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Hello July,

‘‘Updating”

 

Hello June,

‘‘June is the gateway to Summer!”

We had so much fun celebrating the Jubilee! The children came dressed in their finest clothes and fancy dress. We really enjoyed admiring the decorations we made and playing with the jubilee themed activities. We also had a lovely afternoon party tea!

The children loved crafting their Father’s Day Cards this term. It was lovely to see their creations hanging proudly, waiting to be sent home to their loved ones.

This term we have been quite busy as we have hosted our very first parents first aid course! We had really good feedback from our parents. It’s really important to us that life saving skills are shared and we are blessed to have the opportunity to provide this for our families. We also had a fantastic parents evening. It was a really good turn out and we really enjoyed having the time to chat about our lovely children. It was also a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have been up to inside our setting.

Hello May,

“May the force be with you”

We have been mesmerised watching out butterflies turn into chrysalis. This year we were really lucky and when they were set free they landed on us for a feed from the fruit!
The children have been so lovely and kind to the creatures. They all sat watching in awe and amazement as they fluttered around the garden.
The weather has been glorious recently and we have been spending more time than ever outside. It’s been a great opportunity to involve the children in a bit if spring cleaning ready to enhance our areas with some new resources. The water is out in abundance now thanks to our new outdoor tap and the children have loved having access to it.

Hello April,

‘‘Drip, drip, drip little April showers!”

Wow! We have never had so much fun! We had the most fantastic week leading up to Easter! The Easter bunny himself even came for a visit! Lots of our children and families took part in our egg and bonnet competition. Everything looked wonderful!

Our eldest children had a visit to our local Church St James’. The Reverend was so impressed with everything the children had learnt about the Easter story. We had a wonderful time chatting, reenacting the last supper and sequencing the story. We were incredibly lucky to each take home a palm cross AND an Easter egg!

Hello March,

‘‘March winds and April showers bring May flowers!”

Wow! What a lot of celebrations to fit into this month! Of courser we started off with Pancake Day to celebrate Shove Tuesday. Pancake rhymes, stories and tuff trays were shared with the children as we explored ingredients, textures and tastes and used this as a hook point to learn more about how and why we will be beginning to learn about Easter! *It’s not just about the chocolate eggs and bunnies!*

We also managed to find time to create the most beautiful Mother’s Day crafts to present to the people in our lives who look out for us each and everyday.
Red Nose Day was a very big hit as we love being silly! All the staff and children had the most wonderful time dancing to past Comic relief songs and playing games with red balloons!
Lots of new faces decided to join us for World Book Day! We had dragons, unicorns and gruffalos!  Pre-school even learnt a rap to showcase to their families ready to spend their book tokens!

We finished off the celebrations with a day dedicated to St Patrick! You had bro be in anything other than green to be seen as the nursery was covered with green themed activities! Treasure from the end of the rainbow filled tuff trays and water trays for children to dive deep and discover!

 

Hello April,

‘‘Drip, drip, drip little April showers!”

 

 

Hello April,

‘‘Drip, drip, drip little April showers!”

 

 

Hello March,

‘‘March winds and April showers bring May flowers!”

Wow! What a lot of celebrations to fit into this month! Of courser we started off with Pancake Day to celebrate Shove Tuesday. Pancake rhymes, stories and tuff trays were shared with the children as we explored ingredients, textures and tastes and used this as a hook point to learn more about how and why we will be beginning to learn about Easter! *It’s not just about the chocolate eggs and bunnies!*

We also managed to find time to create the most beautiful Mother’s Day crafts to present to the people in our lives who look out for us each and everyday.
Red Nose Day was a very big hit as we love being silly! All the staff and children had the most wonderful time dancing to past Comic relief songs and playing games with red balloons!
Lots of new faces decided to join us for World Book Day! We had dragons, unicorns and gruffalos!  Pre-school even learnt a rap to showcase to their families ready to spend their book tokens!

We finished off the celebrations with a day dedicated to St Patrick! You had bro be in anything other than green to be seen as the nursery was covered with green themed activities! Treasure from the end of the rainbow filled tuff trays and water trays for children to dive deep and discover!

 

Hello February,

‘‘It’s the year of the Tiger!”

The children have loved learning about the Lunar New Year! They were so excited to wear their tiger masks and we celebrated with a dragon dance!

Love has definitely been in the air at nursery. Each child decorated a card for their families to send home and we had a little Valentine’s party too.

Each of our nursery rooms have had some fantastic activities out for the children and it’s so lovely to see children building secure attachments with their key person. Especially as a few children have now began visits and transitions to their new rooms.

We have been spending a lot of time focusing in on what our children enjoy and are interested in. We have invested in lots of new materials and resources to help children further develop by enhancing their areas of play.

 

Hello January,

‘‘Happy New Year!”

Happy New Year to all our children and families! We hope you are well rested after our little break. We know we are!
We are so excited for this year and have lots of exciting ideas.
Quite a few of our chilren are showing strong topic interests. We have started to look into some new topics as well as planning around seasons and celebrations. Baby Bunnies are taking part in activities based on ‘Under the Sea’. Tiny Tigers and Bouncing Bears have become one larger group of two year olds and they are taking part in activities to help understand emotions. Preppies and Pre-Schoolars are investigating the solar system!
We will also be starting to learn about the Lunar New Year, ready to start the year of the tiger on 1st Feb!

 

 

Hello December,

‘‘Tis the season to be jolly!”

Just like that another year comes to a jolly end. We love this time of year as we reflect on our achievements and accomplishments.
The nursery looks more magical than ever and all of our time is spent trying to make it as special as we can for our children. This year Father Christmas and Elsa came to visit! We baked a gingerbread advent calendar and shared Christmas stories.
The Pre-School children once again showed what absolute stars they are in our fantastic Nativity.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful families for a lovely year and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
We are looking forward to seeing your in the new year!

Hello November,

November:  Chapter 11 of 12.

 

Within November our nursery rooms become filled with colour! There are so many celebrations during this time. The children often love exploring colour and how it changes with activities for Bonfire Night and Diwali. The traditions of British culture and the story of the Festival of Light are seen throughout our beautiful setting.
Through this busy month we also celebrate Wear it Pink and Children in Need. We love supporting these charities by raising awareness and money with our children and families. Not forgetting Remembrance Day. Our children and staff proudly wear the poppies and we sensitively answer children’s questions about their purpose. For us it is a time of showing how and why we need to look out for and care for one another.
Towards the end of the month we put up our Christmas trees ready to begin our Christmas festivities. This year the children have been fully involved in the decorating, helping to hang baubles and decorations.

Hello October,

October is about trees revealing the colours that they’ve hidden all year!

Pumpkins and harvest vegetables have already started to make their way into our nursery.
“Is it Halloween yet?” the children call out.
October seems to be the month of messy play. Pumpkin pulp, gloop, wet mulch and slime cover our tuff trays for children to explore. Our water trays find themselves filled with little delights as minibeasts lurk under the murky waters.
At the end of the month the children and staff celebrated with a spooky week and dressed up for themed days and activities  too.
Not forgetting Wear it Pink day as Halloween tries it’s best to overshadow. The children got crafty exploring shades of pink paints and also investigated pink exploration area too.

 

Hello September,

Make it a September to remember!

And once again we are back to our busy September. Autumn is coming and the nursery knows it!
Our entrance has had an autumnal makeover as children have begun to explore all the natural treasures that Autumn brings with it.

Lots of our children have now started their transition into their new play room and all seem to be settling well. We have also welcomed lots of new families and babies to our setting.
Our parents have been getting busy on their Autumn treasure hunts too and the children have enjoyed bringing in and showcasing what they have found.

This month we have raised funds for Jeans for Genes day and have also visited our local church to learn all about harvest!

