Welcome to all of our new families who have joined us this September! We are delighted to have you with us and trust that you have all had great settling sessions with our wonderful team.
The month of September has been busy with settling in all of our new children and their families. Throughout the nursery, the staff have been working on building bonds with new and existing children and families. They have been spending time getting to know their key children by sharing books, toys, activities, talking about their likes and dislikes, and having conversations about what they would like to do at nursery. It’s been fantastic!
This month, the Babies have been experimenting with colours using paints, mark making tools and different materials. They have even tried body painting! The children have also been exploring the garden with the new toy lawn mower and sand pit toys. Also, they have enjoyed washing the babies, dressing them and feeding them the pretend food in their home corner.
The Toddlers have been planting some beautiful Autumn flowers throughout September, replacing some of the older ones in our planters. The children have also been seeking advice from PC Paws on how to stay safe at nursery. They have done this by looking for hazards around the classroom and outdoor environment and discussing how to ensure that we stay safe and do not get injured.
Preschool have been busy exploring the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. They have also been looking at non-fiction texts to find out lots of different facts about bears. The children have been looking at the curiosity box too. Ask your child what type of food bears eat or even why bears are different colours… !
The children have enjoyed ice play using tweezer to pick up the ice and adding salt to hypothesise what happens to the ice. They have also been experimenting with different coloured water and bubbles.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we will be looking at the environmental seasonal changes. Each child will be bringing home a brown paper bag, which we encourage you and your child to fill with artifacts from around the area (for example, leaves, pinecones, conkers, twigs etc.) We will then use those resources to make marks and artwork. The children will also be looking at them under magnifying glasses and having lots of discussions about the world around us.
The children will also be making a scarecrow for harvest festival – time to get creative! We will also be hosting a food collection for the local food bank. Donation points will be situated outside each drop off point.
Our next nursery event will be our Halloween Party on Friday 29th October. More information to follow.
Other important information
We are very excited to be on the final stages of our reading cabin. Just some finishing touches to be put into place now, such as lighting, shelves and soft furnishings.
We would like to welcome some new staff to our team. A warm welcome to Chloe, who is a Level 6 Practitioner, and will be working in the baby room. We also welcome Sally and Jessica, who have both joined the toddler room on a full-time basis as well as Wendy who is the toddler room lunch time assistant.
As the weather is getting colder and wetter again, could you please ensure that you provide your child with appropriate clothing, including a waterproof warm coat or all in one and wellington boots.
Please don’t forget to share photos of your child’s home activities on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations and sharing it with them in the nursery!
If you are dropping off your child in the car park, please turn off your car engine whilst doing so, this makes the earth happy. Also, please be reminded to park sensibly using all bays available.
Thank you all for a great start to September!
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.
- What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
- Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
- Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
- When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
- Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
- Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
- When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.
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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
- Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
- Use of tools for a purpose
- How to use scissors safely
- Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
- Counting numbers in sequence
- Hand to eye coordination
- Building attention skills and patience
Cindy Clarke, Deputy Nursery Manager