Oct 26, 2021

Filkins October News: Hedgehogs, Reading and Restaurants

Filkins October

Welcome to our October newsletter, I can’t believe that we are reaching the end of the year already and Christmas is fast approaching!

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning. It was a great success and it was lovely to welcome so many families to join us. The nursery raised a fantastic £224! A big thank you to everyone who baked cakes and made a generous donation. Your support is hugely appreciated.

Autumn is a fun time of year with lots of learning opportunities!

October news

In 2-3’s this month we have been exploring the changes in our environment as the season changes to Autumn. We prepared our hedgehog house in forest school ready for hedgehogs to hibernate in it as the weather becomes colder. We have been on a trip to the woods for a pumpkin hunt, and this week we have been using our senses to explore the inside of pumpkins, including the seeds and pulp. We have also been doing some Halloween baking this week, including banana ghosts and pumpkin pizzas.

In pre-school this month the children have shown great interest in their role play. One morning was spent playing ‘restaurants’, where the children took on the roles of a waiter, cook, front of house and customer.

A lot of the children have been pumpkin picking with their families. This interest continued through nursery, using the pumpkins in a variety of activities including, golf tees hammering, fairy light pumpkin garden, pumpkin shop and sizing the pumpkins small to large.

‘The Scarecrows Wedding’ has been a favourite story to read recently, which was followed on with a sensory tray, including all the items on the scarecrows wedding list and child made characters of ‘Harry O’hay and Betty O’barley’.

Out in Forest School, Pre-school learnt about fire safety around the campfire as they helped prep the fire before toasting marshmallows.

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to our Pyjama Party Day on the Wednesday 3rd November. The children are invited to come in their pyjamas and we will be doing activities around this theme during the day. The children are also welcome to bring in a teddy bear. The pyjama party day is a fundraiser for the renovation project of our local park so any donations would be greatly appreciated! You can also donate through JustGiving here.

You can find out more here.

We will also be celebrating fireworks/ bonfire night through a range of activities in the week leading up to the 5th November and incorporating things that keep us safe.

Other important information

Please can you bring in a named winter hat for your child to keep at nursery and we will provide your children with gloves.

Christmas festivity planning is underway and I will be sending an email out to you all in the upcoming weeks to inform you of the special events we have planned!

Christmas half term is the w/c the 20th December with the new term commencing on Tuesday 4th January.

Nursery will be closed for all children from 1pm on the 24th December reopening on the 4th January.

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.

Nicky Griffin, Nursery Manager

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