Jul 21, 2021

Boston July News: Sweet Shopping, Painting and Graduation

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to July’s newsletter! It seems crazy that the end of the summer term is upon us, it only feels like 5 minutes ago we were welcoming all those new faces in September, and here we are again seeing in the end of the academic year. Considering the year we have had I believe we have made some lovely memories and shared exciting opportunities and experiences with the children, my recent co-hort tracking of the children’s development showed that there has been so much progress happening, with big jumps in development. I’m extremely proud of everybody who has played a part in this, families, staff and children!

This month we have welcomed 2 very special new people into our nursery. We have PC Paws, our health and safety mascot, and Indigo, our Worry Monster. Each room has a shelf where these 2 special characters live and they will be used to support children with understanding boundaries, being kind, and keeping safe within the nursery.

July news

This month we’ve had a real focus on independence across the setting, and something that we have implemented as a result of this is self serving during meal times. At lunch time the children have a lovely open tray in the centre of their table, and with that tray is a serving spoon which they use to pop some yummy dinner onto their own plates. The children are then encouraged to scrape their plates once finished, and have been practicing cleaning their own faces. This goes as far down to the babies, who choose their own bibs, and are supported to carefully place some dinner on their plates. Were finding the children are enjoying this time of day, and look forward to dishing up! It’s also encouraging them to try new foods as they are selecting little pieces of what they would like, whilst still being encouraged to have a variety of what’s on offer. Allowing the children to make this their own responsibility really does encourage them to try that little bit more.

Over in the Hedgehogs, the children have been enjoying lots of painting, and a keen interest at the moment is balls! They have been busy posting, rolling, and throwing, so to extend on this they have been using balls to make marks in paint, their lovely pictures are displayed around the room which they are super proud of! The Hedgehog children have been transforming into magical characters using their dressing up which has now made an appearance again thanks to a little bit more relaxation in restrictions and resources used.

The children in Robins have been enjoying playing shopping, and will often be found packing their bags full of resources, or pushing the trolley round the garden getting their essentials. To further this interest, the practitioners have created a role play sweetie shop which they are using to encourage counting, sorting, and colour recognition. We have also fed in a little bit of oral health promoting teeth brushing alongside this play too. Please note no real sweeties are being consumed, just pretend; which is certainly a disappointment for all practitioners! Next week our lovely Imogen will be bringing in her real shopping basket from home, I just know this will set the imagination of to a whole new level!

The Squirrels children have been having lots of fun with their play-dough station, making ice creams in their ice cream parlour with real cones and sprinkles. They have also enjoyed playing with their new water trail in the little garden, estimating which side the water will fall when poured down the funnels. The Squirrels children are thriving off stories at the moment, and are enjoying roleplaying families and nursery taking it in turns to sit on a chair and recall their favourite stories to their friends, who sit patiently in front of them listening to their friends story telling!

Foxes, what can I say, this month you have been complete and utter tear jerkers, we’ve had the best few weeks, playing, laughing, spending time relaxing, really making the most of these last sessions with the lovely children who have just made us so proud. We enjoyed Graduation over two afternoons, and what a Graduation it was. Hearing all about your strengths, what funny little characters you have become, and your journeys through nursery. The staff in Foxes have been busy doing lots of last minute fine tuning with all these getting ready for school skills, all whilst having so much fun; creating large structures, building tents, as well as making castles and trains in the big garden. Forest school has now come to a close, and the children have said their final farewells to Willow, and ended the session with their favourite thing to do , toasting marshmallows over the bonfire.

What’s coming up next month

Once the 16th August has passed, providing nothing changes, we intend on having a little fun day for the children who are in nursery, hiring a little bouncy castle, having a big picnic in the garden. More information to follow on this.

Other important information

Our staff team at Boston have been kept extremely busy learning all about the new EYFS that is to be in place come September, its been really refreshing to go over everything again with a fine tooth comb, and seeing the improvements made across the framework. We are looking forward to implementing this with the children.

One big change that you may notice in response to this is that the use of EYLOG, (Connect) come September. This will be more like a gallery for the parents as opposed to detailed descriptions and observational story type writing alongside. This is due to the significance being that the staffs time and attention ultimately should be with that child in the moment rather than scheduling time out to catch up on typing all this up, imagine all the additional experiences the children could be in receipt of if this time wasn’t spent rewriting something that has already taken place and can be handed over in person.

Links to the EYFS will still be present with small descriptions, and all baseline assessments will still have the lovely written summary. Please ensure to bear in mind we have an open door policy, so any questions, concerns, or clarifications that you may need addressing can be done so anytime through calls, email, asking if we have five minutes at drop of or making an appointment to speak to a key worker out of ratio.

Employee of the month was awarded to the entire Mr Fox team for their fantastic handovers to school, ensuring that our little Sandhills leavers get the best possible start in their next adventure.

Please remember term ends on the 22nd July and re-starts on the 6th (this only applies to term time only children). If you have applied for 30 hours earlier on in this summer term please bear in mind you may need to reconfirm before the end of August in order to still be eligible.

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 for all your continued support.

Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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