Monkey Puzzle Angel
Newsletter November 2020
Our last working day of the year will be Wednesday 23rd December 2020. On this day we will be open our usual 8.00-6.00 hours. After this day the nursery will be closed and will re-open again on Monday 4th January 2021.
Could we please remind everyone that it is now mandatory for all parents to wear a mask at drop off and collection. If you have forgotten your mask, which we know will happen sometimes please feel free to ask for a disposable one to be provided to you.
As an added safety measure each manager will now wear a visor at the door. We feel this is an extra safety precaution to protect the team from any potential exposures. A visor allows us protection but still gives us the opportunity to greet each child and family with a warm welcome each morning.
The management Bubbles for the next few weeks are as follows:
- Simona: Baby Room with the support of Martina & Kathrin
- Francesca: Toddler Room with the support of Robyn & Jemima.
- Katherine: Pre-school with the support of Aga and the PS Team
We would like to thank our wonderful parents and families for your continued support.
We are very happy to announce that we have welcomed the wonderful Lauren to our baby room team on a full-time basis. She is looking forward to settle into the MPA family!
We are very excited to announce some management changes which will be taking place in the run up to Christmas and into the new year. Rachel Cannon from Highbury Monkey Puzzle will be taking on a new role as Operations Manager across both Highbury and Angel nurseries, with a key focus on providing operational and management support, as well as focusing on quality of teaching, team coaching and performance.
The children printed their hands onto a piece of paper with a field as the background to represent the remembrance day for the soldiers who have died in the First World War. This was important to us as Reanna use to be apart of the military service. The children thoroughly enjoyed the red paint and printing on to the paper using their fine motor skills.
We have had a bright and colourful day celebrating Diwali for our lovely Nari in toddlers room. Summer created Indian elephants activity using paper plates with different coloured paint and glitter using wooden sticks and cotton buds. The children enjoyed being creative and getting stuck in using their hands also this was lots of fun and we have some wonderful elephants that the children will be bringing home for you all to see!!!
We celebrated Children In Need as the children painted their very own Pudsey Bears
They were given yellow paint and paint brushes to paint their bear first. This is a great way to develop the children’s fine motor skills and colour recognition. After our Pudsies were brightly painted the children were presented with paint stamps to make colourful dots on Pudsey’s eye patch. Using the stamps is always great fun for the children as they really enjoying banging it on their page but it is also a good way to develop their palmer grasp.
Kathrin set up an all body sensory activity on the floor, making it accessible for all the children in the Baby Room. The had different coloured resources such as rice, oats and glitter resembled a firework to celebrate Guy Fawks Night. In a playful way, the children got exposed to a sensory experience, feeling the textures on their hands and toes and they practiced on their motor skills, filling and emptying the resources into different sized cups. While being in social interaction with their peers, the children also learned about social skills, such as taking terms.
Our explorers took part in making fireworks for Diwali night . Children used coloured paper and cup cake liners to make their own fireworks.
First of all, the children had a big tray filled with rice and cous cous shaped as the “Children in need” logo. They also had some pots and spoons to fill and empty. They counted and pretended to make rain with the rice and had loads and loads of fun.
In the crafting corner our toddlers were busy in creating their own personalised snowflakes with some spongy cotton and sparkling glitters. We are now ready to decorate our beautiful Christmas tree and give it a personal touch!
We explored winter wander land tray that encourages children to learn all about winter. Children used their imaginations to role play the event and care the winter animals.
This enhances their understanding the world, social, communications and physical skills.
Children also explored winter sea that had full seal animals and snow. Children rescued the animals that stacked in frozen sea. Children learnt the animals names and enjoyed the sensory experience of it.
The children also enjoyed baking some treats of their choice. Children pretended cooking cakes , biscuits , pizza and turkey. Chin also sued shape cutters to cut some shapes.
Toddler celebrated Thanksgiving by painting the turkey’s feathers using paint and hands, giving the children the opportunity to learn their art and design skills and understanding the world.
They also coloured the turkeys with crayon and sticked paper on it, expressing their imagination and fine motor skills.
Preschool are taking part in a lot of literacy activities. Preschool worked on the sound of the week which is ‘E’, they did some mark making and used Lego to make the letter. They also took part in some sticking and used wooden letters to make 3-4 letter words.
We celebrated 40 years of Children In Need! Everyone looked amazing in their pyjamas! Today our activities revolved around Children In need. In the morning the children watched a video about Children In Need day and did some painting, they painted a big pudsey and did some beautiful mark making. We also made some lovely pudsey ears in the afternoon and also put clothes on our pudsey bears.
We made a lot of arts and crafts, but also spoked about Remembrance Day, it’s history, why we celebrate it. We carried on with our literacy activities and played some games in the garden.
We created our witch hats to continue on from our interest with Room on the Broom. We also made some dragons blowing fire. We spoke about ‘Room on the broom’, about what happens in the story, what are the characters and what might happen next. Our preschoolers could tell us a story all by themselves! We also did a small introduction to ‘The tiger who came to tea’ and made our own tigers!