Newsletter 27th January 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week in school. I have enjoyed spending time in the Nursery where the children have been learning about the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. They have enjoyed all things bear and porridge related and have used their imagination in role play and cooperating with other children. It’s wonderful to see.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Winter Blues – Getting Out and About

When the tinsel has been put away and the Christmas break is over, January can be a tough time of year. The dark gloomy days and the wet chilly weather can make it difficult for us to find our ‘get up and go.’ However, fresh air and exercise can really help improve our mental wellbeing. Getting everyone ready and out of the house can be a challenge as a parent -locating wellies, coats, water bottles and the whole kitchen sink can sometimes zap the happiness out of going on an adventure together, but hang in there, it’s worth it once you get out!

We are really lucky in Norwich, there are some great open spaces. We have selected parks reasonably close in distance to our school and tried to list facilities that might be helpful. There are many more open spaces accessible by car:

Catton Park – Oak lane, NR6 7DB, wooded areas, benches, multiple access points with parking, some paths suitable for scooters/bikes, trees to climb, new wooden sculptures, picnic area, no toilets, dog friendly.

Ketts Heights – Ketts Hill, NR1 4EZ, recently restored, great place to explore with various trails, contains the remains of a medieval chapel, 19th Century garden terraces, beautiful viewpoint over the city, picnic benches, no toilets,

Harrison’s wood – Blueboar lane, NR7 9AD – Woodland just up the road from Blue Boar lane Tesco, perfect for little legs, not too long, space for den building, but still lots of pathways to explore and logs to climb on.

Slough Bottom Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2BN, BMX trail, basket-ball court, pathways suitable for bikes and scooters, play park, pathways that connect to the Marriotts way (scooter/bike accessible), benches, open green space for ball games, no reliable toilets – often locked.

Wensum Park – off Drayton Road, NR3 2DD, duck feeding, play park with sand, labyrinth, scooter/bike friendly pathways, toilets.

Recreation ground Old Catton – Church Road NR7 7DS, toilets, two different play parks, fitness equipment, large open space for ball games, outdoor table tennis table, ample parking, opposite an entrance for Catton Park.

Sprowston Recreation Ground – 2 Recreation Road, Norwich, NR7 8EN, (next to Sprowston Library) play park, plenty of parking, benches, picnic benches inside the play area, tennis courts, open space for ball games, separate play area with zip wire, large swing and a small BMX area.

St Clements Park – Woodcock Rd, NR3 3TA, City’s first eco-park – It has a children’s play are made from recycled and natural materials, hill slides, tyre nest swing, no car park, some pathways suitable for scooter, rollerskates and bikes, benches, no toilets,

For those of you who would like a few more places to visit maybe further afield: see https://norwich.mumbler.co.uk/kids/days-out/walks/

Roots for little Boots also has some great suggestions: – https://routesforlittleboots.co.uk/

Have fun!

Staffing Update

For those of you with children in our Goldfinch class, we are very happy to confirm that Mrs Emmett has now joined us as part of the Goldfinch Team.

Attendance

Please see the attached link giving some information about the importance of good school attendance, and how, as parents and carers, you can help your child to attain this.

Seatbelts

We have had a few reports recently of children been seen in cars without seatbelts. Can I remind you that Seatbelts are fitted in cars as a way to protect you and any other passengers from harm if the vehicle is involved in an accident. The rules on seatbelts differ depending on whether the person is a child, or an adult, and in some cases special exceptions to wearing a seatbelt may apply.

Children

The responsibility for children wearing a seatbelt lies with the driver of the vehicle.

Children under 3 years old

Children under three years must use an appropriate child restraint in all cars, vans and goods vehicles.

The only exception is in the rear of a taxi.

Children between the age of 3 and 12 (or up to 135cm in height)

The same rules apply as with children under three

Safeguarding

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board is an excellent website to help families as well as staff in schools. There is a particularly good section on sources of information and services available to parents who have separated or divorced and are having difficulty agreeing arrangements for their children. There is a document that lists web-sites and agencies that parents can approach for advice, support and guidance. Click on the link for more information.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Diary Dates

Wednesday 1st February – School is closed due to the planned Teacher strikes

Friday 3rd February – Open Classrooms for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Thursday 23rd February – Height/Weight Screening for Reception Children

Week commencing 13th February – half term holiday

Week commencing 27th February – Parent/Teacher meetings (more details to follow later)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust