Sep 20, 2021

Whitstable September News: Patterns, Technology and Physical Development

Nursery children playing outdoors

Dear parents, carers and families,

Welcome to our September newsletter. We have been happy to welcome back all of our returning families who have been on a summer break and it sounds like you have had a wonderful time away! Thank you for sharing all your lovely pictures  with us. We are now looking forward to the autumn and all of our forth coming events.

September news

This month, we have celebrated Choochoo’s sixteenth birthday! The children created their own party hats using a range of materials as well as helping to prepare a range of sweet and savoury treats. The children took part in their own ‘high tea’ parties outside. Our children learned about the importance of celebrations and communities.

Our Babychoo’s children have been exploring the stick insects this month; watching how they move and grow as well as learning about what they eat. The children have also been practising their physical development by manoeuvring the trikes and bikes around the environment; building their own large pirate ship out of boxes and helping each other to practice turn taking.

Babychoos book of the month: Room on the Broom

Babychoos song of the month: Monster Mash

Babychoos sign of the month: Pumpkin

The Caterpillar children have been exploring the different ways that they can make patterns and change colours this month. The children have been experimenting with marbling inks and using different tools and water to manipulate the paint. The children also used different shaped balloons which they pumped to different sizes and shapes. They then rolled them in paint to create their own stamps. The children learned which colours they could create when mixed together and the different shaped marks that they could make using different tools.

Caterpillars book of the month: Harry and the Dinosaurs

Caterpillars song of the month: Stomping Dinosaur

Caterpillars sign of the month: Dinosaur

The children in Butterflies learned about different ICT equipment this month and how we can use them safely, specifically when online. The children have explored how their input can change what happens on a device; from typing letters of their name to using buttons and switches to change light effects and finding their favourite songs on the iPad.

The children also learned about people who help us, making their role play area into a doctors waiting room.

Butterflies book of the month: The Enormous Crocodile

Butterflies song of the month: Teasing Mr Crocodile

Butterflies sign of the month: Crocodile

What’s coming up next month

Next month, our children will be celebrating World Smile Day. They will also be celebrating Halloween, enjoying activities such as carving pumpkins, icing biscuits and making their own dark and light pictures using illuminous colours. The children are free to dress up if they wish and we will be hosting a Halloween party on the 29th October.

The children will also be learning about how they can manage their own oral hygiene and what they can do to look after their teeth, looking at how food can affect them. The children will explore a range of teeth cleaning activities such as making their own toothbrushes and brushing a giant set of dentures.

The Babychoos children will be celebrating World Animal Day on the 21st October, experiencing making animal patterns using their hand prints and exploring different animal textures. The babies will also be preparing their bulb garden for the spring, planting bulbs and looking out for signs of insect activity.

The Caterpillars will be celebrating Grandparents Day on the 3rd October in which they will be recalling experiences they have had with their grandparents and making cards to commemorate these memorable events.

The Butterflies will be discussing their favourite books for Library Day, visiting the local library to check out some new books. The children will learn what happens at a library and the process of borrowing a book.

Other important information

The staff participated in Wood Work Training with Michael this month, discussing ways of how we can use this to extend the children’s learning and use the tools safely with them. Staff then used pieces of wood to create small models as a demonstration of what the children would like to make.

Our new staff learned about two year development, the milestones to look out for and how to complete two year check forms.

Our staff we be learning fire awareness training this month, detailing how to use best practice to evacuate in an emergency, the functions of each extinguisher as well as up to date information and legislation.

Our Area Manager Lauren has been nominated for a prestigious award with Nursery World Magazine. This nomination is very well deserved and we wish Lauren well for the big event on Saturday 25th September!

A small reminder of the upcoming half term dates in October:

  • 18th – 24th October Half term: Funded only children do not attend.
  • 25th – 29th October Half term: Term time only children do not attend.

Our teams will begin to create and display our starting school displays, with information on ‘Starting School’ in September 2022 for your information. We will keep you up to date and inform you of the school process as we are provided with the information, e.g. school open days, visits, application process. If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email

Our Autumn/Winter menus will be begin on Monday 11th October. Thank you to our children, staff and parents/carers for your suggestions. Our new menus have been emailed to you and are displayed on our website and in our lobby areas. Please also refer and help yourself to our recipe cards in our lobby area, from this menu for your use at home.

Due to the pandemic and safety for all, our parents meetings will take place for your child during October/November, via zoom or telephone.

Your child’s key person will be contacting you soon to arrange a time for this that is suitable for you. 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.

Thank you all for a great start to September!

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.

Threading cards


  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Emily Gale, Nursery Manager

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