Jul 26, 2021

Oxford July News: Rabbits, Sea Creatures and Signing

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our July newsletter, what a hot month it’s been! We have had to change our plans a little bit as it’s just been far too hot to be outside at certain points of the day, so we have been doing what we can to keep cool inside, from eating ice lollies to all sorts of ice play. We would like to give a special welcome to our new families who have joined us this month.

July news

The children have all enjoyed welcoming our new pet rabbits Cottontail and Mopsey, who will be joining Flopsy! In the baby room they have been enjoying doing lots of splashing in the water tray, and even putting their toes into the water to help keep them cool. They have also enjoyed making some cakes for World Chocolate Day, helping mix the ingredients together. We have been loving looking at our new books in the baby room; they have particularly enjoyed the sensory sequin book about a ‘furmaid’.

Its been a busy month of arts and crafts! For the Euros, the children created their own flags using different coloured paints. The children have also been exploring various sea creatures by looking at real pictures of different creatures that live in the sea, as well as exploring the toy sea creatures, so we have been making our own sea creatures for our display board. In the baby room, they have also been loving the sensory play, from sand play to squirty soap creating different marks and exploring the different textures.

Our Toddler room have been learning singing with sign language with Tanya; they have really enjoyed learning and watching as Tanya signs along to the “Wheels on the bus”, “Twinkle twinkle little star”, and “5 little ducks”. It’s lovely seeing the children watch so intently as Tanya signed along and they are starting to copy the different signs. The children went on a walk to the stream to see the ducks and ducklings, and they got to feed the ducks whilst singing “5 little ducks”! The Toddlers’ book of the month has been “Commotion in the ocean”, and the children have loved doing lots of sea based activities, exploring the sea creatures in a jelly bath, as well as frozen in ice, which also helped to keep the children cool. The children really enjoyed the beach tuff tray where they also explored mixing the water with the sand.

We have also been enjoying World Chocolate Day as the children got to dip their strawberries into melted chocolate to have at teatime! The preschool children have been busy enjoying keeping cool with lots of water play using the hose pipe, water bombs and the sprinkler in the garden, as well as talking about the Olympics and looking at all the different sports.

We have had to start saying goodbye to some of our children as they have now left nursery to prepare for moving on to school. It’s a hard goodbye as a lot of our school leavers have been with us from a very young age, so it will be so sad to see them all go. Please do send in photos of their first day of school as we would all love to see them, but we are looking forward to having all of our friends back for Graduation on the 1st of August so we can celebrate the time they have had at Nursery. We wish them all the best in their new chapter of starting school.

Finally, we have had a busy month with lots of birthdays to celebrate so we often hear children walking around signing happy birthday or role-playing birthdays with their friends.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout the whole nursery we look forward to doing various activities for International Cat Day and for World Lion Day! In the baby room they are going to be focusing on lots of different sensory and creative activities to use their different senses when exploring. Toddlers will be taking part in National Tell a Joke Day with some “knock knock who’s there” jokes, we hope you’re ready to hear these all at home!

In Preschool they will be finding out lots of new facts about Lions as well as being creative and creating their own Lion masterpieces. Preschool have received lots of new outdoor equipment so they will be learning how to use the different pieces of equipment from hockey sticks to skipping ropes, they will of course also learn about using all of the new equipment safely.

Other important information

As we go outside in all weathers, please make sure you bring what your child will need for the current weather. If you could all please bring in a named hat to stay at nursery so we can ensure all children have their own hats.

Just a reminder August the 31st is a Bank Holiday so nursery will be closed.

We hope all of our families have a lovely summer, we will miss our term time only families, and we hope you enjoy the time off together. Please do add photos to your children’s Eylog so we can share these photos with the children. We love receiving photos and videos of the children when they are at home and out and about doing different things.

We are continuing with our current Covid 19 procedures so we would ask that all parents and carers wear a face mask still at drop off and pick up please, as we want to continue doing what we can to keep our staff and family as safe as possible.

Charlotte will be emailing out the new term dates as soon as possible so please keep an eye on your emails for this.

A free app is being launched just in time for the summer. Parents and carers of under-fives in Oxfordshire can now access a list of low and no-cost (local) activities to help promote early language development. With information, guidance and supporting resources, you can build a memory bank of your child’s special moments. To find out more, please follow this link: https://oxfordshire.50thingstodo.org

We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Sarah Heatlie, Deputy Manager

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