November 2018

Staff News

We have some sad news this month. Eboni, her husband Max and Ernie have decided to move back to nearer Eboni’s mums. Whilst this decision is the best for her family it means Sandy Bears is simply too far for her to travel. Eboni will be leaving in the first week of December so her key children will be given a letter informing them of the transition process. We wish Eboni, Max and Ernie all the love and luck in the world and are looking forward to their visits!

Laura Silverwood is returning to work this month after her maternity leave (along with baby Toby!). She initially will be working in the Big Bears room one day and week and this will increase early next year!

Cara is our new member of staff in our Bear Cubs room, Cara is trained to Level 3 and has experiences with all ages of children. Cara will be a key worker to a group of children and will be working full time with us.

Hasina is a new member of staff in Big Bears, Hasina will be supporting the room whilst undertaking her training in Early Years Level 3. Hasina previously worked as a nanny for baby twins!

Upcoming Dates

Friday 23rd November– Animals

Thursday 13th December – MUDDY PUDDLE WALK!

Friday 14th December – Save the children Christmas jumper day!

Friday 21st December 9.15am– Sandy Bears Christmas Party!

The Christmas Nativity will begin at 9.15am and we will be holding a party afterwards. Bear Cubs will have a stay & play session in their room while the Nativity is taking place J

Term Dates

5th November – 21st December – Term 2

2nd January – 4th January – Christmas Holiday Club

7th January – 15th February – Term 3

18th February – 22nd February – Half Term

25th February – 29th March – Term 4

Parents Committee

We have some exciting news for all of the parents. Beckie and Laura S are going to be starting to run a Parents Committee. Parents’ committee meetings will be held every term to give parents an opportunity to discuss developments of the nursery and have a voice. Please contact Beckie or Laura S if you would like to join us.


Questionnaires will be sent out in the first week of December for all parents! Questionnaires allow us to reflect on our practice and the experience our families have and make changes from the feedback! We welcome all comments and will make an action plan once we have received them.

Famly app

We are happy to say that our famly app is up and running! We have had such positive feedback from you all and hope you are enjoying all of the posts and updates that have been put on the app. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message us on the app or speak to any of the staff in person.


As we are all aware, autumn is now here! However here at Sandy Bears we still love to make sure all the children have a chance to explore our outdoor areas. Therefore we would be very much appreciative if you could put in warm winter clothing for your children so they can explore outside. This can include: a water proof all in one, a coat, hats, gloves, spare socks, wellies, or outdoor socks!

As we have LOTS of lost property and missing items we ask that you please label all childrens clothing to ensure we know what belongs to who!

Expectant/New Mum Support Group

Following on from her maternity leave Laura Silverwood both wanted to start a group where Mums can meet and talk about babies to be and new babies! We can discuss breastfeeding; weaning; sleep (lack of!) and all other day to day struggles that Mums might have! It is also a chance for you to meet other Mums and have a hot cup of tea! Our first meeting will be on Saturday 26th January at 10.30am-12pm. Please feel free to drop in at any time in the morning. We will also welcome Laughter Tots who do messy, sensory and craft play for babies to entertain and give us lots of ideas for our little ones. If you know any new or expectant mummies then please pass on this information and welcome them along.

School Applications

A reminder to all parents of preschoolers who are due to enter reception class September 2019 the applications for school places are now open and need to be completed by 15th January 2019. You can find the admissions on the Cheshire West website:

Policy of the Month

This month our snippet comes from supporting children with special educational needs. We have recently appointed Robyn as our new SENCO. Whilst Robyn has full training she will be supported by Astone and Laura Yates. Our SENDCO supports all children who may need extra support in any area of their experience with us and ensure that the environment within Sandy Bears gives every child the best opportunities.

Policy statement

We provide an environment in which all children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported to reach their full potential.

  • We have regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014).
  • We have in place a clear approach for identifying, responding to, and meeting children’s SEN[1].
  • We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns.
  • We work in partnership with the local authority and other external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children with SEN and their families.
  • We regularly monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.


  • We designate a member of staff to be the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and give her name to parents. Our SENCO is:

Robyn Johns supported Astone Richardson

  • The SENCO works closely with our manager and the owner (Laura Yates) and other colleagues and has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of our Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs Policy and for co-ordinating provision for children with SEN.
  • We ensure that the provision for children with SEN is the responsibility of all members of the setting.
  • We ensure that our inclusive admissions practice ensures equality of access and opportunity.
  • We provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all children.
  • We apply SEN support to ensure early identification of children with SEN.
  • We use the graduated approach system (assess, plan, do and review) applied in increasing detail and frequency to ensure that children progress.
  • We ensure that parents are involved at all stages of the assessment, planning, provision and review of their children’s special education including all decision making processes.
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