Carol Phelps with the children

Spring term newsletter

Welcome back

We would like to give a warm welcome all our new families to Ivytree. We hope you are all beginning to feel part of our special community.  

Happy New Year! Hope you all have a fantastic 2020. Thank you all so much for all the wonderful cards and gifts. We were truly overwhelmed with your kindness thank you from us all.


Bring and share board: it would be lovely to have some new photos for our ‘bring and share’ board so the children can reflect upon their Christmas break and special times spent with their family. We would also love to add some more photos to our family album. The children really enjoy looking through this and talking about their families.


This first weeks back we will been focusing on settling the children back from their two weeks off. The Christmas holiday is always a very special, relaxed family time.  Don’t worry if your child becomes upset for a moment and wants to stay with you. We will help to settle your child back in to the routine.


Spring term activities focusing on the 7 areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum 

All about me, managing feelings, Rainbow Rules, winter weather, Mother’s Day, Easter, Baby Animals/farm, World book day, Chinese New Year.


 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Prime Area

Developing independence in using the provision. Focus on self-help skills: dressing, using the toilet etc. Encourage opportunities for older children to support younger children. Help children to understand their feelings: happy, sad, cross or worried. Turn taking games.


Communication and Language

Prime Area

Supporting children in developing listening & attention skills.

Opportunities for children to talk with adults on one-to-one and small group basis. Daily story sessions to encourage increasing attention and recall. Phonics through stories, songs and small groups. Circle times


Physical Development

Prime Area

Provide physical activities which will support children’s friendships and co-operation skills, e.g. throwing & kicking balls to each other, using large boxes to make a construction together. Experiment with different ways of moving.

Working alongside children to develop and use tools safely such as scissors and wood work tools.


Understanding the World

Specific Area

Local trips in small groups to park to investigate mini beasts. Provide opportunities for discussions about growing and planting seeds/bulbs in the garden. Encourage the children to make observations on insects/plants and why and how changes happen. Provide stories that help children to make sense of different cultures. Looking at the changes in seasons winter to spring



Specific Area

Begin to develop a repertoire of number rhymes and songs.

Focus on rich mathematical environment, especially outside. Introduce the concept of time using stop watches, focus on numbers personal to children, age, house number etc. Provide activities which develop counting skills up to 10 and beyond for 3years plus. Simple adding subtracting to extend mathematical skills



Specific Area

World Book day, share a favourite book. Working alongside children to develop confidence in emergent writing. Phonics, Focus on a rich literacy environment, especially role play and outside.


Expressive Arts and Design

Specific Area

Encourage and support small world and role play. Ensure areas for children to express themselves creatively are set up and children know how to use them: painting, music, malleable. Begin to learn a range of familiar songs and rhymes.

Creativity to be observed and encouraged in all areas of the EYFS curriculum.


The importance of messy play or Sensory play

The main feature of these activities is the way in which children are allowed to enjoy freedom to explore and play with different materials. These can be anything from sand, water, play dough, shaving foam, mud, gravel and 'gloop' (a mixture of cornflour and water). This type of play helps children to develop their hand eye co-ordination skills and activities like playdough and clay, help to strengthen the small muscles in the fingers. This is essential so that children can start to gain the fine control they will need to start early mark making and pencil control later on to start to form letters.

Making Play dough at home.

2 cups flour

3/4 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tarter

2 cups lukewarm water

2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

Food colouring, optional

Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one colour, add in colour now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to PLAY.

We sometimes add vanilla, lemon extract, coffee, lavender or mint from the garden to the playdough we make at nursery.


Please let us know of any family celebrations you have coming up as we would love to share these with all the children.


Please remember to add any trips out or special interests your child may have developed to the Eylog as this plays a big part to your child’s weekly individual planning.


News and events

Parents Evening Thursday 5th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

World book Day Thursday 5th March children may dress up as their favourite book character.

REMINDERS: Please name coats, jumpers and water bottles and ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at nursery too.

Nursery photograpther May 13th and 14th

Please continue to wash your child’s hands thoroughly with soap and water on entry to the nursery. No child may return to nursery for at least 48 hours after they were last sick or had an episode of diarrhea.


Thank you!

Very best wishes to you all for the New Year.



Published by Liane James, Manager