Nov 25, 2021

Dover November News: Bonfires, Postmen and Pipe Cleaners

Dover November

Welcome to our November newsletter! This will bring exciting times to all the children and the  team at Dover Choochoos as we look forward to the Christmas celebrations next month that we can all participate in. We look forward to the New Year and new beginnings with all our new and existing families.

November news

The Babychoos children have been developing their gross motor skills this month by seeing out a variety of physical challenges indoors and outside. They have explored the big slide and practised their climbing skills enhancing their hand-eye co-ordination whilst navigating the steps up to the slide. To extend on this the practitioners introduced counting in sequence when climbing the ladder to support their number awareness and mathematic development.

The children have also participated in events and celebrations. For bonfire night children created firework pictures using brightly coloured paints and pipe cleaners. This supported their self-expression and multi-sensory exploration. To extend this we discussed past experiences of watching firework displays and touched on the importance of staying safe at firework displays.

The Babychoos book of the month has been “Dear Santa”, which will encourage the children to develop their language skills and interest in printed materials. The song of the month was “When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney”, which extends recognition of rhymes and songs.

In November the 2-4s children experienced a visit from our local Police Officer! He explained to the children the importance of keeping safe and “Stranger Danger” as well as allowing them to try on Police hats and vests. This enhanced their knowledge and awareness of our community and occupations.

We celebrated Bonfire Night and the children created firework paintings using lots of open-ended resources and their imaginative skills. They explored mixing colours together using their hands for a sensory experience.

The book of the month was “The Jolly Christmas Postman”. It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone’s favourite fairy-tale characters. This story promotes friendship and empathy to all!

Our songs of the month have been a variety of Christmas Songs and Rhymes, with the children already practising their Christmas songs to sing to you all at home.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout the month of December, we will be celebrating the festive period with Christmas Jumper month, Christmas craft week and Christmas party week with a visit from a certain special someone!

We will also participate in a Christmas Sing along week with small groups of children singing Christmas songs which will be uploaded to parents via EYlog. We will also be having a visit from our local Postwoman who will be coming to read our children our book of the month “The Jolly Postman”.

Other important information

Please remember to bring your child to nursery in weather appropriate clothing as it is now getting colder, and please make sure all items are named. We politely request that you don’t bring in toys from home, as we have lots of fun and exciting toys here at Choochoos!

Please bring in a pair of named wellies for your child in Babychoos so that they can explore our outside area in the wetter weather.

Parents meetings: Thank you to all your feedback and suggestions from your questionnaires, your feedback is important to us to continue to improve the service we provide for your children. Please refer to our Parent/carers feedback information displayed in the lobby.

Primary School Places: This is a very exciting time for children leaving us to go to school in September 2022. Choochoos has a very robust transition process, which includes discussions with your children, role play and seeking advice from schools on what they would like us to be doing to help with the transition process. To help your child(ren) to prepare for school we will be planning school transition activities, e.g. including in our role play, social and school stories, songs, school photos books and more. Please do come and see your child’s key person if you would like some ideas for activities you could be doing at home. Please see attached some useful starting school tips leaflets.

Kent County Council have released the application process and dates, which I have previously shared and can be accessed on their website here. If you could like to discuss the application process or have any questions about it, please do get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to help.

Parent/Carer Meetings: Thank you to all of the parents/carers that attended our parent/carer meetings. It was such a wonderful success. We hope you found this time useful with your child’s key person. Thank you.

Christmas Closure Dates: As a small reminder, please find our Christmas closure dates below.

Last day open before Christmas: Friday 17 December 2021.

Christmas closure: From Monday 20 December 2021.

First day open after Christmas/New Year: Tuesday 4 January 2022.

This month, 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!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • 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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