Our Winter term was as busy as ever, here are some of the fun things we have been up to at Nannas!
On 3rd September our Cowper Crescent nursery celebrated their 2nd Birthday with the addition of our first nursery pets - giant African land snails named by the children as Derek and Steven! The children spent lots of time researching and talking about how to care for giant African land snails, including what is best to include in their diet. This will be a lovely long term project for the children as they will be able to watch Derek and Steven grow and develop and support them along this journey.
September also saw lots of imaginative and creative play with large cardboard boxes donated to the nursery. These were turned into trains and space rockets which the children enjoyed decorating, changing and playing with for an entire week!
Our Turner Road 2-5 year olds had great fun exploring their newly renovated construction area, equipped with sand, tools and high vis jackets! A great deal of building work was undertaken by our Nannas budding builders this week - no job is too small for them!
In October we celebrated Children in Need day by wearing yellow clothing and accessories! We raised lots of money for this important charity and the children enjoyed making pudsey pictures!
Halloween saw lots of ghostly goings on at the nurseries! Children took part in spookily good messy play activities and carved pumpkins in the traditional manner. Everyone dressed up for their special Halloween party, complete with hotdog (or finger) rolls!
October also saw us venture out of this world by celebrating World Space Day! The children explored the names and colours of the different planets and discussed what it might be like to live on another planet. They got creative with some junk modelling materials and lots of tin foil to make their own space craft and telescopes to see if they could spot the stars in the sky. Special space packs were made from old milk cartons and strapped to our budding astronauts backs. We practised walking on the moon as if we were walking in sticky mud!
November saw the introduction of some additional COVID secure procedures as we adapt to the ever-changing world we now live in! These included the re-introduction of Forest School sessions with children each using their own forest tools in a drawstring bag along with using the hand sanitisers before and after going.
We also introduced special ‘snuffle stations’ in our rooms now that the Winter colds are here. These stations provide children with the means to wipe their own noses using a mirror and dispose of these safely in the waste bin. Hand sanitisers are also in place for children to use afterwards to ensure that all the germs have gone! The children are excellent at this aspect of self care now, gaining crucial life skills. Germs have been a big topic of conversation this term, linking in with the COVID19 pandemic and the new lifestyles we are now adopting.
Our fantastic photographer Stacey showed how she has adapted to life during the pandemic – this term’s professional photographs were taken outside in the gardens in specially heated and kitted-out tents! The children loved this exciting new adventure!
December as always focused on our Christmas celebrations (albeit a bit differently this year). We were lucky to have a COVID secure visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer which we enjoyed watching (socially distanced!) Traditionally our Christmas dinner went down a treat, along with our Christmas party! Children donned special Christmas jumpers for the last day of term.
Some of our nativity plays were able to go ahead, though sadly this year we were unable to invite parents in for the performances. However, these were professionally filmed and put together for us by a local media company and we delighted in sharing these with our families through secure, private online links. The children were all amazing, with each room bubble taking on their own special role and part in the nativity. Lots of A-Star performances all round!
We wish all our families a very Happy Christmas and New Year! What a year it has been, our children have proven to be as resilient as ever adapting to this new ‘normal’ world that we are living in! We couldn’t be more proud of them, childcare is one of the best, most rewarding jobs and we are privileged to be a part of these little ones lives!