Oct 26, 2021

Whitstable October News: Safety, Bikes and Baking

Nursery children riding in big buggy

Welcome to our October newsletter! What a fantastic month we’ve had, with lots of exciting events and further developing our children’s learning and understanding of the world, by focusing on the change of seasons, exploring nature and animals that emerge in the world around them. We are looking forward to a fun filled November with cultural celebrations and exciting learning experiences, inspired by our children’s interests and new next steps.

October news

We’ve had lots of amazing events this October! The children had fantastic time celebrating Grandparents/Special Person Day, and learnt songs and created cards for special people in their lives.

What a wonderful week we had celebrating National Baking Week! The children enjoyed baking savoury and sweet dishes that they shared with their friends and family, learning about measuring, pouring, counting and discovering different textures during these cooking experiences. The children showed a great interest in creating their own role play bakery and dressing up as bakers.

We all had a spooky week celebrating Halloween, by dressing up in costumes and taking part in a range of activities, involving spider handprints, pumpkin carving, making pumpkin soup, pin the nose on the witch, a Halloween disco and a wonderful pumpkin hunt at Whitstable Castle. What a fun filled week we all had! For World Animal Day, the children researched animals in the local community and learnt how to care for animals and where they live. They also created animal masks and researched different animals from their cultural backgrounds, learning how to say animal names in our different languages.

To celebrate ‘World Smile Day’ the children had lots of fun, by taking part in many happy activities and experiences, such as creating their own emotion masks, drawing smiley faces for their friends and talking about what makes them happy. We had a wonderful week celebrating “ World pasta day “ creating pasta jewellery, cooking pasta dishes and exploring pasta sensory play.

Babychoos have had a very exciting month caring for nature and animals in their nursery environment, such as their stick insects and their guinea pig “Gilbert “. Throughout these experiences the children were gaining a greater understanding of how to care for nature and animals in their everyday lives as well as learning about hibernation that takes place for some animals during the change of seasons. The children have also been taking trips our local park, exploring sounds, textures and land marks they see outside their nursery.

The Book of the month has been “You’re my little fire cracker“, with the song of the month “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we are going to the moon”. Makaton of the month has of course been “Fire work”!

Caterpillars have had a very busy month creating props and images for one of their favourite books “The Ginger Bread man”, learning different ways to tell stories.

The children have also been showing a great interest in their new road safety resources that arrived throughout this month, learning more about road safety by creating their own role play roads in the garden, traffic lights and prop, riding their bike and scooters through their garden, enhancing their physical development and understanding of the world.

The book of the month was “Harry and the Dinosaurs United”, and they’ve had fun singing “Wind the bobbin up”. The sign of the month has been “Rocket”

Butterflies have had lots of fun this month role playing in their home corner, taking on many different characters and exploring occupations that are of interest to them. Throughout these experiences our children have been using a variety of different props and tools to take on these different roles and developing their understanding of storytelling and literacy activities. Our children have also been created a very exciting “In the moment activity”, discovering snails in their garden and creating tracks for them to race on. Our children counted how many snails they had discovered and measured out the sizes of their racetracks using rulers and tape measures to calculate size and shapes. At the end of the races all our snails went back into the wild, into our beautiful gardens. Throughout these experiences our children were learning about animals in the wild, mathematical words and skills, and enhancing their understanding of the world.

The book of the month has been “Red rockets and jelly”, with the song of the month “Here is the beehive”.

What’s coming up next month

Between Monday 1st – Friday 5th, we have parent/carer meetings. We are looking forward to planning your child’s next steps, progress and development with you. Please read your date slip to remind you of your time and date of appointment with your child’s key person. This week also is Bonfire Week! Throughout this week the children will be taking part in many firework craft activities, watching fire work displays online and learning about Guy Fawkes Night. We will be celebrating Diwali this week also. Our children will be learning about the festival of light by engaging in stories surrounding the festival and creating lanterns. A variety of musical instruments will be made to play along to cultural music as they dance.

Monday 8th – Friday 12th is Remembrance Day Week. This week the children will be learning about what ‘Remembrance Day’ is, creating their own poppies, poppy displays and wreaths.

