Autumn 2022 Highlights

We began the term with a fresh intake into Nursery and our new children in all three rooms, along with those stepping up to new rooms, soon settled in well.

We were thrilled to take delivery of our brand-new ‘kiddibus’, which can seat up to six toddlers at a time. It has certainly revolutionised getting out and about locally for our Investigators children, who were getting just a little too big for buggies but whose little legs were not quite up to walking long distances!

We marked the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth sensitively with an age-appropriate approach, with the children of course remembering the Jubilee celebrations in May with Paddington Bear! They made marmalade sandwiches and read some favourite Paddington stories and we talked about making memories and how important it is to remember these occasions.

We celebrated some landmarks for our staff – Beth completed her College studies and gained her Level 3 childcare qualification and Charlotte has finished her Level 3 Forest School Leader training. We are proud of them both, they have worked hard on their courses, despite the pandemic. Beth has become a great asset to the Investigators Room and under Charlotte’s leadership Forest School is quickly becoming popular with the Pre-School children. It has enhanced our nursery offer greatly. With more members of staff undertaking professional development, our staff team is growing in strength and we look forward to reporting more success stories in the future.

 Across the nursery, we celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We read stories together and explored light and colour through colour-mixing, making rice rangoli patterns and making diva lamps from dough! We continued our colour-themed activities, collecting vibrant autumn leaves and natural treasures to make pictures. Sensory play was a focus on firework coloured rice, cinnamon scented pumpkin playdough and sticky spider ice bars. The children loved collecting pumpkins in their wheelbarrows in the Forest School field.

Life continues to return to more normal times in the nursery and we were pleased to be able to bring our Little Lancing book library back. Children are invited to borrow a book for bedtime reading Each room now has a Little Lancing toy Llama for the children to take home for visits. We look forward to hearing what adventures they have! 

As the winter nights drew in, thoughts inevitably turned to Christmas. The children had a whole series of exciting events, from Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas tea parties, arranged by our Little Lancing ‘elves’, coming to nursery in Christmas PJs and outfits, and of course a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. It brought a very busy term to an end and everyone looked forward to the holiday break with their families.