Early Learning and Childcare, March Newsletter

March 22, 2016

Our current topic is ‘Spring’ and this link came from the children. Please keep checking our noticeboard to see what we are learning.
We would also like to know how your sunflowers are growing. We will be displaying a growth chart on our noticeboard for parents to complete and we would welcome any photographs of your sunflowers starting to grow. Any pictures can be sent through Facebook or emailed to our office.

Toys from home
We would like to remind all parents that children should be discouraged from bringing toys to MAP. All of our toys and resources are risk assessed and purchased from educational catalogues. The only exception is comforters.

Can we please ask that all parents encourage their child to wash their hands on arrival. The sink in the adjoining Out of school care room can also be used if the ELC playroom sink is too busy.

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 www.mapchildcare.co.uk. Let us know what you think, we hope you like it.

Our PE day is currently a Tuesday.
Year 2 Children only – Next Term (April-July) we would like parents to provide a P.E kit for their child on the P.E days. This part of the learning includes getting changed before and after the P.E. session which encourages independence, a skill required when starting school. Please ensure that all clothes and shoes are named.

Out and about
We are introducing ‘Funky Feet Friday.’ Staff and children will be going on outings in the community every Friday. Our out and about day will change regularly and parents will be kept informed. Please ensure your child bring appropriate clothing for all weathers.

CAPER books
Reminder to all parents that your child’s CAPER book can be changed at any time. We no longer have allocated days for changing books.

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 added to your child’s lunch box over the next 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.

Parent helpers
We are looking for parent helpers to prepare our garden to start planting. Please speak to a member of staff if you are interested in helping.

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.

Recent staff training
Inspiring Environments
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/GIRFEC Awareness Raising Training
8th February, Directors also attended this 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
ELC Team




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