 

Hello August,

Breathe in the sweetness that hovers in August.

This month always brings with it a little bit of sadness as we say farewell to our Pre-School leavers.
We would like to wish them all well in their transition to primary school, we are sure they will all enjoy it tremendously!

It’s a lovely time to reflect on the precious moments we are able to spend with our little ones. We nurture them in their earliest years so that they are ready to leave us with a wealth of knowledge of their world and high in confidence.

Daisy Chains Leavers 2021 you will be very missed! x

Hello July,

Dreaming, is after all, a form of planning!

We have been spending most of our time outside this month enjoying the lovely weather!
Our outdoor spaces have had a good spruce and the children have thoroughly enjoyed getting them messy again!
There has been lots of exploration, especially using the outdoor mark making materials!
The children have also been cooking up a storm in our texture kitchens and the large sand pit has been a big hit too!

Hello June,

Football’s Coming Home!

This month we have started to prepare for the Euro’s! Our flags and the flags of Europe are hanging proudly at the front of our nursery. The children have been coming in with their football kits and t-shirts singing along to ‘Football’s Coming Home’.
We also sent home our personalised gifts along with a sunflower for Father’s Day. We’re really looking forward to seeing where our families grow them.
Baby Bunnies have a new soft play set as we found they are exploring climbing at the moment. They have loved having a space to develop these new skills safely. Even the youngest of our babies having enjoyed experiencing the new materials.
We have also started looking at the life cycle of butterflies and have two sets in our nursery. They have began to turn into Chrysalis’s, we will keep you updated about what happens next!
There has been lots of outdoor play and messy sessions recently as we make the most of this glorious weather!

Bouncing Bears have been visiting Pre-School’s Forest school site. They managed to find the Bug Hotel and their secret den.

Hello May,

Wishing you a happy May Day that is bright with happy moments.

Our wetter than usual May provided lots of exciting activities for the children. Lots of our groups have been interested in mini beasts. We have been restoring our bug hotels, catching and releasing bugs using our bug catchers and looking closely to identify and observe them. Our Forest school sessions have started at the Church grounds for our Pre-School children this month too. They have also been keen to explore insects, digging in mud, climbing trees (with help of course) and building dens!
Supervised tooth brushing sessions have also restarted for Bouncing Bears, Preppies and Pre-School. We are beginning to look at people who help us and are hoping to receive visits from a nurse and a policeman!

Hello April,

Drip, drip, drip, little April showers.

This month started off full of Easter celebrations! The Easter bunny came to visit for our annual Easter egg hunt in our garden. The children had so much fun collecting chocolate eggs and taking part in Easter themed activities. The Baby Bunnies painted with their whole bodies using pastel yoghurt paint, the children in Tiny Tigers and Bouncing Bears all took part in Easter crafts and the Preppies and Pre-School children began to learn about the Easter story and made Easter gardens.
Our school leaver children had an extra special visit to St James’ Church to drop off an Easter garden to the vicar. The vicar and her volunteers set up a lovely Easter story activity for the children to learn about why we celebrate Easter.

There was an abundance of celebrations this month. As well as Easter the children and staff celebrated St George’s Day and Earth day! We made English flags using red and white media and created shields and swords to reenact the slaying of the dragon. Pre-School looked at how their actions contribute to the world. We talked about what recycling is and why we do it and also created our own earth pictures to take home.

Hello March,

Hello Spring, hello March,

Spring is in the air and daffodils all around us. Our children all took daffodils and handmade cards to give to special people in their lives as we celebrated Mother’s Day. It was a full month of celebrating as we dressed up for World Book Day, not forgetting the most important part, sharing stories! We also celebrated St Patrick’s day and explored the colour green throughout nursery as we made lucky clovers.
Daffodils also added to our expressive arts play. Children sniffed, smelled, snipped, glued and painted them as they worked with the staff learning about how they could be used.

