Dec 15, 2021

Heath Mill: Christmas Tuff Trays & Tinsel

Nursery children sitting at a Christmas tree

It’s the last newsletter of the year! Christmas is just around the corner, and the nursery has had a very festive few weeks here , with the children getting more excited every day. 

On behalf of everyone at Sandhills Heath Mill, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

This month has been festive, and full of fun activities!

The children have been taking part in lots of festive crafts, from making their own decorations to making their own Christmas trees using lots of different medias. The nursery even had a very special visitor last week: Father Christmas! He came to visit the children at the nursery, who were very excited to see him and tell him all what they wanted for Christmas.  

Nursery Cook Leah cooked the children a delicious Christmas Dinner, with all the trimmings! All the nursery team talked to the children about what they would be having on their Christmas Dinner, talking about the importance of eating their vegetables and how they make us big and strong.  

The children had lots of fun on the Polar Express day. All children and the nursery team members came to nursery in their pyjama’s and took part in lots of Polar Express activities. The children also enjoyed a lovely warm hot chocolate with marshmallows with a cookie! 

To raise money for the charity Save the Children, the children and the nursery team members came to Nursery in their Christmas jumpers last week. We raised a total of £20, so thank you for helping us!

The babies have been creating lots of lovely items, such as making their own Christmas trees using pinecones. They used green paint to paint the pinecones and sprinkled some glitter, and other medias to decorate their Christmas trees. They used all their senses to explore the different medias and had lots of fun getting messy. 

The children in the toddler room have been exploring lots of different Christmas objects such as baubles and tinsel. The children enjoyed exploring how they felt, and talking about the different shapes of the baubles. They also talked about what they had on their own Christmas Trees at home. 

The nursery team in the Preschool Room created a Christmas themed tuff tray! They added a large cut out of a Christmas Tree, tinsel baubles and fairy lights and let the children decorate the tree. They encouraged the children to practice their counting skills and sequencing and had lots of discussions all about Christmas.

What’s coming up next month

When we come back in January, we will be welcoming lots of new starters into the setting across all ages. The nursery team will be concentrating on settling the new little ones in, and getting them used to life at nursery!

We also have a lot of children moving up into the next rooms, so the nursery team will be working hard to settle them into their new rooms and build relationships with their new key person.  

There will also be lots of group time discussions, talking about what the children have done over the Christmas break and what lovely things Father Christmas brought them. If you would like to email or bring in some photos from your Christmas break then please do, we would love to see them! 

Other important information

In January all the nursery team will be taking part in a Behaviour Management course to enhance and further their knowledge in this area. We think it is important for the team to continue to enhance their practice through training courses like this. 

We will also be welcoming Louise to our ever-growing team! Louise will be completing her NVQ Level 2 with us here at Heath Mill and will be working between all rooms to gain experience with all ages.  

We would like to remind you that we will close for the Christmas break on Christmas Eve at 1pm, and we will return back to nursery on Tuesday 4th January.

These last couple of months, 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!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

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, circle, triangle, colours
  • 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.

Katie Maybury, Nursery Manager


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