Dec 15, 2021

Barnt Green December News: Penguins, Pyjamas & Polar Bears

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

We can’t believe this is the last newsletter of 2021! We would just like to say a big thank you to all the families, new and old, for your continuing support over the last 12 months especially with all the changes that have happened at Barnt Green. 

On behalf of everyone here, 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, and we look forward to seeing you in the new term!

December news

This month at the nursery, the children have enjoyed lots of winter and festive activities. They had their Christmas dinner on the 15th December, and next week, they will be having their Christmas parties on the 20th & 22nd December and Polar Express Day on 21st December, where the children can wear their pyjamas to nursery.  

The baby rooms have enjoyed lots of messy and sensory play this month, exploring different textures and using different food items to extend their imagination. For example, they have using cereal as food for the animals. The babies have also been using their hands and feet to make lots of beautiful Christmas decorations.  

The toddler room have enjoyed lots of festive activities including snow play, making letters to Santa and decorating festive baubles. The children have been extending their language development by being encouraged to talk about their Christmas experiences and listening to their peers talking.  

The preschool rooms have been watching short clips about different cold climate wildlife; penguins, polar bears etc and then used materials to create their own versions. The children have talked lots about Santa coming and have begun to learn some festive rhymes and songs.  

What’s coming up next month

We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022, with many exciting days coming up in January. The children will be celebrating a range of different events, such as National Bird Day on the 5th January, National Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th January, National Handwriting Day on the 23rd January and National Puzzle Day on the 29th January. 

Other important information

Firstly, Caitlin will be starting her maternity leave after the Christmas holiday. We wish her all the best and can’t wait to meet our newest member of the Sandhills Barnt Green family. We are also looking forward to welcoming Stacey to our nursery team and all our new families that will be joining us in the New Year.  

 Our employee of the month is Claire T. Well done Claire! 

 Also, just a reminder that nursery will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopens at 7.30am on Tuesday 4th January 2022. 

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 Sandhills Barnt Green would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  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.

Morgan Thomas, Nursery Manager

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