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******** FROM MONDAY 6TH APRIL WESTMINSTER NURSERY SCHOOL IS OPEN FOR OUR CHILDREN WHO HAVE KEY WORKERS AS PARENTS- ONLY IF PLACES ARE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE ********

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From Monday 6th April Westminster Nursery School will be open to provide childcare for our keyworker's children if places are requested. Please email admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk if required.

Monday 25th May

Good morning! It is a sunny Bank Holiday Monday so I hope you are having a great day. If you and your family have been celebrating can I also wish you a happy Eid. 

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck 1, the mouse ran down

Hickory dickory dock!

  • Watch Rastamouse on Cbeebies as she sings the Hip-hoperty Bop on https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/dj-scratchy-hip-hoperty-bop
  • Make your own clock face using a paper plate. Ask an adult to help you write the numbers and cut out two hands which can help to tell the time for breakfast, lunch and bedtime.
  • Listening for rhymes – clock, sock, rock, dock. Can you think of any more words which rhyme? What could rhyme with mouse? What could rhyme with cat? What could rhyme with dog? Draw a picture of two things which rhyme.
  • Clap the beat – say the rhyme out loud and clap in time to the beat.
  • Play ‘Race the clock’ with the Go Jetters on  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/puzzles/race-the-clock-grimbot

Have a lovely day!

Friday 22nd May

Good morning. I hope you are safe and feeling well.

Today would have been the last day of the half term and it still seems strange that we are not able to see you all!
We will continue to send our newsletter, post activities on this website and our facebook page. Please remember that we are here to support you through email or messenger and will phone you back if you would like to talk. It has been lovely to see the photos people have shared with us and we can see the fun you've been having at home.  

In the meantime if you have a very active child with boundless energy try out https://about.gonoodle.com/gonoodlefamilies with actions and dances!

Have a lovely weekend. Stay safe .

Wednesday 20th May

Hello to you all. I hope you are well and able to enjoy the sunshine. 

5 little speckled frogs sat on a speckled log, eating the most delicious bugs yum yum!   One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool, then there were 4 green speckled frogs, Glub! Glub!

  • Sing along with the song and count down each time. Use your fingers to show how many frogs are left.

I know  our children love animals so I hope you have fun with these activities! 

Monday 18th May

Good morning everyone. Have you noticed how many birds are busy nesting at the moment? I keep hearing beautiful birdsong!

Two little dickie birds, sitting on a wall, One named Peter, one named Paul

Fly away Peter, fly away Paul, Come back Peter, come back Paul.   

  • Take a look on the RSPB website    https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/ and see some of the activities children can join in to promote looking after our birds and environment.
  • Make your own bird bath – if you would like to see some cute splashing set up a shallow dish, not too smooth a surface so they slip, and add some water – a plant saucer is ideal. The birds will come to drink and splash!
  • Make a bird finger puppet  - you can draw then cut out a puppet and decorate with colours and feathers. Will it be a robin with a red breast,
  • Be a bird spotter in your garden – how many birds can you see? Ask a grown up to tell you their names. If you put out some bird seed you will get more visitors to your garden. 

Let us know which birds you see. You can contact us on admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk. 

Friday 15th May

Good morning!

As we approach the weekend  maybe you too are missing seeing your family? I know I am! This could be an opportunity to look at photos with your child and talk about relatives you haven't seen for a while and make your own family tree. You could draw or stick on photos and talk about what you plan to do with them when you can see them next.

As we wait for guidance and clarity from the Department of Education about the safest way to re-open our school, I want to thank so many of you for your responses to our emails and calls this week and I want to ask for your patience as we work out the details, to ensure the best possible plan for your children and our staff.

Social distancing will not be possible in our school, and we want to ensure your children are as safe as possible.

We need you to understand we cannot guarantee the safety of any child who returns as the virus is invisible to us.

You can contact us on admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!

Wednesday 13th May

Good morning! 

Pat a cake, pat a cake,  bakers man, bake me a cake as fast as you can,                                 

Pat it and prick it and mark it with ‘B’ and put it in the oven for baby and me!

  • Bake some cupcakes .    Here is a simple recipe:
  • You will need   

110g/4oz butter margarine                                                                                           

110g/4oz  sugar or caster sugar   

eggs    

1 tsp vanilla extract (if you have some!)        

