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March 2023 Newsletter

March 2023 Newsletter

Important Dates for Your Diary 

We will be running a small easter bonnet competition from WC// 27th March until the 6th April. Each age group will have a winner (judge by social media!) and all children will have a small prize for taking part (there is no pressure to take part, please do not feel you need to)
Thursday 6th April (TEENIE MOONS ONLY): Stay and Play 230pm-4pm.
Friday 7th & Monday 10th April: CLOSED, EASTER BANK HOLIDAYS.
Wednesday 12th April (MINI & FULL MOONS ONLY) Stay & Play: 10am- 1130am.
Wednesday 12th April: Parent Workshop from 5pm, drop in on collection or pop in and learn about our ‘process over product’ approach.
Saturday 15th April: QUIZ NIGHT to raise money for Debbie! Please use this link to book your team. If you cannot attend but wanted to donate, please speak to the team. A follow up email will be sent shortly with details on location and cost. (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quiz-night-tickets-557741579077)
Monday 17th April. Nursery photos! These will be for spring/summer and will also include ‘leavers’ photos for those children graduating this year. Please inform the staff if you have an outfit change for your child so they can organise this on the morning. If your little one DOES NOT attend a Monday and you’d like to bring them in, please email/message to book a time slot between 9am and 10am.
International Events We Will Be Learning About:
Easter: 7th-10th April 
 National Pet Day: 11th April.
National Gardening Day: 14th April 
Earth Day: 22nd April 
St Georges Day: 23rd April 

Exclusion Periods 

Please be aware of the following exclusion periods for common childhood illnesses. Unfortunately, we are bound by policy and need to keep everybody safe. More information can be found at:
Diarrhea or Vomiting: 48 hours after last bout. We will ask for early collection from nursery if they have had 3 bouts of ANY and we reserve the right to ask you to keep them off nursery after any amount IF there is a sickness bug going round. This is to limit the spread and prevent room closures. 
Chicken Pox: Until all spots have crusted over. 
Hand, foot and mouth: No exclusion period but if they are unwell, please keep them at home. 
Scarlett Fever: Child can return 24 hours after first dosage of anti-biotics but if they are unwell, please keep them off. 
Covid 19: Should not attend if have a high temperature or are unwell. 3 days after positive test result. 
Flu: Until recovered. 
Headlice: None 
Measles: 4 days from onset of rash. 
Rubella: 5 days from onset of rash. 

Our Temperature Policy: 
A temperature over 37.5°C (99.5°F) is considered a fever. 
If the child’s temperature is above 37.5°C and in consultation with the Nursery Manager, staff will make the child as comfortable as possible and try to reduce the child’s temperature, by removing or loosening items of clothing, providing fresh drinking water and allowing them to cool down gradually by giving them a space within the environment to have some quiet time. If the child’s temperature does not decrease, then the nursery will inform the parent of the situation and administer liquid paracetamol as per the parent’s written consent on file. If contact is not possible with the parent, and if written consent is on file, the nursery will administer a liquid paracetamol to the child. The child must be in attendance at the nursery for more than four hours to ensure duplication of medication is not given. 
If the child’s temperature goes down following medication being administered, the child can stay at nursery; however, they will be monitored. If the temperature increases again and the medication time has expired, another dose may be given but parents must be contacted to collect. 

Teenie Moons

During the month of March, the team in Teenie Moons have welcomed lots of fresh faces into the room! They have been helping these new children settle by providing cuddles, snuggles and lots of fun/inviting activities into play. 
A lot of the Teenie Moons have been learning to walk so the team have used the big play, little play approach to re-evaluate the room to make it accessible but challenging for those children who are cruising around furniture. 
The team have also been doing lots of fun activities to promote language opportunities and opportunities to play alongside their friends. 
Teenie Moons also celebrated Mother’s Day by giving out some breakfast on the go bags for those who attended on Mondays. The children also created lots of lovely gifts for the special people in their lives, using the process over product approach. 

Mini Moons

During the month of March the Mini Moons have been taking an interest with colours, and focusiing on primary colours and extending their learning by exploring secondary colours and how these are made. They had lots of fun creating different coloured playdough, paintings/artwork, taking part in colour hunts and adding new and exciting toys to the environment. 
The Mini Moons welcomed Shelby into their room as she has moved rooms to work on her career and gain new skills working with a new age group! 
The room also had a deep clean and a move round to support the needs of the children. It has created a more open space and flexible routine so the children are exploring larger movements and have more space to roam and play. 
The Mini Moons also had a very sucessful stay and play (afternoon tea) to celebrate Mothers Day- so thank you to all of you that came, it was amazing to see you all!!

Full Moons 

In March, the Full Moons took part in National Science Week, meaning that everyday they got to take part a new and exciting experiment. The children got to be involved and watch the reactions happen. The team in Full Moons want to start adding science into their weekly plan because the children enjoyed it so much! 
They also helped celebrate Mothers Day with a very sucessful Stay and Play (afternoon tea) so thank you to everyone who came, it was so lovely to see everyone. 
The Full Moons also got to enjoy the snow, as we had some extremely cold weather at the start of March, they had so much fun. From snowball fights, buidling snowmen and sledging. They build lots of happy memories and life long experiences. 
The Full Moons welcomes some new faces in March, as lots of our Mini Moons transitioned into the room, and over the coming months Full Moons only gets bigger. Lucy moved into the Full Moon rooms to focus on her role as SENCo- so make sure you say Hi nexy time you come in. 

Other News 


New Staff??.... 
We are so excited to finally be expanding our team!! We are going from a team of 10 to 13. 
 Kelly will be joining the Mini Moons Team
 Grace & Georgia will be joining the Teenie Moon Team. So if you see them about, please say Hello. They are all very eager to be joining and are very excited. 
Don’t forget we are having a Quiz Night to help raise funds for Debbie. 
Time: 7pm
 Location: Gillway Tam O Shanter Pub, Ceder Drive, B79 8QL
 Cost: £5 per team, Minimum of 4, Maximum 6.
As many of you are aware, Debbie as diagnosed with myeloma in January 2023 and isn't working at the moment. We as a team want to help her in her time of need because  she has worked so hard over the past 4 years. 
Ellesse will be celebrating her birthday in April so Happy Birthday!!!
Muddy Moons 
Watch this space for more exciting developments that Claire has planned!!

Recipe Of the Month: Achari Boneless Chicken 


·         2 tbsp ginger paste
·         2 bay leaves
·         2 cardamom pods
·         2 cinnamon sticks
·         1 onion (sliced) 
·         ½ tsp turmeric 
·         1 ½ tsp ground coriander 
·         1 ½ tsp curry powder 
·         Chicken Breasts
·         1 green pepper (sliced) 
·         4 tbsp fresh coriander (finely chopped) 
1.      Heat some oil in a nonstick pan, add the ginger, garlic, bay leaves, cardamon pods and cinnamon sticks and cook on high for 2-4 mins. 
2.      Add the onions and lower the temperature to cook on a medium heat until soft. Add a sprinkle of water if the onions become too dry.  
3.      Once onions are soft, add the turmeric, ground coriander, cumin and curry powder and cook on low heat for 8-10mins- stirring regularly. If the spices become too dry add more water
4.      Increase the heat and add the chicken, stir until the chicken is covered in the spices. Continue to cook for 15 minutes. 
5.      Add the pepper and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes, Turn off the heat and garnish with the fresh coriander. Serve with whatever you fancy! 

@BananaMoon - 10 months ago

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