Dec 15, 2021

Boston December News: Mark Making & Baking

Nursery children making paper snowflakes

Welcome to the nurseries Decembers newsletter, which is the last one of 2021! These last few weeks, everyone has noticed such an excitable vibe around the nursery, and it’s been wonderful to see lots of festive clothing, and all the decorations going up.

On behalf of Sandhills Boston, we would like to say a huge thank you for all your support in this last year. We have welcomed so many new families into the nursery,  and its been lovely to see all the children settle into their surroundings, and build friendships and relationships with their peers and the nursery team. 

We hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas break, and have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Overall, December has been a great and very festive month, and there has been a range of different activities for all of the children.

The children in Hedgehogs have had a great time exploring the soft play, and it’s been a great opportunity for them to practice some of their gross motor skills. They have also enjoyed some Christmassy themed playdough, and finger puppet songs and stories all surrounding Christmas.

The children in Robins have been having lots of fun exploring mixing colours, squeezing different shades of paint into bowls and observing the transformation as they mix it all together. They have also been exploring mark making, with different tools. Robins is looking super festive, especially with their new addition of Smartie the Penguin!

The children in Squirrels have had a  lovely little revamp of their water and sand play area, and they have been loving playing in the area! They also have a super cosy role -play Father Christmas scene in their home corner, with a fireplace, stockings, and Christmas tree! In their craft area, the children have been busy with card making , creating their own representations of festive pictures and well wishes and making letters for Father Christmas, as well as some baking!

The children in Fox’s had a special visitor throughout the period of December; a mischievous elf called Cinnamon Fox! The children have been so excited to return in a morning or after garden time to see where his new spot is!

The Pre-school children have been learning lots of new festive songs, making snowflakes and exploring number and quantity with snowmen crafts.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, the children will be returning to nursery after their Christmas break on Tuesday 4th January. If your child accesses a term time contract , the return date is Thursday 6th January.  

Other important information

Firstly, Emily from Hedgehogs is leaving the nursery this month, to pursue her career further in a nannying role. We wish Emily all the happiness in the world and thank her for the many wonderful years we have been lucky enough to spend with her. But, we have a new team member; Charlotte who will be joining Hedgehogs in January.

Becki will be returning to Sandhills Boston for 3 days of the week to work alongside the Squirrels team. Becki has been a part of Sandhills since it opened its doors, and the nursery are so so happy to be welcoming her back! Nikki will also be joining the Squirrels team and this will all take place in the new year.

It is also with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Mrs Scott, who has decided to retire from childcare, and she will be leaving at the end of January. She has been a big part of Sandhills Boston, and we are going to miss her!

During December, rather than an Employee of the Month, the nursery team each put forward nominations, alongside some lovely comments, for someone to be chosen as Employee of the Year. This person is Jordan Butler from Hedgehogs, and it is so thoroughly deserved! It was also wonderful to read the lovely comments written for all the runners up. 

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!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

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.

Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager

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