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Autumn Term Newsletter – 2016

We’d like to welcome everyone back after the 6 weeks summer break and hope that you all had a lovely time over the summer. This term will lead us up to the Christmas break and we have lots of things planned to keep everyone busy!

Pre-School: In Pre-School we will be focusing on settling in and nursery routines as well as ‘’All about me.’’ We will be creating some self-portraits as we share our likes/dislikes and what makes us unique! Our story of the month is 'The Enormous Turnip' and we will also be planting winter vegetable seeds in our potting shed and our new pollytunnel, learning how to care for plants in winter and all about recycling and sustainability. With this we will be entering all our photos and observations to The Royal Horticultural Society School gardening awards programme where we hope to achieve our different levels and certificates to reward all our hard work. Be prepared to get muddy and have some fun!

Toddlers:  Toddlers story of the month is 'The Tiger that came for Tea,' children's choice after they have been very interested in tea bags using them as real resources in their role play area. They will be repeating the story throughout the month and using their creative skills to make a beautiful display. They will be exploring with their senses using tea, both loose and bagged, in many different activities including tea bag printing/painting, baking tea flavored cakes and visiting a local coffee/tea shop to have a drink and biscuit with our very own tiger.

Babies: This term we will be welcoming and getting to know lots of new friends. We have many fun, autumn activities planned to help our babies develop through sensory play. We will explore lots of different textures, sounds, smells and colours using (among other messy things!) water, pasta, gloop and paint. We will also be focusing ''On the Farm'' as our children have been very interested in animals and all the noises they make.

After-School Club: After school will begin back at the club and welcome some new friends joining us this term. We will begin the new term by establishing and agreeing our own ''club rules,'' settling into homework club and enjoying many activities including gardening and cookery.

Important Notices:

Tatty Bumpkin Yoga is still with us running classes on a Thursday morning each week. Classes are £3.50 and you can either block book or pay as you go each week. These Yoga sessions have a fantastic, positive impact on children’s learning and development by supporting each area of learning. If your child is at nursery on a Thursday then they can attend with a member of staff, or if they are at home on a Thursday parents are welcome to bring them along and stay and join in the fun. Please talk to Meg or Flo for details.

Moo Moo Music - Moo Moo's is running music and movement classes on a Monday morning each week. These sessions positively support children's learning and development in all 7 areas of learning. If your child is at nursery on a Monday then they can attend these sessions with a member of staff, or pop along with parents/carers and join in the fun too. Please speak to Meg or Flo for more details.

Waterproof suits and Wellies: Where we have some waterproof suits and wellies we do not have enough for every child at the nursery. It would be greatly appreciated if parents could send children to nursery with their suits and wellies, fully labelled, to use when with us. We do go outside all weathers come rain or shine or snow.

Spare Clothes: Could parents please remember to send children to nursery with spare clothes. We do try our best to keep clean however sometimes accidents happen, or we’re just having too much fun and we need a spare change of clothes to put on.

Important dates for your diary:

We have lots of exciting things planned so do please try and come to as many of them as possible.

Thursday 13th October 2016
Parent Workshop -

Toddler room will be running a parent workshop of a Halloween/Autumn theme and all parents are welcome to come along to join the fun.
Monday 17th - Friday 28th October 2016
Various times available
Parents sessions fortnight - Please book a parents session with your child's key person to discuss their learning and development.

25th November 2016


Christmas Fete! Come along to do some Christmas shopping, play games and visit Father Christmas!

16th December 2016

Christmas Dinner/Christmas Jumper/Outfit day!

All children are welcome to come to nursery dressed in their best Christmas jumpers or fancy dress outfits. We will have a scrummy Christmas dinner all together and rumour has it from a little elf that we may even be getting a visit from Father Christmas!

23rd September - 28th October 2016
Kinsham Forest School
For those that have signed up to attend the Kinsham Forest school trip children will be attending this session each Friday morning between 23rd September and 28th October (6 weeks - weather permitting) This will be for 2 hours each week between 9am and 11am. Please send payments to Meg before the 23rd September.
3rd October 2016
Photographer - 9.30am Local photographer Jane Adams will be visiting us on the 3rd of October at 9.30am to take winter/Christmas photographs of all the children. All orders will be back ready for Christmas!


Closing for Christmas: A little while off yet but it will soon come around! We will be closed from the 24th December  and re-open on the 3rd January 2017. The nursery will close at normal time on Friday 23rd December.

We would like to thank you as always for your continued support at the nursery. If anyone would like to volunteer some time, whether it is to accompany a trip out, share their profession or even come to help prepare tea/snack one day, then please do let us know.


Many thanks

The Skallywags Team

Nursery Events

Our next events for the Autumn Term 2016 include:

Parents sessions weeks, week commencing 17th October - 28th October.

Halloween Party - Monday 31st October - All day dressing up for children and party tea at 3.30pm

Christmas Fete - Friday 25th November from 6.30pm

Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage

More information can be found, either at the nursery, or by visiting the following websites, please click on the images below (link will open in a new tab):