Parent Join In Day at Polkadot Stratford

‘Polkadot Stratford held a Parent Join in day, focusing on activities and exploration of Loose Parts Play. Children thrived from the activities, using a variety of open ended resources to investigate and learn.’


Forest School Play

‘Gingham Pre-School had a fun filled Forest School day at Bunting Pre-School. The children engaged in a variety of open ended activities using a selection of resources and tools. During the day parents came along to join in the activities and explored the forest school area too.’

 


Oral Health Week

‘The practitioners and children at Polkadot Alcester have recently been thinking about Oral Health in connection with the NDNA’s #HealthyBodyHappyMe 2019 campaign. The children have been talking about how they look after their teeth at home, how to use their toothbrush and toothpaste as well as taking part in lots of activities to help practise their brushing skills! TopDots were inspired to make some minty fresh smelling toothpaste (playdough) which they used to clean the dolls teeth. The children helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients, investigating the changes in the mixture with their hands as they added the liquid. The children in Preschool have been cleaning up the dinosaur’s teeth with a concoction of toothpaste and foam, exploring the sensory elements of the minty smell and the soft foam. The children independently extended their activity, cleaning their toothbrushes with water before repeating the cleaning process. This led to discussions around their own routines at home and which sorts of foods have a high sugar content, demonstrating the children’s understanding of the importance of oral hygiene and different ways to keep their bodies healthy. The children developed their own ideas and made links between the activities and their own first-hand experiences.’

Sarah Cook

Nursery Manager


Planting and Growing

“At Gingham Pre-School interest has been shown surrounding planting and growing- to enhance and develop learning interests, we have been planting beans and observing the changes we could see in the flowers too. The children’s curiosity has developed further in the forest school area. From looking for insects to creating muddy mixtures, use of own ideas to complete tasks and overcome challenges were displayed. The children worked together through open ended activities to solve problems such as transporting water and found new ways to do things such as adding water to mud to dig.

Upon using the new climbing equipment, new skills were learnt and as a result children’s confidence was further established. This coming from the  children’s ‘Can Do’ attitude to keep on trying- climbing and swinging”

Lucy Stanley 

Gingham Pre-School Manager


Loose Parts play

‘Top Dots Stratford showing ‘Can Do’ attitudes, working hard to arrange and problem solve using the tubes and pipes along the fence for balls to run down. Using ideas and achieving what they set out to do by adding resources such as boxes and bowls to collect and catch the balls. Children displayed Sustained Shared Thinking skills to work together and accomplish their plans. ‘

‘Engaging in open ended activities using wooden blocks- creating ramps and ‘slides’ for the animals. “Wheeeee”

‘We are Creative and Active Learners!’

Rachel Hall

Nursery Manger


Polkadot Staff Awards 2018

We celebrated our annual awards at the weekend and the following staff received awards;

 

Polkadot Employee of the Year: Corrinne Evans

Denim Employee of the Year: Nicole Thornett

Polkadot Parent Hero: Corrinne Evans

Denim Parent Hero: Niamh Timms and Sophie Jourdain

 

Colleague of the Year: Rachel Hall

Behind the Scenes Award: Charlotte Peachey

Best Newcomer: Megan Bailey

 

Outstanding Contribution Awards were presented to Lucy Stanley and Katie Nicholls.

 

5 & 10 Year Long Service Awards were received by Susan Mason, Gemma Crow, Laura Blinkhorne, Sophie Jourdain, Laura Smith, Netta Hill, Dawn Smith and Charlotte Green.

 

 

We would like to thank all our parents for voting and for your lovely comments that are very much appreciated.



Children in Need

“The children at some of our Nurseries and Pre-Schools raised funds last week for Children in Need by holding a cake sale and wearing pyjamas, spots or yellow to nursery for the day. The children have enjoyed decorating the cakes and biscuits using lots of yummy treats. A BIG Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and made a donation.”

Manager Team



Halloween Parent join in

“Polkadot Stratford’s parent join in afternoon was full of Halloween fun! The children and their families enjoyed exploring and experiencing a variety of activities including Halloween pasta play, dressing up, pumpkin carving and making ‘Magic Mixtures’ as well as decorating Halloween themed biscuits and clay decorations. The activities planned were chosen by the children, reflecting on their interests in the setting. The children created their very own ‘Magic Mixtures’ independently choosing resources to fulfil their ideas and curiosity to find out ‘what happened next’. The children created some very gloopy mixtures!! At the end of the afternoon everyone participated in Halloween French with Sophie, enjoying songs and stories- the children demonstrated their French knowledge and learning beautifully.”

Lucy Stanley- Manager 

Polkadot