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

 

Hot Air Balloon!

“The Buds and Blooms children saw a Hot Air Balloon landing in the field next to the Nursery. They were very excited as they saw the balloon go up and down until it finally landed. They used lots of vocabulary to describe what was happening. Back at Nursery they made some collage balloons, using different materials and had a go at some Paper Mache to make some balloons to hang up. We then made a display in our room, with all the creative artwork”

Allie Aves

Seedlings

Gingham Pre-School Update

“The children have been engaging in a variety of planned and child initiated activities, using a wide range of learning techniques.

Exploration of water using different tools and resources to investigate the flow and making predictions about what might happen in different situations has been of interest.

Children have been seeking challenge when using the musical instruments to discover how sounds can be created and changed. They’ve been using their own ideas to accomplish this task with different materials and resources to play the musical instruments.

Practitioners have been encouraging and supporting children to take on risks and challenges, when using the climbing equipment in the Early Years Zone. Many children displaying a ‘can do’ attitude to persist and meet their own goals including climbing higher and balancing on areas they have not before – as a result being very proud of their achievements.

Planting the flowers in the garden proved to be very popular. Children used their own thinking skills to plant the flowers, working together to give ideas and suggestions “if you put your finger in the mud it will make a hole for the flower to grow… look” Together the children planted the flowers, seeking to extend their knowledge by curiously asking questions about the features such as the roots and the leaves. “I think  the plants are going to grow into beautiful flowers of all colours”

Other activities at Gingham included Ball Skills in which the children have displayed high levels of engagement. Exploration of colour mixing through sensory painting and investigating the use of ICT resources including cameras. Children and staff have continued to embrace the ‘Curiosity Approach’ through play using real everyday items including food and equipment in role play areas.”

Lucy Stanley – Gingham Manager

Polkadot Stratford Update!

“The children at Polkadot Stratford have been very busy. Baby Dots have been exploring marks and movements, using paint, chalk and a variety of tools such as rollers and sponges. The children investigated the textures using their senses, especially using their hands in the paint.

Dots to Tots have been exploring the allotment area. Children engaged in natural exploration, using materials such as soil to create collage pictures. Using the big bricks has enabled the children to use their problem solving and risk taking skills, building, balancing and climbing on their constructions.

Top Dots have been very active in the outdoor spaces, using the allotment to observe the growth of vegetables and even pick some of the runner beans that have grown. The children were very fascinated by the texture of the runner beans.

Investigating in the nature classroom has been of keen interest, looking at insects and bugs to find in the outdoor area. Wellington boot painting has been good fun too, creating marks and movements in different ways.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

Gingham’s outing to Morrisons!

“The children at Gingham Pre School have recently been interested in creating shopping lists and using their imagination to engage in open ended play focusing on shops. To enhance the children’s interest, learning and development, a trip to Morrisons in the local community was planned by the children and practitioners. Before leaving to walk to Morrisons, the children decided they would like to make pizzas and made their own shopping list of ingredients needed. The list included, tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, ham and sweetcorn. The children used their own trolley to navigate around the shop, looking for items on their list. The use of mathematical thinking and problem solving was used by the children by looking at how much the items were, discussing if it was a big or small number. On arrival back to gingham, the children made their own pizzas to take home and enjoyed an ice lolly after all their hard work.”

Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager

‘Outstanding’ Gingham Pre-School and Denim Willows – OFSTED Report

We are finally able to share the outcome of the inspection with you all!

We are absolutely thrilled to be rated ‘Outstanding’ at both Gingham and Denim. The report recognises that ‘the entire staff team is passionately dedicated and enthusiastic about what it does in the lives of children’.

Please follow the below link through to a 2nd link where you can download the full report –

EY340990 Denim Out of School Club and Gingham PreSchool Inspection Report

 

Zoo Lab at Gingham Pre-School

“Zoo Lab came to visit Gingham Pre-School. The children appeared very excited about the prospect of the mini beasts coming and had a themed morning making predictions about what bugs and creatures they might see: “Maybe we will see a big, big snake” and “I think there will be a Spider”. The children were correct and met two Cockroaches, a Tarantula, a Millipede (with “so many legs, it has thousands”), a Tree Frog and a Snake. Children invited their families to come along and share the Zoo Lab experience too. Curiosity was shown about the creatures through observation as well as touching the mini beasts, some children were very brave and even held some of the animals. The children used their language and descriptive skills to discuss with Gary from Zoo Lab how the animals felt to touch, the features they have by counting the legs and thinking about what they might like to eat. After Zoo Lab, the children initiated a mark making activity, showing a particular interest and focus on Tigger the Snake they had met.”