New beginnings

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As first weeks of term go this has certainly been one of the best we can remember.  We have been very impressed with how well the new children have settled into the nursery and how parents have helped us by making quick drop offs.  For our younger children the focus of the first few weeks is to help them feel safe and secure in the nursery environment for them to develop the confidence to explore the different activities and learning opportunities on offer.  Parents play a huge part in the settling in process and we are grateful for the support you have given us by coming in quickly and confidently.  We are also very pleased with how much parents have been using the Famly app to communicate with the teachers as this strong working relationship is key for the children’s success.  As well as Famly we will use this blog as a way to keep you informed of what has been happening in the past week. We also regularly post updates on our Facebook page so please like us by clicking here if you have not done so already.

Our preschool children were excited to return and be reunited with their friends after the Summer break.  It is lovely to see how much they have grown and matured over the 7 week holiday and we can already see a difference in their play and how they cooperate with each other.  The preschoolers have been learning their new routine with a daily assembly and slightly more structure in the art room and classroom. They have also taken part in their first circle time sessions where they are encouraged to speak in front of their peers and also listen to each other when it is not their turn.

For new parents we recommend you check out our meet the staff page to familiarise yourself with the different people you may see around the nursery.  This September we are pleased to welcome Miss Lewis to the staff team who is currently training to be an Early Years Teacher.  She graduated from Queen Mary’s University with a First in English Language and Linguistics and has an interest in child language acquisition. Miss Lewis is also a talented guitar player and will be accompanying the children singing in assembly and at the end of each afternoon.

On Wednesday morning the children had their first cooking session of the year.  Like the Great British Bake Off this week was bread week and the children kneaded, squeezed, stretched and squashed their dough to make some delicious white rolls. There would have been no complaints from Paul Hollywood as they were all baked to perfection, much to delight of the hungry children!

We are always surprised with the the imagination and creativity of the children in their play.  This week two children used the hatch underneath the climbing frame as a McDonalds Drive through and were taking orders from passing traffic.  They were slightly taken aback when Mrs Federici turned up and ordered a Fillet-O-Fish!

We have two displays in the library of the new children and their families.  Please make sure you bring a family photograph (size A5 or smaller) and an additional photo if you come from another country, writing the name of the country on the back.

Next weeks theme is families.

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