Jul 23, 2021

Iver July News: Ladybirds, Cupcakes and Sheep

Iver Main

All of us here at Iver have been enjoying the glorious weather, and hope you have been too. We appreciate this has been a different month for most of you as we unfortunately had to partially close due to COVID self-isolation, but we were very grateful for your support and understanding during this time. Nonetheless, we have had a great month with lots of exciting opportunities for learning. By far our favourite activity has been playing out in the garden enjoying the hot weather when we can and playing with water to keep us cool – all the children are now experts at protecting themselves in the sun by wearing their sun hats, sun cream and drinking lots of water!

July news

Our Bunnies (0-2) room have been exploring body parts this month, singing songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and playing with dollies to reinforce this. As always, the children loved messy play, exploring oats using all their senses by filling and emptying as well as exploring the sensation of playdough. The babies have loved “posting” their toys through every gap they can find, so the wonderful staff created a little post box that the children have taken great joy in posting their toys into.

The Squirrels (2-3) room have been exploring the seaside throughout their play; they enjoyed playing with sea creatures in the water, and investigating the sand by looking for hidden objects whilst beginning to communicate how it feels. Their favourite song this month has been “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”, and they have been exploring sheep by developing their understanding of technology to watch how a sheep moves and the sounds they make – afterwards, they enjoyed getting messy and using their critical thinking skills to make their very own sheep. When playing in the garden, the children were very interested in finding insects with their magnifying glass – they were overjoyed when they found a ladybird, and we followed this discovery by using black and red cloth circular cloth to explore the different shapes that make up a ladybird.

The Owls (3-5) had a wonderful time at their Graduation Party, enjoying the fun-filled activities and loved their special individually made Graduation cupcakes as a nice surprise. There have been lots of discussions about going to school, and all seem confident to make the transition. Mindfulness has continued to be a big part of the children’s day, where the children have the opportunity to set aside the busy-ness of their day and relax with yoga, classical music as well as wake-up and stretch exercises. The children have been fascinated by the seaside, exploring real crab shells, as well as shells and stones from the beach. They have also been using their creativity to make their own self-portraits, thinking for themselves about what different resources and shapes they need to use to finish their masterpiece.

What’s coming up next month

We have lots to look forward to in the upcoming month, with lots of children going on holiday we will be discussing Summer Holidays and will be planning different activities according to this and any other interests the children have.

In August, we look forward to celebrating a special day – Raksha Bandhan (please see https://www.calendardate.com/raksha_bandhan_2021 for more information). Keep an eye out at the nursery entrance for key dates.

Other important information

It is with great sadness that I inform you Amy will be leaving us at the end of this month due to relocation. Amandeep will be taking over from Amy. Amandeep is a fully-qualified member of staff and holds a degree in Early Years Foundation Stage – Learning and Development. She has already joined the baby room to work with Amy to ensure a smooth transition. We wish Amy the very best for the future, and congratulate Amandeep on her new position!

For children who attend term-time only, the new term will begin on Monday 6th September 2021.

Regarding online safety, we appreciate that technology is a big part of the children’s lives, and we want to ensure that everyone has information on how to make sure time spent online is safe. Please see the following links for useful information about how you can do this: General Guidance | Early Years (buckscc.gov.uk); E-Safety | Early Years (buckscc.gov.uk)

We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager

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