March 2015 Newsletter Digest

Welcome to March 2015 Edition of our St Paul’s Nursery School Newsletter.

Bank Holidays 2015

Nursery will be closed for bank holidays on:
Friday 3rd April 2015
Monday 6th April 2015
Monday 4th May 2015
Monday 25th May 2015
Monday 31st August 2015

Christmas Closure

Nursery will close on Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4pm and re-open Monday 4th January 2016 at 7am
Please Note: Full fees are payable during these closures.

Easter Bonnet Parade

We will be holding our annual Easter bonnet parade on Thursday 26th March at 2.15pm. This is an opportunity for parents to make an Easter Bonnet with their child at home, and bring it to Nursery for the parade – prizes to be won.

You are welcome to come along to the parade to show your support.

Home Sheets

Home sheets are a great opportunity to add photos and writing of your children’s achievements, special events, or activities they have enjoyed at home. These will be used in your child’s learning journey, and to extend your
child’s learning at Nursery.

If you require more sheets these are located on the Notice board in each room, or ask a member of staff.

Self Help Skills

On arrival and departure at Nursery please take the time to encourage your child to take off/put on their own coat and hang them on their peg in their designated room. Staff will no longer take the child’s bag and coat off the parent.

If you are unsure where your child’s peg is please ask a member of staff, and they will be happy to show you. We would also appreciate if baby parents take the child’s belongings to the room and hang them on their child’s peg to ensure belongings do not go missing in other rooms.

5 A DAY: Turning “no way” into “hip hooray”

Struggling to persuade your children to eat their 5 A DAY of fruit and vegetables? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It can be difficult to get children to eat things they’ve made their minds up they don’t like, but it is possible. Here are some top tips:

Be patient – it can take a while to persuade children that they do actually like fruit and veg. Evidence shows that we need to be exposed to new tastes up to 20 times, so don’t give up if they don’t immediately like something. Just try again another day with the same food, perhaps in a different form. For example, if your child doesn’t like cooked carrots, try raw carrot sticks.

Take things slowly – They don’t have to have their 5 A DAY straight away. Build up slowly one portion at a time and use rewards such as a sticker if they try something new. Don’t forget that a child’s portion will be smaller than yours – a portion is a handful for whoever is eating it.

The art of disguise – ideally we would like our children to want to eat fruit and vegetables, but sometimes it is sensible to boost their intake by ‘disguising’ them in the dishes they enjoy. For example, mix some mashed carrot and sweet potato into mashed potato, add some sweetcorn and diced peppers to their pizza or add some grated carrot or courgette to their tomato pasta sauce.

Cook up a storm – Children can be more prepared to try new foods if they have cooked them themselves. So why not don your aprons and get peeling, chopping and grating. Visit www.nhs.uk/change4life and www.startwellbirmingham.co.uk/parents/recipe-ideas for some quick, simple and child-friendly recipes.

Don’t miss out on your FREE vitamins! – read more here

Welcome

We are pleased to welcome Louise Jones and Kainaat Zaigham to the staff team.

Louise will be working towards her level 2 in childcare, and is based in the Toddler Room, and Kainaat is a qualified member of staff based in the Baby Room.

Annie Wright
Nursery Manager

Don’t miss out on your FREE vitamins!

Free Healthy Start vitamins for ALL:

  • Children under 4 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Mothers of a child under 1 year old

If they are registered with a Birmingham GP

Why should I take Healthy Start vitamins?

These contain vitamin D, which offers protection against rickets and is important for the development of strong, healthy bones. Everyone needs this vitamin but especially growing children and women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 1.

What happens if we don’t get enough vitamin D?

Growing children can develop rickets which can slow their walking and development. If pregnant women don’t have enough in their bodies their babies are born with low levels of this important vitamin and this can cause them in some cases to have fits.

Can’t I get enough vitamin D through my diet?

Very few foods contain vitamin D. Most vitamin D is formed in the body by sunlight acting on exposed skin. We don’t get much sunshine in the UK and tend to cover up because of the cold. The best way to be sure we are getting enough Vitamin D is to take Healthy Start vitamins.

Avoid rickets by:

  • Taking your Healthy Start vitamins for Women in pregnancy and until your child is 1 year old
  • Giving Healthy Start Children’s vitamin drops to your children until they reach age 4
  • Getting some sunlight on your and your children’s skin whilst taking care not to get sunburnt
  • Eating foods with vitamin D in them such as oily fish, eggs (well-cooked), margarine and fortified breakfast cereals

So don’t miss out, speak to your midwife, health visitor or children’s centre. Free Healthy Start vitamins for women and chil

Spring Term Newsletter Digest

Welcome back to all parents and children after the Christmas holiday. We hope you all enjoyed the celebrations, and had a relaxing break.

Bank Holidays 2015

Nursery will be closed for bank holidays on:
Friday 3rd April 2015
Monday 6th April 2015
Monday 4th May 2015
Monday 25th May 2015
Monday 31st August 2015

Christmas Closure

Nursery will close on Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4pm and re-open Monday 4th January 2016 at 7am
Please Note: Full fees are payable during these closures.

Contact Details

Please notify the Nursery of any changes to your contact details. This is extremely important if we need to contact you in an emergency.
You can request a contact form from the office if several of your details have changed, or you can write them down and a senior member of staff will amend your child’s starter pack.

Self Help Skills

From a very early age children develop self help skills, such as feeding themselves or hanging their coat on their peg when they arrive at Nursery. We would be grateful if these skills are encouraged and developed at both home and Nursery, working in partnership to make your child more independent.

Getting your 5 A DAY the thrifty way

Think eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day is expensive? … think again. There are lots of ways you can reduce you and your family’s risk of heart disease and some cancers by eating your 5 A DAY, even if you are on a tight budget. Here are a few ideas:

Get your 5 A DAY in the can – canned fruit and veg have a really long shelf life and are often on special offer …a great store cupboard staple but remember to buy your canned fruit in natural juice not syrup and canned veg in water without added salt/sugar.

Don’t forget frozen counts too – frozen veg (and fruit) is so handy. Use what you need and put it back in the freezer. Add frozen sweetcorn and peas to soups and stews. Sprinkle frozen berries into porridge whilst it’s cooking to make a vitamin packed breakfast.

Get season savvy – buy fruit and veg when it’s in season in the UK. Fruit and veg that has to be grown in another country and transported to our shores is bound to be more costly for our pockets … and the planet.

Off to a Healthy Start – you may be eligible for Healthy Start vouchers that you can use to buy fruit and vegetables (and milk and formula milk). To find out if you are visit www.healthystart.gov.uk

So eating your 5 A DAY can help you tighten your belt in more ways than one.
Visit www.nhs.uk/change4life and www.startwellbirmingham.co.uk for more ideas on getting your 5 A DAY.

Sickness Procedure

If your child is unwell it is the parent’s responsibility to inform the Nursery of their absence. If your child has visited a medical practitioner please inform the Nursery of the outcome of the visit and any medication they have been given.

Please be reminded if your child is prescribed antibiotics they must remain off Nursery for the first 24 hours, and not return until they are well enough to do so. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must remain off Nursery for a minimum of 24 hours after the last runny stool, or bout of sickness.

Annie Wright
Nursery Manager