• This Week

     

     

    We all really enjoyed this week’s activities as the focus was all about turn taking, teamwork and our community.

     

     

    12565446_10153712040125660_7536980436929616829_n 12661761_10153712040195660_5541369604757609303_nLilly and Larry paid the children a visit on Friday afternoon and the children had certainly missed them. Grace, the story teller, really knows how to bring stories to life!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EXPLORERS

    explorers blog 28 jan (2)Our preschool group did a fabulous job this week and made great efforts to remember to work as a team. They worked together in a memory game, made their own room painting and played a fun game of musical chairs with a twist!

     

    WOODLANDS

    diggers blog 28 JanThe Woodlands group worked incredibly well together this week, and really enjoyed learning about our community. They paired up to complete puzzles and it was lovely to see them working together, and the pride when they had completed.

    The number focus for Woodlands is numbers ‘3’ & ‘4’ and they loved recognising the numbers on balloons and then having the chance to pop the balloon.

     

    DIGGERS

    woodlands blog 28 janThe highlight of Diggers week has to be the community walk! The children loved meeting members of the community who all commented on how delightful our children are.

    NEW JOINERS AND LEAVERS

    We are pleased to welcome Tayshaun to Diggers. We are pleased to welcome Nelema to the Discovery team. Nelema is an an undergraduate currently studying for a BA degree in Early Childhood Studies. Nelema will be with us every Monday and Wednesday until she completes her studies.

    We are sad to say goodbye to LeeAnne who will be ending her apprenticeship with us next week. LeeAnne has been a valued member of the team and we wish her well for the future.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTICES

    29 Feb – 4 March is National Book Week and we would like to invite a parent to come in each day (at 11.30) and read your child’s favourite story to their group. A love of books is such an important thing to promote and it will be lovely to get you involved (and I know the children will love it!). We would like to have one parent each day throughout that week so please do let us know if you have the time to spare.

    4 March is World Book Day and the children are able to come into nursery dressed as a character from their favourite book. As with last year, please do not feel like you have to go and buy something as there are so many creative ways to dress them up without spending a penny.

    We love books at Discovery so we had to get the staff involved in all the fun. We have decided to run a little competition. Each staff member was given a book, a jute bag and a couple of pounds and tasked with creating a spectacular story sack. The best story sack will win 50 pounds to spend on resources in their room. And, the parents will be the judges. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page, as that will be the easiest way to poll the scores. Voting will be on 4 March.

    Upcoming
    8 February – Chinese New Year parade
    16 February – It’s our 1st birthday!!! Please do join us for birthday cake on collection.
    15 – 19 February – Half Term (children accessing funded hours only)
    22 February – Staff Training Day (Nursery will be closed)
    26 February – Lilly and Larry are back!

  • This Week

     

    The weeks are flying by and it so good to see the children throwing themselves into all the activities.

    Gymnastics and Spanish

    Gymnasticsgym span blog 22 jan and Spanish continue to be a big hit with the children, and Baby Yoga is very popular. Participation in activities is completely up to the children so it is so lovely to see them eagerly joining in.

     

     

     

     

     

    Early Maths

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    Over the weekend, the discovery Team participated in an Early Maths interactive workshop. It was great to gain so many new ideas, particularly for our new mud kitchen.

    We are going to need a lot of kitchen utensils so if you have some spare kitchen equipment around the house please do bring them in for us to use.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Let’s Talk… Big School

    Many thanks to all the parents that joined the Let’s Talk session. It was a very good turnout and was an informative session for us all.

     New Joiners

    A big welcome to Amiyah Rae who has joined Diggers.

     

    EXPLORERS

    The fun continued with our Explorers group as Yasmine planned fun activities to help the children with phonics and early maths. The book of the week was Winnie in Winter and Explorers made a potion of items that sink or float. This week, we also focused on emotions and it was interesting to see the children's recognition of different emotions and how they convey them.
    The fun continued with our Explorers group as Yasmine planned fun activities to help the children with phonics and early maths. The book of the week was Winnie in Winter and Explorers made a potion of items that sink or float. This week, we also focused our emotions and it was interesting to see the children’s recognition of different emotions and how they convey them.

     

    We celebrated Sara's 4th birthday and it was lovely to see the children having so much fun.
    We celebrated Sara’s 4th birthday and it was lovely to see the children having so much fun.

     

    WOODLANDS

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    This week Woodlands activities were all about the book Winnie in Winter. As part of the book, Winnie explores different seasons and the children had fun recreating the book through their activities.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DIGGERS

    diggers blog 22 Jan
    Shapes was the focus for our Diggers as they explored shapes through different materials. The children got creative making snowmen, and recreated Winnie from the book, Winnie in Winter.

     

     

  • This Week

    The weather is getting colder and I am sure the children were very excited to see the snow over the weekend. Please can I kindly ask you to remember to bring your children’s winter wear. Scarf, hat and gloves are essential, and I would recommend that you layer the children’s clothing to ensure that they are able to retain heat. Please do label your items of clothing to help us to identify clothing. We also have a lost and found box in the entrance way which has been filling up over the past weeks :-)

    Last weekwow, we had our first WOW! of the year. Well done Mia who has been doing a fabulous job with her toilet training.

    Please do continue to share your WOW! moments with us.

     

     

     

    EXPLORERS

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    Our Preschool group had fun learning about winter animals, what we wear in winter and different habitats. They made igloos out of marshmallows, snowy owls out of pinecones and cotton wool, and experienced different weather such as wind, snow and rain.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    treat jar
    Our new Preschool teacher Yasmine has introduced a Treat Jar. The preschool group have to display good values such as team work and good listening to earn themselves a jar. They did a great job last week and managed to fill the jar earning themselves a treat of hot chocolate.

    WOODLANDS

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    Woodlands produced some amazing winter crafts this week. Some of which are displayed in the entrance area. There was also a strong focus on shapes, colours and mark making. They enjoyed the book “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and had a lot of fun role playing a picnic of their own.

     

    DIGGERS

    Diggers introduced another new joiner last week, and it was amazing to see the children include him in their activities.

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    Activities this week included a winter walk, with a focus on the different colours we see in Winter. The children were introduced to the preposition of ‘above’.

     

     

     

     

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    Gymnastics was a big hit this week with even our new joiners participating well.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Important Information

    Let’s Talk…. Big School – Friday 22 January from 6.30pm (Adult only event)

    Please let me know if you will be attending the Let’s Talk…. Big School so that we have an idea of numbers.

    Family Pictures

    Please can I ask you to bring in some family pictures that we can keep at nursery.

     

     

  • This Week

    After a long break, we were certainly glad to see the children back. It was a mixture of smiles, and the inevitable tears as they got back to the nursery routine. By the end of the week, it was as if we had never had the break away.

    One of my New Years resolutions is to try and keep the parents updated on a regular basis about what the children have been doing during the week. Our topic of the day can be accessed on Parentzone, and the Facebook page is regularly updated, but I realise that parents can never have too much information. So, I am going to try and pick up the pace with the newsblogs :-)

    EXPLORERS

    Explorers worked innews blog 4 Januarycredibly hard this week. as they got to grips with early maths and writing. The highlight of the week had to be our Resolution Tree. The children  started off the week by thinking about their New Year resolutions and what they thought they could do better. It was amazing to hear their resolutions which they then hung on the Resolution Tree (which will be displayed in the entrance area). The activity was great evidence of literacy (each child attempted to write their own name), fine motor skills (as they had to thread elastic through a tag), communication and personal, social and emotional development.

     

     

     

    newsblog 4 jan (2)Our story of the week was ‘Goldilocks and the 3 bears’.

    The Explorers had fun by making porridge play dough,  using ‘porridge’ to make yummy flapjacks, and playing ‘who did it?’

     

    WOODLANDS

    newsblog 4 Jan (3)Woodlands children focused on fine motor skills. We also used a range of textiles to encourage letter formation. Gymnastics was popular as ever, and the children made some yummy pizza bagel’s for afternoon tea. The highlight has to be the beautiful ”Achievement photo frames’ (which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of!)

     

     

     

     

    DIGGERS

    newsblog 4 jan (4)Diggers happily welcomed a new addition to the group. It was a very busy week full of creativity for Diggers. From making a New Year hat to cooking ‘porridge’ for the bears in our new mud kitchen – it was a lot of fun.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Important information

    Staff Training Dates

    Our new look calendar has been updated with our staff training dates. The next staff training day is Friday 22 February.

    Uniform shop

    We have been advised that the manufacturing company is out of action as a result of a fire. As such, uniforms will not be available until the middle of January.

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to you all and we hope that you have enjoyed the holidays. A big thank for all your lovely cards and presents which are truly appreciated by us all. 2016 promises to be a productive and fun filled year for us all and we are very excited about our plans with the children.

    New Joiners

    We are pleased to welcome Jayda and Kaine. We are also pleased to welcome a new member of staff Yasmine. Yasmine is a university graduate who has been working as a teaching assistant for the past 4 years. She is incredibly enthusiastic and will be a great addition to the team.

    Leavers

    Our Woodlands teacher Dora has decided to further her studies but will continue to join us as bank staff.

    Let’s talk……. Big School (Friday 22nd January)

    This session is aimed at parents of preschool children. We will talk about the best ways to get your child ready fro school. Including our phonics programme and how you can help your child in preparation for reading and early mathematics.

    Health and Safety

    We have had a few occasions over the past few months where children have come into the nursery a little unwell. It is not always obvious when a child is unwell. We understand that it can be very frustrating to drop your child off at nursery only to receive a call within the hour asking you to collect your child. We have therefore introduced temperature taking on entry as of 4 January 2016. Upon welcoming your child to the nursery, a staff member will use our contactless forehead thermometer to do a quick reading.

    We will also be reinforcing good hygiene practices with the children through a variety of activities, and would ask that you reinforce this at home. We have introduced alcohol free (child-friendly) hand santiser and will be encouraging the children to routinely wash and sanitise their hands.

    Daily Diaries

    Please can I remind parents to ensure that they have their child’s red diary with them each day. The key workers regularly include notices for parents, and we will also be including copies of accident/incident forms.

     

    Staff Training dates for 2016 will be published this week.