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Elephant and Castle Child Care Centre
May 2018 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers,
Spring has finally sprung, but the end of April lived up to being “April showers”. Let’s hope the bank holiday will be lovely.
The children are enjoying having access to all areas of the garden and all the outside resources, we all love spending time in the outside environment.
The new Spring/Summer menu seems to be going down well with the children. The squash and spinach pasta rotolo and vegetable biryani are new firm favourites. If any of you would like the recipes, please see Rob. Our menus are constructed giving consideration to providing the children with a healthy balanced diet appropriate for their age. The meals are planned to include a variety of food with a good balance of nutrients which help to ensure the children’s nutritional needs are met. The foods offered at the setting also gives consideration to introducing the children to a variety of tastes and textures which promotes an excellent wide pallet, resulting in healthy food behaviours.
Please make a note that we have changed the Photo Day. The day has been postponed to 13th June, hope this causes no inconvenience.
The month of May, starts a new theme as ‘Under the Water’ and the focus is Ocean Life.
The curriculum being covered this month is-
Week commencing 30th- Writing.
Week commencing 7th- Exploring and using Media and Materials.
Week commencing 14th- Shape, Space and Measure.
Week commencing 28th- Half Term, constructing our display board.
Nursery Rhyme of the Month
This month the rhyme is ‘a Sailor went to Sea’, this may prove a bit tricky for the children to pronounce, all good practice.
Book of the Month
This book is ‘Shark in the Park’, a much loved book by the children. Please ask your child what Timothy Pope sees in the park, through his telescope.
The board this month, displays age appropriate activities for Expressive Arts and Design. The sub headings are- Exploring and using Media and Materials and being Imaginative.
The Talk About Tip, show them the next step. The document explains how to support your child as they learn about language.
As the weather is finally warming up, please provide your child with a named sun hat that covers the neck and ensure their clothing covers their shoulders. Thank you for your cooperation.
In November 2017, Ofsted published Bold Beginnings. A report set to shape the inspection framework of 2019 and that will lead to review the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Early Learning Goals. The report focused heavily on reading, writing and maths, identifying them as the main and possibly only building blocks for all other learning. Play was identified as primarily used for Personal, Social and Emotional development. This report has been highly criticised but has also received a great deal of support, which has caused tensions.
The proposed baseline will affect all children from birth to five years. The baseline will focus on reading, writing and maths, just like Bold Beginnings. This test will not give us anything useful. These children will be in a new environment, finding their way. These children are at a crucial point in their life. The beginning of schooling.
Our children deserve so much more than this poor imitation of early childhood education that is seeping into our reception and nursery classes as a result of policies made by those who have never walked a day in our shoes.