Hello and welcome to our first newsletter of 2021!
Rachel, Founder and CEO | Lynn, Day Care Manager
Well what a start.. we do hope you are all ok and managing both personally and workwise during these challenging times! We are always here with a listening ear if you need us!
Firstly, we wanted to say a huge thank you to Christine, one of our parents and owner of Star Glazers in Falmouth for supplying and then glazing the lovely Christmas baubles the children created for their families. Christine gifts these to us every year, which is incredibly kind and generous. Thank you again Christine!
Please could we remind parents of our pre-school children then the deadline for school admissions is the 15th January 2021!
Snow days – if we are to get a dusting of snow, we will send out any notifications via FAMLY and also Facebook if our service is going to be interrupted by the same. We have experienced heavy snowfall days in the past and can reassure you that this has brought much excitement and fun for the children and no stress whatsoever. If you need to come and pick up your child earlier, please do so. If the weather prevents us from opening, we do not charge for such periods of closure and any refunds will be made on the following month’s invoice.
We are always here to support you if you need anything!
We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas. It is lovely to see the children again and we’re delighted at how well they have all settled in again now that they’re back at nursery. We’d like to fill you in about what they have all been up to since our last newsletter.
We busied ourselves with lots of holiday cheer throughout December and most of our planned activities were centred around a Christmas theme which made the Under Two’s Rooms a lovely place to be. The children spent time making their own decorations and putting them on their very own real Christmas tree in the room. They chatted about the decorations and the tree with some telling us it was ‘green and spiky’ and some humming Christmas songs whilst they were busy decorating.
We all joined in with a daily music session of singing Christmas songs and playing musical instruments, sitting together as a group on the carpet. The children explored a box of Christmas items which they could sit down and open and chat about, a bit like a treasure box!
They created a few Christmas crafts which they took home in their folders, lots of gluing, sticking and painting has been enjoyed by all. We noticed their desire to stick their hands straight into the paint and enjoy the sensory experience and so we then led onto providing this activity for them too.
They were particularly fascinated with posting items into boxes wrapped like Christmas presents, playing peekaboo and getting stuck into role play with our new wooden role play kitchen. We have really noticed quite a few have made a leap in vocalising sounds, mimicking words and even some using a fair bit of recognisable speech. They are all enjoying story time as a group and individually.
As always please get in touch if there’s anything you need to know or anything you need to tell us. We look forward to continuing to see you at drop off time and collection for feedback.
Belinda, Abi and the team!
Kelly, Room Leader
Last month we had a lot of fun celebrating Christmas! On the first week of December, we made special Christmas cards for the special people in our lives. We also created a special keepsake bauble using the children’s handprints which was then fired and glazed at our local Star Glazers, kindly supported by one of our parent’s Christine, they looked amazing!
We started singing Christmas songs and reading Christmas stories early in the month to get us all in the festive spirit!
On the second week, we made our Christmas calendars using our handprints and footprints, the children just loved this activity! We made a sensory treasure tray using tinsel, baubles, fir cones, bows, and bells which the children explored with interest and finally, decorated our live Christmas Tree with our homemade decorations!
In the garden we enjoyed playing hide and seek with the gingerbread men, the children would close their eyes and count to 10 which was a very popular game to play!
On the third week we celebrated the Jewish festival of Hanukkah where we tasted traditional Jewish foods such as doughnuts and pancakes. We made candles using kitchen rolls and coloured paper to stick and decorate with. We also explored snow, using fake snow in our small world play with animals and transport. We even made a snow cave which the children enjoyed hiding in!
During our final few days of the year we enjoyed painting and sticking, played games in the soft play room and garden, decorated biscuits (and ate them) with a hot chocolate for a treat!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Please do keep in touch through FAMLY and share any exciting things you do with your children in the coming weeks and months!
Kelly and team!
Emma, Room Leader
Welcome back to explorers, we hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New year, we are looking forward to seeing you all and hearing all about your Christmas break.
Explorers have had a very busy month in December doing lots of festive activities from making cards, calendars and Christmas decorations for your homes. As well as making Christmas tree decorations, taking part in the princess pavilion Christmas tree Festival.
We looked at Christmas around the world and how they celebrate with their families, and then spoke about how they are going to celebrate, and what they would like for Christmas.
The children were very excited showing of their Christmas tops and outfits throughout December especially on Christmas jumper day. The children made several designs on how they would like their Christmas jumpers to look using a variety of media.
All the children had a lovely time practising and then performing their nativity play for you. Although a little different this year I hope you enjoyed it. The children worked hard practising their singing and actions and taking on their role for the nativity play with their friends
As the weather is still very cold and wet, could you please bring in a coat and wellies for your child, as we spend quite a lot of time outside – in all weather conditions.
Many thanks, Emma and team!
Sasha, Deputy Manager | Charlene, Early Years Practitioner
Welcome back to the start of the spring term, we hope you have had a great Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year. We would also like to say a big welcome to all of the children that have transitioned through to the Pre-School Room from Explorers.
December was a very busy month for the pre-school children; they enjoyed designing their own unique Christmas cards and experimented with a range of media and materials to create a range of Christmas crafts, from practicing their cutting and sticking skills to create festive characters to designing their own Christmas tree decorations.
We were very proud of the children for all the hard work they put into practicing their singing and parts for the Christmas performance. They all performed brilliantly and it was a joy to listen to their singing and watch them take pride in wearing their outfits. We hope you enjoyed watching the performance on Famly as much as we did.
The children’s decorations for Falmouth’s Virtual Christmas Tree Festival also looked beautiful hanging on our pre-school tree. We hope you managed to have a look at the link to the Virtual Christmas Tree Festival that we shared on our Facebook page.
The children enjoyed our Christmas celebration, eating a delicious Christmas dinner and doing some dancing and games, we had lots of fun and excitement for the festive period!
As we begin the spring term we are looking at the ‘superpowers’ needed to become successful learners. This will focus on the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring (engagement), active learning (motivation) and creating and thinking critically (thinking). The first two superheroes we will focus on is ‘Miss Super Chooser’ and ‘Super Explorer Man’, the children will use the skills needed to make choices around their learning, testing their thoughts and ideas. They will also explore and experiment with the environment and resources around them, we will be setting our little superheroes challenges to work together and complete each day!