Celebrating Spring

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Spring is always a wonderful time to notice and observe the changes taking place around us.

We have also thought about growth, attempting to grow cress and plants from seeds and bulbs, learning about and ‘caring for’ soft and toy animals, as well as handling and looking closely at real creatures we have found in the garden. The children also requested our hospital enhancement basket which developed into a full hospital role-play area with the children thinking about our own bodies, looking after ourselves and looking after each other.

Finally we were able to use our Easter week to think about new life and lifecycles before finishing off with our End of Term Party and Easter Egg Hunt (in the snow!!).

World Book Day

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World Book day is always an exciting opportunity to develop our love of literacy. We enjoyed various stories and books including factual and social stories throughout the week. We have also provided props and resources to support and encourage story telling in play.

New year – being healthy and happy.

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The children were particularly keen to explore our Doctor and Hospital Enhancement baskets, turning the entire home corner into a hospital area, and extending their play into other areas creating beds and offering ‘treatment’ to children and staff throughout the setting.

We are looking forward to following this up over the next few weeks as we think about germs and avoiding them, and making healthy choices including eating healthily and looking after our teeth.

New funding options for the September 2017 term

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From September 2017 some children will be able to receive 30 hours free childcare per week. To be eligible to claim this you, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) and earn less than £100,000 per year.

If you think you are eligible then you can check and apply via this link https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/childcare-and-advice-for-parents/free-early-education-and-childcare/free-early-education-and-childcare.aspx

If you are successful you will be given a code which you need to give to us which we can then use to claim your hours on your behalf.

Currently we are able to offer your child 21.5 hours a week.  You may therefore wish to claim your additional entitlement through a second setting or child care provider, including registered childminders.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Thank you to our families for joining us on our Easter Egg Hunt. We walked together through the village assembling at the local recreation ground. Despite the chill, we had lots of fun collecting plastic eggs to fill a giant nest. Lots of energy was expended, including by the staff, who had to keep redistributing the eggs! We exchanged our plastic eggs for a chocolate one (kindly donated by Tesco) on our return to Pre-School.