Oct 26, 2021

Mottershead Drive October News: Dancing, Fruit and Fancy Dress

MHD October

Welcome to our October Newsletter, the children have had fun carving Pumpkins this month to display at the front of Nursery! Halloween is always a favourite holiday and the children across the nursery have been engaged in endless activities.

October news

The children have enjoyed a Halloween tea and fancy dress on Friday 29th October, accompanied by a Halloween party, stories and craft activities.

The children explored a nature walk collecting Conkers and Autumn leaves to explore in their tuft tray and created their own sensory bags. The 0-2 room also celebrated World Food Day by taking part in fruit tasting – they had the opportunity to try Lemon, Lime, Melon, Pomegranate and Avocado.

The children in the 2-4 room are very happy to have Boogie Beats return to nursery. Thank you to Cat for such an engaging and stimulating session each week that focuses on confidence, coordination, and social skills. It gives the children the opportunity to express themselves through music, stories, and movement.

What’s coming up next month

The children will be creating their own Firework pictures and exploring the meaning behind Firework night. The older children will have the opportunity to use sparklers and gain an understanding of safety around fireworks and sparklers. On Friday 5th November the children will be able to have a treat of hot chocolate and Marshmallows!

The children will be exploring the meaning behind Remembrance Day and exploring this through creating their own poppies to have on display.

On Friday 19th November we will be having a pyjama day and Teddy Bear’s Picnic for children in need with a £1 donation. There will lots of activities involving spots!

Other important information

Due to the number of families we have proudly welcomed into Mottershead Drive, our numbers have continued to increase. Therefore, we have decided to adapt our environment to better suit the children within our care.  This will entail the 0-2 children moving to the room upstairs and the 2-4’s moving downstairs. This will allow the 0-2 team to have all their facilities on one level and enable a quieter space for our younger children. The move will provide the 2-4’s with direct access to the garden, encouraging free flow throughout their indoor and outdoor learning environments. This will also offer the 2-4’s with easy access to multiple toilets and a wider space to explore and learn. The 0-2’s routine will stay the same, ensuring they have plenty of outdoor learning each day. This exciting move happened the weekend before October half term and the children are embracing the change. The teams will be remaining the same, as well as your child’s key carer.

The team are looking forward to implementing this change, transforming the rooms. We will of course keep you posted and share photos of the transformation and additional resources.

For those children that are due to go to school next year – Paperwork for Primary School admissions will be posted out in early November and if parents have not received the paperwork by early December then parents must contact the school admission office directly on 01452 425407 or by emailing school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

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.

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

Jess Clayton, Nursery Manager

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