The so called “30 hours”
Application deadline for 30 hours this autumn term
Did you know, if you want to start taking 30 hours subsidised childcare this autumn term, you need to apply through Childcare choices on or before 31 August 2017?
Otherwise, any parent that applies from 1 September 2017 onwards will not be able to take up their free extended hours until 1 January 2018 (as set out in the Department for Education's Statutory Guidance).
So please be encouraged to apply for your eligibility code through Childcare Choices as soon as possible and by 31 August 2017 at the latest.
Remember, before we can offer a parent hours, we have to check and confirm the eligibility code with Surrey as we won't be able to fund children without one.
Sun Cream, Sun Hats and Outdoor play
We do take the children outside for activities on our garden areas daily. So now that the sun seems to have re-appeared, please can you remember to provide us with an appropriate sun hat for your child.
We do provide sun cream at no additional charge for the children. It is always factor 50.
If you would prefer to supply your own sun cream for your child, then please bring this in and notify the staff.
New digital system
We are pleased to inform you about an exciting new approach in observing and assessing children’s learning in the Foundation Stage here Tiddly Winks Nursery.
Part of our ethos at Tiddly Winks Nursery, is to give you as families the very best of outstanding practice with cutting edge ideas and developments that makes your children’s learning and development very apparent and relevant to you as parents.
With this in mind we have been working together with ‘Learning Book’ to adopt a more modern alternative. LearningBook is an Electronic Learning Journey which uses a secure hand held tablet to collect not only photographs, but also video and audio clips as well. These will then be linked to the appropriate areas of the EYFS. Each room has their own tablets and the information is stored on a secure server which is encrypted and password protected, so it can only be accessed by the parents and our staff.
You can find out more about Learning Book on their website: http://www.learningbook.co.uk
You will be able to access your child’s learning journey at home and even add your own comments and photographs.
At the moment we are learning how to use the system, and building up a profile of abilities for each of the children. We hope to be proficient, and go live sometime in September.
Schools and moving on...
By now you will all have a place in school for your child to move into from September 2017.
There is a display outside the Pre-school room where you can see which schools each of the children are moving on to. Please take some time to look at this and share your child’s information.
As soon as you have final dates for your child to be with us, please let us know.
Please be reminded that we do offer a wrap-around service to Earlswood school and nursery classes. If you would like further information about these timings and costs - please let us know.