Week commencing 20th September 2021 – Things that go round

Please note – Library books will begin to go home this week to be exchanged weekly. Could the children please bring in book bags to safely transport them. Thank you.

This week we will:

  • Talk about road safety and safety at nursery
  • Listen to stories about vehicles
  • Play environmental sounds game
  • Car wash for large cars
  • Build roads using wood for small vehicles
  • Roll marbles through paint
  • Stamp pictures using different circles
  • Transport puzzles
  • Find things that roll
  • Make marks in shaving foam using things with wheels

Starting Primary School in 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you will need to apply for a School place. You can apply between 1st November 2021 and 15th January 2022. It is very important that you apply in good time and by the deadline of 15th January 2022. Applying on time will give your child the best chance of getting one of your preferred schools.

From this afternoon, for those starting School in September 2022 your child will come home with a leaflet about the admission process.

You can also find out all you need to know about school admissions online at or you can call 0300 200 1004.


Welcome back to Buckles and Bows for some and welcome to our new families.

We hope you have all had a fantastic Summer and we are looking forward to hearing all about your adventures and getting to know you!

This week we will be concentrating on sharing stories and building relationships, talking about what makes us feel special and what we have in common with each other. We will :

  • Use senses for exploring the world (UtW)
  • Explore the craft area and resources (EAD)
  • Listen to the boundaries e.g aprons (L, PSED)
  • Use number language in the sand, water, songs (M,EAD)
  • Learn new songs and sing “We’re sitting on the floor”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Zoë or speak to a member of the team.

The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What parents/carers need to know

What is the EYFS?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was originally launched in 2008. It is the statutory framework for all early years providers in England but it is held in high regard worldwide.  The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet.  Early years providers in England who provide care and learning for children from birth to the end of reception class must comply with the EYFS Statutory Framework. Ofsted regulate and inspect all early years providers against the safeguarding and welfare requirements and areas of learning to determine how well children are kept safe and healthy. From time to time the EYFS is updated and refreshed, so far this has happened in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

What is changing?

From September 2021 a revised EYFS will come into force. The key messages about the reforms include:

  • Reducing practitioner workload and needless paperwork to allow for more quality time and interactions with the children
  • Improving the outcomes of all children and addressing/reducing the disadvantage gaps
  • The importance of workforce knowledge and professional development to inform assessments.  Reflect upon the need to assess every child’s development against ‘check lists’, saving formal steps of assessment for when they are necessary

What do the changes mean to me as a parent/carer?

The safety of your child and the quality of the education provided will not change. You may not see any changes in terms of the activities and opportunities on offer to your child/ren. However, you may notice that we are not physically recording as many observations and assessments of progress.  Please be reassured that we will still be supporting your child’s development and responding to their interests.  We will be using our professional judgements to assess your child’s development during our daily interactions and activities. 

We still want to keep parents up to date with their children’s learning and development, and give you snapshots of their nursery day, so we plan to offer the following from the autumn term.

We will continue to upload photos to Tapestry. These will be a mixture of group and Individual updates and we would like you to continue to upload updates from home, as this really supports the children’s language and confidence to share information.  It also helps us to offer different resources to support their learning using their interests from home.

  • Christmas and Summer term, we will send you a development summary for your child. This will tell you what we have been learning, what we’ve been enjoying, talk about their wellbeing and whether their development is as expected or if there is anything we need to work on. We plan to continue to do this through tapestry.
  • The progress check at 2 years is still a mandatory assessment point and we will still share your child’s development and progress with you.

Our pedagogy

  • We believe children are powerful learners, every child can make progress in their learning, with the right help
  • We believe effective pedagogy is a mix of different approaches.  Children learn through play, by adults modelling, by observing each other and through guided learning and direct teaching.
  • Our practitioners carefully organise enabling environments for high-quality play.  Sometimes, they make time and space available for children to invent their own play, Sometimes, they join in to sensitively support and extend children’s learning.
  • Children in the early years also learn through group work, when practitioners guide their learning.
  • Older children need more of this guided learning.
  • A well-planned learning environment, indoors and outside, is an important aspect of pedagogy.

Our curriculum

The 7 areas of learning and development within the EYFS have not changed, these are:

The prime areas

•             Communication and language

•             Physical development

•             Personal, social and emotional development

Specific areas

•             Literacy

•             Mathematics

•             Understanding the world

•             Expressive arts and design

The prime areas of learning form the essential foundations for healthy development and future learning. Once a solid start has formed within the prime areas we continue to build upon these skills, opening to explore more learning opportunities within the specific areas of learning.

These 7 areas are the basis for our curriculum. Careful thought is given to inform our enabling environments (indoors and outdoors), to provide resources, activities and learning opportunities to meet each child’s unique requirements. Ofsted call this ‘curriculum’.  Our curriculum is very flexible and responsive to follow children’s interests and those totally unplanned learning opportunities that sometimes come out of the blue, such as it unexpectedly snowing, etc!

Young children learn through play.  The EYFS refers to the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  These are:

•             Playing and exploring

•             Active learning

•             Creating and thinking critically

Every EYFS provider has their own bespoke curriculum, to support each child’s unique developmental pathway, following their interests and fascinations.

We understand that this information is lengthy and complex. Please feel free to speak to your child’s keyworker or Lisa to discuss this further.

Should you have any questions, concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

Yours Sincerely

The Buckles and Bows Team

Week commencing 28th June 2021: Colour monster goes to school – Emotions

This week we will:

  • Talk about how we are feeling and what makes us feel different emotions (PSED, UTW)
  • School themed role play (EAD)
  • Make faces in the sand using pebbles, shells (M, PSED)
  • Promote independence using puzzles (M, PD)
  • Talk about our new schools and teachers (CL, UTW)
  • Use household objects to explore float and sink (UtW)
  • Draw maps of how we get to school (L, PD
  • Use hart shape to make a picture of what we love about nursery (PD, L, EAD, UtW, CL)
  • Make a school with small world toys (UtW, EAD)
  • Practise using buttons, zips and fastenings (PD)
  • Match cars to their numbered parking spaces (M)
  • make a colour monster using specific colours (EAD)
  • Use own choice of media to make imitations of uniforms (EAD, UtW)
  • Use needle and wool to sew initial sound of name (PD)

Week commencing 14th June 2021 – Hansel and Gretel

This week we will:

  • Read the story of Hansel and Gretel (L, CL)
  • Talk about keeping healthy, washing, brushing teeth (PD)
  • Talk about how Hansel and Gretel felt throughout the story (PSED, CL)
  • Make paths using glass pebbles and patterns (M)
  • Play ‘What’s the tune Mrs Witch’ (CL, PSED, PD)
  • Decorate the Gingerbread house (EAD, PD)
  • Use construction blocks to build houses (PD, EAD)
  • Programme Bee Bot muse to get home (UtW, M)
  • Sort emotion pictures (PSED, CL)
  • Draw maps with both leading home (CL, L, PD)
  • Use instruments to play emotional music – happy and scared (EAD)
  • Make playdough houses with ginger scent (PD, EAD)
  • Cleaning teeth game (CL, PD, UtW)

Week commencing 7th June 2021 – The Queen’s Birthday

This week we will:

  • Read books about the Queen and London (L)
  • Talk about our experiences and share knowledge of London (CL, PSED, UTW)
  • Order the cakes by numeral (M)
  • Make cakes in the sand with pebbles, shells, cones (M, EAD)
  • Design birthday card for the Queen (EAD, L)
  • Make party invitations for a tea party (L)
  • London Bus role play area (EAD)
  • Use blocks to build castle/palace (PD, EAD)
  • Draw/paint portraits of the Queen (EAD, L)
  • Graduation practice (CL, PSED, EAD)
  • Make crowns (EAD, PD)
  • Write recipes for mud kitchen birthday cakes. (L)
  • Fathers Day craft (PD, CL, L, EAD)