14 March 2019

Worcester - March 2019 newsletter

Welcome to our March Newsletter! We have a busy month coming up at nursery in March and with spring just around the corner, we are looking forward to seeing some better weather coming our way with the change of season.

Staff Update
Lynn from our Toddler room is leaving at the end of the month to pursue a different career path and we would like to wish her the very best of luck for her next adventure. Ella from the Baby Room is due to go on maternity leave at the end of the month – we look forward to sharing some baby news with you when the little one arrives! We haven't yet recruited anyone to fill these roles but we are currently advertising these vacancies and will update you when we have found suitable candidates.

Early Years National Funding – 30 Hours code validation Reminder!
Since September 2017 the EYNF offers a further 15 hours funding to eligible 3 and 4 years old. Information about this scheme including eligibility criteria can be found via the Childcare Choices website, at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. Applications for this funding must also be made via this website. Applications for your eligibility code for April should be made now. Applications made after the 31st March cannot be accepted for the summer term. We strongly advise that you apply / validate your code now. Don’t miss out if you are eligible. We also want to remind parents who already have an eligibility code to reconfirm their eligibility for 30 hours every 3 months. Please do this now for the summer term if you have not done so already. Not all parents can get a code straight away – HMRC sometimes needs more information to check whether a parent is eligible.

Daynurseries Top 20 Nursery Group Awards 2019
Last year, Shooting Stars Nurseries was named as a TOP 20 nursery group in the Daynurseries.co.uk annual awards. The closing date for parent reviews to be included in the 2019 awards is 30th April 2019 so if you haven’t already left a review, please do consider submitting one – it only takes a minute.
Our staff teams would be absolutely delighted to receive such prestigious recognition again this year, so please leave a review for us before the deadline on 30th April! Pick up a review card from reception or search ‘Shooting Stars Nurseries at Worcester’ on www.daynurseries.co.uk.

Spring weather
With the weather now a little warmer we need to be aware of the need for sun protection as we continue to use our outside areas as part of our nursery routine. It would be helpful for us if you could start to provide a suitable sun cream/lotion. Between the months of April and September, where the UV rating is 3 and above, sun cream must be applied for children to access the outdoors. Shooting Stars Nurseries will only deem sunscreen as suitable, if the label shows the following: The letters “UVA” in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection. A SPF of at least 30 to protect against UVB suitable for the age of the child.

EY Log
Thank you to all the parents who have given us feedback on EY Log. It has all been very positive - many thanks. The staff team are also finding it much more efficient than making paper-based observations, which will benefit the children.
Did you know that you can upload photos to EY Log? When you upload these, your child’s keyworker can see these and it’s always a great talking point with the children. We can also see things that we might not necessarily observe during their time at nursery.

Question of the Month – “Are you aware that you can also contribute towards your child's learning journey through eyLog and how you are able to achieve this?”
We welcome you to respond to the Question of the month by dropping a pebble in the yes or no jars in reception. EyLog is still very new here at nursery and we would be happy to help you with any queries you may have to help improve your experience with it. Please just let a member of staff know if you need any help.

We would just like to remind parents that nursery fees are payable on the first of each month.
The easiest way to pay is by variable direct debit. Please request a Direct Debit form from reception to complete for future payments.

Tax free childcare
For more information about eligibility and to apply please visit this website https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-tax-free-childcare. Please let us know if you will be starting to pay by Tax Free Childcare so that we can update our records.

Dates for your diary
We have got some exciting events coming up at nursery over the next few months.
Thursday March 7th – World Book Day. Come to nursery dressed as your favourite character from a story book.
Friday March 15th – Red Nose Day. Comic Relief/Red Nose Day, dress up for a big party with all of your friends for a small donation to charity.
Thursday March 28th – Mother’s Day Stay and Play Mother’s Day stay and play (Baby Room and Pre Toddlers 2.30-3.30pm and Toddlers and Pre School 10.00-11.00am)

Suppliers we use for fresh produce
Our nursery cook Ellie would like to share with you all where all our lovely fresh produce comes from. For our delicious fresh meat, we now use the same butcher as Shooting Stars Bromsgrove, ‘The Butcheress’. Although they are Bromsgrove-based, their drivers already deliver daily in Barbourne so we will be able to combine deliveries with other local businesses. We also have yummy fruit and vegetables from Housewives Choice in the city centre who have been providing fresh local produce from field to shop since 1980!

Funding term dates
Summer term starts on the 1st April and our Easter break is from 8th April - 26th April for funded children. If you would like to book in for any extra sessions over this period, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Nursery closures
Nursery is closed on Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April. We hope you have a lovely Easter!

Please note that the use of mobile phones is not permitted on the premises due to safeguarding. Thank you.

Final Note
Our staff and management team are here to provide the very best service for you and your child. If there is anything we can do to improve your experience please do not hesitate to speak to us.
Many thanks from Sarah, Kelsey and the Shooting Stars Worcester team.
T: 01905 23973 E: worcester@myshootingstars.com

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