Polkadot Nurseries – Seedlings and Bunting Closed Tomorrow

Please be aware that due to localised flooding our Seedlings Nursery and Bunting Pre-School will be closed tomorrow (Friday 15th November). All our other Nurseries and Pre-Schools are planning to open as usual.

Our Denim Clubs will continue as long as the school they are running from remains open. Please check for school closure updates using the following link –

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education-learning/emergency-school-closures-1

We will continue to update you if there are any further changes.

Eat Better, Start Better

Children’s early years are critical for their health and wellbeing. Establishing good eating habits early in life positively influences growth, development and achievement. Early years settings play an important role to help children develop healthy eating habits.

At Polkadot, we have decided to start to adopt The Children’s Food Trust’s ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ programme which has been designed to provide healthy, balanced and nutritious meals and snacks for children aged 6 months – 5 years and is endorsed by the Government.

We are embracing this opportunity across all our Polkadot nurseries and Denim out of school clubs to help every child eat well, enjoy a varied diet and establish healthy eating habits to take with them into their school years.

Depending on the times that your child attends a setting, over the course of the day children will continue to receive breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack. Children attending Denim clubs will receive breakfast in the morning and an after-school snack in the afternoon.

We appreciate your support in this period of adjustment and please do not hesitate to speak to the Manager or Eat Better, Start Better Champion at your child’s setting if you have any queries or thoughts. Alternatively, you can email Chloe on admin@polkadotworld.com

You can also find out more information about the Eat Better, Start Better programme at

https://foundationyears.org.uk/eat-better-start-better/

Polkadot Stratford – Our little visitor!

Top Dots have had an exciting time discovering a hibernating Hedgehog in the nature classroom.

The children have been learning about Hedgehogs through the use of books. This has lead to the children enthusiastically observing and ‘looking after’ the Hedgehog, who they have named Spikey.

Furthering the children’s experience and interest Top Dots have been creating their very own Hedgehogs using clay and a mixture of resources.

Seedlings Nursery – What have we been up to this week?

This week in Blooms the children have been learning about clouds. We read a lovely book called ‘Shapes In The Sky’ – a book about clouds. We then decided to go outside and lie down on the floor and look up to the sky and see what shapes we could see in the clouds. One child said they could see a crocodile, another child said an enormous hippo. The clouds were moving fast and when the crocodile shape cloud disappeared the children said “The crocodile has gone because it was scared of the hippo”! One of the children asked if they could do this everyday!
We have also been looking at Diwali and reading a book about it. We explored some clay and one of the children made fireworks with the clay as we had read about it in the book. They flattened their clay with the palm of their hand then used the other end of a paint brush to make marks which they talked about in detail as “big fireworks”. Another child made a clay pot and said “ When it’s dry I will paint it and put a light in it”. Some of the other children made hedgehogs.
We also enjoyed using our creative skills and made some pictures using glue by drizzling it across the paper then sprinkling coloured powder paint onto it. Some of us used handfuls and were very careful throwing it onto our pictures. We had lots of fun as we talked all about the colours and the new colours we had made.

Seedlings Blooms get creative!

This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.

Seedlings Nursery – Our first session back in the Nature Garden

We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.

Seedlings New Building!

It’s been a very exciting weekend at Seedlings as we have had the new Preschool classroom delivered!

The children at Seedlings have been very excited talking about their new room.
One child said “ I can see the big green house”.
See the photos below which include a sneaky peak at the inside (as it currently looks!).

We’ve had the electrician there already and have the plumber visiting soon!

 

Gingham Pre-Schools Trip to Sandfields Farm!

‘Gingham Pre-Schools’, school leavers celebrations continued with a trip to Sandfields farm. The children engaged in a variety of activities including pond dipping, learning about wheat growing in the field, wild flowers exploration and then ending the day with lots of fun in the play wood. Children rubbed the wheat to find kernels and learnt how the wheat is used in products such as cereal. The children particularly enjoyed pond dipping, using nets to gently scoop and find a variety of creatures such as newts and water spiders. At the end of the day, the children explored the play wood, where they fed the chickens, played on the tyre swings, found Stickman and some very muddy puddles!’

Polkadot Alcester – School Leavers

To celebrate the end of the year and our oldest children moving on to their new schools, Pre-school children and staff at Alcester have enjoyed a visit from Zoolab, a small graduation celebration and a very exciting trip to Sandfield Farm in Evesham! Zoolab brought lots of interesting creepy crawlies to visit, including a giant millipede and a snake! The children all clapped and cheered their friends as they were called up individually to receive their Graduation certificates and their personalised hand-made keyrings at the Graduation ceremony. We welcomed Mums, Dads, a variety of relatives and friends to help the children celebrate and share some drinks and nibbles afterwards. Lots of fun was had on the farm trip, the children and staff explored the fields and met the animals, experimented with pond dipping – catching all sorts of different bugs and newts. After lunch, the afternoon was spent exploring the ‘Play Wood’, climbing trees, jumping in muddy puddles, swinging on tyre swings and mixing in the mud kitchen, amongst lots of other activities!

Good luck to all of the children starting their new adventures at their new schools in September!

Sarah (Nursery Manager) and all of the Alcester Polkadot Team