Welcome to the Summer Term at Oakwood and my first newsletter, thank you to you all for making me so welcome and bearing with me while I am learning all your children’s names.

It seems that the sunny days have finally made an appearance which has meant that the children have been able to take full advantage of our wonderful forest. Over the last few weeks we have begun having our meals and snacks outdoors and on the odd occasion we have been caught out in the odd rain shower.

Please could we remind you to provide your child with a sun hat, we will be keeping an eye on the UV strength and the team will be applying suncream as appropriate.

Learning focus at the moment

Over the summer months we will be focusing on building Communication and Language through rhymes and rhyming words across all the rooms. These activities will include using rhyming words in everyday language, taking part in rhyming games – a firm favourite with the preschool children is our new game ‘Llamas in Pyjamas’ and introducing the children to new rhymes.

Did you know that…

“If a child knows 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8”.

Our activities planned will develop and embed new language for all children. If you have any questions or would like any additional information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s key person via the parents zone app who will be more than happy to help.


This term as many of the children are preparing for their transition into primary school we will be supporting them in navigating this transition. There will be lots of conversations around their primary school, school uniform and who their new teachers are going to be.

Please could I ask that you inform us of the primary school which your child will be transitioning to, we will also need to know your child’s last day with us, one months written notice is required. Please could this be emailed to oakwood@portlandnurseries.co.uk

The pre- school children will also be looking at our environment and ways in which we can support our wildlife and look after our planet. Activities will involve creating a ‘No Mow’ area in our forest to promote an area for wild plants and flowers to grow, the children will be learning about how valuable this is for pollinators coming out of hibernation. We will be using magnifying glasses to investigate what we can see growing and learning how to care for our growing flowers. Don’t forget to have a look too when you visit at your stay and play session.


During the summer term the toddlers will be using their senses to explore a variety of different materials, the activities will invole touching, smelling and tasting a variety of different items, the children will also be developing their two lesser known sences vestibular and proprioception which focus on movement, balance and body awareness. We will be doing this through lots of balancing activities, climbing, pushing, pulling, jumping, spinning, sliding and carrying heavy or light objects.

The toddlers will too be learning about the wildlife in our forest, exploring the names of the birds we see using binoculars, making bird and butterfly feeders and hopefully watching them feed. The toddlers will also be helping preschool with their ‘no mow’ area in the garden, planting wild flower bombs and talking about the importance of common pollinators such as bumble bees and butterflies. This will provide the children with the opportunity to learn and hear lots of new vocabulary

The toddler room children will also be looking at developing their bowel and bladder readiness to begin the process of understanding toilet training. We are currently developing home learning bags for children to take home to support their understanding.

For further information on toilet training please visit Information and advice - ERIC


This term our youngest children will be continuing to develop and embed their prime areas of learning to secure a solid foundation for later learning.

Physical Development: The children will have the opportunity to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills through a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors.

Communication and Language: The children will have consistent opportunities to hear lots of vocabulary, this term we are working on back and fourth conversations with the babies. The practitioners will allow pauses in their conversations to encourage a response from the babies.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: The practitioners will support the children to understand and develop their sense of self and explore their feelings through a variety of interaction with their key person.

Outdoor Learning Focus

The outdoor focus at Oakwood House is outdoor play, all day, every day, all year round what ever the weather. Our amazing forest offers children to experience first hand their environment from playing in the mud kitchen to listening to the birds and seeing the wildlife to watching the flowers bloom to woodland walks and making stick flags. The children are supported by trained forest school practitioners to develop their curiosity throughout the changing seasons.

Our youngest children have already experienced their first outdoor sleeping days, getting comfy snuggled in their sleeping bags, under the trees on our newly layed turf.

Staff News

This term we will be saying goodbye to Sarah Hall who has been working in the toddler room, we would like to take this opportunity to wish Sarah the very best of luck in her new administion career.

As some of you will already know Lindsay has joined the Oakwood House team from Holly Bank, Lindsay has worked for the company for many years and has a wealth of knowledge.

Elisha has decided to extend her maternity leave, we will now look forward to her return in September.

Long service award goes to our lovely Hilda who works in the baby room, a huge thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the years.

Diary Dates

Baby Room Stay and Plays - May

Baby Room Parents evening – June

Toddler Room Stay and Plays – May

Toddler Room Parents evening – May

Pre-School Stay and Plays – June

Pre-School school leavers Parents evening – June

Pre-School graduation celebration (school leaving children only) Thursday 27th June 3pm-5pm

Dates and times to be confirmed from your child’s key person

Further information

Mobile Phones

Please can I remind parents that the use of mobile phones on nursery premises is strictly prohibited, you must not take any photographs or videos at nursery or at any nursery events. Using your mobile phone breaks the statutory welfare requirements and is also a breach of safeguarding policies to which we must adhere.

Lost and Found property

We kindly request your cooperation in labelling your child's belongings, including shoes, clothes, hats and other personal items. Clear labelling with your child's name will help ensure that everything is returned to its rightful owner. This simple step will save time and minimise any potential mix-ups. Please check the Lost and Found property boxes periodically to retrieve any misplaced items.

Summer Clothing

As the weather gets warmer please ensure your child has suitable clothing to participate comfortably in all aspects of outdoor play that are all clearly labelled with their name and that can be kept at nursery.

We would kindly request that you bring suitable footwear for participating in outdoor play that will protect your child’s feet when it’s too hot for wellingtons. (No crocs, open toe sandals or flip flops)

Sun cream

Please could parents help prepare your child for outdoor play by applying sun cream before they come to nursery. We will of course be applying the sun cream routinely throughout the course of the day on the sunny days. If your child has allergens to the nursery suncream please can you provide your own for your child to be kept at nursery.

Community Library

It has been wonderful to see so many of you using our Community Library, we hope your children have enjoyed sharing a story with you at home, please don’t forget to send us some photographs.

Polite request to return any borrowed books once they have been enjoyed

Polite Reminders

Please could we request that all families stick to your agreed session times to ensure that our child to staff ratio are correctly maintained at all times. Should you be unsure of your child’s booked session or should you wish to change this please email oakwood@portlandnurseries.co.uk

Please could we ask that your child dose not come into the rooms with any food or drink brought in from home, we have lots of children with allergies to different food groups and we need to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Please could you encourage your child to leave any toys from home at home as we can not guarantee that they will not get lost or broken, they can also cause the children to become distressed when other children want to look at them or they can not be found.

Please can we remind you that mobile phones should not be used in the setting, please keep them in your pocket or bags on drop offs and collections.

Please could you let us know if you have a summer holiday planned that will mean your child will be absent from nursery, we have lots of the team wanting to book annual leave to spend with their own families. It would be very much appreciated if we know in advance so we can allow everyone the time they request.

Nursery Fee Payment Reminder

Quite a few payments are coming in after 1st of the month. Just a reminder that all payments must reach our bank account before the 1st of each month this includes all childcare vouchers, Tax Free Childcare Payments and Bank Transfers. Any parents paying by SLC with need to pay their monthly top up amount by 1st also. Please note that payments usually take 3-4 business days to reach our account.

Any payments received after 1st of the month will incur a £20 late payment charge and continued failure to pay will be charged at a daily rate of 8% of the outstanding debt.

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