Dec 15, 2021

Innsworth December News: Shoeboxes & Santa

Nursery children celebrating Christmas

Thank you to all of the parents and carers for their support this year, we can’t believe we have come to end of 2021!

On behalf of everyone at Innsworth, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Throughout December, there has been plenty of festive activities for the children to take part in!

Thank you to all the parents that donated on Christmas Jumper Day for the charity Save the Children. Wearing Christmas jumpers really got the nursery team and the children in the mood for festivities!  

The Baby Room have been very busy getting messy decorating their tree decorations and baking Christmas biscuits. The Tots enjoyed helping April to decorate the nursery Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles. They also made their own Christmas decorations, peppermint creams and gingerbread men.  

The Preschool room have been very busy putting together Christmas shoeboxes for a local charity ‘Feed the Hungry’. Thank you to all parents and the nursery team that have donated so much towards this amazing charity! The shoeboxes will be distributed between Nelson Trust Women’s Centre, Claremont House and Newton House, by the charity. 

The children have had a fun filled and extremely busy December, with the build up to Christmas. They enjoyed a visit from Santa, had very yummy Christmas dinner, made by our fabulous cook Clare, and enjoyed hot chocolate and mince pies and even a Christmas party!

What’s coming up next month

We have new children starting in the new year, as well as children moving up from the Baby Room to the Tots room and children moving from the Tots Room to the Preschool Room when we return in January. Settling in the new children and those that are transitioning with be one of our main focuses for January.  

Other important information

In the new year, Sam, our SENCo Lead has arranged Makaton training for our Innsworth and Mottershead Drive nursery teams. She is also in the process of arranging behaviour management training for both nurseries.

Abi has completed her Local Authority Designated Safeguarding Lead training.  

Chloe from our Tots room has begun her new venture in London – we wish Chloe the best of luck and we are all going to miss her. However, we do have Chloe M, that has started with us in the Tots room. Chloe is studying for her Level 5 Childcare qualification and brings a range of ideas to the room.  

We also have had Samantha starting with us. Samantha is studying for her Level 2 Childcare qualification and is hoping to complete it in the new year before starting to study for her Level 3. 

Skye is studying for her Level 3 at Gloucestershire College and has joined us on placement every Monday and Tuesday.  

The nursery teams from Innsworth and Mottershead Drive nurseries joined up together and enjoyed a game of crazy golf, followed by a festive buffet in Cheltenham. This is the first time the nursery teams have been able to get together in two years!  

Term starts in the near year for all year round children on Tuesday 4th January, and term time only children will return on Wednesday 5th January.  

If you are unsure as to who your child’s new key carer is then please do not hesitate to speak to Jo, Abi, or another member of the team. Due to Covid, we are still not allowed to have any visitors inside the nursery unless essential however, if you would like the opportunity to discuss your child’s development in more details then please feel free to let a member of the team know, and we can arrange a phone call between you and your child’s key carer.  

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

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

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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