Kate Walford, head teacher, writes: November saw the children at Hambledon Nursery School marking Remembrance Day, by creating poppy crafts and creating a remembrance garden in grounds of the nursery. The children considered what the word ‘remembering’ means for them. They remembered special times at the nursery, looking back on photographs of activities they had enjoyed. They remembered special times and events for their family and friends. Quite astonishingly, they all managed to sit quietly for a whole 2 minutes to mark the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, in an act of thoughtful silence.
Staff and children are now very much turning their thoughts to Christmas, with rehearsals for learning the nativity songs underway. This year will sadly be a bit different as parents are unable to enter the building to enjoy the nursery nativity performance, due to coronavirus restrictions. However, a recording will be sent home, which will make a wonderful keepsake of what is for many, a first and very special nativity.
Against this backdrop, of magic and marvel leading up to Christmas, the nursery received news of the first confirmed case of coronavirus for a child attending the setting. This news was a stark reminder of the world that we are living in at present, but did not grind us to a halt. Quite the opposite, once the welcome news arrived that despite this positive test result, the child concerned remained perfectly well and that their family members did not become poorly, we were all enormously relieved and the nursery remained open according to the advice that had been received. Despite unfortunately having to close one room for a nine working day period, the rest of the nursery carried on and staff members responded to the news in a calm and pragmatic fashion. We continued to implement robust protective measures, through our risk assessment and managed the situation very much in a spirit of carrying on and keeping things going safely and responsibly.
The nursery wishes to mark Christmas with bells, baubles and plenty of sparkle no matter what. We are busily creating crafts with the children to mark the different elements of the nativity story. The nursery children’s artwork and crafts will be hung from trees along the footpath leading up to the church, which starts just opposite the Merry Harriers Pub in the village. We warmly welcome parents and members of the community to take a stroll and view our nursery nativity trail, which will lead up to St Peter’s church. We hope this will be lit with twinkle lights, if we possibly can and the children will have left cards for anyone who wishes to receive a message of Christmas cheer from the nursery. The nativity trail will be in place from Sunday 20th December, during the Christmas holiday period.
I would like to finish this article by wishing everyone a Christmas filled with love, hope and good tidings, despite the events in the world at large which are having such an enormous affect upon each one of us personally, our communities, our working lives and our nursery school.