Jul 20, 2021

Colchester July News: Transitions, Counting and Colour Monsters

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to July’s newsletter, I can’t believe how quick this year is going considering we are still coping with Covid!

July news

This month, the Twinkle Star children have enjoyed developing their physical skills through a wide range of activities, such as play dough and using our new ride-on toys in the room. With our dolls and teddies; the children have investigated care routines through role play and using kind hands to their peers. Our transitioning children have been having small play sessions in the Sunbeam room to become familiar with the new room’s layout and available resources ready for their move in September.

This month in Sunbeams, the children have been having lots of fun in the sunshine! We have worked towards transition to preschool, which has included lots of discussions about what to expect, discussing how they feel about it, and what they may be worried about. We have been looking at pictures of the room and talking about the staff within the room. Our children have also been working on their mathematical skills, through counting their friends at circle times, counting beads on the giant abacus, and looking at numbers in stories. The children have thoroughly enjoyed these activities and to further their development they made play dough, counting out how many cups of each ingredient they needed, and then using their gross motor skills to it all together to make the play dough.  Once it had been made, they rolled it out and used different cutters to cut out shapes which then led to a discussion about who could identify which shape! Out in the garden the children have enjoyed exploring our new water tray, potion stand and outdoor resources! They went around the garden looking for things they could add to their potions, as they spoke about what it was going to look and taste like. We had some “magic perfume” and some “yucky chocolate surprise”. This promotes the children’s fine motor and hand eye coordination skills as they were using syringes and scoops.

As it’s now the end of term, we have said goodbye and good luck to our term time children within Sunbeams and to help prepare them at home you can have lots of discussions with them about moving into the Preschool room!

July has been an emotional month for Preschool, as some children have left us to have their summer holidays before starting big school in September! Unfortunately, we had to rearrange our graduation due to the restrictions; we are deeply sorry that we were not able to share this special day with you. The children appeared to have enjoyed their Graduation in Preschool, and it is already so quiet without them. Preschool have been busy preparing for their school transition; they have enjoyed visiting Braiswick Primary school and finding out what class they will be in September; a Puffin or a Kingfisher! We also had a visit from Miss Pain, a new teacher in Early Years at Braiswick Primary, who is Kingfisher’s teacher. She read the children a book and answered lots of questions from the Preschool children. Throughout July the children have really thought about their emotions as we got two new books – “The Colour Monster” and “The Colour Monster Goes to School”. These books help the children recognise their feelings, and how they may feel when starting school.

We have received lots of new resources which have been bought out of our Early Years Pupil Premium such as a new dolls house, fire station, hospital and more! The children have enjoyed exploring these new resources, and we extended this by linking them to real life experiences such as visiting hospital, riding in an ambulance, and how to respond if we see or hear a fire.

To celebrate the fantastic year, each child in Preschool made their own individual graduation hat, and we had soft play and balloons out. Once again, it has been a pleasure to look after your children, and to watch them learn, grow and become ready for their next chapter at school. Don’t forget to wave to us from Braiswick Primary, and we wish you all the luck in the world at your new school in September.

What’s coming up next month

Looking ahead to August, it’ll be the summer holidays, so we’ll be continuing our theme of ‘Holidays’ and ‘Summer’. Hopefully we can continue to enjoy warmer weather and plenty of time outside in the gardens, with water play, sandy beaches in the sandpit, as well as using the open spaces to move about and explore the natural surroundings.

As the weather is getting a lot hotter, we will be having lots of fun including water play activities for the children to try and help keep them cool, so please remember spare clothes!

We will also be supporting the children who are with us throughout summer by ensuring they are school ready, and we will be doing a variety of activities to support them for their next step.

Other important information

Our last employee of the month was Laura from the Twinkle Star room, congratulations!

Please can I remind parents that if your child presents a high temperature or a new continuous cough, please keep your child at home and get them a PCR test. Once we have been shown the negative result they can attend Nursery. If we don’t see the result then I’m afraid your child will have to self-isolate for 10 days, which will stop many children having to isolate. Thank you.

The new term will start on Monday 6th September.

We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.

Thank you all for your continued support throughout this difficult term.

Elaine Sim, Nursery Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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