Newsletter


September 2019

September


HELLO SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                   

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Welcome to and families MALCOLM,MADISON,VINCENT,SABRINA,ELLIOT,HAILEY,OLIVER,CATALINA , MAYA and families who joined us this month – please feel free to ask any questions you may have; we are sure you will enjoy your time at the Centre.

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Infant Toddler

The children in the infant toddler room have had a  busy summer time in August  ,spending a lot of time outdoors  and summer themed art and activities indoors as we continued our theme about ‘summer animals and surroundings’.

In September, Theme is ‘New Friends’. With new children joining us , we will find more about each other , names , culture etc. The new children will get to know our routine and become familiar with the surroundings.

  "We are friends. Let's play together!!"....

 

In these last days of a hot summer they will also enjoy outdoors and the parks surrounding us. When appropriate, we may also join the Montessori children for some activities together.

 

Daycare Montessori

In August , the  children were busy with different activities each day walks, picnics , water days when practical.
Beyond our busy summer plans the children also made some  themed artwork  - please check  out the walls of the classroom . .

This September’s theme will be 'all about me and my friends’ - the children will be making profiles about themselves to share with the class. If parents would like to send any pictures that the children can use for their profiles that would be great! We will be welcoming our new friends who have joined us this month and make ensure their experience at the Centre is comfortable and enjoyable.

Nearer to the end of September, the children will celebrate the fall equinox with an apple theme-including dissecting apples to learn the parts of an apple.

Wednesdays will be show and tell during the course of the month.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset especially important for new starters . Parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

        9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 ‘AIR FRESH LEARNING’

Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children. Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

 

Forest schools seek to motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor learning experiences.Children learn new skills and then apply these as they navigate their own learning journeys and develop a deeper connection with nature. It takes a holistic approach to learning and the benefits are intellectual, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Research in Sweden concluded that pre-school children in a forest school setting:

*Had enhanced social and team building skills

*Took fewer days off sick

*Were more able to concentrate

*Had enhanced co-ordination

*Could play independently, for longer and had enhanced self-esteem and confidence

*Were more resilient as they had the opportunity to take risks in a safe, natural environment

*Improved motor skills

*Enhanced language and communication skills

e are very fortunate at Bishops Down in that we have such a rich and varied environment. The children have lots of places where they can explore, get dirty and learn about plants and animals and how to care for them, thus setting the seeds for growth of environmental awareness and responsiveness. We have access to a woodland walk, a pond, growing gardens, outdoor classroom and a magical ancient woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, on our doorstep.

The children will need to be appropriately dressed for the weather:

Every visit they will need trousers, long sleeve tops and wellies, trainers or walking boots.

If it is wet then children will need a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and wellies and for the colder months an additional warm jumper, scarf and hat. For sunny days a sun hat and sun cream will be needed.

The children should come to school in their forest clothes, but wearing school shoes. Their wellies should be in a bag, so that they can change out of them at the end of the session.

Drawing on nineteenth century European pedagogical theories on the importance of outdoor learning, and more recently on Scandinavian principles of open-air, play-based education, the ethos has grown in popularity in the UK over the past two decades in parallel to growing concerns over "cotton wool kids" overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature.

We're trying to get away from the cotton wool culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

 

 

Children thrive in healthy and happy environment. Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children. Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.


NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

August 2019

Eidmumbarak
august








Welcome to ANAYA , ANDIA and family who have joined the Centre. We hope you have a wonderful time at our Centre and please free to ask any questions you may have.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

Centre closed

MONDAY – 5th AUGUST 2019  (reopens Tuesday- 6th August 2019)

 

FRIDAY – 30thAUGUST 2019

MONDAY – 2nd SEPTMBER 2019

(reopens TUESDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2019)_

 

EID MUBARAK – to all those who celebrate EID , a Muslim festival.

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Please let us know of your plans during the coming months eg vacation etc so that we may plan accordingly. There is a board at the sign-in desk where you can put down the details.

This time of the year, children should bring in sunscreen ( remember also to apply sunscreen  to your child BEFORE coming to the Centre) ,a hat and appropriate footwear for walking to and playing at the surrounding parks. We will be taking optimum  advantage of the good weather we get and if all goes well we will endeavour to have a WATER DAY every Friday  - so please leave some appropriate extra clothing at Centre for your child.

