Oct 28, 2020

Alvechurch October News: Autumn, Water Play and Halloween

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

October news

This month, the whole nursery has enjoyed getting creative during World Space Week. Each room worked with the children and created a range of different activities and talked about the wonders of space. 

We have also enjoyed National Baking Week this month which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The children enjoyed getting stuck in and exploring all the different ingredients, carefully watching as the textures changed. The children loved tasting all the different cakes after as well!

For Halloween this month, we created a pumpkin trail for the children to explore. Our lovely parents have worked so hard with their children at home, carving their very own spooky pumpkinswhich we added to our pumpkin trail. Thank you all for these, they look fantastic.

The children have also been on the lookout for spooky scarecrows hidden around the nursery. The children have worked hard to create their own scarecrows to which we asked our parents to judge, so let us see who will win this year’s scarecrow trophy. 

In Mr Smalls and Mr Tickles (0-2s) this month, the team have been settling in our new babies which they have all done really well. The babies are forming lovely bonds with our nursery team. The babies have also been engrossed with water play, enjoying making lots of splashes and watching the bubbles float about. We have also been focusing on encouraging the children’s speech using flash cards and supporting their new language skills. Well done!  

Throughout October, the children in Mr Bumps and Mr Chatterboxes (2-3s) have been working a lot around Autumn and Halloween stories. The children have been exploring on the field searching for natural objects which we have added to our tuff tray. The children have then used these resources to support their imagination, fine motor skills and technology skills. The children have also been very creative by making their own magic wands. This was something they wanted to do after reading their favourite story book ‘Witch Which Wand Works’. They used sticks, paper, glue and glitter to make their wands and then went about casting lots of spells!

In Mr Busys and Mr Messys (3-4s) this month, the children have been using their Halloween role play witches kitchen to make potions and cast spells. There has been a real spooky Halloween spirit this month, with the children conducting a range of different activities based around Halloween. The children have also been focusing on their new weather board and morning circle time, the topic for this month has been ‘room rules’. The children are really loving getting to the reward chart for following the rules and getting ‘star of the day’. 

What’s coming up in November

In November, we will be celebrating Bonfire night. All of our children will be exploring a wide range of different activities to celebrate Bonfire night from stories and videos to baking and different craft activities. 

We will also be commemorating Remembrance Day. We will be joining the rest of our village by placing poppies in the windows made by the children to remember those we lost and the people who fought us. 

We will be hosting a Pyjama Day for Children in Need on the 13th November. Donations of £1 will go towards the charity. We look forward to seeing the children all cosied up in their pyjamas.

Throughout November, we will also be celebrating Diwali and St Andrews Day. The children will be exploring different activities that will help them understand why theses festivals are celebrated. 

Other important information

This month, we have said our goodbyes to Sophie (Baby Room Supervisor) and Ellie (Toddler Support Staff). We wish them all the best in their future and next adventure.

With the weather getting colder now, can we ask parents to make sure that the children have coats, hats, and gloves please. 

We are now enjoying our new Autumn and Winter menus in nursery which started this week (week commencing 26th October). 

Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Emma Cockerill-Maher, Third in Charge and Room Supervisor 

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