Polkadot Children have been getting ready for Christmas and have been busy decorating the nursery tree with their own decorations they have made.
The children have enjoyed exploring and trying on the Christmas fancy dress clothes and have been making their own Christmas artwork to take home using a range of resources for them to choose from.
Merry Christmas to all our families from everyone at Polkadot.
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.
Top Dots have had an exciting time discovering a hibernating Hedgehog in the nature classroom.
The children have been learning about Hedgehogs through the use of books. This has lead to the children enthusiastically observing and ‘looking after’ the Hedgehog, who they have named Spikey.
Furthering the children’s experience and interest Top Dots have been creating their very own Hedgehogs using clay and a mixture of resources.
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.
“The children and staff at Polkadot Stratford embraced ‘National Mud Day’ in setting. The children were provided with a variety of activities to give them the opportunity to explore and investigate mud in different ways- using senses and tools.
From Baby Dots to Top Dots the children engaged in play in the nature classroom, observing and collecting mini beasts to discuss with peers and practitioners. The children created their own mud playdough and even picked lavender in the garden to extend their learning through senses.
Alongside Mud Day the children have continued to embrace the use of loose parts and caring for their vegetables in the allotment area.”
The children at Polkadot Day Nursery have been continuing to explore and investigate using a variety of real and natural materials. Loose parts play is an ongoing interest for the children, using their newly learnt skills as well as exploring and developing new skills to problem solve as well as risk take. The children in Top Dots had great fun using a small fan to observe how feathers flew and floated back to the ground. In the allotment area, the children have continued to enjoy caring for the vegetables and flowers, using and transporting water.
‘Polkadot Stratford held a Parent Join in day, focusing on activities and exploration of Loose Parts Play. Children thrived from the activities, using a variety of open ended resources to investigate and learn.’
‘Top Dots Stratford showing ‘Can Do’ attitudes, working hard to arrange and problem solve using the tubes and pipes along the fence for balls to run down. Using ideas and achieving what they set out to do by adding resources such as boxes and bowls to collect and catch the balls. Children displayed Sustained Shared Thinking skills to work together and accomplish their plans. ‘
‘Engaging in open ended activities using wooden blocks- creating ramps and ‘slides’ for the animals. “Wheeeee”
‘We are Creative and Active Learners!’