Dec 15, 2021

Mottershead Drive December News: Craft, Cards & Charity

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Welcome to Mottershead Drive’s December newsletter, and we are nearly at end of of 2021! This year seems to have gone very quick, and as a nursery team, we would like to  thank you for all your support throughout the year.

On behalf of everyone at Mottershead Drive, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Throughout December, there has been plenty of festive activities for the children to take part in!

The children had a great start to the Christmas festivities, by celebrating by wearing their Christmas jumpers. Thank you to everybody who made a donations towards this, the money will be sent to the charity Save the Children, a charity close to our hearts. 

The Baby Room have been extremely busy with their Christmas craft this month, and getting messy with handprints on their Christmas calendars and sticky creating their Christmas cards.  The 2-4 Room have loved the party games at their Christmas party- they took part in Pass the Parcel, which was their favourite, as well as enjoying a hot chocolate, mince pies, a Christmas dinner and Christmas songs.  Thank you to  Coral for an extremely yummy Christmas dinner!  

The children also had a visit from Santa, which was very exciting!

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming all our new starters in January as well as welcoming back all the children from their festive break!

There is also children moving up from the Baby Room to the 2-4 room, and therefore settling in the new children and those that are transitioning will be one of our main focuses for January.  

The nurseries outdoor space is an ongoing project – Julia from the 2-4 room has lots of ideas of how we can utilise the space, so Julia is going to move and enhance the mud kitchen area! 

Other important information

In the new year, Sam, our SENCo Lead has arranged Makaton training for our Innsworth and Mottershead Drive nursery teams. She is also in the process of arranging behaviour management training for both settings

Sue from the 2-4 Room has her last day at the setting on 24th December. Thank you to Sue for your contribution to the nursery over the last two and half year, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours! 

Please welcome Libi to our 2-4 Room. Libi is Level 3 qualified, and is really looking forward to getting to know everyone!

 A big congratulations to Julia for competing her CACHE Level 3 Awards for Special Education Needs Coordinator in Early Years Settings, 

The nursery teams from Innsworth and Mottershead Drive joined up together and enjoyed a game of crazy golf, followed by a festive buffet in Cheltenham. This is the first time the teams have been able to get together in two years!  

Term starts in the near year for all year round children on Tuesday 4th January. Term time only children will return on Wednesday 5th January.  

If you are unsure as to who your child’s new key carer is then please do not hesitate to speak to Chloe, Rosie, or another member of the nursery team. Due to Covid, we are still not allowed to have any visitors inside the nursery unless essential however, if you would like the opportunity to discuss your child’s development in more details then please feel free to let a member of the team know, and we can arrange a phone call between you and your child’s key carer.

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

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

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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