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It must be love, love love… and there’s a lot of love in the nursery this month!

VALENTINE’S DAY, February 14th, is recognised as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world. While we know we should love and appreciate each other all-year-round, Valentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to teach the children all about loving and caring for each other! They will be busy making gifts, creating cards, reading love rhymes, singing songs… all to celebrate this warm occasion.

vanilla-party-cakeHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! February 17th is also a very special day, as we celebrate our 3rd birthday!! Lots of exciting activities planned in our ‘Birthday Bonanza’ week to celebrate – all will be announced in next week’s Monkey News, and we look forward to celebrating it with you x

BABIES – This week will be creating some beautiful sensory trays with romantic pinks, purples and reds… and of course, with lots of flowers, hearts and sparkles…!

TEENIES – Our Teenies have been working hard on their ‘Valentines board’… check it out when you are next in the room!
To celebrate this romantic time of the year Teenies will be singing ”Love Song” nursery rhymes and creating wonderful ‘love-themed’ artwork.

heartsTODDLERS – Will be decorating the room with Valentines bunting created by the children! As we will be visiting Paris this month the Todd’s are going to create the French flag and putting their artistic skills to the test.

Pre-School – Will be looking at the creation of experiments and how things ‘work’.
As the ‘unique stories’ activity worked so well last week, and the children let their imaginations run wild, we will continue encouraging them to create their own stories using their very creative minds…. of course, including stories about love, relationships and caring for people.

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7b6b0755-86d7-4c05-ab9f-05514bbe0bb7CHINESE NEW YEAR!
Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as ”Spring Festival”, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar… In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is Saturday, 28th January, initiating another year of the rooster!

3e6a7cf9-8a87-49cb-b89c-32c523da30c0BABIES…
This week we are learning all about our families. We will be building a family photo book and creating some masks of our little ones’ favourite pets.

TEENIES…
Our Teenies will be taking part in decorating our little monkey cosy corner.We will be learning about the sounds and noises that all the jungle animals make.

**Important**
If you have any soft cuddly jungle animal teddies at home please could you bring them in for the children to snuggle up to during story time.
Staff update: Hannah Gray will be returning from annual leave on Tuesday 24th January.

TODDLERS…
This week we will still be reading our HOORAY FOR FISH book. We will also be talking about our families so please bring in some family photos as we will be creating some magical memory photo books.

75b1e2ab-dcfc-410b-838f-3dc81a73b77dPRE-SCHOOL…
This week they will be studying the solar system and will get to know all the names and facts about the planets. They will also practice drawing the solar system using lots of colours!

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Newsleter logoHAPPY NEW YEAR!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year… and that you are sticking to at least a few of your NY resolutions!!

We are all feeling sprightly, and have started the new year with a bang. The team are excited about all the lovely activities that we have lined up for the children this year… and what a great start we’ve had so far!

Welcome to all of our new starters – children and staff.

*IMPORTANT*
Is your child a focus child for the week? If so, and you have been given a form to fill in from your child’s key person PLEASE remember to bring it back. It is vital we have this to plan individually for your child!
Teenies shall be moving over to the new style planning on 30th January 2017!

c1869d51-41f3-4172-879e-c836e150d1edBABIES…
Babies have been exploring their senses. We shall continue to explore all 5 senses through various engaging activities. We have also spent time this week working on self-feeding and being independent.

TEENIES…
Teenies have been exploring ‘All about me’ this week. They have made their own little houses and explored what they look like in the mirror. Next week we shall be looking at what makes us unique. We will be planning activities daily ‘in honour of’ the children within the room – exploring what we all like, for example if a child loves yellow, we will plan activities in the afternoon to be yellow!

**Important**
Please can you provide us with photos of family so we can make family trees.

Staff update: Hannah Gray will be on annual leave next Friday, Kayleigh will be managing Teenies in her absence.

TODDLERS…
0ead8981-5b51-4d8f-861b-dd1af17d2b2dToddlers have been focusing on the ‘Hooray for Fish’ book. Teaching points from this book have allowed us to explore counting, patterns, shapes, sizes, emotions and feelings… their exploration continues next week.

PRE-SCHOOL…
Pre-schoolers have been immersed in lots of wonderful activities and projects about Dinosaurs. This shall be continuing through next week… as there is just so much to find out!
We would like to start up ‘Show and Tell’ on Wednesday’s. This week we will be focusing on family. Please can you provide your little ones with photos of their family (including pets) to share with the group.

*IMPORTANT REQUEST*
Do you have any of the ‘Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs’ books at home? if so we would be very grateful to borrow them! The children love this range, but currently we only have a few…

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Dates for your Diary

Please click below to see a list of activity dates at the nursery in 2017….