Nov 18, 2021

Harpole November News: Poppies, Painting and Autumn Walks

Nursery child learning to read

We would like to welcome all our parents to this month’s newsletter! We have had a busy month despite being closed for a short while, with the work on the garden well underway, and is already looking great.

November news

This month we have celebrated lots of different special dates including Road Safety Week, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day.

The babies have been enjoying using the sensory puzzles, improving their colour recognition skills and discussing with practitioners all the different feelings and emotions. The babies have focused on a road safety theme recently and have used the cars and train track in small world play. The babies have also been on walks around the village exploring the wonderful autumnal environment.

The toddlers have been using their creative skills making their own poppies. The children joined in with the two minute silence across the whole nursery, with the toddlers discussing the colour and significance of the poppy.

The pre-schoolers have been making the most of the village, going on lots of walks and collecting autumn leaves. They used these leaves to paint and print onto paper making their own autumn pictures, discussing the colours and the different size, shape and texture of the leaves.

What’s coming up next month

As I’m sure you are aware next month is very exciting and Christmassy! We will be having lots of exciting things going on around the nursery. Christmas jumper day is December 10th where children are welcomed to wear a Christmas jumper to nursery. We will be holding our Christmas party on the 9th of December where children can wear party clothes, and we are excited to invite you to Christmas carolling on the 15th of December.

Other important information

Sadly, Kadi leaves Harpole this month as she moves onto her next chapter in a new nursery. As you are aware we had to cancel our parents evening however we will re book this in for the 1st-3rd of December. Please speak to staff to book a slot.

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.

Lauren Freund, Deputy Nursery Manager


Nursery child playing with sensory toys
Child colouring in poppy
Children colouring in poppies
Nursery child painting with leaves

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