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March Newsletter

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There have been so many activities and socials this month I don’t know where to start!

The World Book day was a real success with all the wonderful costumes worn by the children and staff. It really did inspire the children to talk about their favourite books and look at the variety of books we have at the nursery.

Red Nose Day was great fun and we raised £57.05. We then hosted our Mother’s Day Tea Party during the afternoon for all our wonderful and hardworking Mums. It appeared that all the Mums had great fun taking part in all the activities with their children and some even managed to grab a cake or biscuit before all the children got to them!
Our nursery closure day was very informative and productive and we made good use of the time with training in the new curriculum and legislation.
Our parents evening this week went very well. All the staff worked very hard in writing all the summative assessments needed for the evening and then, of course, stayed behind to deliver the discussions. We hope you found this useful. If there is anything else you would like discuss, please come and speak to either myself or Francesca who will be happy to speak with you.

The nursery is looking refreshed with the new decoration and all the children noticed how clean and organised everything is looking now. We hope you like the new colours that have been chosen for each room.

Just a gentle reminder that the team finish their day at 6pm. Please ensure that you have collected your child AND received the feedback required by this time. Many thanks in advance for your co-operation.

The remaining dates for the Inset days this year are Friday 23rd June and Friday 8th September

Discoverers

This month we have been very busy as always with lots of different activities such as creating sensory bags and adding marshmallows, rice and pasta with different coloured paints in the bags to feel the textures. The babies also really enjoyed the jelly sensory bags with glitter and googly eyes. Their interest lasted a long time exploring the bags and looking closely at what is inside.

The babies have also been out to the Highbury Fields quite a lot as it was nice weather. They enjoyed the running around and going on the swings and slide with an adult. We have also created a ‘Being Physical’ display with our fun pictures at the playground. The Babies also went to the football court and enjoyed some ball time and kicking the ball around and watching each other, have a look at our pictures on our display boards which have been updated with the children’s work and pictures.

We have been working on our celebrations board and its ongoing with updating all the celebrations that we take part in and the different creative activities that take place during these times. Have a look at the Babies dressed up for world book day which was so amazing to see. The babies dressed up and we would like to thank you for bringing their favourite story book for us to read during our circle times throughout the day which we loved to share.

We also enjoyed pancake day and carnival day and being dressed up all fancy and colourful we had so much fun with messy activities and exploring colourful cornflour and using their hands to feel the gooey texture and using spoons to scoop off the table.

Our colour of March was green and the children did some shape painting in green and we have hanged them up on the ceiling. The babies used brushes and their hands to paint the shapes green and enjoyed being messy as always. Also during the St Patricks day celebration we made green playdough and making different shapes to explore the playdough with cutters and rolling pins.
Thank you to our beautiful Mummies for making time to attend the Mother’s Day tea party where we had activities set out for you to take part in. We hope you enjoyed them and the gift of dough flower magnet, card and straw flowers that your little ones made for you. We had such a great time and seeing all the parents joining in with the activities that their children enjoy during the day.

We also participated in ‘red nose day’ fundraising and all the babies looked so lovely in their red clothes. Thank you for your donations.
In the garden, we have a new trampoline for the children to hold onto the bar and jump on, which they have very much enjoyed throughout the month. This is helping them in learning how to take turns with their friends. The Babies really do enjoy the outdoor environment, going for walks and doing activities in the garden such as making marks on large paper with chalks and pens too.
We also had a visit from Zoo lab one afternoon and the children really enjoyed touching the snake, and other small animals that came to visit.
During April and Easter time we will be very busy with spring time activities and our colour of the month will be yellow. We will be making Easter baskets and little treats to take home for Easter celebrations. The babies will be painting flowers and exploring bright colours and creating their own spring pictures.

