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QUAGGY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
Week Beginning 6 Aril 2020
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Content
Keeping in Touch with Nursery
Stay at Home Activities
Music and Movement with Sharon
Story time with Abi
Online Stories and Activities
Support for Families Staying at Home
Keeping in Touch
If has been a very different kind of week at Quaggy. We have a few children in the nursery whose parents are key workers and it has felt completely different to the busy environment that we are all use to. It was really good to speak to most of you this week and great to hear how positive you all are. We also enjoyed getting to speak to some of the children and hearing how they have been spending their time away from nursery. If we did not get the chance to speak to you, a voice or text message was sent letting you know we are here for any questions you may have or if you want to talk. Look out for the home learning journey books this week as we will be posting them to you.
If you need to contact us your can telephone 020 8465 9785 or email us or visit our website for more information
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Stay at Home Activities
Gross Motor Activity for indoors: Walking on Pillows 
This one is simple and lots of fun. Its perfect for a workout safety indoors.
1, Collect up all the cushions and pillows you have, Children can help with this , send them on a cushion hunt.
2. Clear a space on the floor and then line them up and off you go.
Sounds simple but walking on pillows is tough to do especially good for strengthening leg muscle, develops balance and builds on gross motor skills .
 
Floating and Sinking
This one can be done using a bowl, bucket, in the sink or even better .. when your child is in the bath.
You can make a chart using a piece of paper and write the word sink on one side and float on the other.
Start off by asking the child to collect a few items from around the house and once you have your water source get them to put the object in slowly.
Remember to use the words floating and sinking and to explain what these mean. Even for younger children it is great to introduce these words into their vocabulary.
Your child can then write the object on the chart on the float or sink side. You can support your child by using any alphabet cards, resources you have to spell out the name of the object.
Bring in words such as heavy, light, and us e phrases like “ I wonder if , and I wonder why “.
Great for language and mathematical development.

Mindfulness for Children
Mindfulness is about being in the moment and noticing what is around you. As well as adults, children can benefit from spending a few minutes a day practicing mindfulness. It helps with stress and keeping calm. But how do you do this? Here is a link to a document on mindfulness and ideas to do this with your child. 
 
 
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Sharon's Music and Movement
Join Sharon with her online Music and Movement Session
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A Story with Abi
Abi reads a non-fiction book that is a favourite in her family
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Online Stories and Songs

Bedtime Stories
BBC IPLAYER has a different story read to children every night. Celebrities read a story to help your child settle to sleep. Routine is important in these times so you can give it a try here there are also lots of stories archived on this page for you to download. 

The DAD Lab
This is a YouTube channel with lots of science experiments that you can do with your child. A lot of these can be done at home and are a fun way to learn things with your child. There are loads of activities here and you don't have to be a Dad to do these. Visit The DAD Lab.

The Old Branch
This is a great YouTube channel where you can watch animated stories. They are produced very well and will make you smile. There are a number of stories to choose from. You can even access some of the stories told in Spanish. Visit this channel here. 
 
Story of the Week

Thats all for now but check again when we send the next newsletter. 
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Support for Families During this Time
In this difficult time there are still support services for families to help if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Here are some services that are there for you. 

Foodbanks
If you are finding it difficult to put food on the table for your family and need to get help from a foodbank you can visit their website
Greenwich Foodbank
Lewisham Foodbank

Domestic Abuse Support
You can get support and advice on Domestic Abuse from the local authority who have put together a hub of links to services
Greenwich Support and Advice
Lewisham Support and Advice

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice
If you are having trouble with you or somebody you know regarding their mental health and wellbeing there are a lot of links to services supplied by Bromley Lewisham and Greenwich MIND which you can access here.

Financial Advice
Although face to face support is no longer possible with the Citizens Advice Bureau you can still access telephone and email advice. If they cannot supply the advice you need they will know where to signpost you.
Greenwich Citizens Advice
Lewisham Citizens Advice

Support for Older People
Older people are more vulnerable in these times. If you are concerned about an older person then you can visit Bromley and Greenwich website for advice. Lewisham and Southwark Age Uk can be contacted here. 

You can get the latest Coronavirus advice from Royal Borough of Greenwich with information on services and stay at home advice and ideas here. You can sign up to receive regular updates.
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