Apr 28, 2021

Innsworth April News: Outdoor Learning, Growing Strawberries and Life Cycles

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our April newsletter! We have had several families join us this month at Innsworth so a big hello and warm welcome to our new parents, carers and children. It has been a pleasure to see all the children settle in and explore their new environment.

April news

All of the children at Innsworth had a wonderful time over the Easter break, taking part in Easter Egg Hunts, Easter card making and Easter Baking. Everybody is now really looking forward to the summer and the children have prepared their grow bags ready to plant their sunflower seeds.

This month, the Babies have been enjoying the sunnier and warmer weather over the last couple of weeks, spending lots of time outside exploring. The children have enjoyed adding sinking and floating objects to water and observing what happens. They have also been busy outside developing their physical skills on the outdoor slide as well as spending time watching the birds feed from the bird table.

During April, the Tots have thoroughly enjoyed the free flow throughout the day from their room to their outdoor space, giving them the choice and opportunity to explore the garden whenever they want to. The children have been busy this month adding compost and strawberry plants inside car tyres for them to grow over the next few weeks. The children have really enjoyed checking on them daily and caring for them to ensure they are growing. The Guinea Pigs and Tortoise continue to be regular visitors to the Tots garden, where the children have been piling up the dandelions for them to eat.

This month, the Pre-schoolers have been taking good care of their tadpoles, counting each day how many have grown legs. They continue to explore resources based around the life cycle of a frog, understanding why and when they will be released back to their original pond. During April, the Pre-schoolers have been excited about using the grassy area opposite the nursery for picnics, stories and races in the sunshine. Some of the Pre-school children have also taken an interest in writing their name or writing letters this month and have gravitated towards a range of fidget toys and pencil grips.

What’s coming up next month

Next month is National Sun Awareness Week which takes place from the 3rd May to 9th May. It is very important that the children understand the dangers of sun exposure. We are now starting to apply sun cream as the warmer weather arrives so this week will be a great opportunity to introduce the ongoing conversations that will be had around protecting our skin, the importance of wearing hats and using areas of shade in the garden when it is very sunny.

Also next month it is National Numeracy Day on the 19th May. Mathematics is an important part of a child’s learning, especially in early years as it introduces them to a lifelong skill. Acquiring mathematics skills will encourage children to problem solve, measure and understand shapes, quantity, calculating etc. We will be encouraging the children to take part in a variety of number focused activities to celebrate the importance of National Numeracy Day.

Other important information

This coming Monday 3rd May is a bank holiday and the nursery will be closed on this day, reopening as usual on Tuesday 4th May.

May Half Term is from Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June. The nursery will still be open for all year-round children during this time.

Please can I remind parents and carers to provide your child with a named hat that they can keep at nursery. We do provide sun cream but if you do wish for your child to use an alternative, please provide it with their name clearly on it to keep at nursery.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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