Oct 28, 2020

Henley October News: Autumn, Space and Forest School

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

October news

Autumn has well and truly arrived!

The children in Caterpillars have been loving it. They have loved watching the leaves fall from the trees whilst out in the garden, splashing around in the puddles and catching the raindrops in pots and pans.

As the days are getting darker and colder, we have begun to use our indoor space a little more. We have created cosy spaces for the children to look at books and enjoy some quiet time. The children have also had lots of fun making Autumn pictures using the leaves they have collected outside and painting in Autumn colours. The children enjoyed a pumpkin hunt to get in the spirit of Halloween! They also thoroughly enjoyed getting hands on with some individual sensory activities.

With the darker days, the Caterpillars team are hoping to use this to their advantage, by creating a ‘dark den’ where the children can experiment with the idea of light and dark.  

The children in Butterflies thoroughly enjoyed ‘World Space Week’ in October.  They loved making their rockets using plastic bottles which we had collected during Recycle Week in September. The children read ‘Whatever Next!’ and the children had lots of fun acting out the story. They used props such as a cardboard box for the rocket and a colander for the helmet. 

The children have been very excited for Halloween and thoroughly enjoyed making ghosts using footprints and googly eyes. The children used their senses and were given the opportunity to describe what they can feel and see. The children also made paper plate pumpkins as well as carving real pumpkins. This was another great sensory activity that got the children using lots of language as well as allowing them opportunities to make choices over what shapes they would like to use or how many eyes their pumpkin should have etc. 

The pre-school children have enjoyed exploring Forest School this month in a variety of weather conditions; heavy rain being great for providing opportunities to dig in the gooey mud, making mud pies and ‘hot chocolate’.  The children have been building houses for the animals with sticks and leaves which provided the opportunity to talk about hibernation. 

The children have continued to enjoy activities involving picking up objects with tweezers and using pipettes in the water tray; both of which are great for strengthening fine motor muscles which are crucial for early writing. The children have also been experimenting with measuring the weight of different natural objects, such as leaves, sticks and conkers. They have been predicting which are heaviest or lightest before weighing them. 

What’s coming up in November

We will soon be preparing for Bonfire Night when we will create some firework pictures. The children will have the opportunity to use their gross motor muscles to flick paint across a black background to create the effect of fireworks across a night sky.  We will also discuss fire safety with the children, talking about the dangers of fire and how to keep safe around bonfires. 

We will be supporting Children in Need this November by inviting everyone to come to nursery wearing their pyjamas on Friday 13th November. We ask that a donation is made to this very worthwhile charity. Sadly, due to the current restrictions, we will not be able to have our usual cake sale this year. 

I am pleased to say that we have two new members of staff joining our team at the beginning of November. A very warm welcome to Francesca Manduca and Molly Ferreira.  We are also delighted that Mollie will (hopefully!) be returning after her recovery time following her operation, very soon. Although initially she will be restricted in what she can do, we will just be so pleased to have her back with us!

Ben, who has been helping us out by cooking for the children since we re-opened in June, has been offered a position in his chosen field, and so will unfortunately be leaving us at the end of this month. We are, therefore, looking for a temporary cook to cover until Sabrina returns from maternity leave in mid-April. If you know of anyone who may be interested, do let me know. Sadly, we also say goodbye to Emma Lunnon who will be leaving us on 5th November.  She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well. 

Other important information

Finally, just a reminder that we are still gathering family photos to make ‘All about me’ books for all of the children. If you haven’t yet sent in any photos, could you send some some as soon as possible .

Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Julie Crake, Nursery Manager

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