Oct 28, 2020

Houlton October News: Autumn, Harvest Vegetables and Baking

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October news

October has seen the preschool children investigate Autumn with earnest, sparked by the acorn tree outside preschool. The children have been counting, sorting and investigating weight with acorns and conkers. They have learned new songs about Autumn leaves changing colours and made leaf men and leaf creatures with leaves they have collected.

The preschool children have also enjoyed exploring the inside of various harvest vegetables, comparing similarities and differences between pumpkins, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and swedes. Aisling also created two new raised beds for the children in the outdoor classroom so the children have enjoyed using the fresh herbs to add to their conker soups and Gruffalo crumbles they’re been ‘cooking’ up outside.   

National Baking Week saw the children in preschool use their skills to measure, mix and shape biscuit dough, and then explore the story of the Gingerbread man thinking about what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of the tale.

In Angels, the children celebrated National Baking Week by having their own bake off competition which was a great success and something they want to repeat on a regular basis! 

Our new staff member, Chloe, has joined us this month as an Out of School Club Assistant in Angels Club. She has become a firm favourite with the children and has even been awarded our Employee of the Month at Houlton for this month!

What’s coming up in November

With the start of the second half term, we enter November, where the children will explore the celebrations and events of Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance Day and the First Sunday of Advent. This will give us the opportunity to reflect on the different ways in which we celebrate with our families and learn about what other people do. We will be encouraging families to share photos of their own celebrations using Eylog, so that children can share their experiences with their classmates.  

Other important information

Thank you to all parents who have started to bring in wellies to preschool. They have been needed a few times already so far and we imagine even more so as we move from Autumn to Winter. Please, wherever possible, could parents name wellies and coats as often there are several of the more popular styles and we would hate to get them mixed up.   

Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.

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.

Aisling Armstrong, Nursery Manager


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