Nursery News 4th March 2024


4th March 2024 – Edition 326

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A. Bedtime Stories: A well-attended event.

B. Can you help us with some Sellotape?

C. Overpayments….

D. Would you be interested in becoming a School Governor?

E What are the children are learning about this week?


A: Bedtime Stories: A well-attended event.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Bedtime Stories event last week. We had around 30 families here. The staff always get a little bit nervous when they have to read in front of the parents, but they all said the event went well. I tried to peep in, but Blue groups room was so busy I could not see anything through the window in the door into the classroom. I know Blue group enjoyed the story of Jack and the Flum Flum Tree, because a group of then asked me to read it to them again during our lunchtime story time.   The story was new to me, so the children joined in with the repeated refrain “Don’t get your knickers in a twist,” said Jack, Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack.” to help me.  Miss Howe was reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar  to Yellow group but I couldn’t look into her room because the children would see me, and it might distract their attention. I did see Orange Group enjoying their warm chocolate and biscuits after their stories of The Gruffalo, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.  The children sat around two tables, looking very mature, drinking and chatting together. They were very well behaved. As a school, we love books and storytelling, and we hope our enthusiasm rubs off on the children (and maybe the parents too!)


B. Can you help us with some Sellotape?

We are very grateful to those parents who are already supporting the school, by donating fruit, tissues, bringing in boxes for our box modelling area or volunteering their time and helping out in the classrooms. We have a number of children who enjoy making box models, using Sellotape to join their boxes together. We probably have more children who just enjoy exploring the sellotape and the sellotape dispensers!

Please could I ask that all parents consider donating some Sellotape to school? We prefer the 3 inch / 7.5cm diameter rolls as these fit on the dispensers. We would be very happy with the cheaper brands, I have seen 4 rolls for £1 in ‘The Works’ recently.

We could also use masking tape, again on the 3inch/ 7.5cm diameter rolls. This gives the children a choice of tape.


We put out this request this time last year and the sellotape donations are only just about to run out. We were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. The children use at least one roll a day… so we are looking for about 200 rolls!

Please help us to put a smile on the children’s faces. When a three year old says ‘Can I have some more sellotape?’ we want to be able to say ‘Yes’ and send them away happy, to busily get on with their constructions. There is ALWAYS someone working at the sticking bench.


C. Overpayments…..

We are rapidly approaching Easter, we have only four weeks left to the end of term. The office staff would like me to remind parents that attend Little Nursery that the two year old funding for Working parents will commence in April. So if you are a parent of one of the youngest children and you are currently paying for your sessions and you know you will be entitled to the Free funded 15 hours for Working Families initiative in April….. Please do not overpay! 


If you are unsure of how much you need to pay to be up to date at the end of March please ask the office staff and they will be very happy to help you.


D. Would you be interested in becoming a School Governor?

Willow Nursery is a Maintained Nursery School, and is managed like other Government Maintained Schools.

As part of our structure we have a governing body, made up of volunteers, that come together to help the Headteacher to manage the school effectively. As part of our governing body we have two Parent Governors. Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. Through the children, they have a first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum, and how the school is perceived from the ‘consumers’ point of view. This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.

More specifically governors:

  • help the school with it’s strategy
  • hold the headteacher to account for the school’s performance
  • makes sure the school budget is properly managed

What commitment to Parent Governors have to make at Willow?

We ask that governors are available to meet for three governors meetings per year, one in each term. We generally meet at 4:00pm, sometimes we meet face to face, sometimes online and currently due to everyone’s commitments, we operate a blended approach with some people meeting us here at school face to face, and others joining us online. Meetings usually last 60-90 minutes.

We ask all governors to visit the school once a year during the daytime to carry out a short governor visit, so they can see how the school is operating, within an area they are interested in.

You do not need any particular experience, we just ask that you are interested in the development of your child’s school.

We have one parent governor, but we are looking for a second one please! Our next meeting is on Thursday 7th March at 4:00pm…..

So if you think this is something you might be interested in, have a chat with me, Mrs Davies and we can take it from there.


E. What are the children are learning about this week?

The theme this week in nursery is The Tiger Who Came To Tea

In Catkins, the children will be exploring the salt trays to find out what is underneath the salt. Staff will place images and words from the story for the children to find as they make marks with their fingers in the salt. This will promote play and conversations relating to The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

In the Link area, children will learn all about their parents. We will be talking to the children about Mother’s day and explaining to them that it is a time where we thank our mothers and carers for all that they do for us. Children will be encouraged to think about why they love their carers so much.

In the Outside area, the staff will be helping the children to work on their bicycle skills. They will provide some push and ride along toys for the children to practice moving around the garden. The older children will be encouraged to use the two wheeled bikes as well as the tricycles while they are riding safely around children and obstacles.

In Room 3, the children will have two role play areas throughout the week. The first will be Sophie’s house, from the Tiger Who Came to Tea, and the second will be a small café. The children can act out roles such as Sophie or the Tiger, at Sophie’s house or choose what they would like to order at the café. There will be lots of reading opportunities as familiar words will be posted around the role play areas.

In Room 2, the children will use paper plates and paints to create their own stripy tiger masks. They will be encouraged to think about characteristic marks they might put on their mask to make it look more like a tiger. They will discuss the patterns that we usually find on tigers and try to recreate them in their art work.

In Room 1, the children will have a comprehensive role play area set out where they can explore Sophie’s house and also a café. The children will dress up as the different characters and act as they might in the story. There will be food for the children to order from the café, just like Sophie and her family did in the book. Children will play alongside each other as they re-enact the story that is becoming so familiar to them.

Outside, the staff will set up some café tables for the children to pretend to eat at. There will be books and pencils for some children to take the food orders of their friends and extend their role play further by taking it in turns to play different characters. The children will also work on their bicycle skills, they will be encouraged to use the two wheeled bikes as well as the tricycles while they are riding safely around children and obstacles.