Infant Toddler

The children in the infant toddler room will be having a busy summer ahead of them doing some wonderful summer themed art and activities. We will continue our theme about ‘summer animals and surroundings’.

If the weather continues to be good we will be spending more time outside in parks nearby , nature walks and of course water days whenever practical.

Daycare Montessori

In addition to celebrating Canada Day , we continued to concentrate on Nature and learning by actively exploring the  areas around the Centre – ‘AIR FRESH LEARNING’ (

This summer the children will be busy with different activities each day walks, picnics , water days when practical.
Beyond our busy summer plans the children will also be making some fantastic themed artwork that parents can check out on the walls of the classroom . .

Please try and give non-warm up lunches for our days out and picnics at the park.

Wednesdays will be show and tell during the course of the month.

As we will be spending a lot of time outdoors to take advantage of the good weather, please dress your child appropriately and apply sun screen before coming to the Centre.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset especially important for new starters . Parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

 6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

We provide healthy and happy environment for children.Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

Forest schools seek to motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor learning experiences.Children learn new skills and then apply these as they navigate their own learning journeys and develop a deeper connection with nature. It takes a holistic approach to learning and the benefits are intellectual, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Research in Sweden concluded that pre-school children in a forest school setting:

*Had enhanced social and team building skills

*Took fewer days off sick

*Were more able to concentrate

*Had enhanced co-ordination

*Could play independently, for longer and had enhanced self-esteem and confidence

*Were more resilient as they had the opportunity to take risks in a safe, natural environment

*Improved motor skills

*Enhanced language and communication skills

e are very fortunate at Bishops Down in that we have such a rich and varied environment. The children have lots of places where they can explore, get dirty and learn about plants and animals and how to care for them, thus setting the seeds for growth of environmental awareness and responsiveness. We have access to a woodland walk, a pond, growing gardens, outdoor classroom and a magical ancient woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, on our doorstep.

The children will need to be appropriately dressed for the weather:

Every visit they will need trousers, long sleeve tops and wellies, trainers or walking boots.

If it is wet then children will need a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and wellies and for the colder months an additional warm jumper, scarf and hat. For sunny days a sun hat and sun cream will be needed.

The children should come to school in their forest clothes, but wearing school shoes. Their wellies should be in a bag, so that they can change out of them at the end of the session.

Drawing on nineteenth century European pedagogical theories on the importance of outdoor learning, and more recently on Scandinavian principles of open-air, play-based education, the ethos has grown in popularity in the UK over the past two decades in parallel to growing concerns over "cotton wool kids" overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature.

We're trying to get away from the cotton wool culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

Children thrive in healthy and happy environment. Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children.Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

July 2019

CanadaDay



Welcome to AIMEE and familiy who have joined the Centre. We hope you have a wonderful time at our Centre and please free to ask any questions you may have.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

MONDAY 1st JULY – CANADA DAY (Centre closed)

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Please let us know of your plans during the coming months eg vacation etc so that we may plan accordingly. There is a board at the sign-in desk where you can put down the details.

This time of the year, children should bring in sunscreen ( remember also to apply sunscreen  to your child BEFORE coming to the Centre) ,a hat and appropriate footwear for walking to and playing at the surrounding parks. We will be taking optimum  advantage of the good weather we get and if all goes well we will endeavour to have a WATER DAY every Friday  - so please leave some appropriate extra clothing at Centre for your child.

Infant Toddler

In June we learnt  about bugs and insects which are seen around this time of the year , through songs and books and also by exploring nature first hand by going for nature walks and experiencing the woods around our Centre. We also celebrated Father’s Day by making cards and gifts for the fathers which we hope you enjoyed.

The children in the infant toddler room will be having a busy summer ahead of them doing some wonderful summer themed art and activities. We will continue our theme about ‘summer animals and surroundings. In addition we will celebrate Canada Day too.

If the weather continues to be good we will be spending more time outside in parks nearby , nature walks and of course water days whenever practical.

Daycare Montessori

In June we made crafts for Father’s Day which went home – we hope fathers appreciated the childrens’ hard work.

 Congratulations to the class of 2019 !
Thank you to all the parents who attended and contributed to  the Graduation, the children put a lot of effort in the preparation and it was wonderful for you all to be there. Pictures can be seen on our facebook page- thank you to all the parents for their comments and feedback. Please keep your comments coming.

In addition to celebrating Canada Day , we will also continue to concentrate on Nature and learning by actively exploring the  areas around the Centre – ‘AIR FRESH LEARNING’ (see below)

This summer the children will be busy with different activities each day hiking, picnics , water days when practical.
Beyond our busy summer plans the children will also be making some fantastic themed artwork that parents can check out on the walls of the classroom . Every week the children will also be involved in an activity eg baking , science activity, relating to ‘Air Fresh Learning’ as much as possible.

As we will be spending a lot of time outdoors to take advantage of the good weather, please dress your child appropriately and apply sun screen before coming to the Centre.


WHY air fresh learning ?’   (extract continued from last month’s newsletter)

Air Fresh Learning ‘schools seek to motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor learning experiences. Children learn new skills and then apply these as they navigate their own learning journeys and develop a deeper connection with nature. It takes a holistic approach to learning and the benefits are intellectual, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Research in Sweden concluded that pre-school children in an ‘Air Fresh Learning setting’ :

*Had enhanced social and team building skills

*Took fewer days off sick

*Were more able to concentrate

*Had enhanced co-ordination

*Could play independently, for longer and had enhanced self-esteem and confidence

*Were more resilient as they had the opportunity to take risks in a safe, natural environment

*Improved motor skills

*Enhanced language and communication skills

We are very fortunate in that we have such a rich and varied environment around the Centre. The children have lots of places where they can explore, get dirty and learn about plants and animals and how to care for them, thus setting the seeds for growth of environmental awareness and responsiveness.

Drawing on nineteenth century European pedagogical theories on the importance of outdoor learning, and more recently on Scandinavian principles of open-air, play-based education, the ethos has grown in popularity in the UK over the past two decades in parallel to growing concerns over "cotton wool kids" overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature.

“ We're trying to get away from the cotton wool culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

(Thank you for your support in helping us explore this new venture this year)

Children thrive in healthy and happy environment. Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children.Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

Forest schools seek to motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor learning experiences.Children learn new skills and then apply these as they navigate their own learning journeys and develop a deeper connection with nature. It takes a holistic approach to learning and the benefits are intellectual, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Research in Sweden concluded that pre-school children in a forest school setting:

*Had enhanced social and team building skills

*Took fewer days off sick

*Were more able to concentrate

*Had enhanced co-ordination

*Could play independently, for longer and had enhanced self-esteem and confidence

*Were more resilient as they had the opportunity to take risks in a safe, natural environment

*Improved motor skills

*Enhanced language and communication skills

e are very fortunate at Bishops Down in that we have such a rich and varied environment. The children have lots of places where they can explore, get dirty and learn about plants and animals and how to care for them, thus setting the seeds for growth of environmental awareness and responsiveness. We have access to a woodland walk, a pond, growing gardens, outdoor classroom and a magical ancient woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, on our doorstep.

The children will need to be appropriately dressed for the weather:

Every visit they will need trousers, long sleeve tops and wellies, trainers or walking boots.

If it is wet then children will need a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and wellies and for the colder months an additional warm jumper, scarf and hat. For sunny days a sun hat and sun cream will be needed.

The children should come to school in their forest clothes, but wearing school shoes. Their wellies should be in a bag, so that they can change out of them at the end of the session.

Drawing on nineteenth century European pedagogical theories on the importance of outdoor learning, and more recently on Scandinavian principles of open-air, play-based education, the ethos has grown in popularity in the UK over the past two decades in parallel to growing concerns over "cotton wool kids" overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature.

We're trying to get away from the cotton wool culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

 

Children thrive in healthy and happy environment. Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children.Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

 

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.


NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

        6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

        7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

        8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

June 2019

graduationfathersdayeid










You can also find us on :

 Facebook page:(please check out our FB page for more photos and details)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forest-Grove-Childcare-Centre/485660831505764

Please visit the above and pass on to family and friends and your comments will be most welcome.


 

Welcome to TOTO , RAZAN , ISOBEL and families who have joined the Centre. We hope you have a wonderful time at our Centre and please free to ask any questions you may have.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

SUNDAY 16th JUNE 2019 -  FATHER’S DAY

TUE/WED 4/5 JUNE 2019 – EID AL-FITR (Muslims celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan)

WEDNESDAY – 19th JUNE 2019 – MONTESSORI  GRADUATION DAY 5pm  ( POT LUCK to follow

Centre  Closed  -  Monday 1st July 2019  (*reopens Tuesday 2nd July 2019)

Please let us know of your plans during the coming months eg vacation etc so that we may plan accordingly. There is a board at the sign-in desk where you can put down the details.

This time of the year, children should bring in sunscreen ( remember also to apply sunscreen  to your child BEFORE coming to the Centre) ,a hat and appropriate footwear for walking to and playing at the surrounding parks. We will be taking optimum  advantage of the good weather we get and if all goes well we will endeavour to have a WATER DAY every Friday  - so please leave some appropriate extra clothing at Centre for your child.

Infant Toddler

 During May we continued the theme of Spring , covering different kinds of flowers etc and also celebrated Mother’s Day with cards and gifts going home to all the mothers.

In June we will learn about bugs and insects which are seen around this time of the year , through songs and books and also by exploring nature first hand by going for nature walks and experiencing the woods around our Centre

We will , of course , celebrate Father’s Day by making cards and gifts for the fathers. Please observe the display boards in the classroom reflecting our activities in the classroom.

As the weather continues to be good we will be spending more time outside in parks nearby and have picnics.

Daycare Montessori

In May we expanded on theme of Space and Planets , which is now completed - please discuss this topic with your children at home. We made crafts  to go home to celebrate Mother’s Day .

In June we will be making crafts for Father’s Day which will be coming home over the next few days.

We will also concentrate on Nature and learning by actively exploring the surrounding around the Centre – ‘AIR FRESH LEARNING’ (see below)

As well we will continue the Fun Family Phonics.  The teacher will advise the children as to the weekly show and tell items on Wednesdays.  In the next two months we will be focusing on further developing writing skills, Science and various practical activities also relalted to ‘Air Fresh’ learning.

We will be spending a lot of time outdoors to take advantage of the good weather so please dress your child appropriately and apply sun screen before coming to the Centre.

As the Montessori program comes to end, in June, we will have a GRADUATION DAY on WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2019 at 5 pm  in the Montessori classroom ,with a ‘pot-luck’ event to conclude the ceremony. There will be a sheet near the sign-in board for parents to register their ‘pot-luck’ item for the after- graduation celebration.


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‘ WHY air fresh learning ?’

Children thrive in healthy and happy environment. Our aim is to provide healthy and happy environment for children.Experiential education outdoors immerses students in their learning in ways that traditional education models can’t. With a holistic, learner-centered focus, students become invested in their education and foster a lifelong relationship with the land, their mentors and classmates, and the community. They are allowed and even encouraged, to push their own boundaries through supported risks, teaching them independence, resilience, and perseverance outside of four walls. Instead of stand-alone subjects taught in a vacuum, skills and lessons are woven together, becoming transferrable across environments and connecting students to the world around them. We draw inspiration from many educators: Maria Montessori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ray Mears, Jon Young, Daniel Quinn, Nancy J. Turner, and research in Sweden which indicated positive outcomes like improved social skills, co-ordination and concentration. “We're trying to get away from the ‘cotton wool’ culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."

 

Forest schools seek to motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor learning experiences.Children learn new skills and then apply these as they navigate their own learning journeys and develop a deeper connection with nature. It takes a holistic approach to learning and the benefits are intellectual, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Research in Sweden concluded that pre-school children in a forest school setting:

*Had enhanced social and team building skills

*Took fewer days off sick

*Were more able to concentrate

*Had enhanced co-ordination

*Could play independently, for longer and had enhanced self-esteem and confidence

*Were more resilient as they had the opportunity to take risks in a safe, natural environment

*Improved motor skills

*Enhanced language and communication skills

e are very fortunate at Bishops Down in that we have such a rich and varied environment. The children have lots of places where they can explore, get dirty and learn about plants and animals and how to care for them, thus setting the seeds for growth of environmental awareness and responsiveness. We have access to a woodland walk, a pond, growing gardens, outdoor classroom and a magical ancient woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, on our doorstep.

The children will need to be appropriately dressed for the weather:

Every visit they will need trousers, long sleeve tops and wellies, trainers or walking boots.

