Aug 26, 2021

Mottershead Drive August News: Pizza, Dolls and Guinea Pigs

MHD August

Welcome to our August newsletter and the new academic year! The summer holidays have gone very quickly but we are looking forward to starting the new term, seeing our term time only families return and welcoming new families to Mottershead Drive.
August news

The 0-2 group have been exploring their senses and imagination through messy play. Over the last month they have become budding chefs as they created marvellous pizzas and served colourful spaghetti. The group have also been celebrating the Olympics. The children painted their version of the Olympic logo and decorated various flags.

The 2-4 group have been busy taking care of the baby dolls. Whilst promoting independence and self-care, the children ensured the dolls were well looked after. The dolls were carefully bathed, ready for their thorough nappy change. As the sun decided to make an appearance, the children were quick to realise the dolls needed sun cream too!

Squeak and Brownie, our Nursery guinea pigs, have been spending their summer outside. The children have really enjoyed watching them in their run and are regularly asking for cuddles. The children have also helped the team clean and replenish their hutch, ensuring they had tasty treats found in the garden and ice bowls to keep them cool.

Both age groups have been making the most of the warmer months and covid restrictions easing by going on lots of outings. The children have visited local parks, bought baking ingredients from Tesco and found the perfect spot for a picnic.

What’s coming up next month

As ‘Read A Book Day’ is on Monday 6th September and ‘Literacy Day’ is being held on the Wednesday 8th, the children will be having a fun filled week promoting books, storytelling, and writing.

‘World First Aid Day’ will also be addressed during the week commencing 13th September. As a nursery that holds a Millie’s Mark Award, the team will be talking to the children about First Aid, paramedics, and supporting them to use first aid kits on each other and dolls.

‘Recycling Week’ begins 20th September.  As a nursery we do recycle but we will be highlighting it throughout the week with junk modelling, making our own recycling bins and exploring what materials can be recycled and why it’s important to do so.

Cat from Boogie Beats returns for the 2-4 Group in September. She will be visiting every Wednesday at 10.30am. I’m sure the children will be delighted to see her again!

Other important information

A very warm welcome to Jess Clayton, our new Nursery Manager. Although many of you may have already met Jess, In September Jess and Chloe will be arranging a ‘meet and greet’ outside the nursery. This will give our families the chance to get to know Jess and catch up with Chloe, whilst enjoying a hot drink and tasty treat.

Sue Morgan is now working alongside Jess as Office Manager for Innsworth and Mottershead.

Sam Ward will be taking on the role as SENDCo Lead for Innsworth and Mottershead from September. Julia will be supporting Sam with this. Sam will also be attending ‘Supporting Down Syndrome in the setting’ next month.

As advertised on our Facebook page, the company are delighted to announce Chloe Rosser, our 0-2 Room Leader/Deputy Manager has been selected as a finalist at the Nursery Management Today Awards. Chloe’s nomination for the Room Leader category was put forward by the staff team and supported with testimonies from parents. We are very excited for Chloe to attend the award gala in November and wish her the best of luck. We will keep you posted!

Jess very kindly made the staff bacon/vegetarian sausage butties to set them up for the day and to say thank you for all their hard work.

We love to know what the children have been doing outside of nursery, so please add pictures to your child’s EyLog so we can see what they have been doing over the summer and share their interests at nursery.

Myself, Jess, Rosie and the rest of the team are here if you have any queries, we are always happy to help! Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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 sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

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

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Chloe Rosser, Nursery Manager

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