Welcome back to Little Pickles. We are looking forward to seeing you all again and welcoming our new 'pickles' and receptions. Due to current restrictions, we have to do things slightly differently this year. All of the new procedures are documented in the letter set out to all parents before we finished for the summer.
Despite the changes to our routines, classroom and nursery life we still have lots of engaging and exciting learning planned for our first adventures this term. Our first term is focused around settling everybody into our new routines and getting so know each other better. Our topic is 'Our Special Lives' where we will be focusing on what makes us special and unique, our families, people who care for us and finishing the term with Harvest celebrations. In the Year Overview, which can be found below, our topics for the year can be found.
We provide fruit/vegetable snacks and milk (1 carton per day) for the children, if you wish to send additional snacks or drinks please do so in a labelled box/bag.
All children should bring a labelled water bottle to school which will be kept in our classroom. The children can access this at all time and bottles will be refilled during the day.
As part of the Early Years curriculum, we encourage the children to use our outside area and the field as part of their learning in all weathers. Please ensure that the children have wellies and coats in school every day.
If your child is in nappies, please provide a clearly labelled changing bag with the necessary items in. We will support and encourage the children when potty training but do suggest that you provided enough spare pants and clothes for any little accidents.
Even for potty trained children, it is always useful to provide a spare pair of underwear in the children's bag in case of any accidents and you may also wish to provide a spare pair of trousers/skirt to change into. We will speak to you at the end of the session discretely and return any washing to you in a carrier bag if needed.
Your child's learning journey is always accessible via Tapestry our online learning journey tool. When your child starts you will be sent a parent log in via email (please check your junk mailbox). Your child's learning journey documents learning and exploration that takes places at school and how this meets developmental expectations for their age. In order to get the whole picture of a child's journey we ask parents to share pictures, video and comments for outside of school.
How to upload to Tapestry:
Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the ‘plus’ icon on your iphone/ipad) and add the relevant information into the boxes on the screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing the ‘Obs’ tab or clicking on the logo (on the cloud, top left corner).
We operate a 'key person' approach in Class 1 for the Nursery and Reception children. Whilst all staff work with the children and are there to make them feel safe and happy, we have small groups allocated to a member of staff. Even though all of our staff will be very familiar to the children due to our small numbers, these groups aim to make sure that there is a specific person who takes charge of supporting the child’s physical and emotional well-being. These groups are also used during class activities and their key person will tend to be their lead adult for certain activities.
The Reception children's key person is Miss Holder.
The pre-school children's (who will be starting school in September 2021) key people are Miss Holder and Miss Mountford.
The two and three year-old children's key people is Miss Mountford, Ms Gorton and Miss James.
If you have any questions or queries, please catch one of the nursery staff at the end of the session. If you require more time to discuss a matter, please don't hesitate to email the office with a question or arrange a meeting outside of the core session hours. I look forward to working closely with you and getting to know your child and family better over the year.
Miss Georgina Holder
Class One Teacher and Nursery Manager