Aug 23, 2021

Royston August News: Painting, Balancing and Nursery Rhymes

Royston August

Welcome to our August newsletter! It has been a great month, full of laughter and learning as the children have taken to the lovely weather by spending much of their time in the garden.

August news

In Twinkle Stars this month we have had lots of fun getting creative, encouraging the children’s grasping and sensory development with the paints and glue. The children have been pushing the cars back and forth; to extend on this we facilitated the walkers for their physical development to push bigger objects. Twinkle Stars loved singing nursery rhymes, they had the freedom of choosing the song by using picture flash cards.

This month in Shooting Stars we have been very interested by textures. We created a messy activity using our brand new tuff tray which had a variety of shiny objects in which laid on a bed of tin foil. The adults incorporated descriptive words such as shiny, crunchy and soft into their conversations with the children. We have also been setting challenges for the children to help to develop their physical ability during nursery by supporting them in learning how to climb to the top of the slide and walk on the balance beams.

The new children in Sunshines have settled really well. They have spent lots of time in the garden, playing in the sand, water and messy kitchen. They have also been learning how to climb the climbing frame. We have also been doing lots of painting and sticking, experimenting with colours and mixing them. The Sunshines have followed the routine well and have enjoyed singing during circle time.

This week in Pre School 1 we have welcomed the children into our room that have moved up. We have been practising scraping and washing our plates after meals. We have been enjoying looking at all the different flash cards, such as the transport, body parts and shapes. We have been mark making using the sand and paintbrushes. The children have enjoyed playing in our bigger garden and have made different foods and objects in the sand pit and the mud kitchen. We have enjoyed listening to the different audio books and discussing the stories. We have been practising our puzzle skills and really enjoyed the Gruffalo puzzle.

This month we have said goodbye and good luck to some of the children who have left to go to school. We have also welcomed the children who have moved up into the Pre School 2 room and we look forward to supporting their development. During the last few weeks we have been learning about different occupations and the roles people play. To extend on this we have enjoyed dressing up and carrying out role play to build on our knowledge and use our imaginations. We have also been using our imaginations and creative skills to create artwork using a variety of materials to stick with and colours to paint.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we are looking forward to welcoming lots of new families as well as our term time children returning. The Autumn term starts again on 6th September.

Other important information

Please can you bring any photos into nursery of activities you have been doing with your children at the weekends. The children do like to share them with us!

We also 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 your nursery manager.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

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

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, it is always hugely appreciated.

Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager 

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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