In August we began saying goodbye to our eldest children as they prepare for the next step in their journey and move on to school. We celebrated this special time with the annual School Leaver’s Party. The children enjoyed many fun activities such as a bouncy castle, balloon modelling and glitter tattoos. They showed their excitement at our Ice Cream Parlour as they chose from a range of flavours and toppings, and played party games such as musical bumps and pass the parcel. Each child received a gift, card and poster full of pictures of all the school leavers together. Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us for the party. We wish all of our school leavers good luck and hope that they settle into their new schools with ease. We are so proud of every one of them!
At this time we also see other children making transitions as they move to new rooms within the nursery. At Monkey Puzzle, we aim to make this as comfortable for the child as possible, with short play sessions in their new room gradually leading up to full days, a transition information sheet for parents, as well as a child friendly version for the child, and feedback between parents and nursery carers daily. This is an exciting change as we watch the children grow and develop their skills in new ways.
Also this month, Pink Monkeys have been showing a keen interest in animals and living things. The children explored small world minibeasts in textured environments such as cous cous. They used magnifying glasses to look closely at the features of the creepy crawlies, and developed their fine motor skills by picking up the bugs using jumbo tweezers. Pink Monkeys engaged in imaginative play, pretending to feed the animals and made comments on their lifestyles and habitats.
Our new sensory shapes have been shared amongst the whole nursery, and Blue Monkeys have shown a particular interest in them as they use them to find new ways to build and balance with blocks. They stacked the shapes on top of one another, observing sizes and putting them in order of size. The children enjoyed looking at the different colours and became fascinated in how the light reflects on the surface of each block.