Feb 23, 2021

Wellingborough February News: Pancake Day, Outdoor Learning and Chinese New Year

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February news

Another busy month with lots of exciting activities taking place!  

How amazing was the weather earlier in the month! For some of our children, this is the first time they experienced snow and that much ice. This led to some lovely activities and conversations around the seasons and the weather, as well as how and why liquid freezes and melts. 

All the children made something for someone they love for Valentine’s Day. Across the nursery, the children also took part in Chinese New Year activities. The toddlers made lanterns and enjoyed a fun noodle activity; the babies explored coloured rice; and the preschool children made a Chinese dragon for a display as well as creating Chinese symbols in glitter. 

On Shrove Tuesdayas you can guess, lots of pancakes were eaten! In the baby room, the children used lemons and limes along with a variety of toppings to explore how things taste. The toddlers used the ingredients in a tuff tray to explore the smell and texture of them individually. The preschoolers talked about their favourite foods, if those foods are healthy or not and what this means for their bodies. 

It always interests me how activities evolve across the nursery and this month was no exception! The babies have been using large pieces of paper with chunky crayons to make marks; pencil control has been encouraged in the toddler room this month; and in preschool, the activities moved on to recognising and writing their names. 

Thank you to all those that joined us in the #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears campaign which raised awareness and showed our appreciation of our wonderful Early Years Practitioners. What an incredible day it was – we couldn’t keep up with all of the photos and videos online. Thanks so much for all of your support!

What’s coming up in March

There are several festivals next month which we will be celebrating in nursery. We will be engaging in activities surrounding St Patrick’s Day, St David’s Day and Mothering Sunday. We have a very creative month ahead of us!

We will also be celebrating World Book Day on the 4th of March. Look out for the poster – any excuse to dress up, both children and staff! 

Other important information

Amy joined us this month as bank staff. Her job before lockdown was a dance teacher and we have been lucky enough for her to give some basic lessons to the preschool children, which has been amazing. I’m hoping that this will continue over the next few weeks. A very warm welcome to the team, Amy!

Thank you all for your continued support.

Jackie Berri, Nursery Manager

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