Nov 25, 2020

Wombourne November News: Creativity, Outdoor Play and Writing Skills

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

November news

What a busy month we have had!

We have celebrated so many lovely celebrations this month. As a nursery, we have celebrated Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and raised money for the wonderful Children in Need appeal. On Bonfire Night, we all tucked into some yummy hot dogs for tea! On Friday 13th November, we raised money for Children in Need by coming into nursery in our comfy pyjamas for the day. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated. 

We welcomed some new babies into Mr Small’s this month, who are settling in really well and developing lovely relationships with their key workers. Our babies in Mr Small’s especially enjoyed having their hands painted by the staff this month and enjoying the sensory feel of the wet paint. The babies then made marks on the paper with their hands to make colourful pictures for Diwali.  

In November, the children in Mr Mischiefs have enjoyed collecting leaves from the outdoor play area and then using these to make bonfire pictures. They had lots of fun using their hands in the paint to make marks on the paper to create flames for the fire. The children’s creativity continued when we celebrated Diwali; the children used colourful paint and glitter to create their own lanterns. Making marks on the sensory light table has become a keen favourite for the children this month! 

Mr Bump’s children created diva candle lamps for Diwali during November by manipulating clay to the shape they wanted. The children learnt all about the effect that time has by waiting for the clay to dry before they could decorate their creation. The children enjoyeexploring different craft resources, such as glitter, paint and sequins to decorate their diva lamps. Following the children’s interests has been lovely to see this month, with particular children showing an interest in cars and tractors. This has then been implemented into the children’s daily activities by planning activities, such as making marks in paint with the tractor and looking at transport stories. 

The tuff tray in Mr Messy’s turned into a bonfire during November with lots of sticks for the children to be able to construct their own bonfires. We talked about fire safety and the importance of knowing how to stay safe around bonfires. The children decorated our car park for Diwali by making marks with colourful chalk. We recycled some old CD’s and turned these into diva lamps by decorating them with sequins. The team in Mr Messy’s had a little help when it came to DIY this month. Whilst tightening up some table legs, several children became really interested in what Laura was doing. Laura explained that she was fixing the tables to which the children wanted to help. Out came all of the tools and the children helped to fix the tables, leading them onto becoming fascinated with fixing things! 

This month in Mr Clever’s, the children used their writing skills to create Remembrance Day messages on the poppy pictures they were creating. For Diwali, the tuff tray was used to make rangoli patterns with pasta and chalk pens to draw different patterns. Jolly phonics is a favourite time of the day with the children at the moment, with the children eager to join in with the jolly phonics song. 

We said goodbye to Leanne from Mr Small’s room who left us this month to begin her maternity leave. We would like to wish Leanne all the best for the arrival of her twins in December! Our nursery SENCO, Laura, has attended some SEN training this month and will be sharing the training to the wider team in the new year. Laura and myself (Amy – Nursery Manager) are looking forward to enrolling onto a Level 3 CACHE SENCO course in the new year. 

What’s coming up in December

It’s our favourite time of the year, CHRISTMAS! We are really looking forward to the month of December with so many lovely activities planned for the festive period. All parents should have received an email with our upcoming events for December. 

On Monday 7th December, we will be having a Festive Breakfast. We ask that all children who normally attend on this day to arrive at nursery by 8.30am. If your child arrives at 7.30am cereal will be available, however, main breakfast will begin at 8.30am.

On Tuesday 8th December, we will have a Christmas Crafts Day. Lots of festive creations will be made on this day and will be sent home in your child’s ‘Christmas Bag’ on their last day of attendance before Christmas.

Wednesday 9th December will be our Christmas Party Day. Wear your party outfits…it’s party time!

On Thursday 10th December, we will have our Christmas Dinner. Lynda, our Nursery Cook, will be cooking us a yummy roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Of course, on Friday 11th December, it is Christmas Jumper Day. Come along to nursery in your festive jumper/top. All donations raised will be donated to Save the Children.

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

This year we kindly ask that sadly you do not bring in any Christmas cards from home to be sent out to the other children. Due to restrictions and limiting items been sent home, we feel that taking the decision not to send Christmas cards this year is the safest option. There will be lots of Christmas crafts been made at nursery that will go home with your child in their Christmas bag on their last day of attendance before Christmas. 

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 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. 

Nursery will be closed for Christmas from Christmas Day (Friday 25th December 2020) until New Years Day (Friday 1st January 2021) inclusive and will re-open from 7.30am on Monday 4th January. 

We kindly ask that you don’t bring in sweets, cakes etc to celebrate birthdays. With the current restrictions in place, any items that are brought into nursery must go into a quarantine box for 72 hours before these are sent home. As you can imagine with so many children attending, some days we have vast amounts of items in this box and it’s becoming quite difficult to continue to quarantine so many items. We celebrate all children’s birthdays in various ways including using a wooden celebration cake when we sing ‘Happy Birthday’ at circle time. 

Please be reminded that we go outside in all weather conditions, so we do ask that you provide warm winter clothing for outdoor play.  

Amy Etchells, Nursery Manager 

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