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Weather Update

Weather Update

Thursday 29th January

In the last half an hour snow has begun to fall heavily at nursery.  There is a covering of snow on the approaches to nursery, but we are here and open as normal. Please take care on your way in. As soon as the snow eases off a bit we will get out and clear the access.

February Half Term

February Half Term

Its hard to believe that it’s already time to plan for another school holiday!

In February half term the Holiday Club will be running from Tuesday 16th to Friday 20th.

We’ve planned a trip to the cinema, roller blading and lots of fun baking, visiting the library and hanging out with friends. Why not join us? Download a booking form.

Tapestry Notifications

Tapestry Notifications

Some parents have mentioned to us that they are no longer receiving email notifications when a new observation is added to their child’s learning journal.

Following a recent update parents can decide for themselves how frequently they want to receive email notifications for the observations and comments published on their child’s Tapestry. The default setting is Daily Email, and the instructions below tell you how to change this if you wish.

Please note that this setting change will have to be made by the parents, on the browser version. 

To do it, log in, click on your name and choose ‘Edit Preferences’.

Edit Preferences

This will take you to your preferences screen. At the bottom, in the notifications section, you will see a new option asking you how you would like to receive them.

Notification settings

When you click on the drop down box you will be presented with four options – Internal, Immediate Email, Daily Email, or Weekly Email.

Email Settings
If you choose Internal, you won’t get any email notifications. You will only be notified by a mark next to the notification bell when you log into Tapestry.

You should chose Immediate Email (not shown on the image above) if you want to receive and email every time we add an observation about your child.

Daily Email means you will get one email per day – this won’t necessarily be at the same time every day as they are staggered across Settings, but it will notify you of every new observation/new reply since the last email you received from us. Please note that at the moment these emails are being sent out in the early hours of the morning.

Weekly Email means you will get one email every 7 days, as with the daily email though, this won’t always be at the exact same time each week.

Christmas is coming – and so is our Christmas holiday club!

Christmas is coming – and so is our Christmas holiday club!

Christmas 2014

Here’s our booking form for the Christmas Holidays 🙂

On Monday 22nd December we will be visiting Adventure World in Elland.

Tuesday 23rd December is Christmas Crafts day at the club.

On Friday 2nd January we will be relaxing at the Vue cinema in Halifax.

Monday 6th January we’ll be having fun on the Wii and baking lots of yummy goodies before we go back to school on Tuesday 6th January.

Hope you can join us!

 

 

Potty Training

Potty Training

One of the major milestones in your young child’s life is mastering the toilet. Although almost all children will achieve this milestone, just like crawling, walking, and talking, potty training seems to cause the most concern for many parents. Whereas we take delight in our children’s first words, and developing vocabulary, we can often be bit phased by the move out of nappies and onto the toilet.

Here’s a brief introduction to how we approach it at nursery. In the next post we’ll look in more detail at how we can work with you as parents to make the process as smooth as possible.

Readiness

The first question: is the child ready? There are lots of little clues that might indicate to us that a child is ready to start potty training (or not!).

Firstly, do they show an awareness of when they need their nappy changing? They might come to one of us and ask to have their nappy changed, or they might pause in their activity or go off somewhere quiet, while having a bladder or bowel movement. Do they show an interest in the potty or the toilet? At nursery there are lots of other children, all at varying stages of potty training. If a child asks what other children are doing when they use the toilet or the potty, or copies them, this can be a sign that they will soon be ready to start potty training themselves.

Just like other developmental milestones, there is not set age by which a child should be toilet trained. Every child is different and will get there on their own schedule.

Preparation

At nursery we are already set up for potty training, by which I mean we have lots of potties, books, and spare clothes. There is more to preparation than having the necessary supplies to hand though. When a child is showing signs of being ready to potty train we will read stories about potty training and let them sit on the potty at nappy change time. The most important part of the preparation, though, comes from the parents. Consistency is absolutely key to successful toilet training, and there is no point us doing one thing at nursery and parents doing something else at home.

To help parents prepare for potty training, we use a fantastic leaflet from ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence – www.eric.org.uk) which provides parents with all the information they need to support their child in achieving this important milestone. You can download a copy of the leaflet here – potty training.

Practice

Just like everything else, mastering bowel and bladder movements takes practice. At nursery we are advocates of moving out of nappies and into pants, once the preparation has all been done. Lots of parents like to use pull-ups, to cut down on the number of accidents and make cleaning up a little easier when accidents do happen. However, we often find that pull-ups are giving the child a mixed message. Modern materials make nappies and pull-ups so absorbent that if a child does have a toileting accident, there is no discomfort, and therefore little incentive to avoid future accidents.

Problems

Hopefully, if your child is ready, and all the groundwork is put in place, potty training will go fairly smoothly, and before long you wont even be thinking about it. However, often the path to being dry day and night can be a bumpy one, with many twists and turns along the way. So, how do we negotiate it? We’ll go into that in a future post.

 

 

Netmums Childcare Awards

Netmums Childcare Awards

Netmums are asking for your reviews of local childcare to help other parents choose a nursery, childminder or preschool.
Why not follow the link and let other local parents know about us? You will be helping other local parents who are trying to choose childcare, and as an added bonus, net mums will enter you into a prize draw to win one of 4 £25 toy store vouchers.

Choosing a nursery can be a difficult process, especially if you don’t have friends or family to ask. Your review could help a family who are looking for childcare in Elland, Halifax or Huddersfield to decide if we are the right nursery or out of school club for them.

We would also love to hear your feedback about our services, so that we can continue to improve and adapt to your childcare requirements.

http://www.netmums.com/calderdale/netmums-favourite-childcare-awards

BBC News – Primary school places allocated as pupil numbers rise

BBC News – Primary school places allocated as pupil numbers rise

Are you waiting to find out which primary school your son or daughter will be going to this September?

Don’t forget to let Preschool know when you do. We work closely with all local schools to help ensure a smooth transition to ‘Big School’ when the time comes.

The summer term will be filled with activities aimed at easing this transition, including PE sessions, and visits from Reception class teachers.

If your child is going to the Greetland Academy and you will require a place in the Out of School Club, please let us know as soon as possible as we only have a limited number of spaces available.

BBC News – Primary school places allocated as pupil numbers rise.

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