What we have been up to …

October 9, 2015

This week really has sped past, it’s been a fun and busy week at nursery.

Here’s a little about what we have been up to:

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Hannah at Boogie beats who came and did some singing and dancing with us all. She was joined by Giggles the monkey who the children loved. Hannah was great at getting the children involved and it was lovely seeing some of our quieter children join in and have a dance and sing along. We’re hoping to have Hannah back again at nursery, if you would like some more information on Boogie beast then let me know as I have some leaflets.

Thank you to all the parents that have brought in photos for Family books, this is a project that is going to take quite some time as we are focusing one to one with the children and encouraging lots of discussion about their photos and special people. The children are really enjoying looking at their photos and telling their friends all about them.

This week we have also been doing lots of different mark making using a range of paints, crayons, whiteboard markers and our new super funky felt tip pens (ask your child about them!). We have looking at the older children’s pencil grips and supporting them to use a steady and effective grip. Fine motor skills are really important to your childs development and can be encouraged and developed in a variety of ways. From offering a variety of mark making tools, to encouraging fastening of buttons and zips, to threading activities and using a knife and fork.

Some of the children went off to do Forest School this week, where they discussed safety points and were then encouraged to go off and explore by themselves, working their way through their own problems and managing their own risks. Alice Holt offer a Early Years Forest School session on a Monday, I don’t know too much about it but there is more information on this link  http://www.wild-learning.net/index.php/early-years-forest-school/

You may have noticed we have had lots of fun in the mud and puddles this week. The rain has provided the perfect opportunity for plenty of puddle splashing that the children have eagerly engaged in (and so have I!) Some children have all in one waterproof suits, these are fantastic and would be a great idea for all children to have. So if you have one or are thinking of getting one then please bring it in so your child can enjoy the rain without getting too wet. 

Some important dates:

Tuesday 20th October– Donna the photographer will be in to take photos of your child which you have the opportunity to purchase. If you would prefer your child not to be photographed then please let me know. If your child doesn’t attend on a Tuesday then you are more than welcome to come along with them from 8-10 am to have their photo taken.

Thursday 22nd October– Halloween Party 2.30-4.30 (children only). Fancy dress. If your child doesn’t attend on a Thursday then we would still love them to join us, can you please let me know if they will be coming in so I can ensure we have enough staff.

W/C 26th October – Half term, Children on a 42 week contract will not be attending nursery for the week

Wednesday 4th October – Hotdogs and glow sticks night 4.30-5.30 (Parents invited). I am hoping to have some sparklers on the night but these will only be for children whose parents are in attendance and have gloves. 

I am also looking in to doing a trip to Aldershot Army Museum with the 3 and 4 years old children. We would get the bus there and back. For this trip there would be a small charge to parents and we could do with a couple of parent helpers, so if you’re interested please let me know.  If this trip is successful I will look in to doing a trip including the younger children at a later date. 

Thanks for reading and we hope you all have a lovely weekend.