Welcome to all of our families and thank you for taking the time to read our April newsletter. I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sunny weather we are having, let’s hope it lasts!
This month, the 0-2s group had an egg-cellent time celebrating Easter. The children participated in many Easter themed crafts, baked treats and searched high and low to locate the eggs during their outdoor egg hunt.
As the 0-2 group were showing a strong interest in the soft play equipment this month, the team set up indoor and outdoor obstacle courses. This challenged the children’s physical development and extended their interest in risk taking.
Also in April, the youngest children also explored their creativity as they used plastic balls to produce a beautiful painting. This colourful piece of art has been displayed in the 0-2s room.
Over the last month, the weather conditions have ranged from frost to sunshine! This hasn’t stopped the group from exploring the outdoor environment each day. The children have spent time building towers, having picnics and participating in lots of stimulating activities.
Over the Easter period, the children in the 2-4s group have all experiences lots of wonderful opportunities to get messy and have some fun making Easter cards and treats to take home.
Ensuring that we are as resourceful as possible, the children used old toilet rolls to help create their very own little Easter chick cards. The children had lots of fun painting their own real eggs, ready to use for an Easter egg hunt around the garden. Hunting for the Easter eggs enabled the children to explore the Forest School area and garden as well as use their counting skills.
During circle time, we have discussed with the children what Easter is and why we celebrate it; using different types of resources such as the tablet, books and more. This enabled the children to have a better understanding of what Easter really is and why we celebrate it every year. Following this, we then gave the children the opportunity to create their very own version of the Easter cave using biscuits.
Throughout April, the children have also been focusing on counting and looking at numbers. We have been exploring with the children the different ways in which they can use numbers in their daily routine. The children have particularly taken an interest in the sorting toys; so we have been looking at the different colours with the children and linking everything back into numbers and counting. The team have further encouraged the children with their continued interest by creating different tuff trays each day to incorporate either number or counting.
What’s coming up next month
The children will be taking part in National Sun Awareness Week from the 3rd May to 9th May. This event helps raise awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure as well as how to avoid sunburn. Small circle time discussions will take place during this week to show the children the importance of hats, sun cream and shade.
The children will also be taking part in Screen-Free Week from the 3rd May to 9th May. This is an annual event to encourage all families to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.
On the 5th May, we will be taking part in National Bike to School Day. Strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s Bike to School Day.
National Children’s Day UK is on the 16th May and is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and protecting the rights and freedoms of children so that they can grow into happy, healthy adults. We will be celebrating with lots of games, educational activities and weather permitting, a delicious picnic in the garden.
In addition, on the 19th May we will be celebrating National Numeracy Day. This is an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life. We want children to engage with numbers and provide them with the opportunities to use them in their everyday environment for labelling, quantifying and calculating.
Other important information
In May, we will be joining in with Screen Free Week. In the meantime, I would also like to offer parents information regarding internet security and keeping your child safe.
The Cbeebies and the NSPCC links below offer information where you can learn about the risks of online games and videos; what to do if you are concerned that your child has access to items that are age inappropriate and the potential impact this may have on your child; parental control guidance and advice to help you understand the risk; and ways to minimise them and keep your child safe.
Monday 3rd May is a bank holiday and the nursery will be closed on this day, reopening as usual on Tuesday 4th May.
Please also note the May half term is approaching. The dates that our term time only children will not attend nursery will be from the 31st May until Friday the 4th June. Please contact me if you wish to book your child in extra during this time.
Now the weather has hopefully taken a turn for the better please can I remind parents to bring in sunhats each day. We do provide sun cream but if you prefer a specific brand then you are more than welcome to provide it, with your child’s name clearly labelled on it.
Kelly Hall, Nursery Manager