Spring Newsletter 2019

ISSUE 42: Spring Term 2019

Banana Moon Parent App:
We are very excited to inform you that we went live with the new Banana Moon Parent App on Monday 1st April. The Banana Moon Parent App supports the nursery and parents work together to enhance children’s learning and development. It means that at a click of a button, you can be kept fully updated on how your little ones are getting on and what they’ve been up to each day! Any feedback you may have on the App would be really appreciated!

Employee of the Moment:
We are very pleased to announce that Kate Allen won our Employee of the Moment for the Spring. This award is voted by our staff team. Kate will be enjoying a day at the spa as her award!

Staff News:
Emma Davies has started as an Early Years Practitioner in our Under 2s Rooms. Emma has settled really well into her role and is enjoying being with the children.

Congratulations to Carly Baker who has recently completed her Level 3 qualification. Well done Carly – we are really proud of you!
Kate Allen has successfully passed her ICT qualification as part of her Level 3. Well done Kate!

Congratulations to Charlotte and Josh who got married on Friday 5th April. Archie was a very proud page boy all dressed in his very smart kilt!

You will all be aware that Sophie Richards is taking a 4 and a half month sabbatical to work in America at a Summer Camp teaching children horse riding. This is a wonderful experience for Sophie. Sophie’s last day is Friday 26th April. We will miss you Sophie but look forward to seeing you back on the 23rd September!

Welcome to our new children:
A huge warm welcome to all our new children who have recently joined us at Banana Moon Hatton and to those families who will be joining us soon!

Dates for your Diary for 2019:
15th-26th April:  Easter Holidays for our term time children
19th April:  Good Friday – the nursery is closed all day
22nd April:  Easter Monday – the nursery is closed all day
6th May:  May Bank Holiday – the nursery is closed all day
21st and 22nd May:  Nursery Photographer
21st/22nd/23rd May:  Parents Evenings
27th May:  Bank Holiday – the nursery is closed all day
27th May to 31st May:  Half term for our term time children
16th June:  Father’s Day
6th July:  Pre-School Graduation Ceremony and Celebration
22nd July to 9th September:  Summer Holidays for our term time children
4th September:  Pre-School Parent’s Welcome Evening
7th September:  Nursery Summer Fair
26th September:  Macmillan Coffee Morning
20th and 21st November:  Nursery Photographer
19th/20th/21st November:  Parents Evenings
28th November to 1st November:  Half term break for our term time children
31st October:  Halloween Dress Up Day
14th December:  Christmas Performance
24th December:  Christmas Eve: Nursery closes at 1.30 pm

Pre-School Graduation:
Please note that the date for our Pre-School Graduation on Saturday 6th July from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Further details will be sent out to parents in due course. We are looking forward to celebrating with the children and their families!

Forest Schools:
Another term of Forest Schools has taken place – in all weathers! The children have enjoyed den building, making fires, cooking over the fire, catching rain drops, exploring the various bugs and learning about plants and things that grow in our paddock. Base Camp is a great resource in our paddock which the children enjoy everyday.

Rugby Tots:
Rugby Tots has returned to Banana Moon Hatton on Tuesdays, and the children – and staff! – have been enjoying fun physical activity sessions with Matt from Rugby Tots. The children are really enjoyed lots of running, developing their throwing, catching and kicking skills! We have some budding future rugby players at Banana Moon Hatton!

Easter activities:
Easter has really come to Banana Moon Hatton with so many creative activities taking place – and our annual Easter egg hunt! Happy Easter to everyone!

Getting ready for the warmer weather:
In preparation for the weather getting warmer (we hope!), Banana Moon Hatton will now provide the suncream for your child whilst at nursery. It will be Factor 50. However should you prefer a particular brand of suncream, we would ask please that you provide your own (no spray bottles) in a labelled bottle. Thank you.

Two Year Checks:
We provide parents with a full report to support your child’s Two Year Checks with your child’s health visitor. Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s key worker or the Senior Room Leader to request a copy.

Staff Training:
We have continued with our extensive staff training programme for all staff. Our programme includes formal qualifications for staff, additional child development workshops, safeguarding and child protection training and training at our Head Office. Warwickshire County Council also provide a wide range of workshops which a number of staff regularly attend. We also undertake in-house training through staff meetings and other opportunities. Our training programme ensures that all staff are fully equipped to do their job and also provides the opportunity for our staff to be regularly updated and continually improve their personal and professional development.

A number of the staff attended Dandy Development training in March to support the children in the development of their speech and language using singing and signing. Nikki, who is the owner of Dandy Development, led the training which the staff really enjoyed.

World Book Day:
The children, and staff(!), really enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day 2019 in early March. We had such a wide range of the children’s stories represented through fantastic dress up outfits! Thank you to you all for taking part and supporting this great day. There are some photos from the day in the nursery foyer for you to enjoy!

Nursery Renovations:
The installation of the new upgraded CCTV system is currently taking place across the whole nursery. The biometric fingerprint system will also be updated. We will contact all parents to inform you when you need to have your fingerprint re-scanned in order to enter the nursery buildings. Decorating will also be taking place during the month of April/May.

Our new sandpit is currently being made and we are investing in more fun equipment for our outdoors during the Spring and Summer.

Banana Moon Hatton Summer School:
Our first Summer School will be taking place this summer from Monday the 29th July to Friday 30th August. The Summer School is only open to our children who have been at Banana Moon Hatton and are now at school. We will be setting it up in the paddock and we are planning a wide variety of activities following a number of themes during the 5 weeks. Further details, including costs, themes and activities, will be sent out by the end of April but please do register your interest with us now in the office.
We are excited about our Summer School and we look forward to a fun packed summer at Banana Moon Hatton!

Our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party:
We had such a lovely afternoon on Friday 29th March celebrating Mother’s Day with over 100 of our Mums and grandparents! The Mums and Grandparents enjoyed activities with their children in their rooms and everyone enjoyed an afternoon tea garden party in our paddock. Thank you to our chef, Chris, for preparing crudites, delicious freshly made sandwiches, wraps, cookies and lots of cakes! And the weather was just fantastic too! Thank you to all our families for their support for our first Mother’s Day event – everyone really enjoyed themselves!

Zoe’s Place:
You will be aware that Banana Moon Hatton’s chosen charity is Zoe’s Place, the children’s hospice in Coventry. We made a donation to them for £700 from our fundraising activities last year. One of our parents who is also a very keen supporter of the charity has brought in two collecting tins. These are in the main foyer of the nursery and also one in the Pre-School Barn. It would be really appreciated if you are able to make a donation to this very worthy cause. The money we raise really does make a difference to the children at the hospice and helps to ensure that there is enough staff to care for the children and support their families. Thank you for your support.

Parent’s Information Evening:
We hosted the first Parent’s Information Evening which took place on the 14th March at Shrewley Village Hall. The evening was open to all parents in the nursery and included updates on key developments at the nursery, including the Banana Moon Hatton Parents App, our Summer School plans, our new Behaviour Strategy and plans for all our age groups plus other developments. A question and answer session for parents also took place. The presentation from the evening was circulated to all families, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from Banana Moon Hatton. Please remember that the nursery will be closed on Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April. We will re-open on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.30 am. Enjoy all the Easter goodies!