Oct 22, 2021

Royston October News: Fire Engines, Racing and Rain

Fire truck

Dear parents, welcome to this month’s newsletter! The whole nursery has been working on Halloween themed activities and produced some lovely pumpkin artwork. We had a very exciting visit from the fire engine and had a chance to use the fire hose. The fire fighters also showed us some of the equipment they use and explained what it is for. A lot of the children had fun jumping in the puddles and mud kitchens when we had the very heavy rain. They did, of course, put their wellies and splash suits on for this!

October news

Twinkle Stars have enjoyed exploring the different ways of pushing and pulling using the cars and other vehicles. The children have had fun using the cooker and role play food. They have also enjoyed using the musical instruments whilst singing nursery rhymes and working on their physical development by doing the actions.

Shooting Stars have been exploring wet and dry textures in messy play including soil, spaghetti hoops, mushy peas and Weetabix. They have played on the soft play using balancing skills and learning how to take turns. We put the soft play out in the garden on the nicer days. We have also been learning the names of different shapes and making shape prints in the sand.

Sunshines have really enjoyed their outside time in the garden, running races and chasing their friends. They have especially enjoyed the heavy rain, the puddles and the mud kitchen. The children have been working on colours, playing matching games. We have also enjoyed using the soft play on dry days in the garden, using our gross motor skills. In readiness for Halloween we have made pumpkins and witches hats.

Pre School 1 have enjoyed some classic children stories outside in the rain under the shelter. They chose Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. During circle time we have been working on our shapes and the different body parts. We have been learning the importance of oral hygiene and practised cleaning teeth on a large model of teeth using the toothbrushes.

In Pre School 2 we have been learning days, months and dates of each day during the week. We have also been discussing the weather and talking about Autumn and the changes the season brings. Towards the end of the month we have begun our Halloween creative activities, making pumpkins and ghosts. We have enjoyed dinosaurs in jelly to extend upon our interest in the Harry and the Dinosaur books.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we will be looking forward to celebrating Guy Fawkes night, involving fireworks and bonfires in our creative activities. We will also learn about why we have Guy Fawkes night.

We will be making poppies for Remembrance Sunday and on the 19th November the staff and children are welcome to wear their pyjamas to nursery for Children in Need, if anybody would like to make a donation.

Other important information

We are very happy that Carrie has decided to stay with us as room leader in Sunshines and we would like to welcome Megan to Shooting Stars.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always 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.

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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager

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