Welcome to our May newsletter and another busy month! We have welcomed some new children to the younger side of the nursery this month, who are all settling in fantastically. A very warm welcome to all of our new families!
This month, the babies have been enjoying getting up on their feet! They have been using the walkers inside and out in the garden to promote confidence in their ability to walk and hope to extend this to unaided walking. They have had some new materials with which to be creative with this month and had sticky fun making gluey pictures. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to build towers throughout May, with the soft blocks and knocking them down again (and again!).
In May, the toddlers have been playing outside in the garden a lot. They have been enjoying mark making on the new daisy chalkboards in the garden. Inside, the children have been exploring their new puzzles and have enjoyed the challenge of piecing them together. This has been fantastic for developing the children’s problem solving skills.
The children in Sunshines have been looking after their flowers this month, watering them on the days that there was no rain. This is helping the children to learn how to car some something. Also this month, the children have received some new balls and have been practising kicking a ball and hitting it with a bat. Quite challenging!
Throughout May in Pre School 1, the children have spent some time on letter recognition, in preparation for being able to read and write their own names. There seem to have lots of planes flying over the garden this month which the children have thoroughly enjoyed spotting! After reading some of the Elmer stories, this led to conversations about all of the different colours. The children made themselves new place mats and enjoyed decorating them.
In Pre School 2, the children have enjoyed practising their fine and gross motor skills in the garden during May. The children have also been learning about changes, growth and decay. This was after seeing the butterflies change from cocoons and watching the sunflowers grow. The children in Pre School 2 have also spent time in groups playing games to encourage taking turns and sharing.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we are looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day. The whole nursery will be busy being creative, making cards for someone special. Hopefully, we will be seeing a little more sunshine and will be able to enjoy snack and tea outside in the gardens some days. A little bit more sunshine will also meant that the children can continue to spend as much time as possible exploring their outdoor environment.
Other important information
Please don’t forget we have another bank holiday on Monday 31st May and will be closed.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager