Welcome to our July newsletter, this month at Apricot Day Nursery has been exciting for so many reasons! Firstly, we have welcomed two new practitioners, Sofia and Erin. Sofia is our new Apprentice and Erin has just finished her Cache Level 3.
Some of our Sunbeam children have just transitioned over to our Preschool which was very exciting; in their words ‘going to big school’. It has been a busy month as each room has been getting their children ready to move to the next room, and making these transitions as smooth as possible for all children.
In our Twinkle Stars room, the children have had a lovely time welcoming lots of new friends, focussing on lots of different sensory play and building relationships with practitioners as well as peers. To aid this, the practitioners have been utilising their knowledge of ‘attachment theory’, in order to build long lasting relationships and bonds with the new babies.
The practitioners have also enhanced the children’s independence by role modelling how to wash their own faces after mealtimes, and of course with every activity the practitioners have done, they have used visual aids to go alongside which encourages recalling. This will all have such a positive impact on and the children’s communication and language skills.
With the lovely sunshine we have recently had, the children in Shooting Stars have been exploring different ways to play with water! The children love role play at the moment, so the practitioners combined the two and did a washing baby activity which helps to develop their physical skills, as well as health and self care knowledge and skills.
To extend this the practitioners did many different activities with ice, the children loved freeing the sea animals from the ice with a hammer, which then led onto the different marks they can make. To continue this creative and cooling theme, the practitioners did an ice painting activity which the children absolutely loved.
The children also have been practicing their physical skills in the garden with the balancing beams, and have been acting out like different animals! They have also had a lovely time making animal prints using water and paint.
With some of our Sunbeams children moving up to Preschool, we have been preparing them for the transition. Some of the more confident preschool boys have been proudly exclaiming “I’m a big boy now!”, but the practitioners also had conversations with the children about how this is making them feel and what we can do to support each other. We have also welcomed some of the children from our Shooting Stars room to the Sunbeams room, these children have settled so well!
The children have shown a keen interest in the garden and with this beautiful weather we have spent a lot of time in the garden, learning about weeding, and differentiating between what is a weed, and what is a plant. They have been discussing about the life cycle of a plant and how it grows and what the plant needs to grow.
After looking at one of our trees, the children noticed a bird in its nest, so to extend this further the practitioner made bird feeders and the children drew the birds that they could see.
What’s coming up next month
On the 2nd August we will be celebrating friendship day, then on the 4th August we will be furthering the children’s bird interest by celebrating Owl Awareness Day. On the 9th August we will be celebrating Cat Day, and we are inviting all our children to dress up like cats.
Other important information
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you all for your continued support as always.
Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager