Oct 26, 2021

Faringdon October News: Worms, Spiders and Salt Dough

Children apple picking

Welcome to the October Newsletter! It is certainly autumnal out there and with the change in weather comes plenty of opportunities for learning and exploring. Crunchy leaves and changes in the atmosphere are all talking points, so do share your photos of your explorations with us.

October news

The children have been taking part in many preparations for the half term week, most notably the Halloween party.

The 0 -2s have been exploring pumpkins, scooping them out and refilling with crispy autumn leaves.

The children have been pressing leaf patterns into salt dough and painting them lovely autumnal colours. It’s been a busy start to term with lots of new families joining us, it’s wonderful to see everyone settling in.

The Toddlers have been busy creating spider pictures, using their hands to explore paint. They have been on autumnal walks and enjoyed a little trip to Costa Coffee in town. The children have been able to explore our allotment patch and took tools to dig over the soil, but mostly enjoyed reaching up high to pick our lovely apples from our tree.

We are so thankful to a lovely parent from Preschool who has very kindly donated a wormery to the class. This has been the topic of real fascination and the children have loved exploring this. The wormery zone has been a real collaboration by the team and children, they have painted worms to hang and display, read lots of books about the fascinating life of a worm and continue to photo document the changes to the habitat.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we will celebrate Children in Need, on Friday 19th November we will hold a pyjama day. Please ensure your children have warm clothes under the pyjamas, as it can get chilly. If you can a £1 donation to Children in Need would be truly wonderful. We will hold lots of fun activities throughout the day.

The Nursery will hopefully, COVID planning permitting, be taking part in the remembrance service parade. If you would like your child to help us lay our wreath do email me directly, we would love to have you join us.

Other important information

All of our Christmas plans for parties and the Christmas closure have been shared with you via email. If you have not received this, please do let me know as soon as possible. Please do respond to the party invitations so that we can start to get organised. We all look forward to celebrating the festive period with you!

Please remember that our carpark is relatively small and does get congested. Please respect others using the car park and be vigilant of children at all times. The carpark does get particularly busy around peak pick up and drop off times, so please be wary of this. If you can park and walk in from Tesco’s, that would be a great help. Thank you all for your support and cooperation with this.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

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.

Paint with your hands and feet


  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material.
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with.
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper.
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making using their body.
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Steph Dorling, Nursery Manager

Nursery children gardening

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