Wow! We cannot believe that this will be the last newsletter of 2021!
Firstly, a big welcome to all our new families that have joined us, its lovely to see your little ones settling in well into the Sandhills Wombourne family. Also, our nursery elves arrived this month, to make nursery look wonderful and we are showcasing all the children’s crafts they have been busy creating! All the rooms look and feel very festive, ready for Christmas!
On behalf of everyone at Sandhills Wombourne, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!
This month has been festive, and full of fun activities!
The babies in Mr Smalls have been learning new Christmas songs! They have used the musical instruments to make some lovely sounds. They also explored arts and crafts, with the nursery team making some ‘snowballs’ out of different materials to explore textures, and even making a Christmas tree to put up on display, and decorate. The babies had fun decorating it, independently, helping their fine motor skills when using the glue spreaders and picking up the different craft materials.
The older babies in Mr Mischiefs have also been busy, making lots of Christmas crafts from mistletoe to snowmen. The nursery team provided them with a tuff tray with a nativity scene in, made from loose parts, and the children really enjoyed exploring it.! There has been plenty of singing and dancing, to help develop the children’s gross motor skills, and to get into the festive spirit!
The toddlers in Mr Bumps have been making gingerbread playdoh, using cinnamon and ginger! They used rolling pins and cutters to make their own gingerbread people. Also, they explored a winter themed tuff tray, with ‘snow’ and winter animals, learning new words like ‘polar bear’ and ‘seal’!
The toddlers in Mr Messys have enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree with the baubles that they have made. They have also been busy mixing, rolling and shaping salt dough to create Christmas decorations to take home. They even had a cheeky visitor- Buddy the Elf, who likes to cause lots of mischief!
The Preschool children in Mr Clevers have been concentrating on number recognition this month. They have made an advent calendar in the room and each day they learn that the number represents that day. This has then encouraged the children to recognise other numbers in the environment!
What’s coming up next month
We are looking forward to starting a new year with you all! It is going to be a very exciting new term, with lots of new activities!
Other important information
This month, the whole nursery team have been furthering their personal development with a Behavioural Management course, which they found very beneficial and are already putting new strategies in place.
Kiera who currently works in our pre-school room has decided to leave us, and further her career in education. We are very sad to see Kiera go and she will be greatly missed. We wish her the absolute best of luck in her future endeavours!
We would like to remind you that we will close for the Christmas break on Christmas Eve at 1pm, and we will return back to nursery on Tuesday 4th January 2022. Term time children return 10th January 2022.
These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!
We hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!
If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!
Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.
- Creative Snow Pal
Please follow the activity idea below:
- Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
- Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
- You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
- Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
- You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
- Creative Christmas Tree Ornament
Please follow the activity idea below:
- All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
- If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
- Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
- You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
- Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
- Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
- You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity, and choice.
- Mark making.
- Shapes and size.
- Developing fine motor skills.
- New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
- Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
- Use of tools for a purpose.
- Give meaning to marks they make.
Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.
Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.
Laura Whitehouse, Senior SENCo/ Mr Bumps Room Supervisor