Jul 27, 2020

July News: Mythical creatures, National Colouring Week and water play

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July news

The nursery got a little bit busier in July as we welcomed more of our friends back to Small Friends. It was lovely to see the children reunited with their friends and to see their changes and development during their time away. The children have settled back really well which is credit to you for preparing them well as well as to the team for being so tuned in to their needs and planning and responding to these. 

We have also welcomed Lucy and Jamie back to the Caterpillar group, Fiona back to the Butterfly group and Jackie back to her role as the Nursery Cook! 

Both the groups of children have been enjoying the topic of ‘Mythical Creatures’ and we have been exploring dragons, unicorns, giants, elves and fairies. The children have particularly enjoyed the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk!’ and learning the repeated refrain “Fee Fi Fo Fum!”. 

The children have created beanstalks and turned this into a height chart. We have also created a giant high up in the clouds, in his castle. I have really enjoyed watching and hearing the older children re-enacting the storyline with some wonderful acting and vocal skills. We have some budding actors and actresses here! 

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have any visits from new teachers during this term and we haven’t had any visits to schools because of closure and Covid-19. We have, however, spoken to the schools that your children are going to and we have engaged in zoom calls. If there is anything you feel we can help or support you with during this transition time please do not hesitate to let me know. 

What’s coming up in August

During August, we are exploring the topic of space and then move onto summer for the last couple of weeks in August. 

We will also be saying goodbye to some of our school leavers this month. Unfortunately, we cannot come together as we usually would for a leavers party. We will be celebrating the children’s time with us and wishing them well for their next adventure. This will all be done within the nursery and we will share the photographs and videos with you on Tapestry. There will be a small leavers gift for your child to celebrate the time they had with us. 

The first week of August is National Colouring Week! We will be getting involved in this in many different ways. It will be about engaging in activities to help develop fine manipulative skills and exercise the small muscles in the fingers and wrists. These are really important to the development of pre-writing skills. 

Some of the children might want to make marks with crayons, chalks or pencils and others might want to make large marks with different brushes and paint. We will display our masterpieces within the nursery and we will share these on Tapestry with you. Next year, we look forward to the Leigh Art Trail being able to run and getting fully involved with the Children’s Art Trail too. 

In August, we are also looking forward to some water play. This will be in small groups and the water will be changed regularly after each group of children use it. We can’t wait to investigate the sea creatures, re-visit some floating and sinking activities and generally enjoy the water again. And on the hotter days, I envisage some exploration of the water with our feet to help us keep cool! 

Other important information

A reminder to all parents that we need a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice before your child leaves nursery for school. 

The new finance system is now up and running. Please ensure that your nursery fees are paid in line with our payment policy. Fees are due monthly in advance, payment must be made by the last working day of the month. For example, 31st July for August fees.

If your child is eligible for funding, please return your forms to me as soon as you can so I can ensure these are correct and I can input to the portal in time. 

As you many be aware, we are listed on a nursery review site called Daynurseries. We would be very grateful if you would spare a few minutes to leave us a review. You can do this online, by clicking here. Thank you very much for your continued support.

As we continue to integrate into The Old Station Nursery Group, we have started using smallfriends@theoldstationnursery.co.uk email address. This is the email address we will be using from now on, so please do ensure that if you need to contact us, you use our new email address. We have also recently moved over to The Old Station Nursery website. Here, you will find our individual nursery page with all of our contact details on; as well as other tools for parents such as the parent resources page with a range of activities to do with your child at home; and the journal page where you will find all the latest news and blogs.

Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager 


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