Welcome to Nursery ~
where working together we can be the best we can be!
What have we been learning this week?
'Krazy Hair Day'
The children and staff alike; came to school with their 'Krazy Hair' in order to raise money for a cause close to my heart; 'Alzheimer's Awareness Day'.
We talked about the symptoms of Alzheimer's and how we can use our school values of respect, friendship and compassion among others in order to support those around us affected by this disease.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU for your fundraising efforts today.
Happy New Year and Welcome to Dino Land!
After all the fun was had at Christmas we asked the children what they would like to learn about next; having a class vote!
The winning theme was 'Dinosaurs' with a close second being 'Fairy Tales'.
The children have loved the theme so much it has been our link to the Early Years objectives over the last 5 weeks!
Let's see what nursery have been upto...
After learning about how we know about dinosaurs living a long time ago through archaeologists' finding bones; we chose to make our own fossils using clay. The children worked hard to roll out their clay and then used skeleton dinosaur figurines to imprint into the clay. Once our clay was dry we were able to paint and varnish them. We are really enjoying our dinosaur topic.
Stay tuned to see more Jurassic fun!
The children enjoyed making the fossils so much they asked could they make something that they could eat! Here they are making chocolate chip dinosaurs! The children worked hard with Mrs Hibbert; knowing that they had to wash their hands first, put on an apron, measure out the ingredients, mix them all in a bowl, roll the mixture out and press the cutter down using the different shaped cutters.
They were delicious!
Design a Dino!
In nursery we have thoroughly enjoyed reading lots of texts about dinosaurs; both fiction and non-fiction. The children have really took on board the lots of difficult names that each dinosaur had and wanted to design their own. Using paper plates and our creative collage resources the children went on to make their own dinosaurs.
Here are just a few of their designs...
A Volcano Erupts!
Nursery and reception were very intrigued to find out what life was like for the dinosaurs. They took real interest in finding as much information about them as possible. And with the help of a few scientific ingredients and year 3 were able to make their own erupting volcano!
Here is the result...
Mathematics in Early Years
After members of our staff team went on recent mathematics training at Thomas Grey Primary School; they came back with some fun ideas to develop children's understanding of shape, space and measures; linking to our dinosaur topic.
These included build your dinosaur out of 2D shapes, filling and emptying containers using colour water, hide and seek with dinosaurs and estimating how many of our little human feet could fill a stegosaurus's foot!
Keeping up to date with new and exciting initiatives and having fresh ideas is just one of the ways that BDS Foundation staff support your child's learning.
It's Christmas Time!
We have had lots of fun this week making reindeer food, salt dough Christmas trees with our fingerprints, calendars with marbles and Christmas cards using our hands and feet in both English and French to name just a few!
Please make sure you have a go at the Holiday Homework! (Link is at bottom of page)
Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year from all of the nursery staff!
A Little Nativity!
A big thank you to everyone who came to support the Early Years at our Christmas performances. The children worked incredibly hard and did a fantastic job!
Here are some pictures of us...
'The Hungry Caterpillar'
The children have absolutely LOVED this week's text; 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle with thanks to our students from Edge Hill University; Miss Ford and Mrs Wright.
As you can see from the slideshow above they have had lots of fun learning and developing new skills in the environment; such as fine motor skills by threading, digging for numbers to match wriggly worms in the green grass, learning all about symmetry by making their own butterfly and writing about their favourite bug to hunt for in our 'Welly Garden'. We even had a lovely visit from Tesco's Community Leaders Denise and Lesley who came into nursery to help us make the little caterpillar from healthy fruits and vegetables; which we thoroughly enjoyed eating afterwards too!
Nursery were very fortunate to receive a lovely visit from Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. We had a chance to look at a baby hedgehog (hoglet). We learnt lots of facts and information about hedgehogs even though he stayed in his prickly little ball as he was a bit scared!
After we had seen the little hedgehog, we decided to make our very own from leaves, using our handprints, using plasticine and little sticks and even from pinecones we had collected on the school grounds.
Ask us to tell you a fact about hedgehogs!
In nursery the children take part in 'Squiggle 'N' Wiggle' sessions. First they each get their own set of ribbons. Then they will learn a new gross motor movement to a piece of music. They will dance using this movement and use it to make marks, this can be in foam, on paper along the floor, in sand etc.
These sessions are great fun but most importantly help your child to be confident mark makers.
After reading 'Handa's Surprise' this week the children wanted to try out out the different fruits from the story. We did lots of exciting activities around the fruits from the story. We sequenced the fruits that the animal's took and used our senses to describe them. We drew our favourite fruit and animal, made fruits using the play dough investigating the textures, matched the animal's to the fruit, acted out the story using masks and lots more. Lastly we made our own fruit salads. These were delicious!
Once you enter the Foundation Stage you will feel confident enough to leave your child in our care. Our childcare staff are experienced and qualified Early Years professionals, and we comply with the highest standard of care.
We provide a warm, nurturing environment where your child can develop and thrive, and be ready to move on to the Foundation Stage in Reception when ready.
We offer an interesting and varied programme of fun activities, within a happy and safe environment, where your children can play, learn and thrive.
Each child is assigned a key person who will oversee their development and plan appropriate learning opportunities for them. We fully embrace parent partnerships and will work carefully with you to settle your child and meet their needs.
Our dedicated team will discuss your child’s day with you and are happy to listen and discuss any concerns. We offer flexible childcare, with a range of options to suite your needs.
We help children develop responsibility for themselves and their actions, and to become happy, confident, independent and cooperative individuals.
Staff can support you with a variety of needs such as potty training and promoting speech and language development.
At BDS Nursery we passionately believe in the unique child and providing enabling environments for children to learn successfully.
Our staff are highly trained and share our ethos and vision to provide an outstanding learning experience and a home away from home.
We follow the Foundation Stage Profile and children are given opportunities to experience learning in the following areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, expressive arts and design.
We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Effective delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage, with its emphasis on meeting the needs of the individual child, will depend largely on key persons fulfilling this role. The main purpose of a key person system is to create a ‘family atmosphere’.
When looking at setting up a Key Person system, we have to take into account the sessions that the child attends, the hours the team member works and the compatibility between the child, parent/carer and the team member.
We encourage a child to choose their own key person and allow up to two weeks for this to happen.
The EYFS highlights the job of the Key Person as a link sharing information with parents and carers about the child’s life at home.
It is important that you and the professionals caring for your child work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child. These conversations will need to be with your child’s ‘Key Person’.
This is the person who:-
· Is your main point of contact within the setting.
· Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe.
· Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning.
· Takes a careful note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you and giving you ideas as to how to help your child at home.
Try to speak to your child’s Key Person as often as possible about what your child has been doing, what they have enjoyed, what they need to be doing more of and what you can do at home.
You can tell the Key Person about things your child enjoys, or areas that you feel they need support with.
The Key Person can help the young child deal with separation anxiety.
The EYFS principles into practice card says, ‘a key person has special responsibilities for working with a number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents'.
The welfare requirements of the EYFS explains the requirements of the role more fully, saying that a key person helps a baby or child to become familiar with the setting and to feel safe and confident, and talks to parents to make sure the needs of the child are being met appropriately.
We create a family atmosphere as we welcome in our children and staff each day.