Dec 15, 2021

Uxbridge December News: Parties & Play Dough

Children during Christmas

Happy December! Just few more days to go before we close for the festive break.

On behalf of everyone at Uxbridge, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Across the nursery, there has been lots of festive activities happening!

The children had a wonderful time joining all their peers for the Christmas dinner, party, and  Christmas activities this month.

In the Baby Room, the children have been learning and exploring a lot of festive activities. They have also been singing nursery rhymes, dancing, and clapping along which got them into the Christmas spirit. The babies have been participating in all the Christmas calendar activities, and will continue this until the 24th December before we close for our winter break! The nursery team have also introduced a new cosy area in the baby room; a space where the little ones can relax and feel safe and offer stimulation in all the three early prime areas.

The toddlers have had the joy of creation; making play dough is a fun and creative way to allow them to learn different textures and talk about the change in the ingredients. They have been using different cutters, shapes, and tools to experiment.

It has been a really busy and event filled month in Preschool Room; the elves have been at it again! This time, it looks like they have been trying their hands at a bit of acrobatics! The children had an opportunity to experiment with different textures, colours, and weighing skills, all with the real and natural resources. The children are natural scientists, and they love exploring, investigating, and experimenting with the materials found in their environment. These mathematical skills develop a child’s confidence and ability with numbers but also encourages their understanding of shapes, space, and measures.

Everyone has been busy, making lots of decorations to decorate the room like snowmen, baubles, and Christmas stockings!

What’s coming up next month

We look forward to welcoming the children back from their festive break!

We will be introducing a new annual calendar of events in January, so please keep an eye out for this!

Other important information

We have sent out some information to families regarding staff movements across the setting, please do let us know if you did not receive this.

We have currently raised £125 for Save the Children Charity for wearing our Christmas Jumpers. Thank you so much for donating!

Please may we remind families that we open at 8am, and close at 6pm promptly. If you need a handover at the end of the day, please ensure that you arrive in good time.

Our collection time at lunch time is 1pm prompt. Please can we ask that you collect at your scheduled times as lateness affects staff ratios.

Just a reminder that if you are going to be late, please give us a phone call as it directly affects when our staff can leave to go home too.

We close for Term Time Children on Friday 17th and return on 4th January2022 , for all other children we close on 24th December at 1pm and return on 4th 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!

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

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.

Jenna, Nursery Manager


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