Oct 26, 2021

Alvechurch October News: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Sign Language

Alvechurch October

We have had a very busy month throughout October and have enjoyed the change in weather this has given us the opportunity to explore our lovely setting in Autumn. Our children have been out collecting leaves and other things from their environment to explore, and we have enjoyed playing out in the rain and jumping in puddles!

October news

Our baby rooms have been doing lots of sensory play this month using slime and Gelli bath mixture, the children really enjoyed exploring the different textures and finding hidden things inside. We have also been on lots of walks collecting leaves and twigs for our Autumn displays. Our older baby room have been working on developing speech and language and have introduced some very simple Makaton signs such as “Thank you”.

Our Mischiefs room went for a lovely walk around the village to see the scarecrows and decide to make our own and proudly displayed it outside of nursery.

This month our toddler rooms have really enjoyed doing lots of Autumn activities like making hedgehogs using play dough and pasta and leaf collages. Our toddler room have also been getting ready for Halloween by doing a science experiment with pumpkins and bicarbonate of soda; the children really enjoyed watching the mixture expand!

This month our pre-school room have been having a spooktacular month making pumpkins, ghosts and spiders, we have enjoyed carving a pumpkin and talked about how the textures felt inside the pumpkin. We have also enjoyed exploring our new touch table completing puzzles, drawing and playing games.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we are looking forward to celebrating Diwali, Bonfire night and Remembrance Day. The children will be taking part in lots of activities to gain an understanding of these festivals and events.

Our pre-school will be starting to practice their nativity play which we are really looking forward to the main performance which will be held at the village hall in December, details to follow.

We will be putting up our Christmas decorations up towards the end of November and we are excited to see all the lovely artwork and displays.

Other important information

Can I please remind parents to return your Christmas card orders by 11th November please so we can get them sent on time.

As the weather is getting colder can we please ask parents to bring in appropriate clothing such as hats, gloves, scarfs and winter coats.

We would like to congratulate Carol Coleman our employee of the month. Carol is an extremely hard-working member of the staff team and is always going above and beyond to help her fellow co-workers.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Paint with your hands and feet


  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material.
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with.
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper.
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making using their body.
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Lucy Corfield, Deputy Nursery Manager


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