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Alfreton DE55 7JA
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Following government advice, Friday 20th March 2020 will be our last day where we are open to all children. This is for the forseeable future. We are however remaining open to children of key-workers and to any vulnerable children (those with an EHCP and/or those with a named social worker). We must stress that you must only bring your child in if it is essential and they cannot be cared for at home. This is to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We are open our normal hours and will continue to be open throughout holiday periods. Please contact us if you will be requiring childcare and/or if you no longer require booked places. This is so that we can ensure the minimum possible number of staff in the building.
Thank you for your co-operation with this and we hope to see you all back soon,
Stay safe and stay indoors.
All the staff at Stepping Stones xx
Lunch box tips and ideas.
We are trying to promote healthy summer lunch boxes for our children here at Stepping Stones.
We know it's sometimes hard knowing what to pack your child so we have put together a variety of ideas to help you.
Remember too- try and be varied with the lunches you pack as, just like us grown ups, it can be very boring eating the same food each day.
remember not to over pack your child's lunch pack.
Please cut grapes in half length ways to avoid choking.
Remember to put an ice pack in your child's lunch box.
No sweets please.
Also we have children in our setting with very severe allergies and would appreciate it if in particular, you can avoid sending your child with chocolate spread( e.g Nutella)
If you do choose to send Nutella could you please inform a member of staff.
We provide drinks- milk or water.
However, should you wish to send one can you ensure it is a sugar free juice, fruit juice, but no fizzy drinks please.
On cold days you could pack a flask of soup or beans etc to warm up their tummies.
Try not to not send new foods simply because you don't like them.
It's surprising how children will try new things at nursery that they may not eat at home and seeing their friends with new and exciting foods encourages children to want to explore new things.
Vary the types of sandwiches you send- e.g you could try wraps, tortilla, hot cross buns, savoury scones, pitta bread.
Vary the filling too.
Here are a few suggestions
Ham and cheese, pate, marmite, cream cheese, tinned salmon and cucumber, chicken and hummus, baked beans and sliced cheese( mash the beans for a smoother texture)
Good for growing bones- fruit yoghurt, cold rice pudding, cold custard, dips- e.g humous , cream cheese.
Savoury snacks - small bag of lower salt crisps( or a handful in a pot), crackers, crisp bread, mini quiche, baked items such as pizza slice, spring roll, samosa, rice cake, pasta salad, rice salad.
Sweet options- small piece of cake, cereal bar, biscuit.
Fruit options- whole fruit, fruit jelly, small pot of raisins, dried fruit e.g apricots.
Salad pots or salad snacks such as carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, celery stick, peppers, olives.
A good way to encourage your child to eat well is to let them help prepare and pack it with you.
If you are pushed for time in a morning- let them help you as activity at home the night before and keep it in the fridge.
An interesting variety in lunch boxes will hopefully promote discussion about new and exciting foods to try.
Another tip is to make your child's lunch boxes interesting is to try popping in little notes, putting stickers on their sandwich bags, using cutters to make their sandwiches interesting shapes.
This will make them look forward to opening their lunch boxes to discover what's inside each day- especially for the children who struggle with eating.
Show Someone They're Loved This Christmas.
For those of you who haven't heard- we are putting together a little Christmas video with pictures of all the boys and girls at Pre School and we will be posting this on our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks.
Please give your consent for your child's picture to be included.
The video was put together with inspiration from the new John Lewis Christmas advert and we are making up a kindness basket, full of Christmas gifts including food and drink- which features in our video. This basket will be given to someone who is old and alone this Christmas.
The boys and girls also make gifts, cards etc, which are put in the basket.
If anyone can make donations to our basket it would be greatly appreciated.
We will be presenting the basket in the last couple of weeks of term.
If anyone knows anyone- old and alone please pass information to a member of staff
Do your bit and wear a knit!
Come wearing Christmas jumpers on the last week of term from Monday 14th to Friday 18th December and donate £1 or more for 'Save the Children'.
Tempest photographers will be in our setting to take children's photos on Friday 13th November between 9 and 12.30.
If your child does not attend on a Friday morning and you wish to have their picture taken you are welcome to pop in between 11.30 and 12.30.
We hope everyone has had a lot of fun reading at home this term. The butterflies have read 107 books over the 7 weeks-Well done!! Ryan is our winner of our reading at home challenge, reading the most stories. Well done Ryan!
We had so much fun at our Christmas Fayre this weekend. Our winner of the raffle for 20 hours of childcare was Lily Wheatley. Well done!!
On the last week of term the children in the butterfly group will doing the nativity. We will tell the story of baby Jesus and each day different children will be chosen to dress up to take a part so that everyone gets a go. Any parents wishing to pop in and watch our Nativity are able to do so.
Please put your name down if you wish to come along. Please note- we are limited to space so please only put your name down on one date. It must be a day your child attends. We will then make sure your child take part that day.
(please note- this will not be a rehearsed 'professional' natvitiy, and for the most of the children it will be the first time they heard the story and took part. So get your cameras ready-there may be a few 'you've been framed' moments!)
The nativity will last around 20 minutes
Monday 16th of Decemeber-Thursday the 19th of Decemeber 10:45 am and 2:15 pm
Our winning team this term is June's team St. George's. All the children have been working hard to collect tokens for good behaviour. June's team received the most tokens, and have gone home with brillant colouring books. Next term we will be continuing our tokens, for a chance for another great prize.
On November 15th we will be having a photographer in to take your child's picture in the morning. If your child does not attend on this day, but you would like your child to have their photo taken, you may come in with your child to have their photo taken.
We have raised 109.40 for Crackerjacks children's charity, the children came to nursery in PJ's to raise the money!! Thank you to all who helped!
Standing order payments- We would like to collect all future payments by standing order. This will help us to reduce the amount of time we spend dealing with cash payments.
Benefits of paying by standing order- You will have a record of all your payments on your bank statement. Payments can be made at a time of convenient to you, weekly, fortnightly, 4 weekly, monthly. It is easy to set up. No need to remember to bring cash to nursery or wait around for change.
To set up a standing order payments speak to Emma. You will need your bank account number, sort code and address of your bank. Thank you!
We have had our raffle today for 10 free hours of childcare and also our Rainbow bear! Well done Maxwell for winning the raffle!