Sep 21, 2021

Innsworth September News: Recycling, Hedgehogs and Pumpkins

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Welcome to our September Newsletter! It has been lovely to see our new children settling in so quickly. A very warm welcome to all of our new children and families!

September news

This month, the Baby Room children have taken a particular liking to the soft play resources. Many of our babies are just starting to crawl or walk, so the soft play resources have been a huge encouragement to help develop their physical development. It has been great to see their confidence grow over throughout September.

The Tots Room have taken great pride in growing their own Pumpkins this month, ready for Halloween! The children have also proudly grown tomatoes and cabbages. They spotted some caterpillars on the cabbages and quickly found the magnifying glasses so that they could take a closer look!

This month, the Pre-school room have had a very exciting time. The children had the opportunity to release three baby Hedgehogs and their Mummy into the garden Hog House. The children have also been keeping an eye on the Mummy Hedgehog and baby in our second garden Hog House.

The Pre-school children also had a visit from their old friend, Anais. Anais moved to Germany but recently, visited for 3 weeks and attended nursery again. She was super happy to be back, especially to see her old friends, staff and the Guinea Pigs!

In September, the nursery also promoted Recycling Week. As a nursery, we do recycle but thank you to Zena from our Baby Room for encouraging even more recycling across the setting. The Pre-school children have been busy choosing which resources they think can be recycled.

What’s coming up next month

In October, the children will be celebrating Space Week across the nursery with a variety of space themed activities to help extend their knowledge and learning about space.

Friday 15th October is World Food Day and the children will have the opportunity to try a range of different foods at nursery. They will take part in food tasting and exploring with various fruit and veg.

On Wednesday 27th October, we will be dressing up for Halloween! The children will be doing Halloween activities across the whole week, with a Halloween themed tea. We can’t wait!

Please keep a look out for emails, eyLog posts or posters with more information about these events.

Other important information

Sam, our SENCo Lead for Innsworth and Mottershead Drive, will be carrying out her CACHE Level 3 Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) qualification. All early years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care. This is an important role to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved for children with SEND.

As we are entering Autumn and the weather is starting to change, could we please ask that all children are provided with appropriate clothing as well as shoes/wellies as all children have access to the garden, whatever the weather!

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Home activity

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Threading cards


  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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