one it is. Some of you may have done already, or you may have completed the section on your registration form. Just so you know, as there has been some confusion, your registered children’s centre should be different to your registered GP surgery. Our local children’s centre is Conway Court, but there is also the Tarner Centre and Hangleton Children’s centre.  If you are unsure Conway court will let you know what centre your child is registered too, this is all determined by your post code.

Family information service…

The family information service has a brilliant website with lots of useful information. Please check it out and click on the link below.

http://www.familyinfobrighton.org.uk/kb5/brighton/fsd/home.page

Delicious Menu…

We thought that we should introduce our food menu structure as it may have become a little confusing for some families. We have changed the way we display what the children have eaten during their day – the daily fact boards have stayed the same with all the children’s individual information i.e. how much they have eaten, slept and any other un-confidential messages but our staff now write either underneath or beside the board either menu 1, 2 or 3 for you to check what the daily menu is. The menus are laminated and displayed next too or near the fact boards and we hope this gives more information for everyone. Please let us know if think the information could be displayed in a better/clearer way.

Buggy store…

Unfortunately, we had a booster seat stolen from our buggy store over the weekend. We now store the Young Friends buggies and boosters in a locked shed beside our buggy store over the weekends. The buggies are of course safe during the day but we urge all families not to leave any buggies over night or over the weekend. If you do, this would be at your own risk and the nursery is not liable for any loss or damage.

Good with food…

We are looking for an assistant chef for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The hours are 9.30 to 1.30 so please let us know if you are interested or know anyone that is. Thanks

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Winter Calendar…

Alice is busy making our winter calendar with all the Christmassy dates we plan in the nursery. Our Christmas carols and mulled wine evening has not been forgotten to keep a look out for the date when the calendar is released.

Upcoming Staff Training…

We have booked a couple of training courses for some of our team to attend over the next month or two. Libby will be attending ‘Brilliant Babies’ and Alex will attend ‘Helping children manage grief or loss’. Both girls will hold a training session for the rest of the team in the staff meeting booked after they return, and we will release information to support our families at home too.

Young Friends Facebook Page…

Apologies for the slight confusion with our Facebook page. We are in the middle of creating a private Young Friends family page but its seems to be more difficult than we first thought. Before we can invite all our families into the group we need to become ‘friends’ first. Alice has sent many friend requests but not many people have accepted us as of yet (Sad times for us). Anyway, if you receive a friend request from Louise Lloyd-evans please accept and don’t fear that you are breaking our parent code of conduct. Louise is the manager of the account and her name will be stated, but you will actually become a friend of the Young Friends page. Oh, and on the Facebook note – PLEASE LIKE OUR POSTS ?

Beakers…

To coincide with the Young Friends ethos, if your child’s beaker is due to be replaced please consider (if possible) purchasing a stainless-steel beaker/bottle. Not only do they last longer and are more hygienic but please consider the environment. The thought of knowing that every plastic item that has ever been made, is still lurking around in the world and our environments, causing lots of complications – especially to the marine world is an awful thought. Every little change, can make a big difference.

Autumn…

Autumn has officially started and all the rooms have been focusing their activities based on the new season. The Gibbons and Baboons have been on trips to the park to collect conkers and all things Autumn and the Gorillas have already started making Halloween decorations. Although the evenings become a little shorter, we are excited for what we think is the most beautiful time of the year.

30-hour codes…

The Autumn headcount day is Thursday 5th October so please make sure you have revalidated your codes over the weekend. We have sent out reminder emails out of kindness but this is your responsibility as every family is given their unique start and end date. Carly attended a training course on Monday evening so please don’t hesitate to ask for her help if you have any questions.

Nature Kids…

We now officially have all the boosters we need (expect for one) for our Baboons to attend the Nature Kids and sports sessions in our mini bus. They have had their first full week attended the plot and have loved every minute of it.

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Carly, Alice and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 18th Sept 2017:

Hi everyone.

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October. We will be letting you know what we will be doing on this day in due course.

So long, farewell…

Neel has decided after having lots of direct experience with children that he would like to get more experience in the administrative side of childcare. We are very sad to say good bye as we are sure our families are too but we wish him all the best with his new career change. His last day will be Wednesday 4th October.

We know some of you may be slightly worried about the staffing in the preschool after hearing of Neels departure but please rest assured that we have lots of things in place. Alex has now returned from her holidays and Nadeem now works full time in the Gorilla room along with Nishat and Chiara our new Italian teacher. We have an Early Years Professional with teacher statues called Tara joining Young Friends in December and we have an interview lined up with a Practitioner called Jay who may be starting with us in November.

A few new changes…

Our lovely apprentice Sinead is now in the Gibbon room and if you haven’t met the lovely Tara who recently got the job, she is now our Baboons apprentice. As you have previously read Chiara is now in the Gorillas room but will be having Italian lessons with both the Gorillas and the Baboons and Italian singing lessons with the Gibbons. Please check out the key children boards.

Christmas photos…

Dawn Gee will be coming in to do the Christmas photos on 14th and 15th November. If your child is not in on those days then please feel free to bring them in for the photo if you are thinking of buying one at Christmas.

Bassie came to visit…

This week, we had a very special visitor come into our nursery. Bassie the guide dog and his partially sighted owner came in to speak to the children and they loved it! Gorillas, Baboons and even of the Gibbon went out to the garden to meet Bassie and gave him hugs and lovely strokes and asked the owner some interesting and imaginative questions as you can imagine! Please check out the blog photos of this. Guide dogs are a wonderful cause and need more recognition for the amazing work they do.

2 year checks…

We have completed 2-year progress and many of our Baboons and would like to send them off to their health visitors. Our local children’s centres are Conway court, Tarner centre and Hangleton children entre so please let us know which one your child is registered to. If you are unsure please call Hove’s children centre Conway court to find out. If your child registered to Conway court and your child’s health visitor has recently completed a 2-year progress check and ASQ form please can you share this information with us, Thank you!

Please don’t worry we are not sharing information because we have any concerns. We have to shore progress checks with health visitors and if we were to have any concerns we would share them with you as soon as we suspect anything.

Baboon Boosters…

Tony has been a trek this week around London picking up our new booster seats that we have recently bought. Apologies for the delay in the Baboons being able to go in the minivan up to the allotment however from next week they will be up there digging and picking for fruit and veg. Please ask for a timetable for the Baboons and Gorillas new daily routines with regards to the Nature Kids and Sports sessions.

Delicious Menu…

Apologies for the menu on the site being out of date – it is now fully updated with dates of the week 1,2 and 3. Please check out the tasty meals we will cooking on site for the children.

Safeguarding…

Chelsie our Gibbon apprentice attended a safeguarding training course on Wednesday and will be giving the rest of our staff any notes to refresh themselves on and look over.

Fire risk assessment…

Our building has undergone a through fire risk assessment just to set your minds at rest regarding your children’s safety. All staff have completed fire extinguisher and evacuation training We will also be doing more fire safety awareness tests on our inset day coming in on the 12th October.

Good with food…

We are looking for an assistant chef for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The hours are 9.30 to 1.30 so please let us know if you are interested or know anyone that is. Thanks

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Week Beginning 11th September 2017..

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog is ready and uploaded to the site so please take a look.

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October. We will be letting you know what we will be doing on this day in due course.

Welcome back Alex…

Alex is back (Yippeee) and she is freshly married so please off your congratulations. We have missed Alex dearly and so have the children and we are extremely happy she is back.

Allotment Gardener…

We are incredibly excited to tell you about the next stage of our Nature Kids adventure… Sadly Elisha, our friend and allotment coworker, has had to leave us to move her career down a different path. So as one door closes another exciting one opens! – We have taken the opportunity to find the perfect person to develop and embrace our vision for Nature Kids and to really involve the team and children in its growth. Nature Kids is still in its infancy – we are only a small step of the way to creating a truly magical and interesting place for your little ones and the winter will certainly not put us off – quite the opposite. The lovely Jennifer Nicholas, Evelyn’s mother who many of you will know, has taken on the position of the allotments nurture combined with feeding your little ones with a taste for the outdoors. She will be communicating with the team about jobs to be done and steer us all with regards to growing and continuing to create a rich exciting natural environment. She has her own allotment at The Weald, and her background and ambitions for the future are embedded in a love for children, yoga, nature, healthy living and mindfulness and we feel this fits perfectly with our vision for the allotment and the nursery as a whole. We welcome her on board with open arms and look forward to a long and happy relationship with her. We know you will all welcome this new addition to the Young Friends team and your children will certainly be getting to know her and getting muddy with her when they visit Nature Kids. They will really benefit from having someone dedicated to this part of the nursery which is becoming more and more intrinsic to what we/your children do. We will keep you posted on what Jennifer is up to with your children and how her role is developing. Lovely!

Going, Going, Gone…

You have until next Friday to check lost property for any missing pieces your child might of left/lost at nursery. Next Friday the lost properly box will be taken a charity shop so don’t miss out.

Youth Anthems Gig…

One of our fabulous mums is putting on another family friendly gig at the Brunswick in Hove, on Sunday 24th September 2-4pm. All profits will go to local charity Team Domenica, and there will be beer and cake! Please check out the Facebook page for more details. facebook.com/YouthAnthemsBN

Employee of the month…

Well done to Libby who is our employee of the month. Her positive manners and her ability to cheer people up has not only been noticed by us but also parents aswell. Libby has strong parent relationships and her obvs are always amazing and on point! Libby truly deserves this month’s title and please congratulate her when you see her.

Bonjourno…

Chiara did her first Italian class this week which was a huge success. She introduced singing in Italian songs and had pictures of Italians words such as pizza and mozzarella that the children would recognise already. Even the Gibbons have been getting involved in the Italian singing.

Nappy creams…

Please bring at least two creams now if you’re a child is in the Gibbon room as the rooms will be applying this twice a day.

After nursery treats…

Please stick to the raisons as treats when exiting the nursery as it is difficult for us to monitor allergy’s and risks when other children walking around the nursery or being offered the treat you have provided. If you want to bring a different treat for your child then please wait until outside the nursery as it can be unfair on the other children waiting for their parents to arrive.

Vouchers…

This is a reminder to stop your voucher payments if you are leaving us soon otherwise your voucher company will continue to pay money into our accounts.

Preschool photo…

Please come and collect our ‘Class of 2017’ school photo if you haven’t already! There waiting for you in the Gorilla room.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 4th September 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog is ready and uploaded to the site so please take a look.

Il suo tempo italiano…

The lovely Chiara is now one of our full-time members of staff and will be starting Italian lessons throughout the nursery. She will start her first-class next week with the Gorillas and continue her classes in the Baboons and sing songs with the Gibbons too. We are very excited and are sure you are too.

Baboon Pegs and toys…

If your little one is in our Baboon group, can you please leave their bag in the bathroom on the shelves. The peg area is only for coats and jumpers as it can be difficult for the children to get their coats/jumpers off when it’s over crowded with bags. If you are unsure where the shelves are please ask a member of the Baboon team. If you come along to nursery with a toy from home please make sure it is left in your child’s bag before you leave them in the morning, it’s impossible to find toys amongst our resources in the evenings so to avoid toys becoming lost please leave them in your child’s bag.

Gorilla shoe cubby…

This week a few Gorilla children have been searching for their shoes outside in the sheltered shoe area but have been unable to find them as they were left in the main lobby. We know some families may be in a bit of a hurry in the mornings but please remember to place your child’s shoes in the sheltered shoe area outside, otherwise they’re looking for shoes that are not there.

Gorilla Show and Tell toys…

Our show and tell basket has become a mountain of unclaimed toys. Please take home any of your show and tell toys that you may have left behind next week so we can take the remainder of toys to the charity shop and start afresh with a small basket of toys each day.

Vouchers…

This is a reminder to stop your voucher payments if you are leaving us soon otherwise your voucher company will continue to pay money into our accounts.

Preschool photo…

Please come and collect our ‘Class of 2017’ school photo if you haven’t already! There waiting for you in the Gorilla room.

Alexandra’s return…

Alexandra will be returning from her annual leave next Thursday as a married lady! The children have been asking lots about her so it will definitely be an exciting day for them and for the staff.

Invoices…

If there’s any discrepancies with your new invoice please let us know as soon as possible. There has been many changes to our system this month so we do apologise in advance if there are errors. If you are unsure about your invoice please forward it to Louise@youngfriends.co.uk or accounts@youngfriends.co.uk so we can iron out any mistakes if there are some. Hopefully there won’t be but do be aware our new fees have started this month.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

EYP and Apprentice…

On Tuesday, we interviewed a very keen apprentice called Tara who will start her trial week next week in the Baboons. She has lots of hobbies that match our nursery ethos so we have really high hopes for her. Please say hello if you get to meet her, she is really sweet. We will also be interviewing another lady called Tara for our Early Years Professional post on Tuesday. She has had loads of experience teaching in schools and has recently returned to England after teaching in New Zealand so we will keep you updated next week with how she got on.

Buggies…

If you are storing your buggies in the buggy storage at the top of the drive can you please fold your buggies up and place them onto the shelves. If you need help collapsing your buggy or placing it onto a shelf please ask a member of our staff to help you.

Allotment and sport update…

So, we have finally located 5 more high back boosters for the Baboons to attend the allotment and sports trips every day. The Baboons have a schedule on their daily food board for parents/carers to see what day their child will be attending either the Nature Kids project or sports sessions. Please make sure you are at the nursery for 9am if you would like your child to attend their scheduled trip.

Footwear…

The weather is slowly changing, so please bring your child along wearing appropriate footwear according to the weather. We would also recommend supplying footwear you don’t mind getting muddy and worn-out so they do explore all kinds of terrains.

Fee’s list on the website…

Our new fee’s will be on our website by the end of next week. We have been trying to update the fee’s list today but our site would not save it so please bear with us. Sorry for any inconveniences caused but if you would like a copy of the fee’s list please email management or ask for a copy at the office.

Headlice and hats…

Seen as we have some itchy bugs going around in the preschool, we suggest that sunhats are left on your child’s peg to stop any confusion that may go on when looking through the hat bag. We have also collected lots of sunhats over the summer and they are going in the wash this evening for parents to collect next week, they will be put in a box in the main lobby for you all to search through.

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 29th August 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog will be uploaded over the weekend but both the blogs from the last two weeks have been added to our site so please take a peek.

Lots of new faces…

We have welcomed lots of new families over the last two weeks and we have a few more still to join, so if you notice any new faces please introduce yourselves if you are feeling confident to do so. It would be lovely for them to make new some new friends of parents who have children who attend our setting too.

Preschool photo…

This week we said goodbye to many preschoolers and we only have a handful left (sad face). Our Class of 2017 photo is now ready so if your child has already left, you are more than welcome to come along and pick up their pre-school class photo.

Thank-you Paula and Vanessa…

Sadly, Thursday will be Paula’s last day with us (sad face again). Unfortunately for us, Paula will be going home to Germany to start a university course in the late year. We are very happy for her and wish her all the best – If only she could be in two places at once!! Paula has been with us for a year and started her apprenticeship in January. She will be missed by us and by all of you (our families) for sure. Paula will be in the Baboon room next week if you would like to say good bye.

We said goodbye to Vanessa our preschool intern on Thursday. Her 9-week internship had come to an end and we would like to thank her for all her help. She said she had a great experience working at our nursery and said she will defiantly pop back again when she visits Brighton from Germany soon.  We will miss her also.

Invoices…

If there’s any discrepancies with your new invoice please let us know as soon as possible. There has been many changes to our system this month so we do apologise in advance if there are errors. If you are unsure about your invoice please forward it to Louise@youngfriends.co.uk or accounts@youngfriends.co.uk so we can iron out any mistakes if there are some. Hopefully there won’t be but do be aware our new fees have started this month.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Two new staff members…

Over the past two weeks we have had a very sweet lady trialing to be our lunch cover practitioner. We think she has done really well and the children have warmed to her very quickly so, she will be our new permanent lunch cover from now on. Unfortunately, it will be very unlikely for any parents/carers to meet her as she works from 11.30 – 2.30 Monday – Friday but her photo will be added to our staff board next week.

Victoria is also new to the Young Friends Team, she has started her internship and will be with us for another 14 weeks. She is currently gaining experience with the Baboons so say hello if you meet her.

Buggy Store…

We would like to highlight that one of our families’ buggies went missing last weekend. We would just like to highlight this to all our families not to leave your buggies at the nursery over the weekend. However, if anyone took home a buggy that was not there’s last week please let us know. We are slightly confused as the nursery buggies on the top shelf were not taken. Anyway, please take your buggies home and fold them to store them during the day. Thank you.

Allotment…

If any parents would like to come and attend an allotment trip with the children please let us know. Georgie – mother of Milly in the Gorilla room came on Tuesday and she said she had a wonderful time. You are more than welcome to either come along in the minibus or meet us at the allotment but it would be brilliant if more of our parents or carers came along too so please get in contact if this is something you would like to do.

Fee’s list…

We would like to apologise as we have noticed a slight mistake on our fee’s list. Our settling in fee is now half the price of a full day which is £30 so if your child is about to join our nursery please be aware. We are sorry for the delay in noticing this error.

Headlice…

This week our staff have noticed a few added friends in the Gorilla group and these are not of the human type – we have noticed a headlouse or two amongst some children so please make sure you have a thorough check over the weekend. If you are having any difficulties trying to get rid of the unwanted crawlies Bertie and Belle do indeed offer a headlice service so ask them for any tips or advice. We always recommend putting long hair into a pony tail if it’s your child’s nursery day.

Sorry to leave it on an itchy note but we hope you all enjoy the great weather that is due this weekend and look forward to seeing you all return next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 21st August 2017…

Hi everyone.

Louise is on holiday until the end of August so the blogs will be added to the website in a couple of weeks. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Holiday Forms…

Please see attached a holiday form. If you are going on holiday soon please can you fill out one of these forms and bring back into nursery when dropping/collecting your child. They are also available in the rooms to collect.

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly.

Preschool Photo…

The preschool photo will be ready on Monday for collection or if you are unable to collect the photo over the next couple of weeks please let us know in the office and we will send to you by post.

Bruises/scratches…

It is extremely important that when you drop your lovely children off in the morning to our fantastic team, that you always make them aware of any bruises/scratches etc that happened not at nursery. We just need to be aware so we know that it didn’t happen whilst at nursery and if the bruising/bump etc need to be watched during the day. We have a new existing injury form that you will need to fill out which staff will have ready to give you if in need.

Alex getting married…

Congratulations to Alex who got married over the last weekend. We are very happy for her and we are looking forward to her return on the 11th September 2017.

Car seats…

We are still in need of car seats for our nursery mini bus so we can take more Baboons up to the allotment. If you have unwanted ones or know of anyone then we would be very grateful.

September New Fees…

Please don’t forget about the new September fees that will be issued in your new invoice starting from the 1st September. If there is any confusion regarding your invoice please email Louise as soon as you receive your invoice to spare any late fee charges.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 14th August 2017:

Hi everyone.

Louise is on holiday until the end of August so the blogs will be added to the website in a couple of weeks.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Employee of the month…

Well done to Romany this month who is our employee of the month. Romany has progressed well in her NVQ and is due to finish in the next couple of months. As an apprentice, Romany has gained lot of experience in the under two’s and her positive charm never goes unforeseen. Romany supports her team well and is evident in her practise that she is ready for a practitioner role.

Voting for employee of the month…

All our staff deserve the title of being employee of the month but we would really like to know your suggestions for whom you think should be employee of the month. We want to know the name of the member of staff and your reasons why. Please don’t be shy and write your suggestion in the employee of the month box in the lobby or email us your thoughts on who you think. We think all our staff are excellent but a suggestion from our family makes it a little bit more personal for them.

New forms and procedures…

We have updated some of our policies and procedures and have introduced two new forms which parents/carers will need to complete for holiday or medical absence. If you have an upcoming holiday booked please ask a member of staff in your child’s room for a form to complete or you are more than welcome to email management and we will send you one. If your child is unwell or won’t be attending their usual nursery session, it is very important that you contact the nursery and let us know – otherwise our team will ring you at 09.30am. If we are unable to contact the parent/carer of a child who is absent without notifying us, we will contact your emergency contact and if still unsuccessful social services will be contacted after 24 hours. It is a duty of ours to safeguard the children in our care so please comply with our policies and procedures. The new policies updated on our parent portal is:

– Child protection

– Parent code of conduct

– Staff code of conduct

– Reporting signs of abuse

– EYFE policy

– Working with parents

Please log onto our parent portal via our website. Our password is HealthandHappiness2016. Thank you.

Parents afternoon feedback…

It was lovely to have you attend our parents evening last week and we would appreciate some feedback from our parents on how their appointment went. Please email the office with your thoughts on the evening.

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly. We are no longer doing the preschool photo due to not all children being able to make the photo so we are doing something even better. We are going to make a year book page of their photos which will be available for you which we will either give to you here or send to you in the post if your child has already left.

September New Fees…

Please don’t forget about the new September fees that will be issued in your new invoice starting from the 1st September. If there is any confusion regarding your invoice please email Louise as soon as you receive your invoice to spare any late fee charges.

Louise’s holibobs…

Louise is away on holiday now until the end of August. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 7th August 2017…

The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos!

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. We would be extremely grateful and we love seeing what you write. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly. We are no longer doing the preschool photo due to not all children being able to make the photo so we are doing something even better. We are going to make a year book page of their photos which will be available for you which we will either give to you here or send to you in the post if your child has already left.

September New Fees…

Please see attached our new September fees, they are currently being added to the site we promise it won’t be long but if anyone needs to know how their invoice calculated please ask and we’ll be happy to help. If there are any queries when they come out drop us an email – we are expecting a bit of confusion the first month so please try to get prepared before the invoices come out.

Buggies…

Please fold up your buggies and make sure they packed neatly away in the buggy shed. We wouldn’t want any buggies falling on people.

No more glitter…

We have banned glitter from the nursery as it has been discovered that the glitter is polluting our oceans killing our sea animals. Glitter may look pretty but we care about our environment and keeping it safe. We hope you agree with this and if you want more information please check out our Facebook page for more information on this topic.

Louise’s holibobs…

Louise is away on holiday now until the end of August. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

Jodie’s, Lottie’s and Ebone’s parent’s afternoon…

All three of these lovely ladies were not here for today’s parent’s afternoon. Please don’t worry your children have not been forgotten if they have either Jodie, Lottie or Ebone as their key person. The parent’s afternoon for your child will be on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 1st August 2017…

Hi everyone.

Day nurseries…

Our Ofsted inspection is due any day now. The team are very excited, and a little bit nervous but we can’t wait for it to happen. We would be very appreciative if all our families took the time to leave a review for us on www.daynurseries.co.uk or complete a review form that is in the main lobby. All our parent’s views are highly important to us and it would be brilliant for Ofsted to see how wonderful you think our provision is too.

Where to send your emails…

We love receiving your emails and we always try and respond as quickly as we can. Sometimes there might be a confusion of whom to email to. If you have a request about changing sessions, decreasing/increasing days/hours, handing in notices etc then please email Alice on management@youngfriends.co.uk This email address is constantly monitored and Alice will respond to you. If you have any queries about you invoice/payment then please email Louise on louise@youngfriends.co.uk.

Say no to glitter! …

We have made the decision to not use glitter in the nursery. After much research, we have discovered its awful impact on the environment and marine life. We have uploaded an article on our Facebook page, so please check it out.

Spare Clothes…

We have had a few parents on the lookout for some missing items of clothing which are named. We do hold our hands up when named clothes do go missing but it is a mistake that rarely happens so if you happen to notice a few items of unknown clothing appear into your child’s bag, can you very kindly return them please. Thank you.

Upcoming parent’s day 11th August…

We look forward to seeing you all on our parent’s day on Friday 11th August. We have put out appointment sheets in every room so please make sure you book an appointment with your child’s key worker before the slots are snapped up. This year we are going to have appointments running through the morning from 09.30 – 11.15am and again in the afternoon from 2.30 – 6pm. If your unable to attend next Friday please let the staff in your child’s group know and they will try to rearrange for another date. Lottie and Jodie are not in the nursery next Friday so their appointments will be re-scheduled for Wednesday 16th August.

Welcome back Chiara…

We have welcomed back a very happy face this week – Chiara (our intern from last year) will be joining our team as a volunteer until a potential practitioner position becomes available. Please say hello to her if you see her, she will be working in the Gibbon group and were really pleased to have her back.

Any gardeners out there?…

We are looking for a child friendly gardener to attend our plot for around 15 hours per week. If you know anyone that would be interested please let us know or nudge them to contact us.

Dates for the Calendar…

Please add these dates to your calendars if they relate to you. We are sorry last week we got a little confused with some of the dates but these ones are for sure, correct.

Date Event
Friday 4th August Pre-school parent’s afternoon
Friday 11th August Parents afternoon
Tuesday 15th August 09.30am Pre-school leavers photo
Thursday 12th October Nursery closed for inset day

 

September school leavers…

If your child is going to school this year but will still be in the nursery after September for a few days, you will be charged our normal day rate as your funding would have stopped. So please be aware when your last invoice is issued.

Leave dates and deposit return…

This is always a sad time of year for all our staff as we have to say goodbye to lots of our preschool children. The Gorillas are having leaving parties every week and over the next month or so we would have seen all our pre-school children leave to start their new journeys at school. If you have recently handed in your months’ notice, please be aware that your deposit is returned a month after you leave. This is in case any extra sessions have been booked during your last month and to ensure the last invoice has been cleared. Please email management your bank details prior to your last day so we are able to return your deposit.

Changing sessions…

We try our best to offer everyone the days they would like their child(ren) to attend here at Young Friends, however when requesting to change sessions or decrease/increase please email managemtn@youngfiends.co.uk with your request and Alice in the office will respond. We also ask for as much notice as possible when changing sessions and a months’ notice for decreasing sessions.

Warm wishes,

 

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

Hi everyone.

Pre-school Photo…

Our pre-school photo will be on Tuesday 15th August. We would like ALL the children who are going to school in September to come along and be part of the photo. If you are unable to attend please email us and let us know in case we need to re-arrange the date to suit everyone. We are making some funny props to help us capture the perfect picture but silly dancing and funny faces from parents watching will probably go a long way too for sure!

Day nurseries…

Our Ofsted inspection is due any day now. The team are very excited, and a little bit nervous but we can’t wait for it to happen. We would be very appreciative if our families took the time to leave a review for us on www.daynurseries.co.uk or complete a review form that is in the main lobby. All our parent’s views are highly important to us and it would be brilliant for Ofsted to see how wonderful you think our provision is too.

Tax Free Childcare…

We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare scheme so please email us for our account code if this is a scheme you will be using.

Spare Clothes…

We have had a few parents on the lookout for some missing items of clothing which are named. We do hold our hands up when named clothes do go missing but it is a mistake that rarely happens so if you happen to notice a few items of unknown clothing appear into your child’s bag, can you very kindly return them please. Thank you.

Upcoming parent’s afternoon…

So, our team have been busy typing away getting all your children’s reports ready for parent’s afternoon. We still have a few more reports to complete which will be finished over the next week or two. Anyway, our parent’s afternoon will be on August 11th. There will be a different Parents afternoon for the children who will be going to school in September this will be Friday 4th August.

You will see the time sheets appear in the rooms next week so don’t forget to book the perfect slot for you before it’s too late!

Parent declaration funding forms…

We need all funding forms returned by the end of next week. If you haven’t sent off for your 30-free hour eligibility code then you need to do it as soon as possible as we need them in way before the end of August. If you are unsure how to send off for your code please go to www.childcarechoices.co.uk. Don’t hesitate to ask Carly any questions you may have about the funding form or how to send off for your eligibility code, she’s always happy to help.

Share your skills…

Please don’t forget we welcome any parents to come in and share their skills/culture with us and the children. We really love it when we can hear about you what you do in your jobs and traditions in your culture. Please email us in the office if this is something you would like to do.

Inset day…

This is the first reminder for our next inset day on Thursday 12th October. The nursery will be closed for a staff inhouse training day which is always vital for our staff’s development. We will give you lots of information about what the day will be focused on nearer the time.

Nature kids update…

The children have been attending the Nature Kids Project all geared up in their waterproof clothing and welly boots for the past week. They have begun planting peas, broad beans and carrot seeds that will be taken to Louise’s cold box to grow and strengthen ready to be planted in Autumn. We have brought some new shelves that can store more resources for the groups to take with them for when they attend the allotment, and we will also be filling it up with resources that will stay at the allotment for the children to choose what they may like to explore or learn about when they’re up there. Next week we are we plan to start extending our outdoor classroom so the groups who attend have more sheltered area when it rains.

Today, Louise planted new seeds with the Gibbons and Baboons in their indoor growing stations. We thought that planting cress and flower seeds that start growing within 3-4 days will be more beneficial for the children to watch grow and change over a shorter period of time whilst inside the nursery. What we thought might have only been a simple activity turned into a soil turmoil in the Baboon conservatory which was brilliant to watch.

Increasing sessions…

If you are thinking about increasing your child’s sessions in September or at some point over the next couple of months we really need to know as soon as possible. Unlike previous Septembers this year the nursery stays almost as full right through till the end of next year, so we do need to know now so we can try to accommodate you – or at least let you know the nearest time that we could.

Facebook…

Please don’t forget to check out our Facebook page – we have updated it with some new photos and a Reggio article which is a great read for those who would like to learn more about the Reggio approach.

Dates for the Calendar…

Please add these dates to your calendars if they relate to you.

Date Event
Friday 8th August Pre-school parent’s afternoon
Friday 11th August Parents afternoon
Tuesday 15th August 09.30am Pre-school leavers photo
Thursday 12th October Nursery closed for inset day

September school leavers…

If your child is going to school this year but will still be in the nursery after September for a few days, you will be charged our normal day rate as your funding would have stopped. So please be aware when your last invoice is issued.

The Prevent Duty…

We have attached a document for our families to read to increase everyone’s knowledge on children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation. Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone but everyone plays a vital role in spotting signs which can prevent children from being radicalised and committing a terrorist crime. All our team are trained and have gained certificates which are available for you all to see in the main lobby. If you have any difficulties opening the document there is a hard copy available.

That’s everything for this week, we hope you have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to leave us a review if you find a spare minute or two.

Warm wishes,

 

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

 

7th July 17…

The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos.

Sarah’s last day…

Unfortunately, next Friday will be Sarah’s last day at Young Friends. Sarah has been with us for almost 3 years and has had experience working in all 3 age groups. She’s been a pleasure to have as part of our team for so long but the time has come where Sarah would like to gain experience working in a different field. Sarah would like to gain experience working with children who need extra support with physical disabilities.

Hannah’s returned for lunch cover…

We are very happy that Hannah has returned as our lunch cover practitioner until she moves to Scotland in August. Hannah’s just returned from her trip back home to Jersey for a few weeks and is eager to get back into the nursery environment. So, if your little one(s) go home talking about Hannah, don’t worry – they are not thinking of previous memories, they most probably would have been playing with her that day. Hannah’s hours are from 11.30-2.30pm Monday to Friday.

A couple of new faces…

Next week we have a couple of new faces that will be in the pre-school. Firstly, we have an intern called Vanessa that will be working in the pre-school on an 8-week internship. Vanessa is from Germany she is currently in her third semester in her Master studies and intends to obtain her Master’s degree by 2018. Vanessa has got many degrees and has lots of experience as a student teacher in many other placement school across the EU. We are very excited to meet her on Wednesday, she will be wearing a name badge so please say hello if you get to meet her.

Secondly, we have a level 3 practitioner starting in the Gorilla room called Chloe, she came for a trial day last week and really impressed us. Chloe has a very happy and calm energy and we think she’s going to blossom really quick. Chloe’s first day is on Tuesday, so please say hello to her too if you meet her.

Scooter safety week…

We are now aiming to get our bronze modeshift stars in scooter safety and helping the environment by walking/scootering/biking to nursery. We are planning  a scooter week where we will encourage all children to scooter to nursery. One day we will also be holding a scooter day where we will practise safe scootering around. There will be certificates and stickers foe everyone who gets involved and we encourage for you to participate.

30 free hours information…

We have had a few families that have not had any response from the council/government since completing their 30 free hours application form online, please don’t worry if this has also happened to you, please ring this direct line and they should hopefully be able to help you – 0300 123 4097. Please don’t forget that all codes need to be handed in before the end of August to receive your funded hours.

Employee of the month…

Drum roll please… our employee of the month this month is…….. Neel!!

Whilst Carly was away on annual leave Neel stepped up, took lead and handled the challenge really well. Neel has always been a great leader in the room and at the Nature Kids Project with his enthusiasm for outside learning. Neel fully deserves our employee of the month award this month and were sure you all agree too.

First aid achievements…

Mimi and Chelsie have both been our most recent achievers as they passed their first aid tests over the weekend. This was Chelsie’s first ever first aid course and Mimi’s third and they both passed with no difficulties. Please congratulate them when you see them.

Child care choices…

For more information on saving money on childcare costs please visit www.childcarechoices.co.uk for the most recent schemes that will work best for your family. We do also have a leaflet in the main lobby that you are more than welcome to take for even more information.

Sun cream…

Many of you may be a little confused with the recent sun cream charge on your July invoice. The £10 charge is a once only fee for sun cream to be applied to your child throughout the rest the Summer/Autumn season in the late morning and afternoon. We have been applying sun cream to children who have not brought in their own sun cream with them for the previous month or so. Families who have not had the added fee have supplied their own sun cream which stays at the nursery to be applied again in the late morning and afternoon. We do ask that sun cream is applied at home every morning before dropping your child into nursery and help the staff get the children to the garden/sports/allotment on time in the mornings.

Baboon booster seats…

A little plea for any unwanted high booster seats for our Baboons to borrow in the mornings to go to the Nature Kids Project. If your little one has recently outgrown their high booster seat and upgraded to a small booster seat we would kindly take on any donated boosters or even if your happy for us to use it on the morning after you have drop your child off to nursery. (Pleases and thank yous)

Don’t forget 22nd July!

On Saturday 22nd July, we are holding our annual summer BBQ and sports day in St Ann’s Wells Gardens. There are poster’s around the nursery with more information for you to see. Next week there will be a register for you to sign f you will be attending this day and how many family members you will be bringing. Please look out for that next week.

Brunswick school visit…

Next Tuesday our pre-schoolers who will be attending Brunswick Primary School in September will be visiting the school in the morning. Please make sure you drop your child off at 9am for the group to leave at 09.10am to arrive at Brunswick for 09.25am. If your child will be going to Brunswick Primary in September but does not usually attend nursery on Tuesday, you are more than welcome to drop them in and collect them again at 10.30 at the nursery. We are all very excited.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy this lovely weather!

Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

16th June 17…

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The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos.

that 30 Hour Query Explained…

We have had a few query’s/confusion about free hours. We apologise for being unclear and thank those of you who highlighted it. We are just getting our heads around this ourselves and sometimes it takes queries to realise we haven’t been clear enough…

Basically, if you are doing more than the ‘stand-alone’ hours i.e. if you are doing over the 11.4 or 22.8 hours for the 2 yr, 15 hr or 30 hr funding respectively then you will get your full free hours whatever your times. That means you do not have to come in at 8 or 7.30 am if you are not coming in just for your free hours. We will claim and give you your maximum free hours whenever your sessions fall.

Example –  if you are doing 2 school days (9-4pm) that equates to 14 hours in the nursery, you would get the maximum 11.4 free hours and thereafter pay full fees (£6 per hour) for the remaining 2.6 hours of the day. Added to this would be 12.50 for the extras package the first day and 6.25 for the second day. The extras package will only be split in half, not charged pro rata, and we will round it up so you will be paying less rather than more.

By this we mean that if we divided the extras package by the number of funded hours in the aforementioned day you would be paying £7.88 (hourly rate of extras is 1.79 x 4.4 ((funded hours left on second day of a school day)) = £7.88). But we are just charging £6.25. We hope this helps.

