What we have been up to…

April 24, 2015

We hope you’ve had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend. It’s a shame the sun seems to have done a disappearing act but at least it’s been out for us to enjoy at nursery. The children have loved being out in the garden without getting wet and cold. We’ve also been lucky to enjoy tea outside on a few occasions. A picnic in the garden is always a popular choice, eating on a blanket is far more fun than at a table.

We’ve added some more bits to our garden, such as some windmills and wind socks, the children were keen to tell me where to hang them and if I was putting them up correctly! We have also started to planting some veggies and are hoping to fill out hanging baskets soon. If you’re growing any veggies at home that you think may suitable for nursery and are able to take clippings of, we’d really appreciate it. So far we have green beans, strawberries and potatoes, with some tomatoes on the way. The children really like being able to help to grow their own vegetables and then picking them and eating them. the strawberries are usually the favourite.

In the garden the children have also been busy using the equipment in different ways such as climbing up the slide instead of going down, they are always well supervised when doing this and it is great to see them using different skills to navigate their way through problems. If you’ve got some play equipment in your garden or go to the park how about setting some challenges? 

In number group the children have been matching quantity to numeral, we had fun using the giant dominoes in the garden to do this and finding the numbers around the garden and then finding items to match the numbers’ It got quite tricky when we got above 12 but some of the children persevered and worked together to find the correct amount.

In language group the children have been learning and recognising the letter “w”. We played a memory shopping game where we had to think of things starting with “w”, this was quite hard as not many things start with “W”, the children came up with “wizard”, “witch” and “whale”. Some of you may have noticed we now have a post box in nursery which is very exciting and great for language group. The children drew and wrote postcards and then posted them, it’s also great to post other things in as well, such as all the play food!! How about a game of eye spy in the car? This game is great for long journeys and really help with language skills.

Demi had a fun, messy time on Thursday when she did spaghetti play with some of the children. i’m not sure who enjoyed it more and i’m also not sure i’ve ever seen so much pasta all over the floor before! This was a great opportunity for the children to explore using their hands and mouth and they loved squishing the spaghetti, flicking it and eating it!

And now to our dark den… we all had a fantastic time exploring the glowing and light up toys, it was great seeing the different patterns that they made on the walls of our dark den. Some of you may know that our dark den is a “pop up”, which means it is easy to put up and down.. The putting up part was very easy, we failed spectacularly on the putting down part. Demi, Hayley and I all had a go and not one of us achieved it. So a big thank you to the three parents who managed to get it down and almost in the bag. We know who to call for help next time!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about your child’s week and we look forward to hearing all about the children’s weekends.

What have we been up to…

April 17, 2015

Hope you had a lovely Easter and enjoyed some yummy chocolate eggs. The children have enjoyed telling us about the various hunts that they went on.

Over the past couple of weeks we have all been enjoying the lovely weather and have made the most of it with trips to the park, trips to the woods and to feed the ducks. We’ve also spent plenty of time in the garden. We have added a telescope and periscope to our tree house slide. This has been very popular and the children have been pirates and superheroes and we’ve even had a dragon in our garden! We have had fun playing various sports, such as basketball, football and tennis. We even tried some rugby, the children seemed to enjoy tackling me the most! Thank you to all the parents who have brought in sun cream and hats, we always play it extra cautious with the children and apply sun cream as soon as the weather starts warming up. We’ve also had lots of fun getting very muddy in the garden. Some of you may have seen the fantastic mud pies that we made on our facebook page. The children had a great time adding water to the mud and some bark and grass, mixing it all together and pouring it out. It was such a mess but a brilliant time was had by all. It was great to see so much teamwork going on with each child having a different role and doing a different job. A quick hose down and all shoes were soon clean again, the children weren’t as easily cleaned and I expect they really needed their bath that night! 

Aside from the garden the children have also shown a lot of interest in constructing, especially with the duplo. Again there has been some fantastic team work going on and they have all been helping each other out. From building the construction, delivering the bricks and putting out fires on the models. It’s amazing watching their imagination come to life from something they have created completely themselves with no adult support. 

This week we also planted some runner beans which some of the children have taken home, please let us know how they are getting on, we’d love to see pictures of how much they have grown. There has also been a great interest in bugs and plants and the children have been busy picking daisies and dandelions , adding some grass and making homes for bugs. We’ve been busy trying to spot butterflies and ladybirds, we have seen one butterfly so far and are hoping for many more as the weather gets warmer.

Please send us pictures of anything that you have been up to, it’s a great starter for the children to share their adventures with us.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend, Lauren

What we have been up to…

Over the past couple of weeks we have all been enjoying the lovely weather and have made the most of it with trips to the park, trips to the woods and to feed the ducks. We’ve also spent plenty of time in the garden. We have added a telescope and periscope to our tree house slide. This has been very popular and the children have been pirates and superheroes and we’ve even had a dragon in our garden! We have had fun playing various sports, such as basketball, football and tennis. We even tried some rugby, the children seemed to enjoy tackling me the most! Thank you to all the parents who have brought in sun cream and hats, we always play it extra cautious with the children and apply sun cream as soon as the weather starts warming up. We’ve also had lots of fun getting very muddy in the garden. Some of you may have seen the fantastic mud pies that we made on our facebook page. The children had a great time adding water to the mud and some bark and grass, mixing it all together and pouring it out. It was such a mess but a brilliant time was had by all. It was great to see so much teamwork going on with each child having a different role and doing a different job. A quick hose down and all shoes were soon clean again, the children weren’t as easily cleaned and I expect they really needed their bath that night! 

Aside from the garden the children have also shown a lot of interest in constructing, especially with the duplo. Again there has been some fantastic team work going on and they have all been helping each other out. From building the construction, delivering the bricks and putting out fires on the models. It’s amazing watching their imagination come to life from something they have created completely themselves with no adult support. 

This week we also planted some runner beans which some of the children have taken home, please let us know how they are getting on, we’d love to see pictures of how much they have grown. There has also been a great interest in bugs and plants and the children have been busy picking daisies and dandelions , adding some grass and making homes for bugs. We’ve been busy trying to spot butterflies and ladybirds, we have seen one butterfly so far and are hoping for many more as the weather gets warmer.

Please send us pictures of anything that you have been up to, it’s a great starter for the children to share their adventures with us.

Hampshire Family Information Service

April 1, 2015

Hampshire Family Information Service (FIS) is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers.

They provide information and guidance on childcare, early years education and related services in Hampshire for children and young people aged 0 -19 (including those with additional needs).  You can read about the funding available for two, three and four year olds, looking for a school place and trying to find the work / life balance!

There’s parenting tips and information about children’s health too.  It’s updated frequently and worth a look.  To that, simply click on the link below…

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/parents/cis.htm