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A taste of some of the newsletters I have sent out.

Summer Newsletter - July 

Well it has been a great year so far and a lovely summer, we have all just grown used to the hot weather now, and what a treat that it lasted well into the holidays too.

More new faces….and some goodbyes too.

As always at this time of year we have children leaving us and little ones joining our happy little band, or ‘Team Sam’ as I think Miss Roberts has coined us.

So over the last few months it has been bye bye to Ben Howe, Henri Reynolds and Grace Armitage, Ellie, Henry and Alice Bowers, Toby Smith, Kyle Kapp and Daisy Arnold – Baker, all whiling their way to bigger adventures at Pre school, big school or simply more time at home. You will all be missed.

And we welcomed Izzy Spencer (Josh’s sister) after Christmas, and Dylan Mitchel during the summer term and in September Esme and Indie and Freya and Henry will be joining us too.

So, what have we been up to?

Tea time games

This was a popular game, made up by the children, hands free eating of (what we call) fridge biscuits, they loved it and asked for them every tea time. As you can see Arthurs having none of it, but Olive and Felicity are fiercely competitive, poor George does not stand a chance!!

Dressing up and putting on plays

All the children enjoy having a rummage in the dressing up box to see what they can find and then we are all treated to little plays, they are brilliant and very imaginative.

Easter Crafts

 Lots of lovely coloured in eggs and some decorated one too, to take home for Easter.                        

Planting seeds in the Spring

All the children planted Pea seeds with varying degrees of success, I did some too and mine were rubbish, we did not as it looks in this picture, buy sprouting ones from Savages, just used recycled pots.

 

Birthday Wishes

We has a couple of birthdays fall on the days that particular child was here. So, its was a Dino themed cake for Cillian and Arthur had his name in lights…well smarties really. We all love a birthday, candles singing and best of all cake!                    

                         

 

And, trips out to Park and the Wednesday Play group with the little ones.           

Now, a bit of Housekeeping.

Inset day - Friday 5th October

School is closed this day, so if you are at work and require childcare, let me know, I will be restricted on numbers, so first come first served, and will be charging £5 per hour.

 

Do you need to change your hours?

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to change your hours, for the terms of our contracts state that we both need to give a months’ notice for any changes. Thank you to those who have already discussed their requirements with me, everybody else I am assuming your hours will remain the same for September but let me know if not.

Invoices are always sent out on 25th of each month and I ask that you please pay them by the 1st of the following month to reserve your hours.

Room for improvement??

I am sure that at some point Ofsted will be wanting to visit me, as it has been three years since they last came. So, please let me know how I can improve as I want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be. Feel free to feed back any ideas you may have, or things that I could do differently.

See you in September!


Christmas Newsletter - December 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…… as another 6 months have just flown by and we have all been really busy and now we are counting down to the big day.

More new faces….and some goodbyes too.

A few new faces have joined us this term. Ellie Fisher, Joshua Spencer, Grace Armitage, Sirri Bilton and Henri Reynolds. They have all been warmly received into the group and have settled in brilliantly.

This term we have said goodbye to Sacha, Katie and Emily Webb, Sophia Pereira-Law and Matilda Weiss.

So, what have we been up to?

Playing Schools has been quite popular, with everybody wanting to be the headmistress, this day it was a boarding school and they were all asleep?..............

 PP

And playing Doctors and Nurses too. Grace made a great patient.

And a soft play treat for the little ones……………….
We have had two birthdays here and made some flowers.
(Thank you Felicity!)

And some crafts for Halloween, this is always good and the bigger children love showing the smaller ones how to do it.  For Christmas we have been making star shaped stained glass windows and homemade Christmas Cards….. both will be coming home soon.                          

How we have grown…

All the children love to measure themselves and the measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and of course they all have again!…. 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Daisy – 152cm. (was 150cm). A Badminton net.

Jacob – 148cm. (was 146cm). The height of the Bogeyman.

Felicity – 145cm. (was 141cm). The tallest sugar cube tower ever built.

