What have we been up to at Polkadot Alcester?…..

We have had another month full of activities and learning opportunities for the children at Polkadot Alcester.

Baby Dots have been “emerged” in sensory experiences:

  • Singing and dancing where they could practice their gross and fine motor skills, balance and body movements
  • Painting with their hands and feet
  • Exploring shaving foam and colours

In Top Dots, the little explorers have been helping to create their own space display, talking about the moon, stars and planets. Children baked cookies out of playdough first and then out of real dough for St. Valentines. They all got really excited when decorating their individual cookies. Most children are now able to use mathematical language in context. Our favourite shape was “Pizza shape”.

The pre-school children went to great lengths in learning about the science behind the rainbow. They have been talking and painting their own interpretation of the storm/rain, watching out for the sun and hunting down the rainbow. They even got a small rainbow on the plate by mixing different coloured melted skittles and observing the colour interactions.

Everybody had lots of fun splashing in puddles, walking through mud and helping each other when climbing the tree trunk in the orchard.  We mustn’t forget our little super-heroes efforts in the pancake race. Parents you were fabulous cheering them on in the rain, thank you!

A very big thank you to all of the parents/carers, for supporting us in our trial visit at the Meadow view care home. What an amazing morning we had. Children took some food colouring with them to put into vases with flowers, they mixed the colours explaining to the ‘Grandads and Grannies’ how “we are going to see rainbow soon, you wait and see”. Next, they have been “teaching” the residents about how to draw the flowers and their pretty colours. The children also loved meeting the two Guinea Pigs there!

We are all ready now for Spring. How about you?

 

January at Polkadot Alcester

Wow! Look at how busy our children were in January….

In Baby Dots children have been participating in a variety of sensory experiences: paint, sand, textiles and flour. Watching wildlife outdoors and practicing their gross and fine motor skills has also been part of their learning opportunities.

Top Dots got their hands busy with lots of digging in the garden, making bird feeders, using real vegetables in their home corner and washing the baby dolls as they continue to learn about the importance of hygiene. Chinese New Year was celebrated by talking about specific foods and using noodles in their sensory play. They also re-enacted a Chinese story in the YogaBugs session and talked about the fictional characters and traditions. Chinese New Years celebrations also included wearing traditional hats and attempting to write Chinese letters/characters.

Children and staff members in pre-school have been visiting the high street where they were welcomed by various shop owners and given little treasures to take away. As it was a cold day, we took shelter in the local church and talked about the different types of construction.

Parents have helped with further learning for the children by taking our bird feeders home, hanging them up in their gardens and supporting the children in observing and recording the birds. The results of their findings will be submitted to RSPB, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch.

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