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A Five Star Kitchen – She did it again!

A Five Star Kitchen – She did it again!

We are delighted to announce that at the Environmental Health Inspection of our kitchen yesterday our wonderful cook, Barbara, was once again awarded the top rating of 5!

Our kitchens are inspected approximately every 18 months. We have no notice of the inspector arriving and they judge us purely on what they see on the day, so we are truly proud to have maintained the top rating at every inspection we have ever had.

You can find out more about the food hygiene rating of any business in Calderdale on the Scores on the Doors website.

The sharing of food is an important part of a child’s life and an excellent learning opportunity. At Greetland Private Day Nursery we view mealtimes as happy social events where children can learn valuable social skills alongside learning about healthy eating.

We offer healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, planned in advance and prepared by our Barbara, our cook, who takes into account the specific nutritional requirements of different ages of children.

We offer a variety of meals so that children from all backgrounds will encounter familiar meals and have the opportunity to experience new tastes.

We are experienced in meeting various dietary requirements, whether cultural or medical, and work closely with parents to ensure that we fully understand and are able to meet each individual child’s needs. The child’s Key Person is responsible for ensuring that the child’s dietary requirements are met on a daily basis.

Children eat together in their peer groups and are encouraged to make choices about their food, to serve themselves where appropriate, to eat independently using cutlery appropriate to their age and stage of development, and to wait for others to be served before they begin eating. Conversation and other social aspects of mealtimes such as learning table manners, saying please and thank you, and maintaining appropriate behaviour are encouraged.

Nursery children receive four meals over the course of the day: breakfast; a cooked, two-course lunch; afternoon snack; and a two-course tea. Practitioners are encouraged to join children at mealtimes and to act as a role model for healthy eating and table manners, to maximise possible learning opportunities that arise during the course of the meal.

Food is never used as a reward or punishment, and children are given plenty of time to eat. Although children will be encouraged to try new foods, practitioners respect the child’s right to refuse foods they do not like, and to eat quantities with which they are comfortable. This means that practitioners still offer pudding to a child even if they have not eaten all of their main meal.

Happy Easter! Try our recipe for Easter Chocolate Nests

Happy Easter! Try our recipe for Easter Chocolate Nests

Happy Easter everyone!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget that nursery is closed for the Bank Holidays tomorrow and Monday (14th & 17th April).

Why not take the time to make some Easter treats with your little ones this weekend? Here’s a simple recipe to try.

Easter Chocolate Nests

Ingredients

200g Milk chocolate

85g Shredded Wheat

200g Chocolate Mini Eggs

Bun Cases

Method

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water, or in a microwave.

Crush the shredded wheat and stir into the melted chocolate.

Spoon the mixture into bun cases. Make a small hollow in the top of each bun using the back of a spoon and fill with 3 chocolate mini eggs.

Leave in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.

 

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children in the early years is everybody’s responsibility. As a nursery we have several policies and procedures in place to help us safeguard your children while they are in our care. If as a parent you ever want to read any of these policies or if you simply have a question or concern about anything to do with keeping children safe, just talk to a member of staff who will be happy to find you the information you need.

In the meantime, below is an extract of the Safeguarding Handbook that we issue to all members of the team here at nursery:

Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, for the sake of this policy is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

(Definition taken from the HM Government document ‘Working together to safeguard children 2015’)

We support the children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. In our setting we strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and we promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures (please refer to our inclusion and equality policy for further information). Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures.

The nursery will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from abuse in whatever form.

To this end we will:

  • create an environment that encourages children to develop a positive self-image.
  • encourage children to develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • provide a safe and secure environment for all children.
  • always listen to children.

Greetland Private Day Nursery has a clear commitment to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.  Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the the nursery manager at the earliest opportunity.

The importance of learning through play

The importance of learning through play

A guest post by Laura Varley

 

Many people believe children do not learn properly until they go to school and have ‘proper lessons’ sat behind a desk doing work sheets with a teacher dictating the instructions and marking their work. This is something that really frustrates me and many other Early Years Practitioners.

When children are young, their brains are like sponges that absorb information like water. They are almost constantly processing vast amounts of information through their senses; sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. With the guidance of a patient and caring adult, children can be supported through their experiences to help make sense of the world around them.

Think about a young baby exploring Jam, a common sensory activity, often provided by experienced qualified practitioners. They know that exploring Jam engages all of the senses. The baby can see the colour red, they can smell the strawberry scent, they can taste the sweet flavour, they can touch the cold, sticky, wet texture and with the aid of an adult they can hear all the vocabulary that goes along with it.