Ben – 142cm. (was 141cm). Little Red Riding Hood.

Otto – 139cm. (was 137cm). A Walrus sitting up.

George – 132cm. (was 129cm). The longest legs in the world.

Adam – 130cm. (was 129cm). The perfect height for a supermarket shelf.

Olive – 129cm (was 129cm). Giant Prehistoric Rodent.

Jemima – 127cm (was 124cm). The height of a Stone age man 2 million years ago.

Ellie B – 125cm. (was 122cm). A rear tractor tyre.

Anna – 123cm. (was 120cm). A Swan standing up.

Sirri – 121cm. The annual rainfall in New York.

Hannah – 119cm. (was 115cm). The largest Watermelon ever recorded.

Emily H – 118cm. (was 116cm). The height of an Emperor Penguin.

Arthur – 112cm. (was 110cm). The average UK rainfall.

Cillian – 111cm. (was 107cm). Free travel on NY transport at this height or smaller.

Ellie F – 109cm. The tallest 2 year old on record.

Henry – 108cm. (was 105cm). A wheelie bin.

Sophie - 106cm. A men’s Olympic hurdle.

Kyle – 106cm. (was 102cm). A men’s Olympic hurdle.

Joshua – 104cm. A Gooseberry bush.

Alice – 86cm. (was 82cm). Height of a snooker table.

Grace – 84cm. The height of a basketball bat.

Henri – Bit small to measure just yet…watch this space!

A bit of Housekeeping.

My new email address.

I am sure most of you are aware, but I have had to change my email address, so my new address for Childminding is samfrancechildminding@btinternet.com, so please add this to your address books.

Parking at drop off and collection.

Just a reminder that the Woodfield Cottages carpark is fairly full with resident’s cars, and should not be used for the drop off or collection of your children.

Please can you either park in Bull Meadow or The Coombe and walk down. Thank you.

Do you need to change your hours?

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to change your hours, for the terms of our contracts state that we both need to give a months’ notice for any changes. So I will now be assumming that you require the same hours for January.

Invoices this month will be sent out on 27th December (usually 25th of each month) and I ask that you please pay promptly for the following month. Like everybody, I have outgoings from the 1st of each month and the voucher schemes take approx 5 working days from when you process the payment, to reach my account.

One last thing, due to the demand for mornings reducing, from January I will be giving priority to any parents that require both before and after school care.

Room for improvement??

I am sure that Ofsted will be visiting me sometime soon, as it has been three years since they last came. So, please let me know how I can improve as I want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be. Feel free to feed back any ideas you may have, or things that I could do differently.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year!


Summer Newsletter - July 

Well another 6 months have flown by and we have all been really busy and now we are looking forward to the summer holidays…..so what has happened in 6 months?

More new faces….and some goodbyes too.

So lots of new faces have joined us. Fraser, Ben and Anna Howe, Emily and Sophie Haywood, Hannah Partridge, Jemima Harding and little Toby Smith. They have all been warmly received into the group and have settled in brilliantly.

With this being the end of term, inevitably comes a few goodbyes, and that’s to Rhys and Caitlin who are moving to Wales and to Isabella, Fraser and Daisy who are moving up to the Downs. So good luck to them all…….we will miss you!

So what have we been up to?

Dressing Up has been quite popular what with World book day, and playing Witches and Fairies quite fun too! PP      

Reading books and playing games, is always good and the bigger children love reading to the smaller ones and playing games with them too. The older boys tend to play their games on the tablets…..but we do make sure they share.

Making Easter Baskets, this has been our bit of craft for the term, all the children made one and took it home with some chocolate treats inside.    

Toddler Groups and outings, every Wednesday we have been up to Aldworth Toddlers, Matilda, Alice and Toby, the three little ones, love it there. We also go to Beale Park, the Living Rain Forest and a few National Trust properties just to ring the changes.

 The Paddling Pool, at last the sun came out and we were able to get into the paddling Pool, we had a week of super fun and shreeking, sorry neighbours! Henry is asking every Wednesday if he can go in the pool today!

How we have grown….

The measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and my I can see they all have again!…. 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Rhys – 161cm (was 160cm). The height requirement of a NASA Astronaut.

Daisy – 150cm. (was 147cm). The average height for a 12 year old boy or girl.

Fraser – 147cm. Baby Jake Matlala – the shortest boxing world champion

Jacob – 146cm. (was 143cm). The size of the blocks used to build the Great Pyramid.

Isabella – 146cm. (was 143cm).The size of the blocks used to build the Great Pyramid.

Sasha – 145cm. (was 143cm). Current tallest, Sugar Cube tower.

Ben – 141cm. A Flamingo

Felicity Y – 141cm. (was 138cm). A Flamingo

Caitlin – 139cm. (was 137cm). A Walrus, sitting up.

Katie – 138cm. (was 134cm). The height restriction for Kingdom Ka, the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

Fig – 137cm. The size of the Statue of Liberty’s Nose.

Otto – 137cm. (was 133cm). The size of the Statue of Liberty’s Nose.

Adam – 129cm. (was 127cm). Giant Prehistoric Rodent.

George – 129cm. (was 126cm). Giant Prehistoric Rodent.

Olive – 129cm (was 125cm). Giant Prehistoric Rodent.

Jemima – 124cm. The height Bamboo can grow in a day.

Ellie – 122cm. (was 119cm). The height of an Archery Target.

Emily W – 122cm. (was 119cm).  The height of an Archery Target.

Anna – 120cm. An adult male Baboon.

Emily H – 116cm. The length of a Grass Snake.

Hannah – 115cm. Half a million pounds in a stack of £50 notes.

Arthur – 110cm. (was 109cm). A Komodo Dragon.

Cillian – 107cm. (was 102cm). A Grey Alien.

Henry – 105cm. (was 102cm). A Supermarket trolley.

Kyle – 102cm. (was 98cm). A Grand Piano.

Alice – 82cm. (was 73cm). An Artic Wolf.

Toby – 80cm . A Gremlin

Matilda – 79cm. (was 72cm). A Koala.

A bit of Housekeeping.

Parking at drop off and collection.

Now that the Woodfield Cottages carpark is fairly full with resident’s cars, I have been asked to tell you to refrain from using it for drop off and pick up, as occasionally residents have been blocked in?

So please can you either park in Bull Meadow or The Coombe and walk down. Thank you.

Do you need to change your hours?

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to change, reduce or increase your hours, otherwise I will assume that you require the same hours from September and will send invoices out for these on 25th August.

Room for improvement??

I am always looking to improve and want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be, so please feel free to feed back any ideas you may have, or things that I could do differently.

Have a great Summer and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Love Sam. x


Winter Newsletter - December 

Well another 6 months have flown by and we have all been really busy and now we are looking forward to Christmas…..so what has happened in 6 months?

More new faces, some returns….and its goodbyes too.

So lots of new faces have joined us, Ellie, Henry and Alice and Matilda, so we now have some babies in the mix which has been a real hit with the older girls. George, Olive and Arthur, Kyle and Cillian, have all started since September too. All are getting on brilliantly and seem to be enjoying themselves.  

With this being the end of term, inevitably comes a couple of goodbyes, and that’s to Felicity and Tommy who have both been with me a while, but now their daddy is able to do the school run, which is lovely for them and we know we will still see them often.

So, what have we been up to? PPlat

Playing Badminton in the garden.

The weather was great when we first returned to school and the garden just big enough for a game, all the children took turns in having a go.

 

Making Spooky Halloween lanterns.

Building on the success of last year’s pumpkins we decided to do ghosts this year, and they seemed to work just as well, especially Isabella’s that had a spooky floating skirt.

Hama Beads

The Hama beads have been very popular with the girls and the boys, and all sorts of creations have been made and coming home, they take a lot of time and concentration and often accidents happen just as they are about finished, which is very frustrating, but the children all take this very well.

        

Birthdays

Emily, Tommy and Henry all celebrated their birthdays in November, so we had lots of cake…..

