May 27, 2021

Faringdon May News: Books, Recycling and Shadow Puppets

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to what will be June very soon! Finally, the sun is shining and we can all relax in the wonderful outdoors once again, although, as you know, rain doesn’t put us off here at Faringdon!  

It was sad news yesterday morning to wake to the news that Eric Carle, the author of The Hungry Caterpillar and so many other wonderful books had died, but what a great age and an enviable legacy to leave behind. We will be planning a Hungry Caterpillar Day with the children in the coming weeks to celebrate a much-loved author here. Watch this space! 

May news

The Baby room have been exploring all things messy this month, really enjoying the garden and playful interactions with bubbles, sand and water play. The team are building a beautiful WOW board to reflect all of the children’s newly acquired skills and achievements. They have also been stocking up on heuristic play resources and producing a beautiful black and white display of how and why these type of play resources are so vital for learning and development. We are big fans of Community Play Things here. This article is a good read about Heuristic play should you be interested to learn more – click here to read it.

Throughout May, the toddlers have been reading ‘The Giant Turnip’. What a wonderful story that involves all on the farm helping to pull the most gigantic vegetable from the ground. The children have also been creating beautiful artwork for the story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.  

Being able to escape into the SEN Den has given the children many opportunities to discover, light, touch and sound this month. We have a newly acquired Early Years projector that we can use to make shadow puppets, or just project colour through our colour blocks onto the wall,. We also have an aura ceiling projector that we are very excited to use.  

This month, the children in Preschool are continuing their commitment to eco schools and are proactively engaging in environment discussions as well as using resources that reflect their thinking. They’ve been creating using lots of recycled materials as well as making great use of the bins to dispose of items for recycling purposes. If we pop something in the wrong bin, they are very quick to tell us! 

As we move through to the final part of the summer term, school transitions and how we do these is all on our minds. The team have started to collate school transition reports, so please do, when you get the notification of EyLog, add your comments to the bottom, that would be much appreciated. If you have any questions, please do ask, as we are very happy to help.  

What’s coming up next month

We are hoping for some more sunshine as we head into June so that the children can continue to spend as much time as possible outside, exploring our outdoor areas. As well as the usual fun and interactive activities throughout the month, the children will be celebrating some special events in June such as Father’s Day on the 20th June.

Our usual planned summer of trips and events is still on hold for outside of nursery. We are thrilled to have the miniature farm and a BBQ planned for Thursday 15th July. If we can and the rules relax, we will open this to parents too, but this will remain on review. (But you may want to pencil it in your diaries, just in case!) 

Other important information

We will be planning a host of summer activity themed weeks from end of term. Please don’t forget, we finish term on Friday 16th July. We are using our inset days at the beginning of summer this year.  

Please can we remind parents of the common courtesy that must be demonstrated in the car park. We are all aware that the small car park will not fit all in so please be sensible and walk in if you can or use Tesco’s car park if ours looks busy.  

We would also politely ask that if you wish to receive a detailed handover that you come early to do so. All children need to be collected at 6pm and the staff really do need to finish their day on time. Often it will have been a very bus day for them and I know that you all too will appreciate just how hard they all work.  

As restrictions start to lift, we are still being mindful of the expectations of managing the spread of COVID and our illness policy remains the same. If your child shows signs and symptoms of COVID you will be asked to produce evidence of a clear NHS PCR test prior to returning to Nursery. Also, if you have felt the need to medicate your child prior to a nursery session as they seem unwell, they will not be allowed to attend that day.  

If you require any further clarification around this, or you are unsure of what to do, please do call us before making the journal into nursery.  

And a final little note, who saw the programme, the one show this week? Because of all this dreadful rain, the caterpillar’s that feed the birds are not able to stay on the trees and the birds are not able to feed on them, so they are urging people to leave feed out for the local wildlife. If you feed the birds at home, we would love to see your pictures, please do send them onto us!  

We’ve had great fun making bird feeders here at nursery. Here’s a link to a short video if any of you would like to try at home too.  

Please note that it is bank holiday on Monday the 31st May and the nursery will be closed.

Thanks to you all for your continued support. We very much look forward to this last part of summer term with you all.  

Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager

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