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

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

Halloween Parent join in

“Polkadot Stratford’s parent join in afternoon was full of Halloween fun! The children and their families enjoyed exploring and experiencing a variety of activities including Halloween pasta play, dressing up, pumpkin carving and making ‘Magic Mixtures’ as well as decorating Halloween themed biscuits and clay decorations. The activities planned were chosen by the children, reflecting on their interests in the setting. The children created their very own ‘Magic Mixtures’ independently choosing resources to fulfil their ideas and curiosity to find out ‘what happened next’. The children created some very gloopy mixtures!! At the end of the afternoon everyone participated in Halloween French with Sophie, enjoying songs and stories- the children demonstrated their French knowledge and learning beautifully.”

Lucy Stanley- Manager 

Polkadot

 

Polkadot Stratford Update!

“The children at Polkadot Stratford have been very busy. Baby Dots have been exploring marks and movements, using paint, chalk and a variety of tools such as rollers and sponges. The children investigated the textures using their senses, especially using their hands in the paint.

Dots to Tots have been exploring the allotment area. Children engaged in natural exploration, using materials such as soil to create collage pictures. Using the big bricks has enabled the children to use their problem solving and risk taking skills, building, balancing and climbing on their constructions.

Top Dots have been very active in the outdoor spaces, using the allotment to observe the growth of vegetables and even pick some of the runner beans that have grown. The children were very fascinated by the texture of the runner beans.

Investigating in the nature classroom has been of keen interest, looking at insects and bugs to find in the outdoor area. Wellington boot painting has been good fun too, creating marks and movements in different ways.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

Dots to Tots Update!

‘Dots to Tots have been busy bees!

We have had great fun in the Allotment Garden, growing new vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and runner beans!

Back indoors we have been exploring sand and shredded paper, enjoying making lots of mess! We have continued to to develop our early counting skills throughout play, at music time and whilst using our imaginations in role play.

Outside, our favourite activities have been playing on the Pirate Ship and the soft play, testing our gross motor skills.

We are loving getting outside in the sunshine!’

Rachel and Claire – Dots to Tots

Preparing for Spring – Polkadot Nursery Stratford upon Avon

The children in Dots to Tots have been busy filling and emptying over the last week. They’ve been using soil and plant pots getting ready to do some planting in the allotment. Both the children and the staff had lots of fun and got very messy in the soil using not only the tools but their hands to explore too! Over the next coming weeks we will be spending more time out in the allotment getting ready for spring by planting some flowers and bulbs so that we can watch them grow over the coming months.

Jessica King- Under Three’s Manager