Explorers

This month we have enjoyed a wide variety of activities and events in our calendar. We’ve been on lots of outings with the warmer weather heading our way. The Explorers have really enjoyed challenging their gross motor skills in the garden with our new climbing frame and trampoline. There’s been lots of dressing up and amazing costumes from both the adults and the children. Music, dance, and song have also been a big focus, with the children taking part in Festival Day, World Book Day and activities based around physical health development.
Angel Theatre Outing At the start of the month the children had the opportunity to attend a live theatre performance. This performance combined puppets, music, and the Five Cheeky Monkey’s theme to engage young audiences. There was also a numeracy component with lots of counting throughout the performance. Everyone had a fabulous time. The children had fun taking the bus to the Little Angel Theatre, enjoyed a snack upon arrival and then listened intently to a thirty minute show. They were all wonderful listeners, managed their behaviour very well and could talk excitedly about their experience when they returned to the nursery. This is definitely an outing we would like to do again in the future. Well done to the Toddlers!!
Carnival Day The children enjoyed dressing up in crazy costumes for ‘Carnival Day’. We did lots of dancing, face painting and fun activities. Toddlers had a great time dancing to different carnival music and exploring musical instruments.

World Book Day This was the second opportunity for children to dress up in the same week. Our Toddlers dressed up in many different costumes which was lovely to see! Thank you to those children who also brought in their favourite book for us to read and share with their peers.

St Patrick’s Day On this wonderful day, we celebrated by carrying out various activities for our Toddlers to enjoy! In the morning during circle time, we spoke about what St Patrick’s Day is and why and who celebrates it. The children were very engaged and asked lots of questions. Throughout the day, we were very busy baking delicious biscuits shaped as a ‘Shamrock’ with Mahmuda and decorating it with green icing. The biscuits were very yummy! The fun didn’t stop there of course. Toddlers carried on being creative, making Shamrock hats with Kara and Remy. Remy helped your little ones look very pretty by having face painting done😊. The toddlers loved looking at themselves in the mirror!

Red Nose Day Firstly, Toddlers would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for their generous donation to this wonderful cause. It was great to see the toddlers dressed up in red. Toddlers had lots of fun exploring the texture of red jelly and of course baking yummy cherry biscuits with the lovely Andrea.

Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is of course all about our lovely Mummy’s and how else to celebrate this wonderful day then by having a tea party. Thank you to all the Mummy’s that attended the party and we hope you all had lots of fun with your little ones 😊. Throughout the morning, Toddlers were little bakers, baking biscuits.
We would like to welcome James and Alberto to the Explorers Room and hope they make lots of new friends as well as connecting with some old ones.
We are very sad to say goodbye to Severyn, Ruby, Frederick and Giulia as they transitioned to pre-school and we wish them all the best in the Inventors Room. Don’t forget us in Toddlers! 😊

Inventors

March has been a super sunny and busy month and we are now ready to officially welcome Spring and our new discoverers Ruby, Severyn, Frederick and Giulia coming from toddler room.
Last month we have been focusing on nutrition as our main topic. The adults started to introduce the food pyramid as a guide for them to follow. Teachers have shown them videos on the Smart board about the importance of consuming the correct portions of vegetables, fruit, carbs, sweets etc. They also made fun activities such as making their own paint using vegetables and icing sugar, decorating our display title with different foodstuffs and making marks using citrus fruit. Lastly, following one of their favourite books, “The very hungry caterpillar”, they have created their own by suggesting each character eats the right amount of food types each day 😊. Within the same topic, the children were super engaged in making typical Portuguese cheese, a vegetable couscous and sweet bananas. We would like to thanks all the parents who came on the cooking days and brought lovely recipes. The children really enjoyed creating and exploring together the different foods from all over the world. This month, our cooking days are going to be on Wednesday 12th and Monday 24th of April; do not hesitate to book yourself in for a wonderful and messy experience with our children!

As well as cooking days, we keep working on Science as one of our topics, and this month we plan to have our science days on Friday 7th and Tuesday 18th. During the last few weeks we have been creating bubble lines with socks and bottles and parachutes to discover the concept of gravity.

Once again thank you so much to all the parents for making our parents reading mornings so special. It so nice to see all of us working in partnership to create a happy and magical environment for the children to learn and develop their imagination. If you want to come and join us during our parent reading mornings this month, they are going to be on Monday 10th and Friday 28th of April. Just a little note to say that each family is more than welcome to bring books in different languages to share with the children.

Talking about special events, March as been super full of celebrations. We started by celebrating World book day. We dressed ourselves up as main characters of favourite books. We then followed this by celebrating Holi day by mixing powder paint and exploring colours. For St Patricks day, children made lovely masks and shamrock cards to take home. In addition to this, it was lovely to see lots of amazing costumes for Carnival and lots of mums attending our Tea party for Mother’s Day/Red Nose Day. Thank you for always been so generous.

On the 24th of March the Zoo lab came to visit the nursery and the children were super excited to be in contact with real animals such as a colourful snake and little mouse.

Next month we ae going to focus on making beautiful Easter’s cards and presents and we will keep up the topic Nutrition to complete our wonderful display. Also, to do not forget, every day we are going to practise on specifics letters, shapes and numbers and hopefully we will enjoy the beautiful weathers outside with lots gardening activities!

Our Fancy New Spotify Account!

26-spotify.w1200.h630We’ve had some parents come across a little problem at home! Their children start singing a song and our parents can’t always make out what it is they’re singing!

Well, luckily our clever IT monkeys have come up with a solution! Introducing, our brand new Spotify account: https://open.spotify.com/user/monkeypuzzlehighbury

Our selection is a cheery combination of the English classics, as well as nursery songs from other countries, to meld with our language syllabus. Not all of our songs are on spotify (if you can’t find what you want there, try youtube), but we’ve compiled as many as we could! As you can see from the ‘our ethos’ page, we value music highly as part of education.

We also would like to be able to work with you, the parents, to provide a continuous and comprehensive educational experience (If you’d like to read more about our efforts to work with parents, please try our ‘parent partnering’ page). We love it when children can build on home learning in the nursery and nursery learning at home! So this is an extension of that part of our mission as well. So please, stand up, get on your dance shoes, bring out the microphones and lets bring the joy of music to our little budding musicians and artists at home!

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January News

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What a fantastic start to the new year and long may it continue!
We’ve celebrated Burn’s night, Chinese New Year, had several trips out and about in the community to name just a few of the wonderful activities the children have taken part in.
Thank you for all parents who took part in the Ceeda survey. Your feedback is most valuable to us and we use it to further improve the service we provide to you and of course, to enhance the care and education of the little ones. You will see evidence of the feedback you have given us, operationally, in and around the nursery.
For those of you who have just two contacts on their Caremonkey details, can we ask for you to add another as there have been changes that require us to have a minimum of three points of contact now.

As it is such a busy nursery, property can go missing from time to time. For this reason, we would like to urge you to label all your children’s clothing and ensure that anything of sentimental value be left at home.

We would all like to say a big thank you to Elizabeth, Annabelle’s mummy for her generosity in donating some of Annabelle’s books to the nursery. The children love them!
Our Inset days this year are Monday 27th March, Friday 23rd June and Friday 8th September. These nursery closure days are invaluable as it keeps all staff up to date with relevant theories, training and changes to legislation. The staff work long hours on a day to day basis and do cover lots of training over their weekends throughout the year also. Having the closure day is an effective way to keep the whole team up to date and provide your children with the most current and innovative ways of learning.

Discoverers

1This month has been a busy month. We have been celebrating Chinese New Year by talking about the festival with the babies and doing different activities such as painting roosters, as it is the year of the rooster. We have painted and decorated paper plates, cutting them in half turning them into Chinese fans. They also used different media and materials to create Chinese lanterns and used chopsticks to do Chinese calligraphy as well as exploring rice noodles with lettuce and carrots which the babies absolutely loved.

We have also started to change the display boards in the room. As we have changed the layout of the room, we have moved the black and white area towards the front of the room. We are also re-decorating the celebrations board. The home corner has also been changed with different foods from around the world and the babies were gluing and sticking different materials on the fruits – they really enjoyed getting their tiny hands all sticky and messy. The babies have also been exploring vegetables such as potatoes which the adults carved shapes into so the babies could dip it in paint and create marks.