To reiterate what is in the extras package – 5 healthy nutritious meals per day, yoga, nappies and wipes, photos, allotment trips (with minibus, a dedicated experienced driver, extra staff hired for safety, horticulture expert to guide staff and children and upkeep), structured sports sessions, 100 % first aided staff, ongoing photos and complimentary disks and much more. We do hope you agree that this is more than worth £12.50 per full day and often less as explained above. We are happy to answer any more query’s as and when they come up and we will email out fee lists next week so you can prepare.

All our staff have received rise in their wage which we know you all agree with.

One better journey…

Next week Alice will be having a meeting with Polly Stebbens from the Brighton and Hove City Council regarding a new active and sustainable travel to our nursery. This is called One Journey Better. This is a new accreditation that we are aiming to achieve our Bronze star and then work our way up. Since walking and wheeling week, we realised how many of our families got involved and so this is something we want to make more of an everyday thing. We will keep you updated with more information from Alice meeting next week.

Introducing Tony…

This week, our brilliant new mini bus driver Tony has started and will be working from :930 to 3:30 every day. We are so happy to have Tony part of the team and it now enables the Baboons and the Gorillas to both go up every day. The Gorillas that go up can stay all day and come back to the nursery at 3pm. Tony also drives the hot yummy lunches up to the allotment for the children up there so they can have a hot meal whilst up there. if you see Tony about on the driveway or in the building please say hello.

Sainsbury’s vouchers…

Thank you so much to all the parents that brought in Sainsbury’s vouchers. We have collected all the vouchers up and can announce we have raised 1,289 vouchers. We will let you know what we buy with these vouchers.

Buggy situation…

We just want our families to know that we are aware of the buggy situation. Ricardo is currently building a new big buggy shed that will be going at the top of the drive.

Car seats…

If any families have any car seats or 2/3 year old booster seats that they would like to donate to our nursery that would be greatly appreciated. We are in desperate need of car seats for the mini bus so the Baboons can go up to the allotment and hopefully soon the Gibbons too. If any parents are happy to leave their car seat in the morning when they drop off their children and can pick it up at the end of the day at collection would also be a great help.

9th June 2017…

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Family photo’s…

We would like to refresh all of our current family boards in each of the rooms. The Baboons are going to be placed in photo frames around their home corner the same as the pre-school. We do not have family photos for every child and would like to ask families to bring a few in or even email us a few so we can print them out here. The Gibbons have a board in their soft play room which the children can pull their photo’s off themselves, so a this is a small plea for any family photo’s please.

Sun cream…

We will be applying sun cream in the afternoons so please make sure you apply a strong sun cream to last the morning on the day your child attends nursery. If you would like your child to use their own sun cream please label the bottle and let the team know in the mornings, it would also be useful if you email management and let them know as there will be a £10 sun cream fee on your next invoice if you would like to use our cream for the whole summer.

 Pre-school leavers…

If your child is leaving to go to school this year can you please let us know your official last day as soon as you know. We understand that not everyone will know just yet, but we would like to make sure we have everything pre-pared and ready for their last day if it is before August.

Sainsburys Vouchers…

Our Sainsbury’s collection will come to an end on the 30th June so please bring in any vouchers that you may have at home before the finishing date. The vouchers are used to order sport equipment for the children which is always really useful so please bagger the Sainsburys staff when you’re paying for your shopping.

Walking through the Kitchen…

If you are a parent of a Gibbon child please don’t walk through the kitchen when our kitchen staff are in and preparing food. We are more than happy for you to walk through first thing in the morning but we cannot let anyone walk through when food prep and cooking is taking place.

Unwanted goods…

As always, we are always very keen to accept any unwanted items that you may have at home from kitchen utensils, to tool or even old children’s magazines. So, if by any chance you are having a sort out at home this weekend please think of us before you donate to any charity shops pleases and thank yous.

New apprentices…

Paige will be starting with us from the 19th June. She impressed us during her trial week and we think she would be a great member of our team. She will be on a probationary period for the first 3 months so if you do speak to Paige and see her in action any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Parent team member of the month box…

Thank you to all of the parents who have already put in a staff member suggestion in our box. It will be so lovely for our staff to know how much they are appreciated by our families. If you haven’t put any suggestions in don’t worry, our staff meeting is due in the next couple of weeks. Please just jot down why you think the staff member should be chosen and if you would like too you can leave your name too.

Nature Kids update…

Our new mini bus driver Tony will be starting with us on Tuesday, he is employed between the hours of 9am – 3.30pm so the children will be spending the whole day at the Nature Kids Project when the attend. The Baboons and Gorillas will be attending the Nature Kids Project every day from Tuesday –  the Gorillas will be there from 10.30am – 3.30pm and the Baboons will be going up from 09.30am – 11.30am. There will be a list in both groups to ensure that every child attends the Nature Kids Project at least 2-3 times a month. The Gorillas will be having a cooked lunch at the allotment as Tony will be able to collect their lunch from the nursery to take it to them. Tony is very keen to get started, so if you see him in the morning please say hello.

Spare clothing…

Please don’t forget to check your child’s bag for any dirty or wet clothes at the end of their day. Now the weather is much warmer we do need more spare clothes in their bags as they are often getting wet with water play or getting muddy at the allotment so please check to make sure your child’s bag is fully stocked with clothes, knickers and pants too please.

 Summer Trips…

We are planning a big summer trip with each of the groups to attend with the children in the summer. Next week we will let you know the dates and places the children will be going. We often ask for parent and carers helpers so if you are happy to help please contact the office.

 

 

Nursery Update 2nd June…

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Dummies…

The Gibbons have collected a large amount of lost and spare dummies over the last month. They have a large box in the green room so please ask Mimi or Ebone if you think there may be some that belong to your child. The box will go in the bin after next week so don’t forget to ask before it’s too late.

Sun cream…

We will be applying sun cream in the afternoons so please make sure you apply a strong sun cream to last the morning on the day your child attends nursery. If you would like your child to use their own sun cream please label the bottle and let the team know in the mornings, it would also be useful if you email management and let them know as there will be a £10 sun cream fee on your July invoice if you would like to use our cream for the whole summer.

Sad to see them go…

So unfortunately, over the next couple of weeks we will be saying good bye to two members of our staff. Firstly, we have known this would be happening but expected it to be later in the year – Hannah our Baboon practitioner who has been a great member of our team for almost 2 years now is moving to Scotland with her boyfriend to be closer to his family. We are sad to see her go, but we are excited for her new journey. Hannah’s last day is next Friday – so don’t worry, there’s still time to say good bye!

Second is our Baboon supervisor Amy – she has been a part of the Young Friends team for over 3 years and worked in almost all the age groups. Amy started with us as a Howler practitioner many moons ago and has progressed to being one of our supervisors, but the time has come where she would like to explore other opportunities. Were happy for her and her last day is Friday 16th June.

We thank them both for all the hard work they have done and for being such a pleasure to work with. We wish them all the luck with their new adventures in life and were sure you all do too.

New promotions…

Although it’s sad to say goodbye to others, it’s also an exciting new chance for other members of our team to step forward and take on a promotion that they have proven to be ready for the position available. There has been one member of our team who we have wanted to promote for quite some time now but we have not had the position for them to fill so the staff member who will be stepping up to take on Amy’s duties is Jodie (our Gibbon deputy supervisor) we have no doubt in Jodie’s abilities and look forward to seeing her grow even more in a position with more responsibilities. Please congratulate Jodie when you see her.

Some of you may begin to recognise a familiar face in the Baboon team. Lottie will be returning next week and working Mon-Thurs as a practitioner in the Baboon group. Lottie left two years ago to go off travelling around Asia and fell pregnant with little Teddie and we are happy to have Lottie back and part of our team and welcome little Teddie into the Gibbon group.

So now you’re probably wondering who’s going to be in the Gibbons, well we are very pleased that Ebone will be increasing her days to Tues, Wednesday, Thursday and will take on a joint supervisor role with Mimi in the Gibbons. Ebone has always had her tinkering eye on the Gibbon room, and she is very pleased about her new position.

We hope that you are all happy with the new arrangements, and if either Jodie, Amy or Hannah were your child’s key person please don’t worry – all the staff have arrangements in place and will be handing everything over to their new key person this week. Please ask any of them for information.

Second nursery line…

Please don’t forget that we have two nursery land lines in case one of our lines is engaged. Our other land line number is 01273 735114.

Unwanted goods…

If by any chance you are having a sort out of your cutlery and dishes we would kindly appreciate any donations for our role play areas. Bowls, plates, spoons and forks are a great resource for the children to play with in their environments. Think of us before you donate to any charity shops pleases and thank yous.

New apprentices…

This week Paige has been trialling in the Gibbon room for our apprenticeship position. We currently have two positions available so you may start to see some unfamiliar faces around. Paige has impressed our staff and we think she would be a perfect candidate. If you have any feedback from the week please let us know as we always like to hear your opinions too.

Parent team member of the month box…

Thank you to all of the parents who have already put in a staff member suggestion in our box. It will be so lovely for our staff to know how much they are appreciated by our families. If you haven’t put any suggestions in don’t worry, our staff meeting is due in the next couple of weeks. Please just jot down why you think the staff member should be chosen and if you would like too you can leave your name too.

Happy weekend from all of us at Young Friends! x

 

Nursery Update 28th April…

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Sainsbury’s vouchers…

Please think of us if you’ve been in or will be popping into Sainsbury’s. Our active kid’s collection box still has lots of room for more tickets and we haven’t got long left, so let’s all get collecting.

Nature kids packed lunch…

Now the weather has become, slightly more consistent, the children have been able to stay at the allotment for longer periods. They have been snacking away on tasty nibbles and enjoying their very own packed lunches so please do be aware that your child will not be eating a cooked lunch on the days they attend the allotment, but they will be eating sandwiches and lots of yummy healthy cold food instead.

Winter hats and clothing…

We have become inundated with winter hats, scarfs, gloves and spare jackets/coats. Can you please take home any unnecessary seasonal clothing or let our staff know that you no longer would like it so we can store it as spare for later on in the year.

New pre-school morning routine…

To help the Gorilla team and create less confusion for yourselves in the mornings we have changed the pre-schoolers morning routine to create a better structure for dividing the group. So, if your child is going to school in September and you drop them off after 9 can you please go straight to the garden where a Gorilla member of staff will be waiting for you. If your child will be going to school next September can you please drop them off into the Gorilla room like usual. If you are still a little unsure please ask a member of the Gorilla team for more information.

Group feedback…

The evenings can get a little busy when several parents arrive at the same time so to save time waiting around, our staff will ask you if you would like general group feedback with a few other parents. If you would rather not have group feedback please let the member of staff know, but if there is any confidential information that you need to know about our staff will inform you in a private conversation.

Reggio Project Box…

For two weeks, Eboné has been hard at work on the Gorillas’ first Reggio box which will be all about castles. Reggio boxes will be the Gorilla’s long term project, usually lasting 2-4 weeks depending on interest, and will allow the pre-schoolers ample time to engage, explore and investigate topics/activities of interest to them. The castle box is a junk-modelling focused project and features a working drawbridge and water well, keeps, turrets, and visual resources to inspire and encourage the Gorillas to become master builders. Future project boxes we have in mind are engineering, clay, focused story boxes, and the list may go on as the children tell us what they want to work on. If you have any interesting junk modelling pieces such as cardboard tubes, unusually pieces, etc., we will be happy to take them for our castles.

Peg emotion board…

We are trialling out a new form of emotion board in the Gorilla room. We have made 4 large pictures of different emotions for the children to place their own peg onto depending on what emotion they are feeling. So far, the board is working well, but eventually the more the children use it, the children can move their peg to a different emotion when their mood changes without having to speak to a member of staff if they don’t want too. The staff will monitor the board every day to support any children who may be too shy to speak out loud.

Preschool update…

Now that we are rolling through the year, it won’t be long before our school leavers will be starting their new adventures going off to school. Our pre-school team have been creating a new structured routine to being our school readiness process. We have created a new school area in the Gorilla room with school uniforms, pens, notepads, clipboards and pens so our Gorillas can role play their day away.

Parent Makaton course…

We have put up a few parent Makaton course posters around the main lobby for a course that is coming up soon. As a nursery who uses Makaton we would highly recommend anyone to attend.  The course is a bargain at only £40 per person and its is split across four half day classes. There are numerous dates so please check out the poster if you are interested or email management for further information.

School uniform donations…

If you have any older children who have recently outgrown their school uniform that you no longer want, we are more than happy to take any donations. We have lots of girl’s dresses, but would greatly appreciate any school jumpers, shirts, polo tops, shorts, skirts or book bags for the Gorillas role play area.

Sizzles update…

Sizzles is back home at last and is making a slow but steady recovery from his eye infection. This week we have had to slowly re-introduce both rabbits but Bagheera is taking slightly longer than expected as she is still rather disappointed about sharing her cage again, but anyway we hope that Sizzles and Bagheera will be back to usual sorts soon.

Staff training update…

We have a few training courses coming up that some of our staff will be attending. We will update you next week with the plans we have instore for our inset day on the 17th.

Staff members

Training course

Date

Neel and Amy

Hearing Impaired children

5th May 2017

Mimi and Libby

Safeguarding

12th May 2017

German Classes…

Paula has been out brainstorming some great German activities to do with the Gorillas for the next few weeks. Each week she will focus on one activity so every child has the opportunity to take part and we will create a lesson plan for home learning ideas, if you would like to learn at home too. She is away on holiday next week but when she returns the activities planned involves cooking, painting and singing so watch this space!

Persona doll…

Kaya (our persona doll) visited the Gorillas on Wednesday and told them about her experience at the playground. Her sensitive chat helped children discuss and discover the importance of treating every equally no matter how different they may be from one another. Next week Kaya will be returning to tell the children about one of her happier experiences on the lead up to going off to school.

Summer BBQ…

We are undecided between a few dates in July for our summer BBQ but we will send out a text message next week to confirm so please make sure you put the date in all of your calendars as we would love to see you all there. We have still not yet decided whether to have it in the nursery or somewhere else but we will confirm location over the next few weeks. If anyone has any good suggestions for a location please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Up-coming Festivals…

May is just around the corner which means the Brighton Festival is about to begin. Next Thursday is May 4th and just in case some of you don’t know, it is in fact Star Wars day so if you would like to bring your child in nursery dressed in Star Wars attire please do, and I’m sure you will be seeing a few staff dressed up too.

Please don’t forget to take a copy of the Rock and candy magazine in the main lobby for more local information about upcoming events or local attractions.

Garden spruce…

Our environmental co-ordinator Ebone will be focusing on the garden as of next week. The garden as you all know is not only the children’s favourite place to be but it’s a part of our nursery that everyone absolutely loves but It has taken a little bash from the wintery months so over the next few weeks you still start to see more vibrant and refreshed areas.

 

The nursery is closed on Wednesday 17th May for inset day. Please don’t forget.

Friday Email 13th April 2017

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Inset Day…

Please don’t forget the nursery is closed on the 17th May for our inset (staff training) day. These days are really important for keeping our provision as high as it is and ever-improving so please support us in this.

Emails…

Our email problem has now been solved but we are still waiting for our address book to migrate. When it is done you will receive this as an email – hopefully at the start of next week, and of course next Friday your email will be sent out like normal. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Pre-school Nature Kids Schedule…

To make it easier for our families at home and our staff we have created a Nature Kids schedule. The Gorilla team will begin to create a new structure and routine for the children who will be attending school in September which means it’s really important that the groups of children who are attending Nature Kids are organised between children who are going to school in September, and others who are attending school next year. We have made a May calendar on the Nature Kids board and it has initials of children who will be attending the allotment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hopefully this will help you make sure your child is in by 09.15 the very latest to attend their Nature Kids session otherwise it may mean that they miss it.

Collection and drop off at 4…

The team do genuinely feel awful when they can’t give you full feedback at the end of the day when families arrive late, so we have created a new plan for those with two children to make collection slightly easier for you considering you have two little ones in tow. We do as a general structure require all families to be arriving earlier to receive the full feedback from both groups before sessions end at four, but on those days when (and we totally understand) arriving earlier is not possible, we will send your eldest child to the garden with the other children who are staying for tea. Hopefully, once you have collected your youngest child all you have to do is walk and collect your eldest from the garden where a member of staff will give you your feedback.

Facebook…

There’s been new allotment post on our Facebook with most recent pictures so please take a look and like our post please!

May Calendar…

Unfortunately, we have not been able to attach any calendars as due to our address book email palaver this week but we have printed out copies of the May calendar and put it up around the nursery also so please check them for special dates coming up. You will receive this in an email next week.

 Nature Kids…

We now have running water for handwashing, blossoming fruit trees and the start of our fragrant herb garden. Children have now started staying for lunch which is great – they are learning so much about nature. We are building a covered mud kitchen with raised platform for the children to play on and under when they don’t want to help us with the important jobs. Fabulous.

School List…

Hopefully, it has been a very relieving week for most of our pre-school families finding out what school your child has been accepted into. Just in case you haven’t done so already, please let Neel or any of the Gorilla team know what school your child will be attending. We have a list on the wall so please don’t feel obliged to not look as you may discover other children are attending the same school and can begin making connections with other families if you haven’t already.

30 Hours and Tax-Free Childcare…

We will have exact information on how we will be providing the government initiative of 30-hour funded care and to what extent the week of the 8th May. As many of you will be aware settings are finding the 30 hour promise to families difficult to tally with overheads and to be frank, staying open! This and the Tax-Free childcare scheme have different eligibility requirements so please log onto www.childcarechoices.co.uk to use their free calculator to discover what scheme will work best for your family.   We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare Scheme.

 That’s everything for this week, we hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you return next week.

Warm regards,

Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team

 

Friday 14th April…

Bank holiday..

Please don’t forget the nursery is closed Friday 14th (tomorrow) and Monday 17th March for Easter bank holiday.

Easter…

The nursery has been full of Easter themed activities this week from Papier Mache eggs to eggperiments in Coca-Cola, water and vinegar. Eggs have been boiled and painted in the Gorillas before they cracked them open and enjoyed them for tea! We hope you enjoy your Easter cards and artwork and have a wonderful Easter break.

Inset Days…

Please don’t forget our inset day’s this year are on May 17th and October 12th. The nursery is too full to offer swap sessions but please remember that our fees are calculated within a 50-week year so families do not pay for bank holidays or inset days.

EYFE…

If your child has recently turned 3 or is about to please complete our Early Years Free Entitlement form attached and email it to management@youngfriends.co.uk.

Employee of the Month…

Drum roll please – our employee of the month goes too…… Jodie!!

While all of our Gibbon team have shone this past month, particularly with our new settles, Jodie has stood out not only for her hard work within the room and routine, but also for the nursery as a whole. Jodie continuously demonstrates her fluid practice, patience, and leadership skills, riding the waves of a nursery day with only a few hairs out of place and a smile. Please congratulate her when you see her.

Donations of tubes and funnels and any wood…

This is a very polite plea for any spare tubes, funnels or wood etc. We are planning some exciting new things for our Garden now the weather is getting nicer and refreshing some of the areas that have had a little wear and tear from the winter months so any donations of good quality wood, tools, funnels, tubes, tins etc. would be greatly appreciated. We are also currently creating a castle Reggio project box so any materials that you think would be useful please donate if you are happy too.

Hand, foot and mouth…

Unfortunately, we have had two confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth within the nursery. Please don’t panic, there is no exclusions period if your child does not have fever but please go and get any suspicious spots check out by a GP. Please click on the link for further information http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx 

Sunhats…

Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing now the weather has started getting warmer. Sun hats must be provided and sun cream if you do not want your child to use the sun cream provide by ourselves.

Facebook…

Our Facebook page will be updated on Tuesday morning full of pictures from this week but please like our page or send us a friend request so we can invite you into our private family page so you can talk amongst yourselves and arrange socials with other parents/carers.

Invoices…

Any invoice queries please email accounts@youngfriends.co.uk or louise@youngfriends.co.uk and please email your payment confirmation to accounts too. Thank you

Your all now officially updated with all our current nursery news so please enjoy your long bank holiday and we look forward to finding out what you all got up too next week.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team

 

Friday Email 7th April 2017

Hi everyone

Jolly Post Kids Play…

Thank you to all families that came last Saturday to watch the Jolly Post Kids Play. The play was hectic but a roaring success! All children were excellent and we have some fantastic photos that Dawn Jee took. We have made an album of all the photos for you to look at and purchase. The album will be in the main lobby so please take a look and write down next to your child’s name what photos you would like to purchase. All photos will be printed at “5×7” size and sold at normal selling price.

National Gardening Week…

Next week is national Gardening Week and we will be planning some fun activities up at the allotment and in the garden for the children to carry out. If you get up to any gardening over the weekend please take lots of pictures and add them to our Facebook page, if your happy to do so.

Furniture for sale…

We have a few children’s toys still for sale, a few DVD’s, cuddly toys, Lego and a few other bits. There is also a dressing up storage unit for sale too. If anyone is interested in these items we have for sale then please contact Alice in the office. Come and have a look to see if they interest you. Proceeds will be added to our allotment fund. If we don’t sell them by the end of next month they will be given to charity.

Facebook…

The Baboons took a trip to the beach this afternoon to collect some flat stones to create labels for the flower beds at the allotment. It was low tide and the children made marks and pictures in the wet sand. It was a lovely trip. If you have noticed the new sweet aroma when you are walking through to drop your children off in the morning it is because of our new amazing indoor growing stations we have added to each room. We have planted herbs so far, and each group will add new adjustments – next week the Baboons are creating egg cress heads and the Gorillas will be re-growing vegetables, so please keep a look out. Check out and like our Facebook page for photos

Nature Kids…

Nature Kids Project is starting to look fab. We now have apple trees, a bay tree and a pear tree which are starting to blossom. We have some benches, kindly donated by our allotment friend and guru Elisha, and this weekend we will put in the herb garden ready for the children to take good care of. The classroom is covered and installed with guttering to collect rainwater and we have several new water buts. Oh and a row of gooseberry bushes too. All trees have piping supports for deeper watering – Elisha and Louise are rather proud of these and the children have been weeding and watering. We also have new slate boards where Louise and Elisha can chalk instructions regarding what need to be done when the children and team get up there if they are not there to advise. Oh and we are making attractive stone and stick labels for each thing for the children. We will be creating a chart with monthly parent helper days so if you are interested and willing to help you can put your name down by a certain day – we think the next one will be helping to create the fire pit area – we would love your help with this

Feedback after 4’oclock…

Please remember that if you would like detailed feedback about how your child’s day has been to please arrive 5 minutes before your child’s session finishes i.e. 15.55pm or 17.55pm. Our staff would love to stay and talk to you all, but there are duties that need to be completed in the afternoons. Of course, if you are late, let us know and we will give you any important information that you will need to know when you collect, such as accident form information and general wellbeing but anything else will have to wait till the following day or session. We hope you all understand.

2 new apprentices…

Jazmine and Chelsie are our 2 new apprentices so in case you haven’t met them already, both their pictures are up on display on our staff board – located in the main lobby. Chelsie will be working in the Gibbon room and Jazmine will be working with the Gorilla’s. We are sure that you will be ultra-welcoming and any feedback from any parents/carers is always appreciated. Both girls are on a 3-month probationary period like all apprentices when they start with us to make sure we employ the right members of staff. We are sure they are going to do really well, and have already impressed us in their trail week but any opinions from families is always taken onboard and great appreciated.

Schools…

It’s that time of year again and all our pre-school families will be finding out what school your little one has been accepted into. So exciting! We wish you all the luck and hope that you get accepted into the school you are hoping for. Please let Neel know in the preschools so he can begin contacting the schools and arranging teachers to come and visit.

Sunhats…

Now the weather is becoming sunnier by the day (let’s hope we haven’t spoken too soon) we would like you all to start pre-paring for the sun and providing NAMED sun hats for your little ones to wear in the garden and on trips. Please take home your winter hats, and replace them with your new sunnier attire. Thank you!

Inset Days…

Please don’t forget our inset day’s this year are on May 17th and October 12th. The nursery is too full to offer swap sessions but please remember that our fees are calculated within a 50-week year so families do not pay for bank holidays or inset days.

EYFE…

If your child has recently turned 3 or is about to please complete our Early Years Free Entitlement form attached and email it to management@youngfriends.co.uk.

Invoices…

Any invoice queries please email accounts@youngfriends.co.uk or louise@youngfriends.co.uk and please email your payment confirmation to accounts too. Thanks.

 

Friday Email 31st March 2017…

Your blog is ready so please take a look

Invoices…

Due to lots of show-type things to attend to your invoices will be slightly late this month. They will be emailed out on Monday morning and you will have two extra days to settle them because of this. We hope it doesn’t cause too much inconvenience for you.

Emails…

Our emails have been down this week and for that we apologise. Luckily, we have been receiving emails but unable to respond or send any emails out. Our IT technician is on the case and they are now back on – phew.

Jolly Postkids play…

Well well well, the weekend is finally here and we are very excited about tomorrows event. It is our first ever play and please do remember that it may not go according to plan but that will be the fun of it. Each group has different parts and play different characters so we have created a list below to guide you with information about what your child will need to come dressed in. We have all the head dresses prepared so base colour clothing is all we need you to organise.

–          If your child is a bug or flower please come dressed in comfortable colourful clothing.

–          If your child is a Frog please bring them along wearing green clothing. This can be either a green dress, trousers or leggings with a plain top.

–          The Nature Kid’s need to come dressed in trousers or shorts with a plain top to go underneath our nursery hi-vis jackets.

–          The gardeners need to come wearing wellie boots and gardener like clothing. This could be old jeans/green trousers and checker shirt or, waistcoat and a straw hat. There’s loads of ways you can dress the gardeners up

–          Pete and Mo need to come dressed in old 70’s style jumpers, jeans and wellie boots.

So we don’t have all children turning up at the same time we have allocated times for each group to arrive at the church, please see below;

–          Gorillas, please can you arrive at 9:15am

–          Baboons need to arrive at 9:30am

–          Last but not least, Gibbons need to arrive at 9:45am

We ask all parents to come back at 10am and we hope to start the play by 10:15/10:30.  You will not be allowed in the building before this so if we are running slightly behind and we haven’t unlocked the door please bear with us and wait at the door. The play will be about half an hour long and there will be a chance afterwards for parents to mingle with each other. We will not be serving refreshments as the team have lots to do so grab a coffee before if you need it. We will be providing bananas and bread and cream cheese and water for the children during the morning after you drop them off if they want it so don’t worry they will be ok!

The Church is called Hove Methodist church on Portland road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5DR.

We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow.

Childcare Choices…

As many of you will already know, the government has come up with a great Tax-Free Childcare scheme that will cut childcare costs for eligible families across the UK. It should begin on the 28th April for parents of the youngest children and will gradually extend to more families during 2017. We are registered and ready to go for you when the scheme is ready to be rolled out. Please click the link to the Childcare Choices website which has a Childcare calculator so families can compare all the governments childcare offers, and to check what works best for your family:

www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

Breakfast…

We really don’t want this to come across like we don’t want you to be bringing your child into nursery eating food, as we know it can make life getting out the house in the morning stress free but if you do bring in food can you please be cautious to other children’s allergies that may be in the room and if they are choke safe i.e. uncut grapes and tomatoes etc. If you do bring in food can you please try to take it away with you when you drop your child off as breakfast is provided and any time after 8.30 breakfast is packed away. We are sorry and hopefully you can understand the importance.

Facebook…

As always don’t forget to check out our weekly Facebook updates and to like our page. Thanks.

Allotment…

Ok so this week Ricardo our carpenter and everything else guy has been reinforcing the outdoor classroom so it is rainproof and more of a shelter so we can start getting natural educational bits and pieces up there. He is also starting to build our outdoor tool washing station and kitchen so we can, well, wash tools, make food and wash hands. Fab

Louise has transformed a couple of old windows into Cold Frames to start our seedlings off and will be getting them going over the next week with the children. The ones made already are at her house so she can keep a close eye and we still need more old windows for more at the nursery. Please keep letting us know if you see any on the street or know of any going spare – we really do need them. Thank you to those who told us of some over past couple of weeks – sadly they had either been snapped up too quickly or didn’t have frames so were not appropriate but thank you for looking out for us!

30 free hours…

Louise and Carly both attended a 30 free hours’ workshop on Wednesday afternoon to coincide and help with the planning of how we are going to implement it into your Young Friends service. We will of course try our best to work it into our provision in the most beneficial we way can to our families but please bear with us as we thrash it out.  Louise and Richard are currently working on it from a financial aspect and once we have a clear picture for you we will update you with further information. Over the next two weeks we will be sending out some questionnaires regarding the 30 free hours’ entitlement and all information gathered will help the company try to attend to our family’s needs aswell as working out what is best for the nursery. We will let you all know when the questionnaires are available to be completed.

Inset Day…

Please do not forget out inset day is on May the 17th. The Nursery will be closed on that day for staff training. They will be learning about all sorts of things that will make your children’s experiences even better at Young Friends. Every inset day our service gets better so we thank you for your support with them. You will receive an itinerary before and a more detailed explanation after the day as to how what is learnt will be implemented. Please don’t ask to swap days on this week as the nursery is very full and we just don’t have the space to do it. Thank you.

All the best. All at Young Friends.

 

Friday Email 17th February 2017

 

Hi everyone,

The blog is ready for you. There is an outrageous number of gorgeous photos this week, Around the World Week. So, make sure you check it out – and that you have a bit of time to browse through them.

 

Facebook

          Please get liking our Facebook page. There is now only one Facebook page which will be updated weekly with pictures and events that are happening within our nursery. There is also a Young Friends Family page that will available to all our lovely families. This page is for all the parents to contact to each other and arrange family activities between yourselves and to get to know each other.

Multi-Cultural Week

          Our annual Around the World Week has been inspirational as usual. Your children have had an educational ball!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all you parents who came in to make this one of the richest weeks yet. You can tell from the ridiculous amount of blog photos that they couldn’t have asked for a better week at nursery. Pasta making, Caribbean Fruit selling, Scottish dancing, Native American clay making are just some of the activities we have had this week. Please check out the blog for more info on this.

Venues for Post-Kids Play

          The team will be starting practicing and becoming familiar with the story and songs from Wednesday onwards. It was important to complete reports for parents evening first and as you can imagine added to usual tasks this is no mean feat. The Venue is …. And the time is… If you would like to buy tickets, please see Alice in the office who has the tickets all ready for you. Please buy your tickets (£3) as it will be first come first serve and this is not a spectacle you will want to miss…

Recipe of the Month

          Young Friends Nursery are having recipe of the month. Each month we will tell you about a different recipe that the children have made within the cooking activity at nursery. All receipts are easy for families to do at home and we encourage you do this at home with your children. Please take pictures for you doing the cooking activity at home and bring them in for the children to talk about their nursery friends. Healthy eating is a big part of our nursery and cooking is always fun to do so put your aprons on and get cooking…ready steady Cook! This month’s recipe is homemade Fish/Veggie Fingers. Please look on our Facebook for the full recipe.

Sport of the Month

          We are also introducing sport of the month here at Young Friends. There are some great sport centres and activities around Brighton and Hove giving the opportunity to lots of different sports. Especially now it will start to get lighter in the evening we are encouraging everyone to take part in different sports. Each month we will be focusing on a different port and showing you where the best places are to do this sport. Again, we want to see photos of the children doing these activities outside of nursery.

Employee of the Month

         Drum roll please……Well done to Sinead who is our employee of the month this month. Each month a member of our team is congratulated with a bit cheer at our staff meeting and their picture proudly displayed on the team board. Though so young and a relatively new apprentice we are sure those of you who know her will agree she is a shining example. Her hard work this month has been recorded and, well, the accolade is deserved. Feel free to embarrass her by giving her a pat on the back.

Active sport vouchers

          So, Sainsbury’s are now going hell for leather giving out one voucher at a time. Quite frankly they need to take a leaf out of Tesco’s book who used to give us whole books at a time – still it is what it is. We can’t do it without you – we want to buy gardening equipment this year with our vouchers so bring them in and pop them in the box in the hall. Your children will all benefit so please work with us and hassle those Sainsbury’s staff!

           

Getting ready for Spring

         Exciting stuff eh? We have started growing again in our garden in our nursery. The bulbs we planted with your children are now popping up so we will soon have a lovely flower display. The growing area, after a bit of a tidy up, is looking quite respectable so the children will be being encouraged to look after them from here on in.

Parents Afternoon

          Please don’t forget parent’s afternoon is next Monday. We look forward to seeing you. If you have forgotten your times, please don’t hesitate to ask one of us as we have the time sheets still up in the rooms.  Parents afternoons are always a sociable occasion and its lovely to have this time to have a one-to-one chat with your key person. You will be given your child’s report to take home of course so you can share your child’s brilliance with the family.

Tapestry

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for parent’s afternoon. This year the reports will be uploaded to your Tapestry accounts. Some of you might of already seen your reports being uploaded by they will still adjusted to so don’t worry if your reports are not complete – by Monday they will be!

 

Have a great weekend! All the best. Your Young Friends Team x

Friday Email 3rd February 2017…

Parent’s Evening

          Please don’t forget Parents Evening this term is on Monday 20th February.
The timesheets are filling up quickly, so please book your appointments as soon as you can with your child’s key member of staff. The team are beavering away writing your children’s reports and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Scarlet Fever

          This week unfortunately we had two confirmed cases of Scarlet Fever. There has only been 2 cases in children and 2 cases in staff. Scarlet Fever is a contagious infection; however, it can be treated quickly by seeing the doctor prescribing you antibiotics and after 24 hours from taking the antibiotics symptoms should clear up. We have been making extra special attention to wiping and washing hands and after children and staff sneezing and coughing and keeping surfaces clean. Please just keep an eye out for the symptoms in your children and please if you suspect anything then take your child straight to the doctor. A link to the symptoms and more about Scarlet Fever were sent in the email on Monday to all parents. Please view our Health Protection file in the main lobby for further information.

Extra Sessions

          If you would like to book extra sessions for your children, please can you email and phone Alice our office administrator. She is there for any questions or queries you have and can book your extra sessions for you straight away, if they are available of course. Please don’t be shy in contacting Alice and speaking to her as she is more the happy to help you.

Easter Play

          Young Friends Nursery children turned holly wood stars in no time! We are putting on a play around Easter time, where all of our children will be acting out our own version of ‘The Jolly Postman’. Tickets will be sold very soon. The money raised will go to our Nature Kids funds so we can really get that place looking amazing and taking our nature kids up there every week growing and learning about nature. The dates and times will be confirmed over the next few weeks, however please be aware it will be around the Easter Holidays. It’s going to be a wonderful (maybe a bit chaotic) event and we hope you will come along and watch. Please look at the attached document for more information.

University Student Observations

          Over the next five weeks we have two University students coming in who are studying child development and social care. They will be observing the children that parents gave permission for their child to be observed. Please note that any observations taken will not include identities of children and will only be used to further their knowledge regarding children’s development. If you are happy for your child to be observed, please contact the office.

EAL

         Alexandra went on training this week. The training was about how to recognise if an EAL child needs SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) support or support with their English language skills as differentiating between the two can be very difficult. Alex will be holding a training on our staff meeting on Monday, we look forward to learning more about what she learned.

Allotment Update

          This week we have arranged for piles of chestnut poles to be delivered to the allotment on Tuesday next week, ready for the children to create canes for the fruit trees to be planted in the spring. On Tuesday, we are having the long-awaited wood chip being delivered so once we have the woodchip spread long the pathways, the children will be able to continue their nature kid’s trips. Thank you for being patient.

Courtney…

          We have had a new apprentice trial this week. Her name is Courtney and she will be spending time with us over the next two weeks. We would really appreciate any feedback. Pola’s mum suggested that we attach a photo of all the new staff to the Friday email so you are familiar and recognise them in the morning. So please look at the attached document for photos of Alice our administrator and Courtney our apprentice trial.

Multicultural Week

          Please don’t forget our family-orientated (Around the Wold Week’ coming up on the 13th February. We need you! We have some very kind volunteers but not enough and we would love some involvement from yourselves whether its story reading or singing songs in your language to home cooking recipes from where you’re from – remember Britain is just as important. So please get involved. Thanks

 

 

 

Friday email w/c 23rd January 2017

Hi everyone,

The blog is ready for you. Lots and lots of lovely photos this week so make sure you check it out.

New Staff

–          We are really happy that we have now fulfilled our office admin position and the lovely Alice Stimson has accepted the role. Alice is in the office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and she is your first point contact for emails and phones. Please introduce yourselves if you cross paths. She is still learning the ropes but she’s a fast learner so we are sure she’ll be on top of things in no time.

Parent’s Evening

–          Please don’t forget Parents Evening this term is on Monday 20th February. The timesheets are filling up quickly, so please make your appointments as soon as you can with your child’s key member of staff. The team are beavering away writing your children’s reports and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.
Smoothie of the Week Board

–          We have new ‘Smoothie of the Fortnight’ boards in all our rooms, for every child. This is a fun method of teaching children all about voting and democracy. The system is that throughout the 2 weeks the children, with their room adults (or parents), pick  their fruit of choice from laminated pictures stored below the boards. They stick their choice to the board and at the end of the 2 weeks the whole nursery will make a smoothie using the winning fruit. Simple, healthy and fun!
New Shoe Cupboard

–          There is a rather beautiful new shoe storage cubby (thank you Ricardo for making it) outside for the children to put their lucky shoes in – hopefully making for a more ordered arrangement. Please remember to take your children’s shoes off in the morning when you come in and pop them in there. Try to do this with your child so they have an idea where they are so they can try to find them themselves on the way to the garden. Then pick them up from here on your way home. It wasn’t long ago when the children’s shoes were in a big pile in plastic tubs – how we have moved on.
Hat Bag

–          There is now a hat bag/basket in all our rooms. Please can you put your children’s hats and gloves in the hat bag so the team can grab the basket easily and your children can find their own gloves and hats and try to put them on. Just another method of ensuring they get out quicker and exercise their independence as much as they can/want to. Thanks.

Fire Alarm

–          Fire Alarm drills are practised regularly around here so all staff know what they are doing and so the children are not ‘alarmed’ when they go off. This week a cheeky Gibbon managed to set the alarm off and so an impromptu fire practice ensued. No harm done.  As with all practices, the whole nursery got out in good time, and thank you to the parents that helped. Just as a note please be aware that if there is a practice or indeed (heaven forbid) a real fire then shoes and coats are not priority and evacuation must take place immediately whether a child is not fully dressed or asleep.

Lost Property

–          If you have taken anything accidently that doesn’t belong to your child, please bring back the item that you took home by mistake and hand it to your room team. Thank you.

Sports Sessions

–          Nadeem has started his new gym class in our dance room this week. We have some lovely pictures of the children doing their first gymnastics activities with Nadeem and Jodie (little known fact – Jodie is apparently rather good at gymnastics!) on the blog so take a look at them. Proper gymnastics – brilliant.

EAL

–          Alexandra is attending EAL (English as An Additional Language)  and SENDCo training on the 31st  January. We will update you further on how she got on and how it will benefit your children.

Louise and Carly Training

–          Louise and Carly both went on ‘Prevent Duty and British Values’ training last Thursday. Louise and Carly will be administering staff training in the next team meeting so everyone can benefit. Please see our Prevent Duty Policy and British Values Policy if you are unsure what these two things are.

Gorillas Atelier

–          The Gorillas now have their very own Atelier. An art area with real art equipment for them to feel very grown up and choose their own materials. No more putting things out on the table and deciding for them. Now they can create to their hearts content with shelves stocked with colour coded paints, pastels and much more. The children’s lovely art work is up for display to frame the new area and they have new big tables to spread themselves out. You will see this in the coming blogs as it starts to be used properly.

Allotment Update

–          So please don’t think because the visits have ceased for a couple of weeks we have forgotten about your children’s allotment. Far from it. We are waiting for chestnut poles for fruit supports hand bed borders and wood chip to combat the very squelchy mud do life is more comfortable for the children. For the next week or so they are making things to take up there like bird feeders with seeds and suet for Nature Kids and our nursery garden. We have now made a contact in the RSPB for proper wildlife advice and he is even going to come to the allotment to advise us on ways to encourage birds, hedgehogs and other natural life for the children to enjoy take care of.  We are very excited about this and will keep you posted – as we will about the next stage of Nature Kids and arranging what we really hope will be a more successful family helper day than last time – hint hint!

Multicultural Week

–          Please don’t forget our family-orientated ‘Around the Wold Week’ coming up on the 13th February. We need you! We have some volunteers but not enough and we would love some involvement from yourselves whether its story reading or singing songs in your language to home cooking recipes from you’re from – remember Britain is just as important as other places…

 

9th January: Good afternoon, 

Your Blog has been uploaded and is now ready for you to view, so please take a look. 

Admin Trials – This week we have had trials for our Admin position. We have had a very lovely Bonnie who trialled this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are super impressed with her admin experience, and her very creative writing skills. We will also be trialling Alice on Monday and Tuesday who really impressed us in her interview. We would appreciate any feedback that you have with regards to either trails. 

Ofsted- We are still waiting for our Ofsted inspection and would just like to inform you that Ofsted may wish to speak to some parents during their visit. Ofsted would usually take the opportunity to speak to parents arriving in the morning, or collecting children at 4pm. If you have any topics you would like to discuss with management, please don’t hesitate to email us, or even come in for a chat. We would really like to solve any unknown problems before Ofsted come. Thanks  

Weather Warning – For those who have recently changed their mobile numbers, please can you let us know your most recent number, as we may need to contact parents via text message if the weather and transport warning become severe over the weekend. We have attached our Weather Warning procedure to this email. For IPhone users – please scroll down to the very bottom of the email, where you will find this attachment.  

Parent Helper Day – Our staff have been working very hard today down at the allotment, they have done lots of levelling out and will be posting pictures on the Young Friends Facebook page for you all to see. Unfortunately, no parents were available to come and help today, however, we will be planning regular Nature Kids help days on Fridays so please let us know if you are ever availabl

Inset day – There will be an inset day on WEDNESDAY 17th May 2017 and THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2017 (last inset day was a Tuesday) so please keep a note of the day. There will be NO refunds and NO swaps for any confusion from parents.  

Shoes – If you haven’t already, please can parents provide Velcro or slip on shoes that are easy for your children to put on and take off by themselves. It decreases garden and outdoor play when staff have to help many children with their laces. It’s in our ethos to encourage children to be independent, so easy slip on/Velcro shoes would be fab 

Clothing – Please provide waterproof suits and wellies for your children to wear outside, the weather has hit freezing temperatures now and we want them to be warm and dry in the garden, doing sports and at the allotment. We need as many layers as possible, so please provide jumpers under jackets, and hats and gloves. We would hate for any of those little fingers to get cold. Thank you.  

We hope that you have a fantastic weekend. 

All the best,  

Louise, Carly, and your Young Friends Team

 

23rd Dec: Hi Everyone,

Your last blog of 2016 is ready for you all to have peek. Well we hope it is. For some reason it has been brought to light that the last few blogs have not been showing up. Our web guy is taking a look so they will hopefully all appear at the same time. The blog is smaller this week as the tablets were being stolen left right and centre to download your photos so we apologise if your child doesn’t appear – it was for the greater good.

Photo CD’s…

We hope you enjoy your photos. Naturally they are smaller as we can’t send home group photos for safeguarding reasons. If there have been any group photos that you particularly want, e.g. with your child and a friend in them, please let us know and tell us what blog they are from. We will ask the other family(s) if they are ok with us letting you have that particular photo.

Sickness Bug…

A couple of children have gone home this week with a sickness bug – one had a temperature. Nothing serious but something to look out for – we hope it doesn’t affect anyone’s Christmas.

Invoices for Jan…

Your invoices will be with you a little late in Jan, on the 3rd, when we open. You will have until the 10th to pay them. If you are due to start getting funding you will automatically get reduced fees from Jan. You will be asked to fill in a form at the start of the year for us but don’t worry you will get the funding

Tapestry Evening…

In January, we are going to hold a tapestry evening for parents who would like more information on how to use the software. We will be showing parents how to upload observations, comment under uploaded observations by staff, how to complete the ‘All about me’ section and to give you some knowledge about the Early Years Foundation stage. It will last about 30 minutes and hopefully you will find it informative.

Parents evening…

It’s that time again, we have organised our next parents evening for ……. . This time round all reports will be digital and uploaded to your children’s tapestry accounts, we may have printed version on the evening itself but any comments from parents will need to be written online. We will give you more information on this Early Years Pupil Premium Forms…

Please complete (if you haven’t already) the pupil premium form attached. Early Years Pupil Premium is a new form of funding the government has introduced for 3-4 year olds, and if your family are eligible, we will arrange a meeting so we can discuss how the funding could be spent to help your child’s development.  We have also attached at 3 year old funding form for you to complete (if you haven’t already) it’s very important we have these in if your child is eligible for funding from January. Parent Social…

We have an exciting new strategy in order to plan our parent socials. We are going to create a private parent social group on our Facebook page, but in order to join it we need you to like our page so we can send you an invitation. Once a member you can all post as often as you like and arrange parent socials between yourselves. Our Facebook page is ‘Young Friends Nursery’ – the signature link is not working at the moment because we changed the page so just find it by name for now.

Good Luck to Ian…

We would like to wish good luck to our most recent volunteer Ian. He has been offered a position at a nursery in Portslade and wish him all the best. Ian was a natural and we are sure he is going to do very well in his new childcare career. We would have loved to have him here, but we are already very over staffed.

Charity Shop…

All the left-over clothes today will be packed up and taken to the local charity shop. Please let us know by 4 o’clock If there’s any missing clothes you would like us to keep an eye out for

Staff Christmas Donations…

We would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who brought the staff gifts for Christmas, the donations pot was also very popular and a great idea from Emma King mother of Orla with parents kindly donating a total of £120. We will discuss ideas at our next staff meeting in January for some team building days’ outs. I think Go-karting seems to be most talked out between the staff at the moment. Thanks again.

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas from all the staff at Young Friends and look forward to seeing you all return on Tuesday 3rd January.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your Dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

16th Dec 2016…

Hi all.

We hope you are all well today.

Blog…

Please check out our weekly blog it’s been a great week full of festivities and fun. There are LOADS of photos due to the many goings on so try and sift through if you have the time.

Swapping Days…

We are really sorry but this is just not possible. Nursery numbers are carefully worked out with regards to a balance of financials and legal ratios i.e. the amount of staff required for each paid for session. So although sometimes there appears to be space in a room there is not the space/extra staffing for open opportunities to swap days ad hoc.  You can pay for extras because the payments enable the staff required to move into the relevant room. Naturally we have to have a rule for everyone in order to be consistent and fair. Hopefully this helps you understand.

Christmas… 

Thank you so much to Max B, Tilly and Lilly’s mums (so Brighton) and dads for being brilliant Father Christmas’s – without you the parties wouldn’t have been such a roaring success the children were delightfully excited. Thank you all of you for bringing in your presents it was the first year literally everyone remembered. The parties were brilliant – party food and games and lots of laughing and music. Well done to the team for putting on festivities to remember. You will have a fair amount of artwork, depending on how prolific your child is in that area – so please take it home before we break.

Mulled Wine Evening Monday at 5.30…

Please come to the mulled wine and mince pie evening on Monday at 5.30-7pm. There is a yoga session and we have 15 mins to clear up afterwards so please be out of the building by 7pm at the very latest. Your children will be singing at 5.30 exactly and have been practicing their Christmas delights for you for 2 weeks so please come and don’t be late. We will be providing mince pies and mulled wine and squash for the children. This is always a lovely occasion let’s make it the best year yet! So the children who are at nursery will have tea early and walk to the church hall, All Saints, for 5.15 ish. So please meet us there, not at the nursery, at half five. If you are not at the nursery that day just meet us there at 5.30 exactly. The children will be ready, sat in their groups for their song. Please clap loudly for them they will be very proud. The reason we don’t want you there early is they will run to you and not want to sit down and sing. The reason we don’t want you to be late is so you don’t miss them singing! Best to come a little early and wait outside I guess. If you are coming with your child who is not in that day then be there a little early but come in at half five and pop them neatly and quietly (as if!) as possible into their group. If they won’t leave you don’t fret if we don’t understand children are not an exact science then no one does! –

Your Photo Disks…

Your photo disks are being done with your year’s photos of your children as a really unique gift from us to you. As you can imagine this is a pretty big job on top of everything else we put on at Christmas so please bear with us – yours will be ready sometime before the 23rd.

Outdoor Story Shack…

This is being renovated this weekend to make it completely watertight so we can get to work with cushions, wall coverings etc and so we are able to keep books out there without them being ruined. This will make the area a lot cosier and more pleasant to be in for reading, hanging out and having stories read by the team. Lovely.

Outdoor Shoe Storage…

We are currently planning on putting shoe shelves in the outdoor corridor so they can be stored neatly and will be easier to find. The shelves will then be covered to insulate the shoes as much as possible.

Leaving messages for the nursery/staff…

Leaving messages is always better by email than telephone. We may not have checked the phone messages but emails are easier to look back at e.g. if it is about someone different collecting a child. Anyway if you are leaving a message of any kind please email management or call back and talk to someone in person. Thank you.

Quilt…

Quilt is a quality assurance scheme facilitated by the council in order to ensure consistent improvement of the nursery. It runs in modules and is optional for nurseries. As a nursery who is eager to improve on a daily basis we are a big advocate of it. Sadly there was a little break due to council cuts but now happily it is back and we have immediately embarked on a module called ‘Learning Experiences’. We have always attained the highest ‘’grade” possible for these modules and expect nothing less this time. As part of our action plan we are focusing on promoting ITC and Maths Provision and training for the team. If you want to know more about this please ask us in the office. We have many other improvements on the go in all aspects of our care as you will hopefully  appreciate – this is just one that will gain us another certificate.

First Aid…

All our team passed their paediatric first aid course and now your nursery is 100% trained up and refreshed. Including us in the office. The safest children in town

Staff Presents…

Not that we expect anything at all, but if you feel so inclined to say thanks to the staff please pop whatever you feel is appropriate in the collection box in the hall. Most of the team do not want piles of chocolate even before the festive break and this will go towards a team building occasion in the new year chosen by them. Thank you in advance – and this is not us asking for presents!

Dawn Jee…

Your children’s photos are ready and looking beautiful. They should be handed out by your group but if you ordered one and haven’t had it yet please make sure you ask. She hopes you like them!

Family Drinks…

Ok so Carly came up with a perfect idea re parent drinks. We thought it would be better for you to be in control over when they happened and how many of you went/where is is. Though we would like you to consider the Robin hood as a venue so we can stay loyal to Chris and Anna, Tilly’s mum and dad – they are local and they have a cosy area that they can reserve for you. Anyway that is up to you. So please all join our Facebook page and any of you can suggest a drink at any time and you will all know about it.  We will continue to update you re the nursery on the same page, without children’s photos.

Ofsted…

We are still waiting for our Inspection! Please if you haven’t already fil out a questionnaire for us – these have been really positive and appreciative of all that the team do and so are going to be an important aspect to the inspection when it eventually happens. Thank you so much – the more the better! Please be aware that the inspector may ask to speak to you if you are in the building as parent views are part of the inspection criteria. If you have a concern please tell us before so we can address it – we are very careful to deal with any concerns immediately as they come up so please give us the opportunity if there is anything at all.

9th Dec: Hi Everyone,

Your blog is up, so please have a look.

Christmas Calendar – We have attached the December calendar for you all to refer to. It has all the upcoming events with dates. Please remember that the last day we are open is Friday 23rd December and we re-open on Tuesday 3rd January.

Pre-school children – If your child will be starting school next September please start applying for the primary school you would like your child to attend now. We wish you all the best with your applications.

Christmas Donations – A parent has recently suggested a staff donation pot for parents to donate into rather than buying staff boxes of chocolates for Christmas. If you would like to do this then you are more than welcome to but we really are happy with any donations you would like to bring in. We are not asking you to of course, but thought we would like to raise the suggestion in case any of you also think it’s a good idea. Any donations will go towards a team building activity planned for next year.

We have been advised from public health to inform all families of the children who have had chicken pox recently, to keep a look out for symptoms of Scarlet fever. We have had no reports yet of any cases so please don’t worry, but we do still need to inform all families.

Santa’s presents – We do realise this is partly our fault and we have taken it on board, but next year we are going to change the rules of Santa’s gifts. We would like all families to buy a gift from the pound shop as some children’s gifts are much bigger than others and it’s difficult to fit them all into Santa’s sack. We created a £10 limit thinking everyone would get small gifts but some people seemed to have got bargains this year.

If you have not already brought in your child’s present from Santa, can you please make sure you bring your present in by Monday morning, the very latest. Any children who do not have presents will join a different group before Santa arrives, we really don’t want any children feeling left out. If you don’t celebrate Christmas within your culture, please don’t worry as your child will be able to join a different group for the afternoon of their groups Christmas party.

Mulled wine evening – Please don’t forget to come along to our festive evening. Mice pies, mulled wine and Christmas carols are on the agenda. Each group have been rehearsing their Christmas carols and I’m sure you have all been hearing your child(ren) singing it at home too. The Gorillas are singing ‘Jingle Bells’, the Baboons are singing “Christmas time is here” and the Gibbons are singing “Christmas Pudding”. Please ask the team if you are uncertain of the words and would like to practice the song at home with your child(ren), the staff will be more than happy to sing it to you.

Christmas Jumper day – Christmas jumper day is on Friday 19th December, any donations will go to Save the Children.

Nature Kids – We visited the allotment on Tuesday morning. the children printed twigs, branches and stones they had found into play dough, investigating the sizes and shapes they could see. They also had a fun job helping to fill the rest of the pathways by scattering the paths with wood chips. Throughout the week, the children have been learning about different birds and what they like to eat in the wild, ready for us to create and make bird feeders with the children over the next few weeks.

Day Nurseries – Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to review our nursery on day nurseries. All the reviews are great. We have discovered that Day nurseries don’t have the best scoring system, we personally don’t think there should be an overall score if you can select certain aspects as excellent. This creates a very in accurate score for families using their service.  We don’t want to sound big headed, and of course this is your opinion, but as many of you are first time nursery parents with us, you are unable to grade us like you would if you have had experience at other nurseries. The way the scoring aspect of it works is down to how many people overall score you as excellent, but whether you score 5 aspects of the nursery such as food, staff and teaching as outstanding, but scored us as overall being ‘good’ our point system doesn’t increase. Anyway, none the less, we hope you are all happy with our care, and would still appreciate more reviews. Thank you.

Clothing – Please remember to take home all your child’s belongings at the end of the day. We are always left with many jumpers and jackets at the end of the day and we do not have the space to keep these on the premises all the time. A lot of the pegs for the children are shared with other children who may attend a different day to your child, so please leave them empty at the end of your child’s session.

Please don’t forget if your child does not attend nursery on the day of their Christmas party, you can drop them off for 2.30 and collect them at 4pm, or if you would like to come and watch Santa please arrive for 3.45pm.

Bela – Next week our new admin will be starting with us. Her name is Bela and although she will be based in the office, answering phone calls and emails. Bela will also be on gate duty in the morning once she has settled in, ensuring that the gate is always closed. We are very excited to meet her, Bela arrived in England from South Africa yesterday, and is super keen to get started in her new role. Please be extra welcoming when you meet her, she’s travelled along way to be part of our team.

If your child has gone home in any spare underwear recently, can you please return them as soon as possible as we are currently running low on spare underwear. Thank you

We hope you all have a lovely relaxed weekend.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x  

21st November 16:

Hey, hey, here’s your Friday email and the blog text’s done also.

See you Tuesday!

~Ebone

Parent social – As discussed, we’ve decided that Monday 5th December will be our parent social evening. This is a great opportunity for you all to meet each other, if you haven’t already, and get to know the team a bit more. A destination will be confirmed in next week’s Friday email. Please email management (management@youngfriends.co.uk) as soon as possible if you will or won’t be attending so we can have an idea of numbers.

Tapestry support evening – As we have many new families and the Tapestry website has just been updated, we will running a Tapestry support evening. The date is yet to be confirmed but it will run about 30-40mins. It will be an introduction for those of you knew to the Tapestry system or unsure of how to navigate and get the best out of it. The team greatly benefit from families’ input into the system so we hope you will join us this evening. Also, the new Tapestry address is www.tapestryjournal.com.

Christmas – The time is upon us when we start gearing up for that Christmas countdown and we need to start collecting for Christmas presents. Please bring your child’s present (no more than £10) wrapped and labelled as soon as possible. These will be handed out during their Christmas party by one of our three Santas and we don’t want anyone left out so please don’t leave it till the last minute. The parties will be the week of the 12th (Gibbons -12th, Baboons – 13th, Gorillas – 14th). More details to follow in Friday emails.

Santa – Thank you Rob and Chris for volunteering. We really appreciate it. We need one more Santa so please let us know asap if you’re willing to do this. It really is a lot of fun and all our former Santas have enjoyed it.

Christmas Jumper day – Our Christmas jumper day will be Friday the 16th so please bring your little one(s) in all their festive cheer.

Safeguard file in hallway – We have now placed a safeguarding file in the main entrance way. Please have a look so you can see all the policies and systems we have in place to ensure everyone at Young Friends, but most of all your children, are safe. The file includes how we deal with accidents/incidents, intimate care, and phones. If you have any questions, do let us know.

Volunteer – This week we welcomed Ian Godley to the nursery as a volunteer. He has a fine arts degree and currently spends time working with children with additional needs. He will be volunteering with us for a few months to gain some childcare experience as he’s looking into going into social care. He will be at the nursery Tuesdays and Wednesdays and mostly based with the Gorillas. The Gorillas and the team really took to him, so we’re sure you will too.

Show and Tell – Please remember to take your child’s show and tell item home at the end of their day. The basket is not particularly big so as to avoid items piling up so do collect them at the end of the day. If possible, please bring smaller items rather than larger. The children do not play with these throughout the day, so they don’t get lost.

EYPP forms – If you haven’t already, please fill in an EYPP form so that we can determine if your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium funds.

Questionnaires – Thank you so much to the families who’ve filled out our questionnaires. We always enjoy reading what you have to say about your child’s time and the work we do her. We are still collecting these, so if you haven’t filled one out, we’re happy to receive more.

Dawn Jee – Last week’s photographs have come back in record time and we hope you love them. If you wish to purchase, they must be back in by the 29th of November. Please ensure that money is enclosed and your chosen pack clearly marked. Any photographs in after this date may not arrive before we close for Christmas.

 

Week Beginning 14th Nov 2016…

Hello everybody,

Your blog will be up later tonight.

Please check your children’s tapestry accounts for any new observations, and complete the ‘About me’ section if you haven’t already.

Our parent helper day has been postponed to a later date. We will update you on the plan of action after our fundraising week next week. We did get a few people to kindly offer to come and help but it would be great if more parents came along too. We really would like all the parents to be part of it.

Our Sainsbury’s active kids vouchers have finally come to fruition and we have lots of new sports equipment for your children and Nadeem’s sports sessions. Nadeem has been patiently waiting for these so finally he is off my back (joke). They will enable him to make up lots of new sports games and challenge your children.

We really need any Pupil Premium forms back as soon as humanly possible if anyone is eligible. The forms are in the lobby for you in case you think you might be. Remember the benefit will go directly to your child if we get funding for them. They will receive a service/equipment specifically for them and we will have to show proof of this so it really is a good idea to fill one out.

Next Week is dress up week and we are collecting money. You can dress your little ones up in anything to do with wildlife, nature, or even a fruit or veg! Our staff all have their costumes ready and are excited for the week ahead. This fundraising will be used to carry out the next plans for the allotment i.e. back area, wood chip groups and tables and chairs for the children to sit on. We have planned this so the children can have a safe area to explore whilst we carry on with the more challenging stuff. Hopefully we collect enough, and will update you with the details next week.

Ebone has been beavering away in her ‘environment’ role. She has improved the dress up cabin by putting lots of lovely pictures up of children all over the world, plus our own, dressing up in different outfits. The maths patch is now in full use and each group are putting it into their timetable, helping your children get one step ahead in math’s before school. Next she will be helping the groups with their reading areas, taking some more brilliant photos and make them a cosy place to relax and read.

FYI – We have changed our Facebook page, its devoted entirely to our nursery environment and activities we do. We won’t publish any pictures of the children’s faces, but photos of new and improved areas. We would really appreciate it if you could join our page or like our post, as our page is a little bit lonely at the moment L. https://www.facebook.com/Young-Friends-Nursery-1131884206867237/

We have created a pretend birthday cake for us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to your children when it is their birthday. As you all know, we don’t agree with children taking home sweets or cakes at the end of their day so we’ve created this to make their day even more special.

We had a thought today, and thought it would be a good idea to arrange a parent social for you all to get to know each other more, and talk to other families who attend Young Friends. We haven’t yet planned a date but would like to know if most of you are interested? Please let us know.

The lovely Dawn-Jee was in on Tuesday and Wednesday and got some really great shots of your children (Well, the ones who wasn’t camera shy) but she also returned on Thursday afternoon as we had quite a few children off with chicken pox. We are very excited to see the photo’s like always, and were sure you are too. Don’t worry if your child had a few visible spots, Dawn will touch the photo’s up as if they were totally spot free.

Monday 19th December – add it to your calendars as it will be our mulled wine evening. The location is at All Saints Church and we would like parents to arrive there for 5.30 for the singing to promptly begin. We will be taking the children who finish nursery at 6 along with us, but if you collect your child at 4, we will meet you there. It is such a lovely evening every year and we hope to see you all there.

You will see a new face around the building next week- we have a new apprentice trailing called Courtney. She had her interview today, and will be returning next Tuesday. So please say hello and make her feel welcome if you see her.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget – Wildlife and Nature week next week!

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

Good afternoon everyone! Here is your weekly update for this week…

Blog…

Your blog is ready for you as always – please enjoy the pictures.

Please fill out our questionnaires…

We are putting this part at the top in the hope that it helps relay how grateful we would be if you could fill one of our questionnaires (attached again) out. We know it’s a pain but a few comments would be such a help during our upcoming inspection. Please try and take a few minutes for us. We have a couple back so far but we need a file full. There are copies in the lobby if you prefer to write it and pop it in the box provided. If not just email them back. Thank you so much!

Please close the gate!…

We don’t often get stern with you, our lovely families. But in the case of children’s safety we really have to – sadly the gate was left open this week – not once, but a few times by parents. Really there is no excuse for this. We do all that we can to remind you but you need to close the gate! Our team is now under instruction to remind you each time they let anyone in through the intercom but at the end of the day it’s up to you – please do it for the safety of your children. Our CCTV is on the gate during pick up and drop offs so we can spot culprits and shut the gate and also try and work out who it is as we know most of you are good. We got the gate for the consistency of care for the children – so the team didn’t have to leave them every time someone enters and leaves – it’s a great piece of kit but you need to do your bit. Thank you.

Nature Kids…

This week the children have been starting to fill the pathways with woodchip and have planted some broad beans. The back fence has been secured and more added to our bug hotel. Part of our Nature Kids Project with your children is building a bug hotel. We have lots of sticks/dead wood/willow and stuff but we need sections with different materials to attract all sorts of minibeasts. So, if you have any old terracotta tiles, bricks, terracotta pipes etc. lying around, just leave them with us and we will join it with our natural stuff to make a five start home for those beneficial bugs.

Saturday 19th Parent Helper Day – Pleeeeese help!…

As you know we would love your help for the next part of the project. We are going up there next Saturday afternoon to hopefully get the undercover area in place for the children. This will mean they can spend time up there, dry, investigating and learning and having lunch. What we need is some adult hands to help us and we hope you can spare some time. We will be putting up the posts and cross beams, levelling the ground and laying woodchip. We also want to add some guttering so we can channel rainwater into a butt. We have had a few people say that they would love to help so please try and come along. There is a chart in the lobby for you to sign your name if you can. This is a important part of the project if we are to get the most out of it over the winter months.

Hallway Information Additions…

You will hopefully have noticed that the hallway is getting more informative by the day. We are trying to ensure everything you need is up there so if you can think of anything you would like to see please do give us a shout – email, click on the tab on the website, tell us verbally or add it to the suggestion book in the lobby. There is now a medical file to help you which will be added to each time we have a current illness so please look on the current illness section on the window and in the file to look it up. Mimi has been filling up her multicultural celebrations file with pictures and info so you can check out all that we have been celebrating with your children. You also now have a board for your own flyers and suggestions for events etc.

Switch off Fortnight…

As you may or may not know we are currently aiming for our Eco Schools Green Flag accreditation. Apart from the many other aspects of promoting environmental awareness we are going to be taking part in ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ with your children, at nursery, starting this Monday. This is in keeping with what we are always teaching your children – you know, to respect and look after the planet. Please click here for more information on this.

Gorillas New Listening Area…

The Gorillas now have a new listening area with headphones and story books and CD’s. If you have any old story tapes (yes it takes cassettes too!) – anyway we hope they will enjoy their new table. From this they will be learning listening skills and ICT all at once. Lovely.

Keeping Dry…

The buggy store has been toughened up so your buggies are hopefully now dry again. Sides will appear soon to combat those pesky side winds. The children now have a dry matt next to their shoe bench for added comfort and so their feet don’t get wet between the corridor and the door. Please carry them if it looks like this might happen. The hall is a much better place since it wasn’t drowning in shoes so if the odd carry is required to keep socks dry then so be it. We will do the same for them if necessary during the day but all in all the feedback on this is good.

Too Cold for Water Play…

Just so your minds are put at rest your children have now stopped doing water play in the garden – it’s too goddam cold! You MUST make sure your children have named gloves, hats and waterproof warm coats.

Pupil Premium – please check if you are eligible…

Attached is the pupil premium info letter and form, which was explained earlier in the week. Please read this – if you are eligible we, the nursery will claim money for something that will specifically benefit your child. By this we mean we will work with you to work out what will benefit them the most. Please take a look – the form is very short and if you are elligible great for your child. It is an income-based criteria.

Dawn Jee Photography…

The lovely Dawn Jee will be here on the 25th and 26th for your very brilliant Christmas photo so spruce your little ones up if you so wish (please keep clothes sensible as it is still a nursery day) and pop by with them if neither are your normal days – Dawn will fit you in. If you want to bring a little sibling along she can picture them both though babies that can’t yet sit up might be a bit tricky with the set up she has. Just to warn you.

Staffing…

All staff are happy and well and the place is buzzing with the thought of showing off all we do at an upcoming inspection. The team are making us very proud indeed at the moment – working together towards improving outcomes for your children – what more could we ask? Sinead, our newest recruit, is doing fabulously and will be starting her NVQ 2 imminently. We are looking for another apprentice – good ones are hard to come by but we always wait for the perfect candidates. So, if you know anyone that would be perfect for our dedicated team please let them know.

Employee of the Month…

Our employee of the month is Neel – he stepped up a lot to work with me whilst Carly was away and has generally been taking on lots more responsibility. He has been working really hard and made lots of improvemnts in his room whilst advising and supporting the other staff too. Well done Neel.

Maths Patch…

Eboné has been toiling away in the autumn chill (her choice we promise) to spruce up the Math’s Patch for your children. She’s made new natural resources including a marble run and maze, activity blocks such as geoboards and locks, and bolts and screws boards. This area will be a focus zone for natural maths (including natural photos showing nature’s geometry, patterns, colours, etc.), fine motor skills (threading and weaving) and tools safety (screwdrivers, spanners, etc.). We’re very excited about the children getting really stuck in to this zone and our supporting of their understanding of mathematical concepts. We believe it’s another unique aspect of our care and the children, as you can see from the blog photos, are already focusing and stretching those little minds in the open air because of it.

Dress Up Cabin…

The dress up cabin is a lovely warm cosy affair with all the dress up your children could hope for. All dress up donations would be gratefully received if your child no longer needs or has grown out of anything. They have a big mirror and it’s a lovely place for children of all ages to come together and play whilst admiring themselves at the same time.

More Improvements…

Next on the update list is the outside story shack, sand kitchen and mark making hut. Go Ebone!

Chicken Pox…

We, as you know, have been having a sweeping issue of Chicken Pox – and we have noticed that there have been inaccurate diagnoses from one or two pharmacists – we are not sure which but we believe that this diagnoses have not helped our cause as they have instructed some parents to bring their children back in. No fault of theirs of course. Anyway, hopefully you can understand why we are now asking parents to get direct information from GP’s, not pharmacists – about everything from here on in.  It is hard to contain this very fast spread so please don’t bring your children back before the spots have blistered and scabbed. We have printed out illustrations of what the stages look like and put them in your first aid file so please take a look – especially at what a scabbed over spot (then blister) looks like.

Santa Search…

We desperately need one more Santa! We so appreciate the two offers we have had already so thank you so much. We are almost there. This is always the hardest beg over the festive season which is always ironic in the long run as its so much fun in the end. This is perfectly illustrated by a father whose children have now left… I saw him the other day and he said it was so much fun he would not mind coming back even though his kids aren’t even here anymore. Anyway, its only for an hour (if that) and easy and fun so nominate your friends/partners please!! Wow I can’t believe we are talking about Christmas.

P.S. Remember next Sat – please come and help us at the allotment.

All the best.

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team.

 

Week beginning 31st Oct 2016…

Hi everyone.

We hope you are all well today. Here is your Friday update for this week…

  • Your blog is ready for you. We have had a lovely week so we hope you enjoy it.
  • We are still battling through a Chicken Pox influx so please keep checking for signs and make sure you let us know and keep them off until the spots are all dried up. Rmemeber it’s best to get it out of the way before school.
  • We are welcoming Alexandra back to the Gorillas after her horrid bout of Chicken Pox. She is a prime example of it being best to get it out of the way – our poor Alex has been laid up poorly as can be for 2 weeks. We are looking forward to having her back.
  • We have pepped up breakfast time as we are bored and the children must be too, of the same 3 cereals. We have thought about this often – but we provide these as they are the only sugar free ones we can find; but we have now added toast and juice to the menu. Hopefully this might help with arrival transitions and keep the children fuller and happier for their mornings. We have thought about it and talked to many of you who all seem to agree that juice is something that you would provide in your homes but if you don’t want your children to have it just email us and we will make sure they are only offered milk or water.
  • Please can you make sure you empty your child’s peg at least at the end of each week to avoid the tonne of stuff we end up with which often includes bags of smelly dirty clothes. We know you just don’t think about it but we would love it if you tried.
  • Most of you have given back your EYFE (funding) forms if your child is a funding recipient (either 2 or 3 years) – if you haven’t please get it to us at the start of next week. It is imperative we have these on file.
  • As promised all staff will be attending First Aid training on Sat 26th Nov – unless they have done it super recently. After this we will proudly be 100% first aid trained for your children’s safety. We will then be investing in the Millie’s Mark accreditation to keep everyone up to date with their training. This is quite a rare thing regarding nurseries and we hope it will make you all feel happier about leaving those precious little people of yours in our care. Please check out the link to find out more.
  • The Gorillas came to Nature Kids this week and started making our bug hotel –  however it is taking longer than we thought – we were being optimistic as ever! We planned it as a little project but it’s certainly not turning out to be that.
  • The nursery enjoyed some indoor fireworks today. They had fun, were amazed and instructed on how to stay safe. It was a little smoky but their faces were a treat.
  • We will need your help for our next piece of the Nature Kids project – we are organising a weekend day when we would love you to pitch in and help us with the next structural aspect. This will either be the fencing around the edge or the undercover outside classroom. These are both major parts of the experience for your children and bits that the children cannot help us with so please do try and come along just for 2 or 3 hours if you can when we arrange the day – we would be eternally grateful and so will your children – well maybe not, but it will make them have more fun up there.

That’s it for this week. Be safe at any fireworks displays and have a really lovely weekend.

Louise.

