• Over this past month we have celebrated so many birthdays: Jasmine, Amiyah, Lila and Funmi.

    New Joiners

    We are pleased to welcome Hiba and Eric.

    This Month

    This month’s themes had to be one of my favourites. Bonfire, Movies and Thanksgiving gave us plenty of fun activities. The children made their own movies, and we transformed the Woodlands Room into a cinema as we ate popcorn, hot dogs and watched Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    Thanksgiving was a great opportunity for us to reinforce our values of being kind, respectful and kind to everyone.

    With Christmas approaching, the children have been learning about different climates and the North Pole. Paulina found a fab recipe to make snow and the children were amazed. At the children’s request, we also made the castle from the movie ‘Frozen’.

     

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    As we are approaching the end of the term we have been reviewing the children’s progress and learning – we could not be more proud. Learning journeys will be available for you to take home in the week commencing 12 December and will need to be returned by 5 January at the latest.

    School Bus Fund

    I am delighted to announce that we raised 40 pounds from the nearly new sale. We still have some bedding left so please let me know if you would like to purchase.

    Secret Santa
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    This year the children all participated in Secret Santa. A separate email has been sent to you. Please do let us know if you do not receive it.

     

    Christmas is only X number of sleeps away

    Can’t believe we are heading towards the end of the year. That means we get to celebrate my favourite festivity – Christmas!

    Date for the christmas play is Friday 9 December at 10am.  If your child does not ordinarily attend on that day then we will assume that you will be bringing them in on the 9 December for the play, unless you say otherwise.

    Important Dates

    9 December 2016 at 10am – Christmas Play

    16 December 2016 – End of term for funded children only (Please note that all term dates can be viewed on Parentzone)

    23 December at 2pm – Nursery will close for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

  • Sorry… Halloween is cancelled this year!

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    I am a Christian and the reality is that it permeates everything that I do. It dictates my morals, principles, behaviours, and more relevant to you is that it underpins the ethos of my setting. My Christianity has always taught me to respect other religions, cultures and beliefs and therefore, I am happy to expose the children in my setting to different celebrations as we make diva lamps and rangoli patterns at Diwali or learn about Hannukah and Eid. We have Thanksgiving dinner as we learn about this US tradition and we parade down the street at Carnival time. But, I draw the line at Halloween.

    Whilst some argue that Halloween is rooted in Christianity and is a time dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, matyrs and the faithfully departed, all that many children are exposed to is witches, zombies, spiders and scary pumpkins. Why?????? This year I said NO. Everything I introduce into the setting has always been with the children’s best interests, development and learning at the centre. I could find no logical reason to expose my children to this tradition.

    Having said that, this did not stop me from taking full advantage of the discounted Halloween themed resources in the shops. Some of the many things I purchased included: Black pipe cleaners, discounted pumpkins and child friendly face paints. The learning was immense as our home made incy wincy spiders reinforced language, numbers, colors, and creative thinking. Whilst our Preschoolers utilised the phonics opportunity to sing Sara with a Spider “S”, “S”, “S” (you probably need to have heard the tune to get it )

     

    The homemade lanterns gave the children a useful opportunity to discuss light and dark, to make predictions and to test the accuracy of their predictions. Even carving the pumpkin to make a Smiley Pumpkin mascot gave us a great ingredient for some pumpkin pies!

    Never one to shy away from an opportunity to get dressed up, we had Dress Up Day for the kids on 27 October 2016. It was lovely to see an array of characters: Dinocaurs, Buzz lightyear, Doc Mc Stuffins and even a friendly witch. I also dropped off some Fruit Bowl treats at our neighbour houses (who happened to be past Discovery children) and enlisted them in our door to door “Treating”. We played games and got our face painted. It was a truly special day.

    Days later, I received a message which applauded my decision to cancel Halloween and agreed that “ it is so important to be mindful of what we put in our children’s psche”. I could not have said it better myself. If you know me, you know that I love having fun – but not at the expense of our children. October for us is action packed but not influenced by Halloween.

     

  • Newsblog

    October has been a month of celebrations and awareness. We managed to fit in a little bit of black history (as part of Black history month), Diwali and we had our own Dress up day on top of all the other fabulous activities

    New Joiners

    We are pleased to welcome Adam (Olivia’s brother) who has joined us this month.

    School Bus Fund

    I am delighted to announce that we raised 123 pounds from the coffee and cake sale. We will be doing various fundraising activities throughout the year as my aim is to have a school bus in 2017.

    Our next fundraising activity will be a Nearly New sale on Monday 21 November. If you are looking for another Discovery sweatshirt, polo shirt, or just want some additional bedding, please visit our sale on Monday 21 November where we will have nearly new items (and some brand new) on sale for as little as 2 pounds.

    Lost and Found

    img_0932Please can I remind you to label clearly items of clothing sent in to the nursery. Our lost and found box is also available in the entrance area for you to have a browse. Latest lost items are in the image below.

     

    Clothing

    On the topic of clothing, the weather forecasts a cold November. As you know, we place great importance on the children being able to access the outside play area but want to ensure that they are comfortable. You may want to provide a hat, scarf and gloves over the forthcoming weeks.

     Staff Training day

    img_8636 img_8637Last Friday, we had our Staff Training Day and I am pleased to say that all Discovery practitioners are now first aid trained. Regulations require that we have one first aid person on site but we think that it is important that everyone knows how to respond in an emergency.

    Lets Talk 30 hours

    Many of you will have heard of the Governments initiative to provide 30 hours FREE childcare to eligible parents. Want to know more? Join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 10 November. Please RSVP as we have limited spaces.

    Some of the things we have been getting up to…

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    Christmas is only X number of sleeps away

    Can’t believe we are heading towards the end of the year. That means we get to celebrate my favourite festivity – Christmas!

    Date for the christmas play will be Friday 9 December. The time has provisionally been booked for 10am to enable the children to have a christmas lunch afterwards. If your child does not ordinarily attend on that day then we will assume that you will be bringing them in on the 9 December for the play, unless you say otherwise.

    Important Dates

    Lets Talk… Thursday 10 November at 6.30pm

    Christmas Play – Friday 9 December (time to be confirmed)