March Newsletter 24

The Nursery Manager writes…

Thank you for your patience and understanding during a recent power cut in the Brockenhurst and Sway area. Naturally, the safety of children is our top priority, which is why we needed to close. In other news, our menu is regularly updating, so if you wish to acquire a copy of the latest dietary provision, please just ask a member of staff.

Sarah Bower
Nursery Manager

Easter holiday

Friday 29 March – Friday 12 April
Nursery open as usual to children attending all year round (except for bank holidays)

Bank Holidays – nursery closed

29 March – Good Friday
1 April – Easter Monday
6 May – May Day Bank Holiday
27 May – Spring Bank Holiday
26 August – Summer Bank Holiday

Photographer visit for Graduation photographs

Tues 28 May – details to follow

Staff training days – nursery closed

Friday 23 August

Christmas closure 2024

We will close at 12:00 noon on Friday 20 December 2024 and re-open to children on Monday 6 January 2025.

 World Book Day and British Science Week

This month the children have been enjoying a range of activities related to World Book Day and British Science Week. You can see photos related to World Book Day below. Meanwhile, British Science Week saw the children participate in experiments related to colours and volcanoes, among other things.

September 2024 school starters

Children starting school in September are booked in to attend Nursery up until 30 August 2024. If your child is term-time-only, then the last day of term will be Tuesday 23 July.

Graduation photographs

Cardwell and Simons, our photographers, will be visiting on Tuesday 28 May to take group and individual photos of children leaving us for school. If your child does not usually attend on a Tuesday, you will still be able to book time slots, providing you can make arrangements for your child to attend. Consent and booking forms will be sent out nearer the time.

Top tips for encouraging children to try new things…

#1 Get them involved

Children love to help with cooking and baking. Here at Highwood the children help to cut up their fruit at snack time with special children’s knives and regularly benefit from opportunities to cook and bake.

#2 Don’t give up

It can take as many as 10 occasions of seeing something new on their plate for children to pluck up the courage to try it. Meanwhile, it can take 10 – 15 tries of a new food for children to decide if they like it or not.

#3 Consistency

Make sure you have a consistent mealtime routine to encourage good eating habits. Also, make sure the environment is calm and relaxed, and allow your child to start with a small amount of food on their plate.

Recipe of the month

March’s Recipe of the Month chicken stew. Just click the link below to open the document.