Sep 20, 2021

Heyford September News: Farms, Colours and Sunflowers

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This month, the nursery has been busy welcoming back all our term time children and settling in all of our new starters. Welcome to everyone! We have been embracing the ‘good old British’ weather with waterproofs and sun cream as needed.

The children were all pleased that ‘Rugby Rob’ from Rugby Tots has started up our sessions again, alongside our brilliant Boogie Beats sessions. They were all really excited to have these back!

September news

This month, the babies have been busy making lots of friends with all of our new starters, a very warm welcome to everyone! The children have been taking part in a variety of activities to help them settle at nursery. The children have shown a great interest in the song ‘Old McDonald’ and the team have taken every opportunity to support this interest; through singing, using puppets and even creating their own farm! The children explored the sand, mud and straw and used all their senses to explore further! We have also embraced ‘arrhh’ pirate side and on the 17th of September, we all spoke like pirates, sang pirate songs and, of course, enjoyed some pirate dancing!

The tots children have had lots of fun welcoming rugby tots and boogie beats back in to the nursery this month. This has helped the children practice their physical skills as well as movement to music! The children have also been interested in colours this month and noticed different colours in their environment; including the different coloured leaves on the trees as we move in to autumn. The team are now planning autumn walks for the children to find different autumn materials for their season display board in their room.

In September, the preschool children have been very focused on the giant sunflowers in their growing garden which they planted from seed back in the early spring. They have been measuring the growth of the sunflowers each week, which now tower over their heads. The preschool children are very proud of their sunflower achievements and they have recreated them in picture form using coffee powder as the seed heads, with yellow paper around the heads for petals. At the end of the nursery day, the very visible giant sunflowers are pointed out to parents and carers by the children as the giants nod their weighted heads above the height of the fence.

What’s coming up next month

We are pleased that autumn is here and the children will be celebrating with brisk walks through crunchy leaves as well as a variety of arts and crafts to reflect the seasonal changes.

On Wednesday 3rd November, will see the return of our soup and sparklers event! Please look out for posters nearer the time with more details.

Other important information

We are extremely happy that Jo, one of our lunch covers, has joined the Heyford family full time. We would also like to warmly welcome Amy, who has joined the Preschool team from our Oxford Nursery. There will be a slight change in room teams as Celia will be joining the Tots team and Catrina will be joining the Baby team. We said a sad good bye to Katherine and Kayleigh this month, we wish them all the best on their future adventures.

Ahead of half term next month, just a reminder that half term is from the 25th – 29th October.

As it is getting colder, we will need appropriate clothing for your child to enjoy the full nursery experience. We do go out in all weathers so please do remember coats, hats, waterproofs and wellies please!

Just a polite reminder for everyone that our core hours are 8am – 6pm. Please do not ring the bell before your booked in start time.

Thank you all for a great start to September!

Home activity

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.

Threading cards


  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making
  • Colours
  • Shapes and size
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Louise Nicholls, Deputy Nursery Manager

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