Dec 15, 2021

Bampton December News: Baking, Disco & Dancing

Nursery children during Christmas time

December has been a busy month already! The children have decorated the nursery, putting up the Christmas trees and are regularly rearranging the baubles. The Elf on the Shelf has been a hit once again; he has been fishing in the sink, climbing the tree and even got stuck under a box, where he was freed by the children!

On behalf of everyone at Bampton, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families! Thank you for all the support this year!

December news

Everyone across the nursery has been participating in many Christmas themed crafts and activities. 

The Preschool children have had the opportunity to do some festive baking including gingerbread people and mince pies. They will be coming home with Christmas folders filled with their creative Christmas masterpieces. They have also shown great dedication in learning their Christmas songs, which we will be recording and sending to all the parents to view. 

The babies have also been experiencing many sensory Christmas crafts and activities, including reindeers using their handprints, holly using their toes and snowmen too! They are also enjoying singing Christmas songs for their Christmas carol performance and dancing to Christmas music. 

On Tuesday 14th December, the children had wonderful Christmas party. We will also be having a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing and pigs in blankets. There will even be a special visit from a very important guest- Father Christmas himself will be popping in to see all the children! All the children will also be able to enjoy a Christmas disco with singing and dancing along with some party games. 

What’s coming up next month

In January, we look forward to welcoming some new children and their families to both rooms at the nursery! 

In Preschool, we will be talking about New Years Resolutions. The children will be given many opportunities to mark-make during the week commencing 24th January as it is National Handwriting Day that week. We will also be celebrating Burns Night on Tuesday 25th January. 

In the Baby room, the children are going to be learning about animals of different shapes and sizes, and this will involve a wide range of crafts. We will also be participating in Bird Watching Week at the end of the month as well as National Storytelling week at the end of January/ beginning of February. 

Other important information

Sadly, on December 17th, we will be losing Claire, who is currently in the kitchen covering Sarah’s maternity leave. Claire has also worked in both the Baby and Preschool rooms. We will be very sad to see her go but wish her all the best with her new venture. Good luck Claire! 

Term ends for term-time only children on Friday 17th December. For all other children we close on Friday 24th December at 1pm. The nursery reopens on Tuesday 4th January.

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!

The whole team here at Bampton would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has once again been full of ups and downs but we thank you all for your support. We hope you have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022! 

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.

Kirsty Farmer, Deputy Nursery Manager

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