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Welcome

We had a large intake of new families since we have joined. We are still welcoming a few new families each month. With this we would like to share with parents, that we take safety as a priority at Zeeba. Please do not open the doors for anyone. As there is a safety privacy strip in place, we authorize through the camera who is coming in. Please support us with this matter, as once the door has been opened to the wrong person our safety has been put at risk. We trust that all parents will be co-operative within the matter.

Regarding our doors, please wait for the “silent click” for the magnetics to release the door to enter. If you place your hand on the door handle you will feel when the magnet has been released. Sometimes it does take time for us to open the door as we are making sure the children are safe and settled before we can open the door. Thank you for your patience.

Under 2 – buggies. We have noticed and are fully aware of the buggies in the entrance. We are currently designing new buggy storage to ensure that the entrance stay clear as this is part of our fire escape route. Please give us time to re-design and implement this into the under 2 sections.

Practitioner News:

As our setting is growing, we are currently recruiting additional staff, to support us throughout the setting. As we recruit we will be updating parents via our newsletter, sharing photograph emails with the parents of relevant rooms as well as our Staff Board which is situated in the main entrance on the Over 2’s side.

Special welcome to our new Playful Pandas Room Leader, Ms Sharika. We trust that you will settle in well with all the practitioners, parents and children.

Also, a warm welcome to Ms Jussoneyh who joins the Playful Pandas as a practitioner. We are excited to have you part of our Zeeba team.

Staff Holiday Dates:

Please find the holiday dates for our team below:

Please note, that the Deputy Team: Ms Angela and Ms Rezwana will cover Ms Liesl when she is on annual leave.

Ms Liesl: 2nd October

Ms Rezwana: 23 – 27 October

Ms Valerie: 4 October

Ms Rhianna: 5 & 6 October

Ms Katie: 2nd, 16 & 17 October

Ms Vicky: 13th October

Ms Sacha: 30th October – 3rd November

Ms Tasmina: 23 – 25 October

Ms Izabella: 16, 17, 24 – 27th October

Ms Charlotte W: 20 – 27 October

Ms Chantelle: 9th October

Ms Laura: 19 & 20 October

Fees & Funding:

As invoices was send out, we still had parents questioning fees and funding. Please note that these letters have been shared since July and informing you that the new fees will be active from 1st October 2017. We have also shared information about the 11 and 22-hour funding we are offering (effective 1 September).

Telephone Lines:

Our phone lines are working! Our Nursery number is 020 8032 6765. Please save this number, to know when we are contacting you, or if you wish to contact us.

Nursery update:

We are super excited as the development of our outdoor area is slowly but surely starting to take shape. Mr John will be working during this week and next week to try and complete most of our outside garden for all the children. We will continue working on the outdoor area throughout the next months.

We have received confirmation regarding the installation and completion of the CCTV, which will only be done in January 2018. We are on the waiting list for December.

Play Ball Taster Sessions (Potential new class Monday Mornings):

Zeeba will be hosting Play Ball Taster Sessions to all our Laughing Lions and Dancing Dolphins during October on a Monday morning. Please take note that we will focus on the following age groups – Dancing Dolphins: Monday 2nd October from 10:00, Laughing Lions: Monday 9th October as well as Friendly Frogs: Monday 16th October from 10:00. These are taster sessions, and teachers will be able to give feedback at the end of the day.

Mandarin:

Thank you to the parents that has confirmed their interest for Mandarin sessions. Please keep an eye out on your emails. As if all parents are happy to proceed, we will secure this session on a Monday as well. (More details to follow)

Warm & Waterproof Clothing:

As our seasons are slowly changing, we would like to ask parents to send in additional warm clothing as the weather are changing drastically throughout the day. We would like to ensure that children are warmly dressed for the cooler days that has started to appear when playing outside.

We would like to encourage parents to send in waterproof clothing that we can put on over the children’s normal clothes. This will support children to continue exploring the sand area, muddy kitchen, jump in puddles and of course extend their gardening skills without getting wet. Decathlon sell these as well as online from Amazon the Regatta brand has been shared with me by a mummy from the setting. Please remember some wellies that is waterproof as well.

With having Free-Flow play with outside, it is vitally important that all parents understand the importance of outside learning, but also understand that it is an Ofsted Requirement for children to play outside. We are blessed with an undercover area, which will allow us to do activities outside although it will be raining!

Parents Evening – Save the date:

As the end of the year is coming closer, it is almost time to arrange parents evening. We normally have two parent evenings throughout the year. Apart from these scheduled evenings, we are always happy to arrange additional meetings when parents if you feel the need to have a quiet meeting with your child’s Key Practitioners.

Please note into your diaries that the Under 2 (Playful Pandas and Friendly Frogs) will be having the week of 6 November 2017 as their meeting time.

The over 2-Year-Old’s (Laughing Lions and Dancing Dolphins) will have their meeting time during the week of 20th November 2017.

More detailed information will be shared closer towards the time.

December Arrangements:

Zeeba will be closing on Friday 22nd December (normal closing hours) and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January (normal opening hours). If you are on holiday before or after these dates, to please inform us. This will allow us to plan our staffing schedules in advance and support staff with their holiday bookings.

Christmas Carol event - Save the date:

1st December 2017 – Under 2 Christmas Carol event. Details to follow

8th December 2017 – Over 2 Christmas Carol event. Details to follow

We wish everyone a lovely Autumn.

Warm wishes

Ms Liesl and her team

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