Jul 27, 2021

Berkhamsted July News: Ice Cream, Weather and Wiggly Worms

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families who have joined us recently. We are very excited about being able to hold parents’ evenings during August where you will have the opportunity to come into the setting at allocated times, and to meet the team who are caring for your child. A signature sheet will be on the notice board outside the office window.

July news

Stars have enjoyed exploring their new sensory baskets which have helped develop their fine motor skills as well as exploring a variety of textures. We have introduced colour themed tuff trays to support the children’s understanding of colours and this has really supported language acquisition. We continue to support the children’s personal and social development as some of them learn how to feed themselves and others learn skills such as drinking from open top cups.

For the Twinkle Stars, improving fine motor skills has been the main focus for this month. There has been lots of transferring using jugs and spoons and the materials have been graded to provide increasing challenges for them. Once they have mastered the pouring and spooning activities, we then introduced the Early Years chunky tweezers and the children have had so much fun trying to pick up smaller objects. The children have been fascinated by the bugs they have found in the garden, and we even made a home for all the wiggly worms. Our favourite book by far this month has been “Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell.

This month the children in Sunbeams have been leaning all about different types of weather, and let’s face it, it’s been a different season every day recently! On the wet and rainy days, we’ve kitted ourselves up in wetsuits and wellies and dived into the deepest puddles, collecting rain in containers to add to our tuff tray where we have learned about different types of sea creatures. In the recent sunshine however, we have worked on teaching the children the importance of sun safety and our dress up area has been full of hats and glasses to put on. We have been keeping cool with plenty of water play and the children even enjoyed being hands on (and gloves on) whilst applying some (old and unusable) sunscreen to our tuff tray family, as we talked about the importance of staying safe in the sun.

This month preschool has been focusing on healthy eating. We have made apple ‘doughnuts’ and fruit kebabs as well as finding out where different fruit comes from and how it grows. We have also been learning about road safety and we made our own bus and talked about the importance of using a car seat or seat belt. The children’s favourite tuff tray activity was making an ice cream parlour, and the ice cream cones were filled with a variety of messy play items. We even used the contents of fruit tea bags for sprinkles!

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to taking part in ‘The Big Butterfly Count’ in August. As we are redeveloping our nature garden, this is a perfect opportunity to engage the children in discussions about nature and wildlife and the importance of providing a rich environment to help wildlife flourish. 12th August marks World Elephant Day, and the children will be learning about conservation projects as well as an opportunity for Mrs Large to come out of retirement and visit the children. For those of you who missed the zoom calls during lock down, she may even put in an appearance for parents too! Finally, the other big focus for August will be a celebration of the Paralympics. Open discussions about the challenges everyone faces in life is an important lesson for us all, but not shying away from those discussions with children is even more important.

Other important information

Congratulations go to Sue who has been awarded Employee of the Month for July. Sue has worked tirelessly to ensure the children in Preschool have a smooth transition to their new school and has liaised with all the schoolteachers so that they have a sound knowledge of the children who are joining them in September.

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, as always for your continued support as we strive to provide the fun, nurturing environment for your children as they continue to grow and thrive.

Jan Weall, Nursery Manager

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