Nursery News 21st March 2022


21st March 2022 – Edition 256

Find out About

  1. Children’s Community Health Hub
  2. Lack of fruit at snack time!
  3. Box Modelling
  4. Covid 19 Update
  5. What the children are learning about this week



  1. Children’s Community Health Hub


The Bedfordshire and Luton Children’s Community Health HUB is our one stop service for our Health Visiting, School Nursing 0-19 and our Looked after Children Teams for parents, carers and professionals.  Our Luton Community Paediatric Service can also be contacted via this number, but for emails please continue to use their own dedicated email address.

To access the Health HUB call us on 0300 555 0606 or mail:

Our trained Hub administrators will be at the end of the phone to help and advise, and to signpost to you to the correct services.


2. Lack of fruit at snack time!

We have had very little fruit brought into school in the last week or so, to share at fruit time. I know we have some parents who regularly donate fruit, so a big Thankyou goes out to them. We ask that every parent consider donating a six pack of apples, or a bunch of bananas or a bag of satsumas once every six weeks. If all parents send in some fruit we have plenty to share at grouptime. We give children a small portion of fruit to have with their milk at snacktime, usually about a quarter of an apple/ banana/ satsuma. The children really enjoy their snacktime.


3. Box Modelling


Next week we are learning about recycling in big nursery so we will be needing lots of boxes to recycle into different creations!  We would be very grateful for any of the following that you can offer…

  • Boxes, not too big. The biggest boxes we like are cereal boxes.
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Yogurt Pots, butter tubs and other plastic containers
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Egg boxes


4. Covid 19 Update

We have been made aware of several members of our setting who have tested positive for COVID 19. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with our local Public Health team. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

Our setting remains open, and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.


What to do if your child develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. This can be arranged via or by calling 119.

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Please note that we have seen that the additional symptoms of an upset stomach, runny nose, headache, sore throat, unusual fatigue (tiredness) or cold-like symptoms could be early warning signs of a potential COVID-19 infection.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known.

  • If the PCR test is negative, the child can return to the setting once well again · If the PCR test is positive, the child should follow Government guidance for people with Covid-19

If your child does develop COVID-19 symptoms, you can seek advice from the NHS at

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you should contact NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to help to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help to reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19: · get vaccinated – everyone aged 12 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now or attend a drop-in site. See for clinic locations and times.

  • get tested and stay at home if you have symptoms
  • stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you test positive
  • consider taking a test even if you do not have symptoms
  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • wear a face covering when it’s hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places – and on school/public transport

Further information is available at


5. What the children are learning about this week


In little nursery the theme is growing.

Throughout catkins and little nursery, the children will be revisiting planting that they have done previously and the changes that have happened to their seeds. They will talk about how the seeds have changed and have now grown into cress and beans. The staff and children will discuss things their seeds needed to grow and will then plant some peas and carrots.

Children will also be thinking about who is special to them and why. They will work on their communication skills by sharing this information with their key workers.


In big nursery the theme is recycling.

In room one, Miss Skai will be playing a recycling game with the children. The focus will be on how we can recycle certain materials and the children will get to sort different resources into the correct containers. Miss Skai will explain to the children why it is a good idea that we recycle and reuse some items.

Miss Skai will also complete a group read of Josie and the Junk Box, the children will follow along with the story and gain an understanding that print has meaning.

In room two, Mrs. Cashmore will be focusing on junk modelling with the children. They will be encouraged to create some amazing box modelling masterpieces to bring home and share with you all.

The children will have the opportunity to reuse some bottle tops by decorating an uppercase image of their own initial. As the children work, they will be able to discuss other ways to reuse and recycle their rubbish.

Outside, Mrs. Patterson will be supporting the children in making a large scale recycling collage. The children will glue their recycling onto a large canvas and turn rubbish into art. Mrs. Patterson is planning to show the children that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

There will be chalk available for the children to draw on the pavement. They will be encouraged to draw different shapes on the floor and fill those shapes with natural resources such as sticks and stones.