Welcome back to all our families after the Christmas break. We hope you had a fantastic Christmas. Thank you for all of your generous gifts, it was very much appreciated by all of the staff. We would like to welcome the new families that have started with us this term, in the baby, tots and Preschool rooms. The staff are continuing to follow In the Moment Planning and following the children’s interests to ensure they are engaged in a stimulating environment.
This month, the younger and older babies have taken a particular interest in our range of soft play. Physical activities like this help promote the healthy development and growth of children. The staff ensure that the babies can be active and interactive on the soft play and encourage co-ordination, control and concentration in a safe space.
Throughout January, and despite the cold weather, the tot’s children have continued to enjoy the opportunity of free flow into the garden. The children are able to make their own decision as to whether they want to explore in the room or outside. This helps to promote independence of putting on coats, hats and gloves, and it encourages the children to physically or verbally communicate with the staff to ask for help in getting their outdoor clothes on. While outside, the children have been working especially hard in their mud kitchen making mud ice cream!
The Pre-school children have been exploring the meaning around Burns Night. The children have been recreating their own versions of version of thistle flowers, a popular Celtic symbol. The children were introduced to the tartan pattern which encouraged conversations about other patterns that they were familiar with and they finished off their morning by decorating their own Scottish flags.
What’s coming up in February
On Tuesday 9th February, we will be inviting all children and staff to donate £1 and to dress in red, to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Disease, for CHD Awareness Week. There will be lots of red themed activities for the children to enjoy.
From Monday 1st to Friday 5th February, we will be celebrating National Story Telling Week and encouraging the children to create their own stories and role play their favourite stories. Each room will choose a book of the week as a focus.
From Monday 8th to Friday 12th February, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year all week at nursery. This will give the children the opportunity to taste Chinese food and explore some of the traditions based around this festival, including making their own dragons!
And, of course, on Tuesday 16th February, the children will have the opportunity to make their own pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday as well as having tasty pancakes for tea.
Other important information
Thank you to all our parents for continuing to socially distance and wear face masks when dropping off and collecting their children. I know it can sometimes feel like an isolating experience for parents to not being allowed to enter the building but please be reassured that if you want to have a more in-depth discussion about anything in particular with your child’s key carer, then please feel free to book in a telephone call with them or the Room Leader. If you need a reminder of your child’s key carer, again please ask a member of staff or the Room Leader from your child’s room. The staff and I really do appreciate your continued understanding and support.
We know that our fantastic families are always recommending us to their friends, so we want to say a big thank you for your referrals! As of Saturday 23rd January 2021, when you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we would like to thank you with a £100 credit off your next invoice. We know you have lots of friends so there is no limit! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family! Terms and conditions apply so please speak with me to check these.
Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager