September is always a really significant month for us, welcoming new families and returning children who spent the summer at home. This one has been one to remember; many children we haven’t seen since March as well as lots of our lovely staff returning who have previously been on furlough.
I appreciate it’s a strange time now with all of the new procedures in place when dropping off and collecting your children from nursery and all of the precautions we are having to take with Covid-19 related symptoms. However, we are still so thrilled to be back to some kind of normal and the nursery is buzzing with little happy voices and singing. It’s wonderful!
The children in Hedgehogs have been busy this month! The smallest members of the nursery have had a lovely few weeks getting to know the new babies who have recently joined our Sandhills family. Establishing their new little team of Jordan and Emily too, they are a perfect pair and work in sync.
The children have been enjoying lots of singing and action songs. They have spent lots of time in their little garden making the most of this last summer sunshine. The garden is a particular favourite of our new children who seem to find the trees and natural surroundings very settling.
The children in Robins have also enjoyed lots of activities this month. Our younger 2 year olds have also been thriving off lots of animated singing and dance. The team manage to distract the children from any separation anxiety with their very enthusiastic presentation of ‘Down in the jungle’. This is a current interest amongst the group and following on from this, the children are enjoying lots of enrichments based on animals.
Beccie, the Room Leader, has previously commented on how well this group of children are accessing all areas of the room and are loving the resources available. A firm favourite, however, is the small kitchen and the mirrored table with building blocks on top!
The children in Squirrels, our older 2 and 3 year olds, have been working really hard on their listening and attention skills this month. They have been practicing this in small parts of their routine, such as story time and large group time. It’s all still really new to the children but they are doing so amazingly well. Sian and her team are so proud.
The children took part in Literacy Day at the beginning of the month. The children enjoyed activities based around their favourite story ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’. Danielle made a lovely story basket to assist with their learning; the children have loved playing with the animals and re-creating repeated refrains during their play. The children adore their new dolls house and are really loving exploring with the magnifying glasses. This has given a really good opportunity to practice those all important sharing and patience skills.
The children in Foxes, our 3-4 and pre-school children, are rearing to go with our very full and busy sessions led by Mrs Scott, our Early Years teacher. She’s been busy revamping the little garden to ensure the children are able to enjoy lots of lovely outdoor experiences during free-flow.
The children thoroughly enjoyed Literacy Day where they all made up their own little stories by making marks while talking about their thoughts and ideas. Mrs Scott understands the importance of the story telling; helping the children express and bring to life their ideas. She has helped the children in understanding a beginning and an end to a story. It would be great if you at home, could ask your children about the 2 following stories ‘Hairy toes’ and ‘Cheese and tomato pizza’ as these books have really influenced the children’s play and tends to be the main theme at the moment.
Another keen interest amongst the children is drumming in the kitchen with pots and pans. The team act impulsively to introduce a rhythm and a beat, transforming loud ringing to some kind of a nice sound. And then the singing starts! We have a little kitchen band in the making.
What’s coming up in October
October is the month of ‘The Big Draw’. We’ve had so much fun celebrating this in previous years so we can’t wait to do it all over again. If you have any suggestions or ideas please make them known.
The week beginning the 4th October is ‘World Space Week’ which is another favourite of ours!
Other important information
In light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, please bear with us as we have to be very vigilant with any possible symptoms, such as coughs and temperatures. With the age of our children, the change in taste symptom doesn’t seem to be cropping up so much.
Please understand that as difficult as it is for families and workplaces, we must follow Public Health England Guidelines and insist that families showing symptoms isolate until a negative test result can confirm they have not contracted the virus. A huge thank you to all of our families for co-operating and being so understanding. Your support means the world.
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