110g/4oz self-raising flour  

1or 2 tablespoons of  milk                                                                     

Cake cases

As you bake with your child talk about all the things you are doing; weighing, finding numbers on the scales, mixing, seeing how the ingredients change, sharing between cases and cooking,  setting a timer?

If your child is restless why not try  https://about.gonoodle.com/gonoodlefamilies actions and dances to burn off some energy!

Please check your email to see recent updates from school, many thanks.

Monday 11th May

Good morning! I hope you are well. Learning ideas today:

1,2,3,4, 5, once I caught a fish alive 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 then I let it go again.  

Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite? This little finger on my right!   

  • Make your own cereal box aquarium - cut out the front of the box – paint the inside blue and add seaweed, stones, sharks and fish! Maybe even an octopus!
  • Draw a large fish, decorate with multi-coloured scales and practice your scissor skills by cutting it out.
  • Listen to the story of ‘Bravest Fish’ -                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4F46Ze7umc  a shiny fish who is very brave. At times in this story Stanley is sad and lonely, this could be a way to talk to your children about if they are missing their friends and reassuring them that this won’t last forever and they will get to play with friends again.
  • Let’s work on counting – there are so many things to count at home – toys, stairs, tins and people. How far can you count? Can you find numbers around your house?

Remember to stay safe and have fun!

Sunday 10th May

After the Prime Ministers announcement tonight my advice to parents and staff is that in the short-term nothing has changed, further information will be provided in the coming days.

Thank you

Elizabeth Hulse

 

Friday 8th May

Good morning! Today is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe -  V E DAY. Originally people had plans for a large celebration but even as these are cancelled and we are all at home, we can take time for Remembrance at 11am and think about brave men and women who protected us and our way of life, such as the inspirational Captain Tom Moore.  

Maybe today you could make a flag using red, white and blue colours or make a medal for someone brave? Maybe your street are having a socially distanced party? We would love to see how you are celebrating VE day today. Send your photos to admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk and have a lovely weekend. 

 

Wednesday 6th May

Hello to you! I hope you are well and staying safe. Activity ideas today:

I’m a little teapot, short and stout , Here’s my handle, here’s my spout                                              When the tea is ready hear me shout, Tip me up and pour me out.

  • Have a picnic tea party in the sunshine  - you can have tea and sandwiches with your family or  your toys! Can you help to make the sandwich, spreading butter on the bread, using the knife carefully?
  • Look around your kitchen – find three things which have handles (pan, jug, cup)
  • It’s time to investigate. Which one is largest and will hold the most water – how many cups full? Which is medium sized? Which is smallest? How many cups of water will this one hold?
  • Enjoy the story of ‘ The tiger who came to tea’  by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsXtqJp8Az8

Stay in touch with us on admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk.  We are always here to speak to and help. 

Monday 4th May

Good morning everyone! Today we are thinking of one of our favourite nursery rhymes; Incy Wincy spider! Can you sing the rhyme with actions?

Incy wincy spider                 

  • Make a ball of playdough and use little sticks  or pipe cleaners with button eyes to make your own spider. Count the legs carefully.
  • In your garden lift up a stone or log and see if you can find any spiders. If you do find some remember to hold it gently and don’t squash it.Watch how it moves.
  • Watch this clip where a spider makes it’s web             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNtSAQHNONo –it is amazing! Now try to make your own using a ball of wool or string – you might need to ask your family to help you by holding some of the string.
  • Watch this spider story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btctO8asZ3E to see how a spider becomes a family pet.

I hope you have fun!

 

Friday 1st May

Good morning everyone and happy 'Friday' to you! I hope that you and your family are safe and well. 

If you use a different language at home you may be interested in a website called world stories https://worldstories.org.uk/. It has a whole range of traditional and new stories told in many languages including Polish, Bengali, Portuguese, Romanian and Turkish. Take a look!

Remember we are here if you have any questions, concerns or just want to share something fun. Contact us on admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Parents information on supporting with bereavement

If you are in the sad situation of needing advice on supporting your children with handling bereavement please look under our 'Parents' tab and then click onto 'Safeguarding' and scroll down for information.

Wednesday 29th April

Good morning to you! Oh no, the sunny weather is having a break so today here are some ideas for a rainy day:

It’s raining, its pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and couldn’t get up in the morning.

