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Autumn Term 2020
It's Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas
We have got all 'Christmassy' at nursery. The children helped to decorate our tree, particularly loving the tinsel! They were very excited and exuberantly added lots of decorations. It looks fabulous. I am sure they would love to help at home too.
They made lots of decorations for nursey too. Beautiful silver and gold pasta wreaths; funny Santa face masks; an enormous Father Christmas for our wall, complete with is sack; a paper chain Christmas tree; some super Santa stockings and lots of beautifully coloured in Christmas pictures.
They have glued, coloured, painted, drawn around friends, cut and liberally sprinkled glitter to make nursery look absolutely wonderful. Thank you children.
Chatting away at lunch one of the children suddenly noticed an elf hanging from our Christmas tree display! This lead to a conversation about elves and their different names. The children suggested a few names for our elf too - Chippy, Eddie, Sparkle, Elfie and Rosie Elf.
Making A Surprise Gift
The children made a present for their mummy or daddy - a lovely hand crafted bracelet. First they had to paint pasta tubes. We decided to do this in a novel way! After selecting 6 of their favourite colours, the children squeezed a dollop of each into 6 different jars. They then added a handful of pasta screwed the lid on tightly and shook the jar vigorously. When they tipped the pasta out again it was covered in paint. They all took turns adding pasta and shaking the jars. Once dry the children chose their favourite colours from the selection of pasta and beads. They counted out 6 pasta tubes and a few beads. Then they threaded them on to a piece of elastic, creating their own design. Finally they carefully wrapped their gift in Christmas paper ready to place under their tree.
We are very excited to have an advent calendar to open each day at nursery. Thank you so much to one of our families who kindly gave us this beautiful gift. We chatted to the children about advent, and many were keen to tell us about their calendars at home. Someone has a Harry Potter calendar, and another child a Paw Patrol calendar. Lots of the calendars seem to have chocolate inside. We then opened box number one on our calendar. We tried to guess what might be inside. The children thought it would be chocolate. We were delighted to find some lovely rabbit socks. Thank you so much! The children knew that box number two would be opened next. We are very excited about our calendar - children and staff.
The children made their own Christingles to take home to share with their family. They were shown a story cube about Christingles, describing what each item represents. The orange is the world, the red ribbon is for love, the sticks with raisins and apricots are gifts and the candle for light. We explained the meaning and then invited the children to make one.
Looking After Ourselves
This week we have been thinking about how we take care of ourselves. It was a cold day so we talked about what we might need to wear and why. Ideas included coats, gloves, hats, scarves and a vest. The children knew they needed all these clothes to keep themselves warm. The children helped to dress some dolls in warm clothes and tucked them in with a cosy blanket. Next we thought about sleep and why we needed to sleep.... 'because we are tired'.
We then thought about why we eat different foods 'to keep us healthy ' and 'to make our bones strong' were some of the suggestions. The children chose fruit they enjoyed from a plate. 'I like apples '
Hopscotch is a great game to play, not only does it teach you to hop and throw it is also great for number recognition. All you need is chalk and a pebble, why not give it a go.
Children Starting School In September
If your child will be starting school in September you can apply online from November 2nd. Visit buckinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions to apply. Helpful information about starting school for the first time will be available from the end of October on the same website. The application deadline is midnight on 15th January 2021. Please do not miss the deadline.
Drop Off And Pick Up Procedure
Our drop off and pick up routine has changed in line with Covid 19 advice. Parents/carers will be asked upon arrival if their child has any Covid 19 symptoms and a note will be made of their response in the register. Children will be welcomed to nursery at the gate where there will be a handwashing station. Children need to wash their hands for 20 seconds before entering the Nursery. Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the Nursery. Parents are asked to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule at drop off and pick up. Children will again be asked to wash their hands when leaving the nursery. Thank you for your cooperation. Please click on the following link and refer to the flow chart for more information on what to do should you or anyone in your household have symptoms.
COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents and carers (Setting version).pdf
As, unfortunately, parents and carer can not enter the nursery at the moment the following is a picture of our noticeboards with information and contact numbers.
Please follow government guidance and stay home if anyone in your household, develops a temperature or cough, isolating for 14 days. Symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
Please follow social distancing advice and keep your distance to protect all those who are most vulnerable.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
For further information please click on the following link:
Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:
Tiny Happy People
The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop you child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.
Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need. Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding.