ChipMonks Winter Newsletter!

  • Calendar iconDec 2011

We have lots of news for you in this edition. 

We have had an influx of new staff since the last newsletter.  Sarah Brophy is a qualified Primary School teacher and works full time splitting her days between here and our setting at Settle Primary School.

Natalie Chapman has joined us on a part time basis and is doing her apprenticeship in Early Years.
Catherine Binstead has proved to be an enormous asset to our setting—she works over the very busy lunchtimes and also provides cover for staff holidays/illness.

The bad news is that Danielle will be leaving us in the New Year.  She has been successful in securing a job at the Early Years Unit at Giggleswick School—so some of you will still see her!  Whilst feeling sad to lose Danielle, we will still see her around and we all wish her the very best of luck in her new challenge!

ChipMonks continues to be a busy vibrant place and we are still recruiting new customers for next year.  The Open Day was a lovely time to meet up with families old and new and it was particularly good to welcome lots of new customers for next year.

For those of you who don’t know—we run a Parents Forum but we haven’t met for a very long time.  The Forum meets with a couple of members of staff about once a term to discuss issues and future plans for ChipMonks.  We very much want to re-launch this group to gain a valuable insight into parents thoughts on our setting and would be grateful for any volunteers to let a member of staff know.

We all love seeing the children begin to learn new skills.  Recently we have been taking the older children out in small groups to practice photography!  We have a children's camera which they can use easily and then see what they have taken on the computer.  We have also recently acquired a Movie Creator—digital video recorder with sound.  This should prove fun for all the children as we learn how to make movies!!!!

We have had a very exciting autumn.  One of the children found a hedgehog which had crawled into a box beside the Wendy house!  It was a bit poorly so once the children had all had a good look at it, Charlotte took it to the vets.  As a result of this visit, the children have all made clay hedgehogs with twigs for spikes. 

On the way into nursery one morning, some of the children had seen a rainbow and were very keen to paint it—this produced some great art work!

We have had a lot of new babies joining us since our last newsletter.   They have all settled in really well and their parents are getting used to being back at work!! Sami and Hannah and the rest of the team are now very proficient at settling new children and putting anxious parents’ minds at rest.
We continue to enjoy lots of outdoor time either on walks or playing out for the older ones.

We have had fun making lovely handprints and footprints to decorate the sunshine room and the baby room has been painted so we are busy making new wall displays for in there.