Babies and Toddlers, Home Learning, In the Nursery, News

Floppy’s Diary

As part of our commitment to strengthen the bond between home and nursery we are currently adding more and more home learning opportunities across the setting. The first part was the introduction of our online learning journals and we have now introduced a new friend to Baby and Toddler Room.

The children were immediately excited when they saw their new friend and they chose to name him Floppy because of his “big floppy ears”.

Floppy will be going home every weekend with a different child and he brings his own diary, so you can record his adventures. We kindly ask that you just go about your weekend as normal, but take Floppy with you wherever you go, so you can snap some pictures and write a diary entry about what your child did with Floppy. Please return him and his diary on the first day you come back to the setting.

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We can’t wait to read everyone’s amazing adventures with Floppy!

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: