• New Joiners and Leavers

    Over the past few weeks, we have been pleased to welcome Natasha, Zeineb and Ody. We have also welcomed two new members of staff Stherlin (a qualified teacher) and Shayahn.

    We were sad to say farewell to Agueda who left us last Friday to find a position closer to her home in Hackney.

    OFSTED

    Our OFSTED report is soon to be published and I have been sent a copy of the report. Whilst it is not yet published on the OFSTED website, I am pleased to say that we received a ‘GOOD’ rating for our first inspection. The report  noted the” confidence and self-assurance” of our children. That our children are “inquisitive learners and make good progress” and that “all our children are ready for the next stages in learning”. Maybe most importantly it notes that “Children enjoy their time in nursery”.  Of our staff, it recognises that they are a “successful team”  “considerate and thoughtful”and that they ” understand the children well and provide them with good levels of emotional security”.

    Apparently, we did not convince the inspector that we include you, the parents, enough in our evaluation systems ( so expect some parent questionnaires in the near future). In addition, it noted that we need to challenge the older boys a little more as the inspector did not agree with my approach that boys should be permitted to partake in boisterous play as long as it is in fact play.

    We will continue to strive to maintain and improve outstanding practice.

     

    Activities

    It has been an actioned packed few weeks. We have covered: The World, Transportation, Chinese new Year, Valentines Day, 3 Little Pigs….

    Here are a few pics

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    Tapestry

    Our new online learning journeys have been going really well and we have confirmed our subscription. That you so much for those parents who have been accessing their children’s observations, commenting and even posting observations from home. It really does help to provide a truly holistic view of your children’s progress.

    There are a few parents who are yet to access their child’s online learning journeys. Please do have a word with Funmi, Afshan or Paulina if you are having difficulties.

    30 Funded hours childcare

    The new 30 hours funded childcare for children aged 3 and above (of working parents or a sole working parent) will come into force in September 2017. The Funded hours are for term time only. Nursery providers and schools have discretion as to whether or not they will be offering it, and it is anticipated that many schools and nurseries will not be offering it as they will have capacity issues.

    That is NOT the case at Discovery. We will be offering the 30 funded hours to all our existing children. We will be offering flexible sessions for the 30 hours so feel free to speak to Funmi or Dipo about your proposed arrangements. Many have already approached me to go full time with the funded hours deducted, and others have asked to match school times Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.

    New Eastcote setting

    Our Eastcote setting will be opening on 1 April 2017. It will be a term time only nursery for children aged 2-5 years. Please do share this information with anyone you think may be interested.

    Important Dates

    23 February – Possible visit to Pets At Home
    2 March – World Book Day (Children can come dressed up)
    3 March – Staff Training Day (Nursery will be closed)