May has been a wild one! Wet and windy and generally some quite grumpy weather sent our way. This didn’t stop the children though! They enjoyed pulling on their wellies and puddles suits, and jumping in all of the puddles made. Making the best out of any situation.
We have had a very busy month welcoming lots of new little ones to our nursery family; some of whom are siblings of our present families and some new families. A very warm welcome to you all. I am very happy to say that everyone has settled well and is enjoying nursery life.
Towards the end of the month, we held a teddy bears picnic which was a was a huge success. The children enjoyed sharing a picnic tea with their teddies and friends. The whole day was full of teddy themed activities; including the 3 bears story, messy play, exploring instruments with their bears and using the bears to practise the children’s counting and mathematical language skills. The teddy bears picnic was also a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for CrackerJacks children charity. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. We are happy to say we raised a total of £50 which Crackerjacks are really thankful for. Thank you again for your support.
Also this month in the baby room, the children have been exploring the marks that they can make using their whole bodies. The children got very messy moving the paint all over the large paper; making foot prints, hand prints and even crawling through the paint. The children have also been busy making marks and exploring the marks that they could make in the sand using different objects. In addition, the children have enjoyed having the soft play out in the room. The children have been practicing their climbing which has helped to develop their physical skills. This has been particularly enjoyed on those severely wet days we have had this month!
This month, the toddlers have been talking about people who help us. The children gave their ideas of the people they feel help them, from firefighters to doctors and bin men/women. The children created drawings of the people who help them and were able to give meaning to the marks they made. The home corner was made into a doctors surgery and the toddlers enjoyed dressing as doctors and nurses, using the first aid props to help make each other feel better. The children have also been discussing their favourite foods and created a picture with all of their favourite foods. The children enjoyed making fruit kebabs, choosing the fruits they enjoy the most.
Throughout May, the children in Pre-school have been showing an interest in flowers and plants. They enjoyed planting a variety of plants and over the month, have been sure to keep an eye on them as they have started sprouting and growing. The children understand that they need time, water and sun to grow so they keep them in the window and at circle time, water them.
The pre-schooler’s have also shown a keen interest in construction this month and have been busy working in small groups to build models. They love to tell the team about their models and all of the parts that they have made. Preschool have enjoyed role play and this month, the home corner has had a few different themes. The children have enjoyed a doctors and dentists, but a firm favourite was the Fairy café. The children dressed as fairies and created fairy cakes to sell to each other at their café. They also incorporated mark making and numbers in their play by taking down orders on their notepads or white boards, counting how much each bill came to and how many cakes each fairy had ordered.
What’s coming up next month
Apart from another busy month filled full of fun and engaging activities, next month, we are hoping for sunshine, lots of sunshine! We are hoping ground work will begin on our nursery gardens so that the children will have a fresh new outdoor environment to explore. We are also hoping that the sun will shine so that work can commence – fingers crossed!
Other important information
Now that restrictions are beginning to lift further, places are opening and holiday’s are allowed. If you do have any dates booked for holidays or days where you know your child/children will not be attending nursery, please could you drop nursery an email or let a member of staff know. This will mean you won’t get us calling you up to enquire about your child’s absenc.
Please note that Monday 31st May is a bank holiday and so the nursery will be closed.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Theresa Wright, Nursery Manager