Sep 24, 2020

Henley September News: Jeans for Genes, Rosh Hashanah and Recycling

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September news

Welcome to our September newsletter!

We said goodbye to all of our older Pre-schoolers at the end of the summer as they move on to their next adventure at ‘big school’.  It is always a very emotional time, made even more difficult this year due to the current restrictions. We will miss them all but hopefully we will see some of them again during the school holidays.  

During September, we have taken advantage of the continuing sunshine and have still been able to spend the majority of our days in the outside area, including having lots of picnics. Fingers crossed the good weather will continue for a bit longer!  

We took part in Jeans for Genes day as planned on Friday 18th September to raise funds for Genetic Disorders UK. Thank you to everyone who supported us with this. We raised £108 for this worthwhile cause!

We also celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, on Friday 18th September. The children ate apples dipped in honey for their snack, a custom associated with Rosh Hashanah. The sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express the hope of a sweet new year. 

In Caterpillars, the children have had lots of opportunities to develop their gross motor muscles this month as they explored the garden; including climbing on the ‘A’ frame and the mini obstacle courses made out of crates and planks. These are also great for developing the children’s confidence as they are gradually able to negotiate these structures with less and less adult support. 

Treasure hunts have been a firm favourite recently where the children’s understanding is tested as they are asked to search the garden for a variety of different ‘hidden’ objects. The children are so proud when they find their ‘treasure’! 

In Butterflies, the children have been developing their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut up an assortment of different herbs and leaves; some were more challenging than others. This also provided an opportunity for the children to use their senses; they used their noses to smell the different herbs and their fingers to feel the different textures of them. The sage had ‘furry’ leaves and the leaves from the hedge were ‘spiky’.  This was a great opportunity to introduce a lot of new descriptive language.   

As the seasons change, the children in Pre-school have spent a lot of time exploring the changes to the environment. We have been talking about the changes in the trees and plants in the garden and the children have been describing the different colours that they can see. 

The children have also enjoyed watching the conkers grow on the horse chestnut trees in the Forest School garden. Now that they are falling down, the children have loved collecting them and experimented using different tools to open them up. The children have also decided to plant a conker in a pot. They discussed amongst themselves what might happen and predicted that it might grow into a tree. It will be very exciting to watch and see what happens next! 

All of the rooms took part in ‘Recycle Week’ during the week of 21st to 25th September. We have been gathering all sorts of different recyclable and non-recyclable materials so that the children can help us to sort these. We took the opportunity to talk to the children about the importance of recycling our waste and taking care of our environment. 

What’s coming up in October

We are looking forward to ‘Space Week’ in October. The children are planning on using some of the materials they sorted during Recycle Week to make rockets, planets and aliens in preparation for this. We will enjoy reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ and also acting this out – maybe we will be able to go to the moon like Baby Bear in the story! 

Halloween is always a very popular date in our calendar! We will be decorating the nursery to make it as spooky as possible and will have a little party for the children.  Sadly the current restrictions will mean we will not be able to invite parents in this year. 

Other important information

I should like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these strange and difficult times.  A reminder that we ask you to wear a face covering when approaching the gate please and also to step back to our ‘2 metre’ point after ringing the bell. Our nursery team will also wear a face covering when coming to the gate. I know it is very difficult but unfortunately we do also need to keep the amount of face to face contact time to a minimum. 

We will continue to post a daily short observation on EyLog which will include a little of what your child has been doing, together with details of food eaten, nappies used etc for the younger children.  

If you have any queries, or messages to pass on, please drop me an e-mail and please do not add these as a comment on an observation as these can sometimes get missed.   

I realise that there can be a bit of a delay in a staff member getting to the gate to collect your child or bringing them out to you due to the procedures that we currently have to follow. I thank you for your patience with this. However, could I please ask that you do still arrive to collect your child by the finish time of their session. If a child is collected late, this can impact on our ratios and so I am afraid we may have to charge a late collection fee when this happens. 

We have a parent of a child in our Caterpillars room who would like to know if any other parents are interested in having a WhatsApp group so that play dates can be arranged (Covid restrictions allowing of course). If you are interested, do let me know so that I can pass your details on. 

Just a reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the next holiday dates are Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October. If you would like your child to come in for any additional sessions during this week, do let me know so that I can check our availability. 

Finally, all of the rooms are currently updating/creating new ‘All About Me’ books with the children and so, if you haven’t done so already, could you please send us some photos of family members, pets etc. These books provide a great opportunity for language development as the children discuss the pictures with their key carer and are also a lovely link to home for the children when they are with us.  

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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