April Newsletter

Our Preschoolers are looking very smart in their Monkey Puzzle uniforms!!!

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This month the children have been planting and growing seeds and taking care of the plants. In order to help the children observe growth in more depth, they have also planted peas in a transparent bag so that they could clearly see the growth of roots and then the shoot. This stimulated plenty of discussions on the process of growth and the children have enjoyed recording this in their bean diaries.

The children have also been focusing on the book Jack and the Beanstalk and are in the process of creating their own beanstalk display.

 

Swimming Lessons

On Wednesday 26th April, the preschool children enjoyed their first swimming lesson at Canon’s Leisure Centre. For some of the children, it was their first time in a pool and they did exceptionally well. A big thank you to all the parents/carers who came along to support and watched their children during the session. The children have been developing their water confidence each week.

 

The children continue to enjoy the weekly Totstars football sessions at the nursery. This is usually expressed by a very loud cheer as they greet coach Darien on his way in every Wednesday morning. The classes continue to be very fun, engaging and the children are learning so much every week. To continue reading our news, please click below…

March Newsletter

World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March 2017

2The children and staff dressed up in their favourite book characters and had a great time looking at different stories. World Book Day is a fantastic way to make books even more exciting for the children, and we were absolutely thrilled with the amazing costumes our little ones wore to nursery. There was a wide variety of different characters, such as the Hungry Caterpillar and the Gruffalo, showing that our little ones love all kinds of different books.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our families for helping the children to pick out their costumes, and helping us to make literature fun.

Mother’s Day Tea Party

3On Thursday 23rd March all mothers, grandmothers and aunties at Monkey Puzzle Mitcham were invited to attend a special and memorable Mother’s Day Tea Party. The children worked very hard in preparation by baking lots of cakes and treats as well as creating gifts to present to their mother’s during the tea party. Our over 2’s enjoyed making a delicious red velvet cake and the under 2’s made a vanilla sponge cake.

4The ‘Mother’s Day Photo booth’ was very popular. Lots of fun was enjoyed by all and plenty of memorable photos were taken. Thank you to all who came along, it was a lovely event.

St Patrick’s Day

5To celebrate St Patrick’s day on the 17th March our little ones dressed up in green for the day, made dumplings and enjoyed eating a Traditional Irish Stew for lunch. They also took part in lots of activities and crafts based on shamrocks and the colour green.

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February Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter. A warm welcome to all of our new families!

1We have enjoyed a month of celebrations at the nursery including Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday.
To celebrate Valentine’s day, our littles ones took part in lots of activities such as baking yummy heart shaped biscuits, heart printing, love bug foot prints, exploring in cornflour and rose petals. The children also made some lovely valentines cards and bouquets for their parents.

On Shrove Tuesday, the children helped to make pancakes by mixing the ingredients before they were cooked. They really enjoyed eating the pancakes!
Next month we look forward to the celebrations of St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s day. On St Patrick’s day the whole nursery will dress up in green and enjoy a traditional Irish meal. In preparation for Mother’s day the children will be creating lots of lovely gifts for their mummy’s and talking about why they are special. The children will also be planning and preparing for our ‘Mother’s Day Tea Party’ where we will be inviting all mothers, grandmothers and aunties to the nursery to celebrate. There are many more upcoming events for next month to add to your diary…please refer to page 6 of the newsletter for these dates.

Toddler and Preschool News

3Lots of noise has been coming from the toddler room and outdoor area this month as our over 2’s have been exploring their music and sound interest. This has included exploring their drum station, painting with bells and rolling bells in paint to make marks and mix colours.

They have made xylophone’s using lolly sticks and have been exploring the sounds of the xylophone. The children have enjoyed singing on the stage and performing with various instruments as well as making their own shakers using bottles and rice- developing their fine motor skills.

The children have been exploring Phase One of Letters and Sounds which concentrates on developing their speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for later phonetical skills. This month we have been getting the children attuned to the sounds around them by going on listening walks, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds. These activities have really raised the children’s awareness of the sounds around them and developed their listening skills…. to read the full newsletter, please click below!

January Newsletter

Happy New Year and Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017.

1Everyone has settled back into the routines of nursery life again brilliantly. Thank you to every one for your lovely cards and generous gifts at Christmas. This month the children enjoyed a week of celebrating Chinese New Year. Lots of role play took place in our very own Monkey Puzzle Chinese Restaurant- frying noodles, serving customers, setting the table, reading newspapers and brochures. The children were developing their fine motor skills by creating vegetable sushi rolls using rice, peppers and nori. They explored textures by placing dry noodles in water and observing the changes. A sweet and sour chicken lunch was also enjoyed in the restaurant. The children also took part in Chinese food tasting using chopsticks. They tried sweet and sour chicken wontons, vegetable spring rolls, and prawn toasts.

