Jan 27, 2021

Iver January News: Music, Stories and Role Play

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

January news

Firstly, I am sure you would all like to join me in taking this opportunity to say a big heartfelt thank you to all of my amazing staff, whose commitment and dedication to providing care and education opportunities for your precious little ones continues every day, come rain or shine.

The team are working tirelessly to ensure that the setting is a happy one and the constant laughter and smiles around the nursery are testament to the children’s happiness. I want to assure you that every measure is being taken to make the setting safe within the boundaries of what we can control.

This month, the children have been enjoying many opportunities for learning. This has included our celebration of the AA Milne classic story of Winnie the Pooh, a timeless story which teaches children about friendship and different types of people. The children thoroughly enjoy reading the Winnie the Pooh books here at nursery so, as you can imagine, revisiting these stories throughout the day was very enjoyable for them! The children also enjoyed creating masks of their favourite characters in Winnie the Pooh as well as letter-sound-picture matching games based on the books.  

The babies have been making good use of their space to move along to music this month, which has included some action songs and even some number songs. Their favourites have been Five Little Ducks, Five Speckled Frogs and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive. The practitioners have extended number play to involve rolling the ball (“1, 2, 3…go!”) and building towers (which they also enjoyed pushing down). 

Throughout January, in the 2-3 room, the children have been demonstrating how independent they can be by helping to clear away and clean up after meals, putting on their own shoes, washing their own hands and putting on and taking off their own coats. It has been brilliant to see how confident the children become after using will and determination to achieve these significant goals. The little ones continue to enjoy pretend play by making good use of their big, wooden dolls house. They have the space to act out familiar situations that they experience at home, such as meal time and bath time. Their listening skills are developing during music time, with lots of sounds being created by instruments and different objects in their environment. This has been extended to include using different letter sounds; the children especially enjoy the Jolly Phonics songs, which is a great introduction to phonics. Some of the toddlers have even been showing some familiarity by matching sounds to letters they see elsewhere in their environment.

The pre-schoolers have loved focusing on the story The Snowman this last month, which has been a great opportunity for the children to express themselves by acting out different scenes from the book using props. This has also allowed them to learn all about story structure, and now realise that a story has a beginning, middle and end. The children have moved on to more complex categorisation of objects; not just using the words “big” and “small”, but also “medium”, and they have used different methods of measuring this. Despite the poor weather, the pre-schoolers have continued to find many ways to enjoy their garden space, creating their own obstacle courses and carrying out their own races on the bikes and scooters available to them. 

What’s coming up in February

In February, we look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day, to name just a few celebrations! As always, be on the look out for any posters that appear on our front door outlining any details you might need to know about these events. We are looking forward to celebrating these events with the children, extending their learning and providing new experiences for them. 

Other important information

Sadly, Dessy had to leave us due to unavoidable personal circumstances. Dessy was hoping to continue with us as bank staff but she couldn’t due to her personal circumstances. We wish Dessy all the very best.  

Please make sure to follow us on our Facebook page and Instagram page. We upload a lot of photos of all the wonderful activities we have been up to throughout the week so make sure you don’t miss out on seeing these! 

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.

A polite reminder to please ensure to use the bank details mentioned below for all payments. When making payment, please use your child or bill payer’s reference number (from your latest bill)

Bank: Barclays Bank Plc  Account Name: Premier Nurseries Limited Account number: 83543331 Bank sort code: 200526 

Thank you very much for being cooperative and proactive in getting Covid tests done and collecting your children on our request. You may find it an inconvenience when you have to collect your child due to showing symptoms at nursery and having to get a test done. This can be an unpleasant experience for parents and children both. We do not want you and children to go through this, however, we are left with no choice in the matter. We request this from you to protect all children, families, staff and the wider community, and this is the government policy.

We would like to remind all parents to wear masks and  maintain social distancing (2+ metres) from staff during this time to ensure safety for all. If you have any suspicions that your child may have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, even the beginning of symptoms, we would recommend that you monitor your child from home until such a time that you are confident your child has no symptoms. Children needing medicine to control fever, or being given medicine to control fever at home, should not be attending the nursery. I hope you understand that these precautions are in place to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives. If you do notice symptoms, please get a test as soon as possible. Thank you for continuing to adhere to procedures, for your patience and understanding . 

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager

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