January 2020 Newsletter.
Welcome to another busy term, we would like to start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year and we hope you are all rested and enjoyed the break.
As ever, a quick reminder about appropriate clothing. The children will be outside and it will be muddy. Please ensure your child is dressed in warm, waterproof clothing, ready to engage and explore our great outdoors. We would welcome donations of spare wellington boots; should anyone have any. It is also very helpful if clothes are named.
Sign and Rhyme.
We are very pleased to announce that we will have a sign and rhyme teacher in the setting every Tuesday. This is an excellent opportunity for children to learn some new songs in a fun way. It will also support us as we look to improve our use of Makaton. To learn more about Makaton and why we value it so highly as a learning tool, please visit: https://www.makaton.org/
Communication, Communication, Communication.
Alongside using Makaton, as most of you are aware, we were fortunate enough to receive a grant from Canterbury City Council that we are utilising to improve our children’s literacy skills through the use of interactive technology. The National Literacy Trust has some recommended apps for you to use with your child, we will also be using these within the setting. Details can be found here: literacyapps.literacytrust.org.uk/
We are sharing the advice regarding absences again:
If your child is absent for any reason, please contact us by phone or text (07980 492024). If we have not heard from you by 10am, we will phone to see if everything is ok; in such a way we are abiding by the latest safeguarding guidelines that exist to keep all children safe.
If your child is due to start school in September 2020 (date of birth between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016) you will need to have completed your school application by the 15th January 2020. You can find all the information you need at https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/primary-school-places. Please speak to your child’s key person if you need advice or help to fill out the application.
Drop Off and Pick Up.
Please do your best to arrive punctually at 9 am; it is unsettling for your child and others if they arrive late. Pick up time is 12 noon; children may become anxious if you are late. Equally, the team have a tight schedule in which to tidy and do paperwork before we are obliged to vacate the hall.
As ever; please do talk to your child’s key person if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. Also, please remember to leave your phone in your pocket when you pick up, your children want to see you and they are more important than any screen!