Oct 21, 2021

Little Houghton October News: Walks, Conkers and Crockery

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our October newsletter! It’s been another busy month and we can’t wait to tell you what we have been up to.

October news

In the baby room they have been exploring the changing seasons through lots of sensory activities! They have been finding different autumnal leaves in the lights, they have been mixing colours and painting using a variety of different tools and have been outside in the garden looking at the leaves on the trees.

Bears have been on lots of autumnal walks around the village. They have been collecting leaves and conkers whilst observing the changing trees. They then made lovely autumn pictures using the leaves which we are displaying in the windows for parents to see.

In Preschool, we have gently been introducing real crockery for the children to use as a tea set in the role play area. We first chose a quieter day to start on where we could monitor it much more closely. We talked to the children about being careful and how to use them safely. Eventually we would like to have this permanently in the room for them to use as it is a great way to teach children how to be careful and to use things in an appropriate way. If the crockery breaks, it doesn’t pose as much of a risk as glass would, as it often chips or handles will break off and it can be cleared up quickly without it being unsafe. We will continue to work with the children over the coming months.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we are looking forward to celebrating many different festivals and events! Diwali on the 4th November, with Bonfire night on 5th November. Remembrance Day is 11th November, followed by World Kindness day on November 13th. Finally, we will be celebrating Children in Need on Friday 19th where children are welcomed to come in wearing Pyjamas with a donation.

Other important information

Well done to Olivia Garrard who has now completed her level 3 qualification. This is a great achievement!

As we now move into the colder months, please ensure you bring your child with appropriate clothing. We do go out in all weather so something to warp up warm in when it’s cold, and please ensure it’s waterproof for when the weather turns wet.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

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.

Paint with your hands and feet


  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material.
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with.
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper.
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making using their body.
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Heather Clark, Nursery Manager

Nursery child on a walk with conkers and sticks
Staff with nursery child on a walk
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
Nursery child painting with sponges

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