Oct 19, 2021

Wombourne October News: Baking, Leaves and Libraries

Halloween decorations

Welcome to our October Newsletter! With Autumn now upon us we have enjoyed walks around the village and the local brook collecting leaves, looking at the pumpkins in the fruit and vegetable shop and visiting the local church to look at their Harvest celebrations. We celebrated National Baking Week at nursery with many of the children taking part in baking activities from making sponge cakes to making their own vegetable soup for tea.

October news

Babies have been exploring the new role play kitchen using their imagination and creativity to act out everyday occupations. The babies have enjoyed socialising in small groups whilst playing in the kitchen and learning all about turn taking, playing alongside each other and developing friendships. Exploring the leaves that had been collected on their walk was a favourite with the babies enjoying feeling the textures of them and the staff talking about the sounds they make as we explore.

Sand play in the tuff tray has been a favourite in Mr Mischief’s room with the children enjoying filling and emptying different sized containers, pouring water into the sand to see what happens and building different sized castles. We had fun taking part in National Baking Week with us making a sponge cake. Mr Mischief’s children enjoyed stirring the ingredients and transferring the mixture into the cake tin with their own spoon.

Mr Bump’s are getting ready for Halloween with the children enjoying creating their own pictures of pumpkins and making pumpkins with the playdough. The children have a keen interest in looking at the books in the story corner in Mr Bump’s room, with the staff team observing that their favourite books at the moment are the food picture books. We have talked about healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables and the children have been keen to further their interests by using the fruit bowl in the role play area to fill up with items of fruit from the role play kitchen. For National Baking Week Mr Bump’s made delicious chocolate brownies.

It has been all about exploring the local environment in Mr Messy’s room with the children going on many walks around the village. On one of the walks, we went past the local police station and the officers came out and showed us the blue lights and the sirens on the police cars. We visited the library and we have borrowed some books that we are enjoying reading at nursery.

Our pre-schoolers are all settling in really well in Mr Clever’s room developing relationships with the staff team. The children made their own pizzas for tea making healthy decisions on what toppings they would like on their pizzas – pepperoni went down well! After making pizzas all the children wanted to make their own pudding, so we made fruit kebabs.

What’s coming up next month

All rooms within the nursery will be celebrating Diwali on Thursday 4th November.

To celebrate Bonfire Night on Friday 5th November we will be discussing fire safety, creating wonderful firework pictures, and having hotdogs for tea.

Friday 19th November we will be raising money for Children in Need by wearing our PJ’s to nursery for the day. If you would like to make a donation, please bring this along to nursery in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on.

Read for good, a charity that promotes reading will be putting on a zoom training and information session for parents on Tuesday 16th November at 7.30pm. An email has been sent out to all parents.

Other important information

We are looking forward to welcoming back Grace who will be returning from maternity leave in November, welcome back!

The staff team will be taking part in Behaviour Management training in November. This course will provide a range of strategies to support positive behaviour. The training will help us to understand the reasons and triggers for behaviours that challenge.

The Christmas Fairies will be staying behind after nursery hours on Tuesday 30th November to turn the nursery in to a Christmas Wonderland. Every year we look forward to seeing the children’s faces light up when they enter the nursery!

We will soon be providing all the children with their very own book wallet so they can choose a book to borrow from our library and bring this home to share with you.

From Monday 18th October parents will be able to come into the setting at collection. Parents will only be able to come into the setting on collection as we still want to be able to reduce the amount of traffic coming into the nursery each day. With deep cleaning on an evening completed by our nursery cleaner after the nursery closes, we feel that this is the safest option to trial. We kindly ask that you do not enter the setting if you have any signs and symptoms of Covid19 and/or any other illnesses and that only one parent collects at any one time. Please be aware that if we have a rise in cases our collection procedure will be re-evaluated, and we will go back to collection at the door. The safety of our children, staff and families remains paramount at all times.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Amy Etchells, Nursery Manager


Nursery child doing a pumpkin printing

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