Nov 22, 2021

Mottershead Drive November News: Awards, Poppies and Picnics

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our November newsletter. We have had a very busy month as usual but we are very excited to begin the countdown to Christmas!

November news

The children had a fantastic time dressing up in their pyjamas and spots to raise money for Children in Need. We raised an amazing amount of money, so thank you to all parents and carers that donated. The day was topped off with a yummy Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The children also enjoyed creating their own edible sparklers with breadsticks and sprinkles for bonfire night. The older children topped their bonfire night off with a hot chocolate.

The children in the 0-2 room explored with various material to create their own poppies for Remembrance Day. They got very messy in the garden with black and red paint, adding their own interpretation to their to their poppies. The younger children have also been exploring with food in their play – they have made their own fruit kebabs, cakes for Children in Need and making our own pizzas in the home corner.

The children have adapted amazingly to the room changes. Being downstairs enables the older children to have regular access and free flow opportunities in the garden. The children have started to gravitate much more to the role play area and home corner, especially now we have brand new patio door enabling free flow from a second entrance into the garden. The children in the 2-4 room have been focussing on their imaginative skills to build on their wider language and communication skills.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we will be starting to celebrate Christmas! We will be raising money for Save the Children on Friday 10th December with Christmas Jumper Day – we are inviting all children and staff to wear their Christmas jumpers. The whole month is going to be jam packed full of Christmas activities, craft, baking, Christmas dinners and a Christmas Disco. Look out for emails with confirmation of dates. Please remember that the nursery closes on Friday 24th December at 1pm and reopen on Tuesday 4th January for all year round children and Wednesday 5th January for term time only children.

On Tuesday 30th November, Freedom photography will be coming to take Christmas pictures of the children in the morning, you can review these images and buy copies if you wish. For the children that do NOT do a Tuesday morning session – you are welcome to bring your children a long to have their photo taken from 9.15am. Please do not come any earlier as this is our handover time.

Other important information

Some of may recognise Tracy at nursery again, Tracy used to work in our 2-4room before moving on to a new opportunity. Tracy has been helping again at Mottershead Drive nursery on a bank staff basis.

Finally, well done to Chloe for being nominated for Room Leader of the Year award, hosted by Nursery Management Today. Chloe is a winner in our eyes, and we are extremely proud that she was nominated. Chloe was able to enjoy a night in London at the awards evening.

Please remember that for any children that are going to school next year, the deadline to apply for a school is January 2021.

If you are entitled to 30 hours government funding from next term, please ensure you have applied by Tuesday 30thNovember 2021.

This month, 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!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

Home activity

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • 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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