This month, the babies in Little Miss Tiny’s have enjoyed different events where they have explored a number of textures and sensory play including paint, gloop, sensory bags and messy food play. They have also enjoyed looking through books which included pictures from the events we celebrated throughout the month.
The babies in Mr Smalls have also explored different textures and gloop to celebrate different events such as Bonfire Night, Children in Need and Diwali. They have also taken an interest in farm animals and, therefore, have been learning the sounds they make and the different animal names through the use of story books and rhymes.
During November, the babies in Little Miss Curious have enjoyed playing with the balls both indoors and outdoors. They have enjoyed learning Christmas songs and learning how to say Merry Christmas. The children have also enjoyed exploring jigsaws.
The babies in Mr Mischiefs have enjoyed celebrating Remembrance Day and Diwali this month. They have also enjoyed Bonfire Night and they made some amazing firework pictures. The children have been exploring the small world as well as looking at vehicles and animals.
During November, the toddlers in Little Miss Sunshine’s have enjoyed celebrating Bonfire Night, making bonfire and firework collages. They also celebrated Diwali by mark making in coloured rice. The children made their own poppies with loose parts for Remembrance Day.
The toddlers in Mr Bumps have spent lots of time outdoors playing with the bikes, jumping off the balancing beams and finding lots of creepy crawlies, such as worms, caterpillars and snails. They have also enjoyed celebrating Diwali, Remembrance Day and Bonfire Night. The children have shown an interest in friendship this month and have had lots of stories read to them about friendship and how to be kind and helpful to our friends.
Throughout November, the preschool children in Little Miss Giggles have celebrated Diwali by making diva lamps and learning dance moves. They have also enjoyed looking at weddings in different countries and then role played their own weddings. The children have also been talking about putting up Christmas trees at home and then used baubles and pipe cleaners to decorate mug trees. The children have also been singing lots of Christmas songs and dancing.
During November we welcomed a new staff member to our team, Balbir. Balbir helps serve the children’s meals at lunch time and helps to cover in rooms whilst the staff have their lunch break. A very warm welcome to the team!
On Friday 27th November, we say a sad farewell to Judith Kelly. Judi has been at Sandhills since it was first bought from Little Oaks back in April 2007. She has decided at the young age of 70 it’s time to retire and spend more time with her grandchildren and in her garden. We wish her well with her retirement, although she will be greatly missed.
Our employee of the month for October was Jane, who has been a great help to the office when it’s very busy and helped to ring rooms, going above and beyond was very much appreciated, thank you Jane. Our employee of the month for November is Jemma Hayward. Jemma helped to manage nursery at short notice and did a fantastic job, thank you Jemma.
What’s coming up in December
We have much to look forward to in December. Another busy month is upon us!
Staff will be making nursery very festive and this will greet the children on Tuesday 8th December. We will be taking part in Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11th December 2020. We look forward to seeing all the children and team in their Christmas jumpers. There will be a donation box in nursery entrance and all money raised will be sent to Save the Children.
On Thursday 17th December, the children will be having a festive dinner with all the trimmings made by our cook Karen. On Tuesday 22nd December, nursery will be having a day of parties. The children are invited to wear their party outfits and the day will be full of games, fun and festive spirit.
During December, all the children will have lots of Christmas provocations set up for them so that they can explore and learn about Christmas. They will be offered lots of different opportunities to partake in Christmas crafts.
We will also be taking part in The Old Station Nursery Group Christmas Advent Challenge. Each day in the lead up to Christmas, one nursery within the group will take part in a Christmas challenge and post a photo or video to our social media channels. We welcome parents to join in; tag us and use the hashtag #OSNAdventChallenge. For more information, take a look at our social media channels!
Other important information
Due to the current situation, we have had to change how parents, if they wish to, give Christmas cards to the children and staff within nursery. We would still like this tradition to continue, therefore, we have made the following adjustments and appreciate your cooperation to ensure we keep everyone safe. Christmas cards can be placed in the box in nursery entrance until Thursday 10th December. After this date, we cannot accept any further cards. The cards will then be kept for the quarantine period of 72 hours and will then be distributed out to the relevant children and staff. We are unable to give out lists of children’s names, therefore, if you could ensure that the child’s name and room name is on the envelope, this will ensure that we can distribute the cards correctly. Thank you for your understanding.
We have been a part of The Old Station Nursery Group for a whole year already this December and so this year we will be joining the rest of the nurseries within The Old Station Nursery Group in closing for our Christmas break at 1pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December 2020). We hope that you will be in agreement with this change as it will allow our staff teams to travel home (where possible) to their families, spend time with their own children, partners and loved ones and, of course, enjoy a more relaxed build up to Christmas Day. If you could confirm via email, whether your child will be attending on this day this would be appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you all back when we reopen at 7.30am on Monday 4th January 2021.
If your child is going to be late or not be attending nursery, could you let us know please. You can either email or telephone us to let us know, this would be appreciated.
Can we also remind you that it is one only parent at a time who is allowed to drop off/collect children. Parents can arrive in the car together but only one parent can greet staff to drop off/collect.
Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager