May 2016

A Message from the Management…

Welcome to this Month’s newsletter.

During April we have had many different things happening. All the children have been able to see the life cycle of a caterpillar, seen them growing and transforming into beautiful butterflies and they then watched as we let the   butterflies out in the garden. We also had some tadpoles which were released into the local pond by the children and practitioners. On 13th April we had a Pyjama fun day where we raised £123.19 for Crackerjacks Children’s Charity.  Thank you very much for your contributions

Grand Peppers children have enjoyed a trip to the Silk museum in Macclesfield. The children and practitioners enjoyed learning information about how silk was collected and made. The children also got see what outfits would have been worn by both adults and children working in the mills.

We would like to say huge congratulations to Kathryn and her new husband Adrian on their wedding which took place on Sunday, and wish them all the best for their future and look forward to seeing Kathryn when she returns.

We have many activities and trips for next month the dates are as follows:

Chilli Peppers trip to the Sea life Trafford Centre on Wednesday 25th May.

The class photos will be on Thursday 26th May please see posters and information on times for the photos.

Also during the month the children and practitioners will be planting fruit and vegetables in our vegetable patch on the decking area, and hopefully we will have some vegetables and some fruit that we can try again this year.

We are excited for the Preschool Peppers room that opens on Tuesday 3rd May. Everyone is excited for our new venture and hope that you enjoy seeing our new room.

We would like to welcome Heather Louise Renton to our team. Heather is our lovely Receptionist and is looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Can we please ask parents to drive slowly and carefully in the car park. The car park is very busy at dropping off and collecting and children may be running in or out of the nursery.





Important Information

Please can all parents ensure that their child is collected at 1pm or 6pm prompt. If children are left after this time this interferes with ratios and the setting is not insured outside of our opening times.

Could parents please refrain from bringing hair clips for the under 2 year olds as this can be a choking hazard.

We politely request that parents dropping off or collecting children at 1pm after the morning session to consider that there are sleeping children and enter the unit quietly so that the children sleeping are not disturbed.

Please could your child refrain from bringing money or toys with small parts that could come loose into the nursery as this can be a choking hazard. Comfort toys are accepted.

As you are aware we have numerous children with dietary requirements please could you ensure that your child does not take food or drinks into any rooms

Our local children’s hairdresser Little Big Heads now come to Pepperberry every 6 weeks so please keep an eye out for the posters and book in for the next time they come in.

If you are on Facebook please ‘like’ Pepperberry’s page. I would like to say a big Thank You to those parents/carers who have already made a comment on our facebook page. All comments are very much appreciated.

When arriving and leaving the nursery can parents/carers please drive slowly and take care when parking to avoid any accidents.

Get to know our staff

Each month in our newsletter we introduce you to a new member of our staff team where they tell you a little more about themselves. This is to help you get to know the staff a bit better.

This month we will be introducing Heather Renton. Heather is our receptionist.

Heather Renton

Heather started working with us 26th April. Heather has come from a customer services background; she is now looking forward to working here with us and meeting a new and exciting challenge. Heather will be based at reception and is able to help with any queries you may have throughout the day.  If you need to contact Heather her email address is



What have Baby Peppers been up to this month?


Kimberley Jack (Deputy Unit Leader), Monika Kaczorowska;

At the beginning of the month the children took part in making their own portraits by making marks with paint. They have also used glue sticks to spread the glue, make marks then stick either foam, pasta or tissue paper for their our babies took part in mark making activities this month using sponge, shapes and paintbrush. We have loved getting messy with shaving foam and exploring the sand with large truck and cars.

We also created some spider pictures to our topic is this month which has been “ Incy Wincy Spider” using black and white paint with our fingers.

The children were exploring a lot of sensory experiences in our sensory room with a variety of textures, lights and   different colors looking at the lights and touching different materials and shapes.

As the weather is getting nicer we have been making the most of the outdoor area and taking our walkers outside to practice our walking.

As the weather is getting nicer we have been making the most of the outdoor area and taking our walkers outside to practice our walking.

We would like to say welcome to all the new children that have joined our baby peppers: Libby, Zac and Isaac.

We would like to say goodbye to Henry who has now made his transition into Tiny peppers. Have lots of fun in your new room.




What have Tiny Peppers been up to this month?

Becca Daniel (Unit Leader),  Debbie Banks,  Marta Skockzek, Emily Birks, Kealan Storey.

This month in Tiny Peppers we have been enjoying lots of spring based activities. The children have loved learning our new song ‘5 Little Ducks’  and copying the actions along with puppets.
We have been outside in the garden planting seeds and digging in the compost tray with our spades and rakes. We have also been trying out lots of different mark making techniques with large paint brushes and sticks.

This month we have taken advantage of the lovely sunny weather and been out on lots of trips in the local community. We have visited Carrs park to feed the fish and the ducks, the children were very excited to be able to throw the bread into the water and watch the ducks! We also went for ice lollies at Hawthorne Park and took the tadpoles to be released into the pond! We have been on a few more trips to the local library. We hope to continue trips of a similar kind next month so that all children can benefit from these experiences.

We have enjoyed lots of new messy and craft activities including flower printing, finger print ducks, duck feeding water play and play with the sensory light boxes.

This month’s baking activities have including baking duck biscuits, making fairy cakes and decorating spring biscuits.

Some of the Tiny Peppers children got involved with letting the butterflies free into the garden and took an interest in this; we have decided that our topic next month will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will read the story and plan lots of exciting activities that link to the story. Our songs of the month will be another counting song and will be 5 Little Speckled Frogs and we will also be learning the days of the week song to link in with our topic book.




What have Sweet Peppers been up to this month?

Donna Preston (Senior Practitioner), Rebecca Judge, Rachael Turner, Sophie Delvin,  Hannah Baxter, Naila Anwar

This month in sweet peppers we have been celebrating Easter. The children made eater bonnets for the Easter bonnet competition. We did an Easter egg hunt in the garden. We hid some chocolate eggs in the garden and the children had to go and find them. The children also made chocolate eggs.

We also went on some trips. We went to the fire station, the park and to the teddy bear shop in the town centre. The children tried on the fire man’s helmets and looked at the equipment that they use. The children also liked to play on the climbing frame at the park. On the walk to the teddy bear shop the children were pointing out the different types of transport for example cars, bus, motorbikes, and bicycles.

We have had lots of outdoor play whilst we had the nice weather. The children from the sweet peppers room enjoyed some water play in the garden. When playing outside the children used containers to catch the ducks in the pond tub outside in the garden.

We have done lots of arts and crafts the children did some shape printing using the shapes circle, square and triangle. They got to choose what colour paint they wanted to use. The children also enjoyed learning colour names, numbers and different shape names through a variety of activities.

Our song of the month during April was the grand old duke of York. The book of the month was little bears little boat. The children have been exploring messy play by making marks in the shaving foam using the cars. They also enjoyed pasta play using the spoons and the plates.

The sweet peppers song of the month for May is “Got the whole world in are hands” and the book of the month for May is Noah’s Ark.






What have Chilli Peppers been up to this month?

Anush Yadgari (Senior Practitioner),  Hannah Ridgway, Robyn Mathews, Jehanzib Malik, Claire O’Sullivan

It has been such a busy month in Chilli Peppers we have been focusing on out Letter of the month which is the letter D. We have made lots of things beginning with D, such as Dragons, Ducks, Dinosaurs and we have been painting making Dots. They listened to the jolly phonics story of the letter D, and after they had to identify all the items beginning with the letter D.

We have been also focusing on our shapes a lot this month, they have been doing lots of drawing around shapes with Zaib in their books, we have been cutting shapes out of paper and sticking them on pieces of paper.;

We have been lot of recognition of numbers with toy cookies and counting the amount of sweets on top and they did very well and wrote the numbers and drawing circles in their books to the right amount of sweets they see on top of the cookie.

The book of the month is Jack and the Beanstalk and we did lots of painting and colouring in lots of items involved in the story such as Jacks mum, Cow, Hen, Golden Egg, etc and made a beautiful display in our room with jack climbing the beanstalk. All month we have been reading the Jack and the Beanstalk story and now the children can retell the majority of the story which is FAB! The children can tell you what happens next with flash cards and without. They are very clever.

We are continuing watching out flowers grow, we have been watering out own flowers and each time we are counting the petals our flowers have. They are growing really tall now; all the children are pleased with the progress of their flowers.

We have been playing outside and Anush gave us a new game to play outside, we played sack racing and they thoroughly enjoyed having a new game to play, some are very competitive than others but it makes the game even more fun!
We have had the parachute out some days as well playing ball games and looking at the colours the parachute has on it.

I would like to say a big well done to Olivia D as she won the most things she could think of beginning with “M” with the teacher downstairs, a little boy from grand peppers got 6 but Olivia got 7!

Next month :

Letter of the month
Story of the month—  Chilli Peppers are going to the library to choose their favourite book.




What have Grand Peppers been up to this month?

Ashleigh Haselden, (Senior) , Jennie Hart
Things have been very busy in Grand Peppers this month. We have been learning about all different kinds of life cycles including Butterflies, Frogs and Sunflowers.

Our book of the month has been Seed to Sunflower, the pictures were very interesting and we looked at how the seed would sprout and grow. Then we made some sunflower life cycles using paper plates and we even wrote the labels ourselves! We have also watched the caterpillars as they cocooned themselves and became butterflies, it was very exciting to watch as we released them in the garden.

In maths we have been focusing on counting to 20 and have begun to write some numbers. We are very lucky to have Beryl who has been teaching us the count to 20 rap! We have also been using some everyday language relating to time when we talk about our sunflowers growing on the windowsill. We used the words “now”, “later”, and “then” often in our discussions.

In phonics we have continued to enjoy taking part in Action Phonics and blending sounds to make words. We have also been learning the new tricky word: into. We have found it in books, and read it on flashcards and are recognising it very well.

This month we have started to do some shared writing activities, once as a whole class when we discussed a picture of a Lego man who looked like he was trying to ride a snail. We have also done some shared writing in groups, each group discussed a different part of the story and had a picture to talk about. The stories are all available to look at in the room.

Congratulations to Noah I and Harry L as they both did well with Miss Jennie during their literacy lessons thinking of 7 and 8 “m” words respectively.

To end our fantastic month we have also visited the Macclesfield Silk Museum where we enjoyed some interactive stories and took part in some activities. We walked all around the museum which was guided by a fantastic teacher who explained the exhibits nicely. Some of the activities we took part in were weaving and rubbing pattern blocks. It was very enjoyable, thank you to Olimpia who organised this trip.