Babies and Toddlers, Home Learning, In the Nursery

International Month, Babies and Toddlers – Nov 2015

The younger children have also been joining in with the international month. They enjoyed singing the continent song at circle time and many of the children learnt the names of the continents during this week. The children were leaving to go home waving and saying “bye Africa, bye Europe…”



The children also enjoyed making their own continents. They firstly coloured their paper plates blue to make the ocean and then glued the continents onto it. Again the older children enjoyed naming the continents.

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Home Learning

Talk to your children about the places they live in and places they go and how other places for examples in stories you read are “far away”. You can teach your children new concepts and language through lots of songs. Join in and sing the continent song at home:

Links to the EYFS (Curriculum)

8-20 months: Communication and Language: Moves whole bodies to sounds they enjoy such as music or a regular beat.

16-26 months: Communication and Language: Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.

22-36 months: Communication and Language: Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.


Charity Events, Festivals and Parties, Home Learning, In the Nursery

Christmas Shoe Boxes – Nov 2015

The nursery would like to send out a big thank you to all parents that donated a shoe box as well as those that donated £3.00 to help cover the shipping costs. The boxes have now been dropped of at the Samaritan’s Purse head office in Buckhurst Hill and will be on their merry way from tomorrow.

The parents that have made a donation will be forwarded the email with the information about where our shoe boxes went. This will be at some point in January.


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The children showing off their certificate!

Everyone had fun today finishing the nursery shoe boxes off as well as checking all of those donated to make sure they meet the criteria set out by the Samaritan’s Purse. The children chatted about where the shoe boxes might go and how this might make children happy. Everyone also made a wish that all child will have a happy Christmas together with their families.

Home Learning

If you would like to extend this activity with your child at home, you could have a look at pictures online of children living in different continents. You could discuss any of the following with your child:

  • How do people’s homes/buildings/schools look? How are they built and what makes them different?
  • What is public transport like? Are there buses or trains?
  • How are people dressed? Are there any traditional clothes within that culture?
  • You could then have a go at making a house or clothes from a different culture.

Links to the EYFS (curriculum)

Understanding of the World (22-36 months) – Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from others.

Understanding of the World (40-60 months) – Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

Here are some pictures:






Festivals and Parties, In the Nursery

Pyjama Day – Children in Need – Nov 2015


The children had fun today raising money for children in need. Everyone arrived in their pretty pyjama’s and donated £1.00 for a brilliant cause.

Then the children in pre-school went out for a walk. The children decided to take the collection box with us, in case we see anyone we could ask them to donate some money for children in need.

First we visited the co-operative, but we didn’t see anyone that wanted to donate at all, then the children tried to use the cash machine to take out money, but they quickly figured out that they don’t have a card and therefore cannot get money from the cash machine.

Then we went to the barber shop. The children entered the shop and said: ” We are collecting money for poor people!” We had fun chatting to a lovely lady who was getting her hair done as well as the owner of the shop who kindly donated £1 for a good cause.

After that the children decided to visit the mattress shop. The children went to explain again that we are collecting money however this time a little blip happened and Macy asked: “Hello, we are collecting money for posh people. Oh excuse me, poor people!!” 🙂 We all laughed. then Gabriel decided that on the way back to nursery he would like to show us his house. So we went for a walk back past his house, he was very please he knew the way.



In the Nursery, Pre-School

International Month – No toy week

This week we decided to kick off our international month with a “No Toy Day” in pre-school. The teachers prepared the classroom on Friday and covered all the nursery shelves with fabric. We also prepared all of our natural and found resources in the classroom available for children to use.

Our activity area for exploring natural materials
Our activity area for exploring natural materials

When the children arrived at nursery on Monday they were very surprised. “Oh no, what happened to all the toys?” everyone said in chorus. The teachers explained that unfortunately the toys are gone. This provoked a variety of questions, showing the children’s understanding: “Did someone come and take them? We need to call the police?”, “Oh no, did you have to sell them because we have no money?”. We then discussed how people in other cultures live and that their children play with items that they have found inside the house or outside in the forest.

The children also helped to collect additional resources.

Preschool - constructing with natural materials
Preschool – constructing with natural materials

Making Blankets

The children were intrigued by this information and asked lots more questions. Overall it was quickly decided that they would make things for the children that don’t have many things in their home. So within a few minutes the children got busy making blankets. They used scissors to cut holes into the fabric and used sticks to weave and make the blankets sturdy.

