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As you know we had an OFSTED visit on 18th June where we received Outstanding for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and we have maintained our overall 'Good'
I would like to thank all those parents who supported us by sending in testimonials directly to OFSTED.
Helping Hands to the Women's Refuge: The children have been busy collecting toiletery items and clothing for the Women's Refuge.
The children have been busy planting in their wonderful planting boxes and taking great pleasure watching their plants grow. They have also made fresh mint water to drink using the mint they have grown. Thank you parents for your kind donations of seeds and plants, and all other donations we have requested.
Frogs The children check on the tadpoles daily and get very excited when they spot a frog.
Science The children have had a wonderful fun time taking part in science sessions.
Empty Cardboard Boxes Please don't discard your large cardboard boxes. The children love using their imaginative skills transforming the boxes into boats, planes etc.
Thank you to the following parents who have given up their time to share their skills with the children
Olivia's mum organised a police van to visit the children - the children had a great time climbing in and out of the police van and pressing the button for the siren to go off - the police talked to the children about staying safe.
Sasha's dad talked to the children about his role as a 'Brain Surgeon'.
Mila's dad talked to the children about his role as a doctor.
Jamie's mum taught the children to sign.
Freddie's mum and dad demonstrated how plants can be grown through hydroponics
Francesca's dad demonstrated all the different items which are necessary for the police to carry with them - he also talked to them about 'Stranger Danger'
Sharing a skill / profession We are delighted when parents share their hobby / skills / profession with the children. If you have a skill / hobby or are in the police / fire service etc...and you would like to share / arrange a visit to the Kindergarten, please advise a member of staff.
Chagim (Jewish Festivals) All the festivals have been celebrated, and we hope you enjoyed the cheese cake which the children made for Shavuot
Magic While I have been writing this newsletter, I can hear the sound of laughter from the children using the outdoor resources.
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Summer...
It is of paramount importance that the kindergarten is kept up to date with any telephone/address changes.
Can I please remind parents/carers that children should wear named appropriate clothing for kindergarten (no converse style / open toed footwear)
Children should bring warm outerwear which will allow them to take part in the outdoor curriculum.
Letters received recently:
The staff at KDK have provided my son with the best start in life - looking after all of his personal, emotional, social and academic needs. They all genuinely care about the children and make the Kindergarten such a happy and enjoyable place to be. My son is greeted with a smile and a warm welcome every morning and leaves smiling and looking forward to returning.
It was the best decision I have made for my son sending him to KDK and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
To whom it may concern:
Maximus has attended the King David Kindergarten since January, during which time we have seen him flourish. I cannot commend the staff enough for their patience, kindness and care
He is given prime opportunities to learn and grow, develop an interest in creative and outdoor activities as well as develop positive relationships with peers and adults alike.
The communication we receive is exemplary, and each day there is evidence of the learning, spiritual and religious journey Maximus has experienced.
We feel extremely privileged to send Maximus to King David Kindergarten.
Mrs. H. Greenwood.
I have chosen King David Kindergarten for my daughter due to such good feedbackfrom family and friends who have attended as a good education in a safe and fun environment is vital for me as a parent. In the Kindergarten the learning environment is so comfortable for the children to be in and the staff make the parents feel at ease by the constant feedback and updates both verbally in the Kindergarten and by other ways of communication including text, email and the app. My daughter has progressed greatly by being in the Kindergarten as she was very clingy and shy and socially has come out of her shell and is able to not only converse with both adults and children but has formed great friendships with the children and a strong and trusting bond with the teachers.
The teachers have worked closely with my daughter to ensure she has met and exceeded her developmental targets and have kept me updated on this every step of the way. The teachers go above and beyond the experiences that I have expected from a nursery by arranging for guests from different professions to come in and to work with the children regarding things like keeping safe work e.g. Road Safety. My daughter has stomach problems and had to be treated for a possible nut allergy whilst this has been investigated by Alder Hey. The Kindergarten has been so accomodating for this and I appreciate the steps that they have taken to help maintain her health.
My daughter loves attending the Kindergarten and thrives on learning new things each day. So much so that she cried recently when it was half term that she couldn't attend the Kindergarten.
Many thanks, Elaine McGowan.
We have now had two children attend King David Kindergarten. When we initially looked round before our eldest was enrolled we felt that the environment was fun yet educational and would provide her with a good stepping stone before attending school.
Whilst our eldest child skipped in every day without a backwards glance our youngest has always been hesitant about attending. The staff recognised this both in Class 1 and this year in Class 2 and found fun ways to get her to let go of my / my husband's leg and go into class in the morning. We know that once in she settles quickl and joins in all the activities but this little ritual is just her way and they are never pushy and instead see it as a game with her which helps a lot.
We receive regular feedback and can bring up any issues we see at home to see if they spill over into class life.
Both girls have enjoyed the environment and from my eldest I have seen that they give her a good start into understanding what school life would be like.
