Oct 22, 2021

Boston October News: Singing, Ducks and Dancing

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome everybody to October’s newsletter, I can’t complain too much about the change in weather as the swich to Autumn is something I find just so beautiful, and with so many wonderful opportunities for the children to observe seasonal changes with all their senses. Hopefully by now you will have all received your little paper bag to collect autumn treasures with your children. I’ve already been on a walk with my little girl and been subject to carrying many soggy leaves and unpleasant feeling things! I do though just love the opportunities this creates for the children to learn about the changes in the natural environment, we enjoyed making a natural collage when we got home using sticky glue and recognised the different coloured leaves together. I did my best to explain how the leaves have all fallen down off the tree which is why they turned from green to brown, then on queue came a million following questions (I know many of you will understand!). I would love to hear about how you have used the paper bags together with your little ones too.

Have you seen our little Halloween display in the entrance foyer yet? In the evening when it gets dark it looks really festive and cosy, the children helped to carve the pumpkin, and I think we can safely say we have confidently established the colour orange amongst some of the slightly older children. On the display you will find recipe cards to take away to make your own toffee apples at home, an invitation to our spooky selfie competition (which you should have all received via email) and a suggestion to try apple bobbing at home for a bit of fun and giggles with your family! As always we would love you to share those experiences with us through photos so we can recall it with the children here during their sessions.

October news

Each of the rooms here have started the Halloween festivities, getting all trimmed up with decorations and taking part in lots of crafty displays within the class. Across the nursery the children have also enjoyed learning about Space, the children have enjoyed themed books, sensory play, planned activities, and even snacks based around the wonders of space.

This week I observed the most amazing singing coming from Hedgehogs, with a real mix of ages in here now from tiny little 5 month old babies to nearly 2 year olds. During song time our older children are singing well known nursery rhymes with clear recognisable tuneful singing, it is the most beautiful sound, hearing the clearly pronounced words roll of the tongue of these little ones is just so amazing! And combined with the practitioners’ lovely singing voices it creates such a good foundation for the younger babies who are enjoying the sensory experience of it all. Jordan has been super busy creating a new interactive display based on ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, the children have enjoyed being very much involved, using lots of messy mark making to create a large bus and exploring related small world toys, books and pictures.

In the Robins, Beccie has been putting together lovely water play activities based on ‘5 Little Ducks’, with pretty blue water, and a variety of floating ducks. The children have enjoyed singing, and exploring number play whilst Beccie tactfully adds and takes away. If you wanted to sing this song at home I know the children will be very familiar with it, they even pick out the ‘5 Little Ducks’ book from a selection as they are so keen to sing it some more. They have also enjoyed some role play based around ice creams, the practitioners enriched the environment with an ice cream parlour shop, the children enjoyed using playdough to squish into ice cream cones, and explored real money. This provided a perfect opportunity to practice counting, colour recognition, and perfect those fine manipulative movements ready for writing! Tammy has had lots of fun practicing colour recognition and counting with the children in the fine manipulative area, anything intricate and fiddly the children want to be involved with, the tiny sorting bears are a particular favourite at the moment.

It’s just not possible to walk past this room without hearing the band of Squirrels, they just love their musical instrument corner so much and spend so much time sat/stood or more than likely bouncing around in there. The staff recognise the value in this kind of play by teaching the children to tap out syllables with their instruments whilst the team clap along. Clapping out the syllables in your child’s name, or favourite song/rhyme is fantastic way to instil the early learning skills needed for reading and writing in the years to come. Something I just love about this group in particular is to sit at lunch and listen to the table conversation, being such a small group of children they have truly made lovely little connections and address each other by name, with too and from conversation, they are such a friendly little bunch and practice lovely manners and social skills. I’m sure they have some extremely proud parents! The children in Squirrels have been experimenting with colour and mark making, exploring sensory paint bags, printing with fruit, large scale chalk pictures. With such an interest in mark making within the room the practitioners have started to introduce name tracing, so will form the letters of the children’s name in a light colour for the children to copy over the lines in a bolder colour. Often it’s quite tricky for them to do this accurately however the understanding that the writing in front of them holds the meaning of their own name instils pride in the children, even if their version of name writing is a tiny squiggle right at the bottom of the paper.

Foxes have also been practicing their name writing during something we call “Busy work”; you may notice these coming through on your child’s learning profile. In the preschool “Busy work” is carried out monthly to observe the developing mark making skills in preparation for school, it’s lovely to go back and compare the style of mark making including both drawings and name formation from the beginning of September to the end of July, it’s a really powerful comparison and you can really see the stages of development that have taken place! Following a recent storm the children have loved learning about thunder and lighting, creating representations of this using wax pictures and a scratching method, we introduced some new vocabulary that the children have been repeating back during large group times when describing different kinds of weather. I don’t know about any other preschool parents but I have definitely over heard my little girl singing the song ‘I’m a little fox tall and proud’, I can’t wait to hear this develop into the full version. If you want to know more about this song I’m sure the preschool team will happily give you a demonstration (hehe) or more likely write down the words so you can help them practice at home! I hear the Foxes have been introduced to the wonders of symmetry, creating beautiful butterfly prints. Well done Foxes it sounds like you’ve been very busy already this term.

What’s coming up next month

On the 19th November we will be celebrating Children in Need, where we will be having a pyjama yoga marathon, a cake sale, and a guess the name of the bear. If your child isn’t in attendance on this day and you would like to contribute please do swing by. Weather permitting there will be a bouncy castle outside to make your visit worth while.

Also with Bonfire night coming up we will be recalling the children’s experiences within nursery so please do send in some photographs and stories.

In November we have some visitors popping by! Sarah Yates is our area manager, and will be coming on the 23rd November, and Lynda Bon who is a Quality and training advisor on the 10th November. It’s always great to catch up with them as we are the only nursery in The Old Station Group family from this county. Whilst we’re a little further afield, they do however keep in contact via virtual meetings, and we looking forward to seeing them soon in person!

Other important information

This Month Tammy Houghton from Robins received Employee of the month for her outstanding practice as always. I’d also like to give a massive shout out to the entire team, we have unfortunately had some staff absent which has made things a little bit tighter than usual, but our fantastic team do not waver, their enthusiasm and drive remains as positive as ever, and you’ll be pleased to hear we are almost back to a full staff team. I promise I’m doing a great job at rewarding everyone with coffee, chocolate, and sweet treats!

Hopefully by now the learning stories which have been written up onto the children’s learning profiles by their key workers will start trickling through. You will receive a follow up call with your child’s key worker to talk over any wishes you may have for the remaining term. However please remember we do have an open door policy so anytime you wish to chat with a key worker or myself do just pick up the phone for a quick chat, or pop by, sometimes we can allocate time here and then dependent on the days circumstances, however it may be that we have to organise 5 minutes on a different date when we can make arrangements for this to take place.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

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.

Paint with your hands and feet


  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material.
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with.
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper.
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making using their body.
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Gemma Lambley, Nursery Manager

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

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