Swanbourne Nursery February News

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Mark making

At the start of the month Kittens enjoyed mark making with crayons. To help develop their understanding of the world the adults set out natural objects to spark conversation and represent thoughts and ideas. Each child told a story about the objects in front of them. They drew around the objects, traced the textures and positioned them inside the frames to complete their picture. By framing the children’s workspace, we are igniting their creativity, encouraging them to build limitless masterpieces.

Under the sea

Earlier this month Ducklings and Lambs have been focusing on learning opportunities that will help to support children acquire object permanence by providing them with the opportunity to search for items that are hidden, but still partially visible.

For this opportunity they chose an under the sea theme at the sensory station. Filling it with a mixture of shredded, tissue, and crepe paper, offering a mix of textures for exploration. Each sea animal was hidden in the paper for the children to find and this was celebrated with lots of praise.

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Creating snowmen

Did you know that modelling with malleable materials helps to build your child’s fine motor skills?

Children need to develop their finger muscles and have proper finger control before they can learn to write at school. During early years, we provide provision that helps to develop these muscles through a variety of play activities.

Malleable materials are materials that you can easily manipulate. If a material is malleable, it can be easily transformed with hands or tools. Children can lead their own exploration with these materials, or you can theme tasks with an adult-led input. When it snowed the children created snowmen. They each created a snowman and discussed the features he would need including eyes, a nose and a smile.

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Mark making in the snow

The children had lots of fun our outdoor areas in the snow a few weeks ago. We focused on mark making using a variety of paint brushes and tools with a combination of food colouring and water on the snow and ice. The snow in the garden gave our children a limitless canvas to mark make with. We extended this by mixing our prime colours to create secondary colours, encouraging the children to explain what they were doing and share their thoughts and ideas. We also made models with the snow by filling and emptying containers, rolling snowballs and creating mounds to decorate with our coloured water.
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Making Valentine's Day cards

The children had fun taking part in a variety of learning opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some of our children made cards for their loved ones, we looked at the importance of friendship and we also set out a wide range of exploratory messy play in the tuff trays too.

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Kittens home corner transformation

Our team have worked hard to transform the home corner in our Kittens room to create a wonderfully cosy and inviting area for the children to enjoy. 

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New reviews page

Thank you to all of those families who have left us a review on Daynurseries.co.uk. We have showcased a few of the reviews on our website

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Recommend a Friend Scheme Relaunch

We have now revamped the Recommend a Friend scheme so you are now able to earn up to 50% off one of your monthly fees. For all the details, please visit here

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Promoting Healthy Eating in the Early Years

Do you sometimes find it a struggle to encourage your little ones to eat a healthy balanced diet. We’ve written a blog post which looks at strategies to help entice young children into trying something new. You can read the blog post here.

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