Christmas has arrived at Polkadot Alcester!

The children have been busy these last couple of weeks. They have been decorating the Christmas trees, taking part in arts and crafts, making decorations, welcoming the Zoo Lab, wearing fabulous outfits for Christmas jumper day and most importantly sharing all the fun with their parents and carers for join in day.

We have all learned new skills, listen to new fictional and real stories and sang festive songs. Oh, let’s not forget the dancing!

We hope that you all have been good this year and Father Christmas will visit your house, next week.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Polkadot Alcester’s Special Visit!

Last Thursday, Alcester Polkadot nursery welcomed the visit of the local Fire services.

Children, parents and staff got really excited and they all waited their turn to use the hose, sit in the fire engine, watch the blue light going off and have a nice chat with the firemen. We talked about fire safety, emergency situations and children displayed lots of knowledge and high levels of participation.

Even the babies unsure about the whole commotion, grew to enjoy the activity. We followed up the visit with lots of classroom based activities for the rest of the afternoon: role-play, colouring, drawing, stories and small world.

A very big thank you to the Alcester Fire Brigade for their infinite patience and dedication to educate future generations. Would you like to join us next time? Of course we will let you know ahead of the summer visit.

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.

Polkadot Alcester – Children in Need

Last week at Alcester Polkadot the children and staff celebrated Children in Need. We all had lots of fun by wearing dots, spots, Pudsey Bear outfits and accessories.

Baby Dots explored various textures and colours using different tools and of course their fingers. Top Dots were busy making a beautiful collage of Pudsey Bear, while Pre-school children made and decorated some delicious cornflake cupcakes for the bake sale.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their generous donations. Also a big thank you goes to the lovely ladies for baking and donating their yummy biscuits, cookies and cakes. We all hope that the amount raised will make a difference to the life of at least one child in need. Look out for a poster in the setting to find out how much we raised!

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

Oral Health Week

‘The practitioners and children at Polkadot Alcester have recently been thinking about Oral Health in connection with the NDNA’s #HealthyBodyHappyMe 2019 campaign. The children have been talking about how they look after their teeth at home, how to use their toothbrush and toothpaste as well as taking part in lots of activities to help practise their brushing skills! TopDots were inspired to make some minty fresh smelling toothpaste (playdough) which they used to clean the dolls teeth. The children helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients, investigating the changes in the mixture with their hands as they added the liquid. The children in Preschool have been cleaning up the dinosaur’s teeth with a concoction of toothpaste and foam, exploring the sensory elements of the minty smell and the soft foam. The children independently extended their activity, cleaning their toothbrushes with water before repeating the cleaning process. This led to discussions around their own routines at home and which sorts of foods have a high sugar content, demonstrating the children’s understanding of the importance of oral hygiene and different ways to keep their bodies healthy. The children developed their own ideas and made links between the activities and their own first-hand experiences.’

Sarah Cook

Nursery Manager

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