The Kindergarten children have enjoyed exploring the new additions to their garden this week. They have played in the sand pit and mud kitchen and planted flowers in the flower bed. Great work everyone!
Queen's Kindergarten sits wonderfully within the Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Early Years Department, which strives to provide an enabling, positive environment. Within our specialist Kindergarten area there are three rooms separating the children by age and mobility. The free-flow arrangement means all children are familiar with all staff and rooms but that they have a specific area tailored to their needs.
Chapter House Early Years judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas by Schools Inspectorate 2019
The Chapter House Early Years was praised for its 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’. The glowing ISI report follows a three-day inspection in February this year, with inspectors observing every aspect of school life.
The key findings for the Early Years Foundation Stage provision are set out in the report:
- Kindergarten Staff
- Kindergarten Curriculum
- Kindergarten Menu
- Kindergarten Notices
- A Typical Day at Queen's Kindergarten
- The Kindergarten Rooms
- Contact Queen's Kindergarten
Our friendly Kindergarten welcomes children aged 3 months to 3 years. The setting is split into three rooms; Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Jemima Puddleduck. Your child will be well-cared for by a key person who will be assigned to you when your child starts.
All our staff members have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification, with many of them holding a child care related degree (Level 6). Each member of staff has completed training in paediatric first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding and has a DBS check.
Mrs Louise Schofield – Manager
Philippa Bennington – Deputy Manager
Sadie Stokes – Senior Early Years Practitioner
Nadia Hodgkinson – Senior Early Years Practitioner
Aimee Hutchinson – Senior Early Years Practitioner
Early Years Practitioners – Nicky Rose and Hannah Petrie
Each year, we have Gap assistants who work alongside the qualified members of staff, to support the children. DBS checks are completed, and they are given appropriate safeguarding training. They all love supporting the children and develop strong bonds with the children, staff and parents. We have the same four Gaps for the entire year.
Queen's Kindergarten has a curriculum which encourages learning through play and which follows the EYFS curriculum. All children are assigned a key person to help track and support their learning. We use an online system called Tapestry to track progress in an 'online learning journal', which the parents can both read and contribute to.
Planning in the Moment
Planning in the moment is now well established in Kindergarten. To help us enhance our planning we are asking parents to add home observations onto Tapestry online journal so we can include the children’s interests at home into the setting.
‘Planning in the Moment’ is all about capturing the children’s current interests at that particular time.
This form of planning is based on what the child is doing and how the practitioners will interact with the child to build on what the child is already doing (in the moment). Practitioners have the necessary skills to identify the child’s interests and know when and how to intervene to help move the child’s learning on. ‘Magic Moments’ (short bursts of planned activities) will also enable the practitioners to concentrate on key aspects of the EYFS curriculum and complete further work on individual children’s next steps.
Fundamental British Values
Fundamental British Values will continue to play a key role in the setting and we will look at traditions throughout the year, such as Easter, etc as well as the traditions of other cultures.
Overview of the Curriculum
Within the Kindergarten, we work towards the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Within the EYFS, there are seven areas of learning and development that mould and shape educational programmes in the setting. These seven areas are split into Prime and Specific areas.
The Prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The Specific Areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
In the Kindergarten, we focus mainly on the Prime areas. These Prime areas are crucial for igniting the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and they therefore build on their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The Kindergarten meals are freshly prepared by our very own on-site EYFS chef.
Each day children receive a well-balanced lunch and tea option. A vegetarian option is always offered and the chef can cater to individual requirements such as allergies.
The menu is on a 3-week rotation, as shown below.
