Hello, I’m Esther White the recently appointed Head Teacher of Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery school. I’ve worked at the Nursery for 7 years as Deputy and Acting Head for last 6 months. I’m excited to be leading the school and look forward to sharing monthly updates about the children and the adventures we’ve been having at nursery. I also hope to share some early years insights to help parents and carers understand their children’s development and journey through this important year.
The month of June has been all about preparing for new adventures! For some of our children they are nearing the end of their time at Nursery and have started visiting their new schools and meeting their new Teachers. We know that saying goodbye is often sad and can be difficult and so it is important to recognise these different emotions around change and new things. Rather like planning a trip it is important to be prepared. At our recent “Get ready for School” workshop we talked about how parents can help at home over the summer. Practice new things like trying on uniform, having a picnic packed lunch where children open their tricky packages, walk the route to school and talk about what you see on the way. Keep developing all those important independence skills! This will lead to confidence and help with settling in. For the children who remain at Nursery they will have new friends to welcome and this can also be a bit tricky for some as they loose some of their classmates and friends. We aim to make the very last few weeks exciting and fun and have lots of lovely activities planned! We all feel very proud of all the children’s achievements this year.
May is the month of new life and changing seasons. We have been excited to discover a pidgeon nest in our outdoor space with 2 little “squabs” just hatched. This has been the most exciting and wonderful real experience for the children (and staff) to watch unfold. The outdoor learning environment is starting to florish after some glorious sunshine and a few downpours and the children have been off looking for snails and worms in the mud kitchen. I always feel so lucky that we have our gem of a garden for the children, it really is very special with areas to explore and make little dens and lots of exciting challenges. At Surbiton we know that outdoor learning has the most positive impact on children and that they develop so many key skills by being outside. They can run, climb and feel the wind on their skin; such a very neccesary and important experience that cannot be achieved inside.