Activity of the Month

Christmas Cracker

What you need:

  • A kitchen paper roll
  • Crepe paper, tissue paper or you could use wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • Sellotape
  • Stickers, pictures etc to decorate the cracker
  • Sweeties, treats, whatever you want to add into the middle of the cracker

How to make:

  • Cut a piece of crepe, tissue or wrapping paper (whichever one you want wrap around the toilet paper roll) to around 3 to 5 inches longer than the toilet paper roll. If you choose tissue paper you might want to use double the amount as it can tear easily.
  • Put a piece of sellotape of glue to hold to tissue paper together.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon round one end of the cracker to keep it shut.
  • Put the treats, sweeties, kids toys, confetti etc in the open end of the cracker. You can choose anything you like.
  • When you have done that tie the other end of the cracker with a piece of ribbon.
  • Then decorate the Christmas crackers with stickers, pictures etc.
  • When this is done you can either put them on the dinner table for Christmas day or your children can pull and end of the cracker each to get the treats they have put in it.

Menu of the Month

Herby Pilchard Pasta


150g Cooked Pasta

1/2 Onion Diced

1 Pepper Diced

100g Mushrooms

1 Can Pilchards in Tomato Sauce

1 Can small chopped tomatoes

Basil (Fresh or Dried)


Using a little oil gently fry the onions, mushrooms and pepper until cooked.

Add the chopped tomatoes.

Remove the backbone from the pilchards and then add to the vegetables with the tomato sauce.

Add the pasta and then cook for 5 minutes until hot.


Apple Crumble


900g Bramley Apples

1 Lemon or Orange

55g Caster Sugar

Crumble Topping:

225g Plain Flour

115g Butter or Margarine

85g Demerara Sugar


Preheat the oven to 190oC/Gas Mark 5

For the filling:

Peel, core and slice the apples.

Cut the rind off the lemon or orange into pieces.

Put the apple and rind into a saucepan with a little water, and cook over a low heat until soft.

Remove the rind.

Add the sugar to sweeten and put in an ovenproof dish.

For the crumble topping:

Sift the flour into a bowl.

Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour until the texture resembles bread crumbs, then mix in the sugar.

Spread the crumble evenly over the fruit.

Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until lightly browned.








Events and Activities which are happening from now until Christmas 2019

Parents Breakfast Tuesday 8th October 8.30am

If your child attends on this day then we would like to invite parents to join us for one of Brenda’s delicious breakfasts. Please let your child/rens key person know if you would like to join us.


Diwali – Festival of Light Monday 28th October

We will be talking to the children about Diwali and making colourful pictures, cards, lanterns, Diwali candle holders, painting Henna designs on hands and making Rangoli patterns.


Thursday 31st October – Halloween Fun Day – for children who attend this day

Please come to nursery dressed in your spooky outfits.

Some activities we will be doing:

Pumpkin Carving

Baking Biscuits

Apple Bobbing

Searching for spooky objects in slime

Making witches hats

Messy play with jelly and coloured spaghetti

Watch out for our very spooky lunch………….


Sunday 3rd November 2.00pm – 4.00pm Halloween and Bonfire Party – All children welcome and parents to stay.

Please come dressed up and join in the sparkle and spookiness of this fun filled party. Once it turns dark you will be able to watch some fireworks and sparklers.


Tuesday 5th November – Bonfire Fun Day – for children who attend on this day

Some activities we will be doing:

Making Sparklers

Chocolate Apples

Junk modelling Rockets

Splatter painting fireworks on a large scale

We will be having a bonfire lunch


Thursday 7th November – Pre School Trip

We will be taking the pre-school children to the National Centre for Early Music on Walmgate to see

Hey Duggee between 10am – 11am. More information to follow i.e. prices, times etc.


Parents Evening Thursday 7th November – 6.10pm onwards

A time slot for all parents to speak with their child’s Key Person. Please book your slot. Each slot is 10 minutes long.


Grandparents Day Tuesday 12th November

If your child attends on this day then we would like to invite all Grandparents to come and join in the fun at Nursery. We will be holding 2 sessions one at 10.30am – 11.30am and one at 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Please let your child/rens key person know if you would like to join this event.


Friday 15th November – Children in Need

We will be raising money for Children in Need this year – more information to follow on the theme.

On Friday 15th please can you send your child/ren dressed in spots. If your child doesn’t attend that day then please feel free to dress your child in spots during the week.

We will be doing lots of fun activities during the week.

We will also be holding a spotacular cake stall in the entrance the week commencing 11th November all proceeds will be going towards Children in Need.

So please get baking and join in the fun.


Thursday 5th December – Photo Day

If you would like to bring a change of clothes for your child’s photo, please feel free. If your child doesn’t attend nursery this day please book in a time slot for your child to have their photos taken. All photo’s will be back in time for Christmas.


Thursday 12th December Christmas Party

 We will be dancing, playing games and having lots of fun.

We have a very special visitor who will be returning to nursery as all my Little Acorns have been extremely good this year. Bringing Father Christmas to nursery are 2 of his special reindeers – yes, we have 2 real reindeers who will be in our nursery garden alongside our grotto – the reindeers will be at nursery from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Please help the staff to make this a big surprise and not mention these to your child/ren.

If your child does not attend this day, please bring them along to join in the fun – parents or a responsible adult (over 16yrs) will need to stay with them due to staff: child ratios.

More information about the party will be given closer to the time.


Friday 13th December Christmas Jumper Day

We will all be wearing our Christmas Jumpers so please send your child/ren into Nursery with their festive jumpers/t-shirts on to join in the fun.


Tuesday 17th December – Christmas Lunch

Brenda will be rustling us up one of her fab Christmas Lunches. Due to numbers, the Christmas Lunch will be for the children who normally attend this day. A menu will follow closer to the day.


Wednesday 18th at 2.30pm and Thursday 19th December at 10.30am – Christmas Play

We are about to start rehearsing for our Christmas Play. This year’s play will be

The Littlest Christmas Tree.

Don’t worry if your child does not attend any of these days, they can still attend for just the play and if we can, we will swap sessions to make it easier, however due to extremely high occupancy figures this may not be possible. We would like all the children to take part in one of the plays – from baby room to the pre-school room.

More information about the play, costumes and which day your child will be taking part will follow shortly.

All family members are welcome to come and watch the plays – please give the staff a rough idea of how many will be watching so we know how many will be attending. Again, due to high numbers we may have to limit the amount of family members but please ask as we love it when Grandparents etc come to watch.


Father Christmas Trip – Pre-School children only

A date will be arranged and letters sent out to visit Father Christmas in York.

Further information to follow


Tuesday 24th December

Nursery will be closed for the full day on Christmas Eve



Many Thanks

Sarah and Staff