Welcome back to the Spring Term.Please ensure that your children have appropriate clothing along with coats, hats and gloves. We will still be providing lots of activities to explore and discover outside; therefore we need to ensure that all children have a coat and a change of clothes.
World Book Day
Thursday 1st March, to celebrate World Book Day this year each room will have their own activities: Babies: Bring in a favourite book and teddy to share (all week) Toddlers: Bring in a favourite book and dress up if they would like tooPreschool: Dress up as favourite book character
Last term we welcomed Veebs (Wibke) to the baby room team, Veebs has settled in extremely well she holds a level 3 qualification and has many years experience in working with children.
Hannah O’Neil (baby room) is currently on maternity leave, excitedly awaiting the arrival of her baby girl.
We would like to give a warm welcome to Pam who joins us in the baby room, Pam has holds a level 3 childcare qualification and has many years experience working in nurseries and bringing up her own family.
Unfortunately Zhadine will not be returning to work this year. It was a hard decision but made on grounds of her health. We wish her well.
Positive developments within nursery
As always we strive to offer an excellent service of care for our children and families, this term and beyond we will see some subtle changes throughout the nursery environment which we hope will energise and have a positive impact for the children. Many of these developments stem from staffs passions and current training courses attended.
During November some of the staff attended a course at the Reflections Nursery in Worthing which follows the Reggio Approach. The staff came back thoroughly inspired to make beneficial changes for the children at nursery. The changes will enhance and create a calm and peaceful environment.
What is a Reggio approach? The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
The Fundamental Principles for a Reggio approach
Children are capable of constructing their own learning
They are driven by their interests to understand and know more.
Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued.
The adult is not the giver of knowledge.
Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.
Children are communicators
Communication is a process, a way of discovering things, asking questions, using language as play. Playing with sounds and rhythm and rhyme; delighting in the process of communicating.
Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a continual and collaborative process. Rather than the child asking a question and the adult offering the answers, the search is undertaken together.
The environment is the third teacher
The environment is recognized for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests.
The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration.
The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools. The space is cared for by the children and the adults.
The adult is a mentor and guide
Our role as adults is to observe (our) children, listen to their questions and their stories, find what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further.The Reggio Emilia Approach takes a child-led project approach following the children’s curiosity and lines of enquiry, creating valuable relationships with their environment for building home from home experiences.
Forest School Inspired
We are keen to further develop the use of our outside areas including using the school field. We will be introducing ‘forest sessions’ throughout the nursery where the children will engage in larger scale fun, exciting activities while outside to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a natural environment.
Studies have found that children who play in natural environments undertake more diverse, creative and imaginative play, forming an important part of a child’s development and learn to work collaboratively, and develop social skills, while cooperating, helping, negotiating, and talking with others.
Polite Notice – Session Times
All sessions are pre-set by booking your child into nursery which then enables us to provide the correct ratios we are required to follow as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Guidelines.
We politely ask you to ensure you are adhering to your start and end times for your child’s sessions. We will not be able to open the doors and allow you to enter the building until your start time. Please also be mindful when collecting your children that you are at nursery for the appropriate end time.
If you are late to collect your child from their session you will be asked to sign the late book, more than one late collection may result in a late charge being issued.
Please be aware when you notify us of holiday dates, if you wish to change the date we require 2 weeks notice to adjust the booking, this is due staff ratio’s and deployment.
We do have a children’s uniform available for you to purchase. Please come to the office if you would like to order some.
Polo Shirt £7.50
Nursery contact information
Durrington Day Nursery
School Road, Durrington, SP4 8HJ
Key Dates for your diary
February Half Term -Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February (No attendance for those on Grant only or Term Time only contracts).
TD Days Thursday 8th Friday 9th February. (No attendance for those on a Grant Only Contract).
Chinese New Year – ‘year of the Dog’ February 16th – 2nd March
Thursday 1st March -World Book Day
17th March – St Patricks Day – wear green to nursery on Friday 16th March
Bank Holidays for everyone:
Good Friday 30th March and Easter Monday 2nd April. Nursery closed.
Easter Holidays – Friday 30th March to Friday 13th April (No attendance for those on a Grant Only or Term Time only contracts)
Bank Holidays for everyone:
Monday 7th May
Monday 28th May
May Half Term – Grant only and Term time children Monday 28th May Friday 1st June
Summer Holidays for Grant only and Term Time children Thursday 26th July until Friday 31st August
(TD Days for Grant Only children 23rd, 24th and 25th July)
Fraser Photographer in Nursery – Thursday 28th June. If your child does not attend this day please book a time slot with the office between 1pm-2:30pm