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Recent emails sent to parents

Weekly Bulletin – 21 March 2019

Homerton Weekly Bulletin 21st March 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, The children have continued enjoying watching our chicks grow this week.  They have visited each class and children have had the chance both to draw, and hold, them. They will be returning to the farm, at the end of the week, unless any family particularly wants to have them…please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in having chickens? Children who were here on Monday were treated to an Irish dancing display by children from St Alban’s and St Bede’s Schools.  Thank you to Bernie and Helena Cafferkey for organising this for us. If anyone is interested in Irish dancing classes, for their children, then please chat to Bernie  in West Room, who runs a group after school on a Thursday at St. Albans School next to the Catholic Church. We have shared parent comments from the survey with our Curriculum Committee. Some of the main comments were about food, which I have passed on to our catering company, and also about using a day to day on-line reporting systems for parents such as ‘Tapestry’.  The Curriculum Committee, and staff, feel that systems, such as Tapestry, maybe very reassuring for parents but can take up a lot of time during the session which might be better spent playing with, and teaching, the children. If you do want to know more about your child’s days at Homerton then please do talk to class staff.  We will also try to use the plasma screen in the entrance hall more frequently so you can see photos of daily... read more

Weekly Bulletin – 15 March 2019

Homerton Weekly Bulletin 15 March 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, It has been an exciting week here at the Homerton with the arrival of the eggs which are now turning into chicks in our Library area.  Do go and have a look at them with your children if you get the chance – they will be with us until Friday of next week…Michelle and her family are kindly looking after them over the weekend. For those children who are in the Centre on Monday we have an Irish dancing group coming, from St Alban’s and St Bede’s Schools, to perform for us in the Rainbow Room. This is part of our St Patrick’s Day celebration. Thank you to Bernie Cafferkey for organising this for us. Just a final reminder that we do go out in all weather’s here at Homerton so please could children have suitable wet/cold weather clothing and spare clothes in bags on their pegs – many thanks. Diary date reminders Teacher trainees from the Faculty of Education will be with us in the Centre for a week from 18  – 22 March.  The students may ask you if you are willing to be interviewed for a ‘pen portrait’ study of your child. Parent and Child Eggstravaganza Event around our garden – Wednesday 27 March.  Please allow an extra 20-30 minutes at drop off time on this day to go and learn all about life – cycles and eggs with your children. Easter holiday – the centre closes at the end of the day on Friday 5 April and reopens on Tuesday 23 April.  Please note we... read more

Weekly Bulletin – 8 March 2019

Homerton Weekly Bulletin 8 March 2019 Dear Parents and Carers, A very big thank you to all of you who baked, and bought cakes, and to Tracey’s sister Sharon for running the stall. The cake stall raised a fantastic £190.90 which we have already planned to spend on improving our outside book area. We are going to buy a couple of extra-large bean bag type seats for the children to enjoy sharing stories on. We are also buying some of the Julia Donaldson stories which the children love – to add to our range of Core Stories. I hope you have heard the good news that Maintained Nursery Schools, such as Homerton, have now had their funding extended to July 2020. This is a direct result of all the support you gave to us by signing the Save Nursery School petition recently. There will be a further announcement about our funding beyond July 2020 after the Autumn Spending Review….and Brexit! Again a big thank you for all your support with this. This week the children have all been enjoying pancakes and sharing the Mr Wolf story that we mentioned in the Newsletter. Rinchen, one of our parent governors, has been working on the more exciting format for the Newsletter for us – so thank you to her and I hope you all enjoyed reading it. Just a reminder should you want any advice on parenting issues such as Tantrums, potty training etc there are:- Family Worker Drop – In sessions being run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30-12.00 at:- The Peacock Centre, Brookfields Hospital, 351... read more

Weekly Bulletin – 14 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Happy Valentine’s Day …The classrooms are full of heart shaped painting, gluing and sticking activities, which makes everywhere look very colourful. We seem to have had quite a busy half term with lots of fun activities for the children. We are currently continuing parent consultations and Felicity is in the process of re-arranging hers for the East Blue class.  Thank you to all those who have completed parent surveys  – if you have not already done one then please could you collect one from the office.  The survey provides us with a really useful way of evaluating the Centre, and is an opportunity for us to make improvements based on your comments. The survey is anonymous and can be posted back to us in the box in the entrance. Diary date reminders Half Term holiday Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February.  Please note we are running a …. Holiday club Monday 18th– Friday 22nd February please speak to Mel, or the office staff. Holiday club is also open to siblings up to the age of 8 if that is useful for you. Training Day Monday 25th February – Centre closed for staff training on ‘Planning in the Moment’. Term restarts on Tuesday 26th February. Best wishes for a very happy Half Term Alex and all the Homerton Staff... read more

Weekly Bulletin 8 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers, Thank you to all the parents, and staff, across the Centre who have made Chinese New Year come alive for the children this week in so many different ways. We have had wonderful Chinese fan dancing, and napkin spinning, which looked beautiful and was a lot of fun for the children – do have a look at the photos on the screen as you come into Homerton. Classes have also been learning how to write Chinese characters, and numbers, and we have had lots of making and eating, of noodles and spring rolls…as well as a few sweeter treats! Classes are really looking so colourful and bright and many have dragons, created by the children hanging from the ceiling. Just a reminder from last week there are:- Family Worker Drop In Sessions on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30-12.00 at:- The Peacock Centre, Brookfields Hospital, 351 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 3UG. Do go along if you want any parenting, or other advice, or alternatively speak to me, or Fran Crouch in East Room, who has lots of previous experience as a family worker running parenting courses. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development there are also drop in sessions to see Speech Therapists across Cambridgeshire – please ask at the Office for times. Diary date reminders Half Term holiday Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February. Please note we are running a …. Holiday club Monday 18th- Friday 22nd February please speak to Mel, or the office staff, to book a place for holiday club. We only have... read more
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