Butterfly Lodge Newsletter February 2018

Pre-School Topic

Preschool children have thoroughly enjoyed our recent topic of the story collection “aliens, di-nosaurs, pirates and monsters love underpants”. This topic was originally intended to influence children’s toileting ready for school, however the children have enjoyed and learnt so much more. The children have enjoyed creating their own aliens using their imagination, making al-iens from playdough, playing a series of games such as rocket kerplunk/a rocket board game and as well as listening and reading to the stories they have been acting the stories out by pretending to be the aliens themselves, they especially enjoyed being aliens in the garden and going on a underpants hunt! The children have reached many learning outcomes from these activities, from physical to literacy but mostly imagination. Imagination is the door to possibili-ties. It is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development. Imaginative and creative play is how children learn about the world. During imaginative play, children manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, plan intentionally or unintentionally, act, interact, react, and try different roles. Employing creative thinking while manipulating play dough, working with art materials, pretending to be other people, characters or objects or even pretending to fly can further child development. Well done Preschool keep up the great work.

Special Visitors

Today in lower preschool we had a surprise visit from the Police Officers. They came to tell us all about how they keep us safe. The children were so excited they listened beautifully and tried on hats, jackets and played with torches. The Officers let us listen to their radio and the lady on the other end even said hello! We went outside and looked in the police car too. The Officers also left us some fun activities to do. We had a fantastic time and learned lots. We look forward to our next adventure.

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Staff Information

We would like to congratulate Becki Gregory our deputy on her new adventure perusing her new career path in safeguarding. We would like to welcome Tracey, who will be the new deputy at butterfly lodge nursery. Tracey has great experience in early years, Tracey is a qualified teacher with many years of experience in a wide range of child care sectors.
Emily our EYT has been offered a new role at shepherd lodge nursery as there pre-school co-ordinator and early years teacher. Emily has worked above and beyond and we will be great within this position at Shepherd lodge.

Congratulations

We would like to say a massive congratulations to Emma & Adam on the birth of their second son Jesse Joseph… Born at 7.09am 9th January 2018, weighing 8lb 10oz. We would like to wish them the best of luck with your new bundle of joy.

Collections

This month we are collecting recycled resources to help develop heuristic play within our toddler room. We are looking for – Pine cones, corks and kitchen role tubes.

Dates To Remember

10th February Tempest Photography 9:30 – 13:00 at Bluebell
13th February Shrove Tuesday
14th February Valentine’s Day
16th February Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
1st March Parents Evening 18:00-20:00
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