Oct 26, 2021

Colchester October News: Potions, Pumpkins and Halloween

Nursery children reading animal book

Welcome to October’s monthly newsletter, the change of weather has been very noticeable even by the children! However, it is lovely to see the change in colours all around us and encourage the children to look after our planet and see the natural changes that happen. We all hope you have enjoyed your first half term in your new rooms if you have moved rooms and are settled in well both you and your child.

October news

The children in Twinkle Stars have enjoyed plenty of fun craft activities such as using stampers and cotton buds for mark making, making collage pictures and with Halloween soon approaching, the children have used their hands and feet to create ghost and spider paintings. In our tuff-tray this month we’ve had pumpkins and the children have explored their textures and colours, as well as finding out how good they have been for rolling around the room, before we’ve carved them open to use the seeds in scooping activities

What a lovely start to the term we’ve had in Sunbeams, we have welcomed some new friends which we’ve loved getting to know – we’ve had fun learning each other’s names during circle time. The children have been developing their physical development and enjoying using the climbing frame and wall within the garden so to facilitate their learning we provided them with the large indoor climbing frame, lots of fun was had with this, the children even turned it into a shop which served ice creams – this really helps to develop the children’s imagination and social skill as they give ice creams to their friends.

We have also re-introduced self-serving at lunch/teatime to help support the children’s independence, the children are able to serve their own entire meal and choose what they want. The children really enjoy this and explore new foods as they are getting good at giving things a try! To support the children further we have been working together within the room to develop their control over one handed tools, this has included using tweezers to pinch small objects and transport them, using jugs to pour within the water trays and using mark making tools. This also helps the children to build their hand muscles ready for prewriting.

Some of the Sunbeam’s children have also shown a strong interest in using scissors – we have provided them with training scissors to enable them to independently make snips in the paper! Great work Sunbeams! With Halloween in sight, we have had lots of fun with pumpkins, we cut them up and they then used spoons to scoop out the seeds and added them to potion bottles to make ‘spooky’ pumpkin potions! This then led to discussions about Halloween and what we do at Halloween – some of the children are excited to be “trick or treating” – although this has encouraged us to speak about staying safe and staying with our mummies and daddies. We also had a visit to the park in which the children did really well talking about why we must be safe by the road and had lots of fun when we were at the park.

Pre School started October by celebrating world animal day and the children were very excited to wear their costumes and act out like animals with their friends! We spoke about the colours and patterns on animals as well as where they live. The children have shown a high level of interest in The Colour Monster, which we have been labelling our emotions, we have painted our own colour monsters and jars as well as making our own emotion jars, which the children done a colour hunt around the room which included the children to think about size of the item to fit in a bottle. The children have been working on their fine motor skills, using a variety of one-handed tools, such as scissors, markers, and hammers for tap tap.

The children have been really keen and talking lots about Halloween, we have implemented a variety of activities such as making masks, exploring pumpkins, exploring a variety of textures which are slimy with spiders in!

We have done a science experiment using the Skittles (the sweets) placed them in a circle round the edge of a plate and doing this we spoke about our favourite colours and patterns as well as mixing colours too! We poured some warm water onto the plate and the children noticed a change!

We are really promoting health eating and good oral hygiene; having lots of discussions on healthy foods and why we need to brush our teeth, so if you do provide a packed lunch, please can you provide a healthy pack lunch, and NO chocolate or nuts is in your child’s lunch box please.

We have had a trip to our local park (children were very fascinated when they saw houses decorated for Halloween too) and woodlands which the children walked beautifully and found lots of sticks in the woods which they later used as wands!

As the weather is changing, please can you provide your child with a coat and hat, gloves, and scarfs (can these be labelled please) also welly boots for when we go out as we are looking at going out more often.

What’s coming up next month

On Friday 19th November we will be celebrating Children in Need, so are all able to wear our pyjamas to nursery. We will also have a cake sale and a what can you feel in the box!

On Friday 19th November Pre School are welcoming parents to come and play with the child/ren from 10am till 11am, a chance for you to see what we do in our room, also as it’s Children in Need we are wearing pyjamas on this day so please join in.

On Tuesday 23rd November Twinkle stars will welcome their parents in for a stay and play from 10am till 11, again you get to see what we do in our room.

On Wednesday 24th November our Sunbeam room will be welcoming their parents for stay and play from 10am till 11am, come and see what we get up to and how we like to learn new things!

Looking ahead to November in Twinkle Stars, we will be looking at both Firework night & Diwali at beginning of November by doing colourful crafts & exploring light up toys and resources to investigate light & help develop colour recognition. Finally just a reminder for parents; as the weather is now getting colder could we please have some warmer clothes in bags as well as providing coats for our daily outdoor play.

Next month in Sunbeams, we are going to be exploring a variety of textures and colours changes with the leaves and continue our work on one handed tools. We will be going out on walks and trips to the park more regularly please can you ensure you provide your child with some welly boots that are labelled please.

In November Pre School will be celebrating Diwali, Bonfire night, as well as Children in need which we can all come dressed in our Pyjamas!

Other important information

This month we have employed two new members of staff, who are bank staff so you may see them around the setting they are Esther and Michelle. Welcome to the team, it is great to have you on board with us!

We would like to remind parents that as the change of weather is approaching, please can we ensure you provide your child with the correct clothing and can parents label their children’s clothes as it is hard for staff to recognise all new children’s clothing. Also, please remember to cut your child’s grapes if you provide them in your child’s packed lunch as this is a choking hazard.

Again, we are promoting healthy eating so please can we have no chocolate or nuts in packed lunches please, thank you for your cooperation with this.

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.

Jo Head, Deputy Nursery Manager


Will Quince meeting nursery children
Nursery child reading an alphabet book

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