29 September 2020

Clifton Lodge Newsletter – Autumn 2020


Welcome back Everyone 😊

We would like to thank you for all for following the social distancing measures we have put into place to ensure not only yourselves; your child is kept safe but also the staff. Clifton Lodge do have some staff who are on the vulnerable list and they really do appreciate all that you are doing to make sure everyone is kept safe.

What is New at Nursery and Covid-19 Updates
As you may be aware the R rate is now lower, so we are looking at going back out on walks 😊 We have planned a walk route to a quiet area of the beach which means the risk of infection from passers-by is low.
As the weather will begin to change and the Autumn months approach, we are asking all our parents to ensure all the children have the following each day and that they are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Winter coats
  • Wellies

We are also asking all parents to ensure the children are wearing warmer clothes such as thermal jumpers, vests, trousers, cardigans, socks etc due to the fact the nursery will be continuing to keep all our windows open to ensure we have good ventilation coming into the rooms. This is to help continue keep the virus at bay as research shows poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections. We will also as continue to have some of our lessons outside such as our sport sessions and garden activities 😊

Staff Changes

Sandra our preschool coordinator will be retiring from Early Years. She is not leaving all together, Sandra as decided that she would like to volunteer at the nursery and spend time with the children doing forest and beach school activities. We wish Sandra all the best for her retirement.

Grace will be taking over from Sandra as Preschool teacher and we look forward to her starting at Clifton Lodge. She holds A BA Hons Early Years Education degree with QTS and is looking forward to getting to know all the children and parents. Grace likes using the natural environment as a learning resource and appreciates the vast amount of learning that can be gained from it.

Harvest Celebrations

We will still be celebrating Harvest at the end of September; our nursery activities and lessons plans will still be themed around Harvest and Autumn. We will still be accepting donations of food which this year we will be donating to our local food bank.

Fundraising Dress Up Days

  • Friday 18th September Jeans for Genes, to come in anything denim related 😊
  • Friday 13th November Children in need, to come dressed in anything spotty 😊

Autumn Term Parents Evening

Our Autumn term parents evening will be being held from the 16th November. We will be arranging zoom meetings in the daytime which can be booked in the office with Anne or Nicole on 01253 781921. We will be taking booking as of the 9th November ready for the following week.

Online Story Library

Our nursery Facebook story nights have been a super success and we have now made a virtual online book library for you to access all our stories whenever and wherever you like 😊. You can access our stories at: https://lcng.co.uk/bedtime-stories

Halloween and Christmas Story nights

Covid-19 has seen lots of our wonderful events get cancelled over the summer and we are not prepared to let it cancel any more of our events. Our annual Halloween and Christmas story nights will still continue and to ensure we are adhering with all government guidelines we will be planning a night where you can watch our stories live via Facebook 😊 the nights will be interactive and we would love for you all to come online and join in with all our fun games we will have planned.

Christmas Newsletter

Normally in our Autumn term newsletter we talk about Christmas and all our Christmas events such as our pre-school nativity, parties etc. Our pre-school nativity WILL still take place and at this moment in time we are still planning how to do this safely. A separate all about Christmas and December newsletter will follow nearer the time when we have had time to plan and prepare all our wonderful Christmas things safely.

Home Learning Activity

As Autumn approaches, we thought we would set you all a challenge. We are holding a build your own scarecrow competition 😊 We want you all to think as creatively as you can and bring you scarecrows in where we can display them in our gardens. The deadline will be 31st September 2020.
Here are some ideas to get you started:

Dates for your Diary

18th – Jeans for Genes Day
31st – Scarecrow competition deadline

31st – Halloween

9th – Booking open for parents evening
13th – Children in need