May ‘ 2015 Newsletter

Gaggle Nursery  preschool

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to May’s News Letter

We have had a lovely April complimented by great weather and sunshine. The children have been doing a lot of activities and looking after are vegetable garden. The onions have started to grow and the strawberry plants have started to flower. We have been doing a lot outdoors as you would see from the diaries of the children. We continue to read, sing and sign each day and have had great progress with children rhyming the popular rhymes. We continue to focus on number rhymes to improve numeracy among our children.

Theme of the month – “Pets”

The theme of this month is Pets, we will be learning about different pets. The children would be learning about caring for pets. We may arrange for pets to visit the setting like dogs, cats, rabbits, & chickens. We have added 4 fishes to our aquarium in the setting. We continue to have only the fish as the in house pets in the setting. And yes of course we have put in a bugs hotel near our outdoor forest school section. It has had some ladybirds as visitors. It would be nice if the children could bring in a photo of their pet to show their nursery friends.

If your child has allergies to any pet or you would not like your child to join in please let us know.

Book of the month – “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

We have loaned from the local library puppets for the illustration of the book for the children. We hope to capture their imaginations and interest in books. You can see the story at . We have less wordy version of the story for the younger children and more wordy versions for older children.

New equipment

We have loaned new equipment for the setting from the local library. A mole hole ramp and steps for children to be physically active indoors and engage in imaginative play. We have a den for the children and babies to play in. The babies have a large triangle mirror that gets them mesmerized in endless images of themselves.

Pre-school Curriculum

With a target to move children towards school readiness we would be sending home some worksheets along with a set of thick pens for the children. We would encourage you to do these with the children when you get a chance. The important thing is to have fun and not make it a chore for the children.


We are planning a picnic at Hall Place Gardens this month. We would be doing the trip by foot and access through the footpath through the wild life conservation area adjoining our setting. We have checked out the path and feasibility of the walk. There would be a risk assessment done and weather forecast checked for the day we do the trip. We would welcome any parents with valid DBS checks to volunteer for the trip. The trip would be between 8:30am till 11:30am on a weekday the week of 18thMay. The exact day would be confirmed closer to the week depending on the weather forecast. Please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the trip.

Sports Day

We are planning a sports day at the end of summer term, which would include parents to watch their children run races then after a picnic, look out for June’s News Letter for dates and times.

Nursery Driveway & Parking

Our car park is for dropping off and picking up your child, please can you reverse park when dropping and picking up, this for safety reasons.

The speed limit on the drive is 5 mph. Please note that the drive is used by parents and children on foot as well as the cars at the same time. A child can easily leave a parents hand and run off, the speed limit will help give time to a car to react and keep everyone safe. Thank you for sticking to the limit while on the drive.

If you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to help the nursery grow.

Thanking you for your support.


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