 

Week Beginning 27th OCtober 2016…

Your blog is up and ready so please take a look at all the creepy but cool Halloween activities your little ones have been doing.

Thank you to all of you who donated a pumpkin this week. The Gorillas had a go at calving spooky face out of them and the Gibbons even made a pumpkin soup so thank you again for your pumpkin donation.

FYI our tapestry service will not be accessible over night from 7pm this evening as we are having our account updated to the newer version. Don’t worry this won’t affect your accounts at all, all your account details will stay the same, the only changes will be the new website address www.tapestryjournal.com which you will need to start using, and just a few changes to the design of the webpage. We look forward to seeing what it looks lik

Young Friends is going to be taking part in Turn off Fortnight starting from the 14th November, the children will be learning about the importance of saving energy and the environment. The week will be dedicated to teaching the children about activities reducing, reusing and recycling through activities and games. You can always take part at home but switching off and saying goodbye to stand-by.

–          This Monday 31st the staff will all be dressed in fancy dress for Halloween so please dress your little ones up too as each room will have a little Halloween party in the afternoon.

–          Poor Alex from the Baboons has unfortunately also been struck down with this swarm of chicken pox so she won’t be back into work for another week but don’t worry as Mimi is covering her place and monitoring her key children. We hope Alex rests well and hopefully we will see her return soon.

BIG Thank you to Christopher Todd who has kindly accepted one of the roles of Santa this year!!! We are very appreciative and we are sure he is going to be great! We are still in the need for another two Santa’s so please come forward if you think you can act the part! (There’s not much to it- we have an awesome costume and you also get an elf helper!!)

On that note we will start collecting Santa’s sack presents soon so please remember nothing more than £10 limit as we don’t want Santa looking like he has favorites.

We are arranging a parent help day over at Nature Kids on 12th November from 2pm – 5pm. We are really hoping we get a few volunteers as we would love for parents to come and get involved, to achieve what we hope to achieve we really do need as much help as possible. It would be great to have people with relevant skills but any help would be greatly appreciated. Let us know if you are happy to come and help.

Sunday 30th October is the start of Diwali the Hindu festival of light, all the rooms will be doing activities with the children throughout the week teaching them about the Hindu culture and the way they celebrate Diwali. Each room will also merge this with Bonfire night which is next Saturday November 5th so keep your eyes peeled for the super exciting (not for us) indoor fireworks the children will be experimenting with.

When collecting your child at the end of the day we need you to state your full name in the intercom for security reasons. If you have a different family member collecting your child, they will also need the say their full name and the password through the intercom. It may take some staff members a while to know all your names so please be understanding if they ask you to repeat your name. This is for the safety of all the children at Young Friends.

We have enrolled Neel and Amy our SENco representatives onto a Speech and Language training course in November which is run by the council. We have paid for both of our staff to attend this training opportunity to benefit the children in our care. They both will have an in-house training session at the next staff meeting which they will teach all our other staff what they have learnt.

Don’t forget Dawn Jee will be in taking professional photos of your little ones on the 16th and 17th November so please put these dates in your calendar if you haven’t already! You are more than welcome to pop in if it is not a day your child usually attends nursery.

We have uploaded some more photo’s onto the Young Friends Facebook page so please check them out and ‘like’ our page if you haven’t already. Next week we will be uploading our page with all the Diwali and firework activities that will be taking place so keep an eye out.

The week commencing 21st November we will have a Nature Kids Week. Every child can take part and come in dressed as anything to do with wildlife, the outdoors or even a vegetable with a small donation of at least £1 for our Nature Kids Project.

There is a new consent form that we would like you all to tick when you next come in, it will be a permission slip in each group so please ask a member of staff of your child’s group. It is a permission form for consent to use your child’s photo/video in group observations on Tapestry. Please tick either Yes o

Our most recent Parent advice information has been about tooth brushing. We have attached a file with some information and advice that could help you at home if your child finds brushing their teeth challenging.

That’s all for now, we hope you all have a lovely weekend.

All the best,

Louise, Carly and your Young Friends Team x

 

Week Beginning 17th October (written on the 21st) 2016…

Good afternoon everyone. Here is your weekly update. Sorry it’s a bit of a longun…

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  • Please don’t forget to check your child’s tapestry account and please leave a comment under any new observations uploaded. Thank you
  • We would be very appreciative of any pumpkin donations for next week (please give to your room supervisor). Each group have planned many Halloween themed activities and would appreciate any pumpkins to calve, decorate and even cook with the children. We are getting all sorts of other stuff – spiders, cob webs, pipe cleaners and much more but pumpkins are a bit cumbersome so your donations would be appreciated.
  • Coats and jackets – Please can you take home any leftover jackets/jumpers on the last day of week your child attends nursery. We are usually left over with a large amount of outerwear that often doesn’t get claimed. The Baboons and Gorillas share pegs throughout the week so if your child is not in nursery the following day please leave the peg clear and ready for use the next day.
  • Please everyone have a think about all the goo humoured males you know, because we are in search of 3 Father Christmas’s to delight your children at their Christmas parties. Please look on the calendar for the dates – we will need a gentleman for each day just for about an hour say 3-3.45 ish. It’s an easy and fun job so please can we have some volunteers? We absolutely rely on parents for this one and can’t do this part of the parties without you – what a shame that would be! Sorry for laying it on thick but hopefully it might spur on someone to nominate someone.
  • Important notice re. clothing… As you are all aware we are VERY keen on healthy outdoors activities around here, so please make sure your children are dressed accordingly and that everything is clearly named…Gorillas and Baboons do proper outdoor sports sessions with Nadeem, our sports coach, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your children are wearing trainers/outdoor comfy shoes and have warm clothes and gloves as they are often playing ball games with their little fingers out. They do need them so please leave them in nursery. Allotment days (Nature Kids) are Tuesdays and Thursdays – wellies and warm clothes essential on these days. All children need to have a waterproof warm coat and closed comfy shoes in nursery. It is an idea to leave NAMED wellies here also.
  • So basically, just to be safe please make sure every child has warm sensible clothing and a pair of wellies, left in nursery, every day. We can’t take them to do all these special things if they don’t because we don’t want to make them unhappy or poorly.
  • Nadeem’s sports sessions… Nadeem is doing proper planning for these sessions and they are going from strength to strength. We have decided that they will now be differentiated, and no longer just in groups of Baboons or Gorillas. We will mix up the groups and put them in groups of similar ability/agility so that each child gets a better and more challenging experience on an individual basis.
  • Congratulations to Alexandra in the Baboon room who has done so unbelievably well recently that we have promoted her to Supervisor Support for Amy. The group will now be split in two and each will manage one half and they will follow complimentary routines. They have many a space to use (main room, conservatory, garden, dance room and dress up cabin) and we believe this will ensure they are used to their best advantage to create a calm and happy atmosphere. If you need more info on this please ask either of them and they will be happy to talk.
  • Alexandra (Alex) as some of you will know is our EAL (English as an Additional Language) representative. She is doing loads of brilliant things for the whole nursery introducing different languages and cultures and soon we will be updating our section on the website to make sure you are all aware of her/our good work. In the meantime please look at her lovely new EAL board in the lobby above our new shelves to get an idea. Well done (again) Alex.
  • We hope you like your new spruced up lobby. We have decorated and created more space to put your information – magazines for you and other information we believe it works better now. Don’t forget allotment, planning and other information is on the board in the outside corridor for you. This is always updated. And don’t forget also our current illnesses poster – this is also always updated and really important for you to know.
  • Our cabin in the garden is now a dress up cabin for all the children. Bit by bit we are changing it into a sort of dress up cozy studio for the children of all ages to join and play and look at themselves in the mirror. This is great as now all the dress up clothes are together meaning all groups have access to absolutely everything. They are all labelled in sections so they can dress up as a group in the same ‘theme’ if they wish e.g. there is a superhero basket, a royalty basket, costumes from around the world etc. They also have a full-size mirror to parade in front of. They are enjoying it and we love this new use of the space.
  • Ebone Mouton is back, just two days a week as she is now doing her writing course. She is flitting around the different rooms helping them with practice and advice on how to make their environments even better. She is working with the team to make everything even more exciting for your children. It is lovely to have her back!
  • Please don’t forget that Dawn-Jee has booked in two photo shoots next month on 16th and 17th of November to take professional photos for you to purchase if desired. Take a look at them first but they are always really lovely.
  • Please make sure you use the board in the hallway for possible subjects that you might want us to broach with the team. A few parents have told us how hard it is to get their stubborn little darlings to clean their teeth so we are making posters and introducing it as a group time thing. We even have a giant pair of (a little bit terrifyingly real) teeth for some demo sessions and toothbrushes etc. I can totally sympathize with all of you with this issue – I have been battling with my children for years and it really is tiresome I know. Stick with it it gets a little easier as time goes on and it’s worth the battles. We did investigate, as we have in the past, cleaning teeth at nursery but have decided education and stories/group times/activities are the best way to go as the dentists we have spoken to and our council representative suggest cleaning teeth three times and after meals is not good for the tooth enamel. We came up with our parent board as a result of this suggestion, so thank you to parents who spoke out.
  • We need all the EYFE forms returned as soon as possible for all you Gorillas and funded 2 year old’s. The form has been attached to fill out if you haven’t already. If you are unsure how to answer any of the questions, please leave them blank and we can fill them for you. If you receive 2 year funding this form relates to you too.
  • Thank you to all the parents who have filled out the ‘About Me’ section on your child’s tapestry account. We do need everyone to do this, so please do as soon as you can. It doesn’t take long and is essential with regards to our thorough observations and up to date record keeping of your children.
  • This week our flowers beds and herb pyramid have been fully refreshed by the help of some Baboons and Gorillas. We have planted some new flowers, herbs and spring bulbs to attract wildlife into our garden. Plants have been chosen to attract specific bugs like butterflies and ladybirds, among others so it should make for some interesting investigations come Springtime.
  • Tuesday next week will see the pruning, finally, of the Brunswick Primary trees that overhang our garden. We have been in discussions with this for around 2 YEARS (!) as we have to deal with the light limitations as they loom more and more and also our poor team have to sweep up many more leaves than is fair so we can still see our grass! Anyway it will take a few days and they will be giving us information on whether children can go in the garden for the four days it will take. But rest assured if we can’t we will be taking the children to the park, the allotment etc. They will get lots of daily fresh air and it will be worth it.
  • If any of you can spare a minute or two, can you please leave us a recommendation on daynurseries.co.uk. Thank you to all of you who have they are lovely and we greatly appreciate you taking a few moments to do it.
  • Please also ‘like’ our Facebook Page. We usually update this once a week at least.
  • And don’t forget this Friday update will be going on the website if you need it at any time.
  • That’s it for now. I’m off to buy Halloween supplies.

Week Beginning 3rd October (written on the 7th October) 2016…

  • Please everyone remember it is Inset Day this Tuesday coming – 11th October 2016. The nursery will be closed. The whole team will be getting our Nature Kids Project off the ground by digging a safe pathway and having training on what we will be doing up there, including a nature training session or two.
  • Please find attached the Young Friends Autumn Term calendar. Please make a note of the dates so you don’t miss anything.
  • Please note very importantly that our mulled wine and mince pie evening is on Monday 19th This year we are trying something a little different. We will be starting at 5pm after children’s tea. We will be doing it at ….church and will take the children who are in for you. If your child isn’t in please meet us there on time as the children’s singing will be first of all and they get very excited about singing the Christmas songs they have been practicing for you – don’t let them down!
  • We are starting our annual hunt for 3 Santa’s so please feel free to put unsuspecting male family members forward – or friends if you think they would be willing/good at it! The 3 dates are Monday Dec 12th, Tues 13th and Wed 14th – Gibbons, Baboons and Gorillas respectively. This is always a hard role to fill but the kind gentlemen have always had a great time in the end – it’s so much fun to see the children’s faces – there has never been such an appreciative audience! I will keep begging you until we find three so just to shut me up please help us find them. Oh and we will ask you to bring in your child’s present for his sack in a few weeks so just be prepared for that – no more than £10 presents please or it will look like Santa has favourites!
  • The council have informed us that there is an increase in children contracting measles in Brighton and Hove and they are advising children get vaccinated against it. Talk to your GP’s about this.
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  • We are providing up to date in house certified First Aid Training for our whole team. Most of our team have in date certificates as we have always believed this to be the most important thing we do, but we believe nurseries should take their responsibilities in this area very seriously and so we are refreshing everyone’s even though it is not a requirement. We just think it should be! Anyway we hope this will make you feel much happier about the absolute safety of your children, knowing everyone at Young Friends will know exactly how to address every eventuality. The team also understand the grave importance of this and are looking forward to being even more confident with first aid.
  • Millie’s Mark… This is a new initiative in the form of a certificate created by Millie Thompson’s parents and The Millie’s Trust; aimed at highlighting the importance of having all members of staff First Aid trained. Aiming for a ‘Millie’s Mark’ means we doing our best to do the most thorough job we can at ensuring your children are as safe as they can be. Check out this linkhttp://www.milliestrust.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=126  for more information about it and who poor little Millie was.  We are fully in support and wish to be able to display this certificate as peace of mind for our families.
  • There is a Triple P parenting talk on Wednesday 5th October, 1.00 – 3.00pm at Conway Court Children’s Centre. We have a poster up in our main lobby for more information.
  • Next week we will be moving on from Tatty Bumpkin Yoga to Cassie James. We will keep you posted but are excited about seeing even better yoga poses, balancing and breathing techniques from your already pretty professional children.
  • The Outdoors Project update… Our Forest Leader, Katie has been made redundant so the Outdoors Project are unable to finish our 8-week course. As sad as this sounds we at Young Friends believe it is a very happy thing, and here’s why… We are currently doing sports sessions on Wed and Friday and from next week yoga on a Monday. These leaves two days a week within which to create a regular structure for our Young Friends Nature Kids Project. We are now itching to get up there regularly with the children and invite you up too and this will mean we can do it earlier.
  • This week, at Nature Kids, the children helped to prepare our first growing beds by digging, sieving and sorting. They have also helped sort wood into size piles which not only encouraged maths development but also saw the beginnings of our bug hotel. They also helped to level the ground so we could position our hotel – we hope it’s good enough for bugs of all shapes and sizes.
  • Tapestry – Please complete the ‘about me’ section on your child’s tapestry account. Last week we were informed of some difficulties some families were having trying to access the ‘about me’ section on tapestry but we have now enabled the parent editing settings so you should all be able to access it. Please email if you have further difficulties or need help completing it.
  • Lastly we would like to draw your attention to the plight of our wonderful St.Ann’s park – which as you know, we use a lot for all different activities. It is a fabulous place for children to learn and play and has many different environments for this. Please go to this link https://beta.brighton-hove.gov.uk/consultations/future-of-our-parks-consultation?utm_source=link&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=parks

…to find out more about the future of our parks, how they are managed and the budget they are allotted for upkeep, new innovations etc. and perhaps get involved if you feel you want to.

  • Please don’t forget to like our Facebook Page
  • Please remember we always need reviews on www.daynurseries.co.uk – we are soon to put a link to this on our website so it is even more important. It is super quick – thank you to all who have done it already!
  • We will, from here on in, put all weekly updates on the website in the portal so you can always refer to them and so no-one misses out. Every now and then an email address gets missed off the list so please tell us if this is ever you but you will at least know you can keep on top of all nursery news by going to the site.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in helping at Nature Kids – we have had a few volunteers already so thank you so much to those people. We will be putting a structure together asap so you can tell us if you can give up any more time, after inset day, when we have longer term definite plan.

The Ofsted Inspection

Our Ofsted report is now available for you to read we really urge you all do so.  The staff  work admirably hard for your children and we are so proud of them.  It is also good for you to know that we are doing all the things plus a lot more that we should be behind the scenes and how good this is for your children’s development. It will be published on the actual Ofsted site when the details have been verified by us. But seeing as you are so important to us, you can access it now. Just go to the documents section of the app.

Father’s Day Breakfasts

Thank you to all the dads who came and joined us for bacon butties last week.  We hope you enjoyed having breakfast with your child.  We certainly enjoyed having you and hope that you were spoilt rotten on Sunday.

The World Cup

Your children will have the opportunity to join in with some World Cup themed sports sessions over the next few weeks.  We couldn’t let this opportunity go by without using it to teach some football skills to the children and learn the names and places of other countries around the world.

Send Us a Postcard

As it is getting towards the main holiday season, can we ask that when you do go away on holiday, that you send us a postcard, so we can talk about the different places that people visit, what it was like and also locate them on the map.  We are creating a post card around the world board. Once again, we can’t let a good educational opportunity pass us by and children heading off overseas must be one of the best.

Illness Update

We have had a case of threadworms in the Nursery.  Please be vigilant. As ever there is an information sheet in the lobby but symptoms are itchiness and it can be treated with an over the counter treatment. We do not exclude children but do require that treatment has been given.

Plastic free

We have now replaced all our plastic cups with stainless steel ones.  One more step towards going plastic free. Lovely.

School Visits

We have now heard back from the schools and have various dates in the diary for visits.  Some schools have not taken up the opportunity, so please either look at the Learning from Home board or speak to a member of Gorillas staff to find out if your child’s school is being visited and when.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

To reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.

Payment of Invoices

For us to check payments, we really need each payment (whether it’s bank transfer or payment via a voucher company), to include the name of your CHILD as the reference.  Please don’t put your names as references. This really is not us being pedantic; it really does take a lot of detective work to track down many of the payments and it would therefore save us much time, if you could do this please.

Summer BBQ

Just a quick reminder of the date for the Summer BBQ which is Saturday 28th July 2018 However, this is subject to change if the weather looks inclement.  We’ll keep you posted via the app.

The App

Please make sure you have all downloaded this in order to receive all nursery information. Thanks.

Graduation Picnic

As the time is drawing closer for some of our Gorillas to fly from the Young Friends nest (sad face) we wanted to mark this special event by inviting the school leavers and their families to a celebratory farewell summer picnic in St Anne’s Wells Gardens.  The date and time are Wednesday 15th August from 2pm – 3.30pm.  We hope many of you will come and join us for an emotional afternoon!

Shut the Gate

Unfortunately, a couple of parents have left the gate open when leaving the building in the past couple of weeks.  This is a significant issue affecting the safety of your children, so can we ask you to PLEASE SHUT THE GATE behind you and make sure all internal gates are kept shut. Please be vigilant. Thanks.

Evening Pick Up

Can we also politely remind parents that the latest time for collecting your child is 6pm?  Some parents are coming after this time when the nursery is closed and our team have families of their own to get home to. Another problem for our team is parents who are taking rather a while to leave and therefore making it a bit tricky to clear up the nursery ready for the following day and leave at their own finish time.  Please don’t let you child disrupt a tidy /set up room as this is disheartening for the staff who have been working hard to create a stimulating morning environment for the children.  Your co-operation in this matter would be much appreciated.

Beach Clean

There will be another Beach Clean on Wednesday at 11am.  This is rearranged from Tuesday due to nursery circumstances and a realisation that Louise and Jes are off on a training session and won’t be there to help. You are as always welcome to come and join us. Please make sure your Gorilla child is in on time and if you would like to come please let us know.  The weather is looking really good for Wednesday.

Can we have your empties?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

May blog

Your May blog is now available on the website just a click away on the ‘Monthly Blog’ tab on the app.

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is: ‘What I like best about Summer’.

The Inspection

Yesterday’s inspection went brilliantly, you will receive our nursery report as soon as we receive it and we hope that you will all give it a thorough read through.  We can’t wait!

The App

We hope you are all having fun with the new app.  If you are reading this, then you must be!

We will no longer be sending out any group emails and will use the app instead for every ‘all-parent’ communication.  As we are sure you are already discovering, the app is an ‘all singing all dancing’ bit of tech that will enable us to send you up to the minute information and with its handy link to the website, you can source all the information you need.  If you no longer wish to receive communications from us, then you can opt out.  The power is in your hands!

We need your Feedback

Also, while you’re on the website, why not go to the feedback section in the Parent Portal and give us some feedback.  We always love to hear what you think about us and it helps us to continually improve our service to you. Also, check out the suggestions tab as this will keep you up to date on how we have been responding to your comments.

School Visits

Just to let you know, we are currently in the process of liaising with your child’s school and where possible are making arrangements for them to either visit their new school with a member of Gorilla staff or for a member of their school to visit us.  We always do what we can provided the schools are willing and able.  More details will follow later when we have the information.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

In order to reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.

Guten Tag!

We will be welcoming two German students to the nursery over the Summer months and they are Celine who will be with us from mid-July until mid-October and Hannah who will be with us from the end of July until late September.  We feel this is mutually beneficial for both the students themselves and the children as it widens their experiences of differing cultures, languages etc. and helps the children understand the concept that the world is big and not everyone is from the UK!  Always rest assured that all new members of staff including students and interns are thoroughly vetted and interviewed for suitability and have enthusiasm for childcare.

Can we have your empties?

Please can we have any of your old empty, clean (and safe obvs!) tin cans and squeezy bottles such as ketchup or washing up liquid bottles.

Tapestry Tutorial

We may have told you in the past that we are having a Tapestry Information evening, but we’ve had a little rethink.  We understand that it is difficult for you to come to nursery in the evenings as you are all busy hard-working people with children!  We are kicking off our new YouTube channel, with a fabulous and informative Tapestry tutorial.  We’re so modern here!  So, watch this space!

Keeping Ricardo Busy

In line with our continual efforts to keep the nursery well resourced and well maintained, we have had the decking redone in the garden so the Maths patch looks wonderful now!

Show and Tell

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is:

Something that makes me smile!

Father’s Day Breakfasts

And finally, all you Dads out there especially Baboon and Gibbons’ Dads – don’t forget to book your table for your Father’s Day breakfast and come and enjoy a bacon butty or croissant with your child – expect it to be noisy,  but it will be fun!

Father’s Day Breakfasts

This week we start with the details of our Father’s Day Breakfasts! Hello all you Dads out there.  Finally, it’s your turn to come and enjoy a croissant or a bacon butty with your child.  If you would like to come in between 8am and 9am on any day of week commencing 11th June, please speak to a member of staff in your child’s room and your table will be booked.  Please also tell them whether you would like a bacon butty or a croissant.

Parent Consultation Afternoons

In order to reduce congestion, we are changing the way we do Parent Consultation Afternoons.  We will be doing Gorillas only this month.  Baboons will be in July and Gibbons in August.  We are allocating two days for each staff member and the dates are as follows:

Alex – 25th and 28th June

Nishat – 27th and 29th June

Libby – 26th and 29th June

There are lists on the wall in the Gorilla room for you to sign up with your child’s Key Person.  As you all know, Chiara leaves us today, so if Chiara was your child’s key person, you will be informed very soon (if you have not already been informed) of who will take over as your child’s new Key Person.

Show and Tell Theme

The theme for next week’s Show and Tell is: My Favourite Food.  Your child can come and tell us what they love to eat, what the ingredients are, why they like it and when and where they enjoy it.

We have an overflowing box of old show and tell items.  Please, please, please come and collect your child’s possessions.  Anything not claimed by Friday 8th June will be donated to charity.

GDPR

As we mentioned last week, we have a new Privacy Policy and GDPR policy for you to read on the website.  We also have hard copies in the office for you to collect.  There is also a sheet in the office which we would like you to come in and sign next time you are in the nursery to state that you are in agreement to our holding on file the details we need in order to look after your child properly.

Tin Cans

We are appealing for your unwanted, washed and safe tin cans.  Any contributions gratefully received.

GDPR

This week we start with the new GDPR regulations – the most talked about subject this week!  To stay in line with the new GDPR regulations, we need to obtain your consent to holding your details on file.  On the website and on our new OurSchoolsApp you will find our GDPR policy and our Privacy policy.  Copies of our Privacy Policy will be available in the office from Wednesday to collect and you will be asked to sign a document giving us consent to hold your details and those of your child/ren on file.

Photos

We are also changing the way we take photos of your children and will no longer be taking pictures which show their faces. Our team are brilliant at videos and pictures showing the wonderful things they do without identifying the children and so we are going to make this an actual rule. It falls in line with the new GDPR data protection laws but we also feel that it will benefit children’s records as well. We will be sending separate information about this soon so you are more aware of the reasons behind this carefully considered decision.

Funding Codes

Can we please remind you to re-validate your funding codes.  Although the code doesn’t actually change, it needs to be re-validated before the end date you have been given. Please let us know if you are no longer eligible so we can adjust our records and your fees accordingly. Many thanks.

Arranging Meetings

if you ever want to have a meeting with a member of staff please feel that you can ask at any time. We understand that there are issues sometimes that need special attention and we want you to always feel welcome and listened to.  If you would like to talk to any of us about anything to do with your children and their care, please email management first or Jes’s email address and we will happily arrange it for you.

Arts Week

The children have enjoyed Arts Week this week, learning about various artists and their work and making their own artworks in the style of different artists.  The driving force behind these lovely activities has been Chiara.  We are very sad to tell you that she will be leaving us at the end of next week to go back to Italy. She was always a long term temporary member of staff but we were living in denial. She will begin a university course in September and reunite with her mum but we know we won’t lose contact and she knows she is welcome back any time.  The children have gained so much form Chiara and we are sure you will join with us in wishing her luck and happiness for her future.

No More Raisins

In the interests of healthy teeth, we have taken away the raisins from the entrance. We believed this to be a healthy morsel to help you and your children on your way home but we have had recent updated information in the form of a dentist at the library) that in fact they are not good for young children’s teeth. As you know we are very passionate about the health and well being of the children in our care so sadly we have made the decision to stop our raisin giveaway. Sorry – please blame the dentist at the library – whoever she was!

OurSchoolsApp

We are very proud of our new app – we hope you will find it to be a fantastic way of keeping you informed of what’s going on at nursery.  You will have control over the information you receive and you can happily delete us when you leave. However, we understand that you don’t want your ‘phone to be constantly pinging, so only special events will be uploaded to the new app calendar.  It sends automatic reminders 24 hours and 2 hours before so you will probably smash your phone up if every allotment and sports trip etc were on there.  For regular trip information, please go to calendar on the website or look at the calendar on display in the entrance and in rooms.

Summer BBQ

The proposed date for the Summer BBQ is Saturday 28th July.  However, this date may shift if the weather looks dodgy. The summer BBQ is always a real hit, especially if the weather is great. We have a lot of lovely families and it’s always nice to get to know each other over a few beers and a burger. And the children always have an amazing afternoon. Anyway please try and keep the afternoon free if you can.

Show and Tell Theme

The theme for next week’s Gorilla Show and Tell is free choice – so no theme at all. We can’t wait to see what the children come up with.

Dear Everyone

 

Welcome to Friday!

 

In the Gorilla Room, we now have a Self-Registration board.  This is so that the children can register their arrival each time.  The idea is that they learn to recognise their own name and register their arrival each day they come to nursery .  As it is a new thing, we were wondering if you could help your child to ‘sign themselves in’ until they get the hang of it and are able to do so independently.

Also, could you please collect your child’s artwork from their drawer and put it on your fridge! Thank you!

 

Illness Update

Unfortunately, we have had a few cases of headlice in the nursery this week.  Please can you check your child’s head for lice and nits and treat accordingly.  As always, there is information in the folder in the hallway.

We have also had a few cases of children with high temperatures in the Gibbons Room.

 

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is “This is a picture of someone I love!”  Please can your child bring in a picture to show and talk about.

 

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have. It’s not too late to join in the fun!  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

 

And a Warm Welcome To…..

More new faces around the place!  We welcome Daniel who is a new apprentice.  All going well so far – we’ll keep you posted.

 

The Allotment

Our bus driver, Tony, took the week off (a busman’s holiday perhaps?!), but that didn’t stop the staff and children from getting out and about.  They took public transport to the allotment and whilst there took advantage of the warmer weather and stayed for lunch.  They made themselves delicious chicken cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches to eat.

 

Lost Property

 

Please come and look in the lost property basket for any of your items.  Can we also please remind you to put your child’s name in their garments.  Thank you!

 

Funding

We need your code by 21st March 2018 if you want the 30 hour funding.  It is your responsibility to check validation every three months.

 

Cloth Bags

We have a small stock of cloth bags now, so if you would like to purchase one, please let us know.

 

Midnight Walk

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

 

The Gate

 

And finally, as you know,  we take the safety of everyone here very seriously and therefore need to remind you all to Shut the Gate behind you.

 

Wishing you all sunshine, health and love and don’t forget to shut the gate.

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We start this week with…………………..

The New Website

The new website is now up and running and look fabulous if we do say so ourselves!  Please have a look (particularly the Parent Portal) and see what you think.

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is ‘My Favourite Animal’.  Please can your child bring in an animal (not a real one) of their choosing to share and talk about.

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have.  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

And a Warm Welcome To…..

You may have seen some new faces around the place.  We welcome Ramy who is a new apprentice on trial.  All going well so far – we’ll keep you posted.  We also welcome Lisa who is an intern from Germany who has engaged with the children very well.

 

The Allotment

We are delighted to tell you that Jennifer, our lovely allotment lady has just gained her Children’s Yoga qualification is now taking over the Yoga sessions for Gorillas and Baboons.  This will be really exciting for the children as they all know and love her.  With her Gardner hat on, she will be coming in next week to start off some veg and keep them warm in preparation for being planted out in the allotment when the weather gets warmer.  We are sure you will agree that this is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn first-hand about where our food comes from and the conditions it need in order to grow.

Midnight Walk

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

Wishing you all a lovely week-end and to all you mothers out there, we wish you a fantastic Mother’s Day and we hope you get very spoilt.

 

Happy New Year

Dear Parents and Carers

The only subject we can start with this week is the weather – Snow Joke!

We hope you had lots of fun in the snow with your children.

As you probably all know by now, we use text to communicate any immediate information or any information that may be subject to change at short notice.  It is vital, therefore that we have your mobile number so that you receive our texts.  You can also look on our Facebook hub for up-to-the-minute information.

 World Book Day

Well done everyone children and staff for dressing up on Thursday as your favourite book character.  You all looked wonderful in your costumes!

Show and Tell

Next week the theme for Show and Tell is ‘Your Favourite Comic/Magazine’.  Please can your child bring in a publication of their choosing to share and talk about.  Could we please ask you not to bring in toys for Show and Tell.  We use Show and Tell as an opportunity to broaden the children’s experiences and this is why there is a specific theme.  The children will only get to show their toys if they relate to the theme.

Mother’s Day Breakfasts

Next week we will be inviting all mothers to join us and their child for a special Mother’s Day breakfast of bacon butty or croissant between 8am and 9am.  If you would like to come, please ask someone in your room to book you in on your preferred day with your menu choice.  If your child normally starts at 9am, you can come in before 9am, but we would ask that you stay until 9am before leaving your child.

Sweet Charity!

The children really enjoyed their trip to the Charity Shop and it got us thinking that we should link up with an overseas children’s orphanage/organisation.  If anyone has any connections or ideas on how we can do this, we’d love to hear from you.

Please can we remind you that unfortunately we cannot accommodate any day swaps as we have to adhere to strict staff ratios.

Can we also remind you that there is a Hand Skills Board in the Gorilla Room on which you will find resources and ideas of things to do with your child at home.  Also, in the Gorilla Room is a Self-Registration Board.  The children have been working very hard on learning to write their name to use on the board. Take a look – it’ll break your heart!

Please also take a look at the poster outside on the Notice Board about the Midnight Walk on 14th July 2018.  It’s for Action Medical Research and they are trying to drum up as much support as they can.

When I Grow Up……………..

During week commencing 26th March 2018, we will be looking at all the different types of jobs and occupations people have.  If you would like to come in and tell us about it, we would love to have you.

Wishing you all a fabulous week-end whatever the weather!

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Week Beginning 27th November 2017…

Hi All,

Blog

The blog has been updated as normal this week. We are changing the format next week slightly in that we will be more selective with photos so there will probably be a maximum of about twenty high quality photos from now on. We are in the process of updating our website and having so many pictures uploaded each week really slows the site down. Please don’t worry – you will still be taking home CD’s before Christmas break with the years photos of your child uploaded onto.

Cold Weather

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed the weather has turned much colder recently. We are still making sure that the children can participate in all the activities we offer outside but we would like to ask that they have a jumper, gloves, a scarf and a hat with them every day so that this is still an enjoyable time.Show and Tell

As all the Gorilla parents know, show and tell is in the process of changing. It will still be on Tuesday and Thursday next week however from now on we will now be introducing a theme each week. This way you can find something with your child and it means that we won’t have several of the same toy. This week’s theme is ‘something from the kitchen’. Have a look with your child for something you use in the kitchen that they would like to tell their friends and teachers about (please stick to only one item). We would also like to request that if your child does want to bring one toy to nursery it is put in their bag at the beginning of the day as children tend to get easily distracted from their learning otherwise.

Allotment Board

We would like to thank you all for being so proactive with our new allotment board. We know change can take some getting used too so we really appreciate your enthusiasm. This has made our mornings a lot more organised so please do keep checking the board to see where to drop your little one off.

Christmas Party

Since it’s now December our Christmas party is fast approaching. We would like to remind you to please bring a gift for Santa to give your child. We would also please ask that the gift is small and not too expensive as there is limited space in Santa’s sack and we want to be fair to all the children. The Christmas party dates are:

11th December= Baboons Christmas Party

12th December= Gibbons Christmas Party

13th December=Gorillas Christmas Party

The party starts at 2.30pm. If your child is not attending nursery that day they are still welcome to come along. If any parents would like to volunteer to help out on the day please let one of our team know, we are only able to accommodate two helpers for each party. On the day Santa will be arriving to hand out gifts from around. 3.45pm so if you would like to see Santa please pop in then, we would please request that you come in as quietly as possible so as not to disturb the flow of the party.

Photos

We are pleased to tell you that you will receive your photos from Dawn before Christmas. Today is the deadline if you wanted to order some. Any orders that come in late will incur a £5 late fee.Text service

We would like to say that we do not intend to sound blunt when we send out text messages. We have a limit of 160 letters/numbers for every message and sometimes its difficult to fit our message in, so we try our hardest to give as much information as possible and try to sound polite.

Register

We would like for all our parents/carers or anyone else that may collect your child in the evenings to write down the time that you have signed your child out on the register, it will really help the team. Thank you.

Funding info

If your child is eligible for funding from January, please make sure you start your code process as soon as possible. For more information on the 30-free hour scheme, tax free childcare or 2 year funding please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Mulled wine

We are having difficulty finalizing the date with the church, but we are really hoping its going to be on 14th or 18th December. We will give you more information about the evening next week once a date has been confirmed.

Spare Clothes

If your child goes home is any spare clothing that has been provided by us, please may we ask that they are return as soon as possible as we do not have the space to store piles of spare clothes. We do have a list in the office with the children who have borrowed our clothing, so when you return your items can you please ask the team to make sure your child’s name is taken of the list. We would also like to kindly ask for any donations of any warm winter jumpers that you may not want anymore.

Employee of the Month

Lastly, we just wanted to remind you that we do have a staff praise box in the main lobby so if you would like to nominate anyone who have been particularly helpful for employee of the month then please drop a note into the box.

Have a great weekend. We look for to sharing all our festive activities with you over the next month.

The Young Friends Team,

 

10th November:

Hi everyone.

Room pick up’s at 5pm…

We have listened to few parents who have raised concerns about how busy pick up time is at 5pm. Firstly we would like to say you must understand by this that the day is not as busy throughout for the children. Quite the opposite it feels very calm in the nursery for the children and if you would like convincing of this you are more than welcome as ever to come and help in the nursery for a few hours. The thing is that many of you turn up at the same time. We have always much preferred giving verbal personal feedback than handing out generic pieces of paper, but we understand that you are as a result all waiting for our team to talk to you and it is not beneficial for anyone. So, this week we have been racking our brains trying to think of a happy medium between the two. From next week the Gibbons will be, as they are throughout the day, kept in their two split separate spaces. So, they do not join and are picked up from the White Room. This should make life more relaxed. Added to this the Baboons will spend the last part of their day in the conservatory, not the main room, thus encouraging parents to come through to pick them up and not get ‘clogged’ up in the lobby. We are also trying a new thing where we put personal feedback on your Tapestry accounts, so you can see what your child has been up to that day before, or after, you arrive. We don’t want you to think we are trying not to talk to you – far from it. Our team will still be there and will be pleased to talk to you it just means they won’t be repeating themselves and you won’t be getting frustrated waiting for your feedback behind a queue of other parents. Hopefully this will help a lot so please do let us know when it has all been put into place.

Lots of new faces…

We are really pleased to be welcoming the lovely Jessica Taylor to the nursery starting this Monday. She is really excited to be starting here will be our educational lead, based largely, but not solely in the preschool. She has been working at Brunswick School (very closely with Claire my sister) so many of you will recognize her from there. She will be supporting our team with their environments and planning exciting and beneficial activities for your children. She will be monitoring progress and next steps and helping staff provide the absolute best educational (and fun) provision for everyone. She will also be our nursery SENDCo and carrying out and supporting staff in the provision of small intervention groups for any children that need or would benefit from it. You will be seeing her around a lot so please introduce yourselves and we are sure she will. It will be such a great link as she, with her experience at the school, knows exactly what is required to get your little ones ready for the school transition. Where they will meet my sister – who also spends a lot of time in the nursery. What could be better!

Neon Whittaker is our new addition to the office. She is working three days per week in the office to support Alice, who as you know, has reduced her days due to her childcare course. Neon has been a friend of the nursery for a long time as her daughter Amber, now in year 2, went through the whole nursery from a baby. Some of the team have known her for a long time so are really happy to have her around. Neon is a big supporter or the nursery and has lots of experience running offices and with HR so she is helping get us even more ship shape with regards to records and paperwork. She will also be supporting the whole team with regards to their working requirements.  She will be a very friendly regular face around the nursery and a voice on the phone so again, please introduce yourselves.

Oh – and if anyone knows anyone that might be interested in an apprentice position in the nursery please point them in our direction. We are looking for someone caring and enthusiastic to join the team. It is so hard to find the right people nowadays, so we thought we may widen the net and let you guys know we are looking.

Congratulations…

Most of you will probably have noticed by now that our Carly is getting a baby bump. She is happily expecting with her other half Reece and she will be taking maternity leave from the middle of January. She is planning on 6 months off and then back full time but we all understand that these things are unpredictable, so we won’t hold her to those details though we know she won’t be losing touch as she loves her job here and we already can’t wait to have her back with her little one.  Congratulations Carly! – So, as you can see we have covered all aspects of the running of the nursery thoroughly and with a decent crossover. So, from Nov – Jan we will have ‘too many’ team members to help everyone sink into their positions so all will be adept at everything by the time Carly goes off to have that beautiful little one.

Important – 30 hours codes…

If your child turns 3 between 1st September and the 31st December, then please go onto childcare choices website to begin your 30-hour code process.

If you do already receive 30-hour funding, please be aware that your codes do expire, and you need to re-validate them before the expiry date. This will be 3 months from when you logged into your account and set up for the funding. You will be receiving a private email from us regarding this aswell.

Little spruce up…

This weekend the lobby will be redecorated. You may have noticed the new revolting pink wall around the Baboon notice board. This was the result of miscommunication between Ricardo, our DIY guy, and myself. The team all found this very funny. I asked him to repaint the pink wall and he understood this as ‘Please find the most horrible pink you can and slap it all over that wall’. Anyway, it will be eradicated at the weekend no longer offending anyone.

New notice board…

The notice board in the corridor is now, as it used to be, your go-to place for all information so please remember to look at it. Instead of things everywhere not being looked at we realize it’s better for you to have it all in one place. So here you will find the menu, current illnesses, upcoming events, information on funding. Upcoming events will always be made obvious in the center- at the moment taken up with school admission date (15th Jan) and Dawn Jee, photographer visits.

Season of bad weather…

We have updated our sever weathers conditions and this is in each of the rooms and on the notice board. Please have a look at this when you get a chance.

Dawn Jee’s photo…

Dawn Jee. She will be visiting on the 14th and 15 Nov. her photos are gorgeous, and most people order them when they see the proofs. They are a lovely keepsake and she is so good with the children – if anyone can make them giggle she can! If your child isn’t in that day, please come in between 9.30 and 11.30 and she will fit you in. Come and find us in the office so we can talk to her and feel free to bring any siblings (as long as can sit up) and you might get a lovely family photo to give as a Christmas present or two.

Website…

We are in the process of redesigning the website to better reflect all the outdoor healthy stuff we do at Young Friends and part of it will be redesigning the blog and how we do it. We would love some feedback on whether you read it/love it/hate it so we know how to keep you guys happy with the new site. Do you read it? Do you actually look at all the photos? Anyway, for now, in order to speed up the site, we will be deleting all but the last three months because they are all just sitting there clogging things up and we figure the most recent ones are the most important. We will always keep the past three months and the rest are all on file for you to receive at Christmas on your complimentary disks so don’t worry they aren’t going to be lost.

Xmas Party…

Just a reminder that the Christmas parties will be week commencing 11th December. The Baboon party will be on Monday 11th, the Gibbons will be on Tuesday the 12th and the Gorilla party will be on Wednesday 13th.  You don’t need to do anything but please make sure your child has a present for father Christmas sack at least a week before. If you would like to dress your child up, then please do and we will provide everything else.

School selecting…

The closing date of school admissions is 15th January 2018. Please take a leaflet from the lobby for more information. Please see below for opening days in the local schools. Please call the schools to book onto the days and times you wish to attend.

Brunswick school – Monday 13th November 9.30am, 1.30pm and 6.00pm

St Andrews – Thursday 16th November 7pm

  • Monday 20th November 11am
  • Friday 24th November 9.30am
  • Tuesday 5th December 9.30am
  • Monday 8th January 9.30am

West Hove – 9th November 9.15-10.00

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organizing activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time, but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

 

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog has been uploaded with photos of this week’s latest activities so please check it out! Also, don’t forget to log in to your tapestry account.

Were famous…

As you all know it was Halloween on Tuesday and the children and staff all came in dressed up from witches to pumpkins to pirates and mermaids and everyone look fab! We look so cool in fact we even made it into the Argus on Wednesday morning. If you haven’t seen the pictures we have a copy here at nursery, please ask the staff.

Xmas Party…

Just a reminder that the Christmas parties will be week commencing 11th December. The Baboon party will be on Monday 11th, the Gibbons will be on Tuesday the 12th and the Gorilla party will be on Wednesday 13th.  You don’t need to do anything but please make sure your child has a present for father Christmas sack at least a week before. If you would like to dress your child up, then please do and we will provide everything else.

Dawn Jee…

Dawn Jee is coming in to take pictures of the children on the 14th and 15th November. If your children are not in on those days, please feel free to bring them in from 9.30 to 11.30 to have their picture taken.

Old McDonald had a farm…

Next week we are taking the children to some local farms to visit the animals and have a fun day out. On Monday the Baboons will be going to middle farm with Nadeem, Jodie and Tara. Please make sure you bring a warm coat with your child for the day. The Gorillas will be going g to Mile Oak farm next Friday.  Again, please make sure your child has a warm coat with them.

Surfers against Sewage…

In line with our passion all things environmental, we are now in communication with surfers against sewage about activities we can do with them to promote the children’s awareness about looking after our seas. We feel this very relevant considering where we live. We will keep you posted about this.

Display in our lobby…

If you have any leaflets in anything you wish to advertise, maybe it’s something in your career or a hobby that you run or a class that you attend or any information you wish people to know more about then please feel free to display some leaflets on our boars in the lobby or leave with Alice in the office and she will display for you.

Instagram…

We have started posting some fantastic pics on our Instagram page and we want you all to check it out. Please follow our page and get liking. Our Instagram name is ‘Youngfriendsnursery’.

School selecting…

The closing date of school admissions is 15th January 2018. Please take a leaflet from the lobby for more information. Please see below for opening days in the local schools. Please call the schools to book onto the days and times you wish to attend.

Brunswick school – Monday 13th November 9.30am, 1.30pm and 6.00pm

St Andrews – Thursday 16th November 7pm

  • Monday 20th November 11am
  • Friday 24th November 9.30am
  • Tuesday 5th December 9.30am
  • Monday 8th January 9.30am

West Hove – 9th November 9.15-10.00

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organising activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

 

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

On Fri, 20 Oct 2017 at 16:08, Management Young Friends <management@youngfriends.co.uk> wrote:

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog has been uploaded with photos of our wonderful Safety Scooter week so please check it out! Also, don’t forget to log in to your tapestry account.

Ho Ho Ho…

We would love any parents to come forward to be our Father Christmas for this year’s Christmas. We have had one volunteer so far – thank you Paul Allum (Father if Gigi in the Baboons). We still need another two so please don’t be shy and get involved. If you are interested please speak to Alice or Carly in the office.

Season of illness’s…

Many children have been at home with illnesses this week. High temperatures, colds and even croup. Please don’t forget to keep looking at our illnesses chart in the main lobby and our information book– we are updating it every day.

Switch off fortnight…

We are taking part in Switch off fortnight in November from the 20th the 3rd of December. The rooms are organising activities to teach your children about our environment and different ways to use and save energy. This is something we teach our children all the time but we have some extra exciting activities planned to take part in Switch off fortnight. We encourage our families to get involved at home too.

Tapestry…

Every so often we get an email or a call from one of you guys expressing a lack of confidence when using Tapestry. Of course, you are always welcome to call us and we can explain but it is so easy that shouldn’t be necessary. The way it works will have been explained to you during the settling process so it’s always best to get started as soon as possible after that whilst its fresh in your mind (we know, along with a million other things you are told all at the same time). As soon as you join the nursery your key person will get onto the site, put in your details (name, email addresses etc.) and join you up and you will then receive an activation link which leads you to set up your login details with a password and username. You can also add other users at this point like grandparents who might be interested too. We used to create passwords for our families but this meant people forgot them so we found it more efficient for you to create your own. The general jist is simple – basically, Tapestry is the site we use to observe your children and which gives you this direct information so you can look at the observations there and then. Your child’s key person observes your child at least three/four times per month complete with photos or videos. These are uploaded and you immediately receive an email notification. Click the link, login with your password and you can clearly see your child’s development file complete with photos, videos, text and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) information about what areas of development have been addressed/conquered and at what level. It’s pretty clear how it works once you are in there – you can even upload your own observations or comments about what has been said/what your child can do – just about anything really, we will appreciate any interaction at all, though of course this aspect is not essential.  So, the pressure is on – you now have an up to date explanation – and guess what, In the management dashboard we can see who has been logging in to see what their child is up to and there are a few of you who never have. Don’t let your child’s development and your key persons efforts go unnoticed – get logging on. Thanks!

Scooter Safety week…

Thank you to all who brought in their scooters and helmets with their children this week for Safety scooter week. The week was an enormous success. We taught the children about road safety, always wearing our helmets stopping at lights and at zebra crossings. We even had our own zebra crossing in our garden in a mini obstacle course. The Gorillas used their new-found knowledge on road and scooter safety learning how to use their breaks correctly, and scootered their way down to Palmeria Square. Please remember that is it Walking and Wheeling Month, so please still carry on the great work and walking, Wheeling, or Scooting to Nursery next week too! There are certificates to be given out.

Headlice…

Recently we have had some cases of headlice within our nursery and we just would like you to be keeping an eye out each night for any itching etc. Especially for girls with longer hair, we advise that they wear their hair tied up.

Pumpkins please…

We will be doing lots of activities to do with pumpkins next week ready for Spooky Halloween and we would really appreciate it if our families could donate some pumpkins to us to use. Any size, big or small, would be greatly welcome.

Instagram…

We are now on Instagram, so please get following! Our username is YoungFriendsNursery.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

13th October 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog will be uploaded on Monday when Louise return from her run in Palma along with our brilliant photos from the week.

Inset Day…

Thank you to all the parents for being so supportive of our inset day yesterday. Our team had a very productive day and we got so much done! Our garden is now transformed and the children’s reactions to it today when they went outside just proved how worth it was. Our rabbit hutch area is transformed from doom and gloom to bright and pretty, the garden frame is now interior decorated to look like a cosy home with a fire place and pictures frames on the wall. There are new natural music walls and sensory walls for every age to get involved with and the maths patch and sand kitchen have been completely renovated with bright paint and new accessories. Please come and look when your next in or check our Facebook post along with lovely pictures of our garden and please get liking!

Apologies for the mess…

With the renovation going on in the garden yesterday in our inset, unfortunately it meant a lot of rubbish built up and this morning was there outside the nursery waiting to be taken by Tony. Apologies for any mess you might have seen this morning on dropping off, but it has now all been cleared and taken away.

Ho Ho Ho…

We would love any parents to come forward to be our Father Christmas for this year’s Christmas. We need three in total so please don’t be shy and get involved. If you are interested please speak to Alice or Carly in the office.

Calendar…

Please find attached our parents Calendar for the rest of the year. It has all the special and important dates on there for your information. There will be one in each room too so you can look at on your way in and from nursery.

Good luck Louise…

Good luck to Louise and co this weekend who will be taking part in a run in Palma, Mallorca. We can’t wait to hear all about it next week.

New faces…

Jes has accepted our job proposal and will be the head of education in the setting. We have had amazing references and parents telling us how brilliant she is (those who have met her at Brunswick). Jes will starting with us on the 9th November.

We have a college student called Paige who will be volunteering and gaining work experience for her health and social care course next week. She will be working very Thursday and Friday.

Headlice…

We have had few more cases of children with lice this week. Please check your child’s hair every evening. We advise those with long hair to have it tied up to prevent head lice from spreading.

Allotment…

Jennifer has been busy at work at the allotment and creating lots of tasks for the children to do when they go up there, picking lovely beetroot and other yummy things to bring back to our nursery. We also have new geo boards that we are taking up there this week for the children to use in their activities next week when they go up there.

Sun hats…

All sun hats are in the main entrance in a box. Any left after next week will be taken to the charity shop.

Scooter Safety week…

Please bring in your child’s scooters to nursery week. The Gorillas will be having a special scooter session at the park on Tuesday and Thursday and the Baboons will be going on Wednesday. If your child is not usually in on those days, don’t worry we will be having scooter training at nursery in our garden. Please make sure your child has their helmet with them and sensible shoes.

Picks ups and drop offs…

Please use your full name and child’s name at the entrance when speaking on the intercom to our staff and not just ‘dad’ and mum’. Safety is priority here at young friends and we need to make sure only our families are coming into nursery.

Instagram…

We are now on Instagram, so please get following! Our username is YoungFriendsNursery.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Week Beginning 2nd Oct 2017:

To all Young Friend’s Families,

This weeks and last week’s blogs will be ready over the weekend – we are really sorry for the delay.

Inset Day…

Please remember that the NURSERY IS CLOSED THIS THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER for inset day. When you all return you will have a fully refreshed rabbit enclosure, creative area, climbing frame under house along with some new amendments such as a music wall, sensory zone, loom and a mark making hide out. We have screwdrivers, drills, sanding machines, paint brushes and silicone all at the ready! Let’s just hope for sunshine – not showers!

Garden donations…

We have a long list of random bits and bobs which we (Louise and co) will be out and about collecting over the weekend to complete our garden project on Thursday but we also wondered if any of you have anything at home that you may like to donate to help out.

We are in search for items such as – pennies, pots and pans (anything that would make a noise for our music wall), old metal cutlery, variety of metal tins (nothing fancy – just the baked bean type or larger), nails, screws and unwanted tools, baskets and old pieces of material.

If you have any of these items and you no longer use them or need them, we would kindly receive any donations that you wish to offer (or if not, let us know of any handy shops or good charity shops that may be of good use).

Instagram and Facebook…

We are now officially on Instagram, YoungFriendsNursery so please follow us if you’re a fellow Instagram’r and please like our Facebook posts.

Father Christmas …

This year we intend to be super organised (like every year) but this means poaching our parents to be father Christmas much earlier than we usually do! If you think you’d suit a deluxe Santa suit please email us and nominate yourself (or someone else)! Last year we had 3 fantastic Santa’s – Jenny, Chris and Rob! Thank you again for all your help!

Office changes…

Alice has now reduced her days in the office down to three as she has started a childcare course at Brighton College.  Claire (Louise’s sister) will be working every Wednesday – just in case you wonder who she is if she answers your call. Carly and Louise are still around as usual and will also be answering emails and calls so rest assured the office will always be maned.

Calendar…

Claire has been updating our winter calendar, this shall be in the main lobby and all the rooms next week. We will also send you a copy in the next Friday email for you to have at home too.

30 hours codes…

Please don’t forget to revalidate your 30-hour code if your end date is due. Some families who have tried to revalidate their codes after their end date have found it more difficult than families who have updated it just before their end date so please bare this in mind.

Funding…

If your little one turns 3 after 31st August and before 31st December please start registering for your funding entitlement. If you think your family is eligible for the 30 hour funding please go online www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to begin your funding process, and complete declaration form attached. If you would like to only claim your 15 hours, you don’t need to go online, we can claim the funding for you but please complete the declaration form attached.

Please, please, please complete ALL sections of the form – especially parent National Insurance numbers.

Buggy shed…

We don’t want to sound like we are on repeat but please collapse your buggies if they are to stay on the nursery premises. Buggies that are not collapsed and are not in the buggy store block our fire exits. Please collapse your buggies!

An exciting visit from Kayla…

Today, Kayla our persona doll visited the children at the allotment and joined them for snack time. Kayla came to tell the children about germs and the time she got poorly. She told them about the importance of washing your hands, covering coughs and being hygienic in general. So hopefully if you’re a Gorilla parent you may get told a story or two over the weekend.

Cbabiesafe…

It was such a shock for us to hear the terrifying news about another local nursery – c-baby-safe. When we found out the news our hearts went out to the families and children who attended the nursery, as well as the staff and owners. We have luckily been able to help 2 families who attended the nursery but we have not been able to help as many as we would have liked as our setting is very popular and busy. Anyway, we would like to reassure you that our nursery has recently undergone extensive fire safety checks, we have 2 emergency exit plans, one at the front of the building and another to exit through an exit in the garden (if the front was to become blocked) as well as fire safety trained staff with certificates. We do weekly fire alarm checks for all the alarms and we carry out fire and bomb evacuations regularly.

Walking and Wheeling month…

Please get your comfy walking shoes ready at the door for next week – its walking and wheeling month so don’t forget!

We have certificates and stickers ready for those who participate.

That’s all folks!

Warm wishes,Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

Young Friends Families,

 

Week Beginning 25th Sept:

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October and the nursery will be CLOSED. We have planned for our team to spend the entire day replenishing the garden. Louise is currently drawing up plans for the areas that we will be focusing on. Our garden is a massive feature to our setting and an area most loved by our children. Keep your eyes peeled next week – more information to come.

Walking and Wheeling month…

So, walking and wheeling week was such a success that we have now joined walking and wheeling month. We have many stickers and certificates for the children who take part. During October we will also plan our scooter safety week- good times ahead. Dates to be confirmed.

Christmas photos…

Don’t forget Dawn Gee will be coming in to do the Christmas photos on 14th and 15th November. If your child is not in on those days then please feel free to bring them in for the photo if you are thinking of buying one at Christmas.

Influenza vacation…

This coming winter, all children aged two and three can get the influenza vaccine at their general practice. The vaccine is given as a nasal spray, its quick and painless and no injection is involved. Not only does the influenza vaccine help to protect the children themselves, but by reducing the spread of influenza it will also help protect family members and others in the community. Please speak to your GP or check out our information leaflets and posters in our main lobby for more information.

2-year checks…

If your child is registered to a children’s centre, can you please send a short email just to let us know which one it is. Some of you may have done already, or you may have completed the section on your registration form. Just so you know, as there has been some confusion, your registered children’s centre should be different to your registered GP surgery. Our local children’s centre is Conway Court, but there is also the Tarner Centre and Hangleton Children’s centre.  If you are unsure Conway court will let you know what centre your child is registered too, this is all determined by your post code.

Family information service…

The family information service has a brilliant website with lots of useful information. Please check it out and click on the link below.

http://www.familyinfobrighton.org.uk/kb5/brighton/fsd/home.page

Delicious Menu…

We thought that we should introduce our food menu structure as it may have become a little confusing for some families. We have changed the way we display what the children have eaten during their day – the daily fact boards have stayed the same with all the children’s individual information i.e. how much they have eaten, slept and any other un-confidential messages but our staff now write either underneath or beside the board either menu 1, 2 or 3 for you to check what the daily menu is. The menus are laminated and displayed next too or near the fact boards and we hope this gives more information for everyone. Please let us know if think the information could be displayed in a better/clearer way.

Buggy store…

Unfortunately, we had a booster seat stolen from our buggy store over the weekend. We now store the Young Friends buggies and boosters in a locked shed beside our buggy store over the weekends. The buggies are of course safe during the day but we urge all families not to leave any buggies over night or over the weekend. If you do, this would be at your own risk and the nursery is not liable for any loss or damage.

Good with food…

We are looking for an assistant chef for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The hours are 9.30 to 1.30 so please let us know if you are interested or know anyone that is. Thanks

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Winter Calendar…

Alice is busy making our winter calendar with all the Christmassy dates we plan in the nursery. Our Christmas carols and mulled wine evening has not been forgotten to keep a look out for the date when the calendar is released.

Upcoming Staff Training…

We have booked a couple of training courses for some of our team to attend over the next month or two. Libby will be attending ‘Brilliant Babies’ and Alex will attend ‘Helping children manage grief or loss’. Both girls will hold a training session for the rest of the team in the staff meeting booked after they return, and we will release information to support our families at home too.

Young Friends Facebook Page…

Apologies for the slight confusion with our Facebook page. We are in the middle of creating a private Young Friends family page but its seems to be more difficult than we first thought. Before we can invite all our families into the group we need to become ‘friends’ first. Alice has sent many friend requests but not many people have accepted us as of yet (Sad times for us). Anyway, if you receive a friend request from Louise Lloyd-evans please accept and don’t fear that you are breaking our parent code of conduct. Louise is the manager of the account and her name will be stated, but you will actually become a friend of the Young Friends page. Oh, and on the Facebook note – PLEASE LIKE OUR POSTS ?

Beakers…

To coincide with the Young Friends ethos, if your child’s beaker is due to be replaced please consider (if possible) purchasing a stainless-steel beaker/bottle. Not only do they last longer and are more hygienic but please consider the environment. The thought of knowing that every plastic item that has ever been made, is still lurking around in the world and our environments, causing lots of complications – especially to the marine world is an awful thought. Every little change, can make a big difference.

Autumn…

Autumn has officially started and all the rooms have been focusing their activities based on the new season. The Gibbons and Baboons have been on trips to the park to collect conkers and all things Autumn and the Gorillas have already started making Halloween decorations. Although the evenings become a little shorter, we are excited for what we think is the most beautiful time of the year.

30-hour codes…

The Autumn headcount day is Thursday 5th October so please make sure you have revalidated your codes over the weekend. We have sent out reminder emails out of kindness but this is your responsibility as every family is given their unique start and end date. Carly attended a training course on Monday evening so please don’t hesitate to ask for her help if you have any questions.

Nature Kids…

We now officially have all the boosters we need (expect for one) for our Baboons to attend the Nature Kids and sports sessions in our mini bus. They have had their first full week attended the plot and have loved every minute of it.

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Carly, Alice and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 18th Sept 2017:

Hi everyone.

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October. We will be letting you know what we will be doing on this day in due course.

So long, farewell…

Neel has decided after having lots of direct experience with children that he would like to get more experience in the administrative side of childcare. We are very sad to say good bye as we are sure our families are too but we wish him all the best with his new career change. His last day will be Wednesday 4th October.

We know some of you may be slightly worried about the staffing in the preschool after hearing of Neels departure but please rest assured that we have lots of things in place. Alex has now returned from her holidays and Nadeem now works full time in the Gorilla room along with Nishat and Chiara our new Italian teacher. We have an Early Years Professional with teacher statues called Tara joining Young Friends in December and we have an interview lined up with a Practitioner called Jay who may be starting with us in November.

A few new changes…

Our lovely apprentice Sinead is now in the Gibbon room and if you haven’t met the lovely Tara who recently got the job, she is now our Baboons apprentice. As you have previously read Chiara is now in the Gorillas room but will be having Italian lessons with both the Gorillas and the Baboons and Italian singing lessons with the Gibbons. Please check out the key children boards.

Christmas photos…

Dawn Gee will be coming in to do the Christmas photos on 14th and 15th November. If your child is not in on those days then please feel free to bring them in for the photo if you are thinking of buying one at Christmas.

Bassie came to visit…

This week, we had a very special visitor come into our nursery. Bassie the guide dog and his partially sighted owner came in to speak to the children and they loved it! Gorillas, Baboons and even of the Gibbon went out to the garden to meet Bassie and gave him hugs and lovely strokes and asked the owner some interesting and imaginative questions as you can imagine! Please check out the blog photos of this. Guide dogs are a wonderful cause and need more recognition for the amazing work they do.

2 year checks…

We have completed 2-year progress and many of our Baboons and would like to send them off to their health visitors. Our local children’s centres are Conway court, Tarner centre and Hangleton children entre so please let us know which one your child is registered to. If you are unsure please call Hove’s children centre Conway court to find out. If your child registered to Conway court and your child’s health visitor has recently completed a 2-year progress check and ASQ form please can you share this information with us, Thank you!

Please don’t worry we are not sharing information because we have any concerns. We have to shore progress checks with health visitors and if we were to have any concerns we would share them with you as soon as we suspect anything.

Baboon Boosters…

Tony has been a trek this week around London picking up our new booster seats that we have recently bought. Apologies for the delay in the Baboons being able to go in the minivan up to the allotment however from next week they will be up there digging and picking for fruit and veg. Please ask for a timetable for the Baboons and Gorillas new daily routines with regards to the Nature Kids and Sports sessions.

Delicious Menu…

Apologies for the menu on the site being out of date – it is now fully updated with dates of the week 1,2 and 3. Please check out the tasty meals we will cooking on site for the children.

Safeguarding…

Chelsie our Gibbon apprentice attended a safeguarding training course on Wednesday and will be giving the rest of our staff any notes to refresh themselves on and look over.

Fire risk assessment…

Our building has undergone a through fire risk assessment just to set your minds at rest regarding your children’s safety. All staff have completed fire extinguisher and evacuation training We will also be doing more fire safety awareness tests on our inset day coming in on the 12th October.

Good with food…

We are looking for an assistant chef for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The hours are 9.30 to 1.30 so please let us know if you are interested or know anyone that is. Thanks

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

 

Week Beginning 11th September 2017..

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog is ready and uploaded to the site so please take a look.

Inset Day…

Please remember that our inset day is on the 12th October. We will be letting you know what we will be doing on this day in due course.

Welcome back Alex…

Alex is back (Yippeee) and she is freshly married so please off your congratulations. We have missed Alex dearly and so have the children and we are extremely happy she is back.

Allotment Gardener…

We are incredibly excited to tell you about the next stage of our Nature Kids adventure… Sadly Elisha, our friend and allotment coworker, has had to leave us to move her career down a different path. So as one door closes another exciting one opens! – We have taken the opportunity to find the perfect person to develop and embrace our vision for Nature Kids and to really involve the team and children in its growth. Nature Kids is still in its infancy – we are only a small step of the way to creating a truly magical and interesting place for your little ones and the winter will certainly not put us off – quite the opposite. The lovely Jennifer Nicholas, Evelyn’s mother who many of you will know, has taken on the position of the allotments nurture combined with feeding your little ones with a taste for the outdoors. She will be communicating with the team about jobs to be done and steer us all with regards to growing and continuing to create a rich exciting natural environment. She has her own allotment at The Weald, and her background and ambitions for the future are embedded in a love for children, yoga, nature, healthy living and mindfulness and we feel this fits perfectly with our vision for the allotment and the nursery as a whole. We welcome her on board with open arms and look forward to a long and happy relationship with her. We know you will all welcome this new addition to the Young Friends team and your children will certainly be getting to know her and getting muddy with her when they visit Nature Kids. They will really benefit from having someone dedicated to this part of the nursery which is becoming more and more intrinsic to what we/your children do. We will keep you posted on what Jennifer is up to with your children and how her role is developing. Lovely!

Going, Going, Gone…

You have until next Friday to check lost property for any missing pieces your child might of left/lost at nursery. Next Friday the lost properly box will be taken a charity shop so don’t miss out.

Youth Anthems Gig…

One of our fabulous mums is putting on another family friendly gig at the Brunswick in Hove, on Sunday 24th September 2-4pm. All profits will go to local charity Team Domenica, and there will be beer and cake! Please check out the Facebook page for more details. facebook.com/YouthAnthemsBN

Employee of the month…

Well done to Libby who is our employee of the month. Her positive manners and her ability to cheer people up has not only been noticed by us but also parents aswell. Libby has strong parent relationships and her obvs are always amazing and on point! Libby truly deserves this month’s title and please congratulate her when you see her.

Bonjourno…

Chiara did her first Italian class this week which was a huge success. She introduced singing in Italian songs and had pictures of Italians words such as pizza and mozzarella that the children would recognise already. Even the Gibbons have been getting involved in the Italian singing.

Nappy creams…

Please bring at least two creams now if you’re a child is in the Gibbon room as the rooms will be applying this twice a day.

After nursery treats…

Please stick to the raisons as treats when exiting the nursery as it is difficult for us to monitor allergy’s and risks when other children walking around the nursery or being offered the treat you have provided. If you want to bring a different treat for your child then please wait until outside the nursery as it can be unfair on the other children waiting for their parents to arrive.

Vouchers…

This is a reminder to stop your voucher payments if you are leaving us soon otherwise your voucher company will continue to pay money into our accounts.

Preschool photo…

Please come and collect our ‘Class of 2017’ school photo if you haven’t already! There waiting for you in the Gorilla room.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 4th September 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog is ready and uploaded to the site so please take a look.

Il suo tempo italiano…

The lovely Chiara is now one of our full-time members of staff and will be starting Italian lessons throughout the nursery. She will start her first-class next week with the Gorillas and continue her classes in the Baboons and sing songs with the Gibbons too. We are very excited and are sure you are too.

Baboon Pegs and toys…

If your little one is in our Baboon group, can you please leave their bag in the bathroom on the shelves. The peg area is only for coats and jumpers as it can be difficult for the children to get their coats/jumpers off when it’s over crowded with bags. If you are unsure where the shelves are please ask a member of the Baboon team. If you come along to nursery with a toy from home please make sure it is left in your child’s bag before you leave them in the morning, it’s impossible to find toys amongst our resources in the evenings so to avoid toys becoming lost please leave them in your child’s bag.

Gorilla shoe cubby…

This week a few Gorilla children have been searching for their shoes outside in the sheltered shoe area but have been unable to find them as they were left in the main lobby. We know some families may be in a bit of a hurry in the mornings but please remember to place your child’s shoes in the sheltered shoe area outside, otherwise they’re looking for shoes that are not there.

Gorilla Show and Tell toys…

Our show and tell basket has become a mountain of unclaimed toys. Please take home any of your show and tell toys that you may have left behind next week so we can take the remainder of toys to the charity shop and start afresh with a small basket of toys each day.

Vouchers…

This is a reminder to stop your voucher payments if you are leaving us soon otherwise your voucher company will continue to pay money into our accounts.

Preschool photo…

Please come and collect our ‘Class of 2017’ school photo if you haven’t already! There waiting for you in the Gorilla room.

Alexandra’s return…

Alexandra will be returning from her annual leave next Thursday as a married lady! The children have been asking lots about her so it will definitely be an exciting day for them and for the staff.

Invoices…

If there’s any discrepancies with your new invoice please let us know as soon as possible. There has been many changes to our system this month so we do apologise in advance if there are errors. If you are unsure about your invoice please forward it to Louise@youngfriends.co.uk or accounts@youngfriends.co.uk so we can iron out any mistakes if there are some. Hopefully there won’t be but do be aware our new fees have started this month.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

EYP and Apprentice…

On Tuesday, we interviewed a very keen apprentice called Tara who will start her trial week next week in the Baboons. She has lots of hobbies that match our nursery ethos so we have really high hopes for her. Please say hello if you get to meet her, she is really sweet. We will also be interviewing another lady called Tara for our Early Years Professional post on Tuesday. She has had loads of experience teaching in schools and has recently returned to England after teaching in New Zealand so we will keep you updated next week with how she got on.

Buggies…

If you are storing your buggies in the buggy storage at the top of the drive can you please fold your buggies up and place them onto the shelves. If you need help collapsing your buggy or placing it onto a shelf please ask a member of our staff to help you.

Allotment and sport update…

So, we have finally located 5 more high back boosters for the Baboons to attend the allotment and sports trips every day. The Baboons have a schedule on their daily food board for parents/carers to see what day their child will be attending either the Nature Kids project or sports sessions. Please make sure you are at the nursery for 9am if you would like your child to attend their scheduled trip.

Footwear…

The weather is slowly changing, so please bring your child along wearing appropriate footwear according to the weather. We would also recommend supplying footwear you don’t mind getting muddy and worn-out so they do explore all kinds of terrains.

Fee’s list on the website…

Our new fee’s will be on our website by the end of next week. We have been trying to update the fee’s list today but our site would not save it so please bear with us. Sorry for any inconveniences caused but if you would like a copy of the fee’s list please email management or ask for a copy at the office.

Headlice and hats…

Seen as we have some itchy bugs going around in the preschool, we suggest that sunhats are left on your child’s peg to stop any confusion that may go on when looking through the hat bag. We have also collected lots of sunhats over the summer and they are going in the wash this evening for parents to collect next week, they will be put in a box in the main lobby for you all to search through.

That’s everything for this week. Please enjoy your weekend.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 29th August 2017…

Hi everyone.

This week’s blog will be uploaded over the weekend but both the blogs from the last two weeks have been added to our site so please take a peek.

Lots of new faces…

We have welcomed lots of new families over the last two weeks and we have a few more still to join, so if you notice any new faces please introduce yourselves if you are feeling confident to do so. It would be lovely for them to make new some new friends of parents who have children who attend our setting too.

Preschool photo…

This week we said goodbye to many preschoolers and we only have a handful left (sad face). Our Class of 2017 photo is now ready so if your child has already left, you are more than welcome to come along and pick up their pre-school class photo.

Thank-you Paula and Vanessa…

Sadly, Thursday will be Paula’s last day with us (sad face again). Unfortunately for us, Paula will be going home to Germany to start a university course in the late year. We are very happy for her and wish her all the best – If only she could be in two places at once!! Paula has been with us for a year and started her apprenticeship in January. She will be missed by us and by all of you (our families) for sure. Paula will be in the Baboon room next week if you would like to say good bye.

We said goodbye to Vanessa our preschool intern on Thursday. Her 9-week internship had come to an end and we would like to thank her for all her help. She said she had a great experience working at our nursery and said she will defiantly pop back again when she visits Brighton from Germany soon.  We will miss her also.

Invoices…

If there’s any discrepancies with your new invoice please let us know as soon as possible. There has been many changes to our system this month so we do apologise in advance if there are errors. If you are unsure about your invoice please forward it to Louise@youngfriends.co.uk or accounts@youngfriends.co.uk so we can iron out any mistakes if there are some. Hopefully there won’t be but do be aware our new fees have started this month.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Two new staff members…

Over the past two weeks we have had a very sweet lady trialing to be our lunch cover practitioner. We think she has done really well and the children have warmed to her very quickly so, she will be our new permanent lunch cover from now on. Unfortunately, it will be very unlikely for any parents/carers to meet her as she works from 11.30 – 2.30 Monday – Friday but her photo will be added to our staff board next week.

Victoria is also new to the Young Friends Team, she has started her internship and will be with us for another 14 weeks. She is currently gaining experience with the Baboons so say hello if you meet her.

