Polkadot Stratford – What have we been upto?

During March, Polkadot said goodbye to Laura who went on maternity leave, We wish Laura and her husband all the best.
We have celebrated World Book Day where the children came dressed up as a character of their choice and brought in a story to read with their friends and members of staff if they wished.
As part of ‘Parent Partnership’ we invited family members along during the day to read stories to groups of children. A big thank you to those people who came to read to them! The children loved getting involved and concentrated well, listening to the stories, it was an enjoyable experience for all.
Now, hopefully as Spring approaches, the sun will be shining so Polkadot are going to be very busy outdoors planting and playing on their new structure that is being built, watch this space….

Polkadot Stratford – Wishing Kerry a happy maternity leave!

On Friday the children at Polkadot said “good bye and good luck” to Kerry who is off on her maternity leave now to have a little baby girl.

Top Dots staff have been discussing with the children about Kerry having a baby in her tummy and how they could make her a card to give to her. The children chose crayons, glue and some wooden hearts to produce a card of their own which they gave to her alongside the staff spoiling the new baby with lots of gifts.

We wish Kerry all the best and look forward to meeting the new baby!

Polkadot Stratford – Christmas Festivities!

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.

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.”