Welcome to our September Newsletter, we hope you had a lovely Summer!
Rachel, Founder and CEO | Lynn, Day Care Manager
So, this month sees a few changes to our team.
As you are aware, Sasha has been given the opportunity to commence her Doctorate in Education whilst continuing to Lecture at Truro College. We will however still have Sasha around as we will be part of her research. Sasha has brought great value to Fit N Fun Kids and will be missed but our door will always remain open for her to return in the future if she so wishes. We are however, extremely lucky to have Karen Holbrook who worked closely with Sasha to step in to her shoes and continue with the great work already in place. Karen will be our new Curriculum Lead.
Abi is also leaving us this month to commence her new career as an Estate/Letting Agent locally.
We have some new members joining us and will introduce you to them as they arrive.
This term sees the implementation of the new Early Years Foundation Stage, EYFS. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to speak with Lynn or Karen.
Dates for your diary:
We will be holding Parent Evenings after half term and will send out invites in due course.
The Under Twos were very busy in August with new topics and play opportunities. We moved on from our ‘Healthy Eating’ topic onto ‘Healthy Teeth’ and had lots of fun brushing laminated teeth pictures with shaving foam and toothbrushes. The children loved the sensory experience of getting stuck into the shaving foam in the tuff spot.
After the lovely hot weather, we brought a seaside topic into the baby room. We have had an ice cream stall, a sand tray for buckets and spades, an underwater scene in our role play area and a tuff spot full of sea creatures. We have been very busy doing big group water paintings and finding numbered fish in our play areas. The children have loved playing in the water trays of boats and water toys, and we have taken the shaving foam out into the garden to use in the outdoor tuff spot as it has been so popular. As always, we have enjoyed seaside themed books and songs and we have pretended to splash and dive into the ball pool which has brought much laughter and silliness.
Thank you for the family photos which have been sent in, the family books are coming on nicely.
Belinda, Abi and the team
Kelly, Room Leader
At the beginning of August we enjoyed another week of Olympic fun to follow alongside the Olympics taking place in Tokyo where we completed a new obstacle course, wake and shake and music and movement to action songs. We provided activities for the children such as painting with rollers, free painting and sticking. We also provided waterplay and sand play and made lots of sandcastles using our Olympic flags.
For the following week we followed an interest of one of children and had a pirate themed week where we collaged crocodiles, made pirate hats, made a roleplay pirate ship in the garden, we learnt some pirate lingo when using our pirate hats and bandanas! We went on a treasure hunt in the garden to look for the chest of golden coins. The children made their own maps where X marked the spot. The children made parrots and talked a bit of parrot lingo too! We also learnt some new pirate songs to sing to. We made a treasure island on the tuff spot to explore using sand, water, palm trees and of course buried treasure.
For the third week we had a fun musical week where we used masks and props to sing our favourite songs and nursery rhymes, the children thoroughly enjoyed this week of musical fun. The children explored the instruments to play, ‘shake’ and ‘bang’ along with our singing. The children made their own tambourines using paper plates and pasta and used them in our singing sessions. The children had access to doing frog sticking, star printing and duck sticking. The children also explored ducks and frogs in waterplay as well as sand and shaving foam.
For the final week we decided to have a week of our favourite stories as the children really enjoy books in our room. We concentrated on the stories “The tiger who came to tea”, “The Gruffalo” and “Going on a Bear Hunt”. We roleplayed the Bear Hunt story in the softplay room and listened to the story. We used props with the other stories which was fun. We provided Gruffalos to decorate with paint and also provided and lots of paint and sticking materials to explore with in craft time.
So, as you can see we have had another busy month in Littles. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Kelly, Anj, Maria, Danni and Courtney
Pre-School and Explorers
Sasha, Deputy Manager | Charlene, Early Years Practitioner
The children have been spent a lot of time outside observing and watering our vegetable garden, watching the produce grow and change colour, whilst enjoying picking and tasting our final products. This has provided our children with a good understanding of where our food comes from.
During August we focused on a circus theme following one of our pre-schooler children came in telling us all about their trip to the circus with their family. This led on to the children creating their own props, practising their cutting skills, experiencing fine motor and eye co-ordination as they created the props they needed. The children then used these props to practise and preform their circus skills in front of their friends, growing in confidence every time, as well as experiencing roleplay in our ticket office, buying and selling tickets.
We challenged the children to create their own obstacle course where they had to travel in a variety of ways and making large movements creating circles etc using ribbons.
Alongside this the children have been discussing their holidays and adventures, which led us onto our holiday/adventure theme. Here the children discussed and created/planned their own holidays. Making considerations about what they would need to take, and which transport they would need. We made our very own passports, practised writing our names, and using these in our roleplay area when booking our holidays at the Travel Agents.
When talking about the children’s next adventures, some of which were going to school and others looking forward to the summer holidays, the children decided to plan a party, talking about what they wanted and listening to each other’s ideas. The children then enjoyed making costumes, dancing with bubbles, a musical parade in the garden, as well as enjoying the traditional games musical statues and bumps. We are going to miss all the children and would like to wish them the very best of luck in starting school.