Welcome to our July Newsletter, the last of this academic year! The team have really embraced the gorgeous weather by spending the mornings in the sunshine and keeping cool with an endless supply of ice lollies.
It has been difficult saying goodbye to our school leavers, and key children moving groups, as well as a ‘see you soon’ to our term time only children. However, we wish them the very best with their next venture and hope they all have wonderful summer holidays. Thank you for the lovely gifts that have been given to staff from families that are leaving or transitioning to another room.
In our 0-2 room, mark-making has been a focus for our younger children this month. Although this promotes early writing, it is also a sensory and physical experience, which can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Mark making opportunities were provided through play as the children printed with paint, drew with crayons, decorated the garden with chalk and used their fingers to create patterns in sand.
As many of our children have recently visited seaside resorts, the team decided to create a beach themed tuff tray. When engaging in the activity, the children explored their senses and formed an interest in the sea creatures. This led to ‘under the sea’ themed activities and supported the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
During circle times the children have looked through their room’s photo album. This album contains various pictures, shared by their families of their time together outside of nursery. While looking at the photos, the children identified themselves, family members and peers, talked about what they could see in the photos and recalled their own experiences. This resource prompts quality conversations and enhances children’s literacy development. Please do continue to share over Eylog, we love to receive any input!
This month the 2-4 group have been busy supporting The UEFA European Football Championship. The children have created flags for the participating countries, discussed the matches and arranged their own football games. Playing football promoted teamwork, friendly competition, hand-foot coordination and gross motor skills.
The older children have been focusing on the Nursery’s golden rules. They have read books about ‘Elsa Elephant: trying hard, Gino Giraffe: looking after things, Zelda Zebra: being gentle, Louis Lion: being honest and Mona Monkey: listening well’. After discussing the importance of these rules and how they can follow them at nursery, the children created a lovely display to follow.
To support the group’s literacy development, the children have also been re telling their favourite stories. Props such as story spoons and puppets have been used to extend the children’s language and provide opportunity for the children to create their own stories, extending their imagination. Outside, the children have carried out ‘a bear hunt’ in forest school, mirroring the popular story.
Following the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, Mottershead Drive recognises the importance of teaching children about their mouth and introducing them to good oral habits from an early age. Although many children have been unable to attend the dentist recently due to Covid19 restrictions, we feel it is important to ‘normalise’ dental visits and put them at ease with the role of a dentist as a person they can trust. Therefore, all age groups have been involved in learning about dentists and oral health through books and activities that promote brushing teeth. This has supported their physical development, focusing on their health and self-care.
This month we received a generous and thoughtful donation from our local food bank. The resources were given in the hope that they could be used both at mealtimes and throughout play. The team who provided this kind gesture wanted to make themselves known in the area. Below is a link for more information.
Mottershead Drive was delighted to receive a visit from Rupert and Chums. The children were able to meet Arnold the sheep, Dusty, Nugget and Chirpy the chickens, Eric & Pip the rabbits, Barney & Pinky the guinea pigs and Rupert and Beatrix the beautiful Shetland ponies. The children spent time petting, brushing and cuddling all of the animals and acquired information and facts from their keepers. This very special day was a wonderful experience for all of our children, especially with Covid19 restricting outings such as this. The children were able to experience being up close with various animals and gain a greater understanding of the popular animals we often sing and read about. A very big thank you to Rupert and Chums for a truly wonderful day.
Congratulations to all our preschool who have graduated from Nursery this month. To celebrate, the leavers made their own graduation caps, received graduation certificates, and posed for their class of 2021 photographs. Everyone got involved by tucking into delicious party food and enjoyed participating in the disco, musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel.
We will miss all the preschool leavers terribly, but we are also excited for them to transition into the next chapter of their lives. Please send us photos of the children in the uniform, we’d love to see/hear about their first day at school!
Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of learning for all, especially in Early Years. To promote this at Mottershead Drive, both age groups have access to a range of books, role play resources and are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings.
This month the children celebrated Pride. The children created banners and bunting to decorate the nursery, discussed popular books such as ‘Mummy, Mamma and Me’ and engaged in various colourful and stimulating activities. The month has prompted conversations about children being kind, loving and thoughtful and highlighted the value of acceptance.
What’s coming up next month
As Covid19 restrictions have eased, we are looking forward to taking the children on trips to our local parks, shops, library, and attractions again. These experiences provide a range of wonderful learning opportunities for all our children and will be embraced by all.
As 2021 Olympic Games have begun, the children will be learning about different sports at nursery and celebrating this event in various ways.
During the quieter spell, the team will be preparing for the new framework that takes effect from September.
Other important information
Chloe Coleman has joined our Mottershead Drive team and is already proving very popular with the children. Chloe already has lots of experience working with 2-4’s and is looking forward to extending her knowledge in a nursery setting.
We would like to congratulate Julia on completing her training and becoming our Nursery SENCo. As SENCo, Julia is responsible for the day-to-day operation of our setting’s special education needs policy. Julia, alongside our Nursery Manager will co-ordinate additional support for children with additional needs and liaise with their families, key workers and other professionals.
Monday 30th August is a Bank Holiday so the Nursery will be closed to all children. The start of the new term for term time only children is Monday 6th September 2021.
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
As always, thank you to our families for your continued support.
Chloe Rosser, Deputy Manager