October 2018 Newsletter

Famly App

We are so excited to announce that we have signed up for a new app for parents and staff to use. This will ensure quick communication between us on a daily basis. The Famly app will show similar to a social networking feed and will give you all the daily information on your child such as activities they have experienced, accident forms and all their food etc. Through Famly we will also send you details of all our upcoming dates, newsletters and your invoices preventing any misplaced pieces of paper! As we will now be electronic for all of our invoicing any late fees will be automatically added to your bill by the app, as we will be going live during November please ensure that all direct debits and childcare vouchers are set up to our accounts by the payments date. You can also link your payments through the app to ensure none are missed. The app will also send you any urgent notifications such as closures and also allows you to log any holidays and absences. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, we will let you know about a specific ‘live’ date as soon as possible.

Bear Cubs

Our Bear Cubs have had lots of fun exploring the big garden this month, playing in the sandpit and bonding with our bunnies! They have been making use of the buggy and going for autumnal collection walks which they have then used for loose parts and playdough play. They loved going to swap some books in the library and welcoming some new friends at our Stay & Play.

Big Bears

Big Bears have been spending time each day exploring our local community, during their daily routine they explore Tattenhall and learn about the area in which they live. The highlights this month have been collecting ‘dinosaur’ bones from Gerry the butcher and buying apples and jam at the Farmers Market J

Our Big Bears have also made some ‘kindness stones’ this month. The kindness stones have different messages on and have been hidden round the village. We think that it is so important to teach our children to be conscientious of others and go out of their way to put a smile on someone’s face! If the stones are found there is a message asking them to be rehidden! If you find one we would love to see a picture on our Facebook or in your childs book! <3

Half Term

Half term is approaching and our holiday club will be celebrating all things Halloween and Bonfire Night! Each day they will be exploring activities and around Tattenhall too. If you would like to book any extra sessions for this week please email or Facebook ASAP as there is limited availability.


As you know here at Sandy Bears we love including you all in competitions! So this month we are offering a chance to win a massive £100 off your next bill…

To win this £100 all you need to do it go on to our ‘Sandy Bears Nursery & Pre-School Cholmondeley’ Facebook page and review us including a comment on your favourite things about Sandy Bears. Once you have completed this your name will be put into a draw for the £100. The date for the entries to be completed is Wednesday 17th October!

Good Luck J


Autumn is now here and 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! Bear Cubs in particular benefit from all-in-one suits as they spend lots of time on the floor.

Dates for the diary

At Sandy Bears we think it is important to celebrate different cultures and of course each of our children’s interest’s. Therefore we have put together a list of days where the children can dress up and celebrate these special occasions. Alongside this we will be centering our focused activity around the specific theme for that day to extend all avenues of their learning!


Wednesday 31st October – Halloweeeeeenn!!

Monday 5th November– Bonfire Night

Wednesday 7th November– Diwali

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!


Stay & Play

Bear Cubs – come and join us on Friday 26th September 10.30-11.30 for a stay and play session!
We will have a range of baby activities for your little bears to explore! This is also a nice opportunity to meet other mummy’s from Tattenhall ? Please message or speak to a member of Bear Cubs to book your place.


Cathy our cook has been developing a new autumn/winter menu and trialing this over the last few weeks. The children have been enjoying lots of warming dishes and puddings! If you have any suggestions for our menu please let any member of staff now!

Policy of the month

This month we have a snippet from our ‘The Role of the Key Person’ policy. Our key workers and the system we use is crucial to the wellbeing of our little bears. The full policy is available onsite or online.

At Sandy Bears Nursery we believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, our staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.

We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with our staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with our setting. We aim to make our setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.

The key person role is set out in the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each child must have a key person. These procedures set out a model for developing a key person approach that promotes effective and positive relationships for children.

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