Dec 15, 2021

Faringdon December News: Celebrations, Creativity & Christmas

Nursery children on a walk through nature

So, this is it, it’s the last of the news at Faringdon for 2021! What a year its been!

Firstly, the nursery team would like to extend a massive thanks to everyone that has supported the nursery, and express their gratitude to everyone for their gifts, cards and kind words throughout the year. The team have worked so hard to ensure this year has been as close to normality as possible, and keep with a routine for all the children and parents alike. 

On behalf of everyone here at Faringdon, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Overall, December has been a great and very festive month! The children have taken part in lots of different activities from arts and crafts to baking. But, the year itself has also been fantastic.

Throughout the year, despite the situation of the pandemic, the nursery team has constantly aimed to create wonderful moments for all the children, so that they all had the best possible time at nursery. We celebrated a variety of events,  such as more recently, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali, but also exciting days like Pirate Day, a fun Summer Holiday Club, and lots of activities, such as summer barbeques. 

Each room throughout the year, picked up some new skills, and learned new concepts. The Preschool Room adopted Myrtle the Turtle to reinforce learning about our duty to care for the planet, and it has been wonderful to read about all your green moves, shared on EyLog.

The toddlers also developed the sensory play spaces, and enjoyed the projectors and the sensory den, with so many lovely added resources, to enable a greater exploration of the senses.  

The Baby Room has taken on the curiosity approach; restocking with lots of natural wood play equipment, it’s both heuristic and in keeping with a strong exploration sense. 

Finally, we said goodbye to our Preschool school, of whom as a nursery, we have felt so protective of, and will miss them very much!   

What’s coming up next month

The nursery will reopen in January with a renewed focus on outside garden spaces! We are looking to further develop a sensory garden in the large playground, that will incorporate a space that is quiet and reflective outside the reading den, which in turn, has been an enormous success this year. We cannot wait to invite you all in to see it!

Also in January, the preschool children will be taking up French classes once again, and Club for Kids will be back with us! 

Other important information

The nursery term begins on the 4th of January 2022.  

Please can you all ensure you have read and returned your Terms and Conditions forms to us.  

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.

 Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager


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