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15 February 2018 - 8:13pm

Don’t forget we are celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow 🐉 🥢 🐕 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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13 February 2018 - 11:33am

Pancake obstacle course continued!

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13 February 2018 - 11:08am

Pre-School have had lots of fun with our pancake obstacle course today!

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13 February 2018 - 9:28am

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13 February 2018 - 9:24am

13th February 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers

Chinese New Year
Just a quick reminder about our event day on Friday (16th February) where we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. We would like the children to enjoy the day of activities by dressing in Chinese clothing, red/ gold clothing, or as it is the year of the dog maybe some little doggies. The staff put a lot of effort into the event days, dressing the nursery and themselves to support the event and they really enjoy seeing the children make the most of the activities and taking part in the day. Just a few of the activities will be making lucky money pockets, decorating a Chinese dragon to take part in a parade and trying Chinese cuisines.

Shrove Tuesday
Today the children will be taking part in Shrove Tuesday by tasting various pancakes at snack times along with taking part in pancake obstacle courses to help develop their gross motor skills.

Our Blossom Tree
We would like to see a few more leaves filling our blossom tree with activity ideas, thank you to all the parents and children who have contributed so far we love hearing your feedback.

Baby Unit Outside Play
The babies can now enjoy more outside play under a new lovely wooden shelter, even when it is raining. The outside area is going to be developed to a similar theme as the main nursery bottom garden area, with a focus of large sand, water and block play with lots of den building.

Collecting from the Tweenies Room
If you have a child in the Tweenies' Room you must go into the room on collection to get feedback notes from the staff. Please do not stand outside in the corridor as this can make it difficult for other parents and staff that are trying to answer the door.

Dad's Week
We will be sending out the confirmation slips with the days you have been allocated in the next few days, these events take a lot of organising to ensure staff are deployed appropriately to maintain ratios. If you have not yet returned your slip please contact the office today.

Kind Regards

Helen Poyser
Managing Director

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9 February 2018 - 11:07am

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9 February 2018 - 11:02am

We enjoyed role-playing with each other in the sensory room this morning! (Some blurry pictures as some of the children have taken them)

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2 February 2018 - 3:14pm

Tweenies have really enjoyed making moon sand today, they have made some sand castles!

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31 January 2018 - 11:05am

This morning the Babies have been for a walk to the park to collect natural resources for a tactile activity and had a quick play

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26 January 2018 - 10:24am

Yesterday Tweenies got messy as they explored this dinosaur tactile!

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25 January 2018 - 6:55am

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24 January 2018 - 3:14pm

The babies have been over into the sensory garden today where they have continued their play with farm animals in the mud!

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24 January 2018 - 2:44pm

Toddlers have a water play area now within their room to support continuous provision. This is another exciting area for the children to play and explore with water, whilst giving them the opportunity to become 'experts'.

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24 January 2018 - 2:36pm

Toddlers have really enjoyed exploring the shaving foam. To enhance their provision we added different colours and more tools for them to create marks!

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24 January 2018 - 12:14pm

Look at us dancing to Bollywood music!

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24 January 2018 - 12:08pm

Exploring sounds!

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24 January 2018 - 12:03pm

Pre-School have had a great experience today where we have had a Bollywood dance teacher come into the setting!

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23 January 2018 - 11:04am

Nursery Rhyme Day continued!

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23 January 2018 - 10:48am

The children are having lots of fun for our Nursery Rhyme Day! PreSchool have themed their room around 'Incy Wincy Spider', Toddlers have done 'Humpty Dumpty', Tweenies have done 'Miss Polly Has A Dolly', and Baby Unit are 'Old McDonald'!

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23 January 2018 - 6:56am

We will be celebrating Nursery Rhyme Day at Nursery today. We are looking forward to seeing lots of little different costumes, the staff have been busy decorating the rooms and there will be lots of fun activities to take part in throughout the day. 👨‍🌾 🐑 🕷

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19 January 2018 - 4:39pm

Following on from their trip to the park, the toddlers group further enhanced their provision by adding the sticks they collected to a safari tactile.

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19 January 2018 - 3:34pm

Toddlers really enjoyed going on a walk to the woods today and collecting sticks and leaves for our tactile.

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18 January 2018 - 6:57am

Parents/carers if you have received a leaf 🍃 to fill in and place on our tree, please could you fill them in as soon as possibly to help us blossom even further in our setting 🌳 we love to hear what you and your children would like to see more of.

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14 January 2018 - 6:18pm

Parents, we soon have our ‘Nursery Rhyme Day’ event coming up on Tuesday 23rd January. Here is just a few ideas for you to think about when dressing up your child/children!

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9 January 2018 - 3:53pm

Each group has explored lots of fantastic opportunities today outside. Baby unit went over to the green area and collected leaves and twigs to add to their tactile. They then further enhanced their provision by following through with a creative activity. Tweenies got messy as they painted using different tools, whilst other children walked along the stones listening to the sound their feet were making. Toddlers challeged their children to take risks as they balanced along the wooden plank. They created a wet sand tactile, whereby the children generated ideas and made marks. PreSchool encouraged the children to use their imaginations as they built castles, and used the space around them to role play. They also prompted the children to recall by drawing their own ideas. What a lovely day, full of quality activities and plenty of learning opportunities!

