Apr 28, 2021

Oxford April News: Sensory Play, Outdoor Learning and Life Cycles

Oxford April News

Well, April has brought us snow, rain and sunshine, a typical British springtime! Thankfully, it has been mostly sunny and the children have been able to enjoy most of their days outside. I would like to welcome all of our new families who have joined us throughout April. If anyone does not yet have access to Eylog, please drop me an email and let me know so that I can send you an activation link.

April news

This month, the babies have explored all things sensory. From Easter themed trays to mark making with tools in the sand. The children have also made the most of the beautiful sunshine, splashing around in the water tray outside.  

The caterpillars in the toddler room have now hatched into butterflies. The children are looking forward to releasing them into the wild once they have been fed for a few days. Inspired by this, the children have created their own butterflies using symmetrical patterns through paint printing. We have also welcomed Barbra to our team who looks forward to meeting everyone over the coming weeks. Next month, the children will be looking at the story Dear Zoo.  

Throughout April, Pre-school have been very excited by the addition of Tadpoles. The children have been exploring their life cycle and can now see some little legs beginning to form; we will keep you updated on their progress! The children have been learning about the life cycles of a tadpole to frog and keeping track from frogspawn to tadpoles to froglets.

For our families who have children due to start school in September, you should now have received confirmation of your school choice. We will be supporting your child over the next few months, focusing on specific skills so that they are ready for their new venture. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s key person.  

What’s coming up next month

Next month, the chidlren will be celebrating National Vegetarian Week from the 10th to the 16th May. We will share our menu with you the week prior.  The children will also be partaking in activities during Mental Health Week to promote both physical and mental well-being. This week will not only be a focus for the children, but also for our staff team and hopefully, all of our families as well. Also in May, we will be celebrating World Bee Day and Eid-al-Fitr. The children will take part in a number of activities surrounding these events in order to support their learning of them.

Other important information

Thank you all for your ongoing patience while we are still under the Covid-19 guidelines. Your support has been unwavering and has been invaluable in keeping nursery running smoothly.  

I will shortly be resending the child profile forms for updating. Please check all contact details are correct and the permissions completed.  

Please note the two May bank holidays on the 3rd and the 31st where nursery will be closed. For term time only children, please note that the next half term is from May 31st to June 2nd.  

As the weather will (hopefully) continue to get warmer, can you please provide a named sunhat for your child. We will provide sun cream, unless your child needs a specific brand for any skin allergies. In this case, we would then please ask you to provide this for us.  

Thank you all for your continued support.

Charlotte Dagg, Nursery Manager


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