Buggy Store…

We would like to highlight that one of our families’ buggies went missing last weekend. We would just like to highlight this to all our families not to leave your buggies at the nursery over the weekend. However, if anyone took home a buggy that was not there’s last week please let us know. We are slightly confused as the nursery buggies on the top shelf were not taken. Anyway, please take your buggies home and fold them to store them during the day. Thank you.

Allotment…

If any parents would like to come and attend an allotment trip with the children please let us know. Georgie – mother of Milly in the Gorilla room came on Tuesday and she said she had a wonderful time. You are more than welcome to either come along in the minibus or meet us at the allotment but it would be brilliant if more of our parents or carers came along too so please get in contact if this is something you would like to do.

Fee’s list…

We would like to apologise as we have noticed a slight mistake on our fee’s list. Our settling in fee is now half the price of a full day which is £30 so if your child is about to join our nursery please be aware. We are sorry for the delay in noticing this error.

Headlice…

This week our staff have noticed a few added friends in the Gorilla group and these are not of the human type – we have noticed a headlouse or two amongst some children so please make sure you have a thorough check over the weekend. If you are having any difficulties trying to get rid of the unwanted crawlies Bertie and Belle do indeed offer a headlice service so ask them for any tips or advice. We always recommend putting long hair into a pony tail if it’s your child’s nursery day.

Sorry to leave it on an itchy note but we hope you all enjoy the great weather that is due this weekend and look forward to seeing you all return next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 21st August 2017…

Hi everyone.

Louise is on holiday until the end of August so the blogs will be added to the website in a couple of weeks. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Holiday Forms…

Please see attached a holiday form. If you are going on holiday soon please can you fill out one of these forms and bring back into nursery when dropping/collecting your child. They are also available in the rooms to collect.

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly.

Preschool Photo…

The preschool photo will be ready on Monday for collection or if you are unable to collect the photo over the next couple of weeks please let us know in the office and we will send to you by post.

Bruises/scratches…

It is extremely important that when you drop your lovely children off in the morning to our fantastic team, that you always make them aware of any bruises/scratches etc that happened not at nursery. We just need to be aware so we know that it didn’t happen whilst at nursery and if the bruising/bump etc need to be watched during the day. We have a new existing injury form that you will need to fill out which staff will have ready to give you if in need.

Alex getting married…

Congratulations to Alex who got married over the last weekend. We are very happy for her and we are looking forward to her return on the 11th September 2017.

Car seats…

We are still in need of car seats for our nursery mini bus so we can take more Baboons up to the allotment. If you have unwanted ones or know of anyone then we would be very grateful.

September New Fees…

Please don’t forget about the new September fees that will be issued in your new invoice starting from the 1st September. If there is any confusion regarding your invoice please email Louise as soon as you receive your invoice to spare any late fee charges.

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week beginning 14th August 2017:

Hi everyone.

Louise is on holiday until the end of August so the blogs will be added to the website in a couple of weeks.

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. Our long awaited Ofsted inspection is overdue and it would be great for them to see all your wonderful reviews. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Employee of the month…

Well done to Romany this month who is our employee of the month. Romany has progressed well in her NVQ and is due to finish in the next couple of months. As an apprentice, Romany has gained lot of experience in the under two’s and her positive charm never goes unforeseen. Romany supports her team well and is evident in her practise that she is ready for a practitioner role.

Voting for employee of the month…

All our staff deserve the title of being employee of the month but we would really like to know your suggestions for whom you think should be employee of the month. We want to know the name of the member of staff and your reasons why. Please don’t be shy and write your suggestion in the employee of the month box in the lobby or email us your thoughts on who you think. We think all our staff are excellent but a suggestion from our family makes it a little bit more personal for them.

New forms and procedures…

We have updated some of our policies and procedures and have introduced two new forms which parents/carers will need to complete for holiday or medical absence. If you have an upcoming holiday booked please ask a member of staff in your child’s room for a form to complete or you are more than welcome to email management and we will send you one. If your child is unwell or won’t be attending their usual nursery session, it is very important that you contact the nursery and let us know – otherwise our team will ring you at 09.30am. If we are unable to contact the parent/carer of a child who is absent without notifying us, we will contact your emergency contact and if still unsuccessful social services will be contacted after 24 hours. It is a duty of ours to safeguard the children in our care so please comply with our policies and procedures. The new policies updated on our parent portal is:

– Child protection

– Parent code of conduct

– Staff code of conduct

– Reporting signs of abuse

– EYFE policy

– Working with parents

Please log onto our parent portal via our website. Our password is HealthandHappiness2016. Thank you.

Parents afternoon feedback…

It was lovely to have you attend our parents evening last week and we would appreciate some feedback from our parents on how their appointment went. Please email the office with your thoughts on the evening.

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly. We are no longer doing the preschool photo due to not all children being able to make the photo so we are doing something even better. We are going to make a year book page of their photos which will be available for you which we will either give to you here or send to you in the post if your child has already left.

September New Fees…

Please don’t forget about the new September fees that will be issued in your new invoice starting from the 1st September. If there is any confusion regarding your invoice please email Louise as soon as you receive your invoice to spare any late fee charges.

Louise’s holibobs…

Louise is away on holiday now until the end of August. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 7th August 2017…

The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos!

Please review us…

We would really appreciate it if you could write us a review on day nurseries about the care we have provided for your child. We would be extremely grateful and we love seeing what you write. Please visit https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432198680#

Goodbye Preschoolers…

We are so sad to see our gorgeous preschoolers go and start next chapter at their new primary schools. We wish everyone the best and we hope that you all stay in touch. It’s been a pleasure and we will miss them dearly. We are no longer doing the preschool photo due to not all children being able to make the photo so we are doing something even better. We are going to make a year book page of their photos which will be available for you which we will either give to you here or send to you in the post if your child has already left.

September New Fees…

Please see attached our new September fees, they are currently being added to the site we promise it won’t be long but if anyone needs to know how their invoice calculated please ask and we’ll be happy to help. If there are any queries when they come out drop us an email – we are expecting a bit of confusion the first month so please try to get prepared before the invoices come out.

Buggies…

Please fold up your buggies and make sure they packed neatly away in the buggy shed. We wouldn’t want any buggies falling on people.

No more glitter…

We have banned glitter from the nursery as it has been discovered that the glitter is polluting our oceans killing our sea animals. Glitter may look pretty but we care about our environment and keeping it safe. We hope you agree with this and if you want more information please check out our Facebook page for more information on this topic.

Louise’s holibobs…

Louise is away on holiday now until the end of August. Please email management@youngfriends.co.uk for anything you might need. Please do not email Louise while she is away as your email will not be answered.

Jodie’s, Lottie’s and Ebone’s parent’s afternoon…

All three of these lovely ladies were not here for today’s parent’s afternoon. Please don’t worry your children have not been forgotten if they have either Jodie, Lottie or Ebone as their key person. The parent’s afternoon for your child will be on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Lots of Love Louise, Alice, Carly and the YF team x

 

Week Beginning 1st August 2017…

Hi everyone.

Day nurseries…

Our Ofsted inspection is due any day now. The team are very excited, and a little bit nervous but we can’t wait for it to happen. We would be very appreciative if all our families took the time to leave a review for us on www.daynurseries.co.uk or complete a review form that is in the main lobby. All our parent’s views are highly important to us and it would be brilliant for Ofsted to see how wonderful you think our provision is too.

Where to send your emails…

We love receiving your emails and we always try and respond as quickly as we can. Sometimes there might be a confusion of whom to email to. If you have a request about changing sessions, decreasing/increasing days/hours, handing in notices etc then please email Alice on management@youngfriends.co.uk This email address is constantly monitored and Alice will respond to you. If you have any queries about you invoice/payment then please email Louise on louise@youngfriends.co.uk.

Say no to glitter! …

We have made the decision to not use glitter in the nursery. After much research, we have discovered its awful impact on the environment and marine life. We have uploaded an article on our Facebook page, so please check it out.

Spare Clothes…

We have had a few parents on the lookout for some missing items of clothing which are named. We do hold our hands up when named clothes do go missing but it is a mistake that rarely happens so if you happen to notice a few items of unknown clothing appear into your child’s bag, can you very kindly return them please. Thank you.

Upcoming parent’s day 11th August…

We look forward to seeing you all on our parent’s day on Friday 11th August. We have put out appointment sheets in every room so please make sure you book an appointment with your child’s key worker before the slots are snapped up. This year we are going to have appointments running through the morning from 09.30 – 11.15am and again in the afternoon from 2.30 – 6pm. If your unable to attend next Friday please let the staff in your child’s group know and they will try to rearrange for another date. Lottie and Jodie are not in the nursery next Friday so their appointments will be re-scheduled for Wednesday 16th August.

Welcome back Chiara…

We have welcomed back a very happy face this week – Chiara (our intern from last year) will be joining our team as a volunteer until a potential practitioner position becomes available. Please say hello to her if you see her, she will be working in the Gibbon group and were really pleased to have her back.

Any gardeners out there?…

We are looking for a child friendly gardener to attend our plot for around 15 hours per week. If you know anyone that would be interested please let us know or nudge them to contact us.

Dates for the Calendar…

Please add these dates to your calendars if they relate to you. We are sorry last week we got a little confused with some of the dates but these ones are for sure, correct.

Date Event
Friday 4th August Pre-school parent’s afternoon
Friday 11th August Parents afternoon
Tuesday 15th August 09.30am Pre-school leavers photo
Thursday 12th October Nursery closed for inset day

 

September school leavers…

If your child is going to school this year but will still be in the nursery after September for a few days, you will be charged our normal day rate as your funding would have stopped. So please be aware when your last invoice is issued.

Leave dates and deposit return…

This is always a sad time of year for all our staff as we have to say goodbye to lots of our preschool children. The Gorillas are having leaving parties every week and over the next month or so we would have seen all our pre-school children leave to start their new journeys at school. If you have recently handed in your months’ notice, please be aware that your deposit is returned a month after you leave. This is in case any extra sessions have been booked during your last month and to ensure the last invoice has been cleared. Please email management your bank details prior to your last day so we are able to return your deposit.

Changing sessions…

We try our best to offer everyone the days they would like their child(ren) to attend here at Young Friends, however when requesting to change sessions or decrease/increase please email managemtn@youngfiends.co.uk with your request and Alice in the office will respond. We also ask for as much notice as possible when changing sessions and a months’ notice for decreasing sessions.

Warm wishes,

 

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

Hi everyone.

Pre-school Photo…

Our pre-school photo will be on Tuesday 15th August. We would like ALL the children who are going to school in September to come along and be part of the photo. If you are unable to attend please email us and let us know in case we need to re-arrange the date to suit everyone. We are making some funny props to help us capture the perfect picture but silly dancing and funny faces from parents watching will probably go a long way too for sure!

Day nurseries…

Our Ofsted inspection is due any day now. The team are very excited, and a little bit nervous but we can’t wait for it to happen. We would be very appreciative if our families took the time to leave a review for us on www.daynurseries.co.uk or complete a review form that is in the main lobby. All our parent’s views are highly important to us and it would be brilliant for Ofsted to see how wonderful you think our provision is too.

Tax Free Childcare…

We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare scheme so please email us for our account code if this is a scheme you will be using.

Spare Clothes…

We have had a few parents on the lookout for some missing items of clothing which are named. We do hold our hands up when named clothes do go missing but it is a mistake that rarely happens so if you happen to notice a few items of unknown clothing appear into your child’s bag, can you very kindly return them please. Thank you.

Upcoming parent’s afternoon…

So, our team have been busy typing away getting all your children’s reports ready for parent’s afternoon. We still have a few more reports to complete which will be finished over the next week or two. Anyway, our parent’s afternoon will be on August 11th. There will be a different Parents afternoon for the children who will be going to school in September this will be Friday 4th August.

You will see the time sheets appear in the rooms next week so don’t forget to book the perfect slot for you before it’s too late!

Parent declaration funding forms…

We need all funding forms returned by the end of next week. If you haven’t sent off for your 30-free hour eligibility code then you need to do it as soon as possible as we need them in way before the end of August. If you are unsure how to send off for your code please go to www.childcarechoices.co.uk. Don’t hesitate to ask Carly any questions you may have about the funding form or how to send off for your eligibility code, she’s always happy to help.

Share your skills…

Please don’t forget we welcome any parents to come in and share their skills/culture with us and the children. We really love it when we can hear about you what you do in your jobs and traditions in your culture. Please email us in the office if this is something you would like to do.

Inset day…

This is the first reminder for our next inset day on Thursday 12th October. The nursery will be closed for a staff inhouse training day which is always vital for our staff’s development. We will give you lots of information about what the day will be focused on nearer the time.

Nature kids update…

The children have been attending the Nature Kids Project all geared up in their waterproof clothing and welly boots for the past week. They have begun planting peas, broad beans and carrot seeds that will be taken to Louise’s cold box to grow and strengthen ready to be planted in Autumn. We have brought some new shelves that can store more resources for the groups to take with them for when they attend the allotment, and we will also be filling it up with resources that will stay at the allotment for the children to choose what they may like to explore or learn about when they’re up there. Next week we are we plan to start extending our outdoor classroom so the groups who attend have more sheltered area when it rains.

Today, Louise planted new seeds with the Gibbons and Baboons in their indoor growing stations. We thought that planting cress and flower seeds that start growing within 3-4 days will be more beneficial for the children to watch grow and change over a shorter period of time whilst inside the nursery. What we thought might have only been a simple activity turned into a soil turmoil in the Baboon conservatory which was brilliant to watch.

Increasing sessions…

If you are thinking about increasing your child’s sessions in September or at some point over the next couple of months we really need to know as soon as possible. Unlike previous Septembers this year the nursery stays almost as full right through till the end of next year, so we do need to know now so we can try to accommodate you – or at least let you know the nearest time that we could.

Facebook…

Please don’t forget to check out our Facebook page – we have updated it with some new photos and a Reggio article which is a great read for those who would like to learn more about the Reggio approach.

Dates for the Calendar…

Please add these dates to your calendars if they relate to you.

Date Event
Friday 8th August Pre-school parent’s afternoon
Friday 11th August Parents afternoon
Tuesday 15th August 09.30am Pre-school leavers photo
Thursday 12th October Nursery closed for inset day

September school leavers…

If your child is going to school this year but will still be in the nursery after September for a few days, you will be charged our normal day rate as your funding would have stopped. So please be aware when your last invoice is issued.

The Prevent Duty…

We have attached a document for our families to read to increase everyone’s knowledge on children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation. Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone but everyone plays a vital role in spotting signs which can prevent children from being radicalised and committing a terrorist crime. All our team are trained and have gained certificates which are available for you all to see in the main lobby. If you have any difficulties opening the document there is a hard copy available.

That’s everything for this week, we hope you have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to leave us a review if you find a spare minute or two.

Warm wishes,

 

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

 

7th July 17…

The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos.

Sarah’s last day…

Unfortunately, next Friday will be Sarah’s last day at Young Friends. Sarah has been with us for almost 3 years and has had experience working in all 3 age groups. She’s been a pleasure to have as part of our team for so long but the time has come where Sarah would like to gain experience working in a different field. Sarah would like to gain experience working with children who need extra support with physical disabilities.

Hannah’s returned for lunch cover…

We are very happy that Hannah has returned as our lunch cover practitioner until she moves to Scotland in August. Hannah’s just returned from her trip back home to Jersey for a few weeks and is eager to get back into the nursery environment. So, if your little one(s) go home talking about Hannah, don’t worry – they are not thinking of previous memories, they most probably would have been playing with her that day. Hannah’s hours are from 11.30-2.30pm Monday to Friday.

A couple of new faces…

Next week we have a couple of new faces that will be in the pre-school. Firstly, we have an intern called Vanessa that will be working in the pre-school on an 8-week internship. Vanessa is from Germany she is currently in her third semester in her Master studies and intends to obtain her Master’s degree by 2018. Vanessa has got many degrees and has lots of experience as a student teacher in many other placement school across the EU. We are very excited to meet her on Wednesday, she will be wearing a name badge so please say hello if you get to meet her.

Secondly, we have a level 3 practitioner starting in the Gorilla room called Chloe, she came for a trial day last week and really impressed us. Chloe has a very happy and calm energy and we think she’s going to blossom really quick. Chloe’s first day is on Tuesday, so please say hello to her too if you meet her.

Scooter safety week…

We are now aiming to get our bronze modeshift stars in scooter safety and helping the environment by walking/scootering/biking to nursery. We are planning  a scooter week where we will encourage all children to scooter to nursery. One day we will also be holding a scooter day where we will practise safe scootering around. There will be certificates and stickers foe everyone who gets involved and we encourage for you to participate.

30 free hours information…

We have had a few families that have not had any response from the council/government since completing their 30 free hours application form online, please don’t worry if this has also happened to you, please ring this direct line and they should hopefully be able to help you – 0300 123 4097. Please don’t forget that all codes need to be handed in before the end of August to receive your funded hours.

Employee of the month…

Drum roll please… our employee of the month this month is…….. Neel!!

Whilst Carly was away on annual leave Neel stepped up, took lead and handled the challenge really well. Neel has always been a great leader in the room and at the Nature Kids Project with his enthusiasm for outside learning. Neel fully deserves our employee of the month award this month and were sure you all agree too.

First aid achievements…

Mimi and Chelsie have both been our most recent achievers as they passed their first aid tests over the weekend. This was Chelsie’s first ever first aid course and Mimi’s third and they both passed with no difficulties. Please congratulate them when you see them.

Child care choices…

For more information on saving money on childcare costs please visit www.childcarechoices.co.uk for the most recent schemes that will work best for your family. We do also have a leaflet in the main lobby that you are more than welcome to take for even more information.

Sun cream…

Many of you may be a little confused with the recent sun cream charge on your July invoice. The £10 charge is a once only fee for sun cream to be applied to your child throughout the rest the Summer/Autumn season in the late morning and afternoon. We have been applying sun cream to children who have not brought in their own sun cream with them for the previous month or so. Families who have not had the added fee have supplied their own sun cream which stays at the nursery to be applied again in the late morning and afternoon. We do ask that sun cream is applied at home every morning before dropping your child into nursery and help the staff get the children to the garden/sports/allotment on time in the mornings.

Baboon booster seats…

A little plea for any unwanted high booster seats for our Baboons to borrow in the mornings to go to the Nature Kids Project. If your little one has recently outgrown their high booster seat and upgraded to a small booster seat we would kindly take on any donated boosters or even if your happy for us to use it on the morning after you have drop your child off to nursery. (Pleases and thank yous)

Don’t forget 22nd July!

On Saturday 22nd July, we are holding our annual summer BBQ and sports day in St Ann’s Wells Gardens. There are poster’s around the nursery with more information for you to see. Next week there will be a register for you to sign f you will be attending this day and how many family members you will be bringing. Please look out for that next week.

Brunswick school visit…

Next Tuesday our pre-schoolers who will be attending Brunswick Primary School in September will be visiting the school in the morning. Please make sure you drop your child off at 9am for the group to leave at 09.10am to arrive at Brunswick for 09.25am. If your child will be going to Brunswick Primary in September but does not usually attend nursery on Tuesday, you are more than welcome to drop them in and collect them again at 10.30 at the nursery. We are all very excited.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy this lovely weather!

Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

16th June 17…

Hi everyone.

The blog has been uploaded to the website so please check it out and all the glorious photos.

that 30 Hour Query Explained…

We have had a few query’s/confusion about free hours. We apologise for being unclear and thank those of you who highlighted it. We are just getting our heads around this ourselves and sometimes it takes queries to realise we haven’t been clear enough…

Basically, if you are doing more than the ‘stand-alone’ hours i.e. if you are doing over the 11.4 or 22.8 hours for the 2 yr, 15 hr or 30 hr funding respectively then you will get your full free hours whatever your times. That means you do not have to come in at 8 or 7.30 am if you are not coming in just for your free hours. We will claim and give you your maximum free hours whenever your sessions fall.

Example –  if you are doing 2 school days (9-4pm) that equates to 14 hours in the nursery, you would get the maximum 11.4 free hours and thereafter pay full fees (£6 per hour) for the remaining 2.6 hours of the day. Added to this would be 12.50 for the extras package the first day and 6.25 for the second day. The extras package will only be split in half, not charged pro rata, and we will round it up so you will be paying less rather than more.

By this we mean that if we divided the extras package by the number of funded hours in the aforementioned day you would be paying £7.88 (hourly rate of extras is 1.79 x 4.4 ((funded hours left on second day of a school day)) = £7.88). But we are just charging £6.25. We hope this helps.

To reiterate what is in the extras package – 5 healthy nutritious meals per day, yoga, nappies and wipes, photos, allotment trips (with minibus, a dedicated experienced driver, extra staff hired for safety, horticulture expert to guide staff and children and upkeep), structured sports sessions, 100 % first aided staff, ongoing photos and complimentary disks and much more. We do hope you agree that this is more than worth £12.50 per full day and often less as explained above. We are happy to answer any more query’s as and when they come up and we will email out fee lists next week so you can prepare.

All our staff have received rise in their wage which we know you all agree with.

One better journey…

Next week Alice will be having a meeting with Polly Stebbens from the Brighton and Hove City Council regarding a new active and sustainable travel to our nursery. This is called One Journey Better. This is a new accreditation that we are aiming to achieve our Bronze star and then work our way up. Since walking and wheeling week, we realised how many of our families got involved and so this is something we want to make more of an everyday thing. We will keep you updated with more information from Alice meeting next week.

Introducing Tony…

This week, our brilliant new mini bus driver Tony has started and will be working from :930 to 3:30 every day. We are so happy to have Tony part of the team and it now enables the Baboons and the Gorillas to both go up every day. The Gorillas that go up can stay all day and come back to the nursery at 3pm. Tony also drives the hot yummy lunches up to the allotment for the children up there so they can have a hot meal whilst up there. if you see Tony about on the driveway or in the building please say hello.

Sainsbury’s vouchers…

Thank you so much to all the parents that brought in Sainsbury’s vouchers. We have collected all the vouchers up and can announce we have raised 1,289 vouchers. We will let you know what we buy with these vouchers.

Buggy situation…

We just want our families to know that we are aware of the buggy situation. Ricardo is currently building a new big buggy shed that will be going at the top of the drive.

Car seats…

If any families have any car seats or 2/3 year old booster seats that they would like to donate to our nursery that would be greatly appreciated. We are in desperate need of car seats for the mini bus so the Baboons can go up to the allotment and hopefully soon the Gibbons too. If any parents are happy to leave their car seat in the morning when they drop off their children and can pick it up at the end of the day at collection would also be a great help.

9th June 2017…

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Family photo’s…

We would like to refresh all of our current family boards in each of the rooms. The Baboons are going to be placed in photo frames around their home corner the same as the pre-school. We do not have family photos for every child and would like to ask families to bring a few in or even email us a few so we can print them out here. The Gibbons have a board in their soft play room which the children can pull their photo’s off themselves, so a this is a small plea for any family photo’s please.

Sun cream…

We will be applying sun cream in the afternoons so please make sure you apply a strong sun cream to last the morning on the day your child attends nursery. If you would like your child to use their own sun cream please label the bottle and let the team know in the mornings, it would also be useful if you email management and let them know as there will be a £10 sun cream fee on your next invoice if you would like to use our cream for the whole summer.

 Pre-school leavers…

If your child is leaving to go to school this year can you please let us know your official last day as soon as you know. We understand that not everyone will know just yet, but we would like to make sure we have everything pre-pared and ready for their last day if it is before August.

Sainsburys Vouchers…

Our Sainsbury’s collection will come to an end on the 30th June so please bring in any vouchers that you may have at home before the finishing date. The vouchers are used to order sport equipment for the children which is always really useful so please bagger the Sainsburys staff when you’re paying for your shopping.

Walking through the Kitchen…

If you are a parent of a Gibbon child please don’t walk through the kitchen when our kitchen staff are in and preparing food. We are more than happy for you to walk through first thing in the morning but we cannot let anyone walk through when food prep and cooking is taking place.

Unwanted goods…

As always, we are always very keen to accept any unwanted items that you may have at home from kitchen utensils, to tool or even old children’s magazines. So, if by any chance you are having a sort out at home this weekend please think of us before you donate to any charity shops pleases and thank yous.

New apprentices…

Paige will be starting with us from the 19th June. She impressed us during her trial week and we think she would be a great member of our team. She will be on a probationary period for the first 3 months so if you do speak to Paige and see her in action any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Parent team member of the month box…

Thank you to all of the parents who have already put in a staff member suggestion in our box. It will be so lovely for our staff to know how much they are appreciated by our families. If you haven’t put any suggestions in don’t worry, our staff meeting is due in the next couple of weeks. Please just jot down why you think the staff member should be chosen and if you would like too you can leave your name too.

Nature Kids update…

Our new mini bus driver Tony will be starting with us on Tuesday, he is employed between the hours of 9am – 3.30pm so the children will be spending the whole day at the Nature Kids Project when the attend. The Baboons and Gorillas will be attending the Nature Kids Project every day from Tuesday –  the Gorillas will be there from 10.30am – 3.30pm and the Baboons will be going up from 09.30am – 11.30am. There will be a list in both groups to ensure that every child attends the Nature Kids Project at least 2-3 times a month. The Gorillas will be having a cooked lunch at the allotment as Tony will be able to collect their lunch from the nursery to take it to them. Tony is very keen to get started, so if you see him in the morning please say hello.

Spare clothing…

Please don’t forget to check your child’s bag for any dirty or wet clothes at the end of their day. Now the weather is much warmer we do need more spare clothes in their bags as they are often getting wet with water play or getting muddy at the allotment so please check to make sure your child’s bag is fully stocked with clothes, knickers and pants too please.

 Summer Trips…

We are planning a big summer trip with each of the groups to attend with the children in the summer. Next week we will let you know the dates and places the children will be going. We often ask for parent and carers helpers so if you are happy to help please contact the office.

 

 

Nursery Update 2nd June…

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Dummies…

The Gibbons have collected a large amount of lost and spare dummies over the last month. They have a large box in the green room so please ask Mimi or Ebone if you think there may be some that belong to your child. The box will go in the bin after next week so don’t forget to ask before it’s too late.

Sun cream…

We will be applying sun cream in the afternoons so please make sure you apply a strong sun cream to last the morning on the day your child attends nursery. If you would like your child to use their own sun cream please label the bottle and let the team know in the mornings, it would also be useful if you email management and let them know as there will be a £10 sun cream fee on your July invoice if you would like to use our cream for the whole summer.

Sad to see them go…

So unfortunately, over the next couple of weeks we will be saying good bye to two members of our staff. Firstly, we have known this would be happening but expected it to be later in the year – Hannah our Baboon practitioner who has been a great member of our team for almost 2 years now is moving to Scotland with her boyfriend to be closer to his family. We are sad to see her go, but we are excited for her new journey. Hannah’s last day is next Friday – so don’t worry, there’s still time to say good bye!

Second is our Baboon supervisor Amy – she has been a part of the Young Friends team for over 3 years and worked in almost all the age groups. Amy started with us as a Howler practitioner many moons ago and has progressed to being one of our supervisors, but the time has come where she would like to explore other opportunities. Were happy for her and her last day is Friday 16th June.

We thank them both for all the hard work they have done and for being such a pleasure to work with. We wish them all the luck with their new adventures in life and were sure you all do too.

New promotions…

Although it’s sad to say goodbye to others, it’s also an exciting new chance for other members of our team to step forward and take on a promotion that they have proven to be ready for the position available. There has been one member of our team who we have wanted to promote for quite some time now but we have not had the position for them to fill so the staff member who will be stepping up to take on Amy’s duties is Jodie (our Gibbon deputy supervisor) we have no doubt in Jodie’s abilities and look forward to seeing her grow even more in a position with more responsibilities. Please congratulate Jodie when you see her.

Some of you may begin to recognise a familiar face in the Baboon team. Lottie will be returning next week and working Mon-Thurs as a practitioner in the Baboon group. Lottie left two years ago to go off travelling around Asia and fell pregnant with little Teddie and we are happy to have Lottie back and part of our team and welcome little Teddie into the Gibbon group.

So now you’re probably wondering who’s going to be in the Gibbons, well we are very pleased that Ebone will be increasing her days to Tues, Wednesday, Thursday and will take on a joint supervisor role with Mimi in the Gibbons. Ebone has always had her tinkering eye on the Gibbon room, and she is very pleased about her new position.

We hope that you are all happy with the new arrangements, and if either Jodie, Amy or Hannah were your child’s key person please don’t worry – all the staff have arrangements in place and will be handing everything over to their new key person this week. Please ask any of them for information.

Second nursery line…

Please don’t forget that we have two nursery land lines in case one of our lines is engaged. Our other land line number is 01273 735114.

Unwanted goods…

If by any chance you are having a sort out of your cutlery and dishes we would kindly appreciate any donations for our role play areas. Bowls, plates, spoons and forks are a great resource for the children to play with in their environments. Think of us before you donate to any charity shops pleases and thank yous.

New apprentices…

This week Paige has been trialling in the Gibbon room for our apprenticeship position. We currently have two positions available so you may start to see some unfamiliar faces around. Paige has impressed our staff and we think she would be a perfect candidate. If you have any feedback from the week please let us know as we always like to hear your opinions too.

Parent team member of the month box…

Thank you to all of the parents who have already put in a staff member suggestion in our box. It will be so lovely for our staff to know how much they are appreciated by our families. If you haven’t put any suggestions in don’t worry, our staff meeting is due in the next couple of weeks. Please just jot down why you think the staff member should be chosen and if you would like too you can leave your name too.

Happy weekend from all of us at Young Friends! x

 

Nursery Update 28th April…

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Sainsbury’s vouchers…

Please think of us if you’ve been in or will be popping into Sainsbury’s. Our active kid’s collection box still has lots of room for more tickets and we haven’t got long left, so let’s all get collecting.

Nature kids packed lunch…

Now the weather has become, slightly more consistent, the children have been able to stay at the allotment for longer periods. They have been snacking away on tasty nibbles and enjoying their very own packed lunches so please do be aware that your child will not be eating a cooked lunch on the days they attend the allotment, but they will be eating sandwiches and lots of yummy healthy cold food instead.

Winter hats and clothing…

We have become inundated with winter hats, scarfs, gloves and spare jackets/coats. Can you please take home any unnecessary seasonal clothing or let our staff know that you no longer would like it so we can store it as spare for later on in the year.

New pre-school morning routine…

To help the Gorilla team and create less confusion for yourselves in the mornings we have changed the pre-schoolers morning routine to create a better structure for dividing the group. So, if your child is going to school in September and you drop them off after 9 can you please go straight to the garden where a Gorilla member of staff will be waiting for you. If your child will be going to school next September can you please drop them off into the Gorilla room like usual. If you are still a little unsure please ask a member of the Gorilla team for more information.

Group feedback…

The evenings can get a little busy when several parents arrive at the same time so to save time waiting around, our staff will ask you if you would like general group feedback with a few other parents. If you would rather not have group feedback please let the member of staff know, but if there is any confidential information that you need to know about our staff will inform you in a private conversation.

Reggio Project Box…

For two weeks, Eboné has been hard at work on the Gorillas’ first Reggio box which will be all about castles. Reggio boxes will be the Gorilla’s long term project, usually lasting 2-4 weeks depending on interest, and will allow the pre-schoolers ample time to engage, explore and investigate topics/activities of interest to them. The castle box is a junk-modelling focused project and features a working drawbridge and water well, keeps, turrets, and visual resources to inspire and encourage the Gorillas to become master builders. Future project boxes we have in mind are engineering, clay, focused story boxes, and the list may go on as the children tell us what they want to work on. If you have any interesting junk modelling pieces such as cardboard tubes, unusually pieces, etc., we will be happy to take them for our castles.

Peg emotion board…

We are trialling out a new form of emotion board in the Gorilla room. We have made 4 large pictures of different emotions for the children to place their own peg onto depending on what emotion they are feeling. So far, the board is working well, but eventually the more the children use it, the children can move their peg to a different emotion when their mood changes without having to speak to a member of staff if they don’t want too. The staff will monitor the board every day to support any children who may be too shy to speak out loud.

Preschool update…

Now that we are rolling through the year, it won’t be long before our school leavers will be starting their new adventures going off to school. Our pre-school team have been creating a new structured routine to being our school readiness process. We have created a new school area in the Gorilla room with school uniforms, pens, notepads, clipboards and pens so our Gorillas can role play their day away.

Parent Makaton course…

We have put up a few parent Makaton course posters around the main lobby for a course that is coming up soon. As a nursery who uses Makaton we would highly recommend anyone to attend.  The course is a bargain at only £40 per person and its is split across four half day classes. There are numerous dates so please check out the poster if you are interested or email management for further information.

School uniform donations…

If you have any older children who have recently outgrown their school uniform that you no longer want, we are more than happy to take any donations. We have lots of girl’s dresses, but would greatly appreciate any school jumpers, shirts, polo tops, shorts, skirts or book bags for the Gorillas role play area.

Sizzles update…

Sizzles is back home at last and is making a slow but steady recovery from his eye infection. This week we have had to slowly re-introduce both rabbits but Bagheera is taking slightly longer than expected as she is still rather disappointed about sharing her cage again, but anyway we hope that Sizzles and Bagheera will be back to usual sorts soon.

Staff training update…

We have a few training courses coming up that some of our staff will be attending. We will update you next week with the plans we have instore for our inset day on the 17th.

Staff members

Training course

Date

Neel and Amy

Hearing Impaired children

5th May 2017

Mimi and Libby

Safeguarding

12th May 2017

German Classes…

Paula has been out brainstorming some great German activities to do with the Gorillas for the next few weeks. Each week she will focus on one activity so every child has the opportunity to take part and we will create a lesson plan for home learning ideas, if you would like to learn at home too. She is away on holiday next week but when she returns the activities planned involves cooking, painting and singing so watch this space!

Persona doll…

Kaya (our persona doll) visited the Gorillas on Wednesday and told them about her experience at the playground. Her sensitive chat helped children discuss and discover the importance of treating every equally no matter how different they may be from one another. Next week Kaya will be returning to tell the children about one of her happier experiences on the lead up to going off to school.

Summer BBQ…

We are undecided between a few dates in July for our summer BBQ but we will send out a text message next week to confirm so please make sure you put the date in all of your calendars as we would love to see you all there. We have still not yet decided whether to have it in the nursery or somewhere else but we will confirm location over the next few weeks. If anyone has any good suggestions for a location please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Up-coming Festivals…

May is just around the corner which means the Brighton Festival is about to begin. Next Thursday is May 4th and just in case some of you don’t know, it is in fact Star Wars day so if you would like to bring your child in nursery dressed in Star Wars attire please do, and I’m sure you will be seeing a few staff dressed up too.

Please don’t forget to take a copy of the Rock and candy magazine in the main lobby for more local information about upcoming events or local attractions.

Garden spruce…

Our environmental co-ordinator Ebone will be focusing on the garden as of next week. The garden as you all know is not only the children’s favourite place to be but it’s a part of our nursery that everyone absolutely loves but It has taken a little bash from the wintery months so over the next few weeks you still start to see more vibrant and refreshed areas.

 

The nursery is closed on Wednesday 17th May for inset day. Please don’t forget.

Friday Email 13th April 2017

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Inset Day…

Please don’t forget the nursery is closed on the 17th May for our inset (staff training) day. These days are really important for keeping our provision as high as it is and ever-improving so please support us in this.

Emails…

Our email problem has now been solved but we are still waiting for our address book to migrate. When it is done you will receive this as an email – hopefully at the start of next week, and of course next Friday your email will be sent out like normal. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Pre-school Nature Kids Schedule…

To make it easier for our families at home and our staff we have created a Nature Kids schedule. The Gorilla team will begin to create a new structure and routine for the children who will be attending school in September which means it’s really important that the groups of children who are attending Nature Kids are organised between children who are going to school in September, and others who are attending school next year. We have made a May calendar on the Nature Kids board and it has initials of children who will be attending the allotment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hopefully this will help you make sure your child is in by 09.15 the very latest to attend their Nature Kids session otherwise it may mean that they miss it.

Collection and drop off at 4…

The team do genuinely feel awful when they can’t give you full feedback at the end of the day when families arrive late, so we have created a new plan for those with two children to make collection slightly easier for you considering you have two little ones in tow. We do as a general structure require all families to be arriving earlier to receive the full feedback from both groups before sessions end at four, but on those days when (and we totally understand) arriving earlier is not possible, we will send your eldest child to the garden with the other children who are staying for tea. Hopefully, once you have collected your youngest child all you have to do is walk and collect your eldest from the garden where a member of staff will give you your feedback.

Facebook…

There’s been new allotment post on our Facebook with most recent pictures so please take a look and like our post please!

May Calendar…

Unfortunately, we have not been able to attach any calendars as due to our address book email palaver this week but we have printed out copies of the May calendar and put it up around the nursery also so please check them for special dates coming up. You will receive this in an email next week.

 Nature Kids…

We now have running water for handwashing, blossoming fruit trees and the start of our fragrant herb garden. Children have now started staying for lunch which is great – they are learning so much about nature. We are building a covered mud kitchen with raised platform for the children to play on and under when they don’t want to help us with the important jobs. Fabulous.

School List…

Hopefully, it has been a very relieving week for most of our pre-school families finding out what school your child has been accepted into. Just in case you haven’t done so already, please let Neel or any of the Gorilla team know what school your child will be attending. We have a list on the wall so please don’t feel obliged to not look as you may discover other children are attending the same school and can begin making connections with other families if you haven’t already.

30 Hours and Tax-Free Childcare…

We will have exact information on how we will be providing the government initiative of 30-hour funded care and to what extent the week of the 8th May. As many of you will be aware settings are finding the 30 hour promise to families difficult to tally with overheads and to be frank, staying open! This and the Tax-Free childcare scheme have different eligibility requirements so please log onto www.childcarechoices.co.uk to use their free calculator to discover what scheme will work best for your family.   We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare Scheme.

 That’s everything for this week, we hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you return next week.

Warm regards,

Louise, Carly, Alice and your dedicated Young Friends Team

 

Friday 14th April…

Bank holiday..

Please don’t forget the nursery is closed Friday 14th (tomorrow) and Monday 17th March for Easter bank holiday.

Easter…

The nursery has been full of Easter themed activities this week from Papier Mache eggs to eggperiments in Coca-Cola, water and vinegar. Eggs have been boiled and painted in the Gorillas before they cracked them open and enjoyed them for tea! We hope you enjoy your Easter cards and artwork and have a wonderful Easter break.

Inset Days…

Please don’t forget our inset day’s this year are on May 17th and October 12th. The nursery is too full to offer swap sessions but please remember that our fees are calculated within a 50-week year so families do not pay for bank holidays or inset days.

EYFE…

If your child has recently turned 3 or is about to please complete our Early Years Free Entitlement form attached and email it to management@youngfriends.co.uk.

Employee of the Month…

Drum roll please – our employee of the month goes too…… Jodie!!

While all of our Gibbon team have shone this past month, particularly with our new settles, Jodie has stood out not only for her hard work within the room and routine, but also for the nursery as a whole. Jodie continuously demonstrates her fluid practice, patience, and leadership skills, riding the waves of a nursery day with only a few hairs out of place and a smile. Please congratulate her when you see her.

Donations of tubes and funnels and any wood…

This is a very polite plea for any spare tubes, funnels or wood etc. We are planning some exciting new things for our Garden now the weather is getting nicer and refreshing some of the areas that have had a little wear and tear from the winter months so any donations of good quality wood, tools, funnels, tubes, tins etc. would be greatly appreciated. We are also currently creating a castle Reggio project box so any materials that you think would be useful please donate if you are happy too.

Hand, foot and mouth…

Unfortunately, we have had two confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth within the nursery. Please don’t panic, there is no exclusions period if your child does not have fever but please go and get any suspicious spots check out by a GP. Please click on the link for further information http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx 

Sunhats…

Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing now the weather has started getting warmer. Sun hats must be provided and sun cream if you do not want your child to use the sun cream provide by ourselves.

Facebook…

Our Facebook page will be updated on Tuesday morning full of pictures from this week but please like our page or send us a friend request so we can invite you into our private family page so you can talk amongst yourselves and arrange socials with other parents/carers.

Invoices…

Any invoice queries please email accounts@youngfriends.co.uk or louise@youngfriends.co.uk and please email your payment confirmation to accounts too. Thank you

Your all now officially updated with all our current nursery news so please enjoy your long bank holiday and we look forward to finding out what you all got up too next week.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Alice, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team

 

Friday Email 7th April 2017

Hi everyone

Jolly Post Kids Play…

Thank you to all families that came last Saturday to watch the Jolly Post Kids Play. The play was hectic but a roaring success! All children were excellent and we have some fantastic photos that Dawn Jee took. We have made an album of all the photos for you to look at and purchase. The album will be in the main lobby so please take a look and write down next to your child’s name what photos you would like to purchase. All photos will be printed at “5×7” size and sold at normal selling price.

National Gardening Week…

Next week is national Gardening Week and we will be planning some fun activities up at the allotment and in the garden for the children to carry out. If you get up to any gardening over the weekend please take lots of pictures and add them to our Facebook page, if your happy to do so.

Furniture for sale…

We have a few children’s toys still for sale, a few DVD’s, cuddly toys, Lego and a few other bits. There is also a dressing up storage unit for sale too. If anyone is interested in these items we have for sale then please contact Alice in the office. Come and have a look to see if they interest you. Proceeds will be added to our allotment fund. If we don’t sell them by the end of next month they will be given to charity.

Facebook…

The Baboons took a trip to the beach this afternoon to collect some flat stones to create labels for the flower beds at the allotment. It was low tide and the children made marks and pictures in the wet sand. It was a lovely trip. If you have noticed the new sweet aroma when you are walking through to drop your children off in the morning it is because of our new amazing indoor growing stations we have added to each room. We have planted herbs so far, and each group will add new adjustments – next week the Baboons are creating egg cress heads and the Gorillas will be re-growing vegetables, so please keep a look out. Check out and like our Facebook page for photos

Nature Kids…

Nature Kids Project is starting to look fab. We now have apple trees, a bay tree and a pear tree which are starting to blossom. We have some benches, kindly donated by our allotment friend and guru Elisha, and this weekend we will put in the herb garden ready for the children to take good care of. The classroom is covered and installed with guttering to collect rainwater and we have several new water buts. Oh and a row of gooseberry bushes too. All trees have piping supports for deeper watering – Elisha and Louise are rather proud of these and the children have been weeding and watering. We also have new slate boards where Louise and Elisha can chalk instructions regarding what need to be done when the children and team get up there if they are not there to advise. Oh and we are making attractive stone and stick labels for each thing for the children. We will be creating a chart with monthly parent helper days so if you are interested and willing to help you can put your name down by a certain day – we think the next one will be helping to create the fire pit area – we would love your help with this

Feedback after 4’oclock…

Please remember that if you would like detailed feedback about how your child’s day has been to please arrive 5 minutes before your child’s session finishes i.e. 15.55pm or 17.55pm. Our staff would love to stay and talk to you all, but there are duties that need to be completed in the afternoons. Of course, if you are late, let us know and we will give you any important information that you will need to know when you collect, such as accident form information and general wellbeing but anything else will have to wait till the following day or session. We hope you all understand.

2 new apprentices…

Jazmine and Chelsie are our 2 new apprentices so in case you haven’t met them already, both their pictures are up on display on our staff board – located in the main lobby. Chelsie will be working in the Gibbon room and Jazmine will be working with the Gorilla’s. We are sure that you will be ultra-welcoming and any feedback from any parents/carers is always appreciated. Both girls are on a 3-month probationary period like all apprentices when they start with us to make sure we employ the right members of staff. We are sure they are going to do really well, and have already impressed us in their trail week but any opinions from families is always taken onboard and great appreciated.

Schools…

It’s that time of year again and all our pre-school families will be finding out what school your little one has been accepted into. So exciting! We wish you all the luck and hope that you get accepted into the school you are hoping for. Please let Neel know in the preschools so he can begin contacting the schools and arranging teachers to come and visit.

Sunhats…

Now the weather is becoming sunnier by the day (let’s hope we haven’t spoken too soon) we would like you all to start pre-paring for the sun and providing NAMED sun hats for your little ones to wear in the garden and on trips. Please take home your winter hats, and replace them with your new sunnier attire. Thank you!

Inset Days…

Please don’t forget our inset day’s this year are on May 17th and October 12th. The nursery is too full to offer swap sessions but please remember that our fees are calculated within a 50-week year so families do not pay for bank holidays or inset days.

EYFE…

If your child has recently turned 3 or is about to please complete our Early Years Free Entitlement form attached and email it to management@youngfriends.co.uk.

Invoices…

Any invoice queries please email accounts@youngfriends.co.uk or louise@youngfriends.co.uk and please email your payment confirmation to accounts too. Thanks.

 

Friday Email 31st March 2017…

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Invoices…

Due to lots of show-type things to attend to your invoices will be slightly late this month. They will be emailed out on Monday morning and you will have two extra days to settle them because of this. We hope it doesn’t cause too much inconvenience for you.

Emails…

Our emails have been down this week and for that we apologise. Luckily, we have been receiving emails but unable to respond or send any emails out. Our IT technician is on the case and they are now back on – phew.

Jolly Postkids play…

Well well well, the weekend is finally here and we are very excited about tomorrows event. It is our first ever play and please do remember that it may not go according to plan but that will be the fun of it. Each group has different parts and play different characters so we have created a list below to guide you with information about what your child will need to come dressed in. We have all the head dresses prepared so base colour clothing is all we need you to organise.

–          If your child is a bug or flower please come dressed in comfortable colourful clothing.

–          If your child is a Frog please bring them along wearing green clothing. This can be either a green dress, trousers or leggings with a plain top.

–          The Nature Kid’s need to come dressed in trousers or shorts with a plain top to go underneath our nursery hi-vis jackets.

–          The gardeners need to come wearing wellie boots and gardener like clothing. This could be old jeans/green trousers and checker shirt or, waistcoat and a straw hat. There’s loads of ways you can dress the gardeners up

–          Pete and Mo need to come dressed in old 70’s style jumpers, jeans and wellie boots.

So we don’t have all children turning up at the same time we have allocated times for each group to arrive at the church, please see below;

–          Gorillas, please can you arrive at 9:15am

–          Baboons need to arrive at 9:30am

–          Last but not least, Gibbons need to arrive at 9:45am

We ask all parents to come back at 10am and we hope to start the play by 10:15/10:30.  You will not be allowed in the building before this so if we are running slightly behind and we haven’t unlocked the door please bear with us and wait at the door. The play will be about half an hour long and there will be a chance afterwards for parents to mingle with each other. We will not be serving refreshments as the team have lots to do so grab a coffee before if you need it. We will be providing bananas and bread and cream cheese and water for the children during the morning after you drop them off if they want it so don’t worry they will be ok!

The Church is called Hove Methodist church on Portland road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5DR.

We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow.

Childcare Choices…

As many of you will already know, the government has come up with a great Tax-Free Childcare scheme that will cut childcare costs for eligible families across the UK. It should begin on the 28th April for parents of the youngest children and will gradually extend to more families during 2017. We are registered and ready to go for you when the scheme is ready to be rolled out. Please click the link to the Childcare Choices website which has a Childcare calculator so families can compare all the governments childcare offers, and to check what works best for your family:

www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

Breakfast…

We really don’t want this to come across like we don’t want you to be bringing your child into nursery eating food, as we know it can make life getting out the house in the morning stress free but if you do bring in food can you please be cautious to other children’s allergies that may be in the room and if they are choke safe i.e. uncut grapes and tomatoes etc. If you do bring in food can you please try to take it away with you when you drop your child off as breakfast is provided and any time after 8.30 breakfast is packed away. We are sorry and hopefully you can understand the importance.

Facebook…

As always don’t forget to check out our weekly Facebook updates and to like our page. Thanks.

Allotment…

Ok so this week Ricardo our carpenter and everything else guy has been reinforcing the outdoor classroom so it is rainproof and more of a shelter so we can start getting natural educational bits and pieces up there. He is also starting to build our outdoor tool washing station and kitchen so we can, well, wash tools, make food and wash hands. Fab

Louise has transformed a couple of old windows into Cold Frames to start our seedlings off and will be getting them going over the next week with the children. The ones made already are at her house so she can keep a close eye and we still need more old windows for more at the nursery. Please keep letting us know if you see any on the street or know of any going spare – we really do need them. Thank you to those who told us of some over past couple of weeks – sadly they had either been snapped up too quickly or didn’t have frames so were not appropriate but thank you for looking out for us!

30 free hours…

Louise and Carly both attended a 30 free hours’ workshop on Wednesday afternoon to coincide and help with the planning of how we are going to implement it into your Young Friends service. We will of course try our best to work it into our provision in the most beneficial we way can to our families but please bear with us as we thrash it out.  Louise and Richard are currently working on it from a financial aspect and once we have a clear picture for you we will update you with further information. Over the next two weeks we will be sending out some questionnaires regarding the 30 free hours’ entitlement and all information gathered will help the company try to attend to our family’s needs aswell as working out what is best for the nursery. We will let you all know when the questionnaires are available to be completed.

Inset Day…

Please do not forget out inset day is on May the 17th. The Nursery will be closed on that day for staff training. They will be learning about all sorts of things that will make your children’s experiences even better at Young Friends. Every inset day our service gets better so we thank you for your support with them. You will receive an itinerary before and a more detailed explanation after the day as to how what is learnt will be implemented. Please don’t ask to swap days on this week as the nursery is very full and we just don’t have the space to do it. Thank you.

All the best. All at Young Friends.

 

Friday Email 17th February 2017

 

Hi everyone,

The blog is ready for you. There is an outrageous number of gorgeous photos this week, Around the World Week. So, make sure you check it out – and that you have a bit of time to browse through them.

 

Facebook

          Please get liking our Facebook page. There is now only one Facebook page which will be updated weekly with pictures and events that are happening within our nursery. There is also a Young Friends Family page that will available to all our lovely families. This page is for all the parents to contact to each other and arrange family activities between yourselves and to get to know each other.

Multi-Cultural Week

          Our annual Around the World Week has been inspirational as usual. Your children have had an educational ball!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all you parents who came in to make this one of the richest weeks yet. You can tell from the ridiculous amount of blog photos that they couldn’t have asked for a better week at nursery. Pasta making, Caribbean Fruit selling, Scottish dancing, Native American clay making are just some of the activities we have had this week. Please check out the blog for more info on this.

Venues for Post-Kids Play

          The team will be starting practicing and becoming familiar with the story and songs from Wednesday onwards. It was important to complete reports for parents evening first and as you can imagine added to usual tasks this is no mean feat. The Venue is …. And the time is… If you would like to buy tickets, please see Alice in the office who has the tickets all ready for you. Please buy your tickets (£3) as it will be first come first serve and this is not a spectacle you will want to miss…

Recipe of the Month

          Young Friends Nursery are having recipe of the month. Each month we will tell you about a different recipe that the children have made within the cooking activity at nursery. All receipts are easy for families to do at home and we encourage you do this at home with your children. Please take pictures for you doing the cooking activity at home and bring them in for the children to talk about their nursery friends. Healthy eating is a big part of our nursery and cooking is always fun to do so put your aprons on and get cooking…ready steady Cook! This month’s recipe is homemade Fish/Veggie Fingers. Please look on our Facebook for the full recipe.

Sport of the Month

          We are also introducing sport of the month here at Young Friends. There are some great sport centres and activities around Brighton and Hove giving the opportunity to lots of different sports. Especially now it will start to get lighter in the evening we are encouraging everyone to take part in different sports. Each month we will be focusing on a different port and showing you where the best places are to do this sport. Again, we want to see photos of the children doing these activities outside of nursery.

Employee of the Month

         Drum roll please……Well done to Sinead who is our employee of the month this month. Each month a member of our team is congratulated with a bit cheer at our staff meeting and their picture proudly displayed on the team board. Though so young and a relatively new apprentice we are sure those of you who know her will agree she is a shining example. Her hard work this month has been recorded and, well, the accolade is deserved. Feel free to embarrass her by giving her a pat on the back.

Active sport vouchers

          So, Sainsbury’s are now going hell for leather giving out one voucher at a time. Quite frankly they need to take a leaf out of Tesco’s book who used to give us whole books at a time – still it is what it is. We can’t do it without you – we want to buy gardening equipment this year with our vouchers so bring them in and pop them in the box in the hall. Your children will all benefit so please work with us and hassle those Sainsbury’s staff!

           

Getting ready for Spring

         Exciting stuff eh? We have started growing again in our garden in our nursery. The bulbs we planted with your children are now popping up so we will soon have a lovely flower display. The growing area, after a bit of a tidy up, is looking quite respectable so the children will be being encouraged to look after them from here on in.

Parents Afternoon

          Please don’t forget parent’s afternoon is next Monday. We look forward to seeing you. If you have forgotten your times, please don’t hesitate to ask one of us as we have the time sheets still up in the rooms.  Parents afternoons are always a sociable occasion and its lovely to have this time to have a one-to-one chat with your key person. You will be given your child’s report to take home of course so you can share your child’s brilliance with the family.

Tapestry

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for parent’s afternoon. This year the reports will be uploaded to your Tapestry accounts. Some of you might of already seen your reports being uploaded by they will still adjusted to so don’t worry if your reports are not complete – by Monday they will be!

 

Have a great weekend! All the best. Your Young Friends Team x

Friday Email 3rd February 2017…

Parent’s Evening

          Please don’t forget Parents Evening this term is on Monday 20th February.
The timesheets are filling up quickly, so please book your appointments as soon as you can with your child’s key member of staff. The team are beavering away writing your children’s reports and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Scarlet Fever

          This week unfortunately we had two confirmed cases of Scarlet Fever. There has only been 2 cases in children and 2 cases in staff. Scarlet Fever is a contagious infection; however, it can be treated quickly by seeing the doctor prescribing you antibiotics and after 24 hours from taking the antibiotics symptoms should clear up. We have been making extra special attention to wiping and washing hands and after children and staff sneezing and coughing and keeping surfaces clean. Please just keep an eye out for the symptoms in your children and please if you suspect anything then take your child straight to the doctor. A link to the symptoms and more about Scarlet Fever were sent in the email on Monday to all parents. Please view our Health Protection file in the main lobby for further information.

Extra Sessions

          If you would like to book extra sessions for your children, please can you email and phone Alice our office administrator. She is there for any questions or queries you have and can book your extra sessions for you straight away, if they are available of course. Please don’t be shy in contacting Alice and speaking to her as she is more the happy to help you.

Easter Play

          Young Friends Nursery children turned holly wood stars in no time! We are putting on a play around Easter time, where all of our children will be acting out our own version of ‘The Jolly Postman’. Tickets will be sold very soon. The money raised will go to our Nature Kids funds so we can really get that place looking amazing and taking our nature kids up there every week growing and learning about nature. The dates and times will be confirmed over the next few weeks, however please be aware it will be around the Easter Holidays. It’s going to be a wonderful (maybe a bit chaotic) event and we hope you will come along and watch. Please look at the attached document for more information.

University Student Observations

          Over the next five weeks we have two University students coming in who are studying child development and social care. They will be observing the children that parents gave permission for their child to be observed. Please note that any observations taken will not include identities of children and will only be used to further their knowledge regarding children’s development. If you are happy for your child to be observed, please contact the office.

EAL

         Alexandra went on training this week. The training was about how to recognise if an EAL child needs SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) support or support with their English language skills as differentiating between the two can be very difficult. Alex will be holding a training on our staff meeting on Monday, we look forward to learning more about what she learned.

Allotment Update

          This week we have arranged for piles of chestnut poles to be delivered to the allotment on Tuesday next week, ready for the children to create canes for the fruit trees to be planted in the spring. On Tuesday, we are having the long-awaited wood chip being delivered so once we have the woodchip spread long the pathways, the children will be able to continue their nature kid’s trips. Thank you for being patient.

Courtney…

          We have had a new apprentice trial this week. Her name is Courtney and she will be spending time with us over the next two weeks. We would really appreciate any feedback. Pola’s mum suggested that we attach a photo of all the new staff to the Friday email so you are familiar and recognise them in the morning. So please look at the attached document for photos of Alice our administrator and Courtney our apprentice trial.

Multicultural Week

          Please don’t forget our family-orientated (Around the Wold Week’ coming up on the 13th February. We need you! We have some very kind volunteers but not enough and we would love some involvement from yourselves whether its story reading or singing songs in your language to home cooking recipes from where you’re from – remember Britain is just as important. So please get involved. Thanks

 

 

 

Friday email w/c 23rd January 2017

Hi everyone,

The blog is ready for you. Lots and lots of lovely photos this week so make sure you check it out.

New Staff

–          We are really happy that we have now fulfilled our office admin position and the lovely Alice Stimson has accepted the role. Alice is in the office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and she is your first point contact for emails and phones. Please introduce yourselves if you cross paths. She is still learning the ropes but she’s a fast learner so we are sure she’ll be on top of things in no time.

Parent’s Evening

–          Please don’t forget Parents Evening this term is on Monday 20th February. The timesheets are filling up quickly, so please make your appointments as soon as you can with your child’s key member of staff. The team are beavering away writing your children’s reports and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.
Smoothie of the Week Board

–          We have new ‘Smoothie of the Fortnight’ boards in all our rooms, for every child. This is a fun method of teaching children all about voting and democracy. The system is that throughout the 2 weeks the children, with their room adults (or parents), pick  their fruit of choice from laminated pictures stored below the boards. They stick their choice to the board and at the end of the 2 weeks the whole nursery will make a smoothie using the winning fruit. Simple, healthy and fun!
New Shoe Cupboard

–          There is a rather beautiful new shoe storage cubby (thank you Ricardo for making it) outside for the children to put their lucky shoes in – hopefully making for a more ordered arrangement. Please remember to take your children’s shoes off in the morning when you come in and pop them in there. Try to do this with your child so they have an idea where they are so they can try to find them themselves on the way to the garden. Then pick them up from here on your way home. It wasn’t long ago when the children’s shoes were in a big pile in plastic tubs – how we have moved on.
Hat Bag

–          There is now a hat bag/basket in all our rooms. Please can you put your children’s hats and gloves in the hat bag so the team can grab the basket easily and your children can find their own gloves and hats and try to put them on. Just another method of ensuring they get out quicker and exercise their independence as much as they can/want to. Thanks.

Fire Alarm

–          Fire Alarm drills are practised regularly around here so all staff know what they are doing and so the children are not ‘alarmed’ when they go off. This week a cheeky Gibbon managed to set the alarm off and so an impromptu fire practice ensued. No harm done.  As with all practices, the whole nursery got out in good time, and thank you to the parents that helped. Just as a note please be aware that if there is a practice or indeed (heaven forbid) a real fire then shoes and coats are not priority and evacuation must take place immediately whether a child is not fully dressed or asleep.

Lost Property

–          If you have taken anything accidently that doesn’t belong to your child, please bring back the item that you took home by mistake and hand it to your room team. Thank you.

Sports Sessions

–          Nadeem has started his new gym class in our dance room this week. We have some lovely pictures of the children doing their first gymnastics activities with Nadeem and Jodie (little known fact – Jodie is apparently rather good at gymnastics!) on the blog so take a look at them. Proper gymnastics – brilliant.

EAL

–          Alexandra is attending EAL (English as An Additional Language)  and SENDCo training on the 31st  January. We will update you further on how she got on and how it will benefit your children.

Louise and Carly Training

–          Louise and Carly both went on ‘Prevent Duty and British Values’ training last Thursday. Louise and Carly will be administering staff training in the next team meeting so everyone can benefit. Please see our Prevent Duty Policy and British Values Policy if you are unsure what these two things are.

Gorillas Atelier

–          The Gorillas now have their very own Atelier. An art area with real art equipment for them to feel very grown up and choose their own materials. No more putting things out on the table and deciding for them. Now they can create to their hearts content with shelves stocked with colour coded paints, pastels and much more. The children’s lovely art work is up for display to frame the new area and they have new big tables to spread themselves out. You will see this in the coming blogs as it starts to be used properly.

Allotment Update

–          So please don’t think because the visits have ceased for a couple of weeks we have forgotten about your children’s allotment. Far from it. We are waiting for chestnut poles for fruit supports hand bed borders and wood chip to combat the very squelchy mud do life is more comfortable for the children. For the next week or so they are making things to take up there like bird feeders with seeds and suet for Nature Kids and our nursery garden. We have now made a contact in the RSPB for proper wildlife advice and he is even going to come to the allotment to advise us on ways to encourage birds, hedgehogs and other natural life for the children to enjoy take care of.  We are very excited about this and will keep you posted – as we will about the next stage of Nature Kids and arranging what we really hope will be a more successful family helper day than last time – hint hint!

Multicultural Week

–          Please don’t forget our family-orientated ‘Around the Wold Week’ coming up on the 13th February. We need you! We have some volunteers but not enough and we would love some involvement from yourselves whether its story reading or singing songs in your language to home cooking recipes from you’re from – remember Britain is just as important as other places…

 

9th January: Good afternoon, 

Your Blog has been uploaded and is now ready for you to view, so please take a look. 

Admin Trials – This week we have had trials for our Admin position. We have had a very lovely Bonnie who trialled this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are super impressed with her admin experience, and her very creative writing skills. We will also be trialling Alice on Monday and Tuesday who really impressed us in her interview. We would appreciate any feedback that you have with regards to either trails. 

Ofsted- We are still waiting for our Ofsted inspection and would just like to inform you that Ofsted may wish to speak to some parents during their visit. Ofsted would usually take the opportunity to speak to parents arriving in the morning, or collecting children at 4pm. If you have any topics you would like to discuss with management, please don’t hesitate to email us, or even come in for a chat. We would really like to solve any unknown problems before Ofsted come. Thanks  

Weather Warning – For those who have recently changed their mobile numbers, please can you let us know your most recent number, as we may need to contact parents via text message if the weather and transport warning become severe over the weekend. We have attached our Weather Warning procedure to this email. For IPhone users – please scroll down to the very bottom of the email, where you will find this attachment.  

Parent Helper Day – Our staff have been working very hard today down at the allotment, they have done lots of levelling out and will be posting pictures on the Young Friends Facebook page for you all to see. Unfortunately, no parents were available to come and help today, however, we will be planning regular Nature Kids help days on Fridays so please let us know if you are ever availabl

Inset day – There will be an inset day on WEDNESDAY 17th May 2017 and THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2017 (last inset day was a Tuesday) so please keep a note of the day. There will be NO refunds and NO swaps for any confusion from parents.  

Shoes – If you haven’t already, please can parents provide Velcro or slip on shoes that are easy for your children to put on and take off by themselves. It decreases garden and outdoor play when staff have to help many children with their laces. It’s in our ethos to encourage children to be independent, so easy slip on/Velcro shoes would be fab 

Clothing – Please provide waterproof suits and wellies for your children to wear outside, the weather has hit freezing temperatures now and we want them to be warm and dry in the garden, doing sports and at the allotment. We need as many layers as possible, so please provide jumpers under jackets, and hats and gloves. We would hate for any of those little fingers to get cold. Thank you.  

We hope that you have a fantastic weekend. 

All the best,  

Louise, Carly, and your Young Friends Team

 

23rd Dec: Hi Everyone,

Your last blog of 2016 is ready for you all to have peek. Well we hope it is. For some reason it has been brought to light that the last few blogs have not been showing up. Our web guy is taking a look so they will hopefully all appear at the same time. The blog is smaller this week as the tablets were being stolen left right and centre to download your photos so we apologise if your child doesn’t appear – it was for the greater good.

Photo CD’s…

We hope you enjoy your photos. Naturally they are smaller as we can’t send home group photos for safeguarding reasons. If there have been any group photos that you particularly want, e.g. with your child and a friend in them, please let us know and tell us what blog they are from. We will ask the other family(s) if they are ok with us letting you have that particular photo.

Sickness Bug…

A couple of children have gone home this week with a sickness bug – one had a temperature. Nothing serious but something to look out for – we hope it doesn’t affect anyone’s Christmas.

Invoices for Jan…

Your invoices will be with you a little late in Jan, on the 3rd, when we open. You will have until the 10th to pay them. If you are due to start getting funding you will automatically get reduced fees from Jan. You will be asked to fill in a form at the start of the year for us but don’t worry you will get the funding

Tapestry Evening…

In January, we are going to hold a tapestry evening for parents who would like more information on how to use the software. We will be showing parents how to upload observations, comment under uploaded observations by staff, how to complete the ‘All about me’ section and to give you some knowledge about the Early Years Foundation stage. It will last about 30 minutes and hopefully you will find it informative.

Parents evening…

It’s that time again, we have organised our next parents evening for ……. . This time round all reports will be digital and uploaded to your children’s tapestry accounts, we may have printed version on the evening itself but any comments from parents will need to be written online. We will give you more information on this Early Years Pupil Premium Forms…

Please complete (if you haven’t already) the pupil premium form attached. Early Years Pupil Premium is a new form of funding the government has introduced for 3-4 year olds, and if your family are eligible, we will arrange a meeting so we can discuss how the funding could be spent to help your child’s development.  We have also attached at 3 year old funding form for you to complete (if you haven’t already) it’s very important we have these in if your child is eligible for funding from January. Parent Social…

We have an exciting new strategy in order to plan our parent socials. We are going to create a private parent social group on our Facebook page, but in order to join it we need you to like our page so we can send you an invitation. Once a member you can all post as often as you like and arrange parent socials between yourselves. Our Facebook page is ‘Young Friends Nursery’ – the signature link is not working at the moment because we changed the page so just find it by name for now.

Good Luck to Ian…

We would like to wish good luck to our most recent volunteer Ian. He has been offered a position at a nursery in Portslade and wish him all the best. Ian was a natural and we are sure he is going to do very well in his new childcare career. We would have loved to have him here, but we are already very over staffed.

Charity Shop…

All the left-over clothes today will be packed up and taken to the local charity shop. Please let us know by 4 o’clock If there’s any missing clothes you would like us to keep an eye out for

Staff Christmas Donations…

We would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who brought the staff gifts for Christmas, the donations pot was also very popular and a great idea from Emma King mother of Orla with parents kindly donating a total of £120. We will discuss ideas at our next staff meeting in January for some team building days’ outs. I think Go-karting seems to be most talked out between the staff at the moment. Thanks again.

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas from all the staff at Young Friends and look forward to seeing you all return on Tuesday 3rd January.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your Dedicated Young Friends Team x

 

16th Dec 2016…

Hi all.

We hope you are all well today.

Blog…

Please check out our weekly blog it’s been a great week full of festivities and fun. There are LOADS of photos due to the many goings on so try and sift through if you have the time.

Swapping Days…

We are really sorry but this is just not possible. Nursery numbers are carefully worked out with regards to a balance of financials and legal ratios i.e. the amount of staff required for each paid for session. So although sometimes there appears to be space in a room there is not the space/extra staffing for open opportunities to swap days ad hoc.  You can pay for extras because the payments enable the staff required to move into the relevant room. Naturally we have to have a rule for everyone in order to be consistent and fair. Hopefully this helps you understand.

Christmas… 

Thank you so much to Max B, Tilly and Lilly’s mums (so Brighton) and dads for being brilliant Father Christmas’s – without you the parties wouldn’t have been such a roaring success the children were delightfully excited. Thank you all of you for bringing in your presents it was the first year literally everyone remembered. The parties were brilliant – party food and games and lots of laughing and music. Well done to the team for putting on festivities to remember. You will have a fair amount of artwork, depending on how prolific your child is in that area – so please take it home before we break.

Mulled Wine Evening Monday at 5.30…

Please come to the mulled wine and mince pie evening on Monday at 5.30-7pm. There is a yoga session and we have 15 mins to clear up afterwards so please be out of the building by 7pm at the very latest. Your children will be singing at 5.30 exactly and have been practicing their Christmas delights for you for 2 weeks so please come and don’t be late. We will be providing mince pies and mulled wine and squash for the children. This is always a lovely occasion let’s make it the best year yet! So the children who are at nursery will have tea early and walk to the church hall, All Saints, for 5.15 ish. So please meet us there, not at the nursery, at half five. If you are not at the nursery that day just meet us there at 5.30 exactly. The children will be ready, sat in their groups for their song. Please clap loudly for them they will be very proud. The reason we don’t want you there early is they will run to you and not want to sit down and sing. The reason we don’t want you to be late is so you don’t miss them singing! Best to come a little early and wait outside I guess. If you are coming with your child who is not in that day then be there a little early but come in at half five and pop them neatly and quietly (as if!) as possible into their group. If they won’t leave you don’t fret if we don’t understand children are not an exact science then no one does! –

Your Photo Disks…

Your photo disks are being done with your year’s photos of your children as a really unique gift from us to you. As you can imagine this is a pretty big job on top of everything else we put on at Christmas so please bear with us – yours will be ready sometime before the 23rd.

Outdoor Story Shack…

This is being renovated this weekend to make it completely watertight so we can get to work with cushions, wall coverings etc and so we are able to keep books out there without them being ruined. This will make the area a lot cosier and more pleasant to be in for reading, hanging out and having stories read by the team. Lovely.

Outdoor Shoe Storage…

We are currently planning on putting shoe shelves in the outdoor corridor so they can be stored neatly and will be easier to find. The shelves will then be covered to insulate the shoes as much as possible.

Leaving messages for the nursery/staff…

Leaving messages is always better by email than telephone. We may not have checked the phone messages but emails are easier to look back at e.g. if it is about someone different collecting a child. Anyway if you are leaving a message of any kind please email management or call back and talk to someone in person. Thank you.

Quilt…

Quilt is a quality assurance scheme facilitated by the council in order to ensure consistent improvement of the nursery. It runs in modules and is optional for nurseries. As a nursery who is eager to improve on a daily basis we are a big advocate of it. Sadly there was a little break due to council cuts but now happily it is back and we have immediately embarked on a module called ‘Learning Experiences’. We have always attained the highest ‘’grade” possible for these modules and expect nothing less this time. As part of our action plan we are focusing on promoting ITC and Maths Provision and training for the team. If you want to know more about this please ask us in the office. We have many other improvements on the go in all aspects of our care as you will hopefully  appreciate – this is just one that will gain us another certificate.

First Aid…

All our team passed their paediatric first aid course and now your nursery is 100% trained up and refreshed. Including us in the office. The safest children in town

Staff Presents…

Not that we expect anything at all, but if you feel so inclined to say thanks to the staff please pop whatever you feel is appropriate in the collection box in the hall. Most of the team do not want piles of chocolate even before the festive break and this will go towards a team building occasion in the new year chosen by them. Thank you in advance – and this is not us asking for presents!

Dawn Jee…

Your children’s photos are ready and looking beautiful. They should be handed out by your group but if you ordered one and haven’t had it yet please make sure you ask. She hopes you like them!

Family Drinks…

Ok so Carly came up with a perfect idea re parent drinks. We thought it would be better for you to be in control over when they happened and how many of you went/where is is. Though we would like you to consider the Robin hood as a venue so we can stay loyal to Chris and Anna, Tilly’s mum and dad – they are local and they have a cosy area that they can reserve for you. Anyway that is up to you. So please all join our Facebook page and any of you can suggest a drink at any time and you will all know about it.  We will continue to update you re the nursery on the same page, without children’s photos.

Ofsted…

We are still waiting for our Inspection! Please if you haven’t already fil out a questionnaire for us – these have been really positive and appreciative of all that the team do and so are going to be an important aspect to the inspection when it eventually happens. Thank you so much – the more the better! Please be aware that the inspector may ask to speak to you if you are in the building as parent views are part of the inspection criteria. If you have a concern please tell us before so we can address it – we are very careful to deal with any concerns immediately as they come up so please give us the opportunity if there is anything at all.

9th Dec: Hi Everyone,

Your blog is up, so please have a look.

