Welcome to our October newsletter. The topic of the month is Music, as all our children love music and enjoy during music and dancing activity.
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.
Music and singing can help children to develop their memory, social skills, speech, and listening and the following developmental aspects:
• Overall health
• Feeling good
• Body awareness and balance
• Language development
• Focused listening
Baby room activities
Our babies this month will particularly focus on musical instruments and familiar songs. They will enjoy making and listening to the noises that come from different objects, like music bottles.
We believe that singing together regularly helps babies build a vocabulary of sounds and words long before they can actually understand them and copying actions like clapping and hearing repeated lyrics also helps develop the ability to observe and mimic what’s going on – a key skill for learning to our babies.
They will enjoy and discover Halloween through sensory and messy activities.
The colour of the month is orange.
In the main room, our children will enjoy playing with traditional music instruments, and with the instruments that come from other countries. In order to help our children to improve their imagination, they have the chances to play with some tools like pans or basket and discover the different sounds they can make, also they will sing familiar songs, including in Spanish. In our home corner, this month it will be changed into “Monkey Puzzle singing show”
All children will play the name of the 7 musical notes and write and trace them in our literacy area.
Math activities are focused on decreasing number. e.g.from 5 to 1 by singing “5 little monkeys” songs.
The children will enjoy playing and make Halloween craft by using different materials. They will enjoy purchasing and decorating the pumpkins for our Halloween party.
The story of the month is “Room on the broom”.
We would warmly welcome Colin Xu from Royal College of Music (RCM) to visit us on 23rd October to show all of our little ones his double bass and demonstrate how to play.
Trick or Treat…We are very happy to announce our Halloween Party this year will be on the 31st of October. All staff and children are invited to dress in their favourite Halloween costume.
We recently received a few queries about our sickness policy. Please see below:
CHILD SICKNESS & ILLNESS
Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery follows the Health Protection Agency guidance on infection control and seeks advice from them if necessary. Any notifiable illness with being reported to the HPA. Any serious illness will be reported to Ofsted.
Children should not be left at nursery if they are unwell. If a child is unwell then they will prefer to be at home with their parent(s) rather than at nursery with their peers. We will follow these procedures to ensure the welfare of all children within the nursery:
• If a child becomes ill during the nursery day, their parent(s) will be contacted and asked to pick their child up as soon as possible. During this time the child will be cared for in a quiet, calm area
• Should a child have an infectious disease, such as sickness and diarrhoea, they should not return to nursery until they have been clear for at least 48 hours
• It is vital that we follow the advice given to us by our registering authority and exclude specific contagious conditions, e.g. sickness and diarrhoea and chicken pox to protect other children in the nursery. Illnesses of this nature are very contagious and it is exceedingly unfair to expose other children to the risk of an infection
• It is important that children are not subjected to the rigours of the nursery day, which requires socialising with other children and being part of a group setting, when they have first become ill and require a course of antibiotics. Our policy, therefore, is to exclude children on antibiotics for the first 24 hours of the course
• The nursery has the right to refuse admission to a child who is unwell. This decision will be taken by the manager on duty and is non-negotiable
• If a child does require emergency Calpol during the day due to an increase in temperature of 38 degrees then parents will be required to collect their child
• If any child is brought to the nursery in a condition in which he/she may require medication sometime during the day, the manager will decide if the child is fit to be left at the nursery. If the child is staying, the parent must be asked if any kind of medication has already been given, at what time and in what dosage and this must be stated on the medication form
• The nursery DOES NOT administer any medication unless prior written consent is given for each and every medicine
• In the case of medication that may need to be given to a child due to them becoming ill during the day, e.g. lnfant Suspension for temperature reduction, parents will be contacted as soon as possible to ensure all details are correct and that they agree with the dosage being given
• Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery may reserve the right to request a letter from the child’s GP before allowing them to return to the nursery