Hi everybody! I hope that you are all doing well. Welcome to the February newsletter. Please read on to see what the children have been up to in nursery this month!
I’d like to thank everybody for the fantastic response to the home learning activity challenges. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of families that are taking part, it’s truly lovely to see!
I’m hoping to see even more children returning to nursery once the schools return in March (hopefully!); it would be great to see you all again soon. We are missing you all very much!
This month, we have celebrated Valentines Day and made gestures to all of the people we love very much. In light of love and appreciation, we have been making a super conscious effort to focus on feelings throughout the nursery, both with our wonderful staff and equally wonderful children. We have been learning new breathing exercises to help us feel relaxed, channeling all of our emotions, exploring why we sometimes experience different feelings.
The children have also enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year across the nursery which is one of my favourite events to celebrate. We have also celebrated Shrove Tuesday, where the team made sure that the children had lots of yummy pancakes to try, with a variety of toppings to choose from.
Throughout February, the children in Hedgehogs and Robins have had lots of fun welcoming the 3 bears into their home corner. The children have been learning size language, using the little bowl and the big bowl. They have also enjoyed lots of themed activities around Valentines Day, with beautiful paintings and lots of pretty red lights to create a lovely warm atmosphere. As always, the children are enjoying lots of messy play, with sensory trays to explore. This month, the children have also explored the snow and have been very excited about its arrival! All of our new children are settling in so well, creating lovely bonds with new friends and the nursery team.
Over in Squirrels, the children have been busy exploring their snowy garden, enjoying snowball games and making snowmen! They have also done lots of baking this month, especially making and decorating pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Following a current interest in vehicles, the team in Squirrels have been busy making tracks around the room using hazard tape. The children helped design these by placing them in specific spaces, creating some unusual shapes! They have also been busy making their own traffic lights. The team have also been working really hard to support the use of cutlery, helping the children to practice their independence skills when chopping up pieces of food. The children have been so proud and look to their friends for inspiration.
During February, the children in Foxes have been learning all about the local wildlife, trying to figure out which potential animal left tracks in their snowy garden. The children were quite sure it may have been a fox or a hedgehog, but we are still looking into the suggestion that it was a giraffe! The children have also been celebrating Chinese New Year, making lanterns and learning about the traditional gifting of little red envelopes. The Foxes room is currently undergoing a bit of an environment change in order to better support the larger group, creating more engaging spaces. They have received some lovely new outdoor equipment in their little garden!
What’s coming up in March
On Thursday 4th March, we will be celebrating World Book Day. Between now and then, try to take note of which book your child is enjoying the most and on that day, try to find a way of dressing them like a character from the book! We will be dressing up too and sharing lots of stories throughout the day. We will also be reading our favourite books on our Facebook page so that the children who aren’t in nursery can enjoy a story with the team too! If you aren’t already following us, search for ‘The Old Station Nursery Group’ on Facebook.
Friday 19th March marks Red Nose Day and the theme this year is carnivals. In order to raise money, we are asking that you donate a small amount of money for fancy dress (carnival style). The team will have a little money pot to collect any contribution on that morning. We will also be having a carnival crown competition on Thursday 18th. The chosen winner will receive a small prize, so best start researching and planning how to create your carnival crown!
Other important information
As always, we hope that you are staying safe and we thank you for your continued support.
Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager