Latest Ofsted visit and report
The nursery received a visit from Ofsted in October and we are very happy to, again, have been given a rating of ‘Good’. The inspector suggested that to take us to Outstanding, we engage more with our parents and carers with regards how the children can be supported at home to take the next steps in their development and the nursery work in partnership with them. Your child’s key worker will talk you through this in the next few weeks as we implement our action plan.
The full report is on the Ofsted page of our website or click here
Both the Caterpillars and Elmer children enjoyed a taster session with Diddi Dancing and we are thrilled to confirm that from January we will have a session each week. This is not only a hugely fun activity for the children but it is part of our programme to support and promote our healthy lifestyle initiative.
We have been learning about the season of Autumn. We have talked about the weather, collected leaves for leaf printing and Halloween pumpkins. Using coffee filters, we have sucked up colours to make wonderful flying bats.
We are looking forward to Bonfire night and are making firework pictures and rockets. Our story will be ‘Whatever Next’.
The children have shown an interest in shopping. We have a vegetable shop with real carrots, potatoes, onions, oranges, pumpkins, squashes and leeks. We are learning to take turns, write shopping lists and count out coins. It is a lot of fun!
We have also peeled our vegetables and are making vegetable soup.
In the Garden we will be planting tulip bulbs in the next few weeks. The nursery now has two patio trees – an apple tree and a cherry tree. The children will help to plant them and learn how to help them grow. We also found another frog in our nursery garden. We had a close look at the frog before setting him free in the allotments. We really enjoy looking for spiders and mini beasts.
We were given some whistles and cones from Sport England. We took turns blowing the whistles to race each other around our cones. We all cheered our friends on – it was such a lot of fun.
In this next term, we will then start looking forward to Christmas and have many Christmas activities planned, as well as a Christmas party. Lisa will provide more details about this nearer the time.
We have been exploring the season of autumn through our activities and playing. We have taken the children on a nature walk around the school playing field. We hunted for cobwebs and spiders – we searched through the hedgerow and on tree branches for them and counted how many legs they had when we found them! We also looked at how many different coloured leaves we could find – we could tell from this that the leaves were now changing colour as we head into late autumn.
Another focus for this term has been sensory actives. We have looked at, and experienced different textures. The children have explored natural textures in the tuff box – sand, soil, twigs, dried leaves, pine cones. In our water play area we have had Jelly balls and jelly play – the children laugh and giggle as they squidge and squelch the jelly and fill up cups and jugs with it.
Lisa has made some amazing resources for our song sessions that support our counting and recall skills – we have two birds, sizzling sausages and 5 spotted frogs. Carers are always very welcome to come in and join our singing sessions and we can teach you how to make the resources at home.
Autumn is a season with lots of exciting events in it and we like to share these with the children so we made Halloween hats. These were decorated with glitter, pompoms and star shapes. The children have practised cutting and using scissors making pumpkin pictures. With Bonfire Night approaching we are making firework paintings, mixing paint with glitter – which not only makes sparkly pictures but also makes them fun to touch because they have texture.
A very exciting addition to our outside play is a small trampoline – this is a great work out for the children as well as teaching them how to take turns as it is very popular and only one child can go on it at a time!
Our friends in Caterpillars have shared some amazing experiences with us as well when they found frogs and caterpillars. They brought them down to our end of the nursery so that we could look at them and learn all about them – it was very exciting.
As we head into November and onto December our thoughts move towards preparing for Christmas. We have many activities planned as well as crafts we will make which the children will enjoy sharing with you at the end of term. We will also learn how to make mince pies and our special Nanny Daniel recipe is available if you want to make them at home with the children.
Last year we had a special day of events for Children In Need, including a visit from some pugs!. Whilst this year we will not be organising an event if your children would like to come in on the 16th
November dressed up for Pudsey that would be great and let us know if they are involved in any fundraising events. At this time of year, as the children think about presents and parties and Christmas feasts, it is a special time to think about children who are not able to enjoy all these things.