Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

25th January 2023




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.

Reminders and Requests: If you have any out of date dried pasta, noodles or pulses, that you plan to throw out, please bring them in to Homerton as we can use them for messy play.




You may have heard that there is to be a teachers strike on 1st February. I am pleased to be able to let you know The Centre will be running as normal on that day.


If you are looking for an activity this weekend for your children, Rock Road Library are running a Rhyme Time session on Saturday morning.  Please see the attached poster for more information.


Message from the Head Teacher:


Dear Parents


As you can see I have slightly changed the format of the Weekly Bulletin so that the dates and reminders sections are the first thing that you read.  Please let me know if you prefer to have these sections at the beginning or the end of the bulletin.

The frosty weather has provided children with lots of additional opportunities to learn about the world around them and how the weather can change both the look, and feel, of our garden.  Thank you all for dressing your children up warmly and providing hats, gloves etc.  Please can we ask for these to be named as it can be hard to keep track of them otherwise.


Covid/Medical Update: Covid continues to be with us with two members of staff one in South and one in Nest Green having it currently.


Some of our Learning this week     


The cold weather continued at the start of the week, giving children the opportunity to explore frost and ice in our garden.  We filled jelly moulds, with water and left them to freeze overnight, so the children could explore the different ice shapes, in our builders tray, when they came out in the garden in the morning.



The Chinese/Lunar New Year continues to be celebrated with various dances including a lion dance, where children roleplay being the lion’s head and body, whilst moving around the room to music.



Children also made up their own dances moving to music with fans and scarves as props.



Children enjoyed using our masks as props when retelling traditional tales last week, so this week our garden focus involves children developing their cutting skills as they make their own masks to attach to a lolly stick, ready to act out different stories.



Children continued to enjoy making noodles in different classes, first exploring them in dried form, and then seeing the effect of adding hot water to them, and cooking them for a few minutes, of course they then went on to enjoy eating them!


Children spent a lot of time making and decorating their own red purses with beautiful designs.  Every single purse was unique – I am sure the gold coins inside were very popular!


Bernie and I recently attended an Early Years Conference where the importance of getting young children physically active for at least 180 minutes

per day was stressed. The Nest have also been learning some yoga poses to promote strength and balance which looks a lot of fun!



Perhaps you might like to ask your children to demonstrate some of the poses so you can try them at home too!



Best wishes

Alex and all at Homerton

Rhyme and Story Time


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