Odstock Nursery School Newsletter
As the seasons change we take a brief look back at the summer and what's in store for the rest of the term.
Children are our purpose.
We reflect on our practice and continually seek to improve.
We communicate regularly, clearly and factually.
We listen, act, then listen some more.
We do what we say we will do.
Here is all of the latest updated information on your early years team.
Manager - Natalie Adamson
As most of you will know my youngest daughter Isabella has just left Odstock Nursery to go to school in Wimborne in Dorset where we live. I will be reducing my hours at the Nursery to 36 per week and working from home on a Wednesday morning. I will still be onsite Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri as normal. In my absence on a Wednesday Melissa (Deputy Manager) will be in charge and will be out of numbers in order to complete the administration duties and be in the office.
Baby Room -
A big thank you, to everyone who has offered Jess support whilst she had jaw surgery over the summer. Some very kind and thoughtful gifts and cards were given to Jess from parents. Jess' surgery was a great success and she is hoping to be band and brace free in time to enjoy her Christmas lunch!
As many of you will now know Agnes from baby room and Keith from Preschool are expecting their first child together at the start of the new year. We are all delighted for them and I am sure you will join me in officially congratulating them.
We are delighted that Sarah has accepted a Deputy Team Leader role in the baby room, she has done such a great job covering Jess over the summer this promotion is very well deserved.
Toddler Room -
Anne has been with Odstock Nursery since the very first day we opened and has been instrumental in shaping and developing our practice and team. Its with much sadness that I inform you that Anne will be leaving Odstock after the half term as she has decided to take up a post as an Early Years Teaching Assistant in a school in Hampshire. Anne has made this difficult decision as she feels it is time for her to explore a new path in her career and to take on a term time only post now that her children are getting a little older. I know you will join me in wishing Anne all the very best, we will miss her dearly.
Congratulations are in order for Zoe who will be taking on the post of Team Leader in the toddler room from November. Zoe has been the deputy Team Leader for 6 months and has been training and supporting Anne most competently during this time. We know that she will be a great support to the new team that she will now manage.
We will be welcoming a new Deputy Team Leader to the Toddler room Gemma, she has been working in Early Years for 15 years and has been Team Leader in a Nursery in the New Forest for the last few years. Gemma is a level 3 practitioner with a lot of valuable experience to bring to the team and I know she will be a great support to Zoe. She is also very interested in the outdoors and will be supporting Forest School over the coming months.
Many of you will now have met Angela who has taken over from Caroline in the toddler room. Angela has spent the last two years working as a key worker in a Salisbury based Nursery and will now join our team and begin her training for her early years qualifications. Angela is a keen footballer and I am sure it will not be long before she is sharing her skills with the children.
Megan will remain in the Toddler Room and be supporting Zoe to mentor the new team members who will join us in November. We are excited to share with you that Megan will be embarking on her degree in Early Years at Bournemouth University. She will be working half days on a Wednesday in order to attend University. This challenging course will bring her more insight into the minds and lives of young children, she will continue to work as normal Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri's. The course will take 3 years and will involve a lot of reflection on working practices as well as projects which I am sure will benefit the Nursery as well as Megan's professional development.
We are very mindful of the staff changes that are happening in the Toddler Room and would like to reassure you that the children will keep the key person they know and are bonded with until the end of term. Zoe and Megan with be supported by the new team members with observations and in the new year, in partnership with parents decide who the individual children have the most secure bonds with and only then make changes as required.
In her new role of Deputy Manager Melissa will be Managing on a Wednesday and will be taking a lead on some of the admin roles in the setting. Melissa has been working with Natalie and Gaenor over the summer on all management matters and is extremely competent in all aspects of Nursery life and understands all of the requirements for our regulations.
is now on her phased return to work after her terrible car accident back in May 2016. She is working back up to her full capacity over the course of the term. We are delighted that she is here and know that it is her positive attitude and supportive family and friends have enabled her to make this incredible recovery. They children are particularly pleased to see her and its like she has not been away.
A new and exciting role. The Atelierista - Suzi Parry.
Most families will know Suzi Parry from our Baby Room. Suzi has worked at the Nursery since 2014 and has been instrumental in supporting the development of our respect programme. Suzi's unique talent of observations on children and their interactions has inspired the creation of a new role for Suzi and for the Bourne Valley Nursery Group. For the first time Suzi will take on a new super nummary role within our Nursery as an Atelierista. Originally created in the preschool movement in Northern Italy (Reggio Emilia) the role of talented artistic practitioners who specialised in provocations for children and in creating dynamic projects born out of the natural curiosities and schematic play of young children. Essentially an Atelierista is an Early Years Educator with a background in the arts and is responsible for creating different projects to introduce new concepts to the children, spark their curiosity and creativity and establish a new explorative way of learning. Suzi has been working with all groups since the start of September in this exciting new role and has already documented some lovely project work including the crater story which is documented on the outside board near the rear playground. Suzi is also supporting at Forest School taking over the driving responsibilities from Anne and so will be able to share experiences in our outdoor classroom in the woodland as well as onsite at the nursery.
Odstock Day Nursery - Removal of socket covers throughout the setting.
Controversy over the use of plug socket covers in early years settings has arisen again following a Department of Health safety alert issued this month.
Commonly sold as safety accessories, socket covers are unregulated - they come in many different sizes and shapes and therefore rarely fit sockets correctly.
The use of covers negates existing safety measures in the form of protective shutters, exposing the live electrical contacts. Covers can come loose or be easily removed by children, resulting in risk of electrocution.
Covers can also damage the socket, which may lead to overheating and risk of fire.
As of June, the Department of Health requires that ‘13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence’, and that ‘any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of.’
After taking on board this advice we are now removing all socket covers from the setting, if you would like to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact Natalie who will be happy to speak with you.
Bourne Valley Nursery School at Winterbourne Earls receives Ofsted Outstanding Award
We are delighted to share with you that our sister Nursery Bourne Valley Nursery School at Winterbourne Earls was inspected by Ofsted recently and received the highest accolade OUTSTANDING in all areas, in recognition of their ongoing commitment to provide exceptional early years care and education to the families of Salisbury. It is a wonderful confirmation of our ethos and policies a blueprint which is shared by the four nurseries of the chain. We are delighted for our colleagues and enjoyed celebrating with them recently at our staff hog roast evening which was held at Odstock.
The Team were commended in all aspects of practice one of which was the companies ongoing impressive commitment to staff training and development, which is central to improving outcomes for children.
Our Managing Director Gaenor Nokes was particularly credited as " a dynamic advocate for high quality childcare and early years education. She leads a highly motivated team that reflects on its practice and implements her values with dedication."
Odstock Day Nursery new installations.
After a busy summer the drainage works are finally finished and although the front garden looks much like it did before we can assure you that a lot of hard work went into the new water plant that has been installed. As you can see from the picture it was no easy proposition but the professional workforce from Drain Services worked excellently with the Nursery and have done a great job putting everything back together again.
We now await the final aspect of the works which will be the installation of two new toilets into the rear of the sand and water room which will enable preschool children to have the convenience of a bathroom right next door to their main space. This will alleviate the current situation under which they have to access the toilets next to the toddler entrance. The work is planned to take place in the next few weeks and the area will be securely sectioned off and full risk assessments completed to ensure that there is no disruption to the services. The job will take approximately two weeks, we will keep you informed when we are given a date.
At the Bourne Valley Nursery Group we are committed to staff training and continuous professional development and here are a few of the courses we are attending this term for your information.
12 hr Pediatric first aid - Tracey
2 day Pedagogy update training - Keith
Safeguarding Conference London - Melissa
Reflections Nursery visit to Worthing -
Natalie and Suzi
2 day advanced Safeguarding -
Safeguarding forum - Natalie
Safeguarding MAF training - Melissa
Special Educational Needs training - Sarah
SENCO solutions group - Sarah
Equality forum - Sarah
These are all supported by our internal training schedule and staff meetings, room meetings and supervisions for each member of staff.
Now that all of the work has been completed outside with the drains we are busy planning some improvements for the main garden and the baby garden.
Amongst the plans are a woodland area a dinosaur garden, more loose parts and planting. The chickens will also be settled in a new larger run which will be in the rear garden, when they return from their extended holiday at Bourne Valley.
We are very fortunate that one of our skilled fathers who is a carpenter has very kindly made us a beautiful wooden house for the woodland area and he is currently putting the finishing touches to it before it is finished and we cant wait to see it! We hope to have the works completed in time for a grand opening at the winter family social.