Dec 15, 2021

Alvechurch December News: Advent Calendars, Snow & Stories

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Once again, it’s that time of month to share with you all the wonderful things we have been up to, especially in this festive period!

On behalf of everyone at Sandhills Alvechurch, thank you for all your support this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

There has been lots of festive activities happening throughout the month!

The children in the Baby Rooms have been enjoying taking part in a daily Christmas activity advent calendar, where they have a different festive themed activity for each day. They have done sensory painting, snow play, Christmas stories and lots more.  

The children in the Toddler Rooms have been busy making Christmas collages and making chocolate reindeers, and they really enjoyed the process of putting them together. 

The children in the Preschool room have been working hard on their nativity play throughout December. All the children are enjoying learning new songs and remembering their lines ready to show their parents. They have also been learning to say “Merry Christmas”  in four different languages, including sign language.  

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming all our new starters in January as well as welcoming back all the children from their festive break!

Other important information

We are really looking forward to the Christmas fun week, commencing 20th December, with lots of fun activities planned. 

The Preschool children have been working so hard in preparation for their nativity play, which will be held at the village hall on Tuesday 21st December. Can we please remind all parents to wear a face covering at all times.  

Just a reminder that we close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on Tuesday 4th January normal times.

Well done to Sharron, our employee of the month, Sharron is very hard working and a valued member of the team. 

Congratulation to Max Ricketts for completing his level 3 qualification in early years childcare!

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Lucy Corfield, Deputy Nursery Manager

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