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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.

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

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

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

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.

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
May Half Term Holiday

May Half Term Holiday

What are your plans for the half term holiday at Spring Bank? Here’s what our Holiday Club will be getting up to:

On Tuesday 25 May we’re planning a trip to the Vue Cinema in Halifax.

On Wednesday 26 May we’ll be visiting Jumping Clay in Elland to paint a sleeping puppy.

On Thursday 27 May why not join us for a picnic lunch in Greenhead Park followed by a dip in the paddling pool if the weather is nice enough.

On Friday 28 May we’ll be having fun at The Zone Playgym.

The Holiday Club is open to all children from Reception Class to Year 6. Download your booking form here.

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.

Weather News

Weather News

10.45 a.m. Just to update you all, snow is falling quite heavily at nursery now. We are maintaining a footpath, but would advise you not to bring your cars into the car park at the moment. As soon as the snow stops, we will try and improve the access. We have no plans to close at the moment!

On the bright side the children are having lots of fun playing outside 🙂

6.45 a.m. There is a slight sprinkling of snow here at nursery this morning. Paths and entrances have been gritted, but please use caution on your way in. Nursery is open as normal.

Free flu vaccinations extended to four year olds

Free flu vaccinations extended to four year olds

Public Health England (PHE) has announced that all four year olds will be eligible for the flu vaccine this winter, and are urging those who are offered the vaccine to visit their GP early in the season to help slow the press of the disease.

As the flu virus mutates constantly a new version of the vaccine is released each winter, so regular jabs are important to stay protected.

Although flu strains in recent years have been relatively mild, the disease remains a serious illness and a threat to vulnerable people, including the very young and the very old.

Children aged two, three and four receive the vaccine as a nasal spray.

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