End of term fun at Highgate in July

July saw the end of term & lots of sad goodbyes to our children leaving to start school in September!

Before they left, all the school leavers went on a trip to Curious Kids Town on 10th July. They were picked up from nursery by coach & taken to the role play village. They enjoyed taking on lots of different roles, from hairdressers to fire fighters!

On 16th July we had a wonderful graduation celebration which we held at St Mary’s Church. Parents & other family members were welcomed in to come & see their children collect their certificates & celebrate their time with us at Highgate. The children did some beautiful singing of some special songs that they had been learning throughout the term. Each child was individually presented their graduation certificate & then everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet afterwards. A fantastic time was had by all!

We raised lots of money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital from our raffle in July, which saw lots of happy families winning some great prizes such as tickets to Disney on Ice, family days out & activity vouchers!

On 23rd July Highgate hosted a free Parent 1st Aid Training Session. We had a great response from parents who really enjoyed the session & the opportunity to widen their knowledge & understanding.

We had a very warm staff training session on 25th July during the heatwave! It was based around Understanding schemas, the Leuven scale & the key person buddy system.

We’re now looking forward to August & the new term in September where there will be another range of exciting events to tell you all about!

June 2019 at Oak Valley

June marked the start of our school preparations for our Pre-School children. They tried on the uniforms and PE kits for their new schools, met their teachers and read lots of stories about what to expect in the upcoming months. We had a busy term transitioning the children to school and having fun organising our graduation and leavers workshop.

After a fun staff training session around ‘loose parts’, the children had fun exploring with a variety of materials. We particularly enjoyed making a map to help the night pirates find their treasure!!

Rising 3’s and Pre-School made some new friends this month; Benji the bear and Kevin the koala! Benji and Kevin have been spending the weekends at the children’s houses; camping, visiting the seaside and going on day trips. The children have been documenting the fun they have had with him in their learning journal.

During June it was Healthy Eating Week. We encourage healthy eating all year round at Oak Valley with a nutritious menu and free fruit Fridays at the end of every month. To celebrate this occasion we went on a trip to the local supermarket to buy different kinds of fruit. The children then cut the fruit up and made kebabs to eat with their friends.

On 21st June it was World Music Day. We had fun singing, dancing and making our own instruments. We also had a visit from Mini Movez who showed us some new dance routines and movement games.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who came to our Rising 3’s Fathers Day Workshop where we made gifts and keepsakes.

Baby Room sensory workshop where we had lots of fun getting messy and exploring different materials.

We had a mix of weather this month, but managed to play out in rain or shine. We can’t wait to see what fun July brings.

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Kingswood Day Nursery in May

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The Babies had great fun this month exploring paint with their body parts and the different ways to make marks with different objects. They gained great sensory experiences from the way the paint felt on their skin and how they could make varied marks as the objects they were using touched the paper. I think the pictures prove what great fun they had, and how happily involved and engaged they are in these simple, but very effective, activities!

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Painting and mark-making with slinky’s.

Toddler Room

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Toddlers have enjoyed the planting activities this month; they have had so much fun learning about what plants need in order to grow. They have particularly enjoyed watering them daily, and watching them develop and grow. Soon we are hoping to eat the carrots that we’re growing at snack time! The children showed high levels of engagement and were so thoroughly interested in the planting activities that we went on to plant some herbs and some cucumbers too!

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The Pre-School children took part in a workshop where we asked parents, or other special grown ups to the children, to join us for a crafty morning. We made buzzy bee pictures and we were very creative, using bubble wrap to print with to make a honeycomb background for our bees! Another of the activities in the workshop was to create our very own dream catchers to hang up in our bedrooms. We used natural resources and coloured tissue paper to create our masterpieces. The playdough activity was really popular, using our imaginations to come up with our own inventions, we even added different textures to our playdough such as rice, herbs and glitter.

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Finally, during the month of May, we have been making obstacle courses to improve our gross motor skills and to continue to develop our balance and coordination. We have enjoyed exploring and adding to our new natural/heuristic areas within the play rooms, the wooden and more ‘real life’ objects allow the children to develop their imagination to the next level. We have also been colour matching and sorting too! What a busy month May has been at Kingswood! We look forward to many more activities and opportunities to think critically and be creative.

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April fun at The Little School House

At The Little School House we started the month of April by welcoming in the Rhythm Time team, who brought poms-poms, jingle sticks, bubbles, and musical instruments for our Babies & Toddlers to enjoy. The children explored making sounds and movement.

The Toddlers held a parent workshop based around Easter where they hunted for eggs in the hay, made sticky pictures & bunny masks. 

Now the weather is getting warmer, all our children have enjoyed numerous trips to our local park and woods. They’ve particularly enjoyed the physicality of the climbing frames, the slides and the swings. Our Babies visited Graves Park farm where they saw all the different animals & mimicked the noises they make! https://m.facebook.com/gravesparkanimalfarm/ The Toddler Room went for a big walk in the woods and pretended they were on a bear hunt.

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Our Pre-School was lucky enough to have some frogspawn gifted to them. They made the most of it by taking a trip to the park to get some water from the stream for the tank, and learning about the frog life cycle. The children were very excited when they found that their then tadpoles had developed into actual frogs!

We ended the month with Parent’s Evening. It was lovely to hear all the positive comments that so many of you conveyed.

March Activities & Events!

It was a busy month at Highgate during March!

We started the month by celebrating Pancake Day on 5th March. The children enjoyed making & eating some yummy pancakes at snack time.

We then took part in a sponsored listen to celebrate World Book Day on 7th March & everybody came to nursery in dressed up as their favourite book characters. A massive well done & thank-you to all the families who took part in the sponsored listen & raised over £150 for us to buy new books for nursery!

Pre-School 1 went on a little trip to Weston Park Museum on 14th March. They had a great time, dressing up & playing in the role play areas. They even had time to feed the ducks, before returning back to nursery on the bus.

On 15th March the children & staff came to nursery wearing items of red clothing & made a donation towards Comic Relief.

The Babies hosted a ‘Stay & Play’ event. We invited their grown-ups to come along & join in the fun of morning play time. They enjoyed group time together; choosing song spoons & singing their favourite songs, whilst joining in with the actions! They then took part in a sponge painting activity & a sensory activity with squelchy, slippery, multi- coloured spaghetti! The children & their special guests had so much fun & we had some great feedback. Thank you to everyone who came along & took part.

The children in Toddler Room also had a wonderful ‘Tea Party’ with their Mummies & Nanans in celebration of Mother’s Day. They ate some delicious scones with jam & cream, they sang some of their favourite songs & then took part in some fun creative activities! They made flower bookmarks using lollipop sticks & buttons. They decorated plant pots & then planted some seeds in the soil to grow some beautiful flowers. Finally, they decorated mugs with beautiful hand drawn pictures for their accompanying adults.

After all that we’re now looking forward to April – Easter, the start of a new term & plenty more fun activities!

Excel studio visit

February 2019 at Oak Valley

We have had a lovely month at Oak Valley. The mini heatwave has enabled us to make the most of the great outdoors starting with the ‘Big Garden Bird Watch!’ The children made their own bird feeders and binoculars and watched as the birds played on our garden! We spotted so many different types of wildlife!

Pre-School invited their parents to our maths-themed workshop this month. The children and their special guests took part in activities such as finding shapes hidden in shaving foam