Polkadot Alcester’s Spring Celebrations and Easter Parent Join In Afternoon

The children at Alcester have been very busy over the last few weeks thinking about the approaching season of Spring and exploring the lovely daffodils that appear at this time of year! They have been making Easter and Spring themed creations out of playdough and exploring different ways to make marks such as using a potato masher to print Easter Egg shapes. They welcomed lots of Parents to our Join In Afternoon, sharing their playtime so parents can get a taste of how the children spend their time at Polkadot

– there were lots of messy and creative activities with shape printing and carrot painting. There were biscuits to be decorated plus a variety of imaginative trays with chicks, eggs, seeds, rabbits and carrots! Followed by a delicious tea of toasted Hot Cross Buns.

Thank you to all the families that were able to join us – we hope you had as much fun as we did!


Polkadot Alcester’s Living Eggs Hatching Experience

It was very exciting to take charge of a special batch of eggs in the Alcester Pre-School room, the children were very curious as to what was happening in the box and quickly learned some new words such as “incubator” and “hatching”. The children from TopDots and Baby Dots were soon to visit to check out the new arrivals! Egg watch became the theme of the week and both children and adults were on tenterhooks waiting for the first crack! It took a few days and a little bit of help but eventually we had a lovely brood of fluffy yellow chicks cheeping away in their brooder box. All of the children were really thoughtful and gentle when stroking and getting to know the chicks, the Pre-School children spent a long time discussing different names, among the suggestions were Optimus Prime and Charlie Chick. During the second week, the chicks visited each room in their brooder box and the children took turns to hold them and feel their soft fluffy coats and listen to their cheeping getting louder and louder! The Pre-School children noticed that the chicks had started to grow feathers on their wings and their tails and all too soon it was time to say Goodbye to our little friends as they went off to their new homes.

Buds and Blooms Update!

The Buds and Blooms at Seedlings have been doing lots of mark-making – outdoors and inside! They have used mud outside for painting, and have used the chalkboard on our new mud kitchen in the nature garden. The children also used some crayons for bark rubbings and mini watercolour paints to do some painting in the nature garden.

They have been talking in circle time about how they are all different and special, looking at a special book about ‘All Kinds Of People’ and drawing pictures of themselves for an ‘All About Me’ display board.

Polkadot Heathcote’s Easter Competition

Well done to everyone who took part in our competition!! There were some wonderful, creative ideas . Nikki the school cook kindly came and judged our eggs, she picked 1st 2nd and 3rd place……

The results are in……


1st place goes to…….Harry for his box creations – especially the one of his Grandad!


2nd places goes to….. Abigail for her sparkly cat and ladybird


3rd places goes to….. Lyla for her entry of the Easter egg hunt in a spring garden. (unfortunately we haven’t managed to get a photo of Lyla as she is on holiday)


Happy Easter to everyone and have a lovely break!  Enjoy the chocolates!


Mandy, Karly and Emma – The Heathcote Team



Easter Fun at Gingham Pre-School

“The children at Gingham have been very excited to care for the chicks.  The children have had the opportunity to touch and hold the chicks and have loved observing how the chicks have grown over the past week. The children have been getting ready for Easter by participating in a little Easter Bonnet competition, bringing in some amazing bonnets and creations. The children have explored their fine motor skills through a tweezer, pom pom and egg activity- transporting pom poms into eggs- and learning about quantity and size.”

Our little Easter Chicks!

“The children at Gingham Pre-School have been so excited about caring for chicks. The children have been closely watching the eggs and even got to watch a chick hatch from it’s egg! The children have been busy observing the chicks on a daily basis, noticing changes in their features. The children have helped to make the chicks brooder box nice and cosy ready for the chicks to be moved into, preparing the chicks bed and food.”

Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager

Forest School at Bunting

Last week we explored our imagination by making camp fires using twigs and sticks. The children enjoyed digging up mud to make muddy pies for lunch and cooking pretend food and drink in the kitchen. We sat on the logs at the end of the session to talk about what activities we enjoyed while being in forest school.

We have been making shamrock pictures by printing with peppers to celebrate St. Patricks Day.

Christina Lilly – Peripatetic Practitioner



Preparing for Spring – Polkadot Nursery Stratford upon Avon

The children in Dots to Tots have been busy filling and emptying over the last week. They’ve been using soil and plant pots getting ready to do some planting in the allotment. Both the children and the staff had lots of fun and got very messy in the soil using not only the tools but their hands to explore too! Over the next coming weeks we will be spending more time out in the allotment getting ready for spring by planting some flowers and bulbs so that we can watch them grow over the coming months.

Jessica King- Under Three’s Manager

Polkadot Heathcote – Dates for the Diary!

YogaBugs Join In Session

The Heathcote Team would like to invite all our families to join us for a YogaBugs Session on Monday 16th April.

The children really enjoy the YogaBugs sessions and we are sure you will too.  It will give you a fantastic opportunity to see what the children are doing.

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!

We hope you will all join in and allow your inner child to be free!

The  YogaBugs Sessions starts at 9.30 – 10.20.  You are welcome to join us from 9.00 am.


We will be holding an Easter Egg Competition on Thursday 29th March 2018.

If your child would like to decorate a boiled egg please bring them into Nursery on Thursday 29th March.

You can google some fantastic ideas or let your child’s imagination run wild.

Have fun!

The Heathcote Team

Chatter Matters at Polkadot Alcester

The children at Polkadot Alcester would like to invite their Grandparents (and/or Parents) to join them on Thursday 22nd March from 9.15am for a sing-a-long session to celebrate Chatter Matters Week – ‘Across the Generations’.

On the day, Grandparents will be invited to sit with the children (chairs can be provided) and follow a practitioner-led session of songs and rhymes. If any Grandparents know any songs that we don’t, we would love to hear them! Please let your child’s room leader (Michelle/ Hayley L/ Marie) or the Nursery Manager (Sarah) know if you or any relatives are planning to attend.