Dec 15, 2021

Small Friends December News: Elf Mischief & Music

Small Friends December

Hello everyone! Welcome to the last newsletter of 2021!

November and December is always a busy time of the year at Small Friends, and we have been really enjoying the lead up to Christmas- the appearance of  Tinsel the Elf has seen the children anticipating what he will do next! 

On behalf of everyone at Small Friends, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families! Thank you for all the support this year!

December news

This month the children have been so excited for Christmas!

The Butterfly children have helped to decorate the Christmas tree in their room, which is in their home corner. They have been following the antics of Tinsel the Elf which has been such fun!  They have really enjoyed creating cards for their families and Christmas creations, which will come homto you. The nursery team have created a Christmas writing station, and the children have enjoyed posting their cards and letters they have created into the post box.

The Caterpillar children have also enjoyed creating Christmas cards for their families – they have also enjoyed the Christmas playdough and sand activities. We have all been listening and dancing to Christmas music and singing Christmas songs! 

What’s coming up next month

In January,  we are looking forward to meeting new friends as we have some new starters in both the Caterpillar and Butterfly groups! 

Other important information

Firstly, as a nursery, we would like to apologise for not getting round to holding the parents’ meetings with you – we felt that it was important to have the nursery team back to work and build us all up gradually to ensure we are fit and healthy to be at nursery with the children. The six week summaries are being uploaded, which we hope you will enjoy reading and we continue with the weekly moments. We will be organising something as soon as possible, in the constraints of what is safe at the time. 

Please can we remind parents, using the buggy park, to fold the buggies down before they are stored, to allow more people to use this. 

Could you please make sure that your children are dressed for the weather appropriately! Even though it is cold, we still go out and spend time in the outdoors so please bring labelled hats, scarves, gloves and appropriate clothing – trousers/tights and a jumper. 

Just as a reminder, that the nursery will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and we will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022 for full time children only. Our term time only children come back week commencing 10th January 2022. 

These last couple of months, 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!

The whole team here at Small Friends would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has once again been full of ups and downs but we thank you all for your support. We hope you have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022! 

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

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, circle, triangle, colours
  • 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.

Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager

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