Aug 25, 2021

Wombourne August News: Jungles, Dinosaurs and Baking

Wombourne August

Welcome to our August newsletter! We would like to give a warm welcome to all our new families who have started with us – welcome to the Sandhills family. As the weather has been a bit changeable this month the children have been often rocking shorts and wellies. Lots of fun jumping in puddles one minute and wearing sun cream the next!
August news

Our babies in Mr Small’s have been learning to build towers with the building blocks developing their hand eye co-ordination. They have also been getting creative making their bathroom look lovely with a jungle theme, getting very messy with the paints.

Our older babies in Mr Mischief’s have been exploring the loose parts to make a dinosaur den in the tuff tray. This has encouraged lots of lovely new vocabulary and sounds by the children, like roar, green and big.

The children in Mr Bump’s have been exploring a baking tuff tray – they have learnt new skills such a weighing and mixing to make a cake. They explored baking tools such as rolling pins, wooden spoons, bowls, and cake cases. The children have also shown a big interest in space from looking at a child’s space top. The staff decided to use this interest to make a lovely space display with the children to jazz up their bathroom, it looks spacetastic!

In our Mr Messy’s room, the children have developed their gross motor skills in the garden; they have been rolling, jumping, shuffling, and learning that we can move at different speeds. The children have also enjoyed a new water pump for the tuff tray, they have enjoyed making a dinosaur swamp with the water and loose parts.

In our Pre-school room, the children have shown a big interest in music and musical instruments, they have used their imagination to make their own instruments out of recycled materials and have enjoyed making their very own Sandhills band! We have also had a few tears saying goodbye to some of our friends off to big school.

What’s coming up next month

We will be celebrating Jeans for Genes day on Friday 18th September – this is a campaign that raises awareness of the daily challenges faced by those living with a genetic disorder. Wear your jeans to show your support- a small donation would be much appreciated.

We will be learning all about different European languages for European Language Day on the 24th September. The children may come home and teach you some new words they have learnt!

We will also be looking into the Harvest Festival from the 27th September – we will explore lots of different harvest foods, learning how they grow and how they are harvested.

We would like to ask for a small donation of non-perishable foods so that we can donate to the local food bank for people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Children who attend on a Term Time basis will be due back to nursery week commencing 6th September.

Other important information

From 1st September changes to the EYFS come into effect, this will mean substantial changes to the way we plan and observe your children. Ofsted no longer want to see paperwork or evidence but want to know and hear that practitioner are knowledgeable about their children’s learning and development and can articulate this clearly. This will reduce tablet time and paperwork to give practitioners more time to spend with the children, we will be moving over to ‘in the moment planning’ which allows child-initiated learning through play, based on capturing the interests of the children. Our Practitioners will take into consideration the children’s interest to create meaningful educational experiences through providing an enabling environment, using quality interactions and ’teachable moments’.

Laura Whitehouse our setting SENCO has completed Makaton level 1-4 recently, she is looking forward to sharing this new skill across the whole team.

Unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to Lydia who is moving onto a new career in admin. We would like to wish Lydia the best of luck in her new career.

We will be welcoming Kath to our team from September, she will be taking on the role of lunch cover.

Also, we would like to say another goodbye to our school leavers. We wish you the absolute best of luck in your new and exciting adventure. We will miss you all!

Please be reminded that nursery will be closed on Monday 30th August 2021 for the bank holiday.

We also 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 your nursery manager.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, it is always hugely appreciated.

Laura Whitehouse, Mr Messy’s room lead and setting SENCo

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