Welcome to November’s Newsletter! I hope you’re all looking forward to the festivities ahead, the weeks seem to be flying by, and with that a wintery chill seems to now have appeared. It would be a good idea to send your children to nursery in a nice snuggly hat, gloves and scarf to keep them cosy during their outside play.
We had the cutest little visitor getting comfortable in our garden, inside a little tyre a plump hedgehog set up home! Mrs Scott found the little guy, and we gave him lots of space, until it was time for him to continue his journey. The children found this a lovely experience and loved observing from a distance! Our natural, enriched gardens really do create a welcome home for these lovely little visitors. I wonder who we will get next!
We have been lucky enough to be taking part in an oral health project run by Public Health England, this opportunity will help us to evaluate our provision and how we as a setting can support our families in ensuring you have the knowledge and information to make healthy choices. A starting point that I’d like to share with you, that I’m sure most people already do, is to ensure when choosing your groceries you take notice of the salt and sugar content which will be coloured in red, amber or green on the product labels… my advice would be to always opt for products that have the green salt and sugar content label meaning it’s the most healthy option for you and your family.
This month the children all through the nursery have been busy celebrating Remembrance Day, each in their own unique way. We have also been raising money for Children in Need, I hope those of you that came along enjoyed having a yummy cake and a bounce on the castle! Thank you to everybody that took part, as soon as we know exactly how many pennies were raised we will be sure to let you know.
Our Nursery Cook Stacey has started to run a cookery club throughout the nursery, and will alternate days/sessions to ensure across the months every child gets to take part, hopefully you will soon receive a little something yummy. The cheese shapes have been a huge hit, we just need to remind Stacey to make extra for the team, they smell so good!
Following on from last months language recognition for the Hedgehogs children we’ve had some wonderful language development taking place. Jordan and Emily have been working really hard on the children’s listening and attention skills, you may have notice some colourful pictures and collages coming home from their traffic light games, encouraging the children to “stop” and freeze, and then on “go” they wriggle and move all around. They have also had the pleasure of investigating moon sand… the cutest messiest sight! We also have some wonderful little family photo albums building in the baby room, its so lovely to see them pointing out their familiar people and becoming excited!
In Robins the children have been getting super creative, making a large scale tissue rainbow, which has been a great way to encourage colour recognition and explore different kinds of materials, for this activity food colouring was used, with lots of water, however the children have enjoyed using coloured paint to create more wonderful pictures using things like pine cones and sticks to make marks and print with. It’s important for children to learn that they can make marks in lots of different ways, our little Robins are certainly getting the hang of this! The sleep room has also had a transformation, what was a once un-used space outside of daytime naps, is now a calm sensory, exploratory area filled with fairy lights and soothing glowing resources which can be accessed for all parts of the day.
The children in Squirrels are enjoying challenges based around sorting objects, this could be according to size, shape, colour but recently our super scientific Squirrels have been testing to see if materials are magnetic! Recording their findings on little clipboards, which might just seem like a scribble to others, but to them its incredibly factual information that represents their thinking. We love for the children to be able to have similar learning opportunities outside as what they do inside, so its been really great to see the children in Squirrels taking part in large scale painting, they have enjoyed playing in the small garden with the big dinosaurs, and have enhanced their dinosaur land with big bright painted dinosaur footprints! Also look out Mummies and Daddies, we have a new hair salon in town and the children are brushing up on their skills, so I apologise in advance if they try out some of their new hair techniques on you, I’m only joking they are very good, and can be very gentle!
The pre-school children in Foxes have been showing off their refined physical skills in the big garden, we can see so much progress in co-ordination games such as catching and throwing. All are enjoying games based around rules such as chase and different kinds of races! This is all fantastic practice for those social skills that will be built upon when they head of to school next year, talking of schools, hopefully all of our pre-school parents have thought about making their application for your little ones’ Primary School place in September, the school application process opened on Monday and you have until January to get that completed.
What’s coming up next month
Please keep your calendar’s free on Wednesday 8th December between 6-7pm as Santa Clause is coming to town. Please await more information from your key worker regarding a ten minute slot where you can enjoy a small festive performance or activity that your child will be taking part in, then come and find Santa for a photo and a little present, you can also enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie before you leave for home.
A reminder that term ends on Friday 17th December if your little one attends term time only, otherwise if you access an all year round contract of care we remain open until 1 in the afternoon on Christmas eve, please return your Christmas eve slips to us ASAP if you are in receipt of one.
Other important information
We have had a big birthdays in the staff team this month with our Lovely Beccie from Robins joining the thirties club!
This month for our Employee off the month we nominated Shannon from Foxes for her fantastic scaffolding of children’s learning, and Jodie from the office for her super quick acting as the Nursery SENCO ensuring that any child who needs a little bit of additional support gets it right away.
This month, 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!
Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!
If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.
Create your own stained glass window
Please follow the activity idea below:
- Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
- Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
- Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
- Display for all to see.
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice.
- Mark making.
- Shapes and size.
- Developing fine motor skills.
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
- 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