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.

Polkadot Stratford – Parent Join in Afternoon

We are inviting parents to come along and join us at Nursery on Tuesday 25th July from 4-5pm. We will be having an ice cream stall, and some fun and games in the garden. At 5pm, parents can watch and cheer along to the children taking part in ‘The Big Toddle’ (Barnardos sponsorship forms are being handed out this week).

If your child is not usually in on this day/time please do still come along to join us if you are able to, the more the merrier!

Gingham goes to France!

Last Tuesday, Sophie spent the day at Gingham with us to celebrate the country France. We did this by having small group times singing French songs and learning new French words. We explored French cuisine for our snack by having brie, French baguette, croissants and grapes.  Our role play area was transformed in a French bakery and we used our fine motor skills to decorate biscuits with the French flag on them.  Some of the children dressed in red, white and blue to get into the French spirit!

Christina Lily – Deputy Pre-School Manager

Getting muddy!!

The children have enjoyed exploring the new muddy kitchen at Gingham this week. We have been mixing mud and water to create, muddy soup and porridge. They have explored sizes through pouring water into various sized containers in the kitchen. The children have been using the wheelbarrow to transport their muddy meals they have created in the muddy kitchen to the picnic area.

Christina Lily – Deputy Pre-School Manager

Green Fingers!

“Top Dots at Stratford Upon Avon Polkadot have been enjoying the outdoors in all weathers. The children have been in the allotment area picking their vegetables that they have been growing and caring for over the past months.  The children took some vegetables home to share with their families too for tea time. The children explored the allotment using their senses too, investigating the herbs, by smelling and touching them. The children enjoyed digging and making puddles in the allotment, making mud cakes and using their imagination in the muddy kitchen.”

Lucy Stanley – Nursery Manager


Gingham Pre-School – Dates for the Diary

Dates for the diary-

Tuesday 11th July– French Day- Children are welcome to dress up this day following a French theme such as Red, White and Blue. Sophie will be at Gingham to teach the children French and explore the French culture through a variety of fun activities.

Wednesday 19th July- Zoo Lab will be visiting Gingham from 11-12pm, everyone welcome, please come along if this is not your child’s usual Pre-School day.

Friday 21st July- Inset Day at gingham- Please note term time only sessions will not run this day.

Monday 7th August– School Leavers Celebrations-Parent and Family join in afternoon from 1.30- the gingham team would like to invite all families of children leaving for school this year to come along to a fun filled afternoon including Alikazam the magician (1.30-2.30) and lots of Summer themed activities.

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

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

‘The Wheels on the Bus….’

‘Every 3 weeks the library bus comes to visit our Seedlings Nursery in Wellesbourne.  Our Preschool children take a walk up to the car park where the bus waits for them and they get to climb on board to have a look at the lovely books. The children then choose a book each and have a little read whilst they are on the bus, they then get to take the books back to nursery and we share them together over the next few weeks, When the library bus comes again, the Blooms children get to go back to the library bus and change their books for new ones.

The children are always so excited to visit the library bus and it really helps them to start showing a keen interest in books and reading as they can choose different books each time.’

Helena Waterworth – Nursery Manager (Seedlings, Wellesbourne)