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Stanhope House Day Nursery

Newsletter Issue 36

Winter 2018     10p per issue


Staff Update

Wishing everyone a happy New Year.

There have been a few changes over the last year and the most noticeable is that Philippa retired in November after 37 years at Stanhope. As manager I had the opportunity to buy the business and continue to provide the best care and stability for the nursery for many years to come.

We have also had a few staff changes and we are now in a position to take on two new staff that are completing their qualifications through the nursery. Sameera has joined Nursery 3 and Lily has joined Nursery 2. Ria will return part time in February after the birth of her daughter last year.


This is ongoing. Work has now been completed in the babyroom with new double glazing and opening windows. There will continue to be rotational painting and decorating schedule for the rooms on an annual basis. The baby changing room is next on the list to be refurbished and the outside painting will start this year, together with the office and staff room.


Christmas extravaganza

On the 9th December, the nursery held their second weekend Christmas extravaganza.

Rooms were decorated and stalls provided fun games and attractions. There were prizes for tombola and ‘guess where Santa lives?’ as well as a raffle and ‘lucky dip’. We had visitors from the current nursery register and also from the past who were able to reminisce with a visit down memory lane. Our Christmas quiz winner was Ben’s mother in Nursery 3, who won the £50 voucher for a meal at Bills restaurant in Highcross. Prizes were also won by Nara in Nursery 2, Devon and Jessica in Nursery 3

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us raise over £700.00 towards new toys and equipment.


Nursery 3 Christmas sing-a-long

There were a few challenges with this year’s nursery 3’s Christmas production due to the fact that many of the children were much younger than in past years so we thought it would be time to try something a little different with the parents and grandparents joining in with the songs and actions.

Over the past years we have produced our own selection of Christmas productions; using familiar tunes we have composed simple but fun songs and it was a selection of these songs that we used for our sing-a-long.

The result was a great success with everyone joining in with the actions and singing along to the words. Thank you to everyone that came along.


Age UK visit

As a result of the success of this year’s production Ruth visited the Age UK centre on the corner of Princess Road East and University Road and enquired if it would be possible to bring the children to the centre to perform this year’s sing-a-long to the day centre visitors. So on Tuesday 19th December a group of children, staff and the kind support of Rob (Caitlin’s dad) and Ed (Hugh’s dad) we introduced ourselves to the group. The response from the people at the centre was very welcoming with them clapping, singing and shaking tambourines along to the tunes.

We are hoping to make visiting the centre a monthly occurrence and parents will be updated.

There has been a great deal of information about the interaction of young children and the elderly with Channel 4 doing a documentary called ‘Old peoples home for 4 year olds’ that is worth downloading.

Holiday dates

The Easter break falls early this year and the nursery will be closed

 Thursday 29th March – Tuesday 3rd April, inclusive reopening on Wednesday 4th April as usual.


    Topical item  

  • Learning through malleable materials -

Providing malleable activities often supports and extends the development of science and mathematics. Materials for malleable activities are endless and varied. They can be exciting, stimulating and thought provoking. They give children the opportunity to use expressive language, try out manipulative skills and use their imagination.


Activity fun and games

Cooked cornflour - use 1 part cornflour to 3 parts water - boil water and add the cornflour (which has been mixed to a thick paste with a little cold water) boil the mixture, stirring all the time until mixture is cooked - leave to cool - place in a plastic bag - small zip bags are best. Press the bag with your fingers and see what happens. Add some food colouring - close the bag - press the mixture again.

Cooked playdough - mix 1 cup salt, 2 tbsp cooking oil, 2 cups water, 2 cups plain flour, 4 tsp cream of tartar and a few drops of food colouring in a large pan - cook over a moderate heat, stirring all the time until the mixture leaves the side of the pan - leave to cool. For an alternate idea add chocolate powder. THIS IS NON-EDIBLE PLAYDOUGH.

This dough keeps well if stored in a plastic bag in the fridge and will last for several weeks.

Non-cook playdough - mix and knead 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt and 1 cup water and a few drops of food colouring (if desired) on a floured board until a firm ball is achieved - roll and cut out shapes or mould into shape. THIS IS NON-EDIBLE PLAYDOUGH.

Other simple malleable ideas -

Cheap ‘smash’ potato and little warm water.

Shaving foam in a tray.

Sand mousse - mix sand and baby bath together until it forms a mousse.

Cornflour and water mix.

As usual if anyone wants to contribute to our newsletter, whether it be an amusing anecdote, a serious article, recipes, activities you and your children have enjoyed, a special book or anything else you can think of please pass on to Ruth who will make sure it is included in the next addition.

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