We have two new staff members who have joined the baby room team. Their names are Elyne and Annika. We also have a student in the baby room named Roo who is doing her placement from UCL to gain experience with baby room age group. Welcome to all of them.

We would also like to welcome our new babies Aubrey, Emerson, Melissa, Joseph, Jace and Amara J to our room. Most of the parents of the new babies are familiar with the nursery already as they have another child who already attends the setting. We would like to say welcome back, and to the new parents welcome to the Monkey Puzzle Nursery! We are happy to say hello to the new babies however, we have to say goodbye to two of our babies as we are currently transitioning them to toddler room. To read our full newsletter, please click the link below…

December News

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We’ve had such a wonderful year with you all this year! We are all so blessed to have such great families to work with and wonderful children to teach and care for.
It would be beneficial for the children to share how they spent their Christmas holidays away from the nursery. If you can, it would be lovely if you could upload some photos to Learning Book so that the children can talk about it with their peers. While on the subject of Learning book, please do take a look at the summative assessments that the key person writes for you. They are written every twelve weeks and are a summary of what they have learned for that period, based on the observations taken on them. There are some really helpful hints and tips on how to help your children at home, based on their next steps in their learning.

Our Inset days this year are Monday 27th March, Friday 23rd June and Friday 8th September. These nursery closure days are invaluable as it keeps all staff up to date with relevant theories, training and changes to legislation. The staff work long hours on a day to day basis and do cover lots of training over their weekends throughout the year also. Having the closure day is an effective way to keep the whole team up to date and provide your children with the most current and innovative ways of learning.
There have been a few items of clothing going missing from the rooms recently. Can we politely ask you not bring in anything that is precious or has sentimental value and to label clothing so that it is easier to find its way back to their rightful owners.

When walking through the nursery, please ensure that you either take your shoes off or wear the shoe covers provided. Having to walk through the baby room first, where the children are crawling on the floor, means that this is essential to maintain the hygiene levels that are needed for this room.

As mentioned previously, the staff have long days here at the nursery, some days can be for as long as twelve and a half hours. Can we ask you to consider this when picking up your children a arrive before 6pm if you would like a comprehensive handover of their day. All children should be collected by 6pm. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
The notice board in the hallway has an area for you to write down any suggestions on what you would like to see happening in the room with regards to particular topics or themes that your children are interested in. Please feel free to add anything to it that you think may be of interest to the rooms.

We strive to improve the nursery on a daily basis and your feedback on the service we give you is invaluable. For this reason, we have added a feedback box on the cupboard by the shoe covers, should you want to give any anonymous feedback, whether it be positive or developmental. Again, please feel free to add to this, should you wish to.

Discoverers

To begin with baby room would like to say a big thank you for all the lovely gifts we received over Christmas. We would also like to say thank you for attending our Christmas party. we hope you had as much fun as we did and the children.

firemenDecember has been a very busy month with lots of fun activities taking place, along with the visit from our local firemen which our children undoubtedly loved.
So let’s begin with the visit from the firemen. Our babies were lucky enough to be able to sit inside in the fire engine and even try on their helmets. They were able to explore the fire engine having a feel of the many different materials and even took a seat inside with the other practitioners. To read the full newsletter, please click the button below…

November News

Well, we’re almost at the end of another fantastic year. Where does the time go?

We’re all another year older, more noticeably with our little ones at the nursery. They have grown not only in size but in character also. Not a day goes by that it’s not an inspirational place to be. Every day is different and all the team agrees, that the nursery is a wonderful and worthwhile place to work, because of them.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The nursery will be closing at 6pm on Friday 23rd December and will re-open again on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Inset (nursery closure days) for next year will be Monday 28th March, Friday 23rd June and Friday 8th September.

From the entire team, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and we hope you enjoy the break, however you choose to spend your time.