|Monday||Chilli with rice, sweetcorn and nachos
Quorn Chilli with rice, sweetcorn and nachos
|Ham and cheese toasties with salad sticks
Cheese and tomato toasties with salad sticks
|Tuesday||Pasta in tomato sauce with garlic bread and salad
Vegetable Shepherds pie
|Wednesday||Roast Turkey with Yorkshire pudding, roast potato and broccoli
Quorn with Yorkshire pudding, roast potato and broccoli
Apple and blueberry crumble with custard
|Pulled pork wraps with lettuce and tomato
Roast pepper wraps with lettuce and tomato
|Thursday||Pork sausages, mash and beans
Veggie sausages, mash and beans
|Friday||Fish, chips and peas
Macaroni and cheese
|Ham with cheese, crackers and tomatoes
Quorn ham with cheese, crackers and tomatoes
|Monday||Cheese & tomato pizza with sweet potato wedges & baked beans
|Ham or Egg Sandwiches with salad
Egg sandwiches with salad
|Tuesday||Chicken Goujons, chips and mixed vegetables
Breaded mushrooms with chips and mixed vegetables
|Potatoes with ham, cheese and spinach
Potatoes with Quorn, cheese and spinach
|Wednesday||Roast Pork with roast potatoes and cabbage
Quorn with roast potatoes and cabbage
Pineapple upside down cake with custard
|Thursday||Beef and vegetable stew with rice and cauliflower
Vegetable and bean stew with rice and cauliflower
|Vegetable sausage toad in the hole with peas and gravy|
|Friday||Fish pie with peas
Spinach and ricotta lasagne
|Pasta with turkey meatballs in tomato sauce
Pasta with veggie-balls in tomato sauce
|Monday||Hunters chicken with rice and mixed vegetables
Quorn hunters chicken with rice and mixed vegetables
Bananas and custard
|Tuna or Cheese sandwiches with salad
Cheese sandwiches with salad
|Tuesday||Pasta bolognaise with sweetcorn and garlic bread
Quorn pasta bolognaise with sweetcorn and garlic bread
|Sausage rolls with vegetable crisps
Vegetable sausage rolls with vegetable crisps
|Wednesday||Roast Chicken with roast potato and carrots
Quorn with roast potato and carrots
Peach Melba mousse
|Haddock fishcake with peas
Feta potato cake with poached egg and peas
|Thursday||Chickpea and mushroom burger with potato wedges and coleslaw
|Chicken Stir fry
Tofu Stir fry
|Friday||Fish fingers, chips and peas
Halloumi goujons with chips and peas
|Muffin pizza with beans|
Copies of all letters/notices can be found on the window as you enter the dining room.
Tapestry: Just a reminder that parents can upload their own observations to Tapestry to contribute to their child’s learning journey. Please speak to your child’s key person if you are unsure of your child’s current next steps.
Please ensure that your contact details are always up-to-date. A lot of our families have moved house recently so if your address, phone number and/or email address have changed since completing your enrolment form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your new contact details.
Signing in and out: Please ensure you sign your child in and out of Kindergarten on arrival and collection each day. The signing in sheet is located on the table as you enter the dining room.
Morning sessions: Please ensure that if your child is booked in for a morning session, they are collected no later than 12:45 pm. If you require drop off between 7:45 and 8:00 am, please remember to write your child’s name on the sheet next to the register.
Afternoon sessions or full day sessions: Please note your child must be collected no later than 6.00 pm, as this is the time Kindergarten closes and staff have personal commitments they need to get to.
Children must be collected by 12:45 pm for morning sessions and by 6:00 pm for afternoon and full day sessions. After these times, the collection is considered as a late collection and may incur late collection fees.
If you are running late at the end of the day, please ensure you contact Kindergarten as soon as possible, preferably via phone on 01423 333665.
If the collection is after 6.05 pm, the staff will arrange to meet you at the Car Park Bus Shelter. Unfortunately we will not be able to give you a full handover of your child’s day in these circumstances.
A fee of £5.00 is chargeable for late pickups (after 6:00 pm) which increases per every 15 minutes of lateness.
Please be reminded, any holidays requests require 4 weeks’ notice in order to not be charged. This can be made via email to email@example.com or on the paper holiday form request sheets.
Nappy cream: Parents are now asked to provide their child’s own nappy cream, this is to stop cross contamination and the spread of infections.
Spare clothes: Please could parents ensure their children have spare clothes in their bags as the children often get messy during the day during meal times or activities and we need to change them.
Pushchair storage: Pushchairs can now be stored in the ‘Buggy Park’ located under the slides.
Name labels: We have had lots of items go missing recently, it is therefore essential that we ask that ALL children’s bags, coats, items of clothing and all personal belongings are labelled with your child’s name.
Lost property: This can be found in the green tub in the corridor, unclaimed items will be binned/sent to charity at the end of each half term!
Illness and Medications
- Existing injury/illness forms – Please ensure you speak to a member of staff if your child has hurt themselves at home or have had an illness which has required medication or a stay in hospital. You will be asked to complete a form for our records.
• Sickness/ diarrhoea– Parents are advised that should your child become unwell, they are not allowed to return to Kindergarten for 48 hours from their last bout of sickness/ diarrhoea. If your child becomes unwell at Kindergarten, they will be sent home after the first bout of sickness and will not be allowed to return for 48 hours.
• Medication policy– Any children who have been prescribed medication by their GP must have taken their medication for 24 hours before returning to Kindergarten, in case of an allergic reaction.
Cold Weather / Christmas Season
Please can children have suitable clothing to still go outside; hats, gloves, wellies etc. Please can we ask that all items are named.
All Christmas Cards orders need to be handed in by 13th November. Online orders can be placed after this time.
These times are only set as guidelines and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child.
Kindergarten opens and we start the day in the EYFS dining room, offering children breakfast until 8:30 am.
|8:45 am||We separate into our own rooms. Set up morning activities, free play with toys and focused activities out according to the planning. This will also include time outside, in the park, grassed area or for a walk|
|10:20 am||Snack time, fruit and drinks are offered to the children.|
|11:00 am||Nappies and the toileting is carried out during around this time.|
|12 Noon||Lunch time in the EYFS dining room|
|12:45 pm||After lunch, some children go home and the other children are put down for a sleep. The children are either put in cots or individual beds with their own sheet.|
|3:00 pm||If the children are not awake we wake them up. The children have free play while nappies and toileting are carried out.|
|3:30 pm||Outside play|
|4:00 pm||Back in for their tea-time snack|
|4:45 pm||When tea is finished the children join together in the grassed area or Monarchs hall depending on weather.|
Nursery closes and all children are collected by this time.
Our on-site EYFS chef prepares fresh meals on a 3-week rotation. View our Kindergarten Menu.
Squirrel Nutkin Room
The Squirrel Nutkin room is our 3 month to early walkers’ room. Within this room, the staff create a lovely, friendly and soothing first room for the children and each child has their own, unique routine. The staff are very interested in what your child’s routine is, so that they can replicate it and accommodate the child’s needs, to make it an easy and fun time. There are a range of activities and toys for the child to investigate, and the children often get rather messy when they do their first masterpieces of art!
Jemima Puddle-Duck Room
The Jemima Puddle-Duck room is the next room up and is for the early walkers to 2 years. In this room, the staff begin to encourage independence. The staff encourage the children to start to use a fork at meal times, and there are activities organised that move the children on to their next steps, along with lots of opportunity for messy/tactile play. The staff get very involved in this and seem to have as much fun as the children!
Peter Rabbit Room
The Peter Rabbit room is the final room of Kindergarten, for children aged 2-3 years. In this room, the staff create an energetic and very independent room. The children have more activities to choose from and they, like the other rooms, are big on outside play. The children within this room are all encouraged to use a knife and fork and drink from a cup without handles at meal times. Children at this age are starting to form friendships, and the staff help develop this by creating group activities such as baking. Biscuit-making is always a winner in this room!
The new EYFS grassed area is looking lovely. The children and staff can’t wait to start using it next week!
The Kindergarten children have been busy planting some cress. They spoke about planting them and how they have to water them so they can grow big and strong. The children are very excited to see the outcome of the cress and watch it grow!
In Kindergarten we have been busy making lots of different marks in paint using different objects and having a go at colour mixing.
It is hard to believe that this is our last week at school. When you look back through this news page it is quite amazing to see what a busy year we have had and how much all the children have grown!
We are really enjoying our ‘Motor Movers’ sessions each day with Mrs Duston and have seen a lot of improvement with how the children listen to instructions. We are even featured on the Motor Movers Facebook page.
This is always an exciting and much looked forward to week in EYFS as it is our Summer Trip. Fasten your belts and off to Hesketh Farm Park we go…
We all really enjoyed our visit from Mr Hill this week. He came to tell us all about being a pilot…
Following a question from a little boy about cows, we have been learning what we get from different animals.
Following the sunny weather and the children enjoying playing and learning outside, they decided to build their own complex of a swimming pool, café, shop and carpark.