Sep 22, 2021

September News: Space, Transport and Volunteering

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A warm welcome to everyone! This month we have said goodbye to all of our school leavers and we have said  a big hello to all of our new families and children. It has been a busy month, but the new children are settling in well and building good relationships with their key workers and other staff in their rooms.

September news

This month, we have been celebrating the children’s time at nursery and we have all said a fond farewell, encouraging children to come back and visit us in their school uniform. Many have done so which has been so lovely to see. The children have been so proud to come back and share their new experiences with us.

As practitioners, we are planning in the moment and really responding to the children’s needs and teaching requirements immediately. This is proving to work really well for the children and we are learning more and more about their interests and needs and acting on this quickly; instead of feeding it into weekly planning sheets. This allows us to spend more precious time with the children, at their level, playing and interacting, supporting and teaching in the moment.

This month, the Caterpillar children have really enjoyed engaging in activities around space and transport. The team have extended this by incorporating maths skills; counting and comparing as well as literacy and communication skills. The children have also been learning new transport songs as well as reading books about space and travel.

In the Pre-school room, the children continue to go to Library Gardens throughout the week to volunteer with the Friends of Library Gardens to plant, sweep, weed and collect litter. The children love the responsibility of this and tell us all about what they have been up to when they return to nursery. They have also really enjoyed imaginative play this month and the team have been extending this by turning the home corner into a café, a beaty salon and Tesco’s!

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we will continue to be guided by and follow the children’s interests; acting on these as we move through the day.

The children will celebrate World Space Week which is week commencing 4th October. Many of the children have a keen interest in space, rockets, going to the moon and the solar system so we think that this is going to be a really interesting and fun week for the children. We look forward to sharing photos with you!

Other important information

A very warm welcome to Shelise who has joined our Small Friends team! Shelise is our Nursery Apprentice and is based in the Caterpillar group. She is settling in really well and we are so pleased to have her on board! Please do say hello to Shelise if you see her and make her feel valued and welcomed.

Please remember to label your child’s clothing – as much of it as possible as it makes our job so much easier!

I would like to remind all parents that we will not allow you to bring any foods into nursery. We have some children attending with some very severe allergies. All of our food is cooked on the premises by our wonderful Nursery Cook Jackie. She ensures that she keeps all the children safe by managing children’s individual allergies through the foods she prepares and serves.

Thank you all for your understanding.

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.

Threading cards

Activity:

  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager


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