World Book Day at Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre- School have been celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite story characters. The children brought along their favourite books to share with their friends and key workers. Many stories have been read, we have been exploring stories through the use of puppets too.”

Outside Learning at Gingham Pre-School

‘The children and practitioners at Gingham Pre-School have been learning and observing in Forest School. Following the children’s interests, mini beast hunts were planned along with the exploration of the use of tools- using them for a purpose. Children loved working together to find insects- following on from the wet weather lots of worms were discovered and carefully observed by the children- looking into comparisons of length and quantities to enhance mathematical learning. The children used rakes and spades to dig and investigate, looking for ‘treasure’ and finding lots of interesting things in the environment including stones and wood. The children then used their findings to create all sorts of imaginative muddy mixtures together in the mud kitchen.’

Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre-School have had a busy start to the year. Children have participated in ball skills sessions, enhancing their physical skills and development.
During the frosty mornings, children showed great excitement finding ice in the outdoor spaces, looking at cause and effect- using problem solving skills to think about how and why the ice developed and what might happen to the ice if…

Some of our friends have very exciting new arrivals to their families, with new baby brothers and sisters. The children have shown great enthusiasm and interest in the baby resources, using these to reinforce their own experiences from home, also supporting children to share their own family experiences with others, realising they have some similarities as well as differences.
Mark making on the light up boards has supported development of the use of tools.
The children have shown interest and engagement in festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Burns Night. The children explored noodles and rice play as well as making their own Chinese fans. Scottish flags were created as well as rhymes and poems shared together to support celebration of Burns Night.”

Christmas Festivities at Gingham Pre-School

Gingham enjoyed a very festive December! They explored a variety of Christmas themed activities including stencil drawing, exploring size with Pom pom trees, creating their own trees using forks and investigating in the ‘snow’ with baubles. Parents and families were invited to join the children and staff at Gingham to decorate biscuits, join in a Christmas sing song and enjoy the festive activities too.

 

Nursery Lunch – Supplier Update

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We would like to inform you that we have recently made the decision to change the caterer that we use to provide the lunchtime meals at our nurseries to Cupcakes catering.

As part of our decision, we have spoken to other Nursery owners who currently use Cupcakes and they have been highly recommended with very positive feedback.

Cupcakes can accommodate all existing dietary requirements and have a chef who specialises in vegan and vegetarian food. They also offer a weaning menu for babies and a sandwich menu for staff.

We have already been using Cupcakes at our Heathcote and Seedlings sites since September and we are happy to inform you that they have now agreed to supply all our Polkadot sites as from Monday 2nd December 2019.

Our Managers have been meeting with Cupcakes this week to discuss the transition to their service and they are currently preparing the menus for us to share with you. We will shortly be organising some parent taster sessions where you will be welcome to come and try the food yourselves.

To find out more information about Cupcakes caterers, please go to http://www.cupcakescatering.co.uk/.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s nursery manager.

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!’

Gingham Pre-School – School Leavers Celebrations

‘As part of the school leavers celebrations, Alikazam the Magician came to Gingham. The children were very excited, they loved helping and participating during the magic tricks. The children especially liked Joe the Monkey and helping Suzie Rabbit make her ‘carrot cake’. During the morning, the children created their own chocolatey magic wands ready to take home and enjoy’.