Hello February,

The border between Winter and Spring,

Love was in the air for us all in February. Our hallways were adorned with hearts and roses and our boards were filled with handmade cards for our children to send out to the people they loved. We focused on feelings and read stories about love and what it might mean to love someone. ’King and King’ was a popular book of choice in Pre-School as well as ‘While we Can’t Hug’.

Hello January,

The beginning of new things to come,

 

This month we welcomed all of our children, families and staff back ready to start the new year. We shared tales of celebrations over this Christmas break and revelled in our children’s joy.
Our new shelter stands proudly above our entrance to shield us from the great british weather. This month we have been lucky to experience snowfall and our families have been sending in photos of their children playing and exploring in the outdoors. At nursery we have been keeping cosy and warm watching the snow fall through our large windows and playing out in our wetsuits and wellingtons.
Our play rooms now have new names Baby Bunnies, Tiny Tigers, Bouncing Bears, Preppies and Pre-School and children have begun transitions and visits. Children and staff have been building great relationships through bonding experiences. Cuddly story times, sharing family photos and talking about them and loving bottle feeds are all helping our children to settle and get to know their new Key People.
We have loved everything January has had to offer and we are looking forward to a busy month in February celebrating Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

Hello December,

You’re the last one so be the best one!

All year round the nursery is full of magical moments. Something is always being celebrated as we move through the months, however there is nothing quite like the run up to Christmas whilst working with our young children. It’s always a favourite time of year as glitter fills the floor, keepsakes are made with love and care and children sing a long to Christmas songs with glee.

It has been business as usual despite the pandemic and the children have made all of our Christmases. We also managed to produce and film our nativity too and the Pre-School children did an absolutely fantastic job!
After the year we have had we wanted to add as much magic as we could for our children. Our staff groups planned specially themed days for all of our nursery. Children dressed for the events as we made hot chocolate stations, played in the snow and they even met Father Christmas!

To all of our families, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Lots of love from us all at Daisy Chains x

Hello November,

Remember, remember the fifth of November

The lights filled the sky and our children filled their imaginations. We also had traditional bonfire night food too!
Paint is a firm favourite in our nursery. Floor art, painting materials and exploration have been high on our children’s agenda this month. We printed, mixed and explored colour as we all celebrated bonfire night and Diwali.

We had lots to celebrate as we visited our friends at the residential home for Remembrance Day. We visited the memorial at St James’ Church and recreated the poppies we found to plant in our friends garden at our local residential home. We stood together and sang ‘We’ll meet again’ to lift up everyone’s spirits.
Children in Need was celebrated by us wearing pyjamas and creating Pudsey and Blush crafts.

Hello October,

Let the leaves reveal the colours they have been hiding all year

What a busy month we have had! The children have absolutely LOVED exploring all October has to offer. Unfortunately as the world stops and starts our children can’t always have the experiences we would like them too. This year we brought the Pumpkin Patch to the nursery! All sorts of pumpkins and squash were invited and children discovered the hidden secrets of each and every one. All children at nursery explored the pumpkin in different ways, through sensory trays, printing, cutting, squeezing pulp, carving and even creating bird feeders.
Lots of fun was to be had at our Halloween parties and the boom box was a welcome guest. Children really shon and grew in confidence as they danced to spooky music and sang into the microphones.

Hello September,

thank you for the reminder that change can be beautiful.

Quite a few of our children have transitioned to their new groups and have done so well settling in. Children and their key person/buddies have been sharing stories, exploring new materials and adapting to their new surroundings.
The garden has been a place full of exploration. Rain water has been collecting and the weather has become cooler. The children have delved into these changes, some of which they may have not experienced before.
Water has been splashed, wellies have been put on and children have shouted with glee as we puddle jumped and kicked through crunchy leaves, fallen from the trees above.
Jeans for Genes day was also celebrated by our children and staff with plenty denim themed activities and for our olden children an opportunity to talk about the differences between ourselves and others.