Feb 22, 2021

Wolverhampton February News: Outdoor Exploring, Messy Play and Chinese New Year

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

February news

We hope that everyone enjoyed finding different ways to spread their love to families and friends throughout February; our children have most certainly enjoyed getting creative with a busy month of celebrations. 

This month, the babies in Little Miss Tiny’s have enjoyed lots of water play, making big splashes with their hands and the ducks. They have also learnt new sounds such as ‘splish, splash, splosh’. In Mr Small’s, the children have enjoyed celebrating different events such as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day; they used their senses to taste and feel new textures such as noodles, playdough and pancakes. In Little Miss Curious’, the children have enjoyed exploring sensory play. Thethoroughly loved water and bubble plaas well as bubble painting. The children have also enjoyed hide and seek games both indoors and whilst outdoors, they all had such great funThe children in Mr Mischief’s have enjoyed lots of imagination play with the dolls this month. They enjoyed dressing and bathing them and from this, the children then went onto exploring water and enjoyed washing cars. They have also enjoyed making potions for Harry Potter Book Night; the children had great fun mixing together lots of magical ingredients.   

Throughout February, the toddlers in Little Miss Sunshine’s have taken an interest in exploring different textures through messy play. They have also enjoyed learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year and painting their own dragon. The children also celebrated Pancake Day, choosing their own toppings and really enjoyed eating their creations.  

The children in Mr Bump’s have enjoyed spending lots of time outside exploring the snow and ice. They have also enjoyed role playing fire fighters with the ‘fire hose’ and learning about fire safety.  The children have also been very busy celebrating lots of celebrations, such as Valentine’s Day, Harry Potter Book Night, Chinese New Year and Pancake Day. 

The pre-schoolers in Little Miss Giggles have really enjoyed exploring the winter season, experimenting with the snow and ice. They have had lots to celebrate and have been getting creative, making cards as well as tasty baked treats for their Valentines. They also celebrated Chinese New Year and bought China to the nursery by tasting a selection of Chinese food and getting very messy by playing with noodles. The children have also enjoyed learning about different animals and their habitats. They created their own Safari park using loose parts and they also shared and talked about their own pets.

The children have also been busy learning through sand and water play, mixing together different elements to create a variety of textures. The children have been getting messy with the paints and experimenting with mark making tools. They have taken an interest in learning new phonic sounds, playing eye-spy and exploring rhyming words. 

In Mr Messy’s, the children have continued learning about seasons. The children have enjoyed learning what happens in Spring and planted their own sunflower seeds. They have also made their own bird feeders and painted the animals that come out in the Spring time. The children enjoyed celebrations such as Chinese New Year and learnt how to use chopsticks during noodle play. They also enjoyed Valentine’s Day by creating love heart biscuits and eating delicious pancakes on Pancake Day. 

What’s coming up in March

We invite all of our staff and children to dress up for World Book Day on Thursday 4th March 2021. World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind. The aim of it is to celebrate authors, books, illustrators and, of course, reading! 

On Friday 19th March, we will be taking part in Red Nose Day. We invite all staff and children to wear your most bold and wacky outfit to nursery and to create a carnival crown if you wish. Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become a much-anticipated date in the calendar. It’s the day when people across the land join forces to raise money for brilliant causes in the UK and around the world. 

On Friday 26th March, we will celebrate Wear a Hat Day.  We invite all staff, children and parents to wear a hat to nursery to raise awareness of brain tumours.  Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Let’s help raise some money for this fantastic cause.

Next month, the babies in Little Miss Tiny’s will be exploring musical instruments and how they can make different sounds with them. They will also become familiar with various nursery rhymesIn Mr Small’s, the children will be exploring textures by creating their own sensory bags and bottles. In Little Miss Curious’, the children will be getting creative for Mother’s Day, engaging in small world play and exploring the concepts of big and small. The children Mr Mischief’s are going to be exploring water and sensory play as well as a range of activities for Mother’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.    

During March, the toddlers in Little Miss Sunshine’s will be celebrating Mother’s Day and dressing up as their favourite storybook characters for World Book Day. The children in Mr Bump’s will be exploring Spring and seeing how this changes our environment. They are also going to be celebrating Mothers’ Day, St. David’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, World Book Day and starting to look at Easter. 

In March, the pre-schoolers in Little Miss Giggle’s will be growing butterflies to continue their fascination of animals and insects; the children are very excited to watch them grow. In Mr Messy’s, the children will be planting carrots outside and continuing to look after their sunflower seeds. They will also be engaging in lots of Easter crafts.  

Other important information

We have welcomed Amy back from maternity leave and she is now our Admin Assistant.  She will answer the telephone, respond to emails and undertake all aspects of running the busy office.  

We are continuing to carry out lateral flow tests on our staff twice per week and so far, all staff have tested negative. We will continue to do these tests during March. Theris still much confusion around if Early Years staff are allowed the vaccine as the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine does not include school/childcare workers. There is a petition calling for these workers, who cannot distance or use PPE, to be kept safe at work by being put on the vaccine priority list when such a list is adopted into government policy. If you have a spare moment and would like to sign this petition, you can do so by clicking here

Thank you all for your continued support.

Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager

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