What have we been doing recently?
The end of the Summer term is always one of mixed feelings. We are sad to say goodbye to our children and their families who are moving on to school, but proud of all that those children have achieved and excited for their next challenge. Our end of term picnic was very well attended, and just a little too hot - we wish all our families a wonderful Summer Break.
What are we finding out about this half-term?
Our new term is initially about settling in - both for our new children and those returning after a long break, perhaps to new sessions and new friends. We will be spending time getting to know each other, the setting and the routines. We will explore the nursery and other areas of the school and 'forest area'.
How are we learning through play?
We will have access to a wide variety of resources so that we can find out what we like to play with.
We will play lots of communication games, to help us to get to know our friends and to learn about the things that make us unique.
There will be lots of time to practice our independence skills, such as getting on our own coats, choosing some fruit at snack time, washing our hands and choosing a book to take home to share.
We will listen to lots of stories, join in with our favourite bits and remember what happens at the end.
There will be lots of singing, and some actions to learn.
Working together, we will come up with some nursery rules. There will be discussions about what a rule is, that different places have different rules and why we have the rules that help to keep us safe.
What can you do at home?
Some activities for both new and returning families to try over the summer
Nursery staff will always support children to master these skills by encouraging and helping them.
Talk about nursery (but not all the time!). If you are in the area, mention it when you walk past the entrance.
Practice the 'nursery run' so you can see how long it will take, what time you will need to leave the house and familiarise your child with the routine.
Borrow books from the library about starting nursery.
Read favourite stories with your child and see if they can remember the details at the end - can they tell someone else what happens
Share songs and rhymes, popular music as well as traditional rhymes, sing, dance and clap along
Have conversations, talk, listen, respond - the subject choice is yours!
My first Day........
You are welcome to bring your child into the classroom, settle them at an activity and stay as long as your child needs, or they can walk in through the bookroom independently. When you leave, make sure your child knows you are going, no sneaking out without saying goodbye, reinforce that you are going for a little while to do something 'very boring', and YOU WILL BE BACK. We sing the 'tick tock' song at the end of each session and children learn that their grown up will be back after the 'tick tock' song. Children generally settle very quickly once engaged, and staff will call you to reassure you that your child has settled, or to discuss a plan for a child who is struggling. Children are welcome to bring a comfort toy from home, and are encouraged to put it in the 'Owl Box' when they don't need it, but have access to it whenever they do.
Tick tock tick tock
time to go, time to go
tick tock, tick tock
time to go home.
Time to go home, time to go home,
so nice to see you
now time to go home.
Time to go home, time to go home
We're all waving goodbye, goodbye