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Week Beginning Monday 13th May

Things we will be exploring this week:

Life Cycles

.Please could your child bring in any books or other relevant items about life cycles that we can share with the other children. Please ensure any items brought in are named.

Book of the Week - Mouse Finds a Seed

Our focused vocabulary will be: seed, stem, beside, patience and growing

Online Safety

Many children enjoy playing online games. As children get older, this often involves speaking with others online and with this comes the potential risk of grooming and exploitation. Speaking to your child from a young age about who they are talking to online and helping them recognise when a conversation may be putting them at risk can help to keep them safe from abuse. The NSPCC has published advice on how to start age-appropriate conversations with your child. In a recent survey carried out by Ofcom, it was reported that 6 in 10 children aged 3 -17 (57%) used live streaming platforms to watch online content. The research found that the platforms used most to watch live streams were YouTube and Tik Tok. The NSPCC has published guidance to help parents and carers understand some of the risks associated. Contact NSPCC online for more information.

Childnet also has internet safety resources for parents and carers with key online safety topics, advice and activities to share with your child.

www.childnet.com/paretn-and-carers

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Tax-Free Childcare

Just to remind fee paying parents that you maybe eligible for help towards your childcare costs. You will need to set up an online childcare account. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay £2. This then can be used to pay your fees to us. Your eligibility depends on if you are working and your income (and your partner's income). Find out more at www.gov.uk/get-tax-free-childcare.

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Drinks

At Cornerstones Pre-School, we promote healthy eating which includes drinks. The British Nutrition Foundation states that water and milk are the best drinks for children as they do not contain free sugars. Drinking sugary drinks can lead to tooth decay and weight gain. Water is a good choice throughout the day because it hydrates without providing extra calories or risking harm to teeth. So, please provide only water in a named drinks bottle. Many of the drinks bottles are the same or very similar, so they need to have your child's name on them.

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50 Things to do before you're 5

50 Things To Do before you're 5 is a mobile app that gives parents and carers 50 fantastic experiences to share with their children to help develop their confidence, language and vocabulary and to support them in being ready for the next stage in their education. The 50 activities are low or no cost experiences that include indoor and outdoor activities. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google play. It is a free app and just search for Hertfordshire.

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Measles

Measles cases in the UK have been rising since November 2023. NHS England estimates that over 102,000 children starting primary school in England are at risk of catching measles. While Hertfordshire has no outbreaks at the moment, we are close to London and the West Midlands, where there has been a large rise in cases. Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences. One in five children will require a hospital visit if they become unwell. Measles is highly infectious and if left unvaccinated, nine out of ten children in a classroom can catch the disease if just one child is infectious. Measles spreads quickly from person to person through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions. For more information see Measles-NHS (www.nhs.uk).

It is important to note that there is no medical treatment for measles. Vaccination is the best protection against becoming seriously unwell. The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination is free on the NHS with the first dose being offered when a child is one year and the second at 3 years 4 months old. This provides long-lasting protection against measles, mumps and rubella which can cause long-term health conditions such as blindness and asthma. 

If you are unsure if you or your child are up to date, check your child's red book or GP records and make an appointment to catch up on any missed doses.

If someone thinks they have measles, they should not come into our setting for at least 4 days from when the rash first appears. We ask parents to be alert to signs and symptoms of measles and check your child is fully vaccinated.

The first symptoms of measles may include a high temperature, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, a cough, red, sore watery eyes. Small white spots may appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips a few days later. A rash usually appears a few days after the cold-like symptoms. The rash starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body.

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Change of Session Times

From September 2024 we will be increasing our opening hours. From Monday to Thursday we will be open from 9am to 3pm. On Fridays we will be open from 9am to 1pm. This means not only are we offering more hours, but our morning sessions can be more flexible and can run from 9am to 12 noon or 9am to 1pm or 9am to 2pm. If your child stays longer than 1pm, you will need to supply a lunch. 

Any questions, please ask Sue or Anna

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Upcoming Events/Dates for your Diary:

Next payment date (for fee paying children) - Monday 20th May

May Bank Holiday - Monday 6th May - we will be shut this day

Half Term Break - we will be shut from Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May

Last Day of Summer Term - Wednesday 17th June

Primary School Leavers Fun Morning - Thursday 18th July - this is for those children moving onto primary school only. More details to come.

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