‘What’s been happening at Polkadot Stratford?’

‘The children at Polkadot Stratford have been very busy. Baby Dots have been exploring paint and marks through table top painting using cars. The children have had fun with the bubbles, playing in the outdoor area with the bikes, as well as exploring the treasure baskets. Baby Dots and Dots to Tots have been using the sand to explore texture using tools such as spoons to dig and fill. Dots to Tots children have been creating Autumn collages with tissue paper and decorating Diwali pictures for the Festival of Light. Top Dots have been in the allotment area, pulling up the last of their carrots to support their learning surrounding Harvest time. They even made vegetable soup in recent weeks. The children found all the pumpkins in the garden, ready to carve for our Halloween Parent and Family Afternoon on Thursday 26th October from 4pm.’

Lucy Stanley – Polkadot and Gingham Pre-School Manager

Our Heathcote Pre-School is now open!

‘Our new Pre-School – Polkadot Heathcote – is officially open! We have welcomed all our new children into the setting and they have all settled very well and are making new friends.

We have taken part in a variety of activities such as mark making on foil with paint using cotton buds, riding the new bikes and scooters outside, using the dinosaurs to create patterns in playdough and practising our cutting.

Our fantastic mud kitchen is a favourite for all, we have created drinks, cakes and potions! The children created a new game of hide and seek by hiding the conkers in the soil then using the scoops to find them and dig them back out.

We are looking forward to watching the children grow and supporting their development on their journey with us whilst at Pre-School.’

Karly Fowler – Deputy Pre-School Manager


Polkadot Heathcote Team

Mandy: Pre-School Manager

Karly: Deputy Pre-School Manager

Tom: Senior Early Years Practitioner


Polkadot Alcester – Dates for the Diary

Parent Notice

Important dates for your diary:

Harvest festival celebration

Mon 9th – Fri 20th October

Donations accepted in Reception

October Half Term

23rd Oct – 27th Oct (inclusive)

Closed to Term Time and 15 hour Funded children only

Parent Join In Session

Weds 1st Nov 3-5pm

Halloween and Bonfire Night Theme

All children welcome, accompanied by responsible adult.

Children’s Photo Day

Thurs 2nd Nov 9am – Individual Photos

Parents Evenings w/c 6th Nov

PreSchool Mon 6th Nov 6 – 8pm

TopDots Tues 7th Nov 6 – 8pm

Baby Dots Weds 8th Nov 6 – 8pm

Children in Need

Friday 17th Nov

Activities TBC

Green Fingers at Gingham!

‘The children at Gingham have become little gardeners this week. We have been planting our winter plants, looking at their properties such as colours and shapes of the petals. The children enjoyed investigating the flowers, looking at the roots and talking about the textures they could feel and see. The children used tools to dig and make holes for the flowers to go into. The flowers had a good water afterwards to help them grow, we will now be caring for the flowers over the next months, observing growth and change.

We have also been having great fun in forest school, we have used the muddy kitchen to create lots of ‘potions’ and ‘cakes’. We have enjoyed making dens using the natural resources. We worked together to create our dens and mud cakes, using our language and communication skills effectively’

Lucy Stanley – Polkadot and Gingham Pre-School Manager

Dates for the Diary!

Gingham Pre-School –


Wednesday 25th October- Parent and Family join in afternoon from 4pm- fun filled Halloween themed afternoon- Fancy dress is optional.

Wednesday 1st November– from 9am-Tempest Photography. If your child does not attend on this day but you would like your child’s photographs taken please arrive between 9.30 – 10.30am.

Thursday 2nd November-Parents evening from 6.15pm-7.45pm- Meetings are on a drop in basis.


Polkadot Nursery Stratford-


Thursday 26th October- Parent and Family join in afternoon from 4pm- fun filled Halloween themed afternoon- Fancy dress is optional.

Monday 30th October– from 9am-Tempest Photography. If your child does not attend on this day but you would like your child’s photographs taken please arrive between 9.30 – 10.30am.

Tuesday 31st October –Parents evening from 6.15pm-7.45pm- under 2’s (Baby Dots and Dots to Tots)

Wednesday 1st November- Parents evening from 6.15pm-7.45pm- over 2’s (Top Dots)

Please speak with your child’s key worker to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Summer Fun at Gingham Pre School

‘The children at Gingham Pre-School have been having a very busy time! During the Summer the children have been spending time at Bunting Pre-School, exploring the forest school area as well as the variety of resources indoors too. The children even noticed a pigeon on a nest in forest school! The children have investigated the wide variety of natural resources, collecting sticks and twigs, comparing size and making their own nests. The children have enjoyed digging and looking for bugs and have shown keen interest in the play insects, observing and discussing their features.

The children had a trip to the library in Stratford, where they enjoyed looking at and listening to a variety of stories. The children enjoyed choosing some books and putting them through the special machine to take back to pre-school to support their interests in setting. On the way back to pre-school the children had a visit to the shop, all choosing a little treat to take home.

Alikazam the Magician came to Gingham in August. The children absolutely loved the show. Some children joined Alikazam to help with some of his very funny tricks!! Afterwards the children enjoyed an ice cream as well as a party tea with their families. A lovely afternoon was had by all. Thank you to all the parents and families that came along’

‘Lucy Stanley – Nursery Manager’

The Big Toddle

“To celebrate the Summer season, on Tuesday 25th July, Polkadot Stratford enjoyed a fun filled Parent and Family Join In afternoon. During the beautifully sunny afternoon the children and their families explored activities such as fishing in the water play, making sand castles in the sand pit, making their own sand castle flags, sand collage in the creative area and summer story area. The children loved the ice cream stall and parents enjoyed a selection of cakes. Sophie and Clementine the puppet taught the children and their families a selection of French songs, colours and stories! At the end of the afternoon everyone joined in ‘The BIG Toddle’ raising funds for Barnardo’s. Everyone walked, jumped, skipped and took on obstacles such as tunnels and stepping stones. So far we have raised over £200! Thank you to everyone that came along to join in with us and have collected sponsorship money”

Having lots of sensory fun!


“Baby Dots at Alcester have shown a keen interest in all types of sensory play from painting and water play to exploring gloop and flour. Following this interest, practitioners introduced sensory gloves filled with a variety of different food products, including beans, custard and Weetabix. The babies explored them by holding them, squishing and squeezing them. Some of the children then extended their play by using the gloves in the role play area and doing some pretend cooking with the pots and pans.”

Michelle Andrews, Baby Room Leader, Alcester Polkadot

Our little visitors!

‘The children at Gingham loved the visit from Zoo Lab! They were very excited about the arrivals, guessing what mini beasts and creatures were going to come before the visit. The children saw a Bearded Dragon, a Mouse, a Corn Snake, an African Snail and a Giant Centipede!! The children were very able to hold and touch the creatures as well as using their imagination’s in play later that day to be the creatures – such as curling up like a snail and slithering like Cornflake the Corn Snake!!’

Seedlings Nursery – Dates for the diary!

Wednesday 19th July- ZooLab will be visiting Seedlings from 15.15pm – 16.15pm, everyone welcome, please come along if this is not your child’s usual day and they would like to take part.

Friday 21st July- Seedlings School leavers Graduation party- Children will have a visit from Alikazam in the morning and have a party lunch. Parents and family of the school leavers can join us at 1.15pm for a leavers ceremony.

We look forward to you coming along to join in the fun!

Any questions please speak to a member of the Seedlings Team who will be happy to help.