Sep 24, 2020

Heyford September News: Role Play, Nature and Recycling

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September news

We have had quite a few new children joining us this month and it has been a pleasure to watch how they have all settled into the routines of the room, right from Babies to Pre-School. It has been lovely to see new friendships forming. We have also been taking advantage of the Autumn sunshine which I am sure you will all agree, has been fantastic! 

We are very excited about the new Sainsbury’s shop opening on the development! Once we are able to, we plan to take the children for a walk there and to buy little things; especially the Pre-School children who will then start to understand the concept of using money as well as the counting, adding and subtraction that goes with it.

We welcomed back Jo this month who is our lunch time lady in Tots. We also welcome Lynne who has joined the team as lunch time lady in Pre-School. It’s great to have you both on our happy team! 

In the Baby room, the team have been concentrating on helping their new little ones settle into the room; reading lots of stories and singing. There has also been lots of baby role play and the team have introduced a role play board which the children love. The focus throughout September has mostly been on getting to know the new children and gaining their trust to help them feel safe and secure enough to want to play and learn.

After the success of the shop role play last month, the Tots have extended their play with the introduction of a shop front this month. They have added a till, empty boxes, newspapers and more to made it into a shop. The children have loved it!

They have also been discussing the leaves changing colours and the reasons behind this as well as painting with and on leaves. For Recycle Week this past week, the children made a giant dragon. If you have anything suitable for our recycling displays please do send it in  – everything welcome!

Pre-School have had a very nature-based month. On their walk to nursery, the children have been collecting leaves, stones and more recently, conkers. We are lucky to have a horse chestnut tree right behind the nursery and the children have been collecting conkers whilst out for their daily mile. They have spoken about the prickly outside shell and how shiny the conkers are when they come out of the shell. The plan is to hang conkers around the room when we have enough.

For Recycle Week, the children made a robot which is inspired somewhat by the book which they have been reading, ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have also made their own paper dolls.

What’s coming up in October

Pumpkin Carving Fun! Please carve a pumpkin at home with your child and bring it in to nursery (please make sure that it is named) and you may win a prize. The pumpkins will be used to line the path up to nursery at the end of the day. If you can please use battery powered tea lights inside the pumpkins, that would be much appreciated.

We will be taking part in Halloween fun and games. Children and staff are invited to dress up in any costume, it doesn’t have to be a Halloween one. Please don’t go to any additional expense and please avoid full face masks. The children will be taking part in a variety of activities that day. If you would prefer your child not to take part, then please let your child’s key carer know. 

Other important information

We have a new apprentice starting with us at the end of October. Her name is Emily and some of you may remember her from when she did her college placement with us. We are really looking forward to welcoming Emily formally into the team. 

Half term this year is from the 26th October to 30th October. If your child attends term time only and you would like them to attend this week (or some sessions), please ask as we may have availability. 

As in previous years, the nursery will be closing at 1pm on Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve).

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.

 Jan Thorp, Nursery Manager


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