Nov 18, 2021

Little Houghton November News: Poppies, Fireworks and Festivals

LH November

Welcome to November’s newsletter! This is always a super busy month as we have some many exciting events to celebrate in nursery.

November news

The whole nursery celebrated Diwali this month. During this festival, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs illuminate their homes, temples and work spaces with diyas, candles and lanterns. All rooms took part in the celebration by playing in colourful rice and sand, making Rangoli patterns and making beautiful lanterns.

Lots of our children visited local firework displays for Bonfire Night, so we carried on their interest in this at nursery by making beautiful firework pictures. Some of these were made using paint and forks, whilst others were make using colours sand and glue. The babies explored colourful paper shreds that they could throw in the air to make their own ‘fireworks’.

We all observed a two minute silence on 11th November and created poppies to mark our respect to those who fought for our country. We made the poppies in a number of ways such as with clay and also using cupcake cases for the petals and a lolly stick for the stem.

What’s coming up next month

Preschool Nativity is on the 9th December. We will be recording our Preschool Nativity on this date (no parents attending due to COVID). If your child does not usually attend on this date they will be invited in for the recording – more details to follow on a separate letter to parents via Tapestry.

Christmas Jumper Day is 10th December. All staff and children are invited to wear their Christmas jumper on this day. This is to raise Money for Save the Children – please give your donations to a staff member when dropping off or collecting your child.

Christmas Party will be 21st December. We will be having a Christmas themed party in the afternoon followed by a party tea. Do not worry if your child doesn’t attend on this date as we will be having lots of other Christmas festivities throughout the whole of December to enjoy.

Christmas lunch is 23rd December. Sarah is planning to make a full turkey roast dinner with all of the trimmings for all of the children along with homemade reindeer biscuits for pudding!

For Christmas eve, as per our letter recently, we close at 1pm this year on Christmas Eve reopening again on Tuesday 4th January.

Other important information

Congratulations to Jenny who won employee of the month this month! Jenny has been great at coming in as extra to help us to cover staff sickness and holidays and is a great help to every room. Well done Jenny.

It’s really important that all of our parents have access to Tapestry as this is where we often send out noticed to parents of anything important. If you are not connected to this or for any reason so not have access, please let us know.

We seem to have had an increase of parents collecting past 6pm in recent months. I am aware that on occasion this is completely unavoidable, but please can I ask that parents are mindful that we close at 6pm and that they may need to ensure that they are able to allow enough time to allow for extra traffic etc. We do have a late collection charge that we rarely use however we are going to have to enforce this more often from now onwards as we have to ensure that there are at least two staff members in the building to cover this and we pay them for this extra time added onto their already long day. Thank you for your understanding with this.

Please can I remind parents that lateral flow tests are only to be used if children do not display symptoms and that PCR tests need to be booked for those who have a cough, temperature or loss of taste of smell. We have recently reintroduced the wearing of masks for both parents and staff when children are dropped off and collected at nursery. This is due to the increase in cases local again.

This month, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:

Activity:

  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Heather Clark, Nursery Manager

 

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