Feb 22, 2021

Alvechurch February News: Snow, Pancakes and Chinese New Year

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Hello to all of our families! We hope you all doing well and keeping safe during these times. Another month has passed with the children being very busy and celebrating many different festivals. The children are doing so well and we love to see their happy faces first thing in the morning to brighten up our days. 

February news

This month, everyone has had a wonderful time playing outside in the snow. The children have also enjoyed bringing the snow indoors and using their imaginations with small world play ideas. 

During February, everyone in nursery enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed Chinese dragon dancing, making fans and looking at Chinese writing. Lisa, our Nursery Chef, cooked the children a lovely sweet and sour chicken meal with egg noodle and prawn crackers.  It was delicious!

The children also have enjoyed sharing love and care with others for Valentine’s Day. The children throughout the nursery made lots of different arts and crafts to celebrate this special day.

This month, the children also celebrated Shrove Tuesday. They had a wonderful time decorating pancakes, allowing the children to enjoy and try new and familiar tastes. The children used different fruits to create faces on their pancakes before enjoying them at snack time.

The babies have become little explorers during February, exploring our whole new area and outdoor resources. The children were very curious and engaged with all of the resources; they investigated the natural wooden blocks, large stones, chunky chains, different textured brushes and sensory mats. The babies have also loved getting to see the snow and for most of them, this was the first time that they had experienced it. The babies wrapped up and had a fabulous time creating their very own experiences in the snow. 

Throughout February, the toddlers have enjoyed learning all about the wintry weather and the different animals that it brings. The children have engaged in snow play, ice play, role play games, number matching and much more. They have been enjoying making ice catchers and watching them shine in the sun from the window. The children have also been talking about looking after animals in this chilly weather too. They made some lovely bird feeders for the birds and enjoyed observing the birds from the window view. The children have also been very curious in exploring the new curiosity corner; using their fine motor skills to explore a variety of natural objects. 

The pre-schoolers have been looking a lot into developing their language skills this month, making up their very own stories together. The children each shared their own ideas as they added it to the book. Kelly then relayed the story back to the children which they all loved, captivating their focus and imaginations. The children have also been learning a lot about quantities and grouping; this is an ongoing activity which they are all enjoying. 

What’s coming up in March

We have a lot of events to look forward to next month already! The 1st of March is St David’s Day and we invite all children to come in to nursery dressed in yellow. This will also work alongside raising money for the Marie Curie Charity. 

On the 4th of March, we will be celebrating World Book Day, a firm favourite at nursery! All children can come to nursery dressed in their favourite book character. We look forward to seeing you all dressed up. Which characters will we see this year?!

On the 17th of March, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! We invite everyone to come in to nursery dressed in orange, green and white. We will be celebrating throughout the day with many different festive activities. 

Other important information

On Saturday 20th February, most of our staff refreshed their first aid training. 

Please can we remind parents to ensure they are keeping their distance when waiting to drop off or collect their children. Can parents also ensure that the children are not mixing with children from other bubbles during pick up and drop off to ensure the safety of all. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. 

As under current circumstances, we are unable to do parents evening. We have put together a parent progress sheet for you to see how well your children are getting on. We have sent around a feedback sheet; please can we ask parents to fill these in and return to us as soon as you can.  

Thank you for your continued support.

Emma Cockerill-Maher, Deputy Nursery Manager

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