January is always a lovely month of new beginnings, we welcome new friends, new staff, new nursery pets and of course a promising new year.
The outside gardens seemed to be used more than ever this month with children wrapping up warm and delving into planned activities. Being outside allows a certain freedom, there are no ceilings and many children find being outside really invigorating. The activities outside have been interesting with many focuses covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. There has been various sports and balancing, circle times with friends and even hunting for insects.
Even when the weather turned very cold the garden was filled with children laughing as they dressed up warm and explored the snow and the icicles that had formed on the ledges of their castle.
As always Monkey Puzzle Ridgemont Rd celebrated the world and cultures around us and this month has been no exception with everybody dressing up, eating, reading stories, exploring flags, and delving into Australia day activities.
We also had a first this month when our oldest children had a dental nurse visit. Health & Social care is an important part of any child’s development and this is supported daily by our nursery routines, so having a dental nurse visit and discuss how to brush teeth and start conversation’s around ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods really helped secure our children’s learning. Who doesn’t love brushing giant teeth!