  • Catch the rain in cups, pots and pans. Listen to the sounds the drips and drops make. Which container will fill up fastest? Why?  Talk about empty and full with your child.
  • Look at the clothes in your wardrobe. Which are best for sunny days or rainy days?
  • A challenge for your whole family. How many people can you squeeze under 1 umbrella?
  • Have a coat race. Encourage your child to put their own arms into sleeves and do up their zip. Who can put on their coat first?
  • Take a look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/hey-duggee to see how he got a rain dance badge, maybe you can make your own badge.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

Monday 27th April

Good morning! Here are some ideas to keep the children busy

Old Macdonald had a farm E,I,E,I,O!

  • How many animals can you remember from Old Macdonald’s farm? – sing the song and remember their animal noises. Can you draw any of the animals?
  • Look in your fridge and cupboard – can you find any of these foods and drinks which have been produced on farms; potatoes / carrots / eggs / milk / cheese?
  • Printing with potatoes - ask an adult to help you using a sharp knife to cut shapes in the potato and then press into the paint to print – what pictures can you make?
  • Planting carrot tops – chop the top off the carrot and place into a saucer of water – after just a couple of days you will start to see it grow and then you can move it into a tub of soil to grow your own.
  • On Cbeebies website  play a game with Topsy and Tim, helping them to work on the farm https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/topsy-and-tim-at-the-farm?collection=fun-activities-to-do-with-older-kids

Have fun and don't forget you can send your photos to admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Friday 24th April

Good morning to you! I hope you are well and able to enjoy some of the sunshine.

There have been lots of recommendations for Parents this week so I thought it may be useful to share some apps with you today. Taken from the hungry little minds website:

CBeebies Storytime

CBeebies Storytime is filled with free interactive story books and bedtime stories for young children and is a great way to enjoy reading with your little one. The library is always growing, with amazing stories featuring all the CBeebies’ favourites.

Age: 0-5

CBeebies Playtime Island

CBeebies Playtime Island contains a wide range of fun and educational games to help children understand the world around them and support the development of core skills. Children can play along with all of CBeebies’ most popular characters.

Lingumi - Kids' English

Lingumi provides a course focused on spoken and communicative English. The app provides sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help the child grow their grammar and get them speaking their first words.

Age: 2-5

Platform: AppleAndroid

 

Kaligo

Kaligo is a digital handwriting exercise book designed to teach children how to write using a stylus and tablet, built on an AI machine learning platform. A self-paced approach enables children to progress at their own speed according to their own ability, whilst AI Machine learning provides real-time corrective feedback.

Age: 3-5

Platform: AppleAndroid

These apps are interactive and really suitable for nursery age children.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and stay safe.

 

Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning! I hope you are all feeling well and are keeping safe.

Did you know that Wednesday 22nd April is Earth day? Talk to your mum and dad about how we can help to protect the planet. Remember we can recycle, turn off the lights and taps, and protect our environment.

  • Help your mum or dad to sort out the recycling – is it plastic, paper, glass or a tin?
  • Some animals are endangered – that means there’s not many of them left. Some include polar bears, pandas, turtles and orangutans. Which do you like best? What do you know about it? Look on https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/kids-club/cool-kids/general-kids-club/earth-day to find out more about  these amazing animals.
  • Make a picture of your favourite wild animal – where does it live? Snowy arctic, rainforest, ocean?
  • Use your recycling boxes to make some art – you could make a robot, home for an animal or a rocket to blast off into space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information for parents

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=59550d3f-e5b5-424b-b66e-d353e6ac73a1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

The latest Government guidance for Parents of young children  - please click on the link above to read

 

If your child is due to start school this September please check your email and don't forget to confirm your acceptance of your child's school place. We will be in touch with our local schools, who are currently working out their arrangements for welcoming new children during this time of closure, so it would be very helpful if you could either message us through our Facebook page or email to let us know which school your child will be attending. Thanks to those who have already been in touch. 

 

 

If you have found it hard to explain coronavirus to your child you may want to look at this link;  https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler where the illustrator of books such as the Gruffalo,  has made a free  to download explanation to share with your children.

Under our Parents tab, near the top of this page, there are additional safeguarding resources and contacts which may be useful to you too. Remember if you want to contact us simply email to admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk. 

 

**Previous posts for learning at home activities can now be found in the class blogs.**

 

Coronavirus

Update 22.3.2020

School is open for vulnerable groups and key worker children from tomorrow 23.3.2020. All other children must stay at home until further notice. 
Thank you for cooperation.

Update 20.3.2020

School has closed today until further notice.

Thank you for your support.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Recommendations are to self isolate for 14 days if any member of your family show symptoms of the virus.

We hope our school community stays well and healthy.

We will be posting home learning activities each week during term time for you to use with your children.

Please keep in touch.

 

Update 19.3.2020

Following on from yesterday’s announcement, we are awaiting further clarification regarding school closure,  home learning and Key Workers.  We will keep you fully updated with information as we receive it from the Department for Education and the Local Authority. Information will be on our website or emailed to you if needed. 

The situation we are in at this time is like nothing we have seen in our lifetime.

We would like to end by  thanking you all for your continued support at this time and to reassure you that up to date information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Please stay safe and look after your families.

Update 18.3.2020

 School will be closed from Friday 20th March as we are following Government guidelines. 

We will be putting weekly activity ideas for your children on this page and on our newsletter if you would like to take part. The newsletter will be sent out each week in a reduced form to your email address during term time. Additional suggestions may be put onto our facebook page.

We hope you all stay safe.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT NEWS:

We have been awarded the AcSEED AWARD.

Congratulations to all our staff involved in helping to strengthen our school in providing continuous support to all our children and families with their emotional wellbeing.

 

 

 

Did you know that we have a community library which is available for local families to use, free of charge. It is always lovely to see local families using this resource!! The library is well stocked with all sorts of fantastic pre-school books. The library is open on Mondays from 1-2pm and on Wednesdays from 10-11am. Westminster Parents please remember to change your children's books weekly. If your child is close to nursery age, we can give you a tour of the building while you are here to use the library! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 We are proud to be Makaton Friendly.

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to Westminster Nursery School. We are the only maintained Nursery School in Cheshire East and are well equipped to provide a high quality of education for children aged 2-4 years old. We are very proud of our school, our children and their achievements.

We have a wonderful learning environment both inside and out which is well organised, resourced and stimulating to enable children to learn through play with the guidance and care of our staff. Our nursery teachers plan and deliver activities for the children following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, whilst incorporating the children’s interests to ensure a child centred focus, meeting the needs of each individual child and building a strong foundation for life-long learning.

We believe that all children have a right to enjoy school and succeed regardless of gender, race or ability.

We support the children to feel happy, safe and confident in order for them to reach their full potential. We hold very high expectations of all our children and strive to achieve excellence for all, where individual needs are acknowledged and met.

We currently offer 15 hours per week of ‘Free entitlement’ with some opportunity to buy additional sessions.  We  are also offering the 'free 30 hours entitlement' to the children who are eligible. We welcome families to visit and see our school; you will find us open, friendly and welcoming. If you are a parent or carer and would like to visit, please contact us to look around the school and meet our wonderful children and staff – you will be very welcome.

Thank you

Elizabeth Hulse

Headteacher

 

 

30 HOURS PLACES AVAILABLE NOW

WE STILL HAVE A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE  - CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION!

We are now offering a limited number of funded 30 hours places to eligible families. The eligibility criteria are as follows;

Both parents or sole parent in one parent family must be working

Each parent working at least the equivalent of 16 hours at national living wage (16 x £7.20 = £115.20 per week)

Neither parent must earn more than £100,000 per annum

Working includes self-employment

Includes parents on parental, maternity, adoption, or SSP, or who has substantial caring responsibilities, or where one parent is disabled and in receipt of certain benefits.

 

We would encourage all families who may wish to claim 30 hours free childcare (free full time provision) to visit the following website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and complete the questions within the 30 hours funding section. If you need help with this please let us know and we will be happy to help you to complete it.

Once you have done this, you will be given an 11 digit code. We will validate your 11 digit code with Cheshire East Council. Please be assured that if you are not eligible for 30 hours funding you will still be entitled to the usual 15 hours.

Contact the School

Westminster Nursery School

Mrs E M Hulse - Headteacher

Westminster Nursery School
Nelson St,
Crewe, Cheshire East
CW2 7LJ

Tel: 01270 560319
admin@westminster.cheshire.sch.uk