October is such a glorious month. The trees are beautiful and golden, and we can scoop up all the goodness, gathering acorns, leaves and conkers.
The children have begun to explore pumpkins this month in all its forms. Using their skills to hammer in golf tees and scooping out the flesh to make potions and cast magic spells.
The babies have explored painting with different textures, using spaghetti and leek wands as well as potato stamping. The toddlers have been busy making sticky mazes to work through in order to tweezer out a hidden gem. Whilst the children in preschool have been deep in play, exploring everything messy!
The children have really enjoyed the story of the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillars Creepy Crawly Halloween’ this month as part of our Halloween celebrations. this story is a twist on a real classic and one of our top 10 core stories, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
The children have also been exploring with all their senses and it’s a real shame we can’t share with you the pumpkin spice oil that we have been steaming through the rooms. The children have discovered the DoTerra mister and have really enjoyed the calming aromas, but especially the autumnal smells of pumpkin spice!
What’s coming up in November
November would be when we start to really practice our Christmas songs and play, however, with no certain plans for any kind of external party, as we would do in the Corn Exchange every year, we are having to rethink our Christmas plans. We will, of course, celebrate and we have many activities and events lined up, however, it will not be with all our families together unfortunately. Watch this space, we will keep you posted!
Don’t forget we have our very exciting Old Station Nursery Bake Off! I hope many of you will get involved, it’s always such a lovely event, and we know how fabulous you all are at baking. As mentioned, please submit a photo of your entry to the nursery via email by Thursday 19th November. We also encourage you to share photos of your cakes and the baking process on all social media channels using the hashtag #TheGreatOSNBakeOff
In November, we will also be celebrating Remembrance Day and World Kindness Day. It is also Children in Need on Friday 13th November. This year, we would like to ask for you all to come to nursery in your Pyjamas with a £1 donation to Children in Need. The team will also be participating in a fundraising Duck Race and we hope we can send off some much-needed donations to this charity.
We also have some very exciting news for November! Lucy, who works in our toddlers room, has been shortlisted as a finalist for Nursery Practitioner of the Year 2020 in the National Nursery Management Awards. We will submit a short-filmed interview and she will find out if she is a winner on the 26th November. Please do wish her all the very best of luck!
Other important information
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As the weather begins to turn, please be reminded that your children need warm and sensible clothes for outside play, including hats and wellington boots. Please do name label these. We also request indoor shoes, these can be plimsols or slippers.
Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.
Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager