Thank you and goodbye
I think all parents are now aware, (my apologies if anyone missed the last email) this will be the last newsletter as my last day will be the 4th April.
I wanted to thank you all one last time for making my time at Monkey Puzzle so lovely. It has been a privilege to work with your children and to get to know all of you. As I said in my previous email, I hope I have left the nursery in a better place than when I arrived. I will keep in touch and really hope I can come to the graduation ceremony to see the children before they move on to their next chapter in their learning journey.
As Jay (one of the directors) explained, moving forwards Gina and Naomi will be taking over as interim manager and deputy manager. They will keep you informed of any further decisions.
Again, we have a few staff on training in the coming months. We always try to find training that will help staff to improve their skills and also benefit the children. For example, Annie recently went on a storytelling which was a great course to gain new ideas of how to encourage and help children develop a love of literacy. Other course staff are attending: childcare matters, teaching 2 year olds, empowering play, physical development. Training material is shared with all staff so we can implement this across the nursery.
Again, I would like to urge all parents to keep their children home if they have any symptoms of being ill. This includes temperatures, coughs, rashes, upset tummy, etc. We have had a significant number of children off. We have also had a few staff absent as well. To combat this the following exclusion periods need to apply:
Vomiting and diarrhoea: 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped
Fever (temperature of 38 and above): 24 hours after the temperature has subsided
Medication: children need to have been on new medication for at least 24hrs (in case of allergies)
Please remember to use the antibacterial gel or mousse to further protect against bugs.
Although we are aware that children do get ill and that it is good for children to be exposed and build up a resistance to these illnesses, we do have some vulnerable children at the setting who suffer from febrile convulsions, as well as some children who are getting sick, over and over again. It is to prevent these things from happening. We also want to ensure your child is getting sufficient time to recover from their illness.
As the weather is getting a bit warmer, it can be hard to plan as the mornings and evenings are chilly. If you could please provide a mixture of clothes in their bags so they will have right clothing for the weather. We have also noticed that some children are not bringing the correct size clothes in their bags. Please, we only have extremely limited stock of spare clothes so the clothes you bring in need to be appropriate and suitable. Please name all clothes.