Old School House Update- September 2015

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Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope that everyone has had a great summer despite the rather changeable weather. It was mixed emotions as we said a sad goodbye to many of our school room children but on a positive note so wonderful to see how they have grown and flourished, and are ready for the next step into big school. DSC09467

I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a quick update and also to let you know about our most recent Health and wellbeing achievement!

Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award 

We are very proud to have become one of only four organisations nationally to achieve the IIP Health and Wellbeing at Work Award for the second time!

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As an Investor in People The Old School House is already recognised as an industry leader in supporting and getting the best out of people. Now as a pioneer of the new Health and Wellbeing award we have demonstrated an even stronger commitment to our team that goes above and beyond the existing Standard. After a rigorous 1-day assessment that involved 1:1 interviews with the staff team, observations and viewing key documents, our IIP assessor Viv awarded the OSH with ADVANCED level accreditation.11113231_947501611957680_7110042299096355637_o

I was then invited to attend a celebratory dinner and award ceremony at the Churchill War Rooms, in Westminster London on September 8th, which was followed up by a mini presentation here at nursery.

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Key areas of strengths highlighted included:

  • Creating transparency and trust and motivating and inspiring people to achieve above and beyond the norm
  • Making use of external best practice and developing this to be effective within the Nursery including much good work based on the previous IIP assessment reports
  • Supporting people to understand their strengths and use their initiative to lead and work with others to improve the Nursery’s performance
  • Creating a culture of health and wellbeing which supports people both within and outside the Nursery and includes all 3 key areas of physical, psychological and social health and wellbeing.

A huge well done to an amazing team!

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Rebranding and New Website

You will probably remember that we were developing our new website which I am pleased to say is finally completed, albeit a little later than scheduled. When we began redeveloping the site almost a year ago we decided after much discussion and debate with the team to also go through a rebranding process.

The key reasons where quite simple:

  • Moving with the times – we needed an updated and responsive site that was able to serve the needs of everyone involved with Nursery.
  • Consolidate and simplify – we needed continuity between nursery and the training center that reflects our aspirations

It will remain work in progress but please take a look and let us know what you think www.oshn.co.uk

Connect Childcare

The iconnect software is now fully implemented and operational. Over the next few weeks Lisa and the team will be sending out information to you all and providing updates via Facebook

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Updated Terms and Conditions

We have updated and amended the OSHN terms and conditions. This will be handed out over the next couple of weeks. We would be grateful if you could please read, sign the attached slip and return it to Lisa and Gemma.

Sensory Room

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We are really excited that development of the new sensory room is now underway. DSC_0354This is a specifically designed environment that will enable each child to enjoy a very wide range of sensory experiences for learning, stimulation, therapy, relaxation and fun. Please feel free to have a look at the plans and details on the landing area notice board. We hope to be using the room from the beginning of October.

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Our Allotment

In July we acquired an allotment across the road from nursery and with lots of help and hard work from our neighbours Tony and Flo Garrod and the school room team it has gone from strength to strength. All the staff and children are involved with weeding, digging, sowing, planting, and watering. Its wonderful to see that gardening can be enjoyed whatever your age and can always teach us new lessons about the world around us that most of us never consider or take any notice of. We look forward to nurturing the children’s interest today in the hope that they will be the allotment plot holders of the future!

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Linda