Welcome to the new academic year. We hope you all had an enjoyable summer.
This month, the nursery celebrated National Owl Day. This was a great success as the children discovered more about one of the most iconic bird species. Throughout the day, both age groups took part in various provocations to explore the topic of owls and extend their imagination. The children created their own owls and used technology to research more facts. To end such a busy and exciting day, the children enjoyed listening to ‘The Owl Babies’ story and watching videos of Owls in flight.
We also hosted a Portuguese lunch. After discussing delicacies with one of our families, we decided it would be nice for the children to experience some Portuguese culture. The menu started with Arroz De Tomate (Portuguese Tomato Rice), deliciously packed with flavour. This traditional rice dish is a favourite from Portugal and was accompanied by Bolinho De Bacalhau (cod fish cakes). This is a popular dish in Portugal, any festive event would be incomplete without it. To finish, the children tried Pastel De Nata, which is a Portuguese egg tart, very common in Portugal and dangerously delicious!
Shredded paper brought lots of laugher to the 0-2 room this month. Not only were the younger children able to explore a new texture, they experienced hand-eye coordination and cause and effect whilst throwing the paper into the air. The 0-2 group have also been very creative this month, designing new displays with various painting methods; the room looks beautiful! To keep cool during the heatwave, the children were encouraged to develop their fine motor skills during water play. Throughout this activity, the children explored various methods of transporting water; pouring, squeezing and splashing.
The 2-4 group learnt about the life cycle of fruit and vegetables last week. The children used their senses to explore various items of food, before removing the seeds and planting them. The children used soil to bed the seeds, watered them and positioned the pots in the sun. The children are very excited to witness the changes as the food grows and to hopefully try their own organic fruit and vegetables!
The guinea pigs have been very well looked after by the 2-4’s this month. With support from staff, they have been finding various food within the garden for Bubble and Squeak to enjoy. The group have discussed what the guinea pigs need to stay healthy and read factual books about what care they should provide. During the warm weather, the children gave the guinea pigs ice blocks to keep them cool and put their run in a shaded area.
What’s coming up in September
There’s lots of exciting events coming this month.
On 8th September we will be celebrating Literacy Day. We will be acknowledging the importance of literacy in the Early Years, in various stimulating ways.
As a multi-cultural nursery, with many of our families speaking a range of languages, we will be hosting European Languages Day on 26th September. The children will be learning new greetings with staff, looking at bilingual books and creating various flags.
Recycling week will be held during 20th-27th September. Throughout this week, the children will learn about the importance of recycling, keeping our environment clean and being eco-friendly!
Hidden Heros is a very welcomed event during this current pandemic. We will be celebrating our brave key workers and thanking them for all their hard work on 29th September.
Other important information
A very big welcome to Rio and Lisa who will be joining our team this month. Both staff members have a range of knowledge and experience that they will be bringing to our nursery. We are also very excited to be taking part in yoga sessions in the near future, as Rio holds a Level 2 certificate in introducing young children to yoga.
Due to our increasing numbers you may notice a few staff changes. The new room layouts are listed below;
- 0-2 Group – Chloe as Room Leader, supported by Emma and Rio.
- 2-3 Group – Laura as Room Leader with Hayley overseeing the group, supported by Ellie and Lisa.
- 3-4 Group – Laura as Room Leader, supported by Emily.
Sue will be supporting all age groups. Kelly as Nursery Manager, supported by Chloe as Deputy Nursery Manager. Kelly, Chloe and Laura remain as the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
We also have some exciting news! Kayleigh and Ria will be starting their maternity leave this month. We wish them the very best with their new arrivals.
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As a final note, as a team we are sincerely grateful and would like to thank all the parents and carers for their continued support. I would like to remind everyone that Mottershead Drive has an open-door policy. Kelly, myself and the rest of the nursery team are always here if you have any queries, concerns or to offer advice.
Chloe Rosser, Deputy Nursery Manager