Newsletter February 2015

Hope everyone had a good half term break. This half term we will be talking about our five senses. We will be encouraging the children to look, listen, touch, smell and taste lots of different things. We’ll be giving them the opportunity to talk about the things they like and dislike.

Our themed area will be a home this half term. We’ll be giving the children more time to use the dressing up clothes as they have proved very popular and are an excellent way of helping children to use their imaginations. This, in turn, helps them to use communication skills as they take on different roles.

We will be focussing on a different sense each week (starting next week) on the interest table this half term. This week we’ll be talking about the Chinese New Year which began in half term ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy!’ We’ll tell the story of the Chinese animals having a race and we’ll show children some interesting objects from China. We’ll have a look on a map and find where it is and talk about the animals that live there. We have a group of children who love looking at non-fiction books and we are encouraging them to use these to find out information.

As you know, most of our sessions are full and the increase in the number of children has meant that we needed to recruit another member of staff to make sure we continue to offer high standards of care. Our new member of staff is Jane Reeve. She is returning to working with children after a break to have children of her own. She has experience of leading groups of pre-school children in other settings including the Playbus. She has a level 3 qualification and has already begun updating her skills. We are delighted to have her ‘on board’ the Roundabout!

We continue to use the garden every day and have been planning some exciting developments for the future with the pre-school committee. At this time of year, the garden can be rather muddy so could you please send a pair of named wellies in a bag each day. We are working on ways of improving storage but, as you can imagine, with a different combination of children arriving each day, mix ups can occur.

As we have had a reasonably mild winter so far, we haven’t had to worry about the effects of the weather. We will always do our best to run sessions as normal and we will continue to open as long as the primary school is open. In the event of very bad weather, you can hear reports of school closures on Radio Suffolk and on the Suffolk County Council website.

A parents evening is planned for Monday 23rd March but please don’t wait till then if there’s anything you want to discuss with us. We are here to help.

Best wishes,

Fiona, Kath, Pip, Jo, Beccy and Jane