Aug 24, 2021

Filkins August News: Ponies, Olympics and Den Building

Staff leading children stretch

A big warm welcome to all our new families here at Filkins. We hope your children have settled into nursery and are enjoying their time with us. We also hope that everyone has had a fantastic summer and we are really looking forward to everyone returning to nursery in September. We have loved seeing all your lovely photographs of all the fun things you have been up to, please keep them coming in!

August news

In August, pre-school have been joining in with the celebrations of the Olympics. They children have learnt about the Olympic rings and what they represent, as well as different countries and their flags. The children participated in lots of different sports – cycling, trying to be as fast as Sir Chris Hoy, Equestrian – jumping jumps with their hobby horses and were presented with rosettes, and gymnastics – jumping over a pummel horse and dancing with ribbons. The children also used their muscles to weightlift, run and to jump over hurdles and used their strength for field events; shot put, long jump and javelin. Everyone had lots of fun participating in each event with their friends.

Pre-school have also continued to venture out of nursery for den building in the woods, trips to the park and walks around the village to see what they can see/find in their environment to discuss and learn about.

We have had an exciting month in 2-3’s. For many of our children it has been their first month at our nursery and they have settled in so well, including already learning to recognise their individual stickers for their pegs, water bottles and self – registration.

The children also made their own medals and had a medal awarding ceremony on our outdoor stage. We read the story of ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’ who also won her own medal. We painted the Olympic Rings using bottles, dipping them in the different colours of the Olympic rings and printing these onto paper. We discussed the colours and which continent each of the different colours represents.

The children have also spent time in our forest school, making use of our mud kitchen and digging area and collecting the eggs that our chickens laid to use in our baking. We baked rock cakes and also donkey-shaped biscuits which were inspired by one of our children’s grandparents having their own donkeys. We also had a visit from Bridget the pony, who belongs to one of our children. The children enjoyed meeting and stroking her, before watching her being ridden around the paddock.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, pre-school is looking forward to National Pirate Day which they will be celebrating on the 20th of September and World Clean-up Day where they will be learning how to keep our nursery and environment safe, clean and free of litter.

Next month in 2-3’s, we look forward to welcoming more new children and families to our 2-3’s Room.

We are very excited to announce that Tattybumpkin Yoga and Rugbytots will be returning to run their sessions every other week for the children to take part in. Our first yoga session will take place on Thursday 9th September at 9:45am and our first rugby session will take place on Wednesday 15th September at 10am. For both classes the 2-3’s will go first and enjoy 30 mins of yoga/rugby and pre-school will go afterwards. These extra-curricular activities will be rotated on different days termly to enable as many children as possible access to the sessions.

We are hoping to host a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 24th September at 10am- 11:30am. We would like to invite all parents into nursery to share a cup of coffee with us, a great opportunity for new parents to spend time with long-standing parents and staff. Do come and join us – please could all children bring in a small selection of cakes to sell to their friends. I will confirm this closer to the time if we will be able to go ahead with it.

I have arranged for a photographer to come and take photographs of the children during the morning of Tuesday 28thSeptember. These photographs can be purchased in time for Christmas presents for family and friends. If you would like your child photographed and they do not normally attend nursery on either of these dates, please let me know and we can arrange a suitable time for your children to pop in.

Other important information

Please can I remind you to name all your children’s belongings, especially their purple uniform as they can often get mixed up.

With invoices, please can I remind you all that our ‘fees due’ date is the 1st of each month. If you have any childcare voucher payments, please can you ensure they reach our account by 1st.

If your child has a last-minute absence from nursery or any holidays booked, please could you telephone or email to inform us, thank you.

Autumn term starts back on Thursday 2nd September

October half term is the w/c 25th October

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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 sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Nicky Griffin, Nursery Manager

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