Oct 27, 2021

Heath Mill October News: Space, Soft Play and Halloween

Nursery children dressed up for halloween

We have had a busy month this month, with Autumn setting in and the weather changing, the children have been exploring the different changes that are happening in the environment. The children also had a brilliant time at their Halloween party; they all dressed up in their spookiest costumes and took part in lots of different gruesome activities! We have continued to welcome lots of new families into the setting and the staff have been working hard to settle them all in.

October news

This month the children in our setting have taken part in various space activities as part of ‘Space week’ they used junk modelling to create their own spaceships and have been learning the names of the different planets. All our rooms have been creating various Halloween crafts and have enjoyed carving pumpkins and dancing to Halloween music.

This month the team in our under 2s room have been learning about oral health and hygiene, they have been encouraging children to brush their own teeth and wash their own hands, they have also been role playing with the dolls and practicing hygiene routines. They have taken part in lots of Halloween themed activities such as creating pumpkin pictures using various resources, large floor painting using Halloween colours and messy play using jelly and bugs.

Our Mr Bumps team have been focusing on Autumn this month, they have been talking about autumn colours and mixing paints together to see what colours they make. They have also been collecting various Autumn materials while outside in the garden and encouraging children and parents to find and bring in materials from outings and walks. They have made autumn pictures and explored various materials in our tough tray.

Our Mr Messy’s room have been taking part in lots of physical activities this month, both indoors and outdoors, they have been using the soft play to practice rolling and jumping and learning new ways to move across it, they have also been climbing up the climbing frame independently and created their own obstacle course outside.

What’s coming up next month

Next month the children will be taking part in various activities to celebrate Diwali and Bonfire night, they will be making lanterns, creating rangoli patterns and making their own firework pictures using various materials.

We will be taking part in the two minute silence on 11th November and the children will be creating some lovely poppies using lots of different medias for Remembrance day.

On Friday 19th   November we are asking children and staff to come to nursery in their pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need. Any donations are appreciated for such a brilliant cause.

Monday 15th to Friday 19th  November is Nursery rhyme week! The children will be singing lots of different nursery rhymes and taking part in various activities daily. Each day will be focussed on a certain nursery rhyme and activities will be themed around it.

Other important information

Claire has attended several courses as part of her role as SENCO and will be starting her NVQ Level 3 in SENCO to help her gain even more knowledge.

We are very happy to announce that Racheal gave birth to a healthy baby boy on 22nd October. Both Mum and baby are doing well and are enjoying being a family of four!

This month we will be welcoming Hannah back into the setting from her maternity leave. Hannah will be working part time as our lunch cover during the day and we look forward to welcoming her back.

As the weather is changing can we please remind all parents to bring appropriate outdoor clothing so that the children can explore the outdoors in all weathers.

On Tuesday 16th November there will be a zoom session for all parents at 7:30pm from the charity Read for Good. Read for Good is a National Charity that works to motivate children to read in schools, community settings and hospitals across the UK. This session is a great opportunity for Parents to learn more about motivating your little ones to read. The session only lasts 45 minutes and there will be lots of useful information and tips for you to use.

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.

Katy Maybury, Nursery Manager


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