Welcome to our October newsletter!
The children have been very excited about celebrating all things Halloween this month. The children have engaged in pumpkin carving, making green jelly and decorating the nursery. We invited the children to dress up throughout this past week and come to the nursery office, Trick or Treatin’!
Science has also been a popular theme and subject throughout the nursery this month. Science is exciting and, most importantly, it encourages curiosity in children which leads to questions and wondering. As a nursery, we thought it was important to celebrate World Space Week this month. We wanted to give the children the learning opportunity to become familiar with all things space! The children really enjoyed making their own planets in Pre-school, their own spaceships in the Tots room and signing ‘5 little men in a flying saucer’ in the Baby room!
What’s coming up in November
On Thursday 5th November, we will be exploring Guy Fawkes Night. The children will have the opportunity to be shown how to use sparklers safely, create their own fire work pictures and have hot dogs for tea! Followed by a treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
On Wednesday 11th November, we will be exploring the meaning behind Remembrance Day and the poppy. The children will be making their own poppies and laying them at the nursery entrance.
Friday 13th November is Children in Need Day. We will be inviting children and staff to dress in sports and/or pyjamas to help raise money for charity. We will be asking for a £1 donation. There will also be a cake sale in the morning and at the end of the day, held at the main entrance. If parents would like to donate cakes towards the cake sale then please drop them off on Thursday 12th or Friday 13th November.
Other important information
Jess Garett from our Pre-school room is leaving on Friday 30th October. We wish her all the luck in her next adventure!
Jasmine has now started in our baby room. She is settling in and gradually getting to know the parents and carers of those in the baby room. Jasmine is keen to spend time in all rooms, to get to know all the children and team, so please introduce yourself if you see her around.
Congratulations to Sue, our Office Manager, for getting to the finals of the Nursery Management Today awards! I nominated Sue for ‘Personality of the Year’ and the virtual awards will be held on Thursday 26th November. Good luck Sue!
Admission to Infant school: The admissions team are preparing paperwork to send out to all parents of children who are due to start school in September 2021. This information will advise you on how to apply for a school place. You should receive this information in November. If you have not received the information by 1st December, please contact the admissions team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01452 725407.
Any child born between the 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 can start school from the 1st September 2021. Gloucestershire County Council co-ordinates the admission of children to primary or infant school, therefore, you must apply to receive a school place for you child by the closing date 15th January 2021.
The 16th April is allocation day and you will then find out which school has been offered.
We must continue to use the baby room fire door and back garden gate for drop of time and pick up time. This is not ideal with the change in weather and dark evenings approaching, but limiting contact as much as possible is essential, so thank you for your patience and understanding.
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.
Thank you for your continued support. Innsworth Nursery does have an open-door policy; myself, Sue, Jo and Jemma are always available around the nursery if you have any queries, questions or to offer any advice. Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support. If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Day nurseries. You can do this online by clicking here.
Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager