Polkadot Stratford – Wishing Kerry a happy maternity leave!

On Friday the children at Polkadot said “good bye and good luck” to Kerry who is off on her maternity leave now to have a little baby girl.

Top Dots staff have been discussing with the children about Kerry having a baby in her tummy and how they could make her a card to give to her. The children chose crayons, glue and some wooden hearts to produce a card of their own which they gave to her alongside the staff spoiling the new baby with lots of gifts.

We wish Kerry all the best and look forward to meeting the new baby!



What have we been up to at Seedlings Nursery…..?

Children in Blooms have settled well into their new room and have been really busy! Here are some of the things we have been doing…

We have been using our mathematical skills to make our own play dough, using spoons and cups to measure the ingredients, we counted out how many teaspoons it took to fill the cup with flour and then how many tablespoons it took to fill the cup. We talked about the cup being full, half full and empty. The children did well taking turns and worked together.

Once the play dough had been made we divided it into 4 pieces and added natural materials for the children to explore and create, the children got straight to work using their imagination. They created a snail, a tree, a mountain with trees on the top and a snail that was drinking water.

For snack, the children loved making their own fruit kebabs and chose from a range of fruits which they placed onto the sticks.
We talked about healthy eating and about the fruits we liked and disliked.

All the children have been busy making marks and writing using a range of mark making tools, the large white board, chalk board and using paper.

The children have been interested in writing and have been forming letters from their names and asking to write their friends names. They have showed good pencil control and formed some beautiful letters, as well as sounding out the letters they are forming.

The children have showed high levels of involvement while doing larger and more difficult puzzles and have remained focused, they have showed they are proud of their achievement and can work together as a team.

We have enjoyed using the tape measure, we have compared sizes and have looked at the numbers to see which is the biggest.

We have had fun making shapes using the magnetic shapes, and managed to create a large star! The child talked in detail about what they had made and how many points the star has and why they added more to the star to make it a star square.

We have been having sessions in the outdoor nature garden exploring, using the mud kitchen and we went on a bug hunt. We have been listening to sounds in the environment, and discussing what different sounds we can hear. We are going to be making our own paint brushes from natural materials and painting with mud in our next sessions!


Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre-School have had a busy start to the year. Children have participated in ball skills sessions, enhancing their physical skills and development.
During the frosty mornings, children showed great excitement finding ice in the outdoor spaces, looking at cause and effect- using problem solving skills to think about how and why the ice developed and what might happen to the ice if…

Some of our friends have very exciting new arrivals to their families, with new baby brothers and sisters. The children have shown great enthusiasm and interest in the baby resources, using these to reinforce their own experiences from home, also supporting children to share their own family experiences with others, realising they have some similarities as well as differences.
Mark making on the light up boards has supported development of the use of tools.
The children have shown interest and engagement in festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Burns Night. The children explored noodles and rice play as well as making their own Chinese fans. Scottish flags were created as well as rhymes and poems shared together to support celebration of Burns Night.”


January at Polkadot Alcester

Wow! Look at how busy our children were in January….

In Baby Dots children have been participating in a variety of sensory experiences: paint, sand, textiles and flour. Watching wildlife outdoors and practicing their gross and fine motor skills has also been part of their learning opportunities.

Top Dots got their hands busy with lots of digging in the garden, making bird feeders, using real vegetables in their home corner and washing the baby dolls as they continue to learn about the importance of hygiene. Chinese New Year was celebrated by talking about specific foods and using noodles in their sensory play. They also re-enacted a Chinese story in the YogaBugs session and talked about the fictional characters and traditions. Chinese New Years celebrations also included wearing traditional hats and attempting to write Chinese letters/characters.

Children and staff members in pre-school have been visiting the high street where they were welcomed by various shop owners and given little treasures to take away. As it was a cold day, we took shelter in the local church and talked about the different types of construction.

Parents have helped with further learning for the children by taking our bird feeders home, hanging them up in their gardens and supporting the children in observing and recording the birds. The results of their findings will be submitted to RSPB, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch.


Seedlings explore the outdoor!

Blooms have started off the New Year in the Nature Garden.

The children did very well at putting on their own water proof trousers and jackets and their wellies, some children that hadn’t done this before found it a little tricky so the other children helped them showing them what to do and helped them put their jackets on.

We started off by sitting on the logs in our log circle, one of the children stood up and told everyone the rules of the Nature garden.

The children then went off to explore, with some going into the mud kitchen using a range of tools to dig mud, pour water and mix together, one child said “I will put it in the microwave for 5 minutes” while turning the dial.

“I’ve made pizza come have some, careful it’s hot”.

The children involved each other in their play which was lovely to see and hear, lots of laughter was had.

We went on a bug hunt and found a worm. The children were gentle with the worm and said “ We will look after him, his name is now Bob”.

When examining some old plants from the nature garden we carefully looked at all the roots and talking about how roots grow, one child described the roots looking like lots of worms.

The children used their arms to measure sticks using lots of mathematical language “ Big, little, huge, long, longer, short, shorter.

Some children even made shapes out of the sticks on the floor and were very proud of their achievements.

At the end of our session we all came back to our log circle and talked about what we liked doing, we then listened to the sounds in the outdoor environment and talked about what we could hear “ I can hear the trees moving”

” I can hear the wind”  “ I can hear the birds in the bird box”  “I hear and see a plane”.


Christmas Festivities at Gingham Pre-School

Gingham enjoyed a very festive December! They explored a variety of Christmas themed activities including stencil drawing, exploring size with Pom pom trees, creating their own trees using forks and investigating in the ‘snow’ with baubles. Parents and families were invited to join the children and staff at Gingham to decorate biscuits, join in a Christmas sing song and enjoy the festive activities too.

 


Polkadot Stratford – Christmas Festivities!

Polkadot Children have been getting ready for Christmas and have been busy decorating the nursery tree with their own decorations they have made.

The children have enjoyed exploring and trying on the Christmas fancy dress clothes and have been making their own Christmas artwork to take home using a range of resources for them to choose from.

Merry Christmas to all our families from everyone at Polkadot.


Christmas has arrived at Polkadot Alcester!

The children have been busy these last couple of weeks. They have been decorating the Christmas trees, taking part in arts and crafts, making decorations, welcoming the Zoo Lab, wearing fabulous outfits for Christmas jumper day and most importantly sharing all the fun with their parents and carers for join in day.

We have all learned new skills, listen to new fictional and real stories and sang festive songs. Oh, let’s not forget the dancing!

We hope that you all have been good this year and Father Christmas will visit your house, next week.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!


Christmas time in Little Pips!

At Seedlings, we have transformed our sensory area to a Christmas theme in our Little Pips room, encouraging the children to share and enhance their experience of Christmas.

Children are able to engage in open-ended activities, playing and exploring using their senses,  building on previous experiences and gaining new ones. They are developing their creativity and ability to think critically; filling and emptying containers and categorising objects through their characteristics.

The rising twos have shown a particular interest in putting  the baubles on the tree (and taking them off again!), stacking various sized tins on top of each other to make a Santa and snowman and dressing up in Santa hats and a snow man outfit; whilst the younger babies have shown curiosity of the lights and the texture of the baubles.