Mar 24, 2021

Houlton March News: Reading, Experiments and Fairies

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March news

It was lovely to see so many Preschool children (and grown ups) take part in World Book Day this month. A huge thank you to all of our families for your support in this. The children really enjoyed using the character masks to retell the Julia Donaldson story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’; helping to develop their understanding of different characters, plot structures, of a beginning, middle and end, as well as their knowledge of rhyming words.   

March has seen the Preschool children continue to be fascinated with different STEM activities being presented by Ellie. These activities have supported the children to use their reasoning and language skills to make predictions and explanations for what they observe happening; as well as building on their previous knowledge of concepts, such as floating and sinking.   

To inspire the children’s creative skills this month, a fairy door appeared in the classroom one night. The children have been captivated by this and have gone from knocking on the door and using teeny tiny voices to try to lure out the fairies, to drawing pictures as gifts that they hope the fairies will enjoy. To develop this further, we will be introducing a small post box, so that the children can write or dictate letters for the fairies, and hopefully, they will get a reply! 

What’s coming up in April

April 22nd is World Earth Day and we are going to use this as an opportunity for the Preschool children to build on their previous learning about recycling as well as their ongoing interest in STEM challenges, by using waste paper to create their own recycled handmade paper sheets. This will be a hands-on sensory experience which we anticipate taking several days, with the children being able to predict and then observe the changes in the states from liquid to solid; as well as making something new from something old, first hand.  

Angels children will also be participating in their own World Earth Day mystery bag STEM challenge using recyclable materials. We’ll post the creations on our social media pages, so please check them out! 

During the Easter Holidays, we hope to set up our own mini golf areas on the grass inspired by the Masters Series which will be running from the 8-11th of April. Not only will this potentially introduce the children to a new sport and the associated sporting equipment, but it will be a great opportunity to further enhance hand eye co-ordination skills and embed rational counting of the number of strokes used.   

Other important information

Staff news

Congratulations to Clara who achieved her Level 2 Early Years Qualification last month and completed her apprenticeship. Clara worked so hard throughout her studies and we’re really pleased that she is staying on as a permanent full time member of staff.  

Welcome to our new apprentice, Leila, who joined us in Preschool and Angels club at the start of March. Leila will be working towards her Level 3 Early Years Qualification whilst she trains with us and has already become popular with the children! 

Carly, who has been with us at Houlton almost since we opened, is moving on to a new nursery at the end of March. I’m sure you will join us in wishing her all the best for her future career.   

Other information

Term finishes on the 1st April and the summer term begins again on Monday 19th April. For those on an all year round contract, please remember that Preschool and Angels holiday club will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.  

NHS Speech and Language dropin sessions which were previously held face to face in Children’s centres, have been replaced by telephone sessions. If you want to get some advice, or have concerns about your child’s speech and language, you are able to call 01788 555107 to arrange a 1:1 telephone appointment to get advice. If you do have concerns, please also let your child’s Key Person know, as they can give extra support in sessions, and advice for families at home.  

Warwickshire County Council have invested in the ‘50 things to do before you’re five app for families in Warwickshire. This is a free app, available to download on Apple and Android devices, which gives families ideas of how they can support their child’s development through free or low-cost activities, which you can then tick off to see what you have covered. Some activities listed are not suitable currently due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there are still plenty which families may enjoy doing during the Easter holidays!    

Families will be receiving news of their Primary school place offers during the Easter holidays, on the 15th of April. Once you have accepted your offer, please confirm to us where your child will be going, so that we can plan for transitions. If you want to talk to us about your child’s offer, you can phone the nursery at any time.   

Thank you all for your continued support.

Aisling Armstong, Nursery Manager


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