Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

18th January 2023


Message from the Head Teacher:


Dear Parents

I am pleased to say the children who have moved into the Nursery from the Nest have all settled in very quickly.  Those new to Homerton, in both the Nest and Nursery, are also doing very well, and are starting to get to know the adults, and children, in the room as well as enjoying many activities.

Please talk to class staff about how to support your child, as they have many years of experience settling children in.


Our celebrations around Chinese and Lunar New Year have been continuing this week and children have been learning how to cook noodles. Please see the photos at the end of the bulletin.


If any families are coming to Messy Play this Friday there is going to be a Chinese/Lunar New Year theme. Thank you to Isa and Stefania, two of our parent governors, for all their hard work running this group, if any parents would like to volunteer to help, I am sure that would be appreciated.  The group runs from 9.30am-10.45am every Friday.


Covid/Medical Update: We have two children, in South Room this week, who have Covid.


Some of Learning this week





Every week we have a particular focused activity, which takes place in the garden. The photos above are of children making musical shakers by filling containers with rice and pasta and then sealing them up.  The final photo is of the children singing songs and using their shakers as musical instruments to accompany their singing….enthusiastic shaking meant some of the contents of the shakers ended up on the floor… as the lids weren’t always as secure as they might have been! The children had a lot of enjoyment making and then playing these shakers, and it would be an easy activity to do at home.




The children have continued to enjoy hearing and role-playing traditional tales this week. The Gingerbread Man has been popular in East Room.  Children took on re-telling the story, amongst themselves in a small group, after Bernie and Fran had read it a couple of times in class.  I have also heard a lot of children pretending to be goats ‘trip trapping’, across the wooden bridge outside my office window today, so The Three Billy Goats Gruff is clearly a favourite story for the children too!

If you don’t know these stories then do have a look on You tube as there are a number of lovely versions of them, which you can share with your children at home.


Children have been developing their fine motor skills this week by painting Chinese symbols with the traditional black paint on red card.




The Nest children have also been using chop sticks to eat noodles which they enjoyed cooking in class, with expert teaching from Hyun-Mi


Dates for your diary: Half Term 13th-17th February – holiday club will be running during this period.

Monday 20th February – The Centre is closed for a Training day focusing on Well-Being for children and adults.


Please remember to dress your children in warm waterproof clothes and bring in wellington boots for wet days.




Wishing all our families who are celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year this weekend a very happy time.

Best wishes

Alex and all at Homerton

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