With this year nearly over, we thought we would make December the most festive and jolly month of all!
This month, we have had children arrive to nursery dressed as the 3 kings, we have had staff sporting Christmas socks and tinsel earrings, and Christmas music playing throughout! I’ve never seen the setting look so festive, everyone has really gone to town and by the looks of the Christmas trees, the children have had a great time decorating them.
Our Nursery Cook, Stacey, really deserves a mention as Christmas is always a busy time in the kitchen with Christmas dinner to prepare. This year, however, Stacey really went to town and made the children all an additional little festive brunch, with Christmas shaped jammy toast and hot chocolates with marshmallows! As I’m sure you can imagine, these went down very well with the children.
The children in Hedgehogs have a wonderful nativity scene created by Emily’s dad. The children have loved exploring the lights and baby Jesus inside. The children have been enjoying lots of singing and dancing to Christmas music. It’s great to see the youngest members of the nursery being so expressive with their little faces. It’s also so rewarding seeing the newest children start to show their characters, they clearly feel very safe and happy at nursery.
This month, the children in Robins really enjoyed being outside. It’s great to see the children running freely in our lovely big garden, they are such little explorers. The children are so energetic and full of enthusiasm, Beccie really does keep them so well engaged with lots of lovely activities on the go. Hopefully you managed to see the photo’s of the children taking part in pass the parcel. Two lucky winners got to take home a lovely Christmassy prize. There is a definite theme of interest in the room at the minute with Peppa Pig and in the night garden, the children are loving these books as well as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The team have been enriching the environment with key characters to encourage language and communication.
The Squirrels children have thoroughly enjoyed mark making this December. They are loving accessing their own mark making resources on their new little table. Sian is working really hard to incorporate numbers and colour in lots of the children’s play and activities. One of their favourite games to play is “I spy” with colours. Nikki recently joined the Squirrels team and made a very good impression bringing in a brand new wooden pirate ship and pirate mat for the children to explore. This is still in use now a few weeks down the line as the children are loving it so much! The children seem to have caught the dancing bug from the children in Hedgehogs, with lots of festive singing and dancing happening daily.
Over in Foxes, Mrs Scott has come away from some staff training feeling incredibly inspired. It’s always so refreshing when our team get to take part in external training and come back with new ideas and a fresh outlook on how we can further support our children and families. Katie and myself have been doing some online orders of resources that will support children in school readiness, paired with the interaction of our wonderful team! Forest School has been in full swing this month and it’s been a fantastic opportunity to be outside, learning, discovering and exploring. Sadly we have had to close the Foxes room for a short period, but the team are super excited to be coming back, even if it is just for a few days before we close for Christmas.
What’s coming up in January
January will soon be upon us and we have lots of things to look forward to! We will be taking part in the ‘Big School’s Bird Watch’, ‘Sugar Awareness Week’ and ‘National Reading Day’. Along with many other exciting activities and themed weeks!
There will be some changes in the staff team when the children return in January. I appreciate there has been some movement in previous months which can be unsettling for the children. It’s been challenging trying to maintain structure with the ever changing nursery life but we feel very confident with the decisions we have made and hope that this will bring some much needed stability to the teams. I do apologise for the many changes we have endured in the previous months, but hope you can appreciate the difficulties that we face in these unprecedented times.
So, in January, our team will be as follows:
Hedgehogs will remain the same with Jordan and Emily.
Robins will see a change, with Beccie and Tammy welcoming a new external Level 3 staff member into the room.
Squirrels will also see a change as our very experienced Nikki Henry is increasing her days and hours to take on the room lead role alongside Shannon, Claire, Imogen and another new external Level 3 staff member.
Foxes are welcoming Sian into the room as their new room lead alongside Katie Scott, Melody, Amy, Danielle and Sarah Brocklesby. Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Sarah Lilley who is moving over to her family business in childcare which is more local and convenient to her home. We wish her all the very best for her next adventure and thank her for the memories made here at Sandhills.
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Now all that’s left to say is I hope you all enjoy the very well deserved break over Christmas. Have a wonderful time with your loved ones and I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year!
Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager