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 Stratford – Our little visitor!

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.

‘Bastille Day’ at Polkadot – Stratford upon Avon

‘The children in Top Dots Stratford celebrated Bastille Day- celebrating French culture. During the day the children had the opportunity to taste Brie and baguettes at snack time as well as enjoying French with Sophie: learning about colours in French as well as engaging in French songs and rhymes. To enhance the children’s interest and learning a French Café was created in the role play area. The children and staff dressed up in red, white and blue to represent the colours of France. Creative activities such as French flag making and decorating biscuits were implemented too. A fun filled day was had by all.’

National Mud Day at Polkadot Stratford

“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.”

Polkadot Nursery – Stratford Upon Avon

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.

 

Parent Join In Day at Polkadot Stratford

‘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.’

Loose Parts play

‘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!’

Rachel Hall

Nursery Manger