I hope this newsletter finds you well. As we move on into the chillier stages of October, I think we will all agree it’s starting to feel a lot more autumnal.
The children have really enjoyed seeing the seasonal change upon us in the garden, which links closely with the training happening throughout the nursery. Mrs Scott, who is our Early Years Teacher and Forest School Leader, has been leading some team training around Forest School and the main principles behind it. Our biggest shared vision for the nursery is our love for the outdoors so to see this being shared right down to the practitioners in the baby room, is brilliant.
Throughout October, the children have taken part in The Big Draw and World Space Week! It has been a busy month.
There are some beautiful displays going up around the nursery capturing the children’s recent experiences. The purpose of displays is not only to showcase the children’s creations or to share information with parents, it’s also to enable the children to reflect on their learning and continue to build on the thought processes behind them. They will feel such a sense of pride seeing their masterpieces displayed for all to see.
The children in Hedgehogs have a new favourite song, ‘Tiny Tim’ otherwise known as the bubble song. Emily has planned some lovely enrichments around this, including a turtle themed ball pool and lots of bubble blowing. The children continue to love songs, books and rhymes themed around animals and have made some beautiful animal collages.
One of the lovely ladies in Robins bought in some conkers for the children to explore. These conkers have been used all over the room and the children have loved them. They have been used for posting, cooking in the home corner and painting. The children also enjoyed a conker hunt as they were scattered around the forest area for the children to go and find.
This month, the children in Squirrels have re-ignited their love for the bear hunt story and have had fun reenacting it during their play. Claire led a bear hunt in the garden and the children explored the forest area whilst looking for characters from the story. The children have also been busy creating mini squirrels for their all about me display in the room. We are finally getting to grips with the new room names and the children are definitely developing a sense of belonging from this.
A little boy in Foxes sparked an interest amongst the group for volcanoes, leading to a large group volcano eruption! I’m sure you can imagine the excitement this created and the conversations that followed. The children in Foxes have been running with the World Space Week theme and have been learning about all the different planets and then made them using different materials.
What’s coming up in November
In November, we look forward to sharing everybody’s experiences of Guy Fawkes night and hearing all about the fireworks.
We have been invited as a nursery by the Boston Market Team to take part in a new initiative to recognise Remembrance Day. Each of the rooms will be creating their own ‘Field of Poppies’ with the children branding the nursery logo. These will then be on display in town for the Boston Market Day on Wednesday 11th November. We look forward to sharing the children’s creations with you shortly.
Each year as a nursery, we love to support the Children In Need charity. This year’s focus is supporting young people’s mental health following the added pressures arising from the Coronavirus pandemic. Our Room Leaders are busy putting individual plans in place for this but we would like to invite you all to join us on Friday 13th November in our pyjama day dressing up theme.
We also have Diwali and Road Safety Week coming up in November so there is lots happening throughout the next few weeks to keep the children busy and active during their time at nursery. Your child’s activities during these themes will be shared with you on our eyLog app so please ensure that you have activated your account.
Other important information
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Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.
Thank you for your support as always and for being so understanding with pick up and drop off times. We are trying to be as quick as possible whilst still handing over crucial information about your child’s day. We hope you all have a wonderful Halloween with your children this weekend! If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.
Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager