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New Year’s Wishes!

Happy New Year to everyone . We have been fairly quiet this week as it is still half term but that doesn't mean we havnt still been doing lots of fun activities.

In fact a member of staff from baby room came upstairs looking like a snowman yesterday where she had been exploring shaving foam with the babies and they started clapping with it! Well Im sure you get the picture!

Babies have also been painting with stampers on large paper which as well as painting on they have had lots of fun scrunching up in their hands and feeling the texture when the paper was wet.

They have been rolling balls backwards and forwards to each other although the only ball they were interested in using for this was the he exercise ball which is nearly as big as them. One child tried to kick it and ended up falling on top of it as he didn't realise how big it was!

Jungle have been learning about hot and cold and doing lots of fun experiments to tell the difference and have been talking about the danger aspect of touching things that are too hot.

They have made silly soup, singing the song and to their extreme amusement picking objects out of the bowl and talking about them.

They have also enjoyed a lot of messy play, with shaving foam, but also with mud this week due to the amount of rain we have had in the garden the children have been able to play in the mud kitchen inbetween torrential downpours!

Castle room is under transformation at the moment, if you go in there you will find an interactive board for the children to use with Velcro backed people and clothes and a map of the world is going up shortly with people that live there.

There is also an exploration area for the children to explore their environment with magnifying glasses and binoculars etc. and today when I was in there they were making table top pictures with cars in paint which they absolutely loved.

Look forward to seeing you all back next week


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Christmas is almost here!

Hi everyone,

Apologies for the delay in the blogs this month it's a crazy time of year but Im sure I don't have to tell all of you that!

Well this is it the final countdown and your children have been busy making you surprise gifts which means I am not allowed to give too much away.


For some of the babies its their first Christmas which is really exciting and they are keen to explore every part of it.

We have been playing Christmas music for them to dance to and one of their favourites seems to be rockin around the Christmas tree which they like to jiggle around to while covering themselves in tinsel.

There has been lots of glitter painting , and painting with tinsel,but I cant say what for as it's a surprise , in fact every parent has a bagful of surprises made by their children and they really are beautiful keepsakes.

The shredded paper has proved popular in the tuft tray and they enjoy gathering it up and throwing it around and sitting and exploring in it and throwing it over each other and watching it flutter down. They have enjoyed making decorations with paper plates and getting messy in glittery foam, making marks and enjoying the sensory experience. They have also been trucking the toy cars through it to make tracks and and exploring the texture of playdough enjoying the feel of it sticking to their fingers.

We have had emotion cushions in their this week and the babies have enjoyed sitting on them and transporting them around but havn't really noticed the faces on them although the staff have been pointing out the different faces on them, smiley, sad etc. the children preferred to sit on them .

There has been lots of dressing up we have had baby elves , baby santas and baby snowmen especially last week when we celebrated Christmas jumper day and we thank you all for taking part.


We have been celebrating Christmas in jungle room by making lots of presents for our parents, again I am sworn to secrecy but there has been lots of threading and decorating with glitter , each other as well as the presents! which I'm sure you will all love your children have put a lot of effort into them.

Also for a small donation we have individual photos of your children and they have each decorated their own photo frames these can be seen on the display table outside jungle room.

Thank you to all those that attended the Christmas sing a long in Jungle room last week , I'm sure we are all agreed that they did really well and it was lovely that you all joined in on the last song. Thank you.


We have been taking part in lots of turn taking and sharing games this week as well as making presents for our parents.

Outside castle room on our Christmas display board you can see all of the activities your children have been participating in. Thank you for all those who took part in the nativity play, the children looked amazing and we discovered a few stars! One parent said that it was so beautiful she didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

We have been signing and singing Christmas songs and they love the song 5 currant buns at the moment which we changed to mince pies for the occasion and they are all enjoying joining in.

All of you should have a Christmas bag of goodies that your children have made especially for you to keep so enjoy opening them, they also should have their individual letters from Santa. Any pictures you would like to send us of your children over the festive season will be gratefully received..

Lastly I would like to thank Tescos Gillingham for donating food for our Christmas Jumper party thanks to one of our parents.

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Christmas Countdown!

Christmas Countdown!

So this is it already! The countdown to Christmas. Starting as always with Children in Need day. I'm sure it didn't escape anyone's notice that everyone has been in pyjamas all week and despite what some people thought it wasn't because we comfy and warm in them, although that was a bonus! It was because children come on different days and some would have missed out if we hadn't done it all week. Well that's our excuse and we are sticking to it! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that took part, made cakes and bought cakes all for a very good cause and I will let you know how much we raised in our next blog.


So what have we been up to this week. The babies have been learning to experiment with various sounds and textures as they play while exploring with the cars in the sand. They enjoyed the feel of the sand and the crunch as the wheels went through it leaving interesting tyre tracks which one of the other children were quick to notice and repeated the pattern themselves.

They made a life size drawing of themselves and a keyperson drew in the face and asked them where the eyes etc were and they found it harder to show on the drawing than they did on themselves so next time the staff are going to use the dolls to help to reinforce this activity.

The children are learning about books and are starting to point at familiar objects in them and make the noise of the object for example when one of the babies saw a fish they pointed to it and made a fish noise.

They also made a beautiful poppy collage with sponges and apple prints which have been on display outside baby room. The children were encouraged to pick up their objects between their thumb and forefinger and make marks to create their masterpieces, they really enjoyed doing this and went back to this activity several times.


Jungle room continued with the poppy theme and children in need and made a lovely red coloured gloop for the children to get stuck in to or should I say stuck to! They had enormous fun stirring in the powder paint to change the colour and watch it drip from their fingers .

We also had some boxes that were donated and the children made them into baby cots , houses and the favourite was a boat which they were happy to sit in during story time and while listening to stick man which has been a huge success and is helping them to learn about emotions and some parents have bought the book for children to enjoy at home and some children came in wearing stick man pyjamas for children in need which looked amazing. They are continuing to make a stick man display on the wall which looks brilliant and well worth a look.

They have started practising their Christmas songs for the nativity and will be bringing words home to practice at home with you so don't be surprised if they start to sing songs all around the house at all hours !

Another brilliant activity for children is floor drawing. They love to lay on the floor and roll around exploring their own space so we put a large roll of paper on the floor and crayons in their hand and they were happy to explore their gross motor skills by making giant marks on the paper.


The role play area has been turned into a post office this week for the children to be able to give meaning to their mark making and extend their knowledge of the world by sending letters and cards to each other and post them in the post box. I'm sure you know yourself how excited they are to receive their own letters especially from their friends. They will also be able to write their letter to the Father Christmas himself with support from the staff and we are hoping to get a reply and even a visit!

They made patterns with drawings of fairy lights and found the missing numbers on them and have made a Christmas bag to put all their Christmas bits and pieces in and decorated it. One of the first things to go in it will be their Christmas stockings made with a colour of their choosing and they will be encouraged to write their own name on it.

In true Christmas style the room is starting to sparkle and the messy play is no exception with beautiful sparkles lighting up the shaving foam and the nursery is alive with the children singing as they practice their nativity which we all very excited about as I'm sure you are too.

Thank you again for all your help with children in need and we are all looking forward to Christmas jumper day on 15th December. More information on that coming soon.

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Autumn and Bonfires!


We have been celebrating bonfire night and fireworks this week and for our baby room that involved some wonderful sensory experiences with brightly coloured paints and coloured lights.

They also continued with their autumn theme and hid pictures under leaves in trays for the babies to scrunch through and find and different sized pumpkins for them to explore introducing new words to describe the objects and one of the babies decided to go one better and plonked themselves in the middle of the tray and scrunched the leaves up in their hands making full use of exploring this sensory experience. This also promotes relationships with their peers and one child showed when comforting a child that wasn't so keen on the experience by saying ‘ its ok I'm here' which brought a lump to all our throats!

So going back to the coloured lights the staff made a dark tent and shone different coloured lights onto the ceiling and walls which fascinated the babies and they were reaching out to touch the lights and some of them soon learned to find the button that turned them on and off on the baby nightlight.


The children experimented with different coloured blobs of paint and used straws to blow the paint around the paper making a whooshing sound like fireworks. They then folded to the paper to make an explosion of colour.

They showed an interest in shape and space by making arrangements with objects and beginning to use the mathematical names for the shapes as they formed a picture .

Blobs of paint was added to gloop for messy play and the children had great fun swirling it around and mixing it up to create multi coloured patterns that looked like fireworks.

The children made their own giant collage on the wall with black paper and chalk and they were able to add what they wanted to it to create their own wall and they talked about fireworks and the safety of fireworks . They then hung coloured ribbons all around it to complete the wall in the role play area.

They made their own firework display out of pipe cleaners showing their imagination and creativity and sharing tools showing good relationships with their peers.

The children also made shaving foam pictures with blobs of paint in to help them explore art and design using different materials .

Lastly they made some poppy pictures out of handprints and sponge painting using red, black and green paint to experiment with and mix the colours.


Jungle room have been concentrating on the beautiful story of stick man this week. The children were asked to bring in twigs to make their own stick man and were told the story using props, which they loved.

They made their own stickman puppets using sticks and decorated them to take home so that they have their very own stick man.

The children did a puppet show with support of the staff using lolly sticks and pictures of the animals that helped the stick man find his way home which they loved joining in with , they also measured their sticks and put them in order of size with help.

The children absolutely love this book and it is a lovely heartwarming story to read to your children .

The children were able to make their own music to go with the story and some freestyle dancing was going on, they even made house for their stickmen and one child made him a bed out of a box.

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Dancing Babies


The babies have enjoyed lots of music and dancing this week. In fact so have I! We all had amazing fun dancing round the room with ribbons and scarves and at sleep time imagine our surprise when one of our babies started to do the actions and sounds to the Agadoo song , in fact we were so surprised that we asked his parents at picking up time who weren't surprised at all and said that mum dances to it round the kitchen at home which we thought was brilliant!

They had fun playing with cooked pasta and enjoyed squelching it between their fingers and mixing the different colours between the bowls and learning to use their fingers to pull it apart.

There was also lots of role play going on with the dollies as babies, they were trying to dress them and put nappies on them and rock them to sleep mimicking the staff.

The signs of the week were please and thank you so if your babies look as if they are blowing kisses at you they could be saying please or they could just be blowing kisses!


Jungle room has looked like just that this week they did mud painting which has formed the base for their investigation table which has acorns, moss, bark conkers and all things autumnal. The children loved exploring the different textures and smells and said the conker shells were ouchy!

They have made a beautiful tree display with handprint hedgehogs , leaf prints and conker rolling by mixing different shades of yellows, oranges and browns giving the room a warm welcoming feeling.

And it hasn't stopped there if you look in the water tray you will find leaves and conkers there as well so they can experiment to see which sinks and floats which they found absolutely fascinating and enjoyed screwing up the soggy leaves in their hands and comparing the textures to the dry crispy leaves teaching them to understand the world around them.


Continuing the autumn theme castle room have turned their whole room into an enchanted wood. The role play area is covered in leaves and twigs and pretend spider webs and pine cones not to mention acorns which we found a child carrying around in their sock as they didn't want to relinquish them! They made sorting activities out of the various leaves and there is a leaf chart on the wall where they can match their leaves.

We made a train out of the chairs and sang a song of their choice at every station although they were happy just taking turns being the driver and making the engine noises faster and slower using their arm movements to match the speed of the train. They extended this activity themselves and went away to the drawing area and made tickets for the train and started to sell them to their friends for pretend money.

You may also be receiving a clay hedgehog made by their own fair hands, they loved moulding the clay to make the shapes they wanted and then stuck a varied amount of small twigs to create the spikes, but I have to say they look amazing and you will receive them when they have dried.

You also might like to look at the family tree that is growing nicely at the back of the classroom with all your wonderful pictures on.

Until next week.

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Superhero Autumn!


Well this week I walked into babies and to my surprise they were all dressed up like miniature adults. They were in fact learning to dress and undress themselves only in their enthusiasm they had piled all the clothes on at once and I had trouble finding out who was underneath!

Another favourite game of theirs this week was playing peek a boo under a blanket where they all stood round waiting their turn and after a ready steady go prompt they hid under the blanket and pulled it off again laughing hysterically this was until one of the babies realised I was using their comforter and then I had to return it rather quickly and use one of our blankets instead.

They have been learning to kick a ball and I have found out they are very good at dribbling in more ways than one! One little girl let out shrieks of delight as she dribbled the small soft ball across the floor , sometimes it was more luck than judgement but she was absolutely thrilled.

As I mentioned last week some of our babies were learning to walk up and down the steps in baby garden and guess what! This week two of our babies have mastered it. So to sum up if over the weekend your baby starts to dress up in your clothes or hides under the blanket you know who to blame!


As autumn has come among us we are teaching the children about the seasons and their changing environment and they have been collecting leaves and conkers and bark and made a show and tell table of them looking at the variation of colours and shapes. They then used these to do leaf painting and prints to decorate their classroom which is now looking very autumnal with rich beautiful colours.

One of our amazing grandads in jungle room made us a latches and catches board which has light switches and real lights and all sorts of doors and fascinating gadgets on and is really fun to learn about technology on. When it was installed the children all gathered round and pulled and pressed and explored the board and were particularly impressed with the on and off light switch as was I , I have to say! Thank you grandad.

Our toddlers have also been practising being budding architects and engineers by making wonderful creations out of boxes. These can be seen on display outside jungle room. The children had greatb fun learning to put the boxes together and decorate them in colours of their choice, they really are a sight to be beheld. When talking about their creations we found out that one was a castle, another one was a car , but my favourite comment was ‘ I'm making boxes'! Brilliant, and so was the model that she had made.


You may have noticed castle room has followed the childrens interests of superhero play this week . Even the home corner was turned in to a superhero headquarters and to get to it they had to climb through spider webs made of string and try not to touch the string. This really captured the children's imagination and soon we had children coming in dressed as superheros , play dough made of superhero colours which I've been reliably informed by a pre-schooler are red, blue and green apparently, they even made their own superhero characters and hid them in the sand and then challenged each other to find them and then measure them using number blocks.

And finally the giant snail was named ! I had the great privilege of being invited to pick the name out of a bowl complete with drumroll and the name that was picked was Richard! So now we have two Richards in Castle room so I think we will have to shorten it to Ricki! The snail that is not the member of staff! Talking of the member of staff he has created a water wall outside which is taking shape nicely and is the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful outdoor project

The sign of the week was stop this week so apologies again if your little ones practice this all weekend .

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