I have no hesitation in recommending KDK to friends and family as it is a very inclusive environment with staff who genuinely care about every single child they look after and realise that each child is an individual and find the way that works best for them.
Since joining in September 2017, we have been really pleased with the exceptional provision of both care and education that Joseph has received. We were initially apprehensive as Joseph hadn't enjoyed previous setting he had attended but the staff were really sympathetic to this and Joseph settled in brilliantly. I feel this was largely in part to the relationships he formed with his key worker and other members of staff, who really showed him the care and kindness parents hope for.
With regards to the teaching and learning, again we feel this is outstanding. Joseph's development has been greatly enhanced since joining. Lots of his areas such as speech and recall are excellent and we feel KDK has played a huge part in this. The Kindergarten offers a huge variety of VAK activities which I read each day when I pick him up. In addition, we really appreciate the time he spends outside playing, gardening, planting and using the variety of outdoor equipment. The staff strive to maximise the potential of the children at all times. We, and most importantly Joseph, are really pleased with the Kindergarten.
I send my 4 year old to King David Kindergarten because it feels very safe, the security is the best I have seen, the atmosphere in the classrooms is lovely, relaxed, the children are happy. Isabella has a great day every day she goes, she always tells me. The garden playground is brilliant, they are fed healthy food, they do so much, lots of activities, things I struggle to do at home I know Isabella is getting to experience.
Isabella has really developed since going and is doing so well with her writing and letter sounds and numbers.
The staff are friendly, Isabella loves Helen her key person and the other staff members. You can tell they love their job.
I haven't come across anything I'd change.
Also as Isabella is going to Reception in september at King David, she is getting used to the setting and has made friends with other children in Kindergarten that will also be in Reception with her. I feel this will help her adjust to school and give her confidence.
I have a one year old and I dearly hope he too gets to attend the Kindergarten when he is 3 years old.
We have been extremely pleased with the learning environment created by the indergarten. In particular my eldest son entered the Kindergarten with speech delay and your staff used the exercises given by the speech therapy team, to encourage his speech development, which made a significant impact, so that when he was ready to start school he could communicate effectively.
This home - school partnership was a key feature in our decision to send both our children to your setting, and they have both flourished.
My younger child is now ready and eager to start school in September because of the input of your staff.
My eldest son attended Kindergarten in 2014 / 2015 and my youngest son started in September 2017 and currently attends 3 days a week in Class 1. My wife and I both feel that the Kindergarten provides a very nurturing environment for my son to develop. He is well lokked after and he really enjoys his time at the Kindergarten and he is always desperate to get back into the class after the weekend. I feel the Kindergarten provides a good mix of educational activities and free play. It is a very safe environment and the staff provide good feedback on his daily activities. I'm grateful for all their hard work, care and time they have given to my son since he started in September.
Dear Rose Shiffman,
I am writing to let you know that my son Mahavir Thakur has got admission in King David Primary School. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and the Kindergarten Team, both class 1 and 2 for giving Mahavir and us in a wonderful experience for the last two years. To be honest, I was really worried for Mahavir. He had been attending a different nursery setting and was not very keen. However to my surprise, he immediately felt at ease in the King David Kindergarten. I was particularly impressed to see the was staff went out of their way and took genuine interest in 'his interests' which made him feel at home. I was also impressed with your open door policy which allowed me to spend time with Mahavir in his class. I learnt a lot and Mahavir still remembers the occasion and now relates his classroom details with me knowing that I know how it all works.
Mahavir who is a shy boy has opened up considerably with your encouragement. He is confident, inquisitive and caring as well. I can't thank you enough for making these precious years so enjoyable for him.
Hi Mrs Shiffman,
Hope my explanation can be considered
Briefly there are three reasons why I chose King David Kindergarten.
1. King David Kindergarten has a brilliant reputation, with good facilities and experienced teachers work with.
2. It offers a combination of activities (reading, gaming craft works etc) and a progressed teaching programme (eg phonics and alphabet learning) to help children have a smooth transition from pre school to the primary grades.
3. KD kindergarten provides good quality foods and snacks for the children.
Lucas's mum Ning from Class 2H
Dear Mrs Shifman and all the wonderful staff,
My daughter Emily, loves attending King David Kindergarten 3 days a week. She is excited to go in of a morning, she tells me she will be "busy in home corner, busy making gifts for us that we must keep forever and busy learning her letters". She sometimes even asks me can she come into Kindergarten on a Monday / Wednesday (the days she does not attend).
Emily had not previously attended another setting and being one of the youngest (end of July birthday) we worried that she may take some time to settle. In fact, Emily settled in very quickly, this is all due to the caring staff. She tells us about her day and talks about the staff members at home. When we have had an exciting / busy weekend Emily says "I can't wait to get into Kindergarten to tell Marianne and Lisa".
Emily is a happy, super confident little girl. She likes to be busy, is always on the go and doesn't stop talking. All the staff in class one must work hard to keep her so entertained.
6th September 2016
Dear Mrs Shiffman
Our eldest son James has just started in kindergarten today. Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you as the carers looking after James were absolutely brilliant and James settled in, in no time at all (they did a good job of looking after me too, my emotions caught me off guard!). Both the team and the facilities at the kindergarten are excellent, and the environment felt instantly warm, enjoyable and re-assuring.
To: Ms Shiffman, all staff from Class 1 and after school club.
Just a few words to say thank-you to you all for making our daughters early days at the Kindergarten such a happy experience for both ourselves and Holly.
Initially we were both worried about Holly's transition as she had come from another nursery setting, our family have also recently moved into a new home environment following a move in the area, therefore we were expecting her to take some time to settle due to all the recent change. This was certainly not the case, Holly appears to be happy and settled and she shows this by happily explaining what she has done in nursery, from playing, to what she has eaten for dinner in her words "I love nursery", also demonstrates how happy she is.
Holly is delighted that she gets to take lots of things home, such as her paintings, decorated biscuits etc. she really does enjoy the time she spends in class.
We have no doubt that Holly's transition has gone so well due to the hard working dedicated staff, who are also polite, approachable and caring.
Joanne and James
Dear Mrs Shiffman and Class two staff
I would like to say a massive thank you for welcoming Matthew into class two
at the kindergarten. Matthew has settled into his class well thanks to the
staffs caring nature after he was a little hesitant on his first couple of
visits. The staff recognised Matthews interests and used these to encourage
him to feel happy and excited about his day in nursery. Helen encourage and
help make Matthew a Spider-Man mask to engage him into an activity and to
keep his attention away from me leaving in the morning. Matthew loves this
Spider--Man mask at home and associates it with starting nursery. He has
also talked about when the staff and him have laughed about something which
I feel is great that he can do this with the staff and he has a good
relationship with them. We often drive past the nursery and Matthew loves to
point out 'that's my school', it is brilliant that he feels part of
something and also feels proud.
It is really good that the staff write on the board what the children have
been doing that day in their groups so parents can talk to their children
about this. I also look forward to Matthew pointing out any work he has done
on the display outside or in his tray to take home.
My family and myself are so pleased that Matthew is enjoying his time at the
nursery and we are thrilled that we chose King David Kindergarten for the
start of Matthews academic journey.
To all the Staff at King David Kindergarten
I just wanted to write a short letter to say a very big thank you to all the staff at King David.
When I first started my search for nurseries I can honestly say from my first visit to KD I had a lovely feel for it and now some twelve months later, I feel fortunate to have been a part of it and I know both myself, and Tegan especially, will leave with very fond memories.
From Tegan's first day, which was a little daunting for new parents, let alone the children, and not knowing what to expect, we were always made to feel a big part of Tegan's new surroundings.
Although a little hesitant at first it was a joy to soon see Tegan skipping into nursery, which itself speaks volumes of how happy she has been there. It has also been a comfort to myself knowing how well all the children are cared for and looked after.
I've seen Tegan progress immensely throughout her year at KD, from being quite shy and hesitant in new surroundings to develop confidence in herself and in a group setting. To be able to assess and work towards each child's individual need takes an exceptional understanding and is a special teaching skill. I'm only sorry Tegan couldn't have stayed at the Kindergarten a little longer! Although I am confident through the work you have done, will now make the transition from a nursery setting to a new school environment an adventure for Tegan to look forward to.
I can't speak highly enough of your nursery and your dedicated team of teaching staff, you work hard at what you do and do it well, the children have done so much throughout the year which I appreciate must involve an extreme amount of preparation and research to such a young age group. A huge thank you to Tracy too for being such a lovely key worker with Tegan, she always speaks very highly of you and I'm sure will miss you greatly.
Last but by no means least, the class photograph and DVD are an absolute treasure, such a special gift for each child to have throughout life. (I'm sorry you were yourselves camera shy though! It would have been nice to see you all in the photograph!) It has also been a privilege to see some of the Jewish faith in practice and for Tegan to be a part of the Jewish way of life and some of your traditions. We will both take some lovely memories away with us and of course reminiscences of 'Frozen'!
Thank you again for your kindness and friendliness, it's something I won't forget and will always remind Tegan of her time with you all.
I wish you well and who knows our paths may cross again if Tegan is ever fortunate enough to return at some stage to attend KD High School.
FAO Mrs. Shiffman
...........Thank you so much for everything you and the other staff have done to help Alexander settle. Your positive and friendly approach and attitudes have not only helped the transition for Alexander but also for myself and my husband as parents. You and the rest of the staff have really made us all feel like part of the Kindergarten family and I cannot put into words how much we appreciate it all. We are really impressed with every aspect of the indergarten, especially its amazing staff!
Thank you once again
King David Kindergarten. Childwall Road, Liverpool, L15 6WU | Tel: 0151 235 1420| Fax: 0151 737 1752