Making Christmas Cards

Those that wanted to have been busy making Christmas Cards, the designs are all the children’s own work and most of the writing too…..well done everyone, we hope you like them.

How we have grown….

The measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and my I can see they all have again!…. 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Rhys – 160cm (was 156cm). One thousanth of a mile.

Daisy – 147cm. (was 144cm). Baby Jake Matlala – the shortest boxing world champion.

Jacob – 143cm. (was 142cm). A Grizzly Bear, on all fours.

Isabella – 143cm. (was 142cm). A Grizzly Bear, on all fours.

Sasha – 143cm. (was 140cm). A Grizzly Bear, on all fours.

Ella – 139cm. (was 136cm). A Walrus.

Felicity Y – 138cm. (was 135cm). The height restriction for Kingda Ka, the worlds fastest rollercoaster.

Caitlin – 137cm. (was 135cm). The Statue of Liberty’s Nose.

Katie – 134cm. (was 132cm). One thousanth of the height of Ben Nevis.

Otto – 133cm. (was 129cm). A Chimpanzee.

Adam – 127cm. (was 126cm). A stone age man, 2 million years ago.

George – 126cm. A Didgeridoo.

Olive – 125cm. The size of a rear tractor wheel.

Felicity D – 124cm. (was 120cm). The height Bamboo can grow in a day.

Ellie – 119cm.  The largest known Watermelon.

Emily – 119cm. (was 115cm).  The largest known Watermelon.

Arthur – 109cm. Tallest known 2 year old.

Sophia – 108cm. (was 106cm). The size of a Wheelie Bin

Tommy – 103cm. (was 98cm).  A Cheeta

Cillian – 102cm. A Grand Piano.

Henry – 102cm. A Grand Piano.

Kyle – 98cm. A newborn Elephant.

Alice – 73cm. A dining table.

Matilda – 72cm. The smallest man in the world

Room for improvement??

I am always looking to improve and want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be, so please feel free to feed back any ideas you may have, or things that I could do differently.

And lastly………… all that remains is for me and Jacob and all your children, to wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.                      

Happy Christmas

            

               

Summer Newsletter - June 

Well another 6 months have flown by and we have all been really busy and now we are looking forward to the summer break…..so what has happened in 6 months?

A couple of new faces joined us….and its some goodbyes too.

Tommy joined us after Christmas, and you would have thought he had been here all his life, he was at home straight away and makes us all smile everyday with his observations and comments.             

 Ella also joined us in January and she has settled in really well too, everybody looks forward to her arrival in the mornings, including the rabbits.

With this being the end of the school year, inevitably comes a couple of goodbyes, firstly to Benedict who is moving on to Secondary School, and to Monty who is starting Junior school at Moulsford.

Good luck to both of you!!

So, what have we been up to?

Playing lots of Board Games.

The children have been choosing to play board games together, they help each other and support the younger ones, choosing what game they all want to play.

Making Birds at Easter

I was very pleased how well they all got on with making birds for the Easter bird tree and how lovely it looked! I think we will be doing that again next year!

Making Cards

I hope you have liked the cards the children have brought home, it is always their choice to do a card and they do work very hard on them.  

Dressing up on World Book Day

They all looked fab, we had a Minecraft Zombie, A Where’s Wally, Alice in Wonderland, and several characters from Harry Potter, I love it!

Loving the Rabbits

The children have taken a real shine to Rabbity and Snowflake, and often help to feed them and put them in their run. Sometimes we bring Rabbity indoors for a cuddle, and everybody has time with him.

At Last……..Tea Outside

I think we have managed it twice, but it was fun, let’s hope we get a chance again before the end of term.

And Finally the Splash Pool

Again managed to have it out for about a week, although Tommy is still asking everyday whether I have his swimming costume so he can go in the water! Bless.

They do all love it and even those few who say in the morning ‘I am just going to watch’ (you know who you are :o)) are in the water with everyone else as soon as they see how much fun it is.

How we have grown….

The measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and my I can see they all have again!…. 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Benedict – 156cm. A Blue Whales Heart.

Rhys – 156cm (was 151cm). A Blue Whales Heart.

Daisy – 139cm. The height of a Walrus sitting up.

Jacob – 142cm (was 137cm). Little Red Riding Hood.

Isabella – 142cm (was 137cm). Little Red Riding Hood.

Sasha – 140cm (was 137cm). The perfect snowman.

Ella – 136cm. LuLi smallest Olympic Gold Medalist.

Caitlin – 135cm (was 132cm). The longest Salmon caught in the UK.

Felicity Y – 135cm (was 130cm). The longest Salmon caught in the UK.

Katie – 132cm (was 130cm). The Longest legs in the World.

Monty – 132cm (was 128cm). The Longest Legs in the World.

Otto – 126cm. A size of a Didgeridoo.

Adam – 126cm (was 122cm). A size of a Didgeridoo.

Felicity D – 120cm (was 117cm). – An Adult Male Baboon.

Emily – 115cm (was 112cm). – Half a Million Pounds in a stack of £50 pound notes.

Sophia – 106cm (was 101cm). – A Men’s Olympic Hurdle.

Tommy – 98cm. – A Newborn Elephant.

Future holiday dates cancelled.

The previous dates I said I could not work, 1st – 4th Nov, are now not relevant as we are not going away, so it will be business as usual.

And lastly………… 

I am always looking to improve and want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be, so please feel free to feed back any ideas you may have, or things that I could do differently.

With love Sam x

 


Winter Newsletter - December 

Well another 6 months have flown by and here we are all now getting ready for Christmas and loving it!!

A few new faces join us…..

After all our goodbyes in the summer, we soon had a few new faces joining our merry band. So a warm welcome to Rhys and Caitlin, Sasha, Katie and Emily, Daisy and Otto and Sophia. Then after Christmas, Thomas will be joining us too.

So, what have we been up to?

Growing Flowers.

Well, our wild flowers for Butterflies and Bees grew well and everyone took a pot home at the end of the summer term, Felicity sent me a lovely photo of hers flowering. Thank you.

 And everyone grew a sunflower too, Felicity Y won the tallest sunflower competition, and Monty sent me a fabulous picture of his flowering later on in the summer, thank you as well Monty.

 

Fun in the garden

For a while over the summer we thought the sun was not going to come out, but eventually it did and just before the end of term we had a few good weeks of sunshine and so got the pool out. The children just love it and most could not wait to get in, generally play involves a lot of shrieking and quite a lot of splashing, and even those not that keen to get in, ran around and joined in the fun.

When the pool was not up the girls were keen to practice their gymnastics and some top tips are swapped.

We even managed to have tea outside a few times too.

Halloween Lanterns

During October everybody made a Halloween lantern and did just a brilliant job, I was so proud of all of them they looked great and I was quite sad to see them go.

 

What else has happened?

OFSTED visit

How could I not mention this, thank you all for your great response to my pleas for feedback on my service, you were all very kind and the Inspector sat and read them all, so it was well worth it and although I don’t get a rating because I don’t childmind in the day, she did confirm that everything ‘met’ the required level.

Christmas Crafts

We have all had a go at making some stained glass windows over the last few weeks, and these seem to work out really well.  Christmas Cards should all have arrived by now, so I hope you like them.

How we have grown….

The measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and my I can see they all have…. 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Rhys – 151cm. Minimum height for a Royal Marines Officer

Daisy – 139cm. The height of a Walrus sitting up.

Jacob – 137cm (was 135cm). The Statue of Liberty’s, nose length.

Isabella – 137cm (was 134cm). The Statue of Liberty’s, nose length.

Sasha – 137cm. The Statue of Liberty’s, nose length.

Caitlin – 132cm. The longest legs in the world.

Felicity Y – 130cm. (was 127cm). The perfect sales height for a supermarket shelf .

Katie – 130cm. The perfect sales height for a supermarket shelf .

Florence – 128cm. (was 122cm) Half the height of the world’s tallest man.

Monty – 128cm (was 124cm). Half the height of the world’s tallest man.

