Chalfont News Roundup
It’s been a busy few weeks at Footsteps Chalfont with lots of fun, laughter and learning to share. The children (and staff) have been exceptionally busy!
Children In Need
We want to say a huge thankyou to all the parents and children who supported Children In Need on the 15th November. For a £1 donation the children could come to Nursery in their pyjamas – we think the parents enjoyed the break from getting them dressed so it was a worthwhile price to pay! We talked to the children about what the charity do, and the kind of children and families they support.
Watch this space for our final total!
Remembrance activities are an important part of teaching our young people about our History – in an age appropriate way – but impacting the importance of the poppies. As well as our crafts and stories, we were lucky enough for some of our older children to be invited to visit the local church, to see the remembrance poppies laid out at the memorial and also be shown some war memorabilia. We also laid our own poppy wreath made out of red handprints. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to the nursery. They all observed the 2 minutes silence beautifully – we were very proud!
People who help us
Thames Valley Police came in to speak to the children – we had the lovely Community Support Officer Chris and Jen who did an amazing job engaging the children. The children were absolutely enthralled as they talked about what they do to keep us safe – as well as how they can always approach a Police Officer in an Emergency as they are a safe adult – even though they don’t know them. They absolutely loved trying on the hats and coats. We listened in on the police radios and even got to have a look in their police car. Hearing the police siren was probably their favourite part though It was a really special visit and a great interactive learning experience for the children.
Our friends at Zoolab bought some unusual friends in to play. The children loved looking and touching the snail, cockroach, snake and rat – they were very brave!! They decided just to look at the frog and the spider though!
We love our Forest School sessions. They are perfect for building confidence and really exploring their surroundings. We have been making full use of all of the autumn leaves. The children loved painting them to make leaf puppets. They also made stick men complete with googly eyes.
Try it Tuesday
Tuesday is our day we get the children to try and taste foods they might not have had before. It helps with confidence to try new things and with our dedication to healthy eating. We have been trying salami, chorizo, watercress, spinach and rocket.
The beginning of November has been a whirlwind as we celebrated a world of colour. With fireworks and Diwali taking top spots on the calendar, we enjoyed lots of different activities which have brightened up our walls (and sometimes our clothes too). Glitter, paint, sponges, glue, and tissue paper were out in full force as we enjoyed our firework themed paintings.
Diwali too is the festival of light and we showed the children a special video so they would understand the importance of this festival in the Hindu culture. Our children’s talents shone as they made their Diwali clay pots and lamps, and dressed up in colourful clothes.