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Teachers: Mrs Ervine and Mrs Lead
Teaching Assistants: Ms Daniels, Mrs Smart-Wood, and Ms Andrews

This page is dedicated to all the exciting things we will be doing in class this year.


Term 4 2024

Newsletter for Term 4

Welcome back to Term 4 in Fledglings…unbelievably we are now over half way through the academic year and we are happy to see that all of our children are well settled and making great progress. We look forward to an exciting few weeks ahead welcoming in the Season of Spring and finding out what happens in the natural world at this time of the year. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new children and their families who have joined us recently; Lyanna has started in our very busy Nursery group and is settling in happily.

· Projects, Plans and Routines – This term we are continuing to find out about the festival of Chinese New Year. We will also enjoy discovering what happens in the beautiful season of Spring; we will visit the Nature Garden lots and take part in nature walks around the school grounds and beyond to see what is happening in the natural world at this time of the year…hopefully we will spot spring flowers and blossom blooming, plants and trees growing, birds busily building their nests and frogspawn hatching in the school pond. We will also join the main school to celebrate World Book Day, Diversity Week and the Christian Festival of Easter. We are going to be very busy!!!

· Reception Reading and Phonics – Our daily phonics sessions will continue to take place during the morning for our Reception children. We are working on consolidating our phase 3 sounds and words as there are lots of digraphs and even trigraphs to learn! Thank you to all of our parents and carers who are supporting their children so well with both their phonics and reading work; it makes such a difference to the progress your child will be able to make. Please remember reading books are changed on Mondays and Thursdays and it is most helpful if parents can sign in the yellow contact book so that we know children have read/finished with the book. Thank you.

· Spare Clothes, Welly Boots and Water Bottles – Please remember we are a very practical and messy Early Years Setting! It is very helpful if you can provide a spare set of clothes for your child to change into if they get wet or dirty. Please also send in a pair of NAMED welly boots (and socks!) that can stay at school if possible.

Please also remember to equip your child with a NAMED bottle of water so that we can encourage all of the children to drink plenty throughout the day. Thank you.

· P.E. – Reception children will continue to take part in P.E. sessions on Monday and Friday mornings. Please make sure your child comes into school wearing their P.E. kit on those days and either wear or bring suitable plimsolls/trainers for indoor P.E. sessions. Please also leave any jewellery at home and tie back long hair. Thank you.

Thank you all once again for your continued support, please feel free to make an appointment to come and see us if you have any worries or concerns, alternatively you can speak to the office and we can phone you and have a chat at the end of the day.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Ervine and Mrs Lead (EYFS Teachers)

Sarah Daniels, Sammy Smart-Wood, Davina Andrews and Gemma Minter (EYFS Teaching Assistants)

Kim Humphries and Caroline Duggan (Midday and Additional/1-1 Support Assistants)

Upcoming Dates for Fledglings EYFS Class –

· Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – come to school wearing your pyjamas, bring your teddy and a favourite book.

· Monday 18th March – Diversity Week at school, we will be finding out about different cultures in various continents across the world.

· Tuesday 26th March – EYFS visit to St Nicholas Church for an (age appropriate) Easter Service.

· Thursday 28th March – Last day of Term 4 – Easter Activities at School.

*Easter Holidays*

· Monday 15th April – Term 5 begins.



Below you will find extra links to websites and documents which will give you additional guidance on organising some focussed learning at home if you choose. 

Starting with a Story - visit White Rose Maths for some activities based on stories.



Free Early Years Education Guidance

For families with both working parents, we offer 30 hours free childcare during our school hours. Parents can check if they are eligible for the 30 hours by going to the Kent.gov website and searching for '30 hours free childcare'. Eligible parents will be given a code that the school requires to be able to claim for that child and it is the parents' responsibility to obtain this. Please contact the school directly if you have any questions.

Delivery patterns of free early education available at fledglings

Sessions

Times

Weeks Per Year

Price

Morning Session

9.00 am – 12.00 pm

38 weeks – term time only

Free

Afternoon Session

12.00 pm – 3.00 pm

38 weeks – term time only

Free

Further information on eligibility and extended entitlement can be found on the government website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk).

Please note that funded universal hours claimed at the beginning of each term will be fixed for the whole term (i.e. Autumn Term 1&2, Spring Term 3&4, Summer Term 5&6), any adjustments can only be made at the beginning of the next new term i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Please note that the Free Early Education does not include lunch. Lunch meals are available at additional cost of £2.41 per meal.

If you take up extra childcare over and above your child’s free entitlement, you will only ever be charged for the extra hours. Additional/non-funded hours can be paid for at a rate of £13.00 per session. Invoices will be emailed to you at the beginning of each month and fees are to be paid within 14 days of receipt of invoice. Payments can be made by cash, cheques, childcare vouchers or online bank transfers.

To claim the Free Early Education the child’s legal documentation, i.e. birth certificate or passport will be required on registration.

Payment of Fees

No deposit or registration fee required. Invoices will be issued on a monthly basis payable in advance. The account should be settled by the end of the second week of the invoice period. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, childcare vouchers or bank transfer. The fees may be subject to periodic reviews, increases will be notified at least one month in advance.

Fees cover all non-funded sessions for which the child is enrolled including any sessions not attended by the child for instance due to illness/holiday. One calendar month’s notice will be required to cancel a place/or reduce sessions, failure to follow to provide this notice will incur the usual fee of £13 per session. Please note that no notice period is required for Free Early Education places.

Non-payment of fees will result in the following actions by the nursery: Children in receipt of Free Early Education will only be able to attend nursery for their Free Early Education. Hours outside of this entitlement will not be available to access until the outstanding amount has been settled. Children who do not receive funding will be requested to not attend the setting until the outstanding amount has been paid.


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