Aug 26, 2021

Canterbury August News: Potatoes, Carnivals and Burgers

Cant Aug

Welcome to our new monthly newsletter format, we hope that you enjoy it. You will find the same information as before in our newsletter below, however as it is online, you can access it at any time and easily share the link with friends and family to read. Just a reminder that our newsletters will be shared on the last Friday of each month from now on. Enjoy!

August has been a very busy yet fun month for all with the cycle of children moving from baby room to Caterpillars, Caterpillars to Butterflies and of course our Butterfly children leaving to get ready for their journey to school. We have provided our children with a variety of social stories to support these transitions and are pleased to say our children have been amazing in their settling process and adapting to change! Well done! I would like to thank all children, parents and carers for the amazing and thoughtful gifts that staff have gratefully received!

August news

What an action packed month we have had here. We started August with National potato day, with the children participating in a variety of events, learning how potatoes grow, the different ways of eating/cooking them, potato printing exploring shapes, patterns and colour changes.

The children celebrated Notting Hill Carnival by learning about the colourful festival enhancing their knowledge of events that take place around the world. The children dressed up in colourful outfits and used streamers to dance along to cultural music.

 To celebrate National Burger day, the children had a wonderful week making healthy burgers, using a variety of vegetables and salad from their own vegetable patches and setting up picnics in their gardens with their peers.  

Babychoos

During August, Babychoos have been using their hands and feet to mark make on paper with paint. This sensory experience has developed their interest in making marks, mixing colours, and encouraged turn taking and new language.

Also, Babychoos have been using their fine motor skills and listening and attention to search for hidden dinosaur fossils and bones in sand. This activity has encouraged their knowledge of understanding of things that exist when out of sight, enhanced their fine motor skills and turn taking.

The book of the month has been “The wheels on the bus”! This book has been chosen through the children’s interest in small world vehicles and singing the song. This will support new vocabulary and expression by using actions to the words. Our sign of the month has therefore been “Bus”.

Caterpillars

The Caterpillar children have been exploring the textures and shapes of a variety of different fruits and veg. They helped to chop the produce, discussing flavours, the changes of quantity and shape and then created prints on paper by dipping each product in paint and stamping on paper. This has enhanced the children’s mathematical language, fine and gross motor skills, extended language and encouraged turn taking and pattern exploration.

From exploration of growth and changes over time by observing our plants, the children created growth charts using handprints to enable them to measure ‘how many hands tall’ each child is. This has enhanced the Caterpillars’ understanding of the world, and how we need food and water to enable us to grow comparing what we need to give our plants to support their growth and development.

The book of the month has been Teeth, teeth, let’s brush these teeth”. This story has been chosen to support our children’s understanding of the importance of healthy eating an oral hygiene. Of course, our sign of the month has been “Teeth”!

Butterflies

The Butterfly children have been exploring similarities and differences, by looking though magnifying glasses at natural resources, small world bugs and ones found in the garden! This activity has encouraged new friendships, extended communication and language, mathematical language and understanding of the world.

Also, throughout August the children have been continuing to get to know their new routine and environment following transitions from the Caterpillar room. This has supported their Personal, Social, and Emotional skills and understanding of change and feeling and emotions.

We would like to wish a wonderful school journey to all of the Butterfly children who are leaving us soon or who have left ready for their school transition in September 2021. It has been fantastic to see the children grow and flourish. It has been amazing to be part of their early years experience. Thank you to all of parents, carers and families for your support during your time with Choochoos.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout September, Babychoos will be learning about space by using a variety of different shaped balls in moon sand to create the solar system, looking at a picture book to make the connection. This will support the children’s awareness of textures and size through sensory exploration alongside their peers.

During September, the Caterpillar children will be starting to explore Autumn, by engaging in stories surrounding season change and the effects Autumn changes have on our environment.

Throughout September, the Butterfly children will be exploring feeling and emotions, engaging in social stories and listening to the book ‘the colour monster’. The children will create emotion puppets to enhance their understanding.

National Eat Outside Week will be celebrated from the 1st-4th September. The children will be experiencing picnic teas outside in our gardens, learning about alfresco dining and events from around the world!

Roald Dahl Week is between the 7th-10th; throughout the week the children will be learning about the famous author and his stories including ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.  They will dress up as their favourite story characters and create some story puppets.  

Jeans for Genes Day is on the 13th, and the children will be fundraising for this very special event, dressing up jeans, learning about this special day and creating a patchwork quilt out denim material.

Pirate Day is on the 18th, and the children will learn about pirates, create treasure maps and make eye patches! Ahoy me mateys!

Finally, Harvest Festival is between the 21st-27th. The children will be learning about this wonderful festival throughout the week, and we will be collecting tin food items to donate to a local homeless charity.

Other important information

Our staff will be taking part in health and safety training led by Meg and Debbie to enhance and refresh their knowledge to be able to continue to create a safe environment for all at Choochoos.

For all of our pre-schoolers who are off to ‘big school’ very soon, please continue to refer to our starting school display, with information on ‘Starting School’ in September 2021. We will keep you up to date and inform you of the school process. If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk. Your child’s record of transfer was delivered to your child’s school in July, ready for their transition in September. Your child’s eyLog will be made into a PDF and emailed to you once your child has left Choochoos. If you have not already done so, please inform us of the day you wish to be your child’s last day in written form or by email with one month’s notice.

We will be beginning to plan our Autumn/Winter menus this month. If you have any suggestions, please share these with us via email or telephone.

In line with the EYFS updates, we have been updating and reviewing our online safety policies, procedure and practise, as per other emails. The Website Childnet International provides a parent/carer and family toolkit to help support with online safety in the home. We will also display these posters in our lobby areas for you.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk. Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk.

Activity for home

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 sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Donna East, Nursery Manager


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