Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

16th November 2022


Message from the Head Teacher:


Dear Parents and Carers

Children in Need                      

Just a quick reminder that if your child attends Homerton on Friday 18th November we are suggesting that they either wear something yellow, or with spots on, to support the Children in Need events that are happening across the country.

Please see BBC Children in Need for a variety of ways to make a donation online, or over the phone, if you wish to. You can also donate at your local bank or building society.


Raffle Wednesday 14th December. Thank you to everyone who has started making donations towards our Christmas raffle. A couple of parents have asked me about what they should donate.  We have raffle boxes both for children and adults, so if you would like you can donate a child’s toy or book please, for the adult raffle boxes some suggestions might be something to eat or drink, bath products, books etc.

Tickets, costing £1.00, are sold on 14th December, and the raffle is drawn that afternoon.  Please donate raffle prizes by 30th November to allow time for Tracey, and her sister Sharon, to wrap them for us.


Davina Shore’s extra Music workshop 3rd December

Davina’s music workshop on the morning of 3rd December is already full, so she has decided to repeat it again in the afternoon from 2.00-3.45pm. If you would like to attend please see the attached poster and book directly with Davina.  Her music sessions are a lot of fun so children are sure to have a good time.

The photo below is of her session with our children yesterday when she played the piano for them. I am pleased to say the piano is being tuned today, so next week it should sound even better!




East Room children enjoying the piano in Davina’s music yesterday


Planning in the Moment

The classes have just started doing ‘Planning in the Moment’ for children. This is an in-depth recording of individual children’s learning.  Each week we particularly focus on four children, we look at their particular interests and their learning styles, supporting them to further develop their learning. We ask parents for help contribute to the ‘Planning in the Moment’ sheet, in order to get a full picture of the child, both at home and school.  Class staff will ask you to complete a quick sheet of questions when it is your child’s turn for planning in the moment. If you would like to learn more about Planning in the Moment there is a book available, written by Anna Ephgrave, an early years expert.


Staffing news

Sadly today is Emma Murdoch’s last day with us as support Teaching Assistant.  She has worked for us in various roles over the last 5 years and I would like to thank her very much for all she has done for children at Homerton over the years.  Emma is extending her other job role at Waitrose and we wish her well with that.

Covid/Medical Update: We have had our first case of Covid reported today. Please continue to keep your children at home if they are unwell with temperatures, coughs and heavy colds.


Some of the Learning this week



West Room have been exploring our box of natural objects and holding up some amber to the light.




The Nest has been threading some leaves, in order to develop their early sewing skills.




The Nest has also been having fun playing the catch the ring with your elephant trunk game, as well as sharing stories and building with a construction set.




The children in South Room had fun learning the song ‘Sandy Girl’, which is ring game where children join the ring one at a time, whilst singing and dancing.


Dates for your diary:


Friday 18th November – Children in Need day – dress in something yellow or spotty just like Pudsey Bear.


Wednesday 7th December – Christmas Story trail for parents and children around the garden 8.45am-9.30am – East Blue children, and any children from the Nest who attend on a different day/time, please come in to enjoy this event with everyone. 


Wednesday 14th December – Christmas Raffle and Party day, which is just for the children.



Please do not park on the yellow lines outside the Centre in order to keep all the children safe.


Please can you ensure that our office and class staff have up to date mobile phone contact details, and that we have a contact who is here in Cambridge to ring, in the event that your child becomes ill, or has an accident, whilst at Homerton.


Please remember to provide your child with warm and weather appropriate clothing, including 1-2 spare sets of clothes in their bags as we go out in all weathers.


Please also remember to sign up for your class ‘Whats app’ group if you would like to.



With Best wishes


Alex Pearson


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