Nov 24, 2021

Oxford November News: Kindness, Sparklers and Stickmen

Nursery children making their own Rangoli pattern

Welcome to our November newsletter what a busy month it has been, it’s now time to start getting Christmas ready at OSP as we prepare to start decorating the rooms with all our Christmas decorations, we are looking forward to beginning the Christmas countdown. Thank you for all your ongoing support and understanding during the past few weeks with the positive cases we have been having.

November news

In the baby room the children have really shown an interest in the new music wall outside, creating different noises using the pots, pans, spoons, and shakers. They have been making lots of different sounds, laughing as they make lots of loud noises!

The babies have also been looking at pictures of poppies and creating their own for Remembrance Day, as well as enjoying a sensory poppy tray with different bits and pieces for them to explore which went down well. On Kindness Day, the children made some hearts to give to their families and they read books about being kind and using gentle hands with each other. Then for Children in Need the babies created their own Pudsey bear pictures!

In the Toddler room they have had a very busy and creative month as they explored Diwali, they made different rangoli patterns using different coloured rice. Toddlers have also been enjoying all the autumn-based activities from scooping out pumpkins for Halloween, exploring sparklers in the garden for bonfire night to making bonfire pictures. They have also been making their own stickmen following on from the stickman story that they have really been enjoying recently.

In the Preschool room the children have been doing lots of activities for various festivals and celebrations, this includes looking at the story ‘Diwali – Saama and Rita’, the children have also been using clay and beads to make their own candle holders to take home. For bonfire night the children got to hold their sparklers in the garden before they went home in the evening. The children also made their own fireworks using cardboard tubes and paint. The children have recently been interested in shops, so they have turned the home corner into a shop to extend on their interest of going shopping with their parents and they even brought in a receipt to show their friends the receipt. We had lots of children dress up for Children in Need, all our pre-schoolers with either spots or pyjamas on which was amazing; thank you for taking part in this!

What’s coming up next month

In December the babies will be getting creative for Christmas and making lots of different arts and crafts to take home. They will also be exploring different messy and sensory play activities. We will be making gingerbread people.

Next month Toddlers are looking forward to decorating their room and getting ready for all the Christmas celebrations and learning all about Christmas. The toddlers will be doing a counting Santa activity to add maths into the celebrations.

Preschool will be getting the children involved in decorating the Christmas tree and making all their arts and crafts to take home. The children will also be exploring the change of season looking at the weather change and learning about different artic animals.

Other important information

Thank you to all the families for helping us take part in Children in Need by dressing your child in spotty clothes or pyjamas, thank you for the donations we received.

On Friday 10th December it is Christmas jumper day so if you could please bring your child in wearing Christmas clothing this week please.If we could please ask for all children to bring in labelled warm winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves as the weather is getting a lot colder now.

We will be having our Christmas lunch on the 14th of December so the children will all be making party hats to wear. On the 17th we will be doing a Christmas party for the children in each room, unfortunately due to covid we are unable to invite families in for this. We are very sad to say goodbye to Elisha as she moves onto a new adventure, and we wish her the best of luck.

As always, please remember to check out our social media posts with photos and content about what’s been happening at the nursery. You can find The Old Station Nursery on Facebook and Instagram, as well as some other social media websites. 

This month, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

Home activity

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Sarah Heatlie, Deputy Nursery Manager

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