Our fundraising this month was for Children in Need. Thanks to your generosity and skilful baking, we were able to raise the sum of £173.13 for this worthwhile charity. The children and staff loved attending the nursery in our pyjamas too!

xmas-jumper-dayWe have another fundraising event on Thursday 15th December. It is Christmas jumper day and we ask you all to dress your children in their Christmas jumpers and bring a donation in for Save the Children.

Friday 16th December
will be the children’s Christmas party as there will be lots of children on holiday the following week. The party will be from 4pm until 6pm and is open to all children and parents, even if you do not attend on that day. We will have a magician to entertain us all and there will be special visit from “You know who” with some presents for the children.  For those who do not like the magician or have shorter concentration span, there will be activities in other rooms for them.

To read about all the amazing activities in Discoverers, Explorers and Inventors click below to read our full newsletter:

October News

There have been so many celebrations this month with Diwali, Halloween and Yom Kippur to name just a few.

Parent’s evening was very well attended and some very useful feedback given from you all.

Each of the rooms have marked these occasions with various activities that will be described by each of them, in detail, below.

Some important dates of your diaries:

18th November: Children in Need- Dressing up in pyjamas and a bring and buy cake sale
16th December: Children’s Christmas party with a VERY special guest appearance
23rd December: Last day of nursery before Christmas closure
3rd January: Nursery re-opens for another wonderful year of learning opportunities!

Please remember to not let other people into the nursery when dropping off or collecting your child. This is to safeguard everybody in the setting.

Have a lovely November, and remember to keep your children safe from fireworks!

Discoverers

Welcome to our October newsletter. Babies have been very busy this month exploring inside and outside the nursery. We have done loads of autumn activities and celebrated many events such as Diwali and Halloween.

Our colour theme of the month is: orange. Our number of the month is: 1 and our shape of the month is: Circle.

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Babies have been on many outings this month and we all love the new 4 seater buggy. We visited the Butchers in Highbury Barn. We looked at various meats such as chicken, beef and lamb. We even stopped to say hello to our local lollipop lady. We have also been to Highbury fields and had picnics with milk, water, rice cakes and fruits.

Our little babies have got very messy this month. We have enjoyed floor painting with cars, making orange playdough, Leaf painting with leaves we have collected in the garden, and Fruit tasting to tickle our taste buds. We tried lemons, limes and grapefruits- very sour!

We dressed up in the garden using different patterned materials whilst listening to different music to celebrate ‘Black History’ month. We also created Diwali lights for the Diwali festival on 30th October. We used a range of materials and resources. We used tissue paper, Card paper, Glitter and paints.

On the 31st of October, we celebrated Halloween. We dressed up in amazing costumes. We had little devils, pumpkins, a penguin, a bear, a tiger, a cat, we even had Dracula. We explored many activities to incorporate with Halloween. We painted our class pumpkin and then craved our pumpkin and made shapes and did shape printing. We then explored the inside of the pumpkin. We looked at different textures such as soft, squelchy and mushy. We then looked at the pumpkin seeds. How exciting! We have done hand printing on the window to create spiders and then used cotton to make a cob web and we even decorated bats.

We would like to welcome to discoverers our new friends Cara, Phoebe, Adam, Amara and Francis. We look Forward to watching you grow and teaching you many things. We would also like to say again happy birthday to our friends who celebrated their 1st Birthdays Matilda, Grace, Nico, Cara and Phoebe. we hope you had a lovely time.
Have a Lovely November Mummies and Daddies.

Explorers

Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter. This month we have been keeping busy with lots of new and exciting activities, also some new friends in our room.

We would also take this time to say goodbye and good luck to our friends who have graduated to the pre-school room. We are sure you are going to have so much fun with all the big boys and girls but remember you are always welcome to stop by and say hi.