Toddler and Preschool News

This month our over 2’s topic was ‘People Who Help Us’. They have had various activities planned to enable them to learn all about how people help our community. A police station, prison and fire engine were created for role play. The children have been making fire engines, creating fire flame paintings and collages, engaging in fire engine and police role play, extinguishing fire shaving foam with water, printing, completing puzzles, making ambulance collages using shapes and lots more…. to read our full newsletter, please click below:

December Newsletter

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2016- What a wonderful year it has been!

A huge thank you to everyone that came along to join us on our Christmas Fun Day Stay and Play Session on Saturday 17th December. The staff worked hard to make the nursery look festive. We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the children and their families engaging in festive activities. Santa’s grotto provided an extra special treat for all the children too. To read our full newsletter, please click below…

November Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter. So many exciting things have been happening at the nursery this month.

I would like to give a warm welcome to all our new parents and children who have started this month. I hope you are all settling in well. A big welcome to Jessica Edwards – as our amazing Toddler Room Leader.

Grand Opening Party

On the 12th November we hosted our Grand Opening Party in celebration of opening the nursery.
The children enjoyed lots of delicious treats, a lucky dip and face painting. We also had a balloon launch to mark the occasion. Thank you to all the parents/guests and children who came along to make it such a great day.

On Friday 18th November we held a Stay and Play Session in support of BBC Children in Need. Our staff made delicious cakes, we all wore spotty fancy dress, and enjoyed being decorated in spots. The children enjoyed getting involved in lots of spotty activities and going on a Pudsey Hunt in the outdoor area. We held a ‘How many sweets in the jar?’ competition and a raffle for our Children In Need Cake. A big thank you to every one who came along and for all your support. We managed to raise £49.10 on the day. Well done!
We plan to hold a Stay and Play Session every month at the nursery so keep a close eye on the dairy dates.

Our Topic: Farm Animals

At Monkey Puzzle Mitcham, we tailor our curriculum and planning to the children’s’ interests. As all the children have taken a keen interest in ‘Animals’-in particular ‘Farm Animals’, this has been our topic for the last few weeks. To inspire the children’s learning we transformed the Babie/Tweenie room role play area into a farm. The children have enjoyed exploring the farm and the various planned opportunities we have provided. They have also been engaging in a range of fun, messy and crafty animal related activities. To read the full newsletter, please click below:

 

October Newsletter

A big welcome to all our families and thank you for being part of Monkey Puzzle Mitcham. This is our first edition of our newsletter. These will be sent to you on a monthly basis to advise you of all the activities that the children have been participating in whilst having fun at nursery.

All our new children have settled in so well and that’s due to the hard work the staff put into ensuring the individual needs of each child is met. The settling in sessions we provide are essential for the staff to learn as much possible about each child, which is why we encourage all families to undertake these sessions before starting with us.

The Under 2’s
have been exploring the environment and engaging in sensory play with a variety of media. This has allowed the children to explore using their whole bodies and begin to notice that they can create marks in the early stages of literacy development. It’s also great fun to get really messy! Take a look at some of the activities…

The Over 2’s have been focusing on Autumn and Halloween activities. They have been discussing the recent changes in the weather, changes to the colour of leaves and investigating pine cones. We will continue this week with some more fun Halloween activities including exploring pumpkin slime, making pumpkin seed pictures and decorating pumpkins.

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Check out our Mumsnet Editorial

mumsnetIn order to embark on this amazing journey, we had to go to our High Street Bank to help us.

The HSBC Press department have written an article about us in Mumsnet! If you want to have a read you can take a look here.

Monkey Puzzle Mitcham Awarded 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating

3We are delighted to have been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency.

An Environmental health officer visited the nursery on Tuesday 18th October and gave us top marks on cleanliness, food preparation, health and safety and good practice.

A huge well done to our Chef Barbara and the nursery team for the high standards set. Barbara prepares our food fresh daily and the children absolutely love her tasty cooking. The menus are planned to provide a variety of food which is well-balanced, healthy and nutritious.

We will display our 5 star rating certificate proudly on the notice board in the reception area.

We are now OPEN!

We are now officially open and we would like to say a huge Welcome to all our new starters. We are so excited about all the activities and learning we have in store for you. A huge ‘Thank You’ to all of our hardworking team for making our first week so wonderful.

If you would like to come and have a look round and see for yourself what a fabulous space we have created for your little ones, please call us on 0208 286 7569 and we will arrange a convenient time.

We look forward to meeting you,

Sherry and Kerubu