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Elephant and Castle Child Care Centre
October 2017 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have experienced a very quiet start to the new academic year, following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth. I think the illness has now finally passed. Due to the number of children that was affected, our local HPT was informed.
For parents and carers with children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, applications for school attendance can now be completed. The deadline date is the 15th January 2018. NCC would prefer you apply online at www.admissiononline.norfolk.gov.uk. Online applications would be acknowledged by an email. Further information is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/admissions.
Just a reminder with regard to Tapestry, please login and view your child’s experiences and accomplishments. Tapestry also makes sharing your activities at home easier, your input is beneficial and appreciated.
We plan to celebrate Halloween on the 31st. Rob will be preparing a special spooky lunch and Halloween themed activities will take place throughout the day. It would be lovely if the children could wear costumes for the day, if you have them. The team plan to participate and dress up for the occasion.
Another reminder, for parents/carers in receipt of the 30 extended hours of funding. If you receive a message from HMRC in regard to your entitlement, please respond and reconfirm your details. In the light of issues the local authority and the setting are experiencing with regard to the funding, we have composed a policy to clarify our position. The policy is attached for your information.
Rob has constructed and finalised the Autumn/Winter Menu. The new menu started this week. The full menu can be found on the website, for further information. You can find the allergen information beside the black board, outside the kitchen. We are sure the children are going to enjoy the winter warmers.
Our theme continues as Fairy Tales. The focus is Stories.
The planned curriculum being covered for the week commencing 2nd –Moving and Handling.
Week commencing 9th- Technology.
Week commencing 16th- Reading.
Week commencing 23rd- Halloween.
Week commencing 30th- Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Nursery rhyme of the month
The rhyme this month is, Goldilocks went to the house of the bears. This is a much loved rhyme in the setting. The children really engage with the singing and actions.
Book of the month
The book of the month is Room on the Broom. This is also a favourite story, for adults and children. For developing the children’s recall skills, ask them about what happens to Winnie in the story and maybe question what she loses while flying on the broom.
This month the board displays, age appropriate activities for Literacy. The sub headings are Reading and writing.
The Talk About Tip, displays information regarding dummies. The benefit of using a dummy is explained but also the problems they can lead to if used for too long.
It is fantastic that parents are receiving compensation over the 30 hour admin nightmare, but what about settings? 30 hours is here and it is proving very problematic. Aside from the funding levels for nurseries, there is now the cost of extra admin. Parent’s problems with registering for 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare have been well documented, as the government’s decision to offer compensation. But where is the equivalent pay-out for the nurseries, which are also experiencing additional staff costs due to the new system and liaising with the local authority. It is only fair that nurseries should be able to claim for this time. The government is alienating the very people it needs onside right now. As well as more money for 30 hours the nursery sector needs a government admin system that is fit for purpose and compensation for staff hours that has been lost and that will never get back.