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Writing with Sticks

Then children moved onto using the sticks to lay out the first letter of their name and any other letters they like. Overall they were extremely engaged helping each other out and sounding out the letters.

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We were surprised at the ideas children came up with in using these materials and agreed altogether that we would keep the toys away for the rest of the week.

Home Learning

Many toys are very limited in the amount of things children can do with them. They are usually designed for one purpose and once the child has explored that purpose they get bored with it. So we tend to accumulate more and more toys and at the end of the day, the children would rather play with the cardboard box the toy came in, than the actual toy.

You could have a clear out at home. Clear out your child’s room or play area, removing toys that you think are no longer age appropriate or those that your child no longer plays with. For now, put them in a bag in the basement or shed. Only keep out the toys that are challenging and offer a chance for creative play. Teach your child that one s/he takes one toy out, another one goes on the shelf/in the box. this will help them to focus on what they are doing. Too many toys cause stress and confusion to children and makes tidy up time a stressful time for everyone.

Links to the EYFS (curriculum)

16-26 months: Mathematics: Beginning to organise and categorise objects (eg. putting all teddy bears in one box)

22-36 months: Personal, Social, Emotional Development: Shows understanding and co-operates with some boundaries and routines

30-50 months: Understanding of the World: Can talk about some things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.


Health and Wellbeing, Safeguarding

Managing Illness at Nursery

Time has flown by, the days are getting shorter, the evenings are getting colder and the season for coughs and colds have started. I would like to outline some of the things we do at the setting to ensure children are safe and well.

Promoting Good Health

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As a nursery setting we are expected to promote the good health of all children attending the nursery setting (EYFS, 2012). We spend a considerable amount of time teaching children healthy habits. This includes diet and nutrition, regular exercise, access to the outdoors and fresh air as well as educating children on personal hygiene. We encourage children to was hands at regular intervals during the day. We always wash hands after playing outside, messy play, after using the toilet and wiping noses as well as after eating. This helps to prevent the spread of infection.

Illness and infectious diseases

If children fall ill during the nursery day it is our policy to contact parents to collect their children. If children have been sent home from nursery they should be given ample time to recover and regain their strength to avoid a relapse after returning to nursery too soon. The nursery reserves the right to send home any children that are not well enough to participate in the full nursery day.

Should children be diagnosed with an infectious disease, we follow guidance from Public Health England in regards to exclusion periods for infectious diseases. All exclusion periods can be found in this document: Infection Control in schools and other childcare settings

Administering Medication in Nursery

Generally wherever possible, medication should be administered to children at home. We will act as a reasonably prudent parent would administering medication only where it would be detrimental to the child’s long term health not to. Please note that if we are not comfortable to do so we will not administer medication.

Non-Prescription Medication

(This includes temperature reducing medication, cough mixtures, herbal remedies etc.)

Non-prescription medication are generally not administered at the nursery. Where children are too unwell to get through the day without a dose of medication they are deemed too unwell to attend the setting.

Short term Prescription Medication

(includes antibiotics, eye drops etc.)

Where it would be detrimental to the child’s health and well-being not to administer certain medication, we will make the decision for example to complete a course of prescription medication. (If the child refuses to take the medicine we cannot force the child. We will call you for advice.)

Long Term Medication

(Includes epi-pens, insuline, asthma pumps, piriton etc.)

Long term medication will require the completion of an Individual Health Plan to ensure the setting will follow clear instructions in regards to maintaining your child’s health and well-being at all times. This should be supported by a letter from your child’s doctor. The administration of certain medications may also require specialist training for staff by the community nurse.

For all medication prior written consent is required and all administrations will be noted and parents are required to sign they have been made aware. All medications have to be in their original container clearly labelled with the child’s name, date of dispensing, dosage and instructions.

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Antibiotics – Important Information

We have been made aware of an increased amount of antibiotics being prescribed for young children. Antibiotics are a powerful medication designed to fight bacterial infections. You should never give your child antibiotics without having a physical consultation with the doctor and you should always follow the instruction and complete the course in full. For more information on the dangers of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, please see the NHS Website.


Festivals and Parties, In the Nursery

Halloween Party Pictures


Thank you to everyone that joined us for the party on Friday 30/10/2015. It was lovely to spend the afternoon together. Here is a slideshow with some of the pictures from that week.

If you know we have taken pictures of your child and they are not included here, it is because we do not have permission to publish them.


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