As the weather this week has been so bitterly cold, the children have had the opportunity to participate in a soup making activity. They took turns to cut up a range of vegetables put them into the saucepan then observed as the adult cooked it. The finished soup was given out at snack time and lots of the children really enjoyed it! Cooking with your child is valuable activity as it helps your child to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, an awareness of good food hygiene practices and even early concepts of maths and science.
Ho ho ho! We've had a fabulous Christmas week at THNS including performances to our families, a visit from Santa and a great party today. Please have a look at the photos on our gallery. We'd like to wish everyone at THNS a very merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy New Year. We look forward to welcoming our children back on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
A big thanks to all our parents/carers who spent time with their child in nursery today for 'Sharing Success Day'. It was lovely seeing so many of you sharing your children's Learning Journeys with them. This event is a marvellous way to strengthen our parent/nursery partnerships and celebrate the successes of your children.
We had a great turn out for our Messy Play workshop this week. Parents and their children loved making different types of slime and learnt about the importance of messy play both at home and at nursery. Messy play helps to develop children's fine motor skills, promotes exploratory play and fosters their curiosity in the world.
This week the children really enjoyed the experience of having their photos taken by a professional photographer. We then built our own 'Photo Booth' with clothes to dress up in and accessories to hold. The children took turns to take on the role of the photographer, while others dressed up and used accessories and props to pose with.
We would like to thank all parents and carers for their kind donations to the Poppy Appeal we sold lots of poppies, keyrings and wrist bands. The Royal British Legion will let us know how much we have raised in due course.
We celebrated 'The BIG Draw' at THNS, an event aimed at encouraging mark-making using lots of different methods and equipment. Children and their families also enjoyed taking part in a 'Write Dance' activity. Please have a look at our galleries page to see photos from this fun-filled event.
A big thank you to all the families who attended our fantastic International Evening this week. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed food from the many different cultures that make up THNS. Children and parents were encouraged to join in with African drumming courtesy of Mr Smith from Beulah Infants School. It was amazing to see so many of you dressed in traditional clothes from countries around the world. Please check out photos from this event on our 'galleries' page.
We would like to thank all the parents who attended our first Gardening Club session of this year - we had a great turn out! Together everyone worked really hard to clear away the old plants, weeds and canes from last year and prepare the soil for planting. We are hoping to sew some winter vegetable seeds soon.
We were very pleased to see such a good attendance for our first ever 'Parent Information Meeting' held by our Lead Teacher Melanie. She talked to the parents about how we work with your children to extend on their own interests and incorporate them into our planning. She also discussed some of the nursery's routines and the importance of encouraging your children to become as independent as possible. We had some lovely feedback from parents who attended:
"I enjoyed all the information that was given, it was very detailed and straight forward, allowing us as parents to understand more what our children get up to."
"I enjoyed learning how children's behaviour is managed as this is the bedrock of a child's development and learning."
"I most enjoyed staff attitudes and visible passion for children's growth and development."
Thank you to all parents who attended this very interesting meeting.