Mar 24, 2021

Mottershead Drive March News: Dinosaurs, Forest School and Sensory Play

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Welcome everyone to our March newsletter!

With Spring around the corner and the chance to spend more and more time outside again playing, planting and growing, we will be giving the garden a Spring Clean over the next few weeks. If anyone has any plants or seeds that we could have, we would be very grateful for them after the Easter half term. 

Employee of the month was awarded to two members of the team this month, Tracy and Hayley. Both always go above and beyond their practitioner roles and are truly dedicated to the nursery. They are always thoughtful, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the children and the setting. Thank you, Tracy and Hayley, for being fantastic role models. You are both truly valued members of our team! 

March news

Following on from the children’s interests of dinosaurs, the 0-2 and 2-4 team prepared some lovely sensory invitations for the children to explore and play with this month. Our individual or shared tuft tray activities are always based on the children’s interests and the items/equipment provided help to further support the children’s development.

This month, the children have particularly enjoyed exploring sensory play. Children use their senses to explore and make sense of the world around them. They do this by seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and moving. Children learn best and retain the most information when their senses are engaged. This month, the team have prepared a number of activities to offer the children opportunities to actively use their senses through sensory play which is crucial to their development. 

Throughout the month, the 0-2’s have been focusing on mathematics. The younger children were introduced to this area of their learning, whilst the older children’s current interest in shapes and numbers was extended. As the children explored the resources, they were challenged to find various colours, shapes and numbers. This led to the children counting, sorting and completing a number hunt.

As the weather has been much warmer and sunnier, the children have thoroughly enjoyed Forest School this month. Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. 

What’s coming up in April

There is so much to look forward to and celebrate in April. Easter egg hunts, National Wildlife Week, Ramadan, The Queens birthday, St George’s Day and International Dance Day. We look forward to telling you about them all next month but in the meantime, keep an eye on our social media pages to see all of the exciting activities that the children participate in. 

Other important information

As we continue to navigate our way through this tricky time and all the guidance and restrictions, we are really missing the face-to-face contact with you all. We will continue to share as much as we can on Eylog and we love seeing your posts of what you have been up to outside of nursery, so please do use Eylog to keep in touch. Hopefully everyone receives our weekly activity photos and focus observations but if you don’t, please let us know. 

If at any time you would like to speak to your Key Worker or a member of the team about anything at all, please do contact us by telephone or email. 

Thank you to all of our parents who have recently written reviews on daynurseries or on our Facebook page. Mottershead Drive has received a whopping 18 reviews and they are extremely complimentary, they are very much appreciated. Thank you so much for all of your kind words.  

The Easter break is already approaching! The children who attend our setting term time only will be breaking up on Wednesday 31st March and returning on the 19th April. As always, the setting is open for the children who attend all year round apart from on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

On a final note, the staff and I at Mottershead Drive are sincerely grateful and would like to thank all of the parents and carers for their continued support. I believe we have built very strong relationships with all of our parents and the impact on your child’s learning because of these solid associations is undeniable. 

I would like to remind all parents that Mottershead Drive has an open door policy. The staff at Mottershead Drive and myself are always here if you have any queries, concerns or to offer advice. 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter. 

Kelly Hall, Nursery Manager

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