Dear Parents

Dear Parents
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It has been a busy year! We have continued to make use of the town centre and build
relationships with the local community, visit the Church for Harvest Festival and lay poppies
at the war memorial and shared biscuits with the veterans. Our Kindergarten children
benefited from the Forest School experience and we will be offering this again for our
older children in April. All of these experiences help our children become confident and
independent learners. We have supported local students by offering work placements and
training to 6 school children and 8 Level 2 and 3 Diploma students. I am delighted to
celebrate my Team’s achievements as Sophie, Kim, Natalie and Sadie all passed their Level 3
Childcare qualification. Lorna, Laura and Sarah were all promoted and we welcomed Munaza,
Cheryl, Nicole and Ellouise to our Team. It was wonderful to welcome back Ginny and Amy
after being on maternity leave, Hayley got married and Laura became engaged! The sessions
for bilingual families have been well attended and will continue into the New Year. Please
return your surveys for those of you with English as a 2 nd language so that we can be aware
of your needs and ideas to improve this service. We raised over £835.00 in charity
donations - wow! From our Fun Day in August which was shared between the school project
in Kenya, and Save the Children, and Children In Need.
Over the past month, Babies enjoyed cooking and body painting. They loved dressing up and
had a party in their funny outfits. This month they prepare for Christmas, experimenting
with different colour paints, glitter and tinsel. The Babies will be making sensory bottles,
pockets, gloves and will be food tasting. The Toddlers loved the Train Station and an
exciting train ride to Winchester! They played at Gambado’s, The Point and the
Chamberlayne Centre. More arts and crafts will be going on this month and learning
Christmas songs. Our Transition children celebrated Diwali by making tea light holders and
drew Rangoli patterns. Munaza brought a friend into Nursery, wearing a traditional dress
and together they painted hands with henna. Transition are interested in transport at the
moment, so the Team incorporated this into their mark making and sand play. Some of the
children turn 3 soon so have shown an interest in numbers. The children are beginning to
talk more so there will be lots of communication and language activities planned to encourage
words and sentences. The Kindergarten Room have been exploring maps, studying maps and
looking at different places and countries. Learning where different foods come from and
the languages of other people. The children are being encouraged to be more independent,
serving their own food at meal times and making their own snack. They are Nativity mad,
hoping their performance of “Wriggly Nativity” on December 18th will be unforgettable!
Parent Consultations come to an end this month. If you didn’t get a chance to meet with
your child’s Key Person, please book a time with your Room Manager.
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In the New Year we will focus on the books by Jill Murphy. The children will also be
sharing their favourite books so that we can link these into our daily planning and activities.
Things you can try with the children at home this month:
Write a letter to Santa: Father Christmas at Santa, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland,
SAN TA1 (or email Include your child’s name and address.
Make your own wrapping paper. Potato printing is fun and using red and green paint
will make a bold festive statement and also give family gifts a personal touch.
Close the curtains, make some popcorn and put on the children’s favourite DVD. It will
bring a sense of excitement to watching a film and is cheaper than the cinema!
Children love to scribble and colour and is a great website that
offers free printable colouring pictures, puzzles and competitions.
Another great website is: for lots of simple
Christmas recipes as well as crafty food ideas for the Christmas season.
Make your own Christmas cards: You will need a piece of card, glue and any objects
you like. Try dried flat leaves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices and
Help your children to complete the festive look with easy to make paper chains. Using
strips of red, green and gold paper, cut strips for them, and with a glue stick, join
circles together and make a chain.
Dates for your Diary:
 Tuesday 10th December is Kindergarten’s Christmas Party
 Wednesday 18th December is Kindergarten’s Nativity Play 2pm at All Saint’s Church
 We close for Christmas at 6pm on Monday 23rd December
 We reopen on Thursday 2nd January
Charlotte and Maryanne have returned from their Kenyan adventure. They were able to
purchase chickens, goats and 2 sewing machines and rolls of material to support the
Community in developing their own life skills. Thank you so much for contributing to the
many items they carried out in their suitcases, following their Blog and supporting Yellow
Dot in raising £1300 for this worthwhile cause. A special Newsletter will follow soon!
Finally please take extra care in the colder weather when making your journeys http:// advises avoiding thick clothing in child car seats.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and thank you for your support.
Yours sincerely
Liz McCarthy
Nursery Manager