Christmas Calendar – We have attached the December calendar for you all to refer to. It has all the upcoming events with dates. Please remember that the last day we are open is Friday 23rd December and we re-open on Tuesday 3rd January.

Pre-school children – If your child will be starting school next September please start applying for the primary school you would like your child to attend now. We wish you all the best with your applications.

Christmas Donations – A parent has recently suggested a staff donation pot for parents to donate into rather than buying staff boxes of chocolates for Christmas. If you would like to do this then you are more than welcome to but we really are happy with any donations you would like to bring in. We are not asking you to of course, but thought we would like to raise the suggestion in case any of you also think it’s a good idea. Any donations will go towards a team building activity planned for next year.

We have been advised from public health to inform all families of the children who have had chicken pox recently, to keep a look out for symptoms of Scarlet fever. We have had no reports yet of any cases so please don’t worry, but we do still need to inform all families.

Santa’s presents – We do realise this is partly our fault and we have taken it on board, but next year we are going to change the rules of Santa’s gifts. We would like all families to buy a gift from the pound shop as some children’s gifts are much bigger than others and it’s difficult to fit them all into Santa’s sack. We created a £10 limit thinking everyone would get small gifts but some people seemed to have got bargains this year.

If you have not already brought in your child’s present from Santa, can you please make sure you bring your present in by Monday morning, the very latest. Any children who do not have presents will join a different group before Santa arrives, we really don’t want any children feeling left out. If you don’t celebrate Christmas within your culture, please don’t worry as your child will be able to join a different group for the afternoon of their groups Christmas party.

Mulled wine evening – Please don’t forget to come along to our festive evening. Mice pies, mulled wine and Christmas carols are on the agenda. Each group have been rehearsing their Christmas carols and I’m sure you have all been hearing your child(ren) singing it at home too. The Gorillas are singing ‘Jingle Bells’, the Baboons are singing “Christmas time is here” and the Gibbons are singing “Christmas Pudding”. Please ask the team if you are uncertain of the words and would like to practice the song at home with your child(ren), the staff will be more than happy to sing it to you.

Christmas Jumper day – Christmas jumper day is on Friday 19th December, any donations will go to Save the Children.

Nature Kids – We visited the allotment on Tuesday morning. the children printed twigs, branches and stones they had found into play dough, investigating the sizes and shapes they could see. They also had a fun job helping to fill the rest of the pathways by scattering the paths with wood chips. Throughout the week, the children have been learning about different birds and what they like to eat in the wild, ready for us to create and make bird feeders with the children over the next few weeks.

Day Nurseries – Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to review our nursery on day nurseries. All the reviews are great. We have discovered that Day nurseries don’t have the best scoring system, we personally don’t think there should be an overall score if you can select certain aspects as excellent. This creates a very in accurate score for families using their service.  We don’t want to sound big headed, and of course this is your opinion, but as many of you are first time nursery parents with us, you are unable to grade us like you would if you have had experience at other nurseries. The way the scoring aspect of it works is down to how many people overall score you as excellent, but whether you score 5 aspects of the nursery such as food, staff and teaching as outstanding, but scored us as overall being ‘good’ our point system doesn’t increase. Anyway, none the less, we hope you are all happy with our care, and would still appreciate more reviews. Thank you.

Clothing – Please remember to take home all your child’s belongings at the end of the day. We are always left with many jumpers and jackets at the end of the day and we do not have the space to keep these on the premises all the time. A lot of the pegs for the children are shared with other children who may attend a different day to your child, so please leave them empty at the end of your child’s session.

Please don’t forget if your child does not attend nursery on the day of their Christmas party, you can drop them off for 2.30 and collect them at 4pm, or if you would like to come and watch Santa please arrive for 3.45pm.

Bela – Next week our new admin will be starting with us. Her name is Bela and although she will be based in the office, answering phone calls and emails. Bela will also be on gate duty in the morning once she has settled in, ensuring that the gate is always closed. We are very excited to meet her, Bela arrived in England from South Africa yesterday, and is super keen to get started in her new role. Please be extra welcoming when you meet her, she’s travelled along way to be part of our team.

If your child has gone home in any spare underwear recently, can you please return them as soon as possible as we are currently running low on spare underwear. Thank you

We hope you all have a lovely relaxed weekend.

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x  

21st November 16:

Hey, hey, here’s your Friday email and the blog text’s done also.

See you Tuesday!

~Ebone

Parent social – As discussed, we’ve decided that Monday 5th December will be our parent social evening. This is a great opportunity for you all to meet each other, if you haven’t already, and get to know the team a bit more. A destination will be confirmed in next week’s Friday email. Please email management (management@youngfriends.co.uk) as soon as possible if you will or won’t be attending so we can have an idea of numbers.

Tapestry support evening – As we have many new families and the Tapestry website has just been updated, we will running a Tapestry support evening. The date is yet to be confirmed but it will run about 30-40mins. It will be an introduction for those of you knew to the Tapestry system or unsure of how to navigate and get the best out of it. The team greatly benefit from families’ input into the system so we hope you will join us this evening. Also, the new Tapestry address is www.tapestryjournal.com.

Christmas – The time is upon us when we start gearing up for that Christmas countdown and we need to start collecting for Christmas presents. Please bring your child’s present (no more than £10) wrapped and labelled as soon as possible. These will be handed out during their Christmas party by one of our three Santas and we don’t want anyone left out so please don’t leave it till the last minute. The parties will be the week of the 12th (Gibbons -12th, Baboons – 13th, Gorillas – 14th). More details to follow in Friday emails.

Santa – Thank you Rob and Chris for volunteering. We really appreciate it. We need one more Santa so please let us know asap if you’re willing to do this. It really is a lot of fun and all our former Santas have enjoyed it.

Christmas Jumper day – Our Christmas jumper day will be Friday the 16th so please bring your little one(s) in all their festive cheer.

Safeguard file in hallway – We have now placed a safeguarding file in the main entrance way. Please have a look so you can see all the policies and systems we have in place to ensure everyone at Young Friends, but most of all your children, are safe. The file includes how we deal with accidents/incidents, intimate care, and phones. If you have any questions, do let us know.

Volunteer – This week we welcomed Ian Godley to the nursery as a volunteer. He has a fine arts degree and currently spends time working with children with additional needs. He will be volunteering with us for a few months to gain some childcare experience as he’s looking into going into social care. He will be at the nursery Tuesdays and Wednesdays and mostly based with the Gorillas. The Gorillas and the team really took to him, so we’re sure you will too.

Show and Tell – Please remember to take your child’s show and tell item home at the end of their day. The basket is not particularly big so as to avoid items piling up so do collect them at the end of the day. If possible, please bring smaller items rather than larger. The children do not play with these throughout the day, so they don’t get lost.

EYPP forms – If you haven’t already, please fill in an EYPP form so that we can determine if your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium funds.

Questionnaires – Thank you so much to the families who’ve filled out our questionnaires. We always enjoy reading what you have to say about your child’s time and the work we do her. We are still collecting these, so if you haven’t filled one out, we’re happy to receive more.

Dawn Jee – Last week’s photographs have come back in record time and we hope you love them. If you wish to purchase, they must be back in by the 29th of November. Please ensure that money is enclosed and your chosen pack clearly marked. Any photographs in after this date may not arrive before we close for Christmas.

 

Week Beginning 14th Nov 2016…

Hello everybody,

Your blog will be up later tonight.

Please check your children’s tapestry accounts for any new observations, and complete the ‘About me’ section if you haven’t already.

Our parent helper day has been postponed to a later date. We will update you on the plan of action after our fundraising week next week. We did get a few people to kindly offer to come and help but it would be great if more parents came along too. We really would like all the parents to be part of it.

Our Sainsbury’s active kids vouchers have finally come to fruition and we have lots of new sports equipment for your children and Nadeem’s sports sessions. Nadeem has been patiently waiting for these so finally he is off my back (joke). They will enable him to make up lots of new sports games and challenge your children.

We really need any Pupil Premium forms back as soon as humanly possible if anyone is eligible. The forms are in the lobby for you in case you think you might be. Remember the benefit will go directly to your child if we get funding for them. They will receive a service/equipment specifically for them and we will have to show proof of this so it really is a good idea to fill one out.

Next Week is dress up week and we are collecting money. You can dress your little ones up in anything to do with wildlife, nature, or even a fruit or veg! Our staff all have their costumes ready and are excited for the week ahead. This fundraising will be used to carry out the next plans for the allotment i.e. back area, wood chip groups and tables and chairs for the children to sit on. We have planned this so the children can have a safe area to explore whilst we carry on with the more challenging stuff. Hopefully we collect enough, and will update you with the details next week.

Ebone has been beavering away in her ‘environment’ role. She has improved the dress up cabin by putting lots of lovely pictures up of children all over the world, plus our own, dressing up in different outfits. The maths patch is now in full use and each group are putting it into their timetable, helping your children get one step ahead in math’s before school. Next she will be helping the groups with their reading areas, taking some more brilliant photos and make them a cosy place to relax and read.

FYI – We have changed our Facebook page, its devoted entirely to our nursery environment and activities we do. We won’t publish any pictures of the children’s faces, but photos of new and improved areas. We would really appreciate it if you could join our page or like our post, as our page is a little bit lonely at the moment L. https://www.facebook.com/Young-Friends-Nursery-1131884206867237/

We have created a pretend birthday cake for us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to your children when it is their birthday. As you all know, we don’t agree with children taking home sweets or cakes at the end of their day so we’ve created this to make their day even more special.

We had a thought today, and thought it would be a good idea to arrange a parent social for you all to get to know each other more, and talk to other families who attend Young Friends. We haven’t yet planned a date but would like to know if most of you are interested? Please let us know.

The lovely Dawn-Jee was in on Tuesday and Wednesday and got some really great shots of your children (Well, the ones who wasn’t camera shy) but she also returned on Thursday afternoon as we had quite a few children off with chicken pox. We are very excited to see the photo’s like always, and were sure you are too. Don’t worry if your child had a few visible spots, Dawn will touch the photo’s up as if they were totally spot free.

Monday 19th December – add it to your calendars as it will be our mulled wine evening. The location is at All Saints Church and we would like parents to arrive there for 5.30 for the singing to promptly begin. We will be taking the children who finish nursery at 6 along with us, but if you collect your child at 4, we will meet you there. It is such a lovely evening every year and we hope to see you all there.

You will see a new face around the building next week- we have a new apprentice trailing called Courtney. She had her interview today, and will be returning next Tuesday. So please say hello and make her feel welcome if you see her.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget – Wildlife and Nature week next week!

Warm wishes,

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team x

Good afternoon everyone! Here is your weekly update for this week…

Blog…

Your blog is ready for you as always – please enjoy the pictures.

Please fill out our questionnaires…

We are putting this part at the top in the hope that it helps relay how grateful we would be if you could fill one of our questionnaires (attached again) out. We know it’s a pain but a few comments would be such a help during our upcoming inspection. Please try and take a few minutes for us. We have a couple back so far but we need a file full. There are copies in the lobby if you prefer to write it and pop it in the box provided. If not just email them back. Thank you so much!

Please close the gate!…

We don’t often get stern with you, our lovely families. But in the case of children’s safety we really have to – sadly the gate was left open this week – not once, but a few times by parents. Really there is no excuse for this. We do all that we can to remind you but you need to close the gate! Our team is now under instruction to remind you each time they let anyone in through the intercom but at the end of the day it’s up to you – please do it for the safety of your children. Our CCTV is on the gate during pick up and drop offs so we can spot culprits and shut the gate and also try and work out who it is as we know most of you are good. We got the gate for the consistency of care for the children – so the team didn’t have to leave them every time someone enters and leaves – it’s a great piece of kit but you need to do your bit. Thank you.

Nature Kids…

This week the children have been starting to fill the pathways with woodchip and have planted some broad beans. The back fence has been secured and more added to our bug hotel. Part of our Nature Kids Project with your children is building a bug hotel. We have lots of sticks/dead wood/willow and stuff but we need sections with different materials to attract all sorts of minibeasts. So, if you have any old terracotta tiles, bricks, terracotta pipes etc. lying around, just leave them with us and we will join it with our natural stuff to make a five start home for those beneficial bugs.

Saturday 19th Parent Helper Day – Pleeeeese help!…

As you know we would love your help for the next part of the project. We are going up there next Saturday afternoon to hopefully get the undercover area in place for the children. This will mean they can spend time up there, dry, investigating and learning and having lunch. What we need is some adult hands to help us and we hope you can spare some time. We will be putting up the posts and cross beams, levelling the ground and laying woodchip. We also want to add some guttering so we can channel rainwater into a butt. We have had a few people say that they would love to help so please try and come along. There is a chart in the lobby for you to sign your name if you can. This is a important part of the project if we are to get the most out of it over the winter months.

Hallway Information Additions…

You will hopefully have noticed that the hallway is getting more informative by the day. We are trying to ensure everything you need is up there so if you can think of anything you would like to see please do give us a shout – email, click on the tab on the website, tell us verbally or add it to the suggestion book in the lobby. There is now a medical file to help you which will be added to each time we have a current illness so please look on the current illness section on the window and in the file to look it up. Mimi has been filling up her multicultural celebrations file with pictures and info so you can check out all that we have been celebrating with your children. You also now have a board for your own flyers and suggestions for events etc.

Switch off Fortnight…

As you may or may not know we are currently aiming for our Eco Schools Green Flag accreditation. Apart from the many other aspects of promoting environmental awareness we are going to be taking part in ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ with your children, at nursery, starting this Monday. This is in keeping with what we are always teaching your children – you know, to respect and look after the planet. Please click here for more information on this.

Gorillas New Listening Area…

The Gorillas now have a new listening area with headphones and story books and CD’s. If you have any old story tapes (yes it takes cassettes too!) – anyway we hope they will enjoy their new table. From this they will be learning listening skills and ICT all at once. Lovely.

Keeping Dry…

The buggy store has been toughened up so your buggies are hopefully now dry again. Sides will appear soon to combat those pesky side winds. The children now have a dry matt next to their shoe bench for added comfort and so their feet don’t get wet between the corridor and the door. Please carry them if it looks like this might happen. The hall is a much better place since it wasn’t drowning in shoes so if the odd carry is required to keep socks dry then so be it. We will do the same for them if necessary during the day but all in all the feedback on this is good.

Too Cold for Water Play…

Just so your minds are put at rest your children have now stopped doing water play in the garden – it’s too goddam cold! You MUST make sure your children have named gloves, hats and waterproof warm coats.

Pupil Premium – please check if you are eligible…

Attached is the pupil premium info letter and form, which was explained earlier in the week. Please read this – if you are eligible we, the nursery will claim money for something that will specifically benefit your child. By this we mean we will work with you to work out what will benefit them the most. Please take a look – the form is very short and if you are elligible great for your child. It is an income-based criteria.

Dawn Jee Photography…

The lovely Dawn Jee will be here on the 25th and 26th for your very brilliant Christmas photo so spruce your little ones up if you so wish (please keep clothes sensible as it is still a nursery day) and pop by with them if neither are your normal days – Dawn will fit you in. If you want to bring a little sibling along she can picture them both though babies that can’t yet sit up might be a bit tricky with the set up she has. Just to warn you.

Staffing…

All staff are happy and well and the place is buzzing with the thought of showing off all we do at an upcoming inspection. The team are making us very proud indeed at the moment – working together towards improving outcomes for your children – what more could we ask? Sinead, our newest recruit, is doing fabulously and will be starting her NVQ 2 imminently. We are looking for another apprentice – good ones are hard to come by but we always wait for the perfect candidates. So, if you know anyone that would be perfect for our dedicated team please let them know.

Employee of the Month…

Our employee of the month is Neel – he stepped up a lot to work with me whilst Carly was away and has generally been taking on lots more responsibility. He has been working really hard and made lots of improvemnts in his room whilst advising and supporting the other staff too. Well done Neel.

Maths Patch…

Eboné has been toiling away in the autumn chill (her choice we promise) to spruce up the Math’s Patch for your children. She’s made new natural resources including a marble run and maze, activity blocks such as geoboards and locks, and bolts and screws boards. This area will be a focus zone for natural maths (including natural photos showing nature’s geometry, patterns, colours, etc.), fine motor skills (threading and weaving) and tools safety (screwdrivers, spanners, etc.). We’re very excited about the children getting really stuck in to this zone and our supporting of their understanding of mathematical concepts. We believe it’s another unique aspect of our care and the children, as you can see from the blog photos, are already focusing and stretching those little minds in the open air because of it.

Dress Up Cabin…

The dress up cabin is a lovely warm cosy affair with all the dress up your children could hope for. All dress up donations would be gratefully received if your child no longer needs or has grown out of anything. They have a big mirror and it’s a lovely place for children of all ages to come together and play whilst admiring themselves at the same time.

More Improvements…

Next on the update list is the outside story shack, sand kitchen and mark making hut. Go Ebone!

Chicken Pox…

We, as you know, have been having a sweeping issue of Chicken Pox – and we have noticed that there have been inaccurate diagnoses from one or two pharmacists – we are not sure which but we believe that this diagnoses have not helped our cause as they have instructed some parents to bring their children back in. No fault of theirs of course. Anyway, hopefully you can understand why we are now asking parents to get direct information from GP’s, not pharmacists – about everything from here on in.  It is hard to contain this very fast spread so please don’t bring your children back before the spots have blistered and scabbed. We have printed out illustrations of what the stages look like and put them in your first aid file so please take a look – especially at what a scabbed over spot (then blister) looks like.

Santa Search…

We desperately need one more Santa! We so appreciate the two offers we have had already so thank you so much. We are almost there. This is always the hardest beg over the festive season which is always ironic in the long run as its so much fun in the end. This is perfectly illustrated by a father whose children have now left… I saw him the other day and he said it was so much fun he would not mind coming back even though his kids aren’t even here anymore. Anyway, its only for an hour (if that) and easy and fun so nominate your friends/partners please!! Wow I can’t believe we are talking about Christmas.

P.S. Remember next Sat – please come and help us at the allotment.

All the best.

Louise, Carly and your dedicated Young Friends Team.

 

Week beginning 31st Oct 2016…

Hi everyone.

We hope you are all well today. Here is your Friday update for this week…

  • Your blog is ready for you. We have had a lovely week so we hope you enjoy it.
  • We are still battling through a Chicken Pox influx so please keep checking for signs and make sure you let us know and keep them off until the spots are all dried up. Rmemeber it’s best to get it out of the way before school.
  • We are welcoming Alexandra back to the Gorillas after her horrid bout of Chicken Pox. She is a prime example of it being best to get it out of the way – our poor Alex has been laid up poorly as can be for 2 weeks. We are looking forward to having her back.
  • We have pepped up breakfast time as we are bored and the children must be too, of the same 3 cereals. We have thought about this often – but we provide these as they are the only sugar free ones we can find; but we have now added toast and juice to the menu. Hopefully this might help with arrival transitions and keep the children fuller and happier for their mornings. We have thought about it and talked to many of you who all seem to agree that juice is something that you would provide in your homes but if you don’t want your children to have it just email us and we will make sure they are only offered milk or water.
  • Please can you make sure you empty your child’s peg at least at the end of each week to avoid the tonne of stuff we end up with which often includes bags of smelly dirty clothes. We know you just don’t think about it but we would love it if you tried.
  • Most of you have given back your EYFE (funding) forms if your child is a funding recipient (either 2 or 3 years) – if you haven’t please get it to us at the start of next week. It is imperative we have these on file.
  • As promised all staff will be attending First Aid training on Sat 26th Nov – unless they have done it super recently. After this we will proudly be 100% first aid trained for your children’s safety. We will then be investing in the Millie’s Mark accreditation to keep everyone up to date with their training. This is quite a rare thing regarding nurseries and we hope it will make you all feel happier about leaving those precious little people of yours in our care. Please check out the link to find out more.
  • The Gorillas came to Nature Kids this week and started making our bug hotel –  however it is taking longer than we thought – we were being optimistic as ever! We planned it as a little project but it’s certainly not turning out to be that.
  • The nursery enjoyed some indoor fireworks today. They had fun, were amazed and instructed on how to stay safe. It was a little smoky but their faces were a treat.
  • We will need your help for our next piece of the Nature Kids project – we are organising a weekend day when we would love you to pitch in and help us with the next structural aspect. This will either be the fencing around the edge or the undercover outside classroom. These are both major parts of the experience for your children and bits that the children cannot help us with so please do try and come along just for 2 or 3 hours if you can when we arrange the day – we would be eternally grateful and so will your children – well maybe not, but it will make them have more fun up there.

That’s it for this week. Be safe at any fireworks displays and have a really lovely weekend.

Louise.

 

Week Beginning 27th OCtober 2016…

Your blog is up and ready so please take a look at all the creepy but cool Halloween activities your little ones have been doing.

Thank you to all of you who donated a pumpkin this week. The Gorillas had a go at calving spooky face out of them and the Gibbons even made a pumpkin soup so thank you again for your pumpkin donation.

FYI our tapestry service will not be accessible over night from 7pm this evening as we are having our account updated to the newer version. Don’t worry this won’t affect your accounts at all, all your account details will stay the same, the only changes will be the new website address www.tapestryjournal.com which you will need to start using, and just a few changes to the design of the webpage. We look forward to seeing what it looks lik

Young Friends is going to be taking part in Turn off Fortnight starting from the 14th November, the children will be learning about the importance of saving energy and the environment. The week will be dedicated to teaching the children about activities reducing, reusing and recycling through activities and games. You can always take part at home but switching off and saying goodbye to stand-by.

–          This Monday 31st the staff will all be dressed in fancy dress for Halloween so please dress your little ones up too as each room will have a little Halloween party in the afternoon.

–          Poor Alex from the Baboons has unfortunately also been struck down with this swarm of chicken pox so she won’t be back into work for another week but don’t worry as Mimi is covering her place and monitoring her key children. We hope Alex rests well and hopefully we will see her return soon.

BIG Thank you to Christopher Todd who has kindly accepted one of the roles of Santa this year!!! We are very appreciative and we are sure he is going to be great! We are still in the need for another two Santa’s so please come forward if you think you can act the part! (There’s not much to it- we have an awesome costume and you also get an elf helper!!)

On that note we will start collecting Santa’s sack presents soon so please remember nothing more than £10 limit as we don’t want Santa looking like he has favorites.

We are arranging a parent help day over at Nature Kids on 12th November from 2pm – 5pm. We are really hoping we get a few volunteers as we would love for parents to come and get involved, to achieve what we hope to achieve we really do need as much help as possible. It would be great to have people with relevant skills but any help would be greatly appreciated. Let us know if you are happy to come and help.

Sunday 30th October is the start of Diwali the Hindu festival of light, all the rooms will be doing activities with the children throughout the week teaching them about the Hindu culture and the way they celebrate Diwali. Each room will also merge this with Bonfire night which is next Saturday November 5th so keep your eyes peeled for the super exciting (not for us) indoor fireworks the children will be experimenting with.

When collecting your child at the end of the day we need you to state your full name in the intercom for security reasons. If you have a different family member collecting your child, they will also need the say their full name and the password through the intercom. It may take some staff members a while to know all your names so please be understanding if they ask you to repeat your name. This is for the safety of all the children at Young Friends.

We have enrolled Neel and Amy our SENco representatives onto a Speech and Language training course in November which is run by the council. We have paid for both of our staff to attend this training opportunity to benefit the children in our care. They both will have an in-house training session at the next staff meeting which they will teach all our other staff what they have learnt.

Don’t forget Dawn Jee will be in taking professional photos of your little ones on the 16th and 17th November so please put these dates in your calendar if you haven’t already! You are more than welcome to pop in if it is not a day your child usually attends nursery.

We have uploaded some more photo’s onto the Young Friends Facebook page so please check them out and ‘like’ our page if you haven’t already. Next week we will be uploading our page with all the Diwali and firework activities that will be taking place so keep an eye out.

The week commencing 21st November we will have a Nature Kids Week. Every child can take part and come in dressed as anything to do with wildlife, the outdoors or even a vegetable with a small donation of at least £1 for our Nature Kids Project.

There is a new consent form that we would like you all to tick when you next come in, it will be a permission slip in each group so please ask a member of staff of your child’s group. It is a permission form for consent to use your child’s photo/video in group observations on Tapestry. Please tick either Yes o

Our most recent Parent advice information has been about tooth brushing. We have attached a file with some information and advice that could help you at home if your child finds brushing their teeth challenging.

That’s all for now, we hope you all have a lovely weekend.

All the best,

Louise, Carly and your Young Friends Team x

 

Week Beginning 17th October (written on the 21st) 2016…

Good afternoon everyone. Here is your weekly update. Sorry it’s a bit of a longun…

  • Your blog is ready for you so please take a look.
  • Please don’t forget to check your child’s tapestry account and please leave a comment under any new observations uploaded. Thank you
  • We would be very appreciative of any pumpkin donations for next week (please give to your room supervisor). Each group have planned many Halloween themed activities and would appreciate any pumpkins to calve, decorate and even cook with the children. We are getting all sorts of other stuff – spiders, cob webs, pipe cleaners and much more but pumpkins are a bit cumbersome so your donations would be appreciated.
  • Coats and jackets – Please can you take home any leftover jackets/jumpers on the last day of week your child attends nursery. We are usually left over with a large amount of outerwear that often doesn’t get claimed. The Baboons and Gorillas share pegs throughout the week so if your child is not in nursery the following day please leave the peg clear and ready for use the next day.
  • Please everyone have a think about all the goo humoured males you know, because we are in search of 3 Father Christmas’s to delight your children at their Christmas parties. Please look on the calendar for the dates – we will need a gentleman for each day just for about an hour say 3-3.45 ish. It’s an easy and fun job so please can we have some volunteers? We absolutely rely on parents for this one and can’t do this part of the parties without you – what a shame that would be! Sorry for laying it on thick but hopefully it might spur on someone to nominate someone.
  • Important notice re. clothing… As you are all aware we are VERY keen on healthy outdoors activities around here, so please make sure your children are dressed accordingly and that everything is clearly named…Gorillas and Baboons do proper outdoor sports sessions with Nadeem, our sports coach, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your children are wearing trainers/outdoor comfy shoes and have warm clothes and gloves as they are often playing ball games with their little fingers out. They do need them so please leave them in nursery. Allotment days (Nature Kids) are Tuesdays and Thursdays – wellies and warm clothes essential on these days. All children need to have a waterproof warm coat and closed comfy shoes in nursery. It is an idea to leave NAMED wellies here also.
  • So basically, just to be safe please make sure every child has warm sensible clothing and a pair of wellies, left in nursery, every day. We can’t take them to do all these special things if they don’t because we don’t want to make them unhappy or poorly.
  • Nadeem’s sports sessions… Nadeem is doing proper planning for these sessions and they are going from strength to strength. We have decided that they will now be differentiated, and no longer just in groups of Baboons or Gorillas. We will mix up the groups and put them in groups of similar ability/agility so that each child gets a better and more challenging experience on an individual basis.
  • Congratulations to Alexandra in the Baboon room who has done so unbelievably well recently that we have promoted her to Supervisor Support for Amy. The group will now be split in two and each will manage one half and they will follow complimentary routines. They have many a space to use (main room, conservatory, garden, dance room and dress up cabin) and we believe this will ensure they are used to their best advantage to create a calm and happy atmosphere. If you need more info on this please ask either of them and they will be happy to talk.
  • Alexandra (Alex) as some of you will know is our EAL (English as an Additional Language) representative. She is doing loads of brilliant things for the whole nursery introducing different languages and cultures and soon we will be updating our section on the website to make sure you are all aware of her/our good work. In the meantime please look at her lovely new EAL board in the lobby above our new shelves to get an idea. Well done (again) Alex.
  • We hope you like your new spruced up lobby. We have decorated and created more space to put your information – magazines for you and other information we believe it works better now. Don’t forget allotment, planning and other information is on the board in the outside corridor for you. This is always updated. And don’t forget also our current illnesses poster – this is also always updated and really important for you to know.
  • Our cabin in the garden is now a dress up cabin for all the children. Bit by bit we are changing it into a sort of dress up cozy studio for the children of all ages to join and play and look at themselves in the mirror. This is great as now all the dress up clothes are together meaning all groups have access to absolutely everything. They are all labelled in sections so they can dress up as a group in the same ‘theme’ if they wish e.g. there is a superhero basket, a royalty basket, costumes from around the world etc. They also have a full-size mirror to parade in front of. They are enjoying it and we love this new use of the space.
  • Ebone Mouton is back, just two days a week as she is now doing her writing course. She is flitting around the different rooms helping them with practice and advice on how to make their environments even better. She is working with the team to make everything even more exciting for your children. It is lovely to have her back!
  • Please don’t forget that Dawn-Jee has booked in two photo shoots next month on 16th and 17th of November to take professional photos for you to purchase if desired. Take a look at them first but they are always really lovely.
  • Please make sure you use the board in the hallway for possible subjects that you might want us to broach with the team. A few parents have told us how hard it is to get their stubborn little darlings to clean their teeth so we are making posters and introducing it as a group time thing. We even have a giant pair of (a little bit terrifyingly real) teeth for some demo sessions and toothbrushes etc. I can totally sympathize with all of you with this issue – I have been battling with my children for years and it really is tiresome I know. Stick with it it gets a little easier as time goes on and it’s worth the battles. We did investigate, as we have in the past, cleaning teeth at nursery but have decided education and stories/group times/activities are the best way to go as the dentists we have spoken to and our council representative suggest cleaning teeth three times and after meals is not good for the tooth enamel. We came up with our parent board as a result of this suggestion, so thank you to parents who spoke out.
  • We need all the EYFE forms returned as soon as possible for all you Gorillas and funded 2 year old’s. The form has been attached to fill out if you haven’t already. If you are unsure how to answer any of the questions, please leave them blank and we can fill them for you. If you receive 2 year funding this form relates to you too.
  • Thank you to all the parents who have filled out the ‘About Me’ section on your child’s tapestry account. We do need everyone to do this, so please do as soon as you can. It doesn’t take long and is essential with regards to our thorough observations and up to date record keeping of your children.
  • This week our flowers beds and herb pyramid have been fully refreshed by the help of some Baboons and Gorillas. We have planted some new flowers, herbs and spring bulbs to attract wildlife into our garden. Plants have been chosen to attract specific bugs like butterflies and ladybirds, among others so it should make for some interesting investigations come Springtime.
  • Tuesday next week will see the pruning, finally, of the Brunswick Primary trees that overhang our garden. We have been in discussions with this for around 2 YEARS (!) as we have to deal with the light limitations as they loom more and more and also our poor team have to sweep up many more leaves than is fair so we can still see our grass! Anyway it will take a few days and they will be giving us information on whether children can go in the garden for the four days it will take. But rest assured if we can’t we will be taking the children to the park, the allotment etc. They will get lots of daily fresh air and it will be worth it.
  • If any of you can spare a minute or two, can you please leave us a recommendation on daynurseries.co.uk. Thank you to all of you who have they are lovely and we greatly appreciate you taking a few moments to do it.
  • Please also ‘like’ our Facebook Page. We usually update this once a week at least.
  • And don’t forget this Friday update will be going on the website if you need it at any time.
  • That’s it for now. I’m off to buy Halloween supplies.

Week Beginning 3rd October (written on the 7th October) 2016…

  • Please everyone remember it is Inset Day this Tuesday coming – 11th October 2016. The nursery will be closed. The whole team will be getting our Nature Kids Project off the ground by digging a safe pathway and having training on what we will be doing up there, including a nature training session or two.
  • Please find attached the Young Friends Autumn Term calendar. Please make a note of the dates so you don’t miss anything.
  • Please note very importantly that our mulled wine and mince pie evening is on Monday 19th This year we are trying something a little different. We will be starting at 5pm after children’s tea. We will be doing it at ….church and will take the children who are in for you. If your child isn’t in please meet us there on time as the children’s singing will be first of all and they get very excited about singing the Christmas songs they have been practicing for you – don’t let them down!
  • We are starting our annual hunt for 3 Santa’s so please feel free to put unsuspecting male family members forward – or friends if you think they would be willing/good at it! The 3 dates are Monday Dec 12th, Tues 13th and Wed 14th – Gibbons, Baboons and Gorillas respectively. This is always a hard role to fill but the kind gentlemen have always had a great time in the end – it’s so much fun to see the children’s faces – there has never been such an appreciative audience! I will keep begging you until we find three so just to shut me up please help us find them. Oh and we will ask you to bring in your child’s present for his sack in a few weeks so just be prepared for that – no more than £10 presents please or it will look like Santa has favourites!
  • The council have informed us that there is an increase in children contracting measles in Brighton and Hove and they are advising children get vaccinated against it. Talk to your GP’s about this.
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  • We are providing up to date in house certified First Aid Training for our whole team. Most of our team have in date certificates as we have always believed this to be the most important thing we do, but we believe nurseries should take their responsibilities in this area very seriously and so we are refreshing everyone’s even though it is not a requirement. We just think it should be! Anyway we hope this will make you feel much happier about the absolute safety of your children, knowing everyone at Young Friends will know exactly how to address every eventuality. The team also understand the grave importance of this and are looking forward to being even more confident with first aid.
  • Millie’s Mark… This is a new initiative in the form of a certificate created by Millie Thompson’s parents and The Millie’s Trust; aimed at highlighting the importance of having all members of staff First Aid trained. Aiming for a ‘Millie’s Mark’ means we doing our best to do the most thorough job we can at ensuring your children are as safe as they can be. Check out this linkhttp://www.milliestrust.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=126  for more information about it and who poor little Millie was.  We are fully in support and wish to be able to display this certificate as peace of mind for our families.
  • There is a Triple P parenting talk on Wednesday 5th October, 1.00 – 3.00pm at Conway Court Children’s Centre. We have a poster up in our main lobby for more information.
  • Next week we will be moving on from Tatty Bumpkin Yoga to Cassie James. We will keep you posted but are excited about seeing even better yoga poses, balancing and breathing techniques from your already pretty professional children.
  • The Outdoors Project update… Our Forest Leader, Katie has been made redundant so the Outdoors Project are unable to finish our 8-week course. As sad as this sounds we at Young Friends believe it is a very happy thing, and here’s why… We are currently doing sports sessions on Wed and Friday and from next week yoga on a Monday. These leaves two days a week within which to create a regular structure for our Young Friends Nature Kids Project. We are now itching to get up there regularly with the children and invite you up too and this will mean we can do it earlier.
  • This week, at Nature Kids, the children helped to prepare our first growing beds by digging, sieving and sorting. They have also helped sort wood into size piles which not only encouraged maths development but also saw the beginnings of our bug hotel. They also helped to level the ground so we could position our hotel – we hope it’s good enough for bugs of all shapes and sizes.
  • Tapestry – Please complete the ‘about me’ section on your child’s tapestry account. Last week we were informed of some difficulties some families were having trying to access the ‘about me’ section on tapestry but we have now enabled the parent editing settings so you should all be able to access it. Please email if you have further difficulties or need help completing it.
  • Lastly we would like to draw your attention to the plight of our wonderful St.Ann’s park – which as you know, we use a lot for all different activities. It is a fabulous place for children to learn and play and has many different environments for this. Please go to this link https://beta.brighton-hove.gov.uk/consultations/future-of-our-parks-consultation?utm_source=link&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=parks

…to find out more about the future of our parks, how they are managed and the budget they are allotted for upkeep, new innovations etc. and perhaps get involved if you feel you want to.

  • Please don’t forget to like our Facebook Page
  • Please remember we always need reviews on www.daynurseries.co.uk – we are soon to put a link to this on our website so it is even more important. It is super quick – thank you to all who have done it already!
  • We will, from here on in, put all weekly updates on the website in the portal so you can always refer to them and so no-one misses out. Every now and then an email address gets missed off the list so please tell us if this is ever you but you will at least know you can keep on top of all nursery news by going to the site.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in helping at Nature Kids – we have had a few volunteers already so thank you so much to those people. We will be putting a structure together asap so you can tell us if you can give up any more time, after inset day, when we have longer term definite plan.