Oct 28, 2020

Heyford October News: Baking, Halloween and Outdoor Learning

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

October news

Here at Heyford, we have been embracing the Autumnal changes, exploring the environment, collecting natural objects and using them to create beautiful crafts. As you can see from the photo above, we have had lots of interest in our Pumpkin Carving competition, the winning pumpkin will be voted at the end of the week. Thank you for all of your entries, they are fantastic!

This month, we warmly welcomed Emily in to our nursery family! Emily is our new Apprentice who will be working in Tots for now.

Throughout October, the Babies have been inspired by the new series of ‘Bake Off’ so we have organised lots of baking opportunities for the children. They have had chance to knead bread, helped measure out ingredients – “mix mix mixing”, carefully pouring and most importantly, eating the finished product! The two ingredient bagels seem to go down the best with all the children, although the Malteaser cake was the team’s favourite!

The Tots have been focusing on Halloween themed activities this month, getting all messy with gooey, wriggly worms, pumpkin carving, painting and a pumpkin hunt. The children have had chance to paint their hands and feet to create different pictures, like ghosts. The room is, most definitely, looking ‘spootacular!’ The sensory explorations have continued outside; playing in the mud kitchen, collecting natural materials and using them, and their imaginations, to make pinecone soup amongst other creations.

In preschool this October, the children have been exploring the outdoor environment; collecting lots of leaves and natural resources to use to create beautiful decorations around the room. They have also been getting ready for Halloween, investigating bug jelly and doing a spot of cooking. The children have made spider biscuits and chocolate fruit pops.

What’s coming up in November

The nursery are looking forward to celebrating Bonfire Night with themed songs, paintings, through exploring light in different ways, watching video displays and pretending to be fireworks themselves.

We will be introducing the children to the meaning of Remembrance Day appropriate to their ages. We have books to read, simple programmes to watch and simple discussions to be had. The rooms will be making crafts to honour those no longer with us. We will be taking part in the silence too.

Other important information

Thank you to everyone for your patience while we get the situation with the outside lights sorted. We are working on it and until then we can explore light with the torches.

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.

Louise Nicholls, Deputy Nursery Manager

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