Welcome back to all our families who have returned. All the children have settled back into nursery remarkably well, excited to see their friends and thriving with all the exciting activities.
The staff and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the fabulous observations that parents have posted on Eylog. Seeing the progress made and experiences the children have been a part of during the lockdown period has been an invaluable tool for our key workers, to help a smooth transition back to nursery.
June has been such a busy time for all the children. The nursery participated in World Environment Day, planting seeds and learning about recycling. Our popular termly themed breakfasts from around the word was a great success. After experiencing traditional Nepalese, Polish, Romanian, African, French and German cuisine, we decided on an English breakfast; especially as during the lockdown period, the nursery was unable to commemorate key events, such as St Georges Day and VE Day. The children made their own flags and thoroughly enjoyed the yummy food on offer. For Children’s Art Week which is fast approaching, we are exploring a variety of arts and craft materials, mark making resources and producing sticky masterpieces made from natural outside resources in the garden.
During the heavy rainfall, the 0-2–year group were delighted to have the opportunity to splash in the puddles, create small obstacle courses from loose parts and add powder paint into the puddles to watch the colours mix. The children sang along to “I hear thunder” and “Rain, rain go away”.
On Making Music Day, the 2-4-year group were keen to discover different types of instruments and wondered how they could make their own. After lots of thought, the children made amazing drums and guitars from junk modelling, shakers using pasta and rice and beautiful windchimes. Everyone was thrilled to use them in our music and movement session.
What’s coming up in July
We are so looking forward to welcoming the rest of our families back in July and so excited to see everyone. You have all been greatly missed.
The fun will continue in July with more exciting activities and themed events. We will start by celebrating UFO Day by making flying saucers, alien masks, looking at planets and space and reading books such as “Aliens wear underpants”. The Chokor festival is celebrated by many of our Nepalese families. To mark this occasion, we will be decorating our own prayer wheels with sparkle and jewels and hang them in the garden to blow in the wind. We anticipate lots of enthusiastic children at our “Teddy Bears Picnic”. Everyone can bring along their favourite teddy and enjoy lots of games and a delicious picnic tea.
Other important information
Our new 2-4-years Room Leader joined us just before the lockdown period. Some of you have met Laura already but for those of you who have not, Laura has joined us from our Innsworth Nursery. She has lots of exciting and creative ideas for the environment and activities. Please join me in also welcoming Zena, who is a level 3 qualified member of staff that has also temporarily transferred from Innsworth. Zena will be working alongside Laura and Sue in the 2-4-years group.
Prior to the children returning to nursery, all of staff have undergone online training. Prevent Covid-19 training has been implemented, to ensure the highest standard of care is maintained throughout these unusual circumstances for your children. All staff have also completed Mental Health and Wellbeing online courses. Mindfulness and wellbeing are two central pillars of good mental health. Gaining the knowledge and practising both can bring a variety of benefits to everyday life.
Sadly, it will soon be that time again to say goodbye to our school leavers. I have been in constant contact with our pre-school children’s schools, preparing for your child’s transition onto their next stage of education. Summative assessments will be transferred to the school and a copy of your child’s full learning journey will be sent to you. At present, due to government guidelines, we are unable to have Reception teachers visit the nursery; however, schools have launched a wide range of online information, such as staff introductions, storytelling and virtual tours. Please access this information to ensure an effortless transition into Reception. We wouldn’t let the children leave without hosting a farewell party with our 2-4 group bubble and say goodbye to the all of the school leavers that have become an integral part of our Mottershead Drive family. This will be held on Wednesday 8th July, during nursery hours.
The summer term finishes on Friday 17th July, this will be the last day for all of our term-time only children. We look forward to welcoming you back and hearing about all of your summer adventures when the Autumn term starts back on Wednesday 2nd September. The nursery continues to operate throughout the summer from Monday 20th July for the children who attend all year round. We will be closed on Monday 31st August for the Bank Holiday.
The staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for your continued support, not only during this pandemic, but only a daily basis. Please remember, my door is always open for anything you need.
Kelly Hall, Nursery Manager