We hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter and Bank Holiday weekend – lots of sunshine finally!
Throughout May and June we have a whole host of exciting and fun activities planned for your children, our current topic is ‘Funfairs and Carnivals’, we will be doing some face painting, making carnival masks and learning all about colours and also playing some funfair games such as balancing bean bags, hook the duck/fish and many more which all help to develop your child’s turn taking skills and sharing
We will be looking at the changes in our environment and the weather when moving into summer! We will be exploring our outside environment- Spending time at the allotment (we will be planning daytrips in which a packed lunch with no warming up requirements will need to be provided but you will be given details for this) and going on walks to collect leaves and twigs to create a ‘Nature Table’. The children have really enjoyed our new mud kitchen in the garden in which they have all enjoyed some imaginative play in pretending to make mud pies, this links well to their development in Expressive Arts and Design. Please can a spare set of clothes be provided for messy play.
Pre-school have been enjoying helping to do some planting in the garden and learning about how they grow and what they need, they have been planting some parsley, basil and radish.
As a common theme throughout our activities this term will be focusing on EXPLORING and also the prime area of Communication and Language – Sharing our news and listening to others at group time and also showing their photos of their pets at home- so thank you for your involvement in the creation of these.
Our babies and younger children will be joining in with our sensory fun (outdoors and inside) using sounds, music and touch as a way of supporting their Physical Development (e.g. Shaving Foam, Gloop, Water, sand and cotton wool) and also using our sensory room with a range of ‘Feely Books’ and a very Natural ‘Feely Box’ to explore.
We have also been focusing on promoting our independence in our Physical Development: dressing ourselves, providing activities such as zip puppets and threading activities and a range of role play dressing up and also learning to able to put our own shoes by ourselves. Velcro shoes are great in providing children with independence as very young children are able to master this skill.
If you would like to have a look at any of our planning or talk through activities in more detail, our friendly staff will be happy to share.
If your child is starting school in September then Pre-school will now be focusing on preparing them for the transition, encouraging independence, writing their own name and counting to 10 and beyond.
If you have any concerns/questions regarding your child’s transition into school then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s keyworker or Leona where they would be happy to support you
Fun to do together: Summer walks are great at this time of year! Exploring our beaches, parks and local tarka trail is great for both of you! Collecting pebbles, leaves and twigs (which you’re welcome to bring into Nursery ) Involving your child in some gardening….digging the soil, planting and watering them, supports your child in the independence to look after something they have helped to plant! Even young babies can gain new experiences with some outside play, perhaps creating a ‘feely collage’! Happy Gardening!
• We will be planning trips to our allotment and using the outdoor resources in all weathers so please help us by providing your child with a waterproof coat every day and suitable footwear i.e. wellies (we do have spare if need be) , thank you.
• Please can you ensure that any medicine that may be in your child’s bag is given to a member of staff or removed if it is not needed in nursery as the pegs are low down in which the children may be able to access.
• It would be very much appreciated if you could return any clothes that your child may have borrowed.
• To help to promote your child’s independence please can they wear shoes which they can try to do up themselves.
As we are approaching the summer term and some warmer weather please can you provide your child with some sun cream to be kept at Nursery, also a sun hat and named water bottles. We have a water cooler at the nursery which children can access independently, and we also have regular ‘water breaks’ as reminders as hydration is so vital to brain development and physical development in general. Little Fishes water bottles and bags are available to order so please let us know if you would be interested in purchasing one, or both, of these.
Dates for your diary-
Group Photos by Stefanie Wallace- Thursday 14th June 2018- 11:00
This is a great opportunity for your child to have their photo taken with their friends at Little Fishes especially if they will be leaving to start school in September! If this isn’t your child’s regular session then please bring them in at 10:45 for an 11:00 start.
We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018
Starts: Monday 16th April 2018
(For Term-Time only funded children Half Term is Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018)
Ends: Friday 20th July 2018