Aug 25, 2021

Houlton August News: Bugs, Magic and Spa Days

Houlton August

Hello everyone, what a busy August we have had! We hope you have had a chance to get away for a break during the holidays. We say a sad farewell to Aisling and Ellie this month who have left us for new challenges. We wish all our school leavers all the best for their first day at school, please do send emails of them looking smart in their uniforms and let us know how they get on! We warmly welcome all our new families and look forward to seeing our term timers back.

We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding regarding the delay of the opening of the new building. We should be in our new home from 13th September and are very excited for you all to see what a beautiful setting we have. We are all very excited.

We would also like to say a huge welcome to all new staff starting with us and they are all eager to meet everyone.

August news

Children currently with us have enjoyed lots of outside time in St Gabriel’s Academy’s Forest school area, listening and looking for different insects and animals. They have loved getting to know some of the new members of staff who have started with us during August. The children had a spa day with us, having cucumber slices for their eyes, participating in meditations, relaxing in their dressing gowns, having hand and foot massages and having afternoon tea. These types of activities are great for promoting children’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

On the 13th August, we held a graduation ceremony, where we had a magician and tried out different circus skills, including stilt walking and plate spinning.

The children have also shown a keen interest in yoga and dance, experimenting with different movements and rhythms. A walk to the local park also took place enabling the children to make observations about the outdoor environment, observe construction workers in action and challenge themselves using the playground equipment.

What’s coming up next month

Roald Dahl Day is on the 13th September, with Talk like a pirate day on the 19th September (ooh arrr!). Macmillan coffee/ tea morning is on the 24th September, then European languages day the 26th September. Finally,  World Heart day is on the 29th September.

All rooms will partake in a variety of activities tailored aound these up and coming events.

Other important information

We also wanted to remind you of our refer a friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to your nursery manager.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, it is always hugely appreciated.

Alisha Bennett, Nursery Manager

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