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Toddlers Transport Focus August 2017

Dear Parents

The children have engaged a great deal in our last focus ‘under the sea’ and have shown this through the progress they have made in relation to the seven areas of Learning and Development. The group have enjoyed exploring different activities such as; developing friendships and playing cooperatively together whilst interacting in a small group of children, exploring various tactile activities, and exploring the texture of seaweed using tweezers to pick out of a container.

Recently Toddlers have shown a great interest towards playing with and exploring cars with the garages and several times chosen this activity to play with and pulled the box out to indicate they want it. They have also shown an interest in the top garden and the cars; Toddlers love roleplaying looking at the shop visuals against the fence and driving around the road.
Due to them showing an interest in this we have now decided that our next focus is going to be ‘Transport’. The children will be taking part in fun and creative activities each week relating to our focus. We will be creating a display all about transport in the room and we will also be taking some lovely snap shots of your children and placing them on the display with their wonderful artwork.

We have attached a list of activities which link into the seven areas of learning and development of the Early Years Foundation Stage, helping the children achieve specific learning intentions and some ideas for you to support your child at home, to extend their learning. We are always happy to see what you have been doing at home, so please send us your home activities so we can display them in the corridor please!

Book of the Month
The children have loved our previous book of the month which was ‘Don’t call me sweet’. They loved getting involved and hands on in messy, gooey monster tactiles and exploring through sensory play. Our new book of the month is going to be ‘There’s an ouch in my pouch’ which the children love listening to and even joining in with the story.

Family Books
Please can I ask again for all parents to bring in family photos if your child has not yet had a family book created? The children express a great deal of joy when looking through their family books and it supports your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development. If you are unsure as to what photos you need or would like further information, please do not hesitate to approach myself or your child’s Key Person, as we are more than happy to help you with this.

Bedtime Library
Parents can I please remind you about our Bed Time Story Library? Reading to your child is a big part of their progress and development. All books can be accessed outside the office; please remember to get a member of staff within the nursery to sign the book in and out, this is so we can keep track of the books.

Staff Recognition
Please can I remind all parents that we have a staff recognition board displayed in the corridor, which you can all contribute to if you wish? This can be for your child’s Key Person or any member of staff that you feel should be recognised for what they have done or helped you or your child in any way. Please find a slip attached or on the staff recognition board.

Feedback at the end of your child’s session
The nursery closes at 6:00pm, if you would like full feedback on what your child has done during their session at nursery, please arrive for 5:50pm or 5:45pm if you have more than one child in the nursery. Please don’t be offended if you turn up after this time and the staff do not give you full feedback.

Learning Journeys
Please can I remind parents to return their child’s Learning Journey within one week of receiving it, this is so the staff can continue with your child’s learning and development. Please complete the footsteps at the back of your child’s Learning Journey with their interests from home.
Don’t forget you can also highlight the development matters statements in the back of your child’s Learning Journey with an orange highlighter. Please also email the pictures of your child completing the statements for us to display them on our corridor display.

Dates for your Diary

W/C 25th September – Harvest festival!
During this week we will be collecting donations for St Peters Church to take to a food bank. Please refer to the recent letter for more information.

Kind Regards

Demi Hudson
Toddlers Key Person

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

We will be encouraging the children to work together and make tracks outdoors with the wooden blocks and then incorporate this into a ride of their choice e.g. train, bus, car or aeroplane.
HA:
Whilst at home, talk to your child about road safety, what we wear whilst we are in a car (seatbelts, car seats).

Communication and Language:

We will be teaching the children some new transport songs to sing.

HA:
Please find attached the songs we aim to be singing with the children so you can practice at home.

Physical Development:

We will be encouraging the children during outside time to build their own boats out of the big wooden blocks. This will further their imagination skills, allowing them to roleplay with one another whilst being physical.
HA:
You could support your child with this at home by getting them to talk about the different types of water transport we have or even getting them to draw a picture of the different types that they have thought of.

Literacy: We will be making a book of the children’s cars to keep in our book corner. This will engage the children in looking at books as it will be personal to them. Please could you send us your photos so we can put our book together?

HA: You could visit your local library with your child and find some books about transport as well as using our bedtime story library.

Mathematics: We will be having a selection of diggers including big and small ones, and adding them into different sized boxes and helping them to recognise how many cars they can fit into each box whether it be small or large.

HA: You could look outside of your window and count how many cars you may see on your street parked up or how many cars drive by your house if you live near a road!

Understanding the World: We will be taking the children on short trips/ walks through the neighbourhood and talking to the children about the different types of transport we can see on the way, the colour of the vehicles and counting how many they seen on the way.

HA: How about taking a trip on a bus, train, boat or other form of transport, take some photos and send them in to us

Expressive Arts and Design: We will be gathering the chairs in the room and getting the children to form a bus out of them, we will then sing the wheels on the bus and roleplay as conductors with the children. We will also be creating marks with real car tyres on large pieces of paper

HA: At home you could do a painting activity with your child and get them to mark with any toy cars they may have at home.

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