If it is wet then children will need a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and wellies and for the colder months an additional warm jumper, scarf and hat. For sunny days a sun hat and sun cream will be needed.

The children should come to school in their forest clothes, but wearing school shoes. Their wellies should be in a bag, so that they can change out of them at the end of the session.

 

Drawing on nineteenth century European pedagogical theories on the importance of outdoor learning, and more recently on Scandinavian principles of open-air, play-based education, the ethos has grown in popularity in the UK over the past two decades in parallel to growing concerns over "cotton wool kids" overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature.

 

We're trying to get away from the cotton wool culture and when we take risks we are learning. But the training is all about helping kids take risks that are reasonable."


We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.


NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

 7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

May 2019

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

MOTHER’S DAY – SUNDAY 12th MAY 2019

FIRST DAY OF RAMADAN – 5TH MAY 2019 (Muslim month of fasting)

 

Centre Closed :

MONDAY – 20th MAY 2019 – VICTORIA DAY

(Centre re-opens Tuesday 21st May 2019)

(Victoria Day is celebrated in honor of the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and the current monarch of Canada.)

WEDNESDAY – 19th JUNE 2019 – MONTESSORI  GRADUATION DAY – details to follow .

NOTE :  Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to the Centre and let us have some to keep at the Centre. Thank you.

Infant Toddler

 In April will celebrated Easter through songs and making Easter bunnies and Easter eggs which went home for the parents to enjoy .

During May we will continue the theme of Spring, covering different kinds of flowers etc.

We will also celebrate Mother’s Day – watch out for cards and craft gifts coming home.

As the weather continues to be good we will be spending time outside in parks nearby and have picnics.

Daycare Montessori

April has been a busy month and we covered the following :

- life stages of a FROG  and a BUTTERFLY - look out  for completed  posters in the classroom.

-introduced the theme of Space and Planets

-we celebrated Easter with an Easter egg hunt and made card crafts to take home.

In May we will expand on theme of Space and Planets and please discuss this topic with your children at home.

We will be making crafts for Mother’s Day which will be coming home over the next few days.

As well we will continue the Fun Family Phonics.  The teacher will advise the children as to the weekly show and tell items on Wednesdays. The childrens’ writing skills are coming along well and the next two months will be focusing on further developing these skills.

We will also continue this year’s theme 'all about me and my friends’ –   recognizing and respecting different cultures and values.

We will be spending a lot of time outdoors to take advantage of the good weather so please dress your child appropriately and apply sun screen before coming to the Centre.

As the Montessori program comes to end, in June, we will have a  GRADUATION DAY on WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2019, with a ‘pot-luck’ event to conclude the ceremony. Further details to follow please watch this space and notices in the classroom. At the beginning of Jun there will  be a sheet near the sign-in board for parents to register their ‘pot-luck’ item for the after- graduation celebration.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.


NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.  As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



April 2019

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

Centre Closed :

EASTER FRIDAY – 19 APRIL 2019

EASTER MONDAY – 22 APRIL 2019

(Centre re-opens Tuesday 23rd April 2019)


NOTE :  Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to the Centre and let us have some to keep at the Centre. Thank you.

 

Infant Toddler - 

During March we talked about spring, the change in weather and plants and flowers which appear at this time of the year. We also celebrated the cultural festivals like Nowroz and Holi.

During April we will continue the theme of Spring , talking about Butterflies etc.

In April will celebrate Easter through songs and making Easter bunnies and Easter eggs – look out for these Easter Baskets coming home.

April showers are here but we will endeavour to spend time outside the classroom to the trails and parks next to the Centre for picnics and play.

Daycare Montessori

In March, in addition to covering the above festivals ie St. Patrick ,  Nowroz and Holi , we  also covered Spring and all the changes it brings.

 We also covered the life stages of a FROG and a BUTTERFLY  and will continue this theme in April.  Please discuss with your children at home.

We will celebrate Easter by making posters for the classroom and some craft going home. We may also have an Easter egg hunt.

As well we will continue the Fun Family Phonics- we are   progressing quite well with the alphabet. The teacher will advise the children as to the weekly show and tell items on Wednesdays. With this, the children will also continue to learn writing skills. The teachers will also cover NUMBERS at age appropriate levels.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

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NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

March 2019

        

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HAPPY ST PARICK’S DAY                                               

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Best wishes to people who are celebrating the following in March :

St. PATRICK’S DAY – SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2019

NOWROZ – PERSAIN NEW YEAR – THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2019

HOLI – ANNUAL HINDU FESTIVAL OF COLOURS -  WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 20th AND 21st MARCH 2019

 

Infant Toddler - 

During February– we celebrated BC Family day, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year through some art and craft both in class and for home. Parents must have observed the classroom the wonderful display boards reflecting various activities.

During March we will talk about spring, the change in weather and plants and flowers which appear at this time of the year. Watch the notice board for the spring poster appearing soon. We will of course also celebrate the above festivals as appropriate

 

 

Daycare Montessori

February was a busy month : we covered Chinese New Year , Valentine’s Day and BC Family Day and children did some wonderful displays for the classroom and to bring home.

In March, in addition to covering the above festivals ie St. Patrick ,  Nowroz and Holi , we will also talk about Spring and all the changes it brings.

 We will cover the life stages of a FROG and a BUTTERFLY  - watch out for changing posters in the classroom and please discuss with your children at home.

 We will also continue this year’s theme 'all about me and my friends’ –   recognizing and respecting different cultures and values . The children will have a party celebration to observe all the festivals on FRIDAY 22 MAR 2019 – parents are welcome to share their culture by sending in some food items and wear cultural clothing and perhaps we will end the day with a movie and popcorn.

As well we continue the Fun Family Phonics- we are   progressing quite well with the alphabet. The teacher will advise the children as to the weekly show and tell items on Wednesdays. With this, the children will also continue to learn writing skills. The teachers will also cover NUMBERS at age appropriate levels.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

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NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

 6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

  7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and                                                  conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a         microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

FEBRUARY 2019

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Happy Chinese New Year Year of the Pig


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DATES TO REMEMBER:

TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2019– CHINESE NEW YEAR AND LUNAR NEW YEAR

THURSDAY  14 FEBRUARY 2019 : VALENTINES DAY

MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019 : BC FAMILY DAY – CENTRE CLOSED (reopens Tuesday 19 Feb 2019)

 

Infant Toddler - 

In January the theme was Winter. To this end, the children worked with weather, colours, numbers of the winter through songs(rhymes), games, books and art.

During this upcoming month the theme will continue to be Friendship and Family – celebrating BC Family day through some art and craft   and have play activities that concentrate on traits of good friends like sharing and turn taking. The children will make some Valentine’s Day artwork – look out for the display board in the classrooms.

Children will also learn about Chinese new year through books and pictures -  once again watch out for boards in classrooms displaying childrens’ work

Daycare Montessori

In January, WINTER was our major theme , please encourage your child to share with you what they have learnt in the classroom and also introduced the family phonics program.

February is going to be a busy month :

1. We will talk about the Chinese New Year – Year of the PIG as displayed in the classroom.

2. We will make Valentine cards and Valentine decorations for our class; look out for the cards coming home!

3. We will also continue this year’s theme 'all about me and my friends’ –   recognizing and respecting different cultures and values and celebrating BC Family Day .

As well we continue the Fun Family Phonics- we are   progressing quite well with the alphabet. The teacher will advise the children as to the weekly show and tell items on Wednesdays. With this , the children will also be introduced to writing skills and practice.

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same at home.

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NOTE : REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

 7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

 8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

9.     As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide  warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

December 2018 Newsletter

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Welcome to KAYVON,FATIMA  and families who have joined us this month – please feel free to ask any questions you may have; we are sure you will enjoy your time at the Centre.

 

Important dates to remember for December :

 

CENTRE CLOSED :

FROM 21st DECEMBER 2015 to 1st JANUARY 2016 – reopens MONDAY 4TH JANUARY 2016

 

Christmas Concert Wednesday December 16th at 5:00pm .

The concert will be held downstairs in the Montessori Classroom starting with the children's concert at 5:00pm then moving into a pot-luck dinner. A sign-up sheet for the pot-luck will be by the sign in sheets for parents to add what they would like to bring.

 

Pajamas Day -  Friday December 18th (LAST DAY)

-Please send your child in their favourite PJ's this day, we will be serving a special treat for snack for pajama day!

