We’ve Won An Award!

March 24, 2016

We’ve had some very exciting news at nursery this week… we have won an award!

The award is based on the reviews that you, as parents/carers have given our nursery in 2015/2016.  Your supportive, kind and honest words have meant that we are now classed as one of the top ten nurseries in the whole of the UK!  Thank you!

We are all incredibly proud and we couldn’t have done it without you, your children and the amazing team that strive to make sure everyone goes home happy!

You can read more about the award here: www.daynurseries.co.uk/awards/

If you haven’t submitted a review it’s never too late… add your comments here : daynurseries/review

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Award certificate Mar16

What we have been up to..

It’s been an exciting time at nursery this week. The Easter Bunny has paid us a visit a few times and set up different hunts in the garden for us to complete. We have had a letter egg hunt, a colour egg hunt and a number egg hunt. Each time when we have collected the eggs the Easter Bunny has given us a special task to do, Such as putting all the letters in the order of the alphabet, posting the coloured eggs in the correct box and organising numbers 1-50!! I then have to go and tell the Easter Bunny what we have done and he decides if we get an egg or not. He has been very impressed and the children have received some yummy chocolate eggs.

This week we have also decorated paper eggs using paint, tissue paper and felt pens and today we collaged a giant egg! (I’ve been trying some egg themed jokes but the children haven’t been impressed!)

In the hall this week we practised climbing and lowering our selves on different benches and beams, then we had some Easter races. We bounced like a bunny, chirped like a chick and rolled like an egg.

The younger children have been getting creative with “Big Art”, using their hands, feet, tummies etc to apply paint to paper on the floor. There were some very colourful children in nursery.

The nursery has been filled with very excited children (and adults) this week who are looking forward to some nice Easter treats and the bank holiday weekend. We’d really like to hear all about what you have been up to during the holiday and would love some photos to put up on our wall.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and for those off next week we hope you have a lovely time.

What we have been up to..

March 18, 2016

We have been playing lots of balls games- football, catch, rolling etc. We have been looking at how far we can throw balls, how high we can throw balls and how many balls in a row we can catch. The children have enjoyed scoring goals against me in football and saving my attempts at a goal!

Junk modelling is still a firm favourite, this week we have been looking at developing ideas. So encouraging the children to select resources for a purpose, thinking about what tools to use, which colours will work best and the best way to create their idea. If you have any recycling at home then we’d really appreciate it (apologies to all those parent who regularly get creations taken home!).

We have been singing lots of ring songs  and playing musical games. This has been helping with shape and colour recognition as well as body part recognition. Ask your child if they can remember how to play “green elbows”. Music is a great way to get children involved and we find it is a fantastic way for children to take on information. It’s always lots of fun and requires lots of energy too!

One of the children brought a book called “The day the crayons quite” in for us to read, this inspired us to create our very own big picture with the children using their imagination to draw many different characters. We had a blue fire engine, brown bears and lots more. It’s on the wall at nursery if you want to have a look.

The younger children have been enjoying “cooperative” games such as rolling balls back and forth to each other, “row your boat” and building towers together (and of course knocking them down together!) This is a very simple type of turn taking and encourages social and language skills.

We have lots of fun Easter activities planned for next week and the children are all hoping that the Easter bunny pays us a visit.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing all about the children’s adventures.

What we have been up to..

March 11, 2016

What a lovely day to end the week on, it looks like spring may have sprung! The children have enjoyed talking about Spring: the lambs being born and flowers growing, it’s an exciting season :)

We’ve been super busy this week and have had lots of fun. So here’s a bit about what we’ve been up to……

In language group the older children have been looking at blending sounds to make words. They have been using their listening skills to work out what words we are sounding out and then using their letter knowledge to write the words.

In number group we have been looking at simple addition and subtraction and using this throughout our nursery day. We use it at tea time when setting out the plates and cups, during small group games when handing out pieces and at many different opportunities that arise throughout the day.

With some of the younger children we have been looking at colour recognition. This means we have had lots of block play, fun with the ball pool and stacking cups. We’ve enjoyed posting games, such as “can you post the red letter” and tea parties with coloured plates and cups.

On Wednesday we made some tasty cheese straws, the children had a go at grating the cheese and many were very taken with the taste of the Red Leicester cheese which we used in them. The children made their cheesy pastry in to various shapes and enjoyed them as an afternoon snack.

At the easel we have had some textured paint, we added sand to one pot and glitter to another, the children have been exploring the different ways they can apply the paint and how the different textures look and feel.

In the hall we had a balancing obstacle course where the children had to navigate around corners and up and down various objects. We then had some funny races. The children had a go at sliding across the floor on their tummies, pulling themselves along on their bottoms, walking backwards and tip toeing. These games involved lots of laughing and cheering each other on.

Junk modelling has become very popular again and the children are becoming more and more creative with what they are doing. This week we have had telescopes, tanks, stages and laptops and many more!

We hope you’ve had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend.