Last Thursday, Alcester Polkadot nursery welcomed the visit of the local Fire services.
Children, parents and staff got really excited and they all waited their turn to use the hose, sit in the fire engine, watch the blue light going off and have a nice chat with the firemen. We talked about fire safety, emergency situations and children displayed lots of knowledge and high levels of participation.
Even the babies unsure about the whole commotion, grew to enjoy the activity. We followed up the visit with lots of classroom based activities for the rest of the afternoon: role-play, colouring, drawing, stories and small world.
A very big thank you to the Alcester Fire Brigade for their infinite patience and dedication to educate future generations. Would you like to join us next time? Of course we will let you know ahead of the summer visit.
Polkadot and Gingham raised £63.20 for Children In Need.
The children came dressed up in fancy dress, spots or pyjamas if they wished to.
They had a fun day of decorating biscuits to take home, reading teddy bear stories and colouring in Pudsey.
Thank you to everyone who donated.
We would like to inform you that we have recently made the decision to change the caterer that we use to provide the lunchtime meals at our nurseries to Cupcakes catering.
As part of our decision, we have spoken to other Nursery owners who currently use Cupcakes and they have been highly recommended with very positive feedback.
Cupcakes can accommodate all existing dietary requirements and have a chef who specialises in vegan and vegetarian food. They also offer a weaning menu for babies and a sandwich menu for staff.
We have already been using Cupcakes at our Heathcote and Seedlings sites since September and we are happy to inform you that they have now agreed to supply all our Polkadot sites as from Monday 2nd December 2019.
Our Managers have been meeting with Cupcakes this week to discuss the transition to their service and they are currently preparing the menus for us to share with you. We will shortly be organising some parent taster sessions where you will be welcome to come and try the food yourselves.
To find out more information about Cupcakes caterers, please go to http://www.cupcakescatering.co.uk/.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s nursery manager.
Last week at Alcester Polkadot the children and staff celebrated Children in Need. We all had lots of fun by wearing dots, spots, Pudsey Bear outfits and accessories.
Baby Dots explored various textures and colours using different tools and of course their fingers. Top Dots were busy making a beautiful collage of Pudsey Bear, while Pre-school children made and decorated some delicious cornflake cupcakes for the bake sale.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their generous donations. Also a big thank you goes to the lovely ladies for baking and donating their yummy biscuits, cookies and cakes. We all hope that the amount raised will make a difference to the life of at least one child in need. Look out for a poster in the setting to find out how much we raised!
Please be aware that due to localised flooding our Seedlings Nursery and Bunting Pre-School will be closed tomorrow (Friday 15th November). All our other Nurseries and Pre-Schools are planning to open as usual.
Our Denim Clubs will continue as long as the school they are running from remains open. Please check for school closure updates using the following link –
We will continue to update you if there are any further changes.
Children’s early years are critical for their health and wellbeing. Establishing good eating habits early in life positively influences growth, development and achievement. Early years settings play an important role to help children develop healthy eating habits.
At Polkadot, we have decided to start to adopt The Children’s Food Trust’s ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ programme which has been designed to provide healthy, balanced and nutritious meals and snacks for children aged 6 months – 5 years and is endorsed by the Government.
We are embracing this opportunity across all our Polkadot nurseries and Denim out of school clubs to help every child eat well, enjoy a varied diet and establish healthy eating habits to take with them into their school years.
Depending on the times that your child attends a setting, over the course of the day children will continue to receive breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack. Children attending Denim clubs will receive breakfast in the morning and an after-school snack in the afternoon.
We appreciate your support in this period of adjustment and please do not hesitate to speak to the Manager or Eat Better, Start Better Champion at your child’s setting if you have any queries or thoughts. Alternatively, you can email Chloe on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more information about the Eat Better, Start Better programme at
Top Dots have had an exciting time discovering a hibernating Hedgehog in the nature classroom.
The children have been learning about Hedgehogs through the use of books. This has lead to the children enthusiastically observing and ‘looking after’ the Hedgehog, who they have named Spikey.
Furthering the children’s experience and interest Top Dots have been creating their very own Hedgehogs using clay and a mixture of resources.
This week in Blooms the children have been learning about clouds. We read a lovely book called ‘Shapes In The Sky’ – a book about clouds. We then decided to go outside and lie down on the floor and look up to the sky and see what shapes we could see in the clouds. One child said they could see a crocodile, another child said an enormous hippo. The clouds were moving fast and when the crocodile shape cloud disappeared the children said “The crocodile has gone because it was scared of the hippo”! One of the children asked if they could do this everyday!
We have also been looking at Diwali and reading a book about it. We explored some clay and one of the children made fireworks with the clay as we had read about it in the book. They flattened their clay with the palm of their hand then used the other end of a paint brush to make marks which they talked about in detail as “big fireworks”. Another child made a clay pot and said “ When it’s dry I will paint it and put a light in it”. Some of the other children made hedgehogs.
We also enjoyed using our creative skills and made some pictures using glue by drizzling it across the paper then sprinkling coloured powder paint onto it. Some of us used handfuls and were very careful throwing it onto our pictures. We had lots of fun as we talked all about the colours and the new colours we had made.
This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.
We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.