|Welcome to June’s newsletter, we have been incredibly blessed with the wonderful weather so far and have welcomed some new families following the half term; everyone is settling so well! We have also welcomed 3 new staff members into the team, who will be assisting during this busy period. They are Zoe, Courtney, and Terry, and I’m sure you will see their friendly faces from time to time. I would like to say a huge well done to the Foxes’ team for their lovely open evening in the pre-school, its fantastic that the Squirrels’ parents get this opportunity to really understand what happens in that all important final year of nursery.
This month we have been celebrating the beginning of EURO 2020, with lots of football being played in our lovely garden. We have also celebrated Father’s Day, ensuring all of those important Daddies and special men in the children’s lives get that recognition for the amazing foundations they help create for these special little people we care for at nursery. And true to our forest school ethos, we will be getting fully involved with International Mud day on the 29th June!
The Hedgehogs and Robins have been enjoying lots of water play to keep them cool in this lovely sunshine, following on from this interest both groups will soon be receiving lovely new water trays! Hedgehogs have been practicing their physical skills with lots of throwing games, and with the careful assistance of our lovely practitioners, they are climbing the big frame in the main garden and going down the slide! Robins have been enjoying their new transporting station, which enables the children to collect and enclose all of the little treasures they collect around the room. And using a cosy tepee tent to read stories in their cosy area.
The Squirrels’ children have a lovely new Play Dough station that feeds into their home corner; here they can be found making Play Dough pies, and birthday cakes, using lots of different natural resources such as sticks and pinecones to finish of decoratively. A common goal following on from recent assessments in Squirrels is to refine those all important counting skills. To assist with this, Claire has made a fun Lilypad game across the open floor space. The children have been throwing beanbag frogs onto the pads which are number labelled, we also have a ginormous number line displayed on the wall which is used during large group times to point and make reference to. The children are growing eager to start their journey into Foxes and are already demonstrating an interest in forest school, playing bonfires which has been extended fantastically by our talented practitioner Shannon!
The pre-school have been learning lots about internet safety this month, sharing stories such as “troll stinks”, and “chicken licken”. They have also been making real progress with their name writing, those reception teachers are going to be super impressed with our little Sandhills group! We have had many teachers visiting the setting, getting to know the children that will be joining them in September, so everything is falling into place.
What’s coming up next month
Next month we will be having our pre-school graduation, this will take place on the 12thand 13th July. This will be taking place outdoors, weather permitting. We very much look forward to celebrating with all of our pre-school children.
We hope that July continues to bring us lots of sunshine so that they children can continue to make the most of their outdoor areas, exploring and discovering at every opportunity!
Other important information
Whilst many parents have already done so, I would just like to remind the few that haven’t yet, that we really must have sun cream and a hat for every child in nursery.
May we also remind you that we are still adhering to the procedures put in place to keep us safe during this on-going pandemic. Please ensure we use the markings on the floor when waiting to drop off and collect children, ensure masks are worn even outside of the pre-school. And please do be mindful of symptoms such as coughs and high temperatures, I do appreciate the frustration this causes when your child is sent home but please understand we are following government guidance that is still very much in place.
Thank you so much for all of your support.
Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager