Welcome from all of us at Iver to our May newsletter! It’s been another great month for both fun and learning, and we are thrilled to see all of our new children settling in so well. We would like to thank you for continuing to observe social distancing measures as a result of COVID and would also like to thank you for arriving ten minutes prior to sessions ending to allow time for staff to give feedback about your child’s day.
This month, the babies took a “trip” under the sea where they had the opportunities to explore colours and creatures that live in the ocean. They enjoyed handprint painting to create fish; made jellyfish using paper plates, tissue paper and PVA glue; and even made bubbles using blue paper and tin foil. The children loved the under the sea theme so much that the practitioners extended this interest to sensory activities involving blue sand, shiny pebbles and their favourite sea creatures. The babies loved singing “1, 2, 3, 4, 5…Once I Caught a Fish Alive” and “Baby Shark”! This month, the littlest children have also been exploring some preliminary role play by having a picnic with their teddy bears and dolly friends. They pretended to feed their toys and even read some stories together.
Throughout May, the toddler room has enjoyed construction play and their creations have become more and more imaginative; from building a “house” with the soft foam bricks to making a slide for the dinosaurs, both activities were great for developing their emerging critical thinking skills. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring colour this last month by categorising multi-coloured dinosaurs by their different properties as well as during painting activities where they selected their own colours. The toddlers have been continuing to make their own playdough, experimenting with using words like “ingredients”, “mixing” and “kneading”. They continue to enjoy yoga as a time to be peaceful and to develop their listening and attention skills. We are very proud of both our new starters and children transitioning from the baby room for settling in so well!
In the pre-school room, the children have been developing their knowledge of different religions and cultures this month by exploring similarities and differences with their friends. One of the favourite activities for the children to do throughout May has been junk-modelling. The children have been creative thinkers, discussing their own ideas about what they would like to build and thinking about which materials and equipment they will need to make their ideas a reality. Their creations have included cars, monsters and even rockets! It has been fantastic to see the children develop their control and awareness of space when using scissors, pencils and glue sticks.
The pre-schoolers have also been budding mathematicians this month by discussing what it means to “estimate” an amount. They created a game of guessing how many dinosaurs were in a pot before counting how many there actually were, this was a lot of fun for them!
What’s coming up next month
We have another busy month to look forward to. We hope that the weather will become slightly warmer and sunnier as we enter June so that the children are able to spend even more time outside exploring their outdoor environment. Alongside a number of fun and engaging activities next month, there’s a number of exciting days to celebrate in June such as Father’s Day.
Other important information
A big welcome to Amandeep who has joined Jess in the toddler room. She is in the final stages of completing the Foundation Degree in Early Years. A very warm welcome, Amandeep!
We have become aware that many children are bringing toys into the nursery from home. We understand that new children may bring in a toy as a comfort while they are settling in to nursery. However, once a child has settled into the nursery, we advise that children leave their toys at home as we have plentiful resources for the children at the setting and toys from home can be disruptive to the daily routine. Please note that any lost or damaged toys brought from home are not the responsibility of the nursery.
A polite reminder to parents of pre-schoolers who are sadly leaving us this September to please ensure that you inform us when your child’s last day will be and to let the pre-school staff know which school your child will be attending. This is so that we can arrange visits and ensure a smooth transition for all.
Please note that it is bank holiday on Monday 31st May and the nursery will be closed.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager