A busy week at Polkadot Stratford

We had a busy week last week at Polkadot Stratford! Top Dots have been getting involved and concentrating on building their own structures using mathematical language throughout this activity such as “more”, “less”, “bigger”, “taller”.

They have also been exploring the shaving foam using vehicles, chopsticks, and paintbrushes to create their own marks and tracks.

Babies and Dots2Tots have enjoyed lots of songtime outside including “Whats in the box?”, this has helped their social skills and encouraged taking turns.

There has been lots of laughter with all age groups when playing “Hide and Seek” using different types of fabric to hide behind! We then used the fabrics to dress up!

We do hope that everyone is keeping well and look forward to welcoming back more Polkadot children soon.

Just a reminder to parents to please bring an empty beaker for your child each day.

 


Exploring outdoors at Seedlings Nursery!

Lindsey loves outdoor learning which is a key part of early years education. This week we have taken advantage of the beautiful weather playing outside as much as possible. Young children are curious to learn about their environment, so time in the nature garden is a good opportunity to explore with the senses; smelling the plants, touching the different textures (eg. bark and pine cones) and listening to the sounds around them. They enjoyed lifting up logs and we were able to find lots of mini-beasts; woodlouse, beetles, slugs, spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, earwigs etc.

Gardening also has many benefits; development of fine and gross motor skills when digging and planting seeds; science as they learn what plants need to grow; patience as they wait for the seeds to grow and responsibility when caring for the plant.

Chloe and the Blooms have been getting stuck in with their green thumbs. The Blooms have been planting some wild flowers in the nature garden.

The children have been choosing their own way of playing by choosing areas to become dens that they can play in and have adventures. This encourages them to make their own decisions. A couple of the children named one of the dens the ‘Rascal Bush’ because there were so many branches growing everywhere. We have also made a ‘campfire, ready to toast some marshmellows on it!

The flower beds are now ready for seeds of various vegetables and fruits to be harvested over the next few months. The Blooms have really been doing a fantastic job on giving the nature garden some tender loving care and having fun while doing so.

Katie has been hard at work with the Buds.  They have also been busy outside.  The children used their hands to pull up all the weeds that were in the big tyre, we added more soil then scattered wild flower seeds all over.  “They are all sparkley,” said one child.  We talked about what the seeds will need to help them grow.

The Buds and younger Blooms have also been picking apples off our Bramley apple trees.  We plan to cook them down to make stewed apples, then enjoy this with custard. Mmmmmmm!


Polkadot Alcester – Our favourite activities this week!

Another week filled with joy and laughter at Alcester.

Younger children have been experimenting how foam changes colour when mixed with different paint colours. Of course all available surfaces required a touch of “magic foam”.

Pre school and toddlers have learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and their habitat. They were taking part in the Big Butterfly Count and were very keen to share with their friends all of the butterfly species identified in their gardens.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar book took centre stage and our painted butterflies became little “masterpieces”.
It really is fascinating, watching these inquisitive little minds absorb the information, process it, later use it in context and that they are soooo proud to share it!


Ship Ahoy! At Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham have been very imaginative. Through play the children have used their ideas and thoughts to enhance their learning imaginatively. The children began by using the large wooden bricks to make a pirate ship, they worked together to construct the ship and then used their turn taking skills effectively to ‘drive’ to many wonderful places. This interest blossomed over the week, with the children choosing to make their own pirate hats and maps to include in their play. The incorporation of a obstacle course using chalks also sparked the children’s interest, using this to make their way to the ship, seeing all sorts of animals on the way! At the end of the week the children enjoyed a sweet treat from one of their friends and a very creative Mummy, making the dolls dress from sweets!

The Gingham team would like to wish all the children that have left for their new adventure at Primary school all the very best.


Green fingers at Polkadot Stratford

The children at Polkadot Stratford have been settling back in to nursery life and enjoying the everyday toys where they have been using their Gross Motor Skills to manoeuvre big vehicles outside as well as using their imagination to build their own train track and enjoying some hide and seek fun!!

It has been lovely to appreciate the sunshine outdoors, the staff and children have been busy planting as well as having some of their meals outside! The children have been enjoying the experience of planting in the gardens ready for the summer and have been using their senses to smell the different types of plants and flowers. They have all been really engaged and continued to learn about the after care as they show a ‘can do attitude’ by checking on them every day and watering them, we are all very excited to watch them grow.

Thank you to all our parents for your continued patience and support over this time.

Rachel


Polkadot Alcester Update!

Ever wonder what makes a baby happy? How about some music, dancing and high quality adult interactions?
For the last week the babies have been improving their balance, coordination and gross motor skills through dance and music, while the toddlers went on discovering new words through Chatter Matters.

In Preschool the topic of interest started off with a couple of small toys being accidentally thrown over the fence into the river.
“What could happen to those toys or the creatures living in the river?”
That’s how the long journey of explaining, thinking and questioning started and concluded that “we need to look after the planet”.

We would like to thank all our parents for the positive feedback, kind words, understanding and encouragement during the last couple of months and we wish all children leaving us to join school in September, very good luck in your next adventures!


Gingham Pre-School Update!

“Welcome back to more of our friends that have returned to Gingham it has been lovely to see you again. This week at Gingham the children have self-initiated an interest in mathematical development through size comparison. To enhance the children’s learning and development practitioners supported the children to measure  and draw around themselves to observe difference in height and to compare sizes of hands through mark making. The children were able to identify the “tallest” and “smallest” and to organise themselves in height order with adult support.

Preparation for school has been part of the pre school day too, children have been discussing their new uniforms and had the opportunity to mark make to reflect this- using colours for a purpose. The children have been very excited to talk about their new schools and new adventures to come.”


Always learning at Polkadot Alcester!

For the last couple of weeks children at Alcester Polkadot have been emerged in lots of new or extended learning experiences.

Babies and Top dots have been exploring new ways of improving hand-eye coordination, as well as balancing and improving their space awareness. Language is developing beautifully through repetition of words, questions and forming of simple sentences.

Pre-school children have been extending their learning through working in collaboration, expressing ideas, supporting each other, debate, negotiate and problem solve.

Well done to all of the   parents for supporting such inquisitive little minds.

“THE MIND THAT OPENS TO A NEW IDEA NEVER RETURNS TO ITS ORIGINAL SIZE”

Albert Einstein

 

Kind Regards,

Georgeta


Welcome back Polkadot Stratford!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well! It has been lovely to see a few regular faces back at Polkadot Nursery in Stratford this week as well as a couple of brand new faces.

The children have settled back in really well and enjoyed joining in with some familiar activities and have had lots of fun playing outside.

We are looking forward to seeing more of you all in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime take care and stay safe.

Rachel

 

 


Bubbles Galore at Gingham Pre-School

The children embraced the wet weather at Gingham last week, donning their wellingtons and waterproofs the children had a fantastic time in the puddles and rain. With the addition of some washing up liquid the children enjoyed using the brooms to create shapes and marks on the floor. Some children discovered using the brushes created a path through the bubbles!