Daycare March Newsletter 2016

March 22, 2016

Our next topic is Spring; this link came from one of the children talking about their lambs. We will be going out and about to look at some spring animals and plants and will be getting creative by making our own spring floral paintings.

Outdoor Area
We have recently introduced an outdoor play kitchen. The children are enjoying washing the dishes and taking part in imaginary play. We hope to add a mini outdoor cooker to extend play. We have also added a natural area which provides sensory experiences as the children can explore the smell and touch of cones, moss and fir tree branches.
We have continued to add to our maths area too. Our bee rocks now have different facial expressions which will promote language development and discussions relating to emotions. They also have a new home, a wall mounted ‘beehive’ to encourage the children to be responsible and tidy up putting the bees in to their hive before coming in.

The word ‘schema’ is generally used to describe patterns of repeated behaviour which children use to explore and express their developing ideas and thoughts through play and exploration. Babies and young children can often be observed repeating actions, for example dropping things from their highchairs, cot or buggy, again and again. This repeated action helps the child to establish internal cognitive structures (schemas) in the brain. Observing schemas in children’s play provides practitioners with insight into the ideas and concepts children are currently exploring.
Staff have been observing the children and relating activities to the type of schematic play they are doing. Many enjoy transporting items from one area to another e.g. sand into the water, playdough with role play etc. To support this ‘transporting’ schema we have added rucksacks, suitcases and wheelbarrows to the room.
Have a look at our noticeboard for more information on schemas.

Home Link Teddy
We have recently introduced a home link teddy bear. All children will have the opportunity to bring home our teddy bear to spend a few days with the family. They will also have a diary for you to write in. On returning the teddy bear, we will share your child’s experience and photographs at group time.

Improvement plan
Our improvement plan is a working document and is regularly updated. This is displayed on the noticeboard in the front foyer for your perusal.

Packed Lunches
We received guidance on storing lunchboxes from the recent training attended by staff. Due to infection control and spread of germs from lunchboxes when stored in the fridge and placed on the table during lunch we will now be removing the contents of children’s lunchboxes. We would ask that you please assist us with this new procedure by following these few steps – 1. Remove the contents of your child’s lunch box and place them in one of the plastic food bags provided. 2. Write your child’s name on the plastic bag. 3. Hand your child’s bag to a staff member in the playroom. Staff will then place your child’s named bag in to a clean container and this will be stored in the kitchen fridge. This will start week commencing 11th April 2016.
Staff have also developed a healthy packed lunch leaflet, this will be placed in your child’s lunchbox over the couple of weeks.
We do have the option of providing your child with a 3 course meal cooked by Lockerbie Primary School Kitchen at a cost of £1.70. Menus are available to collect from the front office or you can also view our menus on our website in the parent section.

New website
We have been working really hard over the past year to develop our new website with the brilliant help and support of Freshspace. Our new site is more user friendly and allows us to communicate better with service users including our new blog posts and parent pages.
We have been seeking feedback from parent/carers and we would like to continue to develop the website for you. Please continue to provide feedback on any additional information you would like to see on our website and we will try our best to meet your requests.
We are happy that we can finally share it with you all; you can visit our new website at Let us know what you think, we hope you like it.

Training attended
Inspiring Environments
2-5 year olds
This course covered inviting environments, the role of the adult, what research tells us, skills development and observation, assessment and planning.

Healthy Working Lives
This course covered environment standards (foodborne disease, allergen management, food safety management), Public Health (Infection prevention and control, outbreak management, blood borne viruses) and Health Working Lives Health Improvement (policy development, free help and assistance).

Child Protection
Staff and directors have recently had Child Protection/GIRFEC Awareness Raising Training. The learning outcomes included the values and principles of Getting it Right for Every Child, describing why children may be vulnerable and in need of help or protection, identifying and recognising the signs and indicators of child abuse or neglect and responding appropriately to concerns about children following local and national policy. You can see all training attended by our staff on the staff board in the front foyer.

Thank you for your continued support
Daycare Team.

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