Sep 20, 2021

Harpole September News: Creativity, Self Care and Exploring the Community

Harpole Babies

We would like to welcome all of our new parents to this month’s newsletter. This month, we have been busy celebrating lots of different festivals and events!

September news

In the Baby room this month, the children have been looking at ways in which they can care for themselves and others. The team have had the baby dolls out, discussing care routines with the children. The practitioners in the room have been modelling to the children how we hold the babies and how we get them dressed. The babies then imitated these actions and were speaking to the dolls, saying “sleep time”.

The babies have also been interacting with mechanical toys this month, exploring how things work and the different ways of operating things.

In the Toddler room this month, the children have been using their creative skills to make their own boats. They have been looking at the scientific topic of sinking and floating.  The toddlers individually made their own boat and decorated these using paint, glue, feathers and sequins. They then used these boats and lots of different resources in their science experiment to see which items sink and what items float.

The toddlers have also been using the hula hoops this month, looking at different ways we can move our bodies.

Throughout September in the Pre-school room, the children have been using loose parts and natural resources to create their own self-portraits. They used mirrors to look at themselves and to spot the differences between them. We embraced our differences and discussed all of the things that make us unique. The team gave the children lots of different resources for them to choose what best represents them.

In the Pre-school room, the children have also been making the most of the lovely sunshine we have had and have been going on walks around the village. They have been collecting different leaves and using them to glue onto paper to create their own trees.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we look forward to celebrating lots of special events. The children will be celebrating National Grandparents Day on the 3rd October, World Animal Day on the 4th, World Space Week from the 4th-10th, Dussehra – A Hindu festival –  on the 15th and, of course, Halloween on the 31st.

The children are welcome to dress up for Halloween on Friday the 29th of October. We look forward to seeing all of their outfits!

Other important information

Our staff are currently updating all their training over the coming month.

We would like to thank everyone who attended our open days on the 11th and 12th of September, they were amazing! We look forward to welcoming all of our new families.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

Thank you all for a great start to September!

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.

Threading cards


  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Lauren Freund, Deputy Nursery Manager

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