Oct 28, 2020

Filkins October News: Baking, Creativity and Pumpkins

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

October news

October has been busy, busy, busy!

The children have enjoyed watching the leaves falling, filling up wheelbarrows and making big piles of leaves, looking at the different colours and shapes. 

This month, we celebrated National Baking Week. The nursery smelt gorgeous through baking week as the children were very busy! The children in 2-3s participated in making blueberry muffins, savoury flapjacks and raspberry puffs. Preschool made granola bars, carrot cake muffins and hedgehog bread rolls. Sadly, we were unable to send them home but the children enjoyed eating the food they had individually made. 

It has also been The Big Draw this month, with the children participating in lots of different large creative activities, using a variety of resources from inside and outside. 

Pumpkins have been picked from our very own vegetable patch in time for Halloween this week. The children used all of their senses to see how they felt, what it looked like inside and how it tasted. 

What’s coming up in November

There are lots of things to look forward to in November!

We will be celebrating Guy Fawkes next month and participating in lots of discussions and activities around Remembrance Day. Also during November, we will be celebrating a German lantern festival called Martini.  Children will be making their own lanterns, listening to some traditional songs and making Kipferl. 

We will also be celebrating World kindness Day in November. Although we promote and encourage kindness all year, this is an opportunity to talk about it more and learn new things. In addition, it is World Nursery Rhyme Week next month so throughout the week, we will be a looking at nursery rhymes. The characters and story behind the song, how we could adapt the songs and put actions to the songs. 

Other important information

We are pleased and proud to announce we have had our Millies Mark Award renewed for our commitment to going above and beyond the requirement’s for keeping children safe. 

We have had some concerns from the local residence about cars speeding outside the nursery. Please remember there are residence who live very close to the nursery, children are getting in and out of the cars throughout the day, dog are being walked and the road is very small. Please remember to keep your speed down, for the health and safety of everyone. 

I am afraid French, yoga and rugby tots are unable to resume due to the circumstances. As soon as it is safe to continue, parents will be notified. 

We would like to welcome Jenny to our Filkins team. She will be preparing and serving some yummy tea for your child as our Tea Assistant. We have previously sent you a copy of the tea menu but if you would like another one please let us know.

It is lovely seeing all the children in their purple tops, looking very smart.  We are placing an order for uniform with the logo on soon, so if you wish to purchase any tops or sweatshirts, please email us with your order and sizes. 

You should have received your child’s sample photos from the photographer and order forms. They are all in black and white, but you can ask for them in colour if you wish. If you would like to order any of them, please can you return the form back to nursery no later than Friday 6th November so they can be processed and ready for Christmas.

Winter is fast approaching us! Please could you remember to bring in a coat every day as the children go outside in all weathers as well as a named winter hat to be kept at nursery.  We have lots of gloves at the nursery for the children to use, these will be washed after use. 

Can you please make sure your child has enough nappies and spare clothes for the whole week. 

Please take note of the following term times:

Term starts back on Monday 2nd November. 

The last day of term for term time only children is 18th December.

The nursery closes for all other children at 1.00 on 24th December.

We all return back on 4th January 2021 as normal.

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.

Thank you so much for your continued support and doing everything you can to protect our staff and children in these difficult times. If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Sophie Lewis, Nursery Manager and Nicky Griffin, Deputy Nursery Manager

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