Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin

8th November 2023


Message from the Head Teacher:


Dear Parents and Carers


Nursery parent information evening Thursday 9th November 7.45-8.45pm

Just a reminder for our Nursery parents that our information sharing session on how we learn and play at Homerton is tomorrow evening 7.45-8.45pm.  We will be having meetings with key workers for children in The Nest coming up in the next few months, and a more formal individual parents evening for Nursery parents in the Spring Term.


Request for Christmas Raffle prizes

We are having our annual Christmas Raffle on Wednesday 13th December. We will be selling raffle tickets on the 13th December only. The raffle tickets will cost £1.00 per ticket (cash only please). If you are able to, please donate a prize to go into the raffle, for example, a box of biscuits, chocolates, wine, new books, smellies etc.  Please take your donation to the main office, or give it to class staff, by Friday 1st December. The money raised will go towards a Christmas present for each child when Father Christmas visits the Centre in December. Thank you to Tracey, and her sister Sharon, for organising the raffle for us, they do a great job making up beautiful raffle boxes.


Monday 13th November 9.30-10.30am Coffee morning hosted by Bernie our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Please do come along to this coffee morning if you want to find out more about our Special Educational Needs provision, or have any more general questions, or concerns, about your child’s development.  The coffee morning is a chance to come and have an informal chat, meet the team here, and find out more information.


Parent/Carer Stay and Play sessions on Friday 17th November and Monday 20th November 8.45 – 9.45am for the Nursery and 9.00-10.00 am for the Nest

We thought it might be nice for parents to come and join their children in class and enjoy sharing stories with them, or joining in with their activities. Do stay with us for a little while at drop off time if you would like to on these mornings.


Children in Need Friday 17th November

We thought it might be fun for children and staff to join in with this national fundraising event on Friday next week by wearing something yellow, or something with dots or spots on, just like Pudsey Bear.

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


Medical/Covid Update: Unfortunately we have had quite a few children, and some staff, with coughs, colds and temperatures.  If your child seems unwell then please keep them at home. We request that they only return to Homerton after their temperature has returned to normal for a full 24 hours. If your child is unwell enough to need Calpol, or similar medication, then please keep them at home. Thank you


Some of the Learning this week  –

Core Story – Whatever Next by Jill Murphy





We are continuing to enjoy hearing, and roleplaying the story of the bear going off to the moon with his friend owl, who he meets on his journey to the moon. Please see the visual version of the story below for you to share with your child.



Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy


Dear Parents / Carers,

This half term our core story is Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy – a book about imagination and role play and reaching for the moon.

Baby Bear looks out of his window and asks “can I go to the moon?”       and when his mum tells him he will need a rocket he finds some space bootsand a helmet and dresses up      ready to fly off in his rocket (a cardboard box!). He packs a teddy    and some food       and sets off on his journey  .  An owl   flies past him on the way and they picnic together on the moon before Baby Bear flies back down the chimney  . Back at home Baby Bear is in need of a bath  and ready to go to bed  .


Children often like to

chat about the picture showing the bear covered in soot:










– did he really come down the chimney?! Your children no doubt have their own imaginative ideas about what to do with a cardboard box as well and probably enjoy packing up their own picnics too. Now it is dark in the evenings maybe you will spot the moon together …


Thank you for sharing this story with us. J



The Whatever Next! “Story Sacks” are now in the library for you to borrow & enjoy at home.  You can also borrow books for your child to read from our library – please just sign the sheet in the Green folder on the library shelf when you take out or return a book.


Some photos of class activities this week




Following last week’s fireworks we have also been making our own firework pictures both using a salad spinner and paint drops and cardboard tubes in paint.



The children have also been very interested in looking at the moon which they have been able to see both early in the morning, and late in the afternoon – we have had lots of discussion about whether it is a full moon, half-moon or crescent moon currently.




Can you spot the moon?



The Nest have been busy celebrating birthdays and using them as an opportunity to count to three on fingers and on the candles on the cake.








Our star bakers have also been enjoying making banana muffins following the instructions on a recipe card.


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.



Please can you ensure that our office and class staff have up to date mobile phone contact details, and that we have a contact, based 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.


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