To consolidate all of this information the brain needs repetition of the activity. When the baby first engages in the activity, links between the senses and the brain are formed, repeating the activity makes these links stronger until the information has been consolidated in the brain. This is why, more often the not, your child has had a change of clothes at nursery because they have enjoyed exploring a variety of sensory experiences time and time again. Early years practitioners are trained in early brain development and are repeating activities to consolidate the information in the children’s brains.

Professionals in early education find a variety of exciting and creative ways to provide the same learning outcome in multiple ways. For example, after the Jam activity, a different sensory product can be introduced such as treacle. The baby is familiar with the sticky sensation, but it’s a different colour to learn, a new smell and taste. The familiar part of the activity is making the links between the senses and the brain stronger than they were before. All of these experiences build up in the brain and eventually strong connections are made and the information is firmly ‘stored’.

The current Early Years curriculum known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the practitioners guide to child development and is broken down into seven learning areas, three prime areas and four specific areas and are then broken down into different aspects.

These are:

Prime areas
Personal social and emotional development
-making relationships
-self confidence and self awareness
-managing feelings and behaviour
Communication and language
-listening and attention
-understanding
-speaking
Physical development
-moving and handling
-health and self care

Specific areas
Literacy
-reading
-writing
Mathematics
-numbers
-shape space and measure
Understanding the world
-people and communities
-the world
-technology
Expressive arts and design
-exploring media and materials
-being imaginative

The idea behind the EYFS is that children must be confident in the prime areas before they can become competent learners in the specific areas. For example, how can they engage in pretend play with friends if they haven’t built relationships or have confidence? How can they count or say number names if they cannot speak? How can they paint you a beautiful picture if they cannot hold a paintbrush?

This curriculum underpins all of the experiences and activities we provide at nursery. Everything your child benefits their learning, even things like washing their hands. To a young child, they are not just washing their hands, they are learning about hygiene, they are engaging in a sensory experience and they are practicing much needed skills to become independent later in life.
The curriculum provides a very rough guide as to where children should be with regards to their age and stage of development. This must be taken with a very open mind as every child is unique and develops at their own rate therefore they must not be compared.

We plan exciting play based activities to capture your child’s attention. We base them on your child’s interests to get the best out of them and then map them across onto the EYFS to see what developmental stage they’re at. Every activity or experience that your child engages in up until they go to school, scaffolds together to make sense of the world around them and this is why early years learning is equally as important as “proper learning” as it prepares them for the next stage in their lives…..school.

 

Newsletter – May 2016

Newsletter – May 2016

Here is our newsletter for May 2016

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy

We have recently updated this policy, which details how we as a nursery work to support children with additional needs and their families. You can download a copy of the policy from our website via the following link http://wp.me/p4JEDt-ev

Genuine European Portraits

On Wednesday 8 June we will be welcoming Genuine European Portraits back to the nursery.
Genuine European Portraits will take a photo of your child which is then turned into an amazing hand drawn portrait by their artists based in Barcelona. We’ve seen some beautiful drawings of our children over the years and will have more information for you shortly. In the meantime you can check out their website here http://www.portraits.org/

Summer Fair

Our Summer Fair is fast approaching, and we hope you will be able to join us on Saturday 11 June from 2 p.m.
Our theme this year is ‘A Right Royal Party’ to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday, and we will have a cake stall, BBQ, snow cones, photo booth, face painting and more!
We are again fundraising for Elland Silver Band, and we hope to have some fabulous brass music for you on Saturday 11 June from their Training Band section. This fantastic local organisation teaches children from all backgrounds to play brass instruments. They rely on fundraising to make the band accessible to all children, and to buy the instruments which they provide.
Elland Silver Youth Band are currently National Champions, and on Sunday they Came second in the European Championships in Lille! All of this achieved through the hard work of the volunteers who teach there.
You can find out more about the band on their website http://www.ellandsilverband.co.uk/

Holiday Club

We are now taking bookings for the Spring Bank Holiday Club, Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June.
Please note that we will not be running Holiday Club sessions between Monday 8 and Friday 19 August. As some of you may be aware, we suffered a major leak in our roof over the winter and we need to take a couple of weeks to repair the damage caused now it has dried out. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
 

May Bank Holidays

Please note that the nursery will be closed on Monday 30 May for the Bank Holiday
 

Dates for Your Diary

Please note: term dates for OOSC are taken from the school website today, but they do sometimes change over the course of the year
Friday 27 May 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Monday 30 May 2016 – Nursery closed for Spring Bank Holiday
Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June 2016 – Holiday Club
Monday 6 June 2016 – First day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Wednesday 8 June 2016 – Genuine European Portraits
Saturday 11 June 2016 – Summer Fair
Friday 15 July 2015 – Last day of term (funded places)
Friday 22 July 2015 – Last day of term (OOSC)
Monday 25 July to Friday 5 August – Holiday Club
Monday 8 August to Friday 19 August – NO HOLIDAY CLUB
 
Monday 22 August to Monday 5 September – Holiday Club
Monday 5 September – First day of term (funded places)
Tuesday 6 September – First day of term (OOSC)
Tuesday 18 October 2016 – Hopscotch Photography in nursery
Friday 21 October 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October 2016 – Holiday Club
Friday 28 October – Nursery closed for staff training
Monday 31 October – First day of term (funded places)
Tuesday 1 November – First day of term (OOSC)
Friday 16 December 2016 – Last day of term (funded places & OOSC)
Friday 23 December 2016 – Nursery closes for Christmas

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy

We have recently updated our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy. You can download a copy of the full policy by clicking on the link below.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy

As a nursery we are committed to the inclusion of children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). Our philosophy is that children with SEND have the right to be educated and to develop to their full potential alongside other children. We aim to provide an environment in which all children are allowed to share the same opportunities and are encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards work and play.

We are committed to working alongside parents in the nursery to ensure their child’s individual needs are met, this will enable us to help the child to develop to their full potential. We are committed to working with any child who has a specific need and/or disability and making reasonable adjustments to enable every child to make full use of the nursery facilities. We believe that all children have a right to a broad and well-balanced early learning environment.

If you would like any further information, please get in touch. You can find out how to contact us on our Contact page.

A message for all our school leavers

A message for all our school leavers


It’s an emotional day here at nursery as we wish a very fond farewell to all our children who are going off to primary and secondary school in September.

 

 

 

To all of our little ones heading off to primary school

It has been such fun having you in nursery and we know you will have a great time at your new schools! We will see some of you in the out of school club in September, but do make sure that you come back and visit Pat, Sami, and Ashleigh – they want to see you looking all grown up in your school uniforms and hear all about your new friends and what you’ve been learning at school. Work hard, have fun, and remember to be kind (and eat your vegetables)!

To all of our big ones moving on to secondary school

What can we say? Many of you have been coming to GPDN since you were just a few months old, and it has been an absolute joy and a privilege for us to see you all grow into the charming and talented young people that you have become. We know that you will go on to have a wonderful time at your secondary schools and we would love it if you would let us know how you are getting on from time to time.  Never stop being the amazing, unique individuals that you all are – we will miss you!

Newsletter – July 2015

Newsletter – July 2015

Welcome to our newsletter for July 2015

Preschool Sports Day

Our annual sports day is taking place on Wednesday 8th June from 2 to 3 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.
All the Preschool children will be taking part and parents are welcome to come and watch. Please make your way to the Preschool Playground via the Out of School Club gate. We ask that you do not take photographs or videos of the event, but we will take lots and add them to your child’s Tapestry learning journal.
If you are taking your child home with you at the end of Sports Day, please make sure you inform the member of staff on the gate so that we can sign them out.

Early Years Research with Liverpool Hope University

We have been asked to take part in some research with Liverpool Hope University into a couple of aspects of child development. It is really important that we have a greater understanding of children’s development in order to help us give them all the best possible start in life, and we hope you will give your permission for your children to take part in these studies.
The first study looks at whether or not very young children can understand that what they have seen may be different to what someone else has seen.
The second study looks at children’s ability to share.
Both studies involve the children playing a short game with the researcher. There is more detail on the consent form that you will receive from your child’s Key Person, but if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Helen or Andra to discuss it further.

School Leavers

If your child is leaving for school this year please can you let us know when their last day will be so we can prepare the CD of their learning journey etc.
If you need a place in the Out of School club and haven’t booked it already, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you still require childcare at the start of September because of the late school start this year, please be aware that the nursery does not receive any funding for children who are taking up a reception class place this term, therefore any nursery days will be charged at full fees.
 

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 17th July – last day of term for funded places and OOSC.
Monday 20th July to Monday 7th September – Holiday Club. Booking forms available now.
Monday 31st August – Closed for the late summer bank Holiday
Monday 7th September – First day of term for funded sessions
Tuesday 8th September – First day of term for OOSC
Summer is coming!

Summer is coming!

The summer holidays are almost upon us, and they’re extra long this year, with seven weeks to fill with fun and (hopefully) sunshine!

We’ve been working hard on planning lots of great activities for our holiday club. Why not join us to make your own Mexican feast, take part in an urban scavenger hunt or make and fly your own kite!

There will be lots of picnics and trips to the park, along with den building and rock climbing. Not to mention old favourites like bowling, roller blading and trips to the cinema.

Download your booking form now and get planning for summer!