Happy October everyone! We have been welcoming in the Autumn with windy walks and leaf printing. It is starting to look very spooky as you walk around the nursery as we prepare for Halloween, and I know there are lots more spooktacular activities being prepared for next week too. We have had more new children and families start, so welcome to all of you. Many of you had photo’s taken by ‘Willow and Pea’ our photographer a few weeks ago, you should have received your code to look at the beautiful photo’s she captured. We also say a big ‘hello’ to our newest members of staff Katrina who is working in the Baby Room and Lisa will be starting as our Admin too!
Babies have welcomed lots of new faces into the room so have been focusing on settling in the new children. All the other children have shown real kindness towards them, giving the new children cuddles and toys to help them. We have really enjoyed our Boogie Beats sessions, all the children are fascinated and love to join in. Lots of the children sit down and begin to sing or do actions to songs throughout the day now, to instigate a group singing time! We have also been working on our animal sounds, the children love to hear the sound of real animals using the iPad, and our elephant sounds are getting quite spectacular!
The tots room have been working on Halloween decorations for the room, using different creative resources. Making Halloween lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins! The tots particularly enjoyed using different coloured paints, feathers, and sequins. This encouraged lots of conversation about what the children will be dressing up like for Halloween. We have also been baking in tots, using physical movement to mix and stir the ingredients and talking about what they like to bake at home. We welcome tots to dress up for some more spooktacular activities next week.
Pre-schoolers have welcomed the visit of our local Postman Jimmy Marshall this week. Jimmy has come to talk to the children (some of whom are very familiar faces from Heyford Park village), all about the daily duties of being a postie. Jimmy lets the children look into his post bag as he describes his deliveries and gives each of us a stamped letter to write and mail back to ourselves. The preschool children set about practicing their mark making skills, before each of them go out into the community with their families and take their letters to the post box. Lots of conversation has followed Jimmy’s visit about that very important upcoming letter to Santa.
What’s coming up next month
We will be holding our ‘Soup and Sparklers’ event on 3rd November from 6-8pm, there will be soup, hot drinks, marshmallow toasting, sparklers, chocolate apples, and more, everyone is welcome! We will also be judging the annual ‘Pumpkin’ competition on the night, so please feel free to start bringing these in for us all to see whenever you are ready. There were some awesome entries last year so we are all looking forward to your creations this year!
The 4th is Diwali, and we will be learning all about this festival, on the 5th all the rooms will be celebrating Bonfire night with artwork and singing.
Nov 11th, all rooms will be Observing and reflecting on Armistice Day with age appropriate activities. Thursday 25th is Thanksgiving which we will be talking about and honouring for our American friends. Finally, the 30th is St. Andrew’s Day!
Other important information
Helena was our ‘Employee of the Month’ for being flexible with her shifts, being so wonderful with the children and sorting our storage cave into an organised shed!
Thank you for everyone who took part in our Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund ‘Name the Bear’ competition. The name was revealed as Murphy and our lucky winner was our very own Bee!
Just a reminder that if you are going to be late, please give us a phone call as it directly effects when our staff can leave to go home too.
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.
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.
- 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.
Louise Nicholls, Deputy Nursery Manager