Hello to you all!
What a lovely, busy and exciting month we have had! We have seen some better weather which has been warmly received by us all. We have also welcomed more of our children back to nursery which has been great for friends to get back together again and for the team to see their key children and families.
We have taken part in World Book Day this month. It was wonderful to see so many children (and staff!) get involved and dress up as their favourite book character. We spent the week celebrating, sharing some lovely stories, developing the children’s literacy, attention, communication and language skills.
Throughout March, the children have really enjoyed exploring stories, getting a bit more in depth into specific books. The Caterpillars have been exploring many Julia Donaldson books: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, That’s Not My (series) and Fairytales.
The children have loved the Room on a Broom tuff tray and estimating how many animals can fit on to the broom! They have also been learning and remembering repeated refrains from the popular stories too which really helps to develop confidence in language.
The children have also gone on their own bear hunts! They have explored textured bags, describing how they feel. As usual they have enjoyed practising their physical skills in the garden; this month, particularly enjoying the balancing beams and stilts.
In March, the Butterfly children have enjoyed exploring Jack and the Beanstalk, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and an array of Julia Donaldson books. They have loved re-visiting the Hungry Caterpillar in more detail; learning about the life cycle, talking about growth and change.
The children have loved the Hungry Caterpillar game that the team made; posting the food items in the box when we reached that point in the story. One of their favourite activities seemed to be planting their own beanstalk. They labelled these with their name and took great care filling the pots, planting and watering. We would love to see the growth progress of these at home so please do keep us updated.
What’s coming up in April
Next month, we have lots of fun activities planned at nursery. Most notably, we will be celebrating Easter and the children will be participating in a number of crafts themed around this time of year.
If anyone would like to make an Easter Bonnet or Easter Hat with your child, I think that would be a great project over the holidays. Take a picture and share it with us on Parent Zone! We will share as many as possible on our social media channels too.
Other important information
Four of our staff (Yvonne, Jamie, Mel and Alanna) have updated their first aid training this month. We always have over and above the ratio of qualified first aiders on site so that we can all deal with any eventuality.
If your child is starting school in September, you will get your offer letter/email on Friday 16th April. Please let us know which school your child will be attending. At Small Friends, we help the children prepare for school in many ways. I honestly do not know what transition will look like this year, but we will definitely make contact with the school and Reception teachers and do all we can to support you and your child.
Please remember, if your child is ill and cannot get through their nursery day without the use of Calpol, they should not come in. Calpol can mask symptoms and your child should stay at home until they are well enough to attend.
Please also be reminded that children should not bring toys into nursery, parents are not coming into nursery and that you must social distance outside the nursery – wearing a mask when dropping and collecting your children.
Finally, we have a new member of bank staff to welcome. Sallie Counter is experienced working in nurseries and she is Level 2 qualified. Sallie is settling in well and it is great to have her on board. She is spending time in both groups and getting to know the children, staff and how we work here at Small Friends.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager