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Stanhope House Day Nursery

Newsletter Issue 38

Autumn 2018               10p per issue

                                                                 Staff Update

Congratulations to Kj who delivered a baby girl called Amelia during the summer and to   Juhi who has now started her maternity leave.  We wish them both the best.

We welcome Sam back after a break of a couple of years to cover.

 

Refurbishment

This is ongoing. There will continue to be rotational painting schedule for the rooms on an annual basis.

The outside nursery windows and external doors were painted and freshened over the summer and the Staff room and Office have been redecorated and had new flooring laid and new office furnishings.

Over Christmas we will be redecorating the kitchen, servery, hall and stairs.

 

Policy

Our Data protection policy has been reviewed in line with the GDPR which came into force in May 2018 and copies are available from the office.

 

Outdoor exhibition

This summer our annual outdoor exhibition was titled ‘All around the world’. The garden was transformed into areas with activities and displays of the children’s work for visiting parents and their children to enjoy and participate. .

Thank you to everyone who attended we have received positive feedback from everyone.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most of us have at some stage known someone who has or have had breast cancer and we at Stanhope feel passionate about raising awareness and raising funds for this. We will be celebrating our annual ‘Pink Day’ to raise funds towards research.

Pink Day will be on Thursday 25th October and this year’s theme is ‘the big pink day party’

   Please come and join us for a fun day with a cake sale, tombola, ‘pink’ quiz and much more to raise as much money as we can for this worthwhile charity.

                                    

Topical item

Garden Nature

Autumn is a magical time of year, with its glorious golden hues, the inevitable glut of apples, blackberries and pumpkins, and the promise of Bonfire Night looming large in the diary.

But as children get into their warmer clothes and we return to our routines after the heady days of summer, it’s all too easy to forget the joys of spending time outdoors. However, the benefits of playing outside are well-documented (and that goes for adults, too). A National Trust report recently stated that the UK as a whole is suffering from a “Nature Deficit Disorder”. Meanwhile, according to Forest School Training, children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors with overwhelmingly positive effects. So, here's how to make the most of the garden at home during the autumn:

 

Activity fun and games

Get crafty

It may seem a rather simple suggestion, but the opportunities to get creative with leaves and even sticks are boundless. Finding golden, amber and scarlet leaves should be a part of every childhood. Try leaf rubbings or printing, sticking pictures or even laminate them and make a beautiful mobile which will last the whole year.

Make a mud kitchen

Children find that there is nothing more exciting than earth and water and the endless possibilities they provide. It has been established that "Mixing soil, water and a range of other natural materials has a foundational role in early childhood which has deep importance and endless possibilities for well-being, development and learning."

Provide your child with old saucepans, spoons, jugs and even mixing bowls will open up a world of imagination for your child. Remember it is only mud and clothes can be washed!

Scavenger hunt

You can have a go at a nature scavenger hunt by listing things that you know can be found in your garden in autumn and asking the children to find them. Perhaps seed heads, coloured leaves, conkers or acorns with their hats on.

Make a bird feeder

Feed the birds with a tasty treat. Mix together breadcrumbs, cheese, porridge oats and birdseed. Add soft cooking fat then push into the gaps of a pine cone before it sets. Tie string around the top and hang your feeder on a tree branch.

Dates for the Diary

Pink Day - 25th October 2018

Christmas extravaganza – Saturday 8th December 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

The nursery will close for the Christmas break on

Friday 21st December 2018 and reopen Wednesday 2nd January 2019

 

As usual if anyone wants to contribute to our newsletter, whether it be an amusing anecdote, a serious article, recipes, activities you and your children have enjoyed, a special book or anything else you can think of please pass on to Ruth who will make sure it is included in the next addition.

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