Dec 15, 2021

Dover December News: Parties & Pass the Parcel

Decorated christmas tree

It’s the final newsletter of 2021! This year has flown by!

On behalf of everyone at Choochoos Dover, thank you for your support this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

All the children across the nursery have been getting into the Christmas spirit!

In Babychoos, the children have been celebrating Christmas, by learning the meaning behind it and the festive traditions of their peers and community. They have sung a variety of Christmas songs to promote language development and encourage rhythmic patterns and rhyme. The children also participated in Christmas Craft week, exploring a variety of mark making resources and craft materials to create baubles, calendars and Christmas cards. 

The children have shown a great interest in the environment this month, and have been interacting with new resources such as train sets, tea sets and sensory items. The nursery team have also introduced some dental role play items, which have supported oral hygiene awareness and self-care.

To get the celebrations started, the nursery has hosted Christmas parties for all. The children have been able to further their positive relationships with peers and adults alike by being given the opportunity to get to know everyone by taking part in party games, such as musical statues, Pin the Nose on Rudolph and Pass the Parcel. Alongside party games, party food was offered followed by music allowing the children to express themselves through music and movement.  

In the 2-4 Years Rooms, Butterflies and Caterpillars, the children have continued to take part in the Christmas festivities by using their creative skills to make a variety of craft ideas to gift to their loved ones. The children were able to take home Christmas cards, calendars and a decoration to place on the tree. Opportunities to use fine motor skills were developed by using paintbrushes to explore with colour and scissors that led onto new teachable moments 

What’s coming up next month

Throughout January, we will be supporting the children to settle back into their nursery routine, by encouraging them to tell us about their Christmas experiences at home. We will be looking at family photographs that have been added to the eyLog as topics for discussion. This will develop their communication and language skills as well as their personal, social and emotional development.  

 There will also be a focus on Makaton signs each month this year, and displaying photographs in our lobby so parents can practise them at home. Makaton is a really useful communication tool to help young children express themselves, especially children who are not yet using single words

Other important information

In the new term, Choochoos Dover will be exploring ‘In the moment planning, which allows the team members to dynamically observe the children whilst spending time with them, taking note of their interests in that exact moment and using the tools that we have as a team, to extend their learning as far as possible, so that they experience several ‘teachable moments’ throughout every day. This means our team members spend more time with the children, and will help our ability to support them in learning, and focus on the children’s interests. Please feel free to speak to your child’s keyperson regarding this. 

Please help us to support your child’s transition back into the nursery environment in January by uploading lots of lovely photographs on your child’s eyLog over the Christmas period. The children are fascinated by photographs from home of familiar facesand it provides wonderful group time opportunities as they enjoy showing their friends. This helps immensely with developing their speech, language and communication skills! 

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

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

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Hayley Simpson, Nursery Manager

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