Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to a new and exciting year in Nursery with Miss Guyatt, Miss Killick and Miss Bains.
In the first few weeks we focus on getting to know the children and helping them settle into our nursery family. The children need to be toilet trained before they start nursery, we do not change nappies. We also ask that you send the children with a change of clothes including trousers/leggings, t-shirt, jumper, socks and underwear as we do love messy play! If you have a pair of wellies that the children can bring and leave at Nursery, please send them in. Please ensure all spare clothes and wellies are clearly labelled.
We will be teaching the children our routines to keep their hands clean throughout their time in Nursery. To support the children with this we have placed rainbows at our hand washing and sanitising stations and have a short song to support them and make this a positive experience.
We ask that you ensure the children understand that they are going to be left but you will be back to collect them. We will be developing strong, supportive relationships with the children so they feel happy and safe with us. What is most important to us is that your child feels secure and comfortable, allowing them to grow and achieve.
Our main learning focuses over the first half term are:
- personal, social, emotional development (PSED)
- communication and language (CAL)
- physical development (PD)
Most of our learning will be through play but there will be some group time as the children settle in. We want the children to have the skills to make and develop their friendships, confidence to choose a range of activities and an understanding of rules and routines.
The children will develop listening and attention skills and an understanding of the language being spoken in Nursery. To support English language development, we will be introducing simple signs, actions and use other visual aids. We will also be teaching the children to become more physically independent and to follow their own thoughts and ideas.
Our learning over the next year will be led by the children and their interests so we won’t be following specific topics. Over the year we will be using key festivals and seasonal changes as a focus. Towards the end of this half term we will be spending lots of time outside exploring the changes that are happening through Autumn.
If you do have any important festivals within your community, please do let us know and we can incorporate these to our “festival weeks”. As part of getting to know the children over the first half term we would love it if you could send in a family photograph to display in our classroom; please email this to: firstname.lastname@example.org