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Friday 7th  October 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our weekly newsletter which will update you on what we have been busy with in the week and any important information we need to pass on.

We have had a great week at Headstart, we have enjoyed the sunshine in the garden while exploring autumn inside, we have printed with potatoes and paint, we have had a sensory experience with our pumpkins, we cut them open to look, feel and smell them, some enjoyed the squishy feel some said they smelt yakky, but we all enjoyed learning about our pumpkins and what we do with them at this time of year.

We have been experimenting and learning colours and looking at different coloured leaves in our environment, thank you again for returning the autumn bags with all your treasures. please see our Facebook post the end of the week for a snippet of all the fun we have been having.

As a setting we like to support and involve ourselves with the local community, we have now collected the harvest donations for St Wilfrid’s church thank you so much for all your kind donations of packets, tins and non-perishable foods.  We will be taking these to the church today and I’m sure I can pass on their thank you to you all too.

Most children will have received a form and some information on our ‘daily mile’ sponsored walk we are taking part in on the week commencing 18th Oct. If friends or family would like to sponsor your little ones big or small, it will all be gratefully received and a huge achievement for some of the little legs we have.  If you could return sponsorship forms and monies the 1st week back from our half term break that would be great. We will update you on the amount received when all is collected.

We have had lots of fun decorating our room for Halloween, as Halloween is while we are on half term, the last week of term wc 18th Oct will be dedicated to lots of Halloween spooky fun, we will have games and activities on every session for your child to enjoy, if your child would like to come dressed in fancy dress, we would love to see you all looking scary a £1 voluntary donation for this would be gratefully received.

Every year we as a setting use cauliflower cards to design Christmas cards and gifts for our families, we will create these with your children at preschool and send them home for you to look at their masterpieces along with details on how to purchase and what options are available. We have been sending these home this week with your child if they have wanted to partake, we ask that the artwork and form are sent back to setting no later than the 22nd of October, Any forms returned after this date will not be able to be processed. These are always a lovely way to send Christmas greetings to friends and loved ones at a reasonable price.

The children are all provided with a clear book bag to take all their marvellous artwork or important documents home, please ensure these return to setting with your child when they attend their session. If you need to replace your book bag, please contact the setting and we can replace for a 50p fee.

We as always are continuing to learn about healthy eating in the setting and the effects it has on our body, please can you ensure children have a healthy packed lunch with any grapes/tomatoes/strawberries or the likes cut in half length ways to avoid a chocking incident, nothing containing nuts (please see below) No chocolate bars or sweets are permitted only one biscuit or cake as part of their healthy balanced packed lunch. Snack is provided daily which provides a balance of carbohydrate, good fats and fruit or vegetables with milk or water, Water is available for all children throughout the full sessions, even whilst they are outside, us staff encourage the children to drink and explain to them the importance of keeping hydrated. As part of the new early years’ curriculum, we are concentrating on children’s oral health, we talk about the importance of brushing our teeth while making it fun and part of our daily routine. We will be sending packs home for you to continue this at home and the importance of why!.

As the weather is very changeable, please ensure your child attends setting with weather appropriate spare clothing, which is labelled, these bags are welcome to stay in setting and will return home when any wet clothes are to be sent home for restocking. As well as spare clothes please do not forget to include pants and socks as we do sometime have to change all layers, and we do not hold spares of these items. Wellies are also welcomed in setting again these can stay here in setting for your child as we do not remain inside on wet days (that is no fun!) we like to be out splashing in all those muddy puddles 😊

We do have Brayton Headstart preschool polo shirts and zip hoodies to purchase from the setting, if you would like any of these for your child please either telephone the setting on 01757 291191 or email manager@brayton-headstart.co.uk.

As you will have noticed one of our lovely selves are outside of the gates in a morning to answer your queries or if you’d like to pass on information or just have a chat, we all love to talk. Please ring the setting or email Monika to book a time for your child’s key person to ring to discuss you child, their development or any concerns we are here for you whenever you need us.

Please can we remind you that lots of childhood illness are doing the rounds as well as covid still in the background, if your child is unwell, please keep them home from the setting, it is not only unsettling for the child feeling unwell, but it also risks the infection of other children and all the staff.

Sickness and diahorrea has a 48hour exclusion from the last bout. Please ensure this is adhered to, if your child is unwell in setting, they will be sent home.

Hand, Foot and Mouth is also going around currently.  We have not had nay reported cases to us as of yet.  But please Can we ask that you keep a close eye on your child for potential blistering, in particular on the hands, feet, or on their face (mouth).

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hand-foot-mouth-disease/

Polite reminder:

Brayton Headstart is a NUT FREE setting. Can we refrain from putting anything containing nuts in pack ups, including chocolate spread and peanut butter.

The diary is open for next year onwards and we are filling up already, if you are thinking of extending your child’s sessions, please contact Monika ASAP to avoid any disappointment.

We are also looking for new committee members, the setting wouldn’t be able to run without a committee so it is vitally important so Brayton Headstart can continue having a place in the heart of the village that families have attended for more than 30 years, if you would like information on what it involves please contact chair@brayton-headstart.co.uk

We have our settings AGM scheduled for October the date will be confirmed in due course.

Many Thanks, Brayton Headstart

Dates

Wc 18th oct – Halloween dress up week £1 voluntary donation

Wc 18th Oct – Daily mile walks completed each day

22nd Oct – last day for cauliflower cards to be returned

22nd Oct – Setting breaks up for half term

1st Nov – setting reopens.