Aug 24, 2021

Dover August News: Owls, Pirates and Potatoes

Dover August

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!

Welcome back to our children that have been experiencing a lovely break throughout the summer and welcome to all our new children and families. This month we will be focusing on ensuring all our children feel settled and supported within our environment.  Our staff team will be concentrating on a relaxed atmosphere with calm activities offered.  This will ensure children are feeling safe with new experiences and surroundings bringing an established approach to their learning.

August news

What an action packed month we have had here. We started August with Owl Awareness Day on Wednesday 4th August, with the children making textured collages in the shape of an owl!

Lion Day on Tuesday 10th August was lots of fun, and the children made lion heads using painted leaves and paper plates. Our children also discovered our new story sack for the book “Dear Zoo”.

National Potato Day on Thursday 19th August was celebrated, with the children using our own potatoes grown at Choochoos to create different patterns using paint!

To celebrate Notting Hill Carnival on Friday 27th August, the children made colourful headdresses using feathers, pompoms, glitter, and brightly coloured card. The children then loved wearing these to dance to traditional carnival steel drum music.


Babychoos have been exploring our sensory equipment, this included stones, shells and natural resources. Our children paid close attention in exploring their senses which included touching and tasting, being able to expand on learning by increasing their vocabulary and sounds. This activity was extended by engaging in sensory touch and feel books, developing language and explorative skills.

The children have shown interest in the themed activity of Potato Day using different shapes and sizes potatoes, encouraging the children to explore paint using materials and creating mark, patterns and pictures. The children paid close attention with carefully using small or big potatoes to then choose a colour of paint to make their marks and decorate. This is expanding on their language, independence, choice and self-care.

Our song of the month is ‘Old Mcdonald’, the children are beginning to recognise the animal sounds and encourage Makaton signs. Our Book of the month is ‘Farmer Duck’, to focus on Harvest festival and imitating new words.

Finally, Babychoos would really appreciate any spare utensils you may have for the mud kitchen, thank you!

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Our Caterpillars and Butterflies have enhanced their creativity by designing their own owls and using their imagination skills. Our children used a variety of arts and crafts such as googly eyes, pom poms and feathers enabling them to develop their experiences in different textures. Our children were engaged in conversations about owls and where they live, and the sounds they made by re-enacting this sound and extending their learning through independent role play.

This month the children have explored their senses through ice and paint. They have used their observational skills to watch ice melt and identify changes, such as, colour change and melting. Practitioners have further extended the children’s learning through open ended questions to challenge their thinking skills. Our children have learnt about primary colours and what colours they form when they are mixed. Through this activity the children have gained confidence to voice their thoughts and were able to share this within a small group.

Our book of the month is ‘My granny is a pirate’ to build on our pirate theme day. Our song of the month is ‘Choochoos golden rules’ to support children within their new surroundings.

We would like to wish a wonderful school journey to all of our 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 our children grow and flourish. It has been amazing to be part of their early years experience. Thank you to all of our parents, carers and families for your support during your time with Choochoos.

What’s coming up next month

To celebrate the 16th year of Choochoos our children will be designing their very own party hats and have a special party tea.

On the 6th, we will be participating in Roald Dahl Day with children taking part in different themed activities based on some of the books written by this fantastic children’s author.

For Pirate Day on the 16th, the children will be creating their very own treasure maps, telescopes and pirate hats followed by pirate themed games, with optional dressing up.

On the 17th, the children are invited to wear jeans to nursery and pay an optional donation of £1 to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day.

Between the 20th and 24th, we have our Harvest Festival celebrations, and the children will be exploring sensory themed activities using naturally found food sources such as wheat and lentils. Due to possible covid restrictions unfortunately we cannot accept donations for the food bank, should you still wish to donate please find your local drop off points at local large supermarkets.

On the 28th, as part of our fundraising efforts, we will be holding a bake sale selling the fairy cakes and jam tarts the children have made. You can buy these items at collection times, but please do bring coins as change will be limited.

Other important information

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 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.

All dover staff team will be having fire awareness training. This is part of our core training and is refreshed yearly.

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 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

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.

Hayley Simpson, Nursery Manager

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

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