Welcome to the penultimate newsletter before we close for the year and reopen in 2022! It has been the fastest, yet slowest year for us all, I’m sure you can all resonate with the many ups and downs that being in a pandemic has had, working through it, and maintaining a confident outlook has had its toll on many of us. We read stories of children’s confidence levels dipping, that detachment is so much harder, and that young children and adults alike are experiencing anxieties that none of us really considered at the onset. It has been the steepest learning curve for us all, yet the team, above all else, have faced the days with a smile on their face and an activity box of plans ‘a’ through to ‘z’ to keep the children busy and their minds occupied. And this month, and the coming are no exception, brace yourselves, as this is mainly about Christmas!
As in all years we take part in the BBC’s Children in Need fundraiser this year; all age groups donned their fancy dress or pyjamas and settled in for a day of fun and games. Thanks to everyone who donated to the charity, we raised £50!
The children have been enjoying a very exciting new delivery of our Community Playthings Everlast Outdoor Blocks, we went for the biggest size we could, and they are just the most fabulous addition to our outside space. The children who are massively into construction currently have been building all sorts of things, from cranes to houses.
The Halloween Party was a wonderful event, the children made such an effort and really got into the spirit of things. Thanks to everyone for making it so much fun!
What’s coming up next month
You will all have received our December calendar of events as a reminder of what’s to come, the team will also be sharing a ‘what’s happening for the month ahead’ with you all soon too, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Sometimes the emails that contain the newsletter and updates can fall into junk, so do check there too.
Other important information
We welcome Christina to our Preschool Team, please all join us in welcoming her to our team, we hope you all get to meet her soon.
School places for September 2021 need to be applied for by January 2021, a link with all the details has been emailed to all school leavers 2021, however, if you have missed it, do let me know and I’ll happily share it with you all. If you need any assistance, I am also very happy to help.
Please can we remind all parents to collect no later than 6pm, if you would like a more detailed handover, please arrive a little earlier, as we really do not have lots of time past 5.45pm to share with you all.
Don’t forget you holidays dates, we really like to plan, staff scheduling relies on this information, so it’s a great help to the teams when looking at rotas to know who is in or out! As always keep your posts to EyLog coming, we have loved seeing them.
Photos are back from concept photography and hopefully you have all received yours, please do return them to us at your earliest convenience if you would like to order. All orders will be posted on Monday 29th November as a final deadline. Also, we welcome any feedback around the photography, it’s helpful when deciding who to book.
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!
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.
- 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.
Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager