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Summer Newsletter Pine Place

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Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you and your children all back after the Easter break and hope you all had a lovely Easter. Also, welcome to all our new families joining us this term, I hope you all feel very
welcome.

Within the nursery we have a parents notice board which will give you information about some of our policies and procedures; the rest of the policies are available for you to read at any time, just ask a member of staff. On this noticeboard, you will also find important dates including when the nursery is closed for the holidays etc. You will also find the staff details here, giving you a photo and name of the staff who are present in the nursery each day.

I would just like to remind you of our session times, our morning runs from 9 am till 11.45am and our afternoon sessions run from 12 pm till 2.45pm.

To enable the staff to talk to you about your child’s day, please be here 15 minutes before
your child’s session finishes, (e.g. by 11.45am/2.45pm)

Staff changes
I am happy to be informing you that we have a new manager starting with us. Julie has previously
worked as a nursery manager for a number of years and has achieved outstanding Ofsted reports. Julie has a great knowledge of working with young children and has three young children herself. Julie will introduce herself to you all during the first few weeks and is looking forward to working with you all and supporting the development of your little ones.

With the increase in numbers for our afternoon sessions Nassima and Hetal will be extending their hours and will be doing every afternoon. 

Creative day for Dads
We would like to invite all the dads to come and join in our creative day activities to help celebrate Fathers day on Friday 15th June. The morning session will be from 11.00am until 11.45am, and the afternoon will be from 2.00pm until 2.45pm. I do hope you will come in and join in our fun!

Play and Stay Sessions
We like to continuously involve all parents in every step of the way to developing their child’s learning. We would like to invite parents/carers to our play sessions every Friday to play with their children; if you would like to read a story with the children, do a cooking activity or help us celebrate any festivals, please feel free to come in and do this. Speak with Julie who will be happy to arrange this. 

Late collection fees
May I remind everyone about late collection charges, if you are going be late picking up your child please ring 07484541323 and let us know so we are able to arrange staff cover. The late charge is £10.00 for every fifteen minutes (or part of) which is payable on the day.

Parent’s meetings:
If you missed your child’s parents meeting at the end of the last term, talk to your child’s key person and they will be happy to arrange another date for you. All the children will have an end of term report added to their tapestry account by the end of April for those that didn’t yet have it.

Parents meetings at the end of the summer term will be during the week commencing the 9th of July. You will be given a time to come in and speak with your child’s key person. This is the opportunity for you to come in, look at your child’s profiles, and talk to the key-person about their progress. Your child’s profile is also available for you to view at all times on Tapestry, if you are having difficulty logging into this please speak with Tracey who will happily help you. If the date is not suitable for you, please speak to your child’s key-person to re-arrange for a suitable day.

School Leavers
If your child is leaving us at the end of the term to go to school in September, please notify us in writing by the 8th June. Once you have had your parents meeting with your child’s key person, you will be able to print off your child’s profile and report from the tapestry. The report can then be handed to your child’s new teacher to give them an idea of where your child’s learning is at. We will delete your child from our tapestry system by 17th August so please, ensure you print off or save any information you want from it before this date.

Hot weather
Once the weather warms up it is essential that you apply suncream to your child before they come into the nursery. We cannot accept any child into nursery if they do not have suncream on. You also need to supply a sunhat for them to wear outside. Our suncream policy will be displayed once this is appropriate but do please plan ahead for those sunny days that may appear. If your child has allergies to suncream please seek your GP’s advice as we are unable to accept children who do not have suncream. Forgetting to put sun cream on your child and forgetting to bring a hat may result in your child being sent home. Please label your child’s belongings.

Dates for your diary:
 First day of term: Monday 16th April 2018.
 Queen Elizabeth’s birthday: Saturday 21 st April 2018
 St George’s day – Monday 23rd April 2018.
 Mayday bank holiday – Monday 7th May 2018, nursery is closed
 Ramadan begins: 15th May 2018
 Staff training day – 23rd May 2018 – nursery is closed
 Half term: 28th May – 1st June 2018 – nursery is closed
 Spring bank holiday – 28th May 2018
 Eid Ul Fitr – 15th June 2018
 Father day activities – 15th June 2018
 Fathers day: 17th June 2018
 Parents meetings – week commencing 9th July 2018, appointments will be given out nearer the
time.
 Last day of term and party: Friday 20th July 2018, children will only attend the parties on this day, times will be given nearer the time.

Any others issues
 For the safety of all children, please ensure that you shut the ENTRANCE DOOR when entering or leaving the building. Do not allow people you do not know into the nursery.
 Under our safeguarding policies mobile phones / ipads are not permitted to be used within the nursery whilst children are present, this applies to staff, parents and any other visitors.
 From time to time it may be necessary that someone unknown to the nursery has to collect your child, if this is the case please ensure you let a member of staff know and please ensure you give staff and the other person a password, as we cannot let children go home with someone we don’t know. In addition, if the person is known to the nursery please let a member of staff know they are collecting your child.
 For health and Safety reasons, can we ensure that we avoid bringing toys to the nursery from
home. The nursery will not take any responsibility of any loss of toys.
 I would like to remind all parents that if any of your contact details change could you please let
us know, in case we need to contact you in an emergency.
 The disabled parking bays outside the nursery are for disabled badge holders only, please note
that CCTV cameras are operating outside the nursery.
 Please ensure your child/ren have had breakfast or lunch at home before coming into
nursery, we cannot allow children to eat food from home in the nursery alongside the
other children. Some of our children have allergies and could become ill if they come
into contact with certain foods.

 Please ensure you bring the following items to nursery with you on a daily basis.
- Spare sets of clothes (in a labelled bag)
- Nappies, wipes and creams (if needed)
- Coats, raincoats, wellington boots, hats, scarves and gloves (for Winter)
- Lighter jackets, sun hat and sun cream (for Summer)
- Any prescribed medication they may need.

Please remember to mark all belongings with your child’s name.

If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to speak to us,
Kind regards,
Cheryl and the KiddieCare team

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Petts Hill March Newsletter

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Dear parents

I hope you have had a lovely February break and are looking forward to the rest of term. This half of term we will be celebrating Mothers Day, World Book Day and Easter with lots of activities.

Resident Monkey

Kiddiecare Nurseries have a new resident monkey who will be staying at the nurseries one month at a time; in order for the monkey to visit we are asking all parents and children to make pictures at home and bring them in for display each month. This month you could make pictures for Mothers Day or Easter with your child. 

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Super Star Sports

If you would like your Child to part take in this session it is £5.00 per month, this will need to be paid to the nursery in cash by the 1st of every month. Please make your payment to Naila thank you.

World book Day

This year we are celebrating world book day by asking you to dress your child in their favorite book character and bringing in their favorite book into nursery to the with us. 

Easter Party

This year our Easter Party will be on the 29th of March from 11am-2pm. This will be the only session this day. Please ensure a parent attends with your child in order for them to stay due to ratios. We are asking parents to make Easter bonnets with your children to wear on the day, lots of prizes to be won. 

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Mothers Day Coffee Morning.

This year we are inviting parents into Nursery on the 9th of March to celebrate Mothers day with a Coffee morning and to spend some quality time at nursery with your child seeing what they get up to. Hope to see you all here.

Parents Meetings

We will be holding parent’s meetings on Friday 23rd of March. This is a good opportunity for you to talk to your child’s Key worker and find out how your Child is progressing. Please ensure you make your appointment with your child’s Key worker. There will be no session for your child this day.

2 and 3 year old free childcare

We still have places available for any children or parents looking for extra hours. Please go onto childcare choices website to see if you are eligible or www.kiddiecarenurseries.co.uk please don’t hesitate to ask myself or a member of staff who will be happy to answer any questions or queries

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Tithebarn March Newsletter

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Welcome back to all parents and children, we hope you have all had a lovely half term break. 

Over the February month, we have been learning and celebrating Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and Chinese New Year. We were getting creative by making cards and making salt dough, we also have been making our own pancakes and vegetable noodles using chopsticks. 

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In March…

We will be celebrating...

World book day: On the 1st of March we are encouraging everyone to come dressed as their favourite book character.

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Mother’s day: On the 9th of March we will be holding a Mother’s day coffee morning from 10am-11am we hope to see you all there.

Easter – We will be celebrating on the 29th as we are holding an Easter party from 2pm-4pm. All children who are funded will need to come to the party with a parent, a food list will be given out nearer the time.

Parent’s days – 

We are holding parents days on the 22nd and 23rd March for the opportunity for all parents to sit down with their child's key worker, the nursery will be closed for all funded children to give all parents this opportunity

Save the dates:

1st march – World book day 

9th march – Mother’s day coffee morning

22nd & 23rd - Parent days

29th – Easter party 

If you have any questions or queries please come and speak with the management team 

Kind regards,

Kiddiecare team.

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Hayes March Newsletter

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30 HOURS FUNDING FROM JANUARY 2018!

For those children that are turning 3 during January- March and both parents are working you may be entitled to 30 hours funding from April 2018. If you think you are eligible for the 30 hours funding please go to childrenchoices.gov.uk and complete the online form under '30 hours funding', if entitled you shall receive an 11 digit code which you would need to bring into the nursery as soon as possible.

Please note that there are limited places for April and therefore I would politely ask for your 11 digit codes before the 19th March.

For those that are currently receiving the 30 hours funding you may receive an email soon for you to renew your funding, please bring in your codes before the date stated above.

OFSTED REPORT

We are pleased to inform you that our recent OFSTED inspection carried out on 12th January was very positive and received a GOOD grading! Thank you for all your feedback and comments.

POLITE REMINDER

We would like to remind you that under our medication policy children who had any form of Calpol/ Nurofen or injections would not be allowed into the nursery for a minimum of 24 hours if a dosage/ injection was given 24 hours prior to their sessions. 

Our exclusion policy is visible on our parent board for view.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Last day of term: Thursday 29th March

Parent meetings and activities: Thursday 29th March

Good Friday: 30th March: Closed for all children

Start of Summer term: Monday 16th April

END OF TERM MEETINGS

We shall be holding end of term meetings on Thursday 29th March, there shall be no government funding sessions on this day, however, we shall be having Easter activities play and stay sessions, please come along and join us in the activities. Notice will be displayed.

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Pine Place March Newsletter

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What a busy month February was, with pancake day, Valentines day and Chinese New Year. You’ll be able to see your children joining in with these activities on your child's tapestry profile. 

This coming month we are looking forward to celebrating Mother's day with you and will be having a special Mother's day tea party on the 9th March. We are also going to be developing our growing and garden area and start planting some lovely vegetables and flowers.

With February’s newsletter, we sent out letters regarding our new mascot Merlin the Monkey. We would really love it if you could draw a picture or do some art work with your child to bring into nursery. We will have a special display for their pictures and their artwork will be added to our facebook page and twitter account. 

World book day

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World book day is on Thursday 1st March. On this day we are holding a fundraising event for Crackerjacks children’s trust. So, on Thursday 1st march we would like the children to come to nursery dressed up in their favourite Disney characters. We ask that where possible you donate £2 to the charity or complete the sponsorship form. 

Throughout March we would also like to encourage the children to bring in their favourite book for us to read during circle time. 

Easter Activities

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On Thursday 29th March we will be holding our Easter Funday. Throughout the day there will be stay and play sessions so you can join in with some fun Easter activities with your child, Easter egg hunts and an opportunity for you to catch up with your child’s key person to discuss their progress in nursery.

9.30- 10.30 – stay and play with Easter activities, key persons will be available during this time.

10.30 – 11 – Easter egg hunt.

12-1 – Stay and play with Easter activities, key persons will be available at this time.

1-1.30 – Easter egg hunt. 

Please note that parents will be required to stay during these sessions and there will be no funded sessions running on this day. Feel free to attend either session and bring along a friend who has small children.

Dates for your diary

Tea party for Mother's day, all mums welcome to join us on 9th March, at either 10.30-11.30 or 1.30-2.30.

Easter fun day – 29th March, there will be no sessions running on this day, 

Last day term is 29th March, children will return on 16th April.

 

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West Drayton February Newsletter

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Dear Parents & Carers,

A big welcome to all our new children and their families who have joined us this month.

Dates for the Diary

  • Valentine’s day: Wednesday 14th February 2018
  • Half term- 12th February 2018- 16th February 2018 (nursery closed for funded and term-time children)
  • Training day- 19th February 2018 (nursery is closed)
  • Shrove Tuesday (pancake day): Tuesday 13th February 2018
  • Ash Wednesday: Wednesday 14th February 2018
  • Holi: Thursday 01st March 2018
  • St Patricks day: Saturday 17th March 2018
  • Mother’s Day: Sunday 11th March 2018
  • Last day of term: Thursday 29th March 2018
  • Good Friday: Friday 30th March 2018 (nursery is closed)
  • Easter day: Sunday 01st April 2018
  • Good Monday: Monday 02nd April 2018 (nursery is closed)
  • Bank holidays 7th May and 28th May 2018 – nursery closed on these days.

DISNEY FUN DAY 1ST MARCH – ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CRACKERJACKS CHARITY. Please find the poster on nursery door for more information 😊.

Policy of the Month

Each month in our newsletter we will give you information about one of our policies. These are available for you to read at any time, please speak to a member of staff.

Key Person Policy

Every child who attends KiddieCare Nursery is allocated a Keyworker, if you are unsure who your child’s key worker is please speak to Kelsey or Chloe.

The Key person is the main point of contact within the nursery. If you have any concerns or messages please speak to your children allocated Keyworker. They will be able to help you if you have any concerns about your child’s development or well-being.

Important Notices

Please make sure you are paying your £5 per month for the super star sports. If these payments are not made we will have to cancel our sessions with them. Please pay your money to any member of staff, Thank you!

Children’s lunches need to be paid at the beginning of the month or paid a week in advance. If these are not paid it may result in being asked to provide a packed lunch from home.

NHS 111

If your child is ill the NHS advice you to call NHS 111 helpline for assistance and guidance on what to do. Please note you do not need to take your children to a GP practise or Hospital unless it is vital. Small coughs and colds can be treated at home or seek advice from a pharmacist.

Attending a hospital or GP practise can spread illnesses and viruses.

Any problems or concerns please feel free to speak to me,

Thank you,

Kelsey & the nursery team 😊

 

 

 

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Petts Hill February Newsletter

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Dear parents

I hope you have all enjoyed the first half term back at nursery. This term so far, we have been looking at Chinese New Year and our families for Valentine’s day.

Play and stay sessions

We are looking for parent volunteers to come into the nursery and play with the children. If you would like to come in and read a story or be involved with a cooking activity please come and do so.

Resident Monkey

Kiddiecare Nurseries have a new resident monkey who will be staying at the nurseries one month at a time, in order for the monkey to visit we are asking all parents and children to make pictures at home and bring them in for display each month. This month you could make pictures for Valentines with your child. 

Super Star Sports

Super Star Sports will now be attending Kiddiecare Nurseries every week on a Tuesday. If you would like your child to take part in this session it is £5.00 per month, this will need to be paid to the nursery in cash by the 1st of every month. If you have any more questions or queries please speak to a member of staff. 

2 and 3 year old free childcare

We still have places available for any children or parents looking for extra hours. 

Change of children sessions.

I would like to remind parents that if you would like to change your child’s nursery hours, please could you put this in writing and a month’s notice must be given in order to ensure we have the correct ratio for your children’s safety. Please, remember to wait outside the main gate before your child’s session start. We are asking parents to ensure you are dropping off your child by 12.15 to start their session. Please ensure you are picking your child up at 2.45 or 5.45 to enable the staff to give each parent feedback about their day. Please inform us if you are dropping your child any later then 12.15pm.  

Just a reminder to all parents please ensure you inform the nursery if any of your details change so we can update them on your child’s forms. Please ensure if someone different is collecting or dropping your child, you have informed the manager at the beginning of the session and that their information is on our child detail forms.

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Pine Place February Newsletter

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Pine Place February Newsletter

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What a great start the children have had this term. They have all settled back in very well and have been helping our new children really well. The children have already started making great progress towards their development goals. If you haven’t already please log into your tapestry account to see how well your children are doing. It is a great system where you can see pictures of your children at nursery and you can also add your own comments and pictures. Please speak to your child’s key person or myself, Cheryl to find out more about the tapestry. So far this term we have been looking at Chinese New Year and the children have made lovely lanterns and dragons. We will soon be talking about Valentine’s Day and asking the children to talk about those special people in their lives. The children have enjoyed the story of the gingerbread man. Many of them now know the story very well and able to retell us what happens.

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Multi-cultural resources
At our nursery, we have families from a variety of backgrounds. We would like to reflect this in the items that the children see around the nursery to enhance their experiences. If you have any of the following items at home that you no longer need we would very grateful if you would like to donate them to the nursery.
- Packaging in home languages
- Materials / outfits
- Cooking utensils
- Musical instruments
- Multi-cultural stories/books in home languages.


Sickness and illness policy

Please, familiarise yourself with our exclusion policy for sicknesses. It is displayed on our notice board. Children who have sickness, diarrhoea and temperatures will not be permitted to attend nursery for a minimum of 48 hours once the symptoms subside. Children cannot attend nursery if they have had calpol, nurofen or paracetamol within the past 24 hours.


Staff news
I’d like to say a massive congratulations to Ayesha who has completed her level 3 in childcare and education. Well done Ayesha!!!

 

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Ashdown February Newsletter

Merlin the monkey

Merlin has come to stay for the month of February and we would like to thank the parents who have been working hard with their children at home making artwork and bringing them in for us to show him. Although Merlin is only here this month we would like you still to bring in artwork every week and we will send him pictures. Who knows, he may even come back for a second visit! He has taken part in the nursery routine and the activities, and the children are enjoying having him in the setting and you will see pictures of this on your child’s tapestry.

Thank you

The children have been doing lots of activities in the nursery as you can see on Tapestry. We would like to thank the parents that are uploading pictures and posting comments on their child's journal. I have notes that some parents have not logged onto their journal so if you are having difficulty with this, please come and talk to me and I will help you get set up so you can see what your child/children are doing in the nursery.

Upcoming dates

From the 12th to the 16th February it is half-term so the nursery will be closed for term time only children; if you are paying a holding fee please can you let me know what day you
will be attending the nursery. The nursery will only be open Monday am and Friday am this week which may change but please come and talk to me. We also will be closed on the 19th February as this is the nursery's training day.

Policy of the month

To ensure the safety and welfare of children in our care we operate a personal mobile phone usage policy which stipulates that personal mobile phones cannot be used when in the presence of children, on the premises or when on outings, by staff, parents and visitors. If you wish to use your mobile phone you must leave the nursery building, mobiles phones are not permitted to be used anywhere on site, this includes the nursery office.

What have the children been learning in January? 

  • We have been learning about Chinese New Year and what animal represents the years they were born in

  • How we can change colours using 2 or more colours

  • What are healthy and unhealthy foods

  • And making cards for someone they care about

Heart Foundation

All children, from the week commencing the 19th February, can come in wearing red and at the end of Wednesday and Friday session the staff will be selling cakes and biscuits that the children have made in the nursery.

Spare Clothes

The nursery is asking for help from our parents and looking for any old clothes you may have.  This is so that we can have some spare clothes in the nursery for on those days that a bag is forgotten and a child may need to be changed.

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The importance of outdoor play

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It cannot be stressed enough how a bit of fresh air helps to lift everyone's spirit, no matter what their age. Yes, we live in the UK so we probably don’t get as much Vitamin D as people do in other countries, however, it is important that your child spends as much time as they can outside soaking up the fresh air and vitamin D.

At KiddieCare nurseries, our children play outside every day (weather permitting obviously!) in our child-friendly and interactive gardens attached to the nursery. The gardens are all designed to be fun whilst also providing a stimulating learning environment teaching the children how to:

  • Think creatively

  • Count with abacus balls

  • Create music with pots and pans

  • Measure water using different resources

  • Be creative in our mud kitchens

  • Share games and resources with other children

  • Increase their social interaction and communication skills

  • Improve on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

This is a non-exhaustive list; so many skills and competencies can be gained and improved upon whilst playing outside! Plus what’s not to love- your child is learning whilst having fun. Have a look at one of our nursery gardens at Botwell for an insight into how fun outdoor play can be at KiddieCare!

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The importance of child-child interaction at a young age before school

You’re a new parent and you’re intrigued to know the benefits of placing your child into a nursery or childcare environment. That first step in saying goodbye when you drop your child off at nursery is your child’s crucial first step towards independence and the beginning of their education. At Kiddiecare Nurseries, we boast a welcoming environment and atmosphere which allows your child to feel at ease whilst developing their social skills through play and learning. Nurseries are a place in which your child can comfortably grow in a safe place amongst staff members who place your child’s safety and happiness first alongside a day filled with varied activities to keep everyone occupied.

Children need to spend time together to learn and improve upon vital life skills:
- Sharing (toys, friends etc)
- Communicating and speech development (improving vocabulary)
- Developing friendships
- Creating positive relationships (children will copy one another and the adults around them therefore it is imperative to place your child in a positive place)
- Developing good behaviour (no negative physical or psychological behaviour is tolerated)
- Politeness
- Building confidence

Obviously, some of these skills will be developed at home however, they are honed in at nursery and encouraged by our staff. It has been stated in The Guardian newspaper that children who attend nursery have a better understanding of colours, letters, numbers and counting, sizes and shapes in comparison to children who do not.

This blog is not about telling you to put your child in nursery all day, every day (unless of course that is what you would like to do!) but to have a think about the benefits of your child interacting with other children their age on a regular basis. Whether you choose for your child to be in nursery part-time to fit in with going back to work after maternity leave, or whether you would just like to try 3 hours twice a week, it is about working out what is best for you and your little one.

Come and have a look around Kiddiecare Nurseries in Hillingdon & Ealing, and see how our staff will work with you in looking after your child to encourage them to be the best they can be.

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The importance of engaging environments

First and foremost, nurseries are a safe haven for your child to learn and grow through play and educational activities. This starts from the moment both you and your child walk through the front door; children need to feel at ease with where they are and plain walls, disengaged staff and a lack of stimulating activities are just not good enough. This is why Kiddiecare are a great childcare option as we place the focus on your child’s happiness with all of our nurseries directed towards an engaging environment.

Children need to learn how to use all of their senses effectively so that they are ready for school from the age of four. Arts and crafts stimulate sensory experiences through using their hands to paint images and create works of art; We use foam, paint, sand and play-doh to name a few, in helping our children to develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and unleash their creativity. Circle time and storytime help with children learning to listen to others and focus on their involvement in the story, whilst singing nursery rhymes engages children in confidence and team involvement. Skills which are fairly simple at this early age, but essential down the line.

Children have to want to learn and play which is why all of our nursery rooms are full of colour, games and activities for your child to use under close supervision. We encourage role-play and make-believe games to enhance vocabulary and independence so that this is taken home with the child; with the advance in technology nowadays, it is so easy for children to become reliant on television programmes and computer games, so we place an effort on helping children realise their independence through make-believe games.

Additionally, nurseries need to include outdoor play for children to experience fresh air and exercise so make sure you read my next blog post which holds a focus on the importance of outdoor play.

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