Welcome to our September Newsletter. As a team, we are thrilled to have had so many new families join Mottershead Drive this month and hope you are all settling in well. It has been a pleasure meeting new families and getting to know your children.
This month, the 0-2s group have been fascinated by the wildlife in our nursery garden, especially the little robin that visits at least once a day. To entice even more birds into our environment, the children made their own fat balls with lard, seeds, recycled yogurt pots and string. Following on from this interest, the children created beautiful pictures of birds using glue and feathers.
The 2-4s group were overjoyed to see Kat from Boogie Beats return this month. The children welcomed her back with open arms, ready to explore the topic of farm animals through storytelling, singing and dancing. The children are already excited for the next Boogie Beats session. We are very pleased to have them back in the setting after such a long time!
The children also celebrated World First Aid Day this month. To celebrate, the children practiced using bandages, applying plasters and ‘administering medicine’ whilst caring for the baby dolls and their peers. All of the children did such a good job and learnt life-long valuable skills from these activities.
The nursery also took part in Recycling Week this month. All age groups within the nursery explored various recyclable items during sorting activities and through junk modelling. We had some fantastic creations!
What’s coming up next month
October is going to be another busy month, celebrating various events and occasions.
On Friday 1st October, the children will be celebrating National Poetry Day. They will also explore World Animal Day on Monday 4th October as well as Space Week from the 4th – 8th October.
World Mental Health Day is on Monday 11th October, World Food Day on Friday 15th and, of course, we will be celebrating Halloween (on Friday 29th!).
Please keep a look out for emails, eyLog posts or posters with more information about these events. We can’t wait!
Other important information
A very warm welcome to Matthew, who is a highly qualified member of staff, that has joined our Preschool team. Matthew is already a valued member of the Mottershead Drive family and proven very popular with the children. We look forward to you all meeting him over the coming weeks.
As we are entering Autumn and the weather is starting to change, could we please ask that all children are provided with labelled wellington boots and waterproof clothing. We are happy for these items to be kept at nursery or taken to and from. This will be extremely beneficial as Mottershead Drive is an all weather nursery that promotes outdoor learning come rain or shine!
If we could please ask all of our parents and carers to wear a facemask at drop off and collection times, unless you are exempt, as we are still doing all we can to keep our staff and children as safe as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.
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.
- What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
- Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
- Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
- When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
- Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
- Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
- When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice
- Mark making
- Shapes and size
- Developing fine motor skills
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
- Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
- Use of tools for a purpose
- How to use scissors safely
- Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
- Counting numbers in sequence
- Hand to eye coordination
- Building attention skills and patience
Chloe Rosser, Deputy Nursery Manager