Newsletter November ’17 (Highgate)


Macmillan Coffee Morning

We would like to thank all the children, staff and parents that helped contribute towards the Coffee Morning, held at the end of September. We managed to raise a fantastic £205.30 for Macmillan Cancer Research!

Children In Need

We have our annual ‘Children In Need’ event coming up on the Friday 17th November! If your little one normally attends on this day, please could we ask that you bring them to nursery dressed in their favourite pyjamas. We will be selling cakes and biscuits made by the children, along with Pudsey ears and photographs of all the children sporting Pudsey ears, displayed in ‘Children In Need’ cardboard frames, to help raise money on the day.  

The Return of the Reptile man

The much loved ‘Reptile Man’ from Wild Fangs will be joining us again on Monday 27th November at 10am. If your child is not usually present on this day you are welcome to bring them in as long as you (or grandparents /another guardian already known to the nursery) accompany them.

Projects & Themes

The children have been learning about black history this month, we have been taking part in a range of different activities including painting portraits of historical figures and learning about black history. We have also looked at different national dress and discussed fabrics and garments used in different cultures, which we have been trying out in our dressing up and role play corner.

New Staff

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Georgina Trevor, Morwenna Curran and Burcu Ganidagli.

Junior Partner

Georgina has been with us for the past year whilst studying for her Masters in Early Years Education from the Institute of Education, UCL. Prior to Little Angels, she worked in Fine Art, arranging UK and international exhibitions. Continuing in the tradition of our family run nursery, Georgina who is Caroline’s daughter, has been involved with the nursery, in one way or another, since it was founded in 1991. Her 19month old daughter is also enjoying the Yellow Room. Georgina has joined us full time as Junior Partner and will be working between our Highgate and Highbury nurseries.

Assistant Manager

Morwenna has joined our Highgate nursery as the new Assistant Manager. She has a wealth of experience having previously been the Assistant Manager at our Highbury nursery for the past 8 years. She has an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education and prior to working at Little Angels, worked for many years as a practitioner and room leader. She has already introduced lots of great new ideas, activities and equipment and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Assistant Early Years Practitioner

Burcu joined our Green Room team in September 2017 and has been working alongside Dorcas, Sharnell and Gifty’s key group, getting to know the children and helping to plan for their learning. In addition to English, Burcu speaks fluent Turkish, has a number of years’ experience in Primary School settings and holds a Level 2 Childcare qualification. We hope you will join us in welcoming her to Little Angels.

New Green Room Self Registration

We are introducing a new self-registration system in the Green Room. When the children arrive, they will be able to take a photo of themselves from a board outside the Green Room and place it on a corresponding board inside the room to indicate they are attending that day. Clarisse, or a member of her team, will introduce you to the new system it once it has been set up. We hope this will aid transitioning from the Yellow Room and also help children recognise and identify their own name.

Yellow Room Cups

We have introduced Munchkin Miracle Trainer cups for all of our Yellow Room children. They are BPA-free and recommended by dentists. They help children transition from spouted beakers to pre-school drinking cups more seamlessly. We are also planning to introduce acrylic photograph tags for the cups, so children can identify their own cup. This will feed into the self-registration process we are introducing in the Green Room, allowing children to become more involved with their own routine and self-care. The tags will be produced at the PhotoGifts studio, who are based in Bristol. We have contacted the company who have outlined their strict privacy policy which states the images will be securely stored for the duration of the printing. They have confirmed these will be deleted, on request, once printed. Please let us know if you want your child to opt-out otherwise we will be asking for your consent and arranging this in the New Year.

Parents’ Questionnaire:

Results

100% parents agree their children are happy and stimulated at Little Angels

100% parents agree staff members are warm, welcoming & approachable

100% parents are confident that their children are safe and nurtured at LA

85% parents agree, 5% disagree and 10% responded ‘don’t know’ when asked if they are aware of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

90% parents agree and 10% ‘don’t know’ when asked if they thought LA provided healthy and nutritious meals cooked by a qualified chef.

95% agree and 5% disagree when asked if they know how to access policies & procedures located in the office, reception area and on our website.

80% agree, 10% disagree and 10% ‘don’t know’ when asked if Little Angel’s has a strong emphasis on parent partnership which makes them feel involved in their child’s learning and development.

As a result of the questionnaire, we have implemented the following:

Parents’ Evening: Approximately 30% of parents made it to our second parents’ evening of the year, thank you! It was a great evening, and we had lots of positive feedback. In response to parents wanting to know more about the EYFS we provided every parent on the night a copy of the Department for Education’s ‘What to Expect, When’, a parents’ guide to the EYFS, and gave all other parents copies in their children’s pigeon holes.

The booklet gives you a better idea of how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the seven areas covered in the EYFS. The guide helps you support and extend your child’s learning, and has suggestions for activities you can do at home. An electronic copy can be found on ‘My Nursery Child’ under the ‘At Home’ tab, on our website, or online on the Department for Education’s home page on the gov.uk website.

As always, all our nursery displays include information on how the activities relate to the curriculum. Our website and My Nursery Child also have more detailed information regarding the EYFS and you are always welcome to make an appointment with your key people to discuss your child’s progress, or just speak informally with the practitioners on an ongoing basis. Each month, your key people carry out seven observations on your child, four are uploaded on My Nursery Child, and all seven are included in their folder, which you are welcome to look at any time.  

Sweet Pudding Vote: Feedback

Following comments in the parent questionnaire regarding the inclusion of sweet pudding (reduced sugar deserts such a fruit sponge and apple and cinnamon crumble), we offered parents the opportunity to decide the future of desserts. We conducted a vote and the overwhelming majority of parents have voted to stop sweet puddings, instead favouring yoghurt and fresh fruit. We will therefore be making these changes this month. During the warmer summer months we may offer children sugar-free frozen yoghurt as an alternative.

We will provide dairy and non-dairy options which will be un-sweetened and organic, along with a varied range of chopped, fresh fruit, which we will encourage the children to serve and prepare where possible. From time to time we organise cooking activities which involve making bread or baking reduced sugar biscuits. We find children really enjoy the opportunity to cook and bake but if you would prefer they are not offered their creations to taste once cooked, please do let us know.

Our Menu

Our chefs are in the process of redesigning and updating our menu. We hope to introduce some exciting and delicious new recipes and would love to hear from you. Any menu suggestions you have can be emailed or written and handed to the office. We use fresh ingredients and all of our meals are made completely from scratch (including homemade pesto using basil, baby spinach, garlic and olive oil and handmade, hand-tossed pizza with fresh tomato sauce…..yum!).

We have had some enquires about what’s in our pork sausages. We contacted our supplier, P.J. Kew, a family run butchers in East Rudham, Norfolk, and suppliers of our meat for the past 20 years. They have provided us with the hand-made Chipolata ingredients, listed below. Please note, ‘rusk’ is a type of wheat breadcrumb made without yeast. Vegetarian alternatives are always available for medical, dietary or religious reasons, or personal preference.

Policies and procedures

Some parents have mentioned they are unsure where to find Little Angels policies. Some of our policies are located on our website, at the bottom of the page, under the ‘policies’ tab. A full and updated set of policies can be found in reception. If you would like a copy of any of the policies, please do not hesitate to ask the office who will endeavour to get them to you promptly.

Christmas Activities

Our nursery Christmas meal will be held on Tuesday the 5th of December this year; we will be making Christmas party hats and having a delicious traditional Turkey meal with lots of trimmings.

The Christmas Party will then be held on Wednesday the 6th of December. We have craft activities, party games, Christmas carolling and lots of other exciting activities planned. If your child does not normally attend on this day, you are welcome to bring them along but we can only accommodate for two adults per child to chaperone for the day.

We will be sending out a more detailed letter closer to the time.

Nativity Play – 13th December 2017

We have now started rehearsals for our yearly Nativity play! This year we will be performing ‘Whoops-a-Daisy Angel’.

The older Green Room children will be taking part in the Nativity, and letters will be sent out outlining rehearsal times and dates, and which part your child will be playing.

On the day of the Nativity, the younger Green room children will be taking part in an exciting football fun day activity, run by a former Arsenal and England ladies player.