Hello to all of our new Sandy Bears families!
Once a month you will be receiving a newsletter that gives updates on every element of life at Sandy Bears, upcoming dates and general information! Regularly the newsletter will feature a staff blog too!
If you have any suggestions about what content the newsletter should have then please let us know and we will be happy to add these!
As lots of you may know Laura is expecting a baby any day! She is now working more from home as she attempts to nest! She is still contactable via email and Facebook for any queries you may have! Astone or Harriet will be onsite to manage any immediate queries and the day to day running of the setting! We will keep you updated when Baby Yates arrives!
Eboni (who some of our Tattenhall families may know) is going to be helping out as some of our mornings here get busier so you may see her here too!
We have welcomed Bianca to our team full time, she will be working across all of our rooms and is going to be a Key Worker to a group of children too!
Our Koalas have been settling in brilliantly to their little haven! We have been exploring everything sensory in our room, developing our confidence and fine motor skills. We made sensory bottles and balloons and explored different textures on the wall. Our Koala room is getting much busier over the coming weeks so please be careful when entering this room J
Panda Bears have been busy together building up their peer bonds and they are all very happy in the room! They have been making lots of things from playdough to pancakes to gloop developing communication and expressive arts! They also love their cosy den and spend relaxing time here recharging for the rest of the day. We have had lots of muddy trails as they return to their room from the mud kitchen which is a big hit!
Our Polar Bears have been working hard in the room, cooking in the kitchen, building in construction, reading in the book area and using Numicon! The swing has provided lots of opportunities for following instruction, physical development sharing and communication. Outside we have had every weather possible but we have loved being outside and exploring Castle Farm and all the nature and animals around. Polar Bears are going to be working towards their Eco award with Eco Elephant which you can read more about here…..
Dani (one of our cooks!) is going to help Sandy Bears to work hard over the next term (along with Eco Elephant!) to gain their Bronze Eco School award! To help us we have enlisted the help of some little Eco Warriors to monitor how we are getting on. The children on our Eco Council are Hattie, Isobelle and Willow! All children will be involved in activities and will get to take Eco Elephant home. If you have any questions please speak to Harriet, Amy or Sophie J
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Policy of the Term
This month we have a snippet from our Key Person policy. All of our policies are available online and onsite if you would like to read any of them in full!
4.1 The role of the key person and settling-in
At Sandy Bears Nursery Cholmondeley we believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, our staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.
We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with our staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with our setting. We aim to make our setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.
As lots of you will know we are looking forward to developing a large section of the adjacent field into our ‘Forest Garden’. As the weather has been so poor the development of this has been slightly delayed but we are finalising plans with the estate this month and hope to start as soon as the weather improves!
Our outdoor area which is attached to the building will also be undergoing some improvements. We are waiting for our artificial grass to be fitted, adding a bug house and some other nature areas as spring is coming! We are looking for donations of the following to enhance outside for all of the children…
- Tree Stumps
- Wood cuttings
- Old Plant Pots
- Small trowels/spades
We have been overwhelmed by the response to our setting and lots of new parents have come to us on the recommendation of other families. To thank our current parents for this we are starting a referral incentive. Any parents who recommend us to a new family who then sign up will receive a free session! There is no limit to how many sessions you can receive, the family signing up simply need to name you on their registration forms! J
This months’ staff blog comes from our Manager Harriet….
Hi! My name is Harriet and I am the Nursery Manager of Sandy Bears Cholmondeley.
I first began my journey through childcare teaching children from the ages of 3-5 years performing arts, singing, dancing, and acting in Birmingham, where I am originally from. Alongside this I was also studying music within one of Birmingham’s most credited musical colleges.
Once I had qualified within my music diploma I then moved to North Wales where I became the lead vocalist on a family holiday resort and a child’s entertainer. I spent 3 years at this particular resort spending my day times and evenings making magical memories for the children and their families. This consisted of running several clubs such as baby and toddler Zumba, forestry and beach exploration schools and many more. After 3 years I joined a Montessori nursery in their after school club. During this job role, I studied for my Level 3 in Childcare. I flourished my passion for children’s learning and played a significant part within their development taking on board and supporting all aspects of the Montessori approach.
After my time at this Montessori nursery, I then moved to another nursery and took the role of room leader in the 0-2’s room. Within this room I strived to make the children’s nursery experience an outrageously fun and exciting day to day environment where they explored independently and also within adult led activities creating a home from home and a close bond with their key workers.Last summer I agreed a new job role as the very proud manager of Sandy Bears Cholmondeley and Panda Bears Room Leader.
With my experience and passion for childcare behind me, my vision for Sandy Bears is to create an exciting environment where families and children are free to explore and experience the wonders of wild life, nature, sensory experimenting, exploration of loose parts and expanding their imagination. In the future of Sandy Bears I am looking to incorporate different workshops within after school and holiday club allowing children to follow their passion in numerous artistic areas. Alongside this, my plan is to explore the local surroundings and get the Nursery involved in community festivals and celebrations to expand all avenues of being a part of the local community. I plan to create exploration opportunities by incorporating new and exciting activities that stimulate your child’s learning and imagination.
I am proud of our environment that ensures your child will be loved, cared for and have the most fun whilst developing their learning in a happy and safe environment. I look forward to building relationships with all of our lovely families and creating memories which you and your children can cherish throughout your time here at Sandy Bears.