Otto – 126cm. A size of a Didgeridoo.

Adam – 122cm (was 119cm). An Archery targets diameter.

Felicity D – 117cm (was 113cm) – The average height of a 10yr old, in Medieval Britian.

Emily – 112cm – The average annual UK rainfall.

Sophia – 101cm – The size of Tom thumb.

 

General Information

Menu for the week

For those children that stay to tea, I now put the weeks menu up on a blackboard in the kitchen, this way they and you (if you would like to know) can see what’s for tea.

 

And lastly…………  Happy Christmas!

I am always looking to improve and want to ensure you and your children are as happy as can be, so please feel free to feed back any ideas you may have.

With love Sam x


Summer Newsletter - June 

I can’t believe it has been 6 months since my last Newsletter.  :o)

First some Goodbyes……

It’s always sad to say goodbye and this summer we have been and will be saying it to a few children. Things change and children move on and my services are no longer required, but this keeps it interesting for everyone and makes space for new children to join us. So here goes, goodbye to Gus and Elliot, who left earlier this month as their mummy now works at our school, we will however still be seeing them on an adhoc basis as and when mum needs to go in early.

Goodbye to James will be leaving us at the end of term as he is changing schools and goodbye to Ellie, whose mummy is having another baby so she will be leaving us at the end of term too.

So it will be all change here, we are however welcoming two new children, Rhys and Caitlin Hetherton, who will be coming in the mornings from September and a few times before and we are all looking forward to that.

So, what have we been up to?

Growing Flowers.

This month we have done some planting, mainly sunflowers, to see whose can grow the biggest by the end of term, a bit of a tall order (pun intended), given there are only about 5 weeks left, but we will see how we get on. All the children have also planted up a pot of meadow Butterfly and Bee flower seeds, just to see how we get on. All of which they can take home at the end of term.

 

The Barbies

A relatively new addition to the house but proving very popular with everyone are the Barbie dolls, House and Horses, they came with an array of clothes and even a Ken doll too. Mostly the girls have had the monopoly on these but on a quiet moment the boys have quite liked them too – but don’t tell them we know…..

Easter Decorations

Back in March all the children had a go at decorating some Easter decorations, they did a really good job, but colouring is their strong point, and most days someone is sat at the kitchen table doing some colouring, which is lovely.

What else has happened?

Well we have had plenty to celebrate, quite a few birthdays and we always try to have a cake for these, teeth coming out and a cross country running event to name but a few things.

We have also realised that we all like Pizza, so we have a Pizza party every couple of weeks, and our new friend the Jelly rabbit often makes an appearance at tea time. As yet we don’t have a name for him, but we all know which bits we like to eat…

How we have grown….

The measuring chart is still very popular and the children regularly ask me to measure them and indeed often measure each other, especially if they think they have grown and looking at this since Christmas we have all grown …a lot! 

Currently we are (in height order) all of the following:

Benedict – 149cm The average height of the Pygmy people of Equatorial Africa.

James – 145 cm (was 143cm). Tallest tower of sugar cubes ever made.

Jacob – 135cm (was 133cm). Longest Salmon caught in the UK.

Isabella – 134cm (was 132cm). One thousandth of the height of Ben Nevis.

Felicity Y – 127cm (was 123cm). Height of a Stone Age Man, two million years ago .

Monty – 124cm (was 119cm). Height Bamboo grows in a day.

Adam – 119cm (was 116cm). Largest known watermelon.

Felicity D – 113cm (was 109cm). – A Munchkin.

Ellie – 108cm (was 103cm). – A Wheelie Bin.

 

Splash Pool

If the weather can stay nice for more than a week, then we are keen to get the splash pool out again, so please remember to bring along a swimming costume and some sun cream that you can leave here, if possible, don’t  worry about towels I will supply those - then we will all be ready to get in. It’s only knee high (on me) but proves great fun every year.

 

General Information

Don’t forget all my policies are on my website www.samfrancechildminding.co.uk for your reference, if needed….and some other general information and a copy of this newsletter.