Jun 19, 2020

Filkins June News: Forest School, Treasure Hunts and Building Bug Houses

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome back to so many of our children following the unprecedented 10 week break.

I am delighted that so many families have had confidence in us to return to nursery and we are really looking forward to seeing most of our children again by 1st July.

June news

This month, Rachael, along with Chantelle and Rosie, have planned and carried out some lovely activities with the preschoolers; they have spent time in Forest School, made dinosaur habitats, enjoyed a variety of treasure hunts and have designed their own place mats. As part of preparation for school, the children have been discussing appropriate displays of their feelings, participated in a variety of mark-making activities, engaged in activities to promote independence alongside current health and safety guidelines, and have enjoyed group activities to share their news and knowledge to help promote listening skills and extend focus. 

Our younger children have enjoyed exploring Forest School, listening to stories, having lunchtime picnics outside during the lovely weather, building bug houses, making magic wands and participating in making woodwork crafts. 

All the children have enjoyed sharing their lockdown experiences with their friends. Last week, they all shared their thoughts about their Daddies/Grandads and each sent a lovely Fathers Day greeting home on eyLog. We hope you all had a lovely day last Sunday. 

Our extra-curricular activities of French, Yoga and Rugbytots have not yet resumed but we will, of course, let parents know when we feel it is safe enough for these to continue. Our trips to Elizabeth Finn care home are also currently on hold. 

Our transitional activities for preschool leavers will be slightly different this year. As we have been unable to hold our annual informative Transition Evening, I have already emailed out all the current information I have for parents to help children prepare for school transitions at home. Over the next couple of weeks, I will endeavour to touch base with Reception teachers and Lynda will be able to give them all the information they need about each child. I understand some schools are making videos/virtual tours for the children to look around their new classrooms but do make sure you take your child regularly to visit the outside premises of their new school to help them become more familiar with their new environment. We will be sending the schools a final assessment of each child and will be downloading each child’s learning journey on to a memory stick for parents. 

Sadly, we will be unable to celebrate our leavers end of term with our annual Sports Day and family picnic but we really do hope we can have some sort of celebration to wish our preschoolers onward success and good luck. 

What’s coming up in July

We are hopeful that in the month ahead we may be able to explore our lovely rural environment as the weeks progress, continuing with our walks around the village, visits to the park, local shops and, of course, more exploring of Vale Woods.

We have many new children starting with us over the summer and will therefore use both rooms and split the children into age appropriate groups. Our existing 2-3s children who are moving into preschool in the Autumn will be using the preschool room during the summer. 

Other important information

For our long-standing parents who knew her, Kerri Rees has now left her position at nursery after 11 years, following her maternity leave. We wish her a happy future spending more time with her two lovely children. 

Donna Bayliss is now not returning to nursery before her maternity leave which starts mid-July. We will, of course, keep parents informed of any baby news. 

We are also delighted that Lynda, our Preschool Supervisor, will be returning to nursery for the last 3 weeks of this term. 

Please can you ensure your child has a named sunhat in nursery. We are happy to apply nursery sun cream to the children after lunch but it would help us if you could put sun cream on your child on hot days prior to them coming into nursery.

Please can parents ensure children wear safe footwear for nursery. As our main play area is a tarmac surface, children can really hurt themselves if they fall over. Open-toe sandals and Crocs are not ideal for children running around. Thank you for your understanding. 

Summer term for term-time only children finishes on Friday 17th July. Nursery continues to run throughout the summer from Monday 20th July. Nursery is closed Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. Do ask if you would like your child to attend for some extra sessions; this is a great way of providing some continuity for your child or we can help out with odd days or weeks when you may need a hand. The final day for all year-round preschool leavers will be Friday 28th August. Autumn term begins on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. 

Louise Jenkins, Nursery Manager 

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