Jan 27, 2021

Wolverhampton January News: Outdoor Play, Burns Night and Minibeasts

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

January news

The children in our Little Miss Tiny’s baby room have had a wonderful time exploring the snow this month. To enhance this experience, they have enjoyed creating masterpieces using ice and food colouring and have also enjoyed gloop and aqua foam. The children in Mr Smalls have enjoyed exploring the snow as well this January and have even brought it inside to play with! They have then enjoyed mark making using different materials to make their own snowmen. The children in Little Miss Curious have enjoyed playing with the small world animals and learning about the sounds they make. The children have also explored how the snow feels and have enjoyed exploring the musical instruments; hearing the different sounds the pans in the home corner make. The children in Mr Mischief have enjoyed using the building blocks and dressing up as builders. Following this, the children have enjoyed taking on a role in the homeworker, looking after the babies and cooking in the kitchen 

Throughout January, the toddlers in Little Miss Sunshine’s have enjoyed the different weathers, especially the snow and ice. They have also enjoyed dressing up in different items of clothing, encouraging independence and imagination. The children in Mr Bumps have enjoyed exploring the snow and ice. They have watched how it melts and also making marks in the snow and ice too. The children have also shown an interest in minibeasts and have found snails and caterpillars outside. The children have enjoyed being physical this month by moving in different ways and making obstacle courses. They have also shown an interest in numbers, counting and shapes within the environment. They thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Burns Night and Australia Day. 

The children in Little Miss Giggles Preschool room have been really interested in different animals this month. They have really enjoyed showing their own pets from home and have especially enjoyed learning about crocodiles and butterflies. They learnt that the biggest crocodile was 19 foot long which the children were amazed at. They also learnt the difference between crocodiles and alligators, and they created alligator eggs using paper macheAfter they had dried, the children cracked the eggs open using hammers and the they found animals inside them. The children have been on a walk to see if they could find any butterflies. They, unfortunately, couldn’t find any although they found lots of worms and some of the children held the worms carefully. The children in Mr Messys have enjoyed exploring the snow and frost as well. They have also been doing lots of crafts such as making frosty spiderwebs and snowmen. They have enjoyed messy play with cloud dough and mark making in hair conditioner. The children also enjoyed celebrating Burns Night where they made their own shortbread.   

What’s coming up in February

The children have lots to look forward to throughout February. We will be celebrating a number of events to help extend the children’s learning experiences. We will be celebrating Harry Potter Book Night on 4th February, Chinese New Year on 12th February, Valentine’s Day and, of course, we will be having pancakes on Tuesday 16th February for Shrove Tuesday. 

Our babies in Little Miss Tiny’s will be celebrating these occasions by doing lots of crafts and engaging in sensory play. The children in Mr Smalls will continue mark making and exploring new textures, such as glooppaint and sand. The children in Little Miss Curious will be continuing with their interest in animals and Mr Mischiefs plan to continue exploring sensory play.  

Our toddlers in Little Miss Sunshine’s are looking forward to a busy month of crafts and activities. The children in Mr Bumps will continue to explore their interests in minibeasts and weather; as well as participating in a number of activities to celebrate the events listed above.  

The children in Little Miss Giggles are very excited for their caterpillars to arrive and to watch them transition into beautiful butterflies. The children in Mr Messys are looking forward to learning about growth by planting their own seeds and looking after them. 

Other important information

Can we please remind you about the use of the nursery car park.  We have a one-way system in place with a speed limit of 5 mph. As you approach the car park, the arrows on the floor will guide you. You must turn left towards the nursery, drive along the front of the nursery, turn right and right again and exit the car park this way.  Please do not park in the disabled space unless you have a disabled parking permit or blue badge displayed, in the reserved space or on any of the yellow crossed areas.  If everyone can adhere to this, we can ensure that all of the children and visitors remain as safe as possible. 

Could we also ask that unless you have an exemption card which allows you not to wear a face covering, please be reminded that you must wear a face covering when you are bringing and collecting your child to and from nursery. Please also adhere to the social distancing guidelines whilst waiting and when talking with staff.  We also only allow one adult to collect/drop off children. 

Staffordshire County Council have agreed to supply nurseries with Lateral Flow tests free of charge and, therefore, we will shortly be testing staff twice per week within nursery.  LFT are for asymptomatic people and as Staffordshire is one of the 66 local authorities to have the roll out, we feel these tests should give confidence to our parents, our staff and us a nursery, that we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, the Covid vaccine is still not available to Early Years workers.

Our employee of the month for February in Vicki.  She has used her initiative well to keep the toddler room organised and has recently volunteered to become the nursery SENDCO. Thank you, Vicki, for all of your hard work, commitment and enthusiasm. You are an integral part of the team and we hope that this small gesture shows our appreciation. 

We know that our fantastic families are always recommending us to their friends, so we want to say a big thank you for your referrals! As of Saturday 23rd January 2021, when you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we would like to thank you with a £100 credit off your next invoice. We know you have lots of friends so there is no limit! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family! Terms and conditions apply so please speak with me to check these.

Please make sure to follow us on our Facebook page and Instagram page. We upload a lot of photos of all the wonderful activities we have been up to throughout the week so make sure you don’t miss out on seeing these! 

Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager

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