Aug 20, 2021

Whitstable August News: Pirates, Balloons and Crocodiles

Whit Aug

Welcome to our new monthly newsletter format, we hope that you enjoy it. You will find the same information as before in our newsletter below, however as it is online, you can access it at any time and easily share the link with friends and family to read. Just a reminder that our newsletters will be shared on the last Friday of each month from now on. Enjoy!

What an exciting month August has been! Our Butterflies are transitioning to school, our Caterpillars and Babychoos children are settling into their new rooms, and a big welcome to all our new children and families that have just started with us this term. Thank you to all our families for your lovely cards, gifts, and kind words throughout these transactions, we are all looking forward to a very exciting September ahead.

August news

What an action packed month we have had here. We started August with International Cat Day on the 8th. Our children had a very exciting week celebrating, learning how to care for cats, what they eat, their favourite play times, and researching different types of cats from around the world. Our children had some lovely visits from Emily and Beth’s cats throughout the week and a visit from a lovely lady from Cat Protection, teaching our children the importance of caring for cats and how we can protect them.

National potato day on the 19th was a very exciting day;  with the children learning how potatoes grow, planting their own potatoes in their vegetable patches, and taking part in potato printing, exploring colours and shapes and giving meaning to marks they have made. Throughout the week our children have also been baking their own potatoes, turning them into chips and mashing potatoes.

In celebration of the Notting Hill Carnival, our children had a very exiting week celebrating carnivals that take place around the world by creating their own Choochoos carnival! Throughout the week our children  dressed up in festival clothes and bright colours, taking part in lots of exciting activities such as listening to festival music, taking in part in festive dances, cooking and eating festival food and having their own barbeque.

To celebrate National Burger Day on the 27th, our children had a wonderful week making healthy burgers, using a variety of vegetables and salad from their own vegetable patches and setting up picnics in their gardens with their friends.

Our children had lots of fun dinning alfresco in honour of National Eat Outside week for some of their meals with their peers, learning about outdoor dinning and cultural food and countries from around the world.


Our Babychoos children have had a very exciting August discovering natural items in their garden and creating their own nature hats, exploring their senses through touch, smell and sight. Our children have also been discovering the world of pirates by creating their own pirate ship, pirate hats, pirate treasure and make marking their own treasure maps, exploring shapes, sizes and colours. Throughout September our children will be creating their own animal images to display in their garden area, exploring their mark making skills and gaining a greater understanding about the world around them.

Our song of the month has been “When I was one“, our book “I am a Pirate“, with our sign of the month being “Pirate” of course!


Our Caterpillars have shown a great interest in animals from around the world last month, learning about their lifestyles and the different countries they come from, creating their own animal masks and creating animal enclosures with their small world animals and construction blocks. Our children have also shown a great interest in experimenting with different products and resources to make their own bubble machines. Our children mixed ingredients together to make their bubble solution exploring mixing, pouring and measuring, enhancing their maths skills, creative development and understanding of the world. Throughout September our Caterpillars will be turning their outdoor role play area into a pirate ship, learning about pirates and creating their own role play pirate props.

The children had lots of fun singing “Gordon and the Balloon“, reading “The Balloon Song“, and our sign of the month was “Balloon“!


Our Butterflies have been exploring many sensory experiences throughout August, discovering different textures, colours and hunting for sea creatures in slime, playdough and water, naming the different objects and shapes they see. Throughout August our children have been creating their own role-playing restaurants in their home corner, writing their own menus, and dressing up in chef outfits. Throughout these experiences our children were learning about food and restaurants from around the world, mark making and writing words that are familiar to them, and learning cultural songs relating to their menus they have created. Throughout September our Butterflies will be turning their role play area into a dentist, learning about the importance of caring for their teeth and oral hygiene.

The book we have loved in August has been “Never smile at a crocodile“, and we’ve sung “The enormous crocodile” lots! Of course, our sign in August has been “Crocodile“.

We would like to wish a wonderful school journey to all of our Butterfly children who are leaving us soon or who have left ready for their school transition in September 2021. It has been fantastic to see our children grow and flourish. It has been amazing to be part of their early years experience. Thank you to all of our parents, carers and families for your support during your time with Choochoos.

What’s coming up next month

For World Beard Day, between 31st August to 3rd September, our children will be exploring role play costumes and dressing up as different characters using items such as wigs, beards and facial accessories, talking about people in their families that might have beards or facial hair, exploring their features and comparing similarities.

Roald Dahl’s birthday week between 13th – 17th  September, our children will be exploring character from Roald Dahl stories and creating their own fantasy story books to share at circle times with their peers.

Jeans for Genes day is between the 13th – 17th September, and the children will be fundraising for this very special event, dressing up in as much denim as possible; we will also be holding cake store to rise money.

Pirate Day is between the 20th – 24th September, and the children will be exploring all there is to know about pirates, taking part in pirate parties on our pirate ship and creating props and costumes to accompany these experiences.

Our staff will also be busy in September, taking part in woodwork training with Michael throughout this month, learning about the correct safety measures when building in our woodwork den with our children and how to use all our building tools confidently and correctly.

Other important information

For all of our pre-schoolers who are off to ‘big school’ very soon, please continue to refer to our starting school display, with information on ‘Starting School’ in September 2021. We will keep you up to date and inform you of the school process. If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or Your child’s record of transfer was delivered to your child’s school in July, ready for their transition in September. Your child’s eyLog will be made into a PDF and emailed to you once your child has left Choochoos. If you have not already done so, please inform us of the day you wish to be your child’s last day in written form or by email with one month’s notice.

We will be beginning to plan our Autumn/Winter menus this month. If you have any suggestions, please share these with us via email or telephone.

In line with the EYFS updates, we have been updating and reviewing our online safety policies, procedure and practise, as per other emails. The Website Childnet International provides a parent/carer and family toolkit to help support with online safety in the home. We will also display these posters in our lobby areas for you.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

Activity for home

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Emily Gale, Nursery Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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