|June has seen Small Friends in one of our busiest months this year! The staff have been working so hard with your children to meet their needs and nurture their interests in many ways. We continue to welcome new families to Small Friends in our Toddler Caterpillar group. We really enjoy getting to know our new families and building special relationships with your children. We have seen some glorious weather, and typically some big downpours of rain! We embrace it all and adapt to the environment; our secret garden is developing as the children may have told you. And we have been fortunate to be able to enhance our playrooms with new furniture, resources and equipment which the children have loved to help unpack and investigate!
This month we all joined in to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday! Our wonderful Nursery Cook Jackie made an amazing afternoon tea and we dressed up in red, white and blue and enjoyed making England flags and designing our own cakes for the Queen.
The Caterpillars have been learning about occupations. The interest came from the children as often they want to chat about family members and what they do while we are having fun at nursery. They love to role play, so we have extended this throughout June. They have role played shop workers, mechanics and builders so far! They have been learning technological and early maths skills through role play using tills and money, also skills of turn taking and sharing which can be difficult to grasp at this age, but we always practise and praise for a job well done. The children have also been using gross motor and fine manipulative skills with small and large-scale building with bricks and other construction materials; being builders and asking permission to knock each other’s towers down! They have also really enjoyed being creative with different media and materials, and through the story of the “Three Little Pigs” they children have created and construction houses of their choice.
The Butterfly children have really got stuck into investigating the Universe and the world we live in this month. There has been some amazing new language used through learning new songs, looking through non-fiction books and researching with staff on the internet. The children have been learning the names of the planets and the describing words used have been fantastic to hear. Many children have been involved in making planets out of papier maché and crafting these to how they look. They have been involved in creating their own Alien language which has been so interesting to observe, with a focus on other ways to communicate through gesture or facial expressions. Our lovely cook has been involved, creating healthy snacks from around the world, learning about healthy snacks, and some that should be for a “treat”. Finally, through the children’s other interests we have incorporated the Euros! Games of football, learning about the countries involved, where these are on the map and making flags. We have been so busy!
What’s coming up next month
During the month of July we are going to be exploring and learning about festivals and celebrations, those immediately relevant to ourselves and those that are important to others. We will be celebrating our similarities and differences, making connections and developing respect for one another. This leads us really well into National Friendship Week, which we support every day of course, and encourage all the children to be friends at nursery.
We always enjoy getting out and about more and more in the local community. It’s been so nice popping over to library gardens and sitting under the tress in the shade when it is warm for a story, some quiet time and just some small group time away from nursery which we will continue to do throughout July in both groups.
Other important information
11 staff have all updated their Safeguarding training using the National Day Nurseries Level 2 course. It is always important for us to refresh our training and knowledge. It is very important to be fully up to date and aware as legislations can change often.
It is with sadness that I do need to remind the parents of school leavers that I need 4 weeks’ notice of your intentions of leaving us. More notice is fine if you know when your child will have their last day! If this could come into me by email then I can update my paperwork and ensure your final invoice is correct! Going to school is always an exciting time, but we will be sad to see your child move on, we will do a leavers celebration or party but currently I am unsure what this will look like regarding current legislations. Please do not worry, the occasion will be celebrated, and I will keep you updated.
Thank you to all of you who are supporting us to stay safe when your child is unwell, can I remind you that if your child has a high temperature, and/or a new persistent cough then you should seek a PCR test. The lateral flow tests should not be used on the under 5’s.
On sunny days please continue to pop a good layer of sun cream on your child before they come into nursery – we will top up again later in the day. And please ensure they have a labelled sunhat; some children leave theirs at nursery which is fine.
There has been a bit of a glitch with Parent Zone which I believe has now been sorted. If you are having issues accessing this, please let me or Amy know, and we can sort it out (Or we will pass it onto the helpdesk).
During July and August I will be distributing funding forms to those children who are eligible. The forms need to be completed every term and returned to be as soon as you can please. For children who are newly funded, I will email you separately very soon.
Thank you for all your continual support!
Kirsty Leech, Nursery Manager