Yogabugs is now at Polkadot Heathcote!

Here at Polkadot Heathcote, Rhiannon from YogaBugs has started coming in on Monday mornings to do YogaBugs classes with the children.

‘YogaBugs classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space! Children are encouraged to be vocal during a class and express their emotions physically through creative visualisation techniques we help children believe they are unique and special. These classes are a perfect way for children to have fun, socialise and benefit from the exercise!’


Karly Fowler

Deputy Pre-School Manager


Chinese New Year at Bunting Pre-School

‘The children had great fun exploring Chinese food using their taste and smell senses. As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations we decorated the nursery with lanterns and read a story explaining the importance of them.  We used chopsticks to paint pictures and explored different textures by messy play with noodles.’

Netta Hill – Pre-School Manager


Heathcote Pre-School Update

We are really excited for next half term! We will be very busy learning about families, communities and traditions.

Please could we ask for each family to send in a family photo for your child to show to their friends at group time.

We will be continuing with our letters and sounds but we will be introducing two sounds a week from now on. Next weeks sounds will be J and K, please could you encourage your child to bring in a object starting with these sounds for ‘what’s in the box?’ Our numbers of the week will be 9 and 10. The shape will be Octagon.

We will also be teaching simple greetings, numbers and colours in Spanish.

Each Monday we will continue to have yoga bugs come to Pre-School.

Adios for now, please remember to keep checking our blog to see what we are up to.


Mandy White

Pre-School Manager.




Free online guides for parents


Please see below website link for free online guides to help and support parents and carers.


‘The Guides have been designed by NHS experts and are part of the evidence-based ‘Solihull Approach’ programme, which supports mums, dads and carers to develop positive and responsive relationships with their infants, children, and young people. In turn, this helps to strengthen emotional resilience and wellbeing, so infants and children are able to bounce back from life’s various challenges.’


30 Hours Funding

30 hours funding

This term, we are encouraging parents who want to take up a 30 hours place in the summer term to apply now – and before the end of February, to get their code in good time. HMRC sometimes needs more information from the parent to check whether they’re eligible, so you need to allow time for this.

If you already have an eligibility code please reconfirm your eligibility for 30 hours every 3 months.


Tax-Free Childcare

Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child per year through Tax-Free Childcare, and can use this to pay nursery fees. To find out more please visit



Learning about Burns Day at Bunting Pre-School

“The children at Bunting celebrated Burns Day by making Scottish flags, trying Scottish shortbread and doing Highland dancing to Scottish music. The children were informed all about Robert Burns and that the  25th January was his birthday and how the Scottish people celebrate it. The children enjoyed listening to the music and participating in the dancing.”

Netta Hill – Bunting Pre-School Manager

A busy January at Gingham Pre-School!

“ The children at Gingham Pre-School have been very busy! They have really enjoyed accessing the ‘big’ playground, using the bikes, scooters and ride on’s to develop their skills such as pedalling.

Danny has been teaching the children colour matching games during Ball Skills sessions, such as balancing bean bags and grouping colours into hoops, the children worked really well together to match the bean bags in the correct hoops.

The children have been developing their fine motor skills through activities including the threading boards- making pictures and patterns using the special pens and strings. The Funky Fingers activities are proving to be very popular, the children have especially shown interest in spaghetti cutting – developing their scissor skills.

Burn’s Night was explored too, the children created their own Scottish Flags, using colours for a purpose and exploring colour mixing looking at dark and light colour change”

Lucy Stanley – Gingham Pre-School Manager

Getting in the Christmas spirit at Polkadot Stratford

“Polkadot Stratford had an exciting Christmas themed Parent and Family Join In Afternoon. The children and families enjoyed exploring a variety of activities such as the Winter animals in the mouldable foam, decorating biscuits, making reindeer food and decorating pictures. All the children had great fun investigating all the activities, getting very messy and in to the festive spirit. At the end of the afternoon, everyone joined together for a Christmas Sing Song in the outdoor area. Thank you to everyone that joined us. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas from all the team at Polkadot.”

Christmas Time at Gingham Pre-School

“The children at Gingham Pre-School have been celebrating the festive season. They have participated in Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children and have had party days, having fun dressing up as Christmas characters and participating in a variety of fun activities such as decorating chocolate tea cakes to make our own ‘Christmas Puddings’. The children have loved playing in the mouldable foam play, making snowmen and lots of other creations. The children have made Father Christmas’ reindeer some yummy food too! Pass the parcel was fun and it was exciting to see what was under each wrapper. The children have been showing us their excellent dance moves, playing games such as musical statues, bumps and chairs.

We would like to wish all the children and families a very Merry Christmas from the team at Gingham.”

Our Parent Join In Day at Polkadot Heathcote

Our Christmas Parent Join In Day was full of glitter and cheer!

We had lots of activities for the children to explore with their parents, foam with numbered baubles to make number lines, crown making, porridge oats to make reindeer food and biscuit decorating.

Parents enjoyed joining in with our Christmas sing song and also with the actions!

There was some lovely mince pies and treats for the children and parents to enjoy.

We look forward to having more Parent Join In Days in the New Year

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Heathcote Team