Welcome to our July newsletter! This month has been super busy, flying by with lots of welcoming of new families and sad goodbyes to our Preschool children that have left us to conquer their new schools! This month the staff and children have thoroughly enjoyed covering International Friendship Day, the Euros, the Olympics, as well as the Preschool attending a wonderful leavers festival in our beautiful sunny garden.
In our Baby room Little Miss Tiny, July has been a very busy month! They have been celebrating Canada Day, National Chocolate Day and Eid. The children have enjoyed making marks with paint and also printing with leaves, and have enjoyed feeling different textures which led onto the babies exploring their other senses. The babies have enjoyed having picnics for National Friendship Day, this encouraged the babies with their social skills to interact with their friends.
In our Baby room Mr Small, the children have had a very busy month exploring lots of sensory play, exploring different textures, such as chocolate, cereal, pasta and shaving foam. Staff hid objects in the different textures and the children really enjoyed finding the objects.
In our Baby room Little Miss Curious, the children have enjoyed looking at their faces on the camera and enjoyed taking pictures of themselves. Staff supported the children by showing them how to press the button to take the photograph and they also enjoyed looking at the photographs and naming who’s in the photos! The children have enjoyed music this month, staff supported this interest by having a disco with lights and the disco ball, the children really enjoyed this and were able to move to the music. Little Miss Curious have had a new child start with them, therefore the children have helped to settle their new friend into the room and staff have encouraged friendly relationships.
In our Baby room Mr Mischief, they have enjoyed mark making with crayons on big pieces of paper using felts and also using shaving foam to make marks. They have also enjoyed water play outside with spray bottles, and inside nursery in the tuff tray using jugs and different containers. The children celebrated Chocolate Day by making chocolate cornflake cakes. The children enjoyed taking it in turns to stir the chocolate and add the corn flakes listening to the different sounds and talking about the textures. The children also made Canadian flags to help celebrate Canada Day.
In our Toddler room Little Miss Sunshine, the children have loved exploring balloons! First the children played with them, hitting them into the air, which then led onto adding water to them. The children took the balloons outside and they learnt that they had to be gentle with them as they were full of water and they may pop. They also explored ice play through balloons; staff froze objects inside of the balloon and then the children learnt how to defrost the balloon with warm water and tools to break the ice to remove the objects.
In Mr Bump, the children have been very busy! At the start of the month they celebrated Canada Day, which led onto the children talking lots about the colour red and leaf printing. They have shown lots of interest in football with the Euros on the TV, the children have been kicking the ball into the goal without using their hands. They also made England flags, created their own football print using potatoes and have enjoyed learning some England songs such as “It’s Coming Home”. The children have also enjoyed spending lots of time outdoors during the lovely weather, they have enjoyed playing in the pool and with the water balloons to keep cool.
In our Pre-School room Little Miss Giggle, the children have really enjoyed learning about animal habitats and they even created their very own zoo using a variety of different resources such as the creative modelling, bricks and loose parts. The children practiced their cutting skills with the creative modelling and have also talked about their favourite animals using the white boards to draw the animals. They have also enjoyed water play especially playing with the sea creatures and outdoors using the pipes to spray their friends. The children have used the pots and pans outdoors to transfer the water down the tubes and they have also used the blocks to create bridges, creating one using two tables by balancing the bricks and the children walked underneath it. They have also have a new favourite book called “Morris The Mankiest Monster”!.
In our Pre-School room Mr Messy, the children have enjoyed exploring windmills. They enjoyed using their creative skills to create their very own windmills, they enjoyed watching the wind blow them and this led onto blowing bubbles. The children enjoyed bubble blow painting and discovered how to mix colours to make new colours. They have also enjoyed building zoos using the blocks, animals and train tracks. They children enjoyed using the animal fact books to learn about their favourite animals and they discovered that red pandas and giraffes are the children’s most favourite animals. Staff also showed the children zoo webcams using the computer and the children really enjoyed this. The children have enjoyed celebrating National Chocolate Day by creating chocolate slime, and they used their fine motor skills to squash and squeeze the slime. The children also enjoyed celebrating the Euros and supporting England, the children had their own penalty shoot out, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They also learnt about the other teams in the Euros, learning about flags and using the globe to discover where the countries are. The children have also enjoyed exploring the new outdoor mud kitchen and the new play dough station indoors. The children have enjoyed lots of imaginative play by creating cupcakes, coffee and animals using the resources.
On Saturday 24th July there were many tears of joy and sadness as we celebrated our school leavers during our (covid safe!) Graduation Ceremony. When the children arrived, they were greeted by staff who walked them into the building through their “Hall of Fame” decorated with personalised balloons featuring their Graduation photo. Parents took their seats and the children made their way back out from Nursery through the golden tunnel, dressed in their gowns and mortar board hats, down the red carpet to receive their Graduation Certificate on the stage.
A child’s entertainer provided a magic show and balloon sculptures for all the children, and graduation cupcakes and goodie bags were also handed out to everyone. This time of year is always so special as we prepare our children for their next big step into Reception class, so we thoroughly enjoyed being able to celebrate with everyone this time round after all that has happened over the last 12 months or so.
Many of the families leaving this year have been with us since their children (and older sibings!) were babies, so although lots of fun was had, we can’t help but feel a little sad that their journey with us is now over.
From everyone at Wolverhampton, we wish all of our school leavers the very best of luck, and hope you will all keep in touch. We are going to miss each and every one of you very much.
What’s coming up next month
In our Baby Room Little Miss Tiny, the children will be exploring World Lion Day, looking at the prints they make and they will continue exploring textures as the children explore different ones such as rice and sand.
In our Baby room Mr Small, they are going to focus on communication, encouraging words and sounds using books and small world to help with this. New textures will also be introduced for the children to explore as they have enjoyed these activities so much.
In Little Miss Curious, they are looking forward to exploring some new science experiments as the children have enjoyed using washing up liquid to separate liquids, they will also be celebrating International Cat Day, World Lion Day and many more celebrations.
In our Toddler room Little Miss Sunshine, they are looking forward to continuing with water play and outdoor play, staff will be talking to the children about the importance of why we use sunscreen and why we should wear a hat outdoors.
In Mr Bump, they are looking forward to showing an interest in animals to celebrate Cat Day and Lion Day, they also have lots of celebrations to look forward too.
In our Preschool room Little Miss Giggle, the children are looking forward to playing outdoors and exploring more animals from around the world. In Mr Messy they are looking forward to having lots of parties to celebrate their friends next big adventure of big school. The children will also be practising getting themselves dressed through dressing up with school uniforms. On Monday 16th August they are looking forward to National Tell a Joke Day, and the children are welcome to bring in a joke book into Nursery with them or tell their favourite jokes.
Other important information
Our Employee of the Month for July is Bali, she has helped out at short notice and is always willing to help out with the children without even being asked.
We would like to wish all of our preschool children the best of luck, as they are leaving us to start their next adventure at big school. We thank them for choosing Sandhills, we hoped you all have enjoyed your time with us and we will miss you all very much. Thank you to Jessie-Lou, Emma, Ayesha and Chrsitina who help to organise the Pre-school graduation on Saturday 24th July. The rain held off and it was a lovely few hours, thank you to all those that attended.
If your child is not going to be in Nursery could you please email/telephone before 10.00am so that the absence can be marked as this is part of our safeguarding policy.
Also, if your child is leaving us then we require a months’ notice in writing of this.
We will be closed on Monday 30th August for Summer Bank Holiday.
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you all for your continued support as always.
Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager