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Happy House Preschool Nursery
Clayton le Woods Community Centre
Well would you believe that today is the 1st December.
Even though for a lot of this year we have all been under lockdown and tier restrictions to try and stop the spread of this terrible virus, the year seems to have flown by. Lets all just hope that 2021 is the year when we all see the light at the end of the rainbow.
Well now for the December news. Nursery will close for the Christmas period on the 18th of December. We usually have two weeks off and would return to nursery on the 4th January, but this year have decided that we will extend this to three weeks.
The reasoning behind this decision was based on the details of the governments Christmas holiday period recommendations which were released recently. These recommendations will be allowing three households to gather and also travel around the country from the 23rd to the 27th December and with New Year celebrations beckoning families to see in the year together. It is expected that there will be a spike in the infection rate in January.
I did not make this decision about a longer closure lightly and I weighed up all the guidance ‘on how settings should operate under local tier restrictions’ DfE Covid-19 support and public health England advice page and feel that by having an extra week it will provide us with a safer environment for the children to return, as it should ensure that if god forbid anyone has caught covid-19 over the holiday festivities then symptoms would be evident and obviously self-isolation would be being observed and because of this covid-19 would hopefully not be brought into the nursery by anyone.
So, Christmas closure and re-opening dates are: Nursery will close on the 18th December 2020 and will re-open on the 11th January 2021
Other dates for your diary: our Christmas party will be on the 18th December and all children (even if it is not their usual session) are invited. I will provide more party itinerary nearer the time.
And the week beginning the 14th December is wear your Christmas Jumper to nursery week
Our December stories are: Waiting for Santa a lovely story about believing
When Granny saved Christmas: Bubble and Squeak are going to Granny’s house for Christmas, will Santa know where to find them, Granny makes sure he does!
The Christmas show: what could go wrong when the children do their nativity show, let’s find out!
And finally, the children’s favourite funny character Nuddy Ned as he celebrates Christmas in his own unique way.
Our Christmas songs will be:
Ring the bells sung to the tune of row, row, row your boat
Ring, ring, ring the bells,
Ring them loud and clear
To say to people everywhere
That Christmas time is here.
Christmas bells to the tune of She’ll be coming round the mountain
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear,
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will also be singing our traditional Christmas songs: Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and when Santa got Stuck Up the Chimney, so please sing these songs with your children.
We will also be making some lovely crafts and discussing Christmas traditions with the children.
To ensure that there are not too many people in the hall at any one time and enable us to maintain safe distancing measures only one member of staff will meet and greet and say goodbye. However, if you want to talk to your child’s key person please ask and they will swap places so they can talk to you, also the same goes if they want to speak to you, they will come out into the hall to see you.
On another note lately we have noticed that rather large round grapes have been sent in the children’s lunch boxes. In past news letter’s I have explained that one of the major causes of choking in toddlers involves food and grapes are a perfect size and shape to become lodged in a small child’s throat, so could you please cut them into half length ways which will reduce the risk of them becoming lodged in their throats.
As the children always enjoy sending their friends Christmas cards, we will once again be putting our Christmas post box in the hall so children can post their cards to their friends into the box. The last day for posting will be Tuesday 15th December.
Thank you all for your continued support