Nursery News 8th January 2024


8th January 2024 – Edition 319- First Newsletter of 2024

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A. Welcome back after the Christmas Break.

B. Final reminder-Big Nursery-Applying for Primary School.

C. School Term Dates

D. Labelling belongings

E. What the children are learning about this week?


A. Welcome back after the Christmas Break.

We hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Break. We are welcoming 5 new children from our wait list to join Green Group in Little Nursery. Our pupil numbers grow each term as the academic year progresses, so please try to arrive on time, so we can take everyone safely inside in an organised way as swiftly as possible.


So, as a reminder, Little Nursery Should arrive for 8:45 and Big Nursery should arrive for 8:50. If you arrive late, please be patient, we will admit all those children who arrive on time first, and then come back to admit latecomers. We do understand that parents cannot be in two places at once if you have to drop off older brothers and sisters at other schools.


B. Final reminder-Big Nursery-Applying for Primary School.

Who needs to apply?

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start school in September 2024.

You need to apply before 15 January 2024.

How to apply

  • if Central Bedfordshire is your council, you need to apply through them.
  • if Central Bedfordshire is not your council, you’ll need to apply through your home Local Authority.

You will need to look on your Local Authority Council’s website for further information on how to apply.



C: School Term Dates

The Local Authority, Central Bedfordshire, publishes details of term dates and school holidays on their website:

Type: ‘School term and holiday dates in Central Bedfordshire’ into your search engine to find the correct page.

Be aware that sometimes the Local Authority adjusts school holiday dates. I would recommend you check the holiday dates on their website before booking a holiday.

For this term:

Half term is from Monday 19th February 2024 to Friday 23rd  February 2024, when Willow Nursery School will be closed.

The last day of the Spring term will be Thursday 28th March 2024. School will reopen after the Spring Break on Monday 15th April 2024.


D: Labelling belongings

Label all lunchboxes clearly with your child’s name, on the top, so staff can see the name when the box is on the trolley. Label all drinks bottles and containers.

Label all coats and shoes, and any other items that children can take off-cardigans/jumpers/ fleeces. It is much easier to return items to owners when things are labelled.


E. What the children are learning about this week?

For this term we will begin to look at ‘Traditional Stories and Rhymes’ as our loose topic. We call it our loose topic, because it gives all the staff a focus together, so the work in different classrooms in the school compliments each other. We also have to ensure that we follow the children’s interests, so staff allow time in their day to support children to pursue their current interests, using individual learning opportunities to extend the children’s skills and knowledge in a sensitive way. Children learn best when they are involved in their learning.  Children are very motivated when they have chosen or developed their own activity. We have to achieve a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

This week we will be learning about the story of the Gingerbread Man across the whole school.

There are some pretend gingerbread men on a baking tray in the home corner in Little Nursery, so the children can see a visual of what a Gingerbread man is, and know that it is a kind of biscuit that is baked in the oven. Even the youngest children will know that biscuits do not usually jump up out of the oven and run away!

Miss Skai has developed a story telling table in Room 2 with the characters from the story, and the children are enjoying retelling the story.

There is gingerbread coloured playdough in Room two with some gingerbread man shaped mats for the children to try and create their own ‘Gingerbread Men’.

Try retelling the story with your child at home. If you do not have the story, try looking online. There are lots of animated stories online, and people reading the story which you can find by typing ‘The Gingerbread Man’ into your search engine. We would always recommend that you watch each clip yourself first to ensure it has safe content for your child to watch. Or, you could try to learn the story yourself and have a go at retelling it to your child. If you explore using different voices for different characters your children will love it. Make it different and your children will remember!

The story is fairly simple, but it has a wonderful repeated refrain throughout the story:

‘Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!’

We will read the story to the children and retell the story as the children play, in the hope that they will begin to explore the words in the story and perhaps begin to repeat parts of the story. This play around the words in stories enable children to become aware of story structure and will contribute to their ability to learn to read in the future.

At this stage we want children to enjoy stories, to have fun with them, and hopefully see them as a treat.