Nov 22, 2021

Filkins November News: Diwali, Ponies and Poppies

Remembrance day

What a busy few months we have had! The nursery has been beaming with happy busy children and the staff have provided so many lovely and exciting activities and opportunities for the children to experience. We have also welcomed some new children who are settling in really well and Kathryn who is our new lunch cover. Kathryn has years of experience working with children of all ages and is already getting to know all the children well.

November news

On Remembrance Day we walked to the war memorial in the village to place our remembrance crosses to mark our respect. We then held a minute’s silence to remember all the soldiers who fought for our country. On the way back to nursery we stopped at the church to see their Remembrance Day display and practiced our Christmas songs.

In Pre-school we have enjoyed learning about and celebrating some cultural events, we got colourful for Diwali – creating henna designs, mark making in a coloured sand sensory tray and dancing to music. We also celebrated fireworks night, sharing photos from firework displays we attended, learnt about keeping safe on firework night and created firework art.

One of the children in our 2-3s room has a pony and we were very kindly given the offer of visiting her at their home in Filkins. We walked through the village to get there before seeing Bridget the pony – we even hunted for some apples for her to eat! We also got to play on some outdoor toys. We had a great morning and are very grateful for the family’s kindness!

What’s coming up next month

Christmas is next month and we have been very busy making lots of exciting plans!

Tuesday 14th December at 4pm we will be hosting a Christmas light festival where we will perform some Christmas songs. This will take place outside in the playground- please dress appropriately! All children and parents/carers (2 maximum) are invited and the celebration will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies for parents/carers and Christmas treats for the children. Please can you let me know if you can make this event or not, so I know numbers for catering purposes. If your child is not booked in on Tuesday afternoons, please can we ask you to bring your child in for 3:45pm.

Wednesday 15th December at 10am-11am we have a very special visit from Father Christmas! He will meet the children in the village hall, hand out presents, provide Christmas entertainment and even snow! All children are invited to the party- we don’t require parents to stay. If you child is not booked in on this day, please can you let me know as soon as possible if your child can attend from 10am-11am for staffing purposes.

Thursday 16th December at 10am-12:30pm our Christmas party will take place in the Village Hall. All children are invited to the party – we don’t require parents to stay. Please can you let me know as soon as possible if your child can attend for catering and staffing purposes. Children who are booked in for the morning session are welcome into Nursery at their usual time and will be taken over to the hall by staff. The party will include lots of fun party games, dancing and party food (no packed lunches required). The celebrations will finish at 12:30pm, please could you collect your child directly from the hall unless he/she is booked in for the afternoon nursery session. It would be lovely to see all the children in Christmas jumpers/outfits too!

Other important information

Kate Wise completed her Designated safeguarding lead training and Sam completed her generalist safeguarding training.

Thank you to all the children who participated in our Pyjama Day fundraiser, raising money for our village park renovation project. We raised a fantastic £200 thank you to everyone who supported this event and made a generous donation towards this cause.

A big thank you to everyone who donated a Christmas box to the T4U charity. We collected a fantastic 26 boxes which will be sent to children and families living in Romania, Belarus, Bosnia, Moldova and Georgia. Rachael will be uploading some photos on eyLog for you to see.

In January our extra curricular activities will be changing days. Rugbytots will be on Friday’s (fortnightly) and Tatty Bumpkin Yoga will be on Tuesday’s (fortnightly).

Some important dates to remember for you, Christmas half term is the w/c 20th December, Christmas eve we are closing at 1pm, and will be shut Monday 27th December – Monday 3rd January. Term starts back Tuesday 4th January 2022.

If your child will be absent from nursery during the lead up to Christmas, please can you email to let us know.

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!

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.

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.
  • Colours.
  • 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.

Nicky Griffin, Nursery Manager


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