Dec 15, 2020

Oxford December News: Arctic Role Play, Advent Calendars and Festive Fun

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December news

I would like to start by saying, congratulations, we have made it to the end of the year in one piece! What a year it has been; thank you all for your ongoing and unwavering support. All of you, children, parents and staff team members, make our jobs one of the best in the world.  

In December, the babies have been busy getting in the Christmas spirit! The children have been exploring our ball posting Christmas tree and creating their extra special Christmas masterpieces for you. They have also been dancing to Christmas songs and learning some of them by heart to sing.  

December has been an equally jam-packed month for our toddler room. The children have been excitedly getting ready for Christmas; decorating their room and using a variety of resources to create some magical Christmas crafts.  

The children have also been exploring with lots of shaving foam, glitter, tinsel and artificial snow; even creating a snowy train track with arctic animals to role play with.  

The toddlers have also enjoyed opening a door of their advent calendar each day, to see what crazy activity they’ll be doing at group time. The toddlers have loved looking for the number of the day on the tree and sharing the activity with their friends.  

We have also been sharing a special present that our toddlers can open each day. Helping the children to learn to share, be patient and talk in small groups about what Christmas present they have received.  

The children in Pre-school have enjoyed a December full of festive activities. The children have been exploring all things Christmas from decorating their room, putting up and decorating the tree and creating lots of Christmas crafts. The children have enjoyed exploring pretend ice and snow as well as different arctic animals and the habitats they live in.  

What’s coming up in January

In January, we very much look forward to welcoming the children back and hearing about their Christmas breaks. We are also very excited to welcome some new children and families to the nursery.

We will be celebrating ‘National Spaghetti Day’ on the 4th January and looking to see what birds we can see during the ‘Big Schools Bird Watch’ from the 6th January for a week. Burns Night is on the 25th January and this is an occasion very close to Sarah’s heart as her family are from Scotland. We shall, of course, be celebrating this in nursery and look forward to sharing the traditions with the children! 

Other important information

We would like to extend huge congratulations to our Room Leader in Toddlers, Sophie Mathis, who is currently 25 weeks pregnant. Due to circumstances earlier in the year, Sophie has kept this news under wraps until she was ready to share and I am sure, with us all, you will extend your well wishes. With this in mind, Sophie will be heading off on maternity leave towards the end of January 2021.  

One general reminder on the guidance of car seats and winter coats; now the cold weather is upon us, please keep in mind the guidance – which can be read by clicking here – to stay as safe as possible while travelling in the car.  

We look forward to seeing you all again on the week commencing 4th January. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas break and a very happy New Year! 

Charlotte Dagg, Nursery Manager


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