Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

22nd November 2023


Message from the Head Teacher:


Dear Parents and Carers


It was very special for the children, and the staff, to have some of you here joining in with ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. We plan to run this as a termly drop in event and an opportunity to step into your child’s world here, for a short while.

At Homerton we teach through a combination of focused taught activities and free play, and I hope you saw some of this whilst you were here. If you were not able to come to our stay and play session this time, please do come along next term.















Parents and children enjoying Stay and Play together


The next opportunity for parents to get involved with children is our Christmas Storytrail on Wednesday 6th December. Please do allow 15-20 minutes at drop off that morning to go around the Storytrail with your children, and enjoy a little bit of the magic of Christmas together.


Parent Governor election

I am delighted to let you know that your parent Governor contacts in the Centre are Christine O’Farrelly, who is the mother of child in Nest Yellow, and Eirini Gkouskou, mother of a child in East Room. Stefania Deidda and Isa Garcia, are also governors, and are here on a Friday morning running our Messy Play sessions. If there is anything you would like to talk to Governors about then please do make contact with any of them.



Raffle reminder Wednesday 13th December. Thank you to everyone who has started making donations towards our Christmas raffle. Tickets, costing £1.00 are sold on the day, and the raffle is drawn the same afternoon.  Thank you for your support in donating raffle prizes.  If you would still like to make a donation then please bring it to the office by 30th November to allow time for Tracey, and her sister Sharon, to wrap them for us.


Davina Shore’s Music sessions for Nursery children takes place on a Tuesday morning starting from 9.15, so if we could ask parents to drop children off by 9.15am on a Tuesday, that would be really helpful. A different Nursery class attends music first with Davina each week. The Nest sessions are at the end of the morning.



Children and staff enjoying Davina’s music session yesterday






Parking on the zig zag lines and across our neighbours driveways

I have had a couple of neighbours mention this week that people are parking across/in their driveways, or on the zig zag lines, at drop off or pick up time. We like to maintain good relationships with our neighbours so please can you leave slightly earlier if needed to allow time to park and walk from a little further away. Glebe Road, which is parallel to us, usually has plenty of parking and there is a very nice walk through the allotments to the Centre from there.


Applying for Reception places – Please remember the deadline for applications is 15th January 2024.


Holiday Activity Funding and Food vouchers

If you think you are eligible for HAF funding for your child please apply for this directly via HAF funding.



Medical Update: Unfortunately, we do have one child with Covid currently.  LA guidelines are to keep your child at home for a minimum of 3 days.  I did see in the news this morning that it is very important for children to have had their measles vaccinations, as this can be a very nasty and complicated illness, which is on the rise. Do check with your GP’s if your child has not had this vaccination.



Some of the Learning this week


At Homerton we teach through a combination of focused taught activities and child initiated free play.  The photos below show some of the outdoor activities this week that have been child led.


Exploring our Mud Kitchen                  Seeing how high you can get the ball



Collecting and throwing Autumn leaves in our Nest wild garden


At Homerton we also encourage children to develop their independence skills, as this gives them confidence in their own ability to do things for themselves. It also helps them as they move from the Nest into the Nursery, or Nursery into Reception classes….why not ask your child to put on their coat the ‘magic Homerton way’, over the weekend and see if they can do this?


We have continued to explore our Language of the half term, which is Spanish, during our Circle times. Perhaps you can see if children are able to count to 5 in Spanish as they have been doing this in class. I am attaching our language sheet to help with this.


I am also attaching the ‘Whatever Next’ picture story again as we have also been sharing this during our Circle times so you may like to revisit it at home.


Dates for your diary:


Wednesday 6th 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 13th December – Christmas Raffle

Wednesday 13th December – Party day, which is just for the children.


Wednesday 20th December – Last day of term

Thursday 4thJanuary 2024 the Centre is closed for a training day

Friday 5th January 2024 Spring Term starts




Spanish 2023

Whatever Next Vocabulary

With Best Wishes

Alex Pearson

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