Cybertots At The Crescent
Cybertots at the Crescent in Acton was the first nursery in the UK to introduce web cameras in 1999 allowing parents for the first time to check in and see their children whilst at work. Our concept was considered so original that we were granted an award for innovation by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2001.
Cybertots has always sought to push our nurseries to the forefront of today’s development. In addition to the standard Ofsted curriculum, Cybertots teach additional classes to further enhance and broaden our children’s development including art, drama and French.
At Cybertots we believe that physical health is fundamental to developing a healthy mind and promote physical activities including dance, with a dedicated dance teacher attending weekly.
We understand that “all work” and “no play” is not necessarily productive for your child and at Cybertots we have an open door policy which means that children can use our two gardens any time they choose (our staff make sure that they wear appropriate clothing) so that they can have plenty of exercise. During the summer, we use a portion of the outdoor space to grow our own herbs, vegetable and fruit, so that we can teach children about the different types of food and basic nutrition. If not for the help of our children, we wouldn’t have had such a lush crop this year.
All the food that we serve is home cooked on the premises from fresh products and we cater for specific dietary requirements.
Cybertots at the Crescent is located in a conservation area, 5 minute walk from Acton Town tube station.
We offer 15 hours a week free nursery education for all 3 and 4 years olds and eligible 2 year old children.
Autumn Newsletter 2015
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome… dobrodošli, Bienvenue, powitanie, آمدی خوش ,آمدی د خوش , vitatje, bem-vindo! Did you know our nursery practitioners, children, parents and carers speak over 22 different languages! We value this diversity at the nursery and the opportunity it gives to enhance our inclusive practice, removing barriers and enriching our setting. A warm welcome to all families and children that have joined us during the Autumn term. We hope your children have settled into nursery life and are enjoying the time they spend with us.
Over the past 2 weeks, the children have been learning about different modes of transport; be it walking, cycling, riding in a car, a fire engine and many more. On Monday 21st September we went to Acton Fire Station where the children were given the opportunity to experience how an engine works, to handle a hose and how important the fire fighters role is.
Our next topic will be “Me, self and I”, where the children will be learning all about themselves and what makes them unique in their own way. Children will be creating self-portraits by looking at themselves in a mirror. They will be able to learn about different colours through their eye colour, skin colour and hair colour. Children will also be taking part in physical activities where they will be learning about body names and movements.
Home Learning Board
You may have noticed our “Home Learning Board” that has been recently created in the main entrance. This board is a way for you to extend your childs’ learning at home. The phrase home learning covers just about anything you do at home that supports your childs’ development. In the end, you are the most important (and favourite) person in your child’s life, so time spent with you in this way will not only be fun but will also provide endless opportunities for learning that lasts.
Cyberbear is back visiting children’s homes and spending time together over the weekend. Each child will have the opportunity to take Cyberbear home for a special weekend, where everything that is experienced together can be shared later on with friends at the nursery making it even more special!
Social skills such as interacting with others, following rules and directions, sharing, empathising, and caring for each other are part of a learning process and personal development that sometimes doesn’t come easily. To encourage this awareness and development in our children we came up with a praise/reward system where your child will get a helping hand whenever there is an outstanding behaviour or action in caring and acknowledging others feelings.
Outings are an important part of children’s development needs and learning journeys. When outings are taken at the child’s own pace allowing them to observe and comment, they will be of considerable value in expanding the children’s interest and understanding of the world around them. We aim to, where possible, have an outing for each learning topic thus enabling the children to gain first hand experiences. You are all invited to join us for these outings and to suggest ideas for future trips. We will keep you updated of any upcoming events.
Upcoming events and dates for your diary
October staff training day
Our 3rd and final training day for this year is on Friday 30th October 2015. The nursery will be closed on this day. Continuous professional development for practitioners is extremely vital as it is a way for them to expand on their knowledge and experience, allowing them to transfer their newly learned skills onto the children. This ensures that your children are continuously benefiting from the ever changing Early Years Curriculum.
On this particular training day, some practitioners will be updating their knowledge on Paediatric First Aid and some will be learning about how to deliver Mathematics in a fun and enjoyable way!
Half term for 15hrs funding only
Monday 26th October 2015 to Friday 30th October 2015
End of term
Friday 18th December 2015
Christmas Holiday 2015
Thursday 24th December 2015 to Friday 1st January 2016
Black History Month
Thursday 1st October to Friday 30th October
This month, children will be acknowledging and celebrating Black History Month. We will be celebrating those important from the African-Caribbean history and the contributions that support our society today. We would love for you to share any resources you have available or let us know if you would be interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with us and the children.
World Space Week
4th October to 10th October
This week, children will turn into spacemen as they embark on a journey to the moon. They will take part in activities which include making space robots, taking part in physical activities such as walking on the moon and make their own collages of the moon.
Monday 19th October
We have recently created a new menu with support of a nutritionist. Anna has also attended an “Eat better, Start Better” training course that we would like to share with you. Gosia (Nursery Chef) will also be on hand to answer any food related questions. This will also be a good opportunity for you to meet new parents.
Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October
The children will learn about the animals that will be getting ready for Winter and hibernating such as the Squirrels, Hedgehogs, Tortoises and the brown Bear.
Halloween Fancy Dress
Thursday 29th October
Please dress children up this Hallows Eve as we will be taking the children trick or treating on our neighbouring streets. Children will take part in a zombie dance and make hair raising masks. Children will also have fun doing spider painting and making skeletons using cotton buds.
Firework Craft Evening
Thursday 5th November
Children will enjoy taking part in arts and crafts activities such as firework displays, bonfire collages and reciting the bonfire night poem; “Remember remember the fifth of November”. Families are welcome to join us from 4.00pm onwards to take part in arts and crafts and also join us in lighting some very magical sparklers!
A few reminders
As it starts to get colder, please, provide your children with suitable clothing i.e. a light waterproof jacket and wellington boots. Please, remember to label them, too.
Please remember not to open the door for other parents/carers. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that safety measures are upheld at all times. Please ensure that the doors are closed behind you at all times.
Rabiya and the Cybertots At The Crescent Team