A reoccurring theme to our newsletters recently has always started with the statement ‘we can hardly believe where the time has gone’ but truly, we are in December, wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
It seems like time has stopped, but also accelerated at great speed to this point in time. What a year it has been? We have all had our moments of exasperation, tremendous doubt and anxieties that would not normally entertain our thoughts, however, look how far we have come. Look how miraculous your children are and have been! They truly have lifted our spirits and along with your support, kind words, thoughtful gifts and constant understanding of the muddy waters we have had to navigate, we got through it together.
That’s not to stay the New Year will not bring about challenges and new guidance, but we can do this. We are all tremendously grateful for your understanding and patience during this time, it has certainly encouraged us all.
This month, the children in Preschool have enjoyed learning and signing lots of Christmas songs. A real highlight for them all has been their little elf that has been visiting daily, setting activities and missions for the children to complete. They have beautifully decorated their Christmas tree with lots of lovely handmade decorations and have been busy creating lots of lovely things that you will all receive at the end of term. We have a new member of staff called Alice (I know, another Alice!) so please to do say hello and welcome her as you get to meet her over the coming weeks.
The children in Toddlers have also had a little elf that has been visiting. Have you noticed his little door on your way into class? The thimble stories have been a great hit too. Sarah shared her very special collection of unusual thimbles and created a special book. She set a daily story including them all, the children were fascinated by them. For this very reason Sarah wins our monthly challenge; this month it was set as the most unusual item.
The children in Babies are thoroughly throwing themselves into all things Christmas. There has been glitter, tinsel, a huge tree and plenty of decorations. They have been extremely creative and have made so many beautiful things. We apologise for the spread of glitter! It really does get everywhere. We also welcome Vicki to our Baby team who will be working with us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are delighted to have her with us.
What’s coming up in January
In January, we take delivery of a new mud kitchen and giant garden scales. The little corner that used to be our growing patch is being converted to a mud space and within this space, we have our new sand shed with additional items which will make it an exciting and exploratory place to play! We really hope this additional space will add even more curiosity to our learning environment.
Our allotment patch in Faringdon has been cleared, so we are hopeful that we can start to take smalls groups in the New Year. We really hope to have our first bumper crop next year. If anyone has an allotment in Faringdon and would be happy to help/volunteer with this project, we would love to hear from you.
Other important information
January term starts back on the 4th and we very much look forward to hearing all of the children’s Christmas news and stories. Please do share with us a few photos on EyLog, we love to see them.
For now, we all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Stay safe and well.
Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager