Hello, and welcome to the Stowmarket Nursery newsletter! What a busy month July has been for us all. The end to the last school term, and a fun packed month for us at nursery.
We kick started the month with a ZIP, ZANG, BANG! It was Independence Day! During group times the staff spoke to us about the celebration and how Americans celebrate with their family and friends on this holiday. To support our learning and development the staff helped us create our very own firework pictures and rockets. In the role play area the staff created our BBQ space for us to enjoy and explore our imaginary play. Although we wish we had real sausages!
As the days of July melted away in the heat we found ourselves celebrating International Friendship Day! This was a great way for us to build and develop our personal, social, and emotional development. Staff carried out small group activities where we spoke openly about our emotions and the emotions of others. The best part was using cotton reals and beads, so the children could make their friend’s bracelets.
Throughout the month of July the Twinkle Stars focused on their Communication and Language skills. At group times we practiced our singing voices (more of a babble) but the practitioners demonstrated how to talk using Makaton (baby sign language), it was lots of fun to watch them do the actions to the songs! During story times the practitioners encouraged the children to point at the pictures and say singular words. Meanwhile in the Shooting stars room we had a theme of physical development, with the main focus being potty training. During story time we listened to books about potty training, our favourite was “Where’s my Potty”. The children all loved joining in with the song, helping their dolls to sit on their potties.
To close off the month of July we prepared ourselves to party hard with a mini disco! (within the government guidelines of course). During the disco we loved looking at the different lights. Some of us were true ravers at heart and danced to the music with light up wands!
What a way to end the term!
What’s coming up next month
It maybe the summer holidays, but that isn’t stopping our learning and development. We have another fun filled month planned ahead!
8th August is International Cat Day; throughout the day, the practitioners and children will talk about their pets and how we look after them. We will look at different types of cats, from household cats to lions and tigers. We are super excited to engage in vet role play, where we will be encourage to operate and take care of our cuddly toys. What a purr-fect day planned!
We also have World Lion Day on the 10th August, so the practitioners will be creating an activity on lions and other zoo animals. This will help us grow and build our understanding of the world.
Through the month of August, Twinkle Stars will be focusing on physical development, especially gross and fine motor skills. Practitioners will be planning and carrying out activities that will support walking, running, crawling and pinch grasp. Shooting Stars will be focusing on expressive arts and design. Creative and imaginary play will be expanded with various types of role play, and loads of messy art activities will be on offer!
Other important news
For all our friends that are off for the 6 weeks holibobs I hope you have a lovely summer. Its going to be hot, so don’t forget the sun cream!
As a polite reminder for all our parents and carers, as the weather is going to be nice and hot we will be planning summer walks to the museum and the preschool site. However, we can’t always forward plan our visits and we do go out spontaneously. Can you please ensure that sun cream and hats are being supplied for us every day.
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you for all your continued support.
Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager