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.
Polkadot and Gingham raised £63.20 for Children In Need.
The children came dressed up in fancy dress, spots or pyjamas if they wished to.
They had a fun day of decorating biscuits to take home, reading teddy bear stories and colouring in Pudsey.
Thank you to everyone who donated.
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.
Please see below our calendar for 2019-2020. On here you will see our term time dates and closure dates, this calendar is applicable for all Polkadot Nurseries and Pre-Schools.
‘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 have been using tennis rackets to enhance their fine motor and hand eye co-ordination through threading techniques. The children measured their string to different sizes and began to thread, saying “in and out” as they progressed. Children supported each other to accomplish what they set out to do, showing pride in their achievements’
The children at Gingham Pre-School self-initiated interest in Treasure Maps. Creating maps together, the children made marks and movements using a variety of tools. Giving meaning to their marks representing the journey to the treasure: “Through the woods” “to the house” “over the fields” and “X marks the spot-that’s where the treasure will be!”. To enhance the children’s learning, interest and excitement, we made some treasure and went on our very own treasure hunt in the garden. The children loved hiding the treasure in lots of different places. Using the maps and their beautiful imaginative skills the children found the treasure!
‘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.’
“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”
Gingham Pre-School Manager