October Activities
During the month of October, we have been busy exploring new and exciting opportunities. As we received a new, four seat buggy, we were able to go out more to the park, Loxford’s area and the playground. We were focusing most of the activities around the theme of Autumn and all the amazing changes that take place within the season. We have been doing lots of lovely leaf printing, acorn collecting and exploring all the lovely creatures that appear during this season. We were talking about and making foxes, owls, hedgehogs, trees and scarecrows. We’ve learned a new ‘Scarecrow’ song and we were dancing and doing actions to it. You can see the effects of your children’s lovely artwork on our amazing and now finished Autumn display.

We’ve been also focusing a lot on science. We have created lovely tornado out of water, fairy liquid and wooden spoons. We have been looking at the pictures, listening to the sound of it and talking about how it happens. We have also had lots of messy play, such as playdough making, painting with edible paint, colouring rice, different types of pasta and lots of hand or foot printing.

Last week we’ve been very busy preparing for the Halloween party. We decorated Toddler’s room with lots of crafts we prepared over last few days. We’ve made spiders out of children’s handprints, Frankenstein’s out of children’s footprints, lovely mini pumpkin cakes from rice crispies and marshmallows, ghosts from tissue paper, and many more. You could all see it hanging around the room. We would like to say big thank you to all the parents for getting your children dressed up and making our Halloween party a big success. We are sure all your children enjoyed the healthy Halloween treat they prepared themselves at the nursery.

We have learned many new action songs in English and Spanish. We are sure that you can hear them when your children go home and sing them to you.
We did lots of activities with a fire engine theme, such as colouring the fire engine’s pictures, listening to the fire engine’s sound and the fire drill, we have had very interesting circle time about a firemans’ job, we spoke about the fire and how to stop it. Unfortunately, the fire engine didn’t show up, because they were called out on an emergency, but we are just arranging another session with them.

We would also to remind again all parents about the labelling of children’s clothes as it helps to prevent items being mixed up or misplaced.

Thank you!

Inventors

Another month has gone by, and our pre-schoolers have been as busy as bees. We would like to welcome some new children in the room who have been busy getting to know all the children and staff, a warm welcome to Mia, Gabriel, Zora, Elsie, Matilde and Tilly who have settled in very well over the past month.

For the last few weeks, we have been looking at different professions: police officers, fire fighters, veterinarians and farmers. Each week we have converted our home corner in a different work space, depending on the profession we were working on. The children could ride a fire engine fighting the fire around the room, looking after their pets in the veterinarian clinic, ride the police car helping their friend in trouble, or even pretend to milk a cow! It was amazing!

Thank you so much for your collaboration with our “family professions” homework. I am sure our children will love to see you all on our display.
On this month’s outings, pre-school has been to the post office, we sent a letter to one of our old friends. We hope he had a good surprise!

We also have been to the ecology centre. Children noticed that our garden was full of leaves and some little red round fruit, and they were coming down from our tree, but we didn’t know which kind of tree it was. We decided to take some pictures and walk to the ecology centre to find out. We could compare our leaves with the ones of the trees that they have there, and we discovered that we have a White Bean Rower and the fruit that comes from it is not tasty at all, far too bitter. It was also lovely to have a walk and snack in their garden; we could see lots of different kinds of leaves on the floor!

We looked at different festivals that are celebrated around the world, and this month we found out that Indus have a lovely light festival. After looking at some pictures of Diwali celebration, children decided to create their own Diwali candle holders, using handmade salt playdough and sequins! They were gorgeous, very charming!

To end up this month, we couldn’t do it in a better way! We had our Halloween’s party! During last week, we have been getting ready for this special day. Children have been making ghosts, bats and painting pumpkins to decorate our room. We had an amazing time celebrating. Once again, we must thank you and congratulate you all parents for your amazing pumpkin carving.
As a last quick note, we need to ask parents, to make sure that your children don’t bring any coins in their pockets. Also, please, don’t bring special toys for show and tell as unfortunately, they can sometimes they get damaged or even lost. Our show and tell box is very full so we will keep it by the entrance of preschool to have your help looking for some of your children missing toys from home.. Thank you for your help!

How amazing do the Pre-Schoolers Pumpkins look?