Jun 23, 2020

Henley June News: The Three Little Pigs, Bug Hunting and Father's Day

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We have loved welcoming back so many of our families after such a long break and have been amazed and pleased at how well the children have settled back into nursery life, albeit with a somewhat different set up!

Thank you all for your patience, understanding and continued support as we have negotiated our way through the various challenges that the new regulations have created. 

June news

The mixed weather this month has been fantastic as we have been able to experience such a wide range of activities, from splashing around in muddy puddles, giggling on the tyre swing and making mud pies; to the children helping to put up our new gazebos and getting hot and sweaty having scooter races in the sunshine! 

Bug hunting has been a popular activity with our pre-school children and having such a variety of different garden environments has meant that we have been able to find an abundance of bugs, including ants, worms, grasshoppers and even a centipede. The children have enjoyed using magnifying glasses to view these fantastic creatures a little closer. We are planning on extending this interest into July and have a surprise arriving (hopefully on the 7th July) in the form of some tiny caterpillars that we can watch transform into beautiful butterflies. Over the course of around 10 days, the children will have the opportunity to view this magnificent process first-hand.  

For those children who are due to go to school in September, we have been in contact with a number of the schools already. Although the transition will be a little different this year, we are working closely with the schools to make sure that it remains as smooth and easy as possible. If you have any queries or concerns, please do let us know.  

In bubble one, we have really enjoyed being back in nursery and playing with our friends. The older children in the group have really enjoyed the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ since we have been back and we have had many re-enactments of the big bad wolf huffing and puffing in the garden. We have also enjoyed time in the Forest School garden where the tyre swing was a big hit. The younger children have been re-establishing their bonds with their key carers and have enjoyed showing us their newly learnt skills, such as walking and demonstrating the new words they have learnt.   

We hope all of the daddies enjoyed their Father’s Day messages which we sent out via EyLog. 

What’s coming up in July

In July, we will start practising for our annual sports day, although it will all be a bit different this year as we will not be able to invite parents to join us unfortunately. In pre-school, we will plan a ‘graduation’ for the children moving on to big school, but again sadly, there will be no ceremony for parents to attend. We will ensure to take lots of photos and videos for you to look at!

Our extra activities of Tatty Bumpkin Yoga and Rattle and Roll Music are currently on hold, but we hope to be able to start these again as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Other important information

Just a reminder to please make sure that your child comes to nursery with a named sunhat. We do provide suncream of at least factor 30 which we will apply during the day. However, as we are currently starting our days in the outside area, please ensure that your child already has suncream applied before they arrive with us. 

Finally, for those children attending on a term time only basis, the term will end on Friday 17th July and the new term will begin on Wednesday 2nd September. If you require any additional care for your child or their older siblings during the summer holidays, do let me know so that I can check our availability. 

Julie Crake, Nursery Manager


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