 

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Infant Toddler

During November the children in the Infant Toddler program made some wonderful hand-painted poppies for Remembrance Day and a wonderful poster for the IT room. As we move into December the children will be making some adorable Christmas crafts and practicing for their parts in the Christmas Concert Jingle Bells and others .Parents feel free to practice these songs with your children .

 

Daycare Montessori

During the month of November the children worked hard on making Remembrance Day art, hand painted ‘fall leaves’ and crafts that parents saw and look forward to coming home soon. Now we move into the busiest month of the year December, during this month the theme will be Christmas, Family and Friends. Children have already started practicing their songs for the Christmas Concert (Santa, Jingle Bell ,  O Canada, Rudolph ..)

Finally as we say goodbye to the year 2015, we would like to thank all the parents and children for their support and look forward with excitement to the New Year 2016.

 *** HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR  ***

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REMINDERS TO ALL OUR PARENTS:

1.     Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2.     Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3.     Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4.     Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5.     Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6.     Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7.      Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

8.     May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and conducive to good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

November 2018

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Important dates to remember

CENTRE CLOSED  on :

 

1. MONDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2018 – REMEMBRANCE DAY

   (Centre re-opens, Tuesday 13th NOVEMBER  2018)

 

2. CHRISTMAS BREAK

     MON 17TH DEC 2018 to TUES 1st JAN 2019

     (Centre re-opens, WED 2ND JAN 2019)

*** Happy Diwali to those families who celebrate this festival ***

 

Infant Toddler - 

In October ,within the overall theme of Fall, the children will be made wonderful art decorating the Infant Toddler room including hand print leaves in fall colours of red, orange, yellow and brown – see the  IT room poster! In addition, we  enjoyed Thanksgiving and Halloween activities including a Halloween party with costumes and all – please see our facebook page for photos. Thank you to all the parents who brought treats for the children to enjoy.

In November, we will continue the theme of Fall , fallen and changing colour of leaves  etc. We will also cover Remembrance Day and watch out for ‘poppies’ coming home.

We will also continue the theme of Friendship from the beginning of the year.

Daycare Montessori

In October with FALL here, children learnt about different seasons of the year.. We also talked about Thanksgiving and the family unit. Halloween  – the children participated in pumpkin carving, crafts and a Halloween party where they came dressed up in their costumes and enjoyed special party food .

In November we will continue with the FALL theme and cover  related activities eg dressing for fall, falling leaves etc.We will also learn about REMEMBRANCE DAY and look out for those ‘poppies’ comimg home!

This month ,  we will continue with the Fun Family Phonics program, please encourage your children to sing the weekly letter song, this week is letter A- 'A' say a 'A' says a apple on the tree says a, a, a. This month we will cover  E-H. Every Wednesday will be show and tell; for show and tell we encourage children to bring objects that start with the sound of the week.

Suggestions for the letters :
E-egg, elephant and eagle

F-fish, frog, and fireman
G-goose, grapes, and green                              

H – hockey,hat,hippo

We will also continue our theme  'all about me and my friends’ – and this theme will continue through the year as we celebrate DIVERSITY , exploring and embracing different cultures and traditions. ____________________________________________________________________________________

We will continue to work on the following class rules at the outset and parents please help us by encouraging the same  at home.

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1. Please ensure your child has indoor shoes which they change into when they arrive at the Centre and which stay at the Centre when leaving.

2. Please have a change of clothes at the Centre , in case they are needed.

3. Please label all you food containers and let us know if any food needs to be heated (note also: as you are aware, ours is  a ‘NUT-FREE’ Centre.)

4. Please arrive on time especially if your child is attending the Montessori – this helps keep disruption to the minimum.

5. Please inform us immediately if there are any changes eg address, telephone, contacts.

6. Please ensure you look at your child’s cubby when you are leaving and take home their work etc.

7. Please inform us as early as possible (by 9am – would be great) if your child is not attending the Centre that day.

8. May we also suggest that you drop-off your child and leave soon thereafter. This makes the transition much easier and conducive to a good start to the day, both for the staff and the children.

As is becoming common practice generally, the Centre is also moving towards a policy of NOT warming food using a microwave .  We would like to request parents to provide food which does not require warming or alternatively provide warm food in thermos containers. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


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