Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

7th February 2024


Message from the Head Teacher:



Dear Parents


Thank you very much to everyone who managed to come along to our talk on Communication Language and Literacy last week, it was great to have so many parents here, and I hope you found it helpful.  We sent out the slides for everyone to see earlier this week. If you have any questions following the talk/slides, do please speak to your class staff.


Thank you also for filling in our social media permission slips


This week, and next, we are celebrating all things to do with Chinese/Lunar New Year, which falls at the weekend.  This year is the year of the Dragon and we are particularly lucky to have Dong and Katy on the staff helping us with cooking and musical activities. We also have a number of parents coming in to talk about this festival and to do some cooking, so a big thank you them, for sharing their time and expertise.


The photos this week reflect some of our activities for Chinese New Year. These have included cooking, and of course eating, both rice and egg noodles, and making fans and money purses. Classes also have lovely displays in their rooms and Mel has decorated our corridors with red bunting.

In circle times children have been hearing the story of how the different years are represented by different animals, following their race across the river, and the decision that all the animals should be celebrated on a 12 year cycle.


Other photos are of general activities that go on in the Centre on a daily basis – I hope they reassure you that when your children come home saying they haven’t done anything that day they actually have!


Thank you to all the parents who have been in contact about their talents and skills – your willingness to share these with the children is much appreciated.


Last week I included information about a story telling session over half term and this week I wanted you have a link to the museums in Cambridge who are putting on events, should you want to go along to these.




Medical Update: We have had a case of head lice reported in the Centre – please do check your children’s hair on a weekly basis with a fine toothed comb that you can buy at the chemist or online. Head lice can spread quickly if not treated, so this is a good preventative measure whilst your children are at nursery and primary school.
Some of the Learning this week


Mastering the art of using chopsticks with noodles


      Eagerly waiting for the rice and egg noodles to cook                                          




   ‘Yum delicious’…. the chance to eat our noodles now





Breaking up the noodles ready for cooking

        Chef  Hyun – Mi  does a cookery demonstration for our Nest children



Before they also enjoy eating and playing with the noodles and chopsticks – a good way to develop fine motor skills





Katy demonstrates how to hold the chopsticks and explains the Chinese banner and other items used to celebrate the festival


Mel has made a beautiful display in our main entrance


Children have been making their own fans and enjoying serving food from our Chinese takeaway

Children also dressed up for the celebration


               And decorated some special purses…I wonder what will go in them? 


Children in the garden made houses of straw, brick and wood having heard the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’



They also had fun playing hide and seek in our tunnels

Enjoyed a parachute play session


                                                             Music with Davina

And a trip to the hairdressers


As well as doing some shared writing, with an adult joining in and modelling pencil grip, alongside each child

Dates for your diary:

Half Term holiday 19th– 23rd February 2024 – holiday club will be running this week so please book your children in.

Term restarts on Monday 26th February 2024


Reminders/Requests: Please let us know if you have particular skills to share here at Homerton – see above.


With Best wishes from

Alex and all at Homerton


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