By lbaer, 21-Dec-2012 21:52:00
Welcome to our first end of year Bringing up Baby newsletter. We hope you are all looking forward to a relaxing winter break and not panicking about last minute present buying that some of us face (like me)! At this time of year we know that having fun with friends is part of the seasonal excitement, so our nursery children have all had their Christmas lunch with nursery friends and some have even been lucky enough to see Santa! Some of you will be at home while others jet away to exotic locations for the festive period. Whatever you and your families are doing over the Christmas break, we wish you much happiness, rest and a very Happy New Year!
Enjoy our Christmas newsletter,
Paul, Anne, Debbie, John & Rohan
The Management team
We start this newsletter with the news that John Cefai, who has been the company book-keeper for over ten years, is retiring. Though we aresad to see him go, those of us who have been lucky enough worked with him, wish him a fond goodbye and good luck.
We welcome Rohan,who will be taking over in the new year.
• Natalie Starkey , Deputy Manager @ Clapham
• Rohan Worrall, new book-keeper @ Head Office
After much speculation and many bribery attempts, the results of the first official BUB Staff Awards are finally in! Firstly, a big “Thank-You” to all our staff and parents who voted. Our aim is to ensure that staff get the recognition they deserve for all the hours they put into teaching and caring for children at their nurseries. Those who did not have a chance to vote will now have to wait until next year to do so!
‘Kiran is a breath of fresh air and paid particular attention in giving the nursery a facelift. She (Kiran) has created a lovely warm environment for both the children and parents by updating the garden and decor within the nursery. Kiran herself is a very friendly, helpful and supportive manager. The Halloween event that she organised was excellent, in which Meg came into to show the children a range of creepy animals including a spider and a snake to name but a few animals. Kiran came up with a very unique, creative and educational idea for this occasion.’
‘Full of enthusiasm and love for the children in her care. My child loves and respects her in equal measure. She has stepped into her new role admirably, and constantly goes above and beyond.’
‘My favourite meal that Joan cooks is her chicken and mushroom pie with vegetables which is excellent.’
‘For all the ways Melissa has found to get us working as a team which has helped us to improve our quality of childcare. For all the ideas she has given to us which have allowed us to be more creative with organising our work in the rooms and which also I'm sure will lead us to improving our OFSTED mark too! Our hard work is never invisible to her, it’s always appreciated :)’
‘Charlotte is developing well as a nursery practitioner. (Charlotte is) really interested in looking after and helping the children. Charlotte also helped at my son's birthday party.’
‘Kad has found his place in the nursery working with the babies. Kad has come up with displays and activities that capture the attention of the children. Kad encourages the children in his care to try things that they might not feel comfortable with.’
‘Tyrone is fun, lively, very supportive of Toby and works really hard. He always takes time to tell me what Toby has been up to and even when Toby has had a difficult day has generally found a way to make him laugh.’
‘This has to go to Carol, really do I need to say more? Not sure how she'd feel about being given this award when she's so young but there you go! Carol is an exemplary leader whose leadership clearly enables staff to contribute their individual skills making a vibrant, dedicated and happy team! Carol was one of my main reasons for choosing BUB because I knew her staff were confidently, competently and fairly led.’
We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. The Management team would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the managers and staff who make Bringing up Baby the special place and company that it is.
We as a management team would also love to hear from you, so do always feel free to e mail us at email@example.com
We wish all children, parents and staff a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. See you in 2013!
Paul, Debbie, Anne, Rohan & John
By guest, 12-Jan-2012 23:49:00
It is an exciting time at Bringing up Baby as we have been busy re-branding our nurseries. We have spent some time updating our look to reflect our vibrant, energetic and caring nurseries and staff. We hope you like it! We are excited to start our blog where we will be providing a wide range of information from selecting a nursery to child development.
The re-branding has been a lot of fun – after all we have just enhanced our look. Personally, it has provided me time to reflect on Bringing up Baby and our objectives and goals we had when we started our very first nursery as mothers. We wanted childcare that would not only look after our children but provide them a place that would love, nurture and care for them while we were at work. Out of that desire we started Bringing up Baby over 20 years ago!
There was no doubt in our mind (then or now) that the most important factor in choosing a nursery was to pick one where the carers engage and enjoy the children as that creates happy, engaged, secure children. In all the years that have past that hasn’t changed. One of the key factors in choosing childcare is a place where your child happy and looks forward to going to and spend the day it is important they have a bond with their carer – this primary relationship matters more than anything.
At Bringing up Baby we know the importance of our team and the relationship each child has with their primary carer and developing their learning journey. Interestingly, Ofsted are coming to a similar conclusion. In recent years, the main thrust of an Ofsted inspection on a nursery has been safety issues especially safeguarding ones. But under new plans, inspectors will concentrate instead on whether children feel loved and emotionally secure while they are in the nursery. They will also look at children’s personal development such as how ready they are to share and take turns, and how well they engage with other children around them.
The plans are out for consultation until April but at Bringing up Baby we wholly support the initiative as it makes perfect sense to us and something we value at each of our nurseries.
Looking back over the years the litmus test of a carer’s abilities are at the end of the day, whether a child would choose to be with that person if the parent is not available. After all no carer is ever going to replace a parent but surely the very best accolade for the choice you have made for your child is if your replacement is the next best person in their life?
Laughter and enjoyment is another key factor in measuring the nursery selection. Not only does this show your child is enjoying their time at nursery it is also improving their social skills through their attachments and relationships with people who care for them.
Like every working mother, I understand the team at Bringing up Baby makes all the difference to the children’s experience. After all to be able to do your job you need to be secure that your child is safe and happy.
We feel privileged to be part of your family’s life.
All the Best,
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