Spring Newsletter 2021
Spring Newsletter 2021
Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2021
In our childcare rooms we are busy learning about Spring and observing changes in the environment.
Following children’s interests and our Spring topic, we are looking at farm animals and their babies. We
have also been very interested in The Very Hungry Caterpillar story book. So far, we have tasted the
different foods from the story, danced a caterpillar samba, enjoyed singing the caterpillar on a leaf story
about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We have built a bug hotel and enjoyed a minibeast bingo! We have our
very own caterpillars that we have been observing and taking care of.
Here are some ideas of how you can join in with our Spring theme at home:
In the garden or on a spring walk. What will you find? Have a look for minibeasts, Caterpillar,
butterfly, spider, worm? Can you hear the birds? What colours can you see? Can you see any
Read a story related to Spring. Favourites at this time of year include The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
The Three Little Pigs, What the Ladybird Heard. That’s not my bunny! That’s not my tractor! Do you
have any others?
Sing a song. Old MacDonald had a farm to practice different sounds. Caterpillar on a leaf, joining in
with actions and learning the life cycle. There is a worm at the bottom of the garden.
Planting activity. We invite you to join in with our planting activity. Each child will be given a
sunflower seed to take home.
Have you heard of schemas?
A Schema is simply a pattern of behaviour that children use to explore and investigate
objects and the world around them as they play.
Have you ever wondered…Why push a pram around with nothing in? Why post objects into DVD players and
bins? Why tip toys out of boxes or scatter things off tables? Why is their child tying toys/people together?
Why do children prefer to play inside cardboard boxes, want to hide under their beds or make dens under
tables? Why do they want to wrap everything up, sometimes even themselves? Why does their child
continually climb onto things and jump off again? Why do some children have a fascination with running
water and flood the bathroom? Why do some children line objects up in a row when others make towers
The list goes on. Rotation, Orientation, Positioning, Connection, Transporting,
Enveloping, Enclosing and Trajectory are schemas of play that we can recognise and use to understand
children’s behaviour. This then enables us to plan activities to support this. Please see attached more
information about Schemas in Action and see if you can identify any of these at home.
Staffing- During our previous term we said Goodbye to Emma and Terri has left for Maternity Leave. We
have welcomed Sharon and Sarah to our Moorlands team. Sharon is now based in our Bumblebee room
and Sarah has joined our Ladybird room.
Clothing - Please can we remind all parents to ensure children have appropriate clothing for their nursery
day depending on the weather and at least one spare set of clothes in their nursery bag. At nursery we do
enjoy messy and outdoor play so please be aware that best clothes are not ideal. Optional nursery uniform
can be purchased from www.myclothing.com. Just search: Moorlands Day Nursery on the website. Sizes
start from 2 years. Nursery uniform is entirely parents’ choice and not compulsory. We ask that parents
also include a labelled sun hat and sun cream in nursery bags if necessary. Alternatively, we will provide
sun cream at a cost of £1 per child.
Funding towards childcare costs- Do you know what you are eligible for? Working parents may be eligible
for Tax Free Childcare and/or 30 hours funded childcare. Eligible 2-year-olds and all 3 and 4-year-olds can
claim 15 hours funded childcare. Please contact www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information. If you
are eligible for 30 hours funding from September 2021. You will need to have applied and issued nursery
with your code by 31st August 2021. You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.
Coronavirus COVID 19- Please remember to social distance when bringing children to nursery and
collecting them. As always, please inform nursery of any illness or absence. If your child has any of the
three symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change of sense of smell or taste.
You will need to book a coronavirus test and isolate until the test result gives further instruction. Please
note that the lateral flow tests cannot be used when symptoms are present. If you, your child or someone
in your household has a positive COVID test result during times when nursery is closed, please forward this
result to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again to all our families for your continued
understanding and cooperation.
Primary School Offers- Children starting Primary School September 2021, you will receive your offers
Friday 16th April. Please share this exciting information with us when you receive it.
Dates for your diary:
Term Dates: Nursery is open however grants are not valid during these dates. Children are welcome to
attend however, full fees will be charged.
End of Term: 05/04/2021-16/04/2021 (2 weeks)
Half Term: 31/05/2021-04/06/2021 (1 week)
End of Term: 23/07/2021-06/09/2021 (6 weeks)
Nursery will be closed on the following bank holidays:
Good Friday- Friday 2nd April 2021
Easter Monday- Monday 5th April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday- Monday 3rd May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday- Monday 31st May 2021
Summer Bank Holiday- Monday 30th August 2021
Christmas Break – Monday 29th December 2021 – Tuesday 4th January 2022
St Georges Day- Friday 23rd April 2021 – Children are invited to wear red and white for nursery.
Graduation Photographs for children starting Reception Class September 2021- Thursday 20th May 2021
Did you know that you can pay your fees online?
Payee: Ellanday Nurseries Ltd Account Number: 11090677 Sort Code: 16-00-39
Please use your child’s name as a reference.
Schemas in Action
An interest in how objects and people move,
and how children can affect that movement.
This schema can be seen in children’s actions
when they drop objects, jump, swing and climb
up and down repeatedly.
An interest in things which turn, such as knobs,
taps, keys, wind-up toys. This schema can also be
seen in children’s actions when they run and ride
bikes round in circles or spin round and round, or
make circles and spiral patterns in paint or other
An interest in creating and/or occupying
enclosed spaces. It can be seen in children’s
actions as they create structures in which they
sometimes enclose themselves or objects. Some
spaces may be left empty; others may be filled
An interest in covering and wrapping up objects
or themselves or in putting things inside bags,
baskets and containers. Sometimes children will
drape themselves in fabrics or clothing such as
hoods, hats, gloves, cloaks, or become interested
in wrapping things and securing them with string
An interest in moving themselves around and in
transporting objects. Once they are mobile,
babies and children begin to move objects and
themselves from one place to another, using
bags, bikes, trucks, etc.
An interest in fastening and joining things
together and in taking them apart. This schema
can be seen in children’s actions when they join
train tracks, attach ropes to climbing frames, get
fascinated with sting and even tie their own legs
An interest in carefully placing objects or
themselves in patterns or rows. The schema
may be seen when children line up toys, books
or other objects and position them either on
top, under, around the edge of, behind and next
to each other.
An interest in seeing things from different
angles. Children hang upside down from the slide
or climbing frame and may turn their toys and
objects upside down as they look at them.