Between Monday 15th – Friday 19th we will be celebrating Friendship Day, with the children will be drawing pictures of their friends and talking about why they make us happy.  We also have Children in Need. All of our practitioners and children will be fundraising for this wonderful charity. Some of the activities and events that will be taking place include dressing up as our favourite film characters, decorating Pudsey the bear, creating Pudsey hats and taking part in the “Children in Need” duck race. All donations will be much appreciated. Monday 15th – Friday 19th will be Road Safety Week too, teaching the children about the importance of being safe near and when crossing roads, giving them the knowledge and understanding of the green cross code. Finally, this week will haveSteve Irwin day. Throughout the week the children will be learning about Steve Irwin and the wonderful care he had for animals, exploring Australian animals and their habitats.

Monday 21st – 26th will hold Children’s Day. The children will be learning about what makes them special and helps them grow into happy, healthy children. There is also Thanksgiving to look forward too! The children will be celebrating thanks giving throughout this week, creating their own craft turkeys, making thanks giving cards, having a thanks giving feast and learning about thanks giving and what they are thankful for.

Monday 6th – Friday 10th December will be Christmas craft week / Christmas party week, then Monday 13th – Friday 17th we have the Butterfly Christmas performance week.

Other important information

Last month all our staff took part in fire awareness training, this was a very informative and exciting evening. Throughout this training our staff had a refresher in fire awareness to keep us up to date with the latest legislation and to understand the use of each fire extinguisher, gaining a greater understanding and update on all the latest fire awareness information and guidance.

Thank you to all parents that took part in our meetings throughout the month. This was brought forward earlier than expected due to the new changes in our EYFS. The children’s progression and development are vital at Choochoos and with your input alongside this, enables the children to naturally meet their next steps achieving better outcomes for all. Your children’s evaluations and next steps will be available to read on the EYlog system throughout November.

Choochoos Autumn/Winter menus began 11 October 2021. Thank you to our children, staff and parents/carers for your suggestions. Please tell us via email your child’s feedback. Thank you.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and safety for all, our parents meetings will take place for your child during October/November, via zoom or telephone. It is very important for you to participate to help towards reviewing and creating next steps for your child, looking at your child’s achievements and progress.

In preparation for this meeting, please have a look at your child’s eyLog and add any information about your child, to help towards this. Please add photographs along with any written information about what your child has been doing within home life, their interests and their development. Please consider in preparation any updates for your child personal information or needs, e.g. care plans, medical needs, personal details, etc. We look forward to the meeting.

This is a very exciting time for children leaving us to go to school in September 2022.

Choochoos has a very robust transition process, which includes discussions with your children, role play and seeking advice from schools on what they would like us to be doing to help with the transition process. To help your child(ren) to prepare for school we will be planning school transition activities, e.g. including in our role play, social and school stories, songs, school photos books and more. Please do come and see your child’s key person if you would like some ideas for activities that you could be doing at home.

Kent County Council have released the application process and dates, which I have shared below and can be accessed on their website here.

  • Applications for transfer to primary school for reception year September 2022 will open on Friday 5 November 2021 and close at midnight on Monday 17 January 2022.
  • For more information about open days, visit the school’s website or contact the school
  • Summer born children – If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August and you want them to defer starting school until the next academic year, email primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk for more information.
  • Special educational needs and disabilities children – Most children with special educational needs and disabilities can attend mainstream schools, whether or not they have an EHCP.
  • Some schools may need you to complete an additional form called a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). You can collect the form from the school.
  • Applications will be processed between 17 January and 19 April 2022.
  • If you apply online you will be emailed on 19 April 2022 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. Exact time you will receive your email can not be guaranteed, this will depend on your email service provider. Offer emails will be sent to the email address provided on your application.
  • You can also log in from 5pm on 19 April 2022 to view your offer.
  • For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

We are starting to review and update our policies and procedures. Over time, we will be sharing these with you. Paper copies are stored in our lobby area or you can a request a paper copy. Please ask the team if you have any questions or queries about the policies and procedures.

A small reminder of our Christmas closure dates:

Last open day: Friday 17 December 2021.

Closed: Monday 20 December 2021.

Reopens: Tuesday 4 January 2022.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Emily Gale, Nursery Manager

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Nursery children dressed up as doctors
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