Oct 28, 2020

Barnt Green October News: Life Cycles, Sensory Tents and Halloween

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October news

October has been full of autumnal activities; crunching on fallen leaves in the garden and talking about how the colours have changed. We have looked a lot at growth and decay and preschool extended the discussions of Autumn and how leaves change to learn about life cycles of butterflies and frogs. The children enjoyed tuff trays exploring the process of how a tiny egg turns into a caterpillar which then cocoons itself until growing into beautiful butterflies before laying more eggs and the cycle starting again. From this, the children did a similar activity, learning about the life cycle of frogs. 

The toddlers have been using various tools to create marks in playdough and have been encouraged to find their own ways of making marks. We have had a new sensory black out tent delivered and the toddlers have enjoyed exploring the sensory objects and lights inside it.  

This month, the babies have been busy exploring autumnal trays, playing with crunchy leaves and sticks that have fallen from our garden trees. The babies have also shown an interest in photographs of each other. They have been looking around the room pointing to photos of themselves and friends. So much so, the practitioners have created a photo album of the babies playing which encourages lots of language opportunities. 

We have welcomed Clare to our team this month! She is busy working in the kitchen and creating all our yummy snacks and teas. Clare is in the kitchen during the day and has slotted in well to our team and the children love it when Clare delivers their meals. Clare also got married this month! In these crazy times we have at the moment, she has still managed to plan a memorable wedding day. Wjust want to wish her and her new husband, Graham, all the love and luck in the world and hope they have many, many happy years together. 

We all had a fantastic super spooky week this past week where the children participated in a range of Halloween activities each day. We loved seeing all the children in their spooky fancy dress at our Halloween party yesterday, the children all looked fantastic! 

What’s coming up in November

November will be full of colour!

The children will be celebrating Bonfire Night by creating colourful pictures. We will also be commemorating Remembrance Day to remember the fallen soldiers as well as Children in Need.

For Children in Need, we will be holding a colouring competition with a donation of £1 to enter. We will also have a dress up day where the children can come dressed in their favourite fancy dress outfits or brightly coloured outfits for a voluntary donation of £1. All donations taken will go to BBC Children In Need. This will be on Friday 13th November but the colouring competition will be running throughout the week commencing Monday 9th November.

Other important information

Please remember coats, puddle suits, hats and scarves with the colder weather so the children can still go outside and keep warm and dry! 

An email has been sent out about Christmas Eve. Please can you let us know your plans via email sandhillsbarntgreen@theoldstationnursery.co.uk as soon as possible.

Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.

Thank you for your continued support in these confusing times. We understand how difficult and worrying it is when you receive a telephone call from nursery regarding your child’s health. We are continuing to do our best and follow the guidelines we are given to ensure infection does not pass through the children/ team at nursery

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Theresa Wright, Nursery Manager


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