April has been a slightly different month for us
here at Kingsmead as we closed the nursery to keep our children and their
families safe. We have remained partially open to support our Key Worker parents,
who are doing a great job at keeping the country running.
Even in these uncertain times we have been having
lots of fun here with the remaining few children. As the weather has been so lovely,
we have spent most of our days outside.
The children have been making the most of all the
resources such as the bikes and cars, and then racing each other down the hill!
We have also been using the sports equipment to play football and catch.
In the kitchen areas the children have been having
lots of fun making pretend food and drinks. We have had lots of
picnic teas in the garden.
The children have particularly enjoyed having the
bubble machine on and seeing who can pop the most bubbles.
With the current Coronavirus situation in the UK we decided as a nursery to slightly change our topics and really focus on the children’s health and self-care. The staff were encouraging the children to wash their hands as much as possible. In the Sunshine Room the children were very good at counting to 20 while washing their hands to make sure they had washed away all the germs! We also created games for the children to take part in to help them understand the importance of washing their hands.
At the start of March, the children joined in to raise money for World Book Week, the children and staff dressed up as their favourite storybook characters, they all looked great!!
During the second week of March the children were learning all about the religious festival called Holi. The children had great fun taking part in different activities to celebrate this such as throwing colourful teabags onto a sheet to create looks of different colourful marks.
In the Sunshine Room they had a very special guest come into the nursery to talk to them about the Holi festival . They also had the opportunity to try lots of different colourful fruits. Afterwards the children went outside and with colourful cornflour paints they had lots of fun putting this on their peers and celebrating with colour.
The third week of March the children made lots of lovely cards and gifts for Mother’s Day. We also celebrated St Patricks Day by painting shamrock pictures and exploring green shaving foam!
During the Lockdown the nursery remains open for Key Worker Parents' children and we have been having lots of fun. The children have enjoyed colouring in and painting their own rainbows to show support for our amazing NHS staff and Key Workers. They also enjoyed mark making activities for Easter!
This month the children throughout the nursery covered five topics which were: National Storytelling Week, Valentines Week, Mini Beast, Pancake/ Shrove Tuesday, and St David’s Day.
For National Storytelling Week, the children were asked to bring into nursery their favourite storybooks to share with their friends. They also took part in themed dressing up to role play their favourite storybook characters. In the Duckling and Rainbow Room the children enjoyed taking part in a ‘Teddy Bear Picnic’. In the Sunshine Room the children in Circle Time discussed the feelings of the characters in the storybooks.
For Valentines Week, the children took part in lots of fun creative activities which included painting Valentines hearts, baking heart biscuits, and making Valentine’s day cards.
As part of the topic Mini Beast the children explored the Nursery grounds. In the vegetable patch the children found worms and some of the children were brave enough to hold them! The staff also hid mini beast around the nursery and the children had to find them and tick them off their list, which they found lots of fun!
On Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) the children really enjoyed eating their pancakes after their lunches! The children also took part in other activities such as making their own pretend pancakes with playdough.
To celebrate St David’s Day the children enjoyed creating their own daffodils with a range of different mark making tools such as paints, rice, paper, and glitter.
All children came back to Nursery full of beans after the Christmas break. They could not wait to tell us about the wonderful presents Father Christmas had left for them, and the fun things they have been up to during their Christmas break.
As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations the children in the Duckling and Rainbow room have taken part in a range of different activities such as chopstick painting, decorating lanterns, rice play and food tasting. In the Sunshine room the children have had lots of fun learning all about the celebration of Chinese New Year by listening to stories and words on the computer. They also had the opportunity to see and copy Chinese numbers, and the children did a fantastic job!
Our new topic for January was all about transport. The children have taken part in a range of different activities such as decorating different modes of transport, ‘car painting’ where the children rolled toy cars into paint to make marks on their paper. The Sunshine children stood at the front of the nursery to spot different types of vehicles. On one of the occasions the children spotted four cars, one van and a police car, from whom the children were very excited to get a wave!
The highlight this month, as every December, was the Christmas Nativity play and party. After practicing for 2 months the children put on a perfect performance and they all remembered their lines. They looked wonderful in their different outfits and throughly enjoyed their dancing and singing on stage. The performance was followed by a lunch buffet and then a visit from Father Christmas. This is a nice social gathering for parents enabling them to celebrate their children’s achievements and to get a chance to meet their children’s nursery friends and their parents.
The children in all rooms have been very busy making their very own Christmas card and present to take home and they were very proud of their achievements.They all helped to decorate the nursery with Christmas decorations and putting up the Christmas trees, and they really enjoyed the nursery Christmas dinner on Wednesday 18th December.
The Duckling room had lots of fun playing and exploring with jelly, some of the children also had fun eating it!!!The children in the Sunshine room had lots of fun writing Christmas letters to Father Christmas. They also had a very special visit to Chandler’s Ford Library on the 20th December 2019, where they got to meet Father Christmas and then took part in story time! They had a fantastic time as they walked to the library and then got the bus back to nursery, and luckily, they missed the rain!!
The rehearsals for the Christmas concert are in full swing. The children are practicing their songs and lines and are looking forward to the party.
This month the children have enjoyed making firework pictures with lots of different mark making tools which includes glitter, paints and chalks.
The Sunshine and Rainbow children have really enjoyed the rainy weather, they have liked splashing in puddles and making mud pies in the mud kitchen! Yummy!! They have also enjoyed throwing leaves in the garden with their friends.
The babies had much fun with a mound of shredded paper which they threw in the air to make “snow”. The staff probably didn’t have quite as much fun clearing it up.
We have created a new and improved maths area in the Sunshines room, with lots of new learning resources. The children have been reported impressing their parents with their new skills.
The sunshines also tried their hand at making home made bread.
The staff have been patiently waiting for or new new pre-school playground equipment to be installed and finally, in the middle of October it finally arrived. It was worth the wait to see the children enjoying themselves so much, climbing, sliding and pretending to be pirates.
Debs, our cook, has been trying new recipes for the children, with more success than expected. Some of the dishes the children loved, much to our surprise, were Cauliflower rice (instead of regular rice), Mince with lentils and Vegetable curry. Naturally, the most important thing is that the children fill up, and if they don’t like a new dish we try something else.
A lot of other things have happened this month too:
There is also a new construction area for the children to explore on the playground.
New play kitchens were added to the Ducklings and Sunshine rooms which have been well used already.
In the Rainbow room the ‘all about me’ tree has been changed to a winter tree using cotton wool, tissue paper and paint.
The Sunshine children enjoyed going for a walk around the local lake.
We celebrated the festival of light. The children took part in lots of different mark making activities.
The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of Halloween activities, which includes; making a pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins and making spiders out of the children’s handprints.
The children have also enjoyed some counting games using the pegs board.
September is always a busy month at Kingsmead.
We had to say Goodbye to the school leavers this August, and we would like to wish them all the best of luck starting school! We now have some lovely new additions to our garden animal collection given to us by the children who have left.
We would also like to welcome all the new children that have started nursery. They are now becoming very settled and familiar with our nursery routine.
The Ducklings enjoyed going for a walk to see and feed the ducks at Hiltingbury lakes and it was a lovely sunny day for them to enjoy.
The Sunshine’s and Rainbow’s new topic is ‘All About Me’- the children have been taking part in lots of different activities relating to this topic
Little Kickers, Spanish and French have started back up in the new term (these sessions are term time only) and the children really enjoy these extra activity sessions. Spanish is new and the Tuesday Sunshine Children enjoyed taking part in a free session. Spanish lessons are on a Tuesday 11-11:30am.
We have been very lucky with the September weather, so the children have still been able to access all the outdoor areas, let’s hope it continues into October for them. The children picked and dug up the vegetables in their garden and enjoyed eating them for their lunch and tea.
Some of the staff at Kingsmead took part in the 5k Mix Up to raise money for charity. The staff that took part had lots of fun and raised £320.65 for Naomi House. The children also enjoyed dressing up in spots as part of the fundraising last month.
August is a month of change at Kingsmead. 23 children left to go to school, ready for the new challenge. It was sad to see them leave and we feel it is a privilege to have been able to follow their progress through the years they have spent at the nursery. The younger children have started their transition to their new rooms and after a few visits have settled in very well.
We have had a couple of charity events at the nursery this month too. We repeated our Pyjamas and Onesie day in aid of the Crackerjacks Children’s Trust when the children and staff turned up at nursery in their Pyjamas.
The other event is for our local children’s hospice Naomi House and we dressed up in stars and stripes for the day. Some of our staff are doing an assault course and fun run next month to help raise money for the charity.
The babies have thoroughly enjoyed their new ball pit. They have also created a nursery rhyme display board which they have decorated with characters from the rhymes.
This month started with a BBQ party and sports day for our Sunshine room. The children had enjoyed practicing for sports day and on the day were raring to go. They were all pleased to receive a medal to show their parents, who in turn all joined in with the egg and spoon race. The weather was sunny and everyone could sit outside to eat. The bouncy castle was as always well used. One parent brought in a wonderful cake she had made depicting the three rooms, which was much admired.
Many of the children are preparing to leave nursery and go to school in September. They have been getting excited about the visits from teachers from the local schools who have introduced them to what to expect on their first day and the school year ahead. They have also enjoyed rummaging through our school uniform box, trying on the different uniforms that have been given to us.
Summertime is a good time for a big water fight. We played with water pistols and water balloons and finished the game with a picnic tea in the garden.
The big excitement this month was our ducklings who arrived as eggs ready to hatch in an incubator and left us 10 days later as little ducklings. The children were mesmerised waiting for them to hatch and then watching how the hole in the eggs got bigger and finally a little duckling appeared. Everyone got a chance to hold and cuddle the ducklings and they thoroughly enjoyed watching the ducklings a a splash around in a tray of water. Once the ducklings had left us we had a surprise visit of some wild ducklings who had found their way into our garden.
Duckings and Rainbows room had their summer party this month. The theme was animals and in the Duckling room the staff dressed up as ducklings. They all enjoyed themselves with a bouncy castle, party food and games.
The topic for the month was Farm Animals. We made a farm using Small World toys, made animal masks, coloured in pictures, made noises like the animals, sang songs and read stories about farm animals.
This month the children have made Father’s Day cards, enjoyed bubble painting, searching for hidden items in the glittery shaving foam and enjoyed playing with the new sand pit toys making shapes and pouring sand. Some of the children have also been for a walk to the local lakes and fed the ducks and met a lovely dog to pat.
Our topic for May was Seasons. We talked about the changes that happened each season and made pictures to show what had been learned.
The children in the Rainbows room went for a walk to the nearby lake where they fed the ducks and talked about how the seasons affected the trees and plants and how the leaves change in colour.
The children in the Sunshines room also had a couple of outings. They went to the local library to listen to Rhyme Time where they joined in with the singing and nursery rhymes. The return trip was by bus which they all enjoyed. The Sunshines also ventured out to the local lakes to feed the ducks and to the shops to find out what to do when you need to buy something.
The babies have enjoyed the garden where activities have included Hide and Seek and Catch and Slides. Indoors they have had interactive story times, making up stories and using toys to act them out.
All children have enjoyed Pet Week. Parents are invited to show off their pets and we learn about how to care for them and handle them properly. This year’s pets included a dog, a tortoise and a tarantula.
The month ended on a sad note when we said Goodbye to our Manager Val who retired after many years service. The children made cards and books with drawings of themselves. They lured Val into the nursery and surprised her with a presentation of their work.