Nursery update 12.10.20 Croeso i’r Dosbarth Meithrin!
Welcome to the Nursery Class!
I would like to extend a warm welcome, in advance, to all nursery children, both those starting for the first time and those returning after the long break.
Nursery will be admitting children from 14th September this year but not all children will start on that day as we always have a ‘staggered ‘ start in order to give each newcomer our full attention. You will have already been contacted about your child’s starting day. In the morning please bring your child to the main school gate by 8.50 a.m. where he/she will be collected by members of nursery team. At the end of the morning, children can be collected, again at the main gate, at 11.40 a.m. Please be on time at the beginning of the day and for collection as staff now have extra cleaning/sanitising duties to carry out.
To begin the school year,we will be learning letter sounds using Ben and Betty and our jolly phonics songs. We will also been learning our numbers to 1- 10 using the ‘Numberblock’ characters.
Other Nursery Information
If possible, we would like all children to wear school uniform. If this is not possible, for the first few weeks, please ensure that your child’s ‘everyday’ clothes are clean and school-appropriate. This, of course, is more important now than ever, to contain the spread of this nasty virus we are having to contend with.
Each week we will be going into ‘Coed Cadno’ (our little woods) to do some Forest School activities related to our sound of the week/ book focus. Please provide your child with a pair of wellies to be kept in school. These should be clearly named and brought to school in a plastic carrier bag (also clearly named).
Every Friday you will have a Newsletter. This year these might be sent digitally, via the class web page. These will contain information about the activities in Nursery and any other important dates and information. Our Friday Newsletters will start once all the children have been admitted and have settled into our daily routines.
Please could you purchase a book bag for your child. Last year work was sent home in folders but, in view of heightened restrictions and hygiene practices, we feel that a book bag would be more appropriate. They can be bought from the school office for £5.00. Library books will be sent home every Monday to be returned on Friday which will give us time to sanitise them for re-issue.
Snack and drink
We are not able to provide children with school milk or fruit snack at the moment so please could you send your child to school with a drink bottle and fruit snack in a container for our mid-morning drink. Both of these should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. The drink doesn’t have to be milk – it can be whatever your child likes, as long as it is not ‘fizzy’.
Please could you make sure that no personal items are brought into school, e.g. toys or books. This, again, will help to minimise any risk of home/school cross contamination. It is sad that we have to insist on this but your child’s safety is always our main concern.
We would like each child to bring a coat to school with them every day. Ideally Nursery children will spend a fair proportion of the morning in outdoor learning situations and, even if the weather is dry and warm at the start of the day, it can, as you know, change rapidly so children might need this extra protection. Wherever possible, coats should be shower-proof.
Temporary staffing change
Unfortunately, at the start of this term, I will not be able to be in class with your children. This is because of recently issued government guidelines. As a member of staff who was ‘shielding’ in the recent lockdown, it is now considered unsafe for me to be in close proximity to children, particularly younger children who do not understand the concept of the two metre social distancing rule. For the time being, Mrs Sian Dolbear will be in charge of Nursery, on an ‘in-class’ basis but I will still be working, in the background, to plan and prepare for their daily activities. Obviously, I am disappointed with this arrangement but safety guidelines have to be followed and, hopefully, my absence from the class will be short-lived.
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. We all want your child’s first experience at school/return to school to be a happy and exciting one and will try to do our utmost to make this happen.
Mrs Kneath (and the Nursery team)