August 2018 Newsletter

Dress Up & Celebration Days

At Sandy Bears we think it is important to follow the interests of the children to extend their learning! We are going to be doing some dress up and celebration days this year and all of our daily activities will be centered on this interest! If your child has a particular interest at home please let us know and we can develop this here J

Monday 24th September – Chinese Festival of the Autumn Moon

Wednesday 31st October – Halloweeeeeen

Wednesday 7th November – Diwali


From September all of our pre-schoolers will be required to wear a uniform and have a book bag! Wearing a uniform will give the pre-schoolers a sense of identity as a new cohort and separate them from their peers in our setting. It will also prepare them for the routine of wearing a uniform at school which is a big part of our school readiness programme. The book bag will allow them to become responsible for some of their belongings and to take work back and forth between setting and home which will also prepare them for this routine at home.

Please pick up an order form from Polar Bears Room so you can let us know which sizes you require! There will be 1x book bag, 1x polo shirt and 1x jumper added to your September bill and any extras you may require can be ordered in the ‘extras’ section below!

If you have any questions about this please speak to Astone or Harriett.


We have again been making lots of developments in our setting. The staff have recently completed a competition to develop a new area in their room. From this we have a brand new ‘Busy Board’ in Bear Cubs along with a herb and veg garden and interactive story telling area! All of these have been a massive hit with the children which shows thoughtful and effective planning from staff. In Big Bear we had a new construction office (the Wendy House!) and so many literacy and maths resources in our cupboard outside. Well done to all the staff who have made such a big effort!

The biggest change over the summer is our brand new ‘Treehouse’ in Big Bears. We have installed this other level to ensure the children have an effective learning area in our room. The Treehouse allows staff to take small groups of children for focussed activities allowing the children quiet engagement time and letting staff observe the children with no distractions. We are also utterly in love with the sensory room that has been installed under the stairs. Not only is this area calming for all ages of children it again gives another area for focussed activities which develop childrens learning.


You may have noticed some posters around our room showing you which member of staff develops that ‘area’ providing new ideas and resources. Below the staff picture is space for parents and children to put ideas of new things that will enhance this area, please feel free to add to this at any time J

Photo Books

We are asking parents to provide us with pictures from home of familiar people in your child’s life. We will then make these into booklets that children can flick through which will not only comfort them but encourage them to talk about their life outside of Sandy Bears. Simply hand these pictures to your child’s key worker/room leader and they will make your child’s personal booklet J


You will be receiving your reports in the next few weeks. The reports will cover all areas of development for your child, what they have achieved and what they are working towards. There will be an area for you to make your own comment and return it for your child’s file, if you would like a copy to keep please ask your key worker and this will be sent out for you J

Term Dates

Our term dates are as follows…

Term 1 – Monday 3rd September – Friday 26th October

Half Term Hol Club – 29th October – 2nd November

Term 2 – Monday 5th November – Friday 21st December

Xmas Shut Down – Monday 24th December – Wednesday 2nd January

Xmas Holiday Club – Wednesday 2nd January – Friday 4th January


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