Welcome to our April newsletter! I hope everybody has had a wonderful Easter holiday, with some longer weekends and bright sunshine. It’s been a busy month here at the nursery, welcoming lots of new families into the setting. It’s great to see all the children popping out to the front of the nursery to tend to our lovely new tree and flower garden. It’s looking lovely and cared for thanks to their help. We have some mini gardeners in the making!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that has taken the time to fill out the parent questionnaires. Your feedback is so valuable and will feed into part of our improvement plan for the nursery.
We have had the best time celebrating Easter across the nursery; making some delicious treats and enjoying egg hunts around the garden. The groups have also enjoyed learning about all things Spring this month; looking at the baby animals that are born around this time and exploring the colours associated with the season.
Throughout April, the children in Hedgehogs had a lovely tea party in celebration of the Queen’s birthday. They played a big part in preparing the food, putting together their own sandwiches, with the help of the team.
This month, Jordan has been going to lots of effort to ensure that the Hedgehogs children have lots of familiar photos of their families all around their room, creating little photo albums and books to enrich the different areas.
The babies favourite thing to do at the moment is to put on their shoes and coats, and go off to explore in the forest. Their favourite book to read at the moment is ‘That’s Not my Robot’ and the team are providing lots of lovely interactive displays themed around this book.
During April, the children in Robins celebrated Earth Day, creating their own little world pictures, helping to reinforce shape names and colours. Beccie carried out a number of activities that demonstrated how we look after our beautiful world, placing lots of emphasis on the children’s happy faces, being kind and spreading joy.
The children in Robins also practiced tea making using warm water and looked at pictures of the Queen before singing happy birthday to her. The Robins favourite thing to play with at the moment is the dinosaurs; we have lots of lovely dinosaur enrichments out in the room and Beccie has learnt a new song which she has shared with the children about jumping dinosaurs. It’s incredibly catchy and also encourages counting which is working fantastically. I am sure it won’t be long until you hear it at home!
Over in Squirrels this month, the children are loving using their new visual time table to explain what is going to happen next in their day,. This has become quite a fixation which has led to some lovely pieces of art, including clock pictures to demonstrate their routines at home too.
With the lovely weather on our side, the children have been spending lots of time outdoors. During this time, they have enjoyed going on lots of different bug hunts to discover the insects which live in the garden. Shannon carried out a lovely large group activity which included twisting tissue into little wiggly worms, then dropping them into water to reveal which colourful shade they have on the inside. The children had lots of fun guessing colours and creating their own wiggly worms to drop and reveal with their friends.
Mrs Scott has been working incredibly hard this month to ensure that every single child in Foxes has managed to take part in a Forest School experience, which has been really enjoyed by all.
St George’s Day is always lots of fun at nursery and the children in Foxes had a great time making dragons and flags, learning about the story behind St George’s Day.
In the craft area, the team have enriched the paper selection with some paper people. The children have been using these to decorate their own version of school uniform, using collage materials and local school badges. Having recently found out which school they will be attending, this is a big discussion point within the room at the moment.
The children in Foxes have also been busy learning a new song all about Spring which they have done so well to remember. If you would like to help your little one at home to remember the words, I’m sure the team would be more than happy to write it down for you.
What’s coming up next month
We will be welcoming some new residents in Squirrels, of the baby chick kind! Watch this space for more details.
Did you know May is National Walking Month? In a bid to practice healthy habits, we will aim to participate in some small group walks around the local environment throughout May. We also challenge parents to walk to nursery (if possible!) for a week between the 17th and 21st May. I appreciate with work commitments and living a fair way from nursery this may not be possible for all, however, a photo of a dog walk at home etc would suffice for your child to join in with the celebrations!
At the beginning of the month, we will also be celebrating International Space Day which officially takes place on Saturday 1st May. The children will take part in a number of activities to help them learn all about space.
Other important information
Thank you to everybody that has responded so quickly to the request to provide sun cream. If you haven’t already, I urge you to ensure you get some in your child’s bag as soon as possible. Could you also ensure that children have a named sunhat in the setting too. Before we know it, the lovely summer will be upon us and it’s always best to be prepared.
A large group of our staff team are taking part in a paediatric first aid course to refresh their knowledge in how to keep your children safe. This will mean that our entire staff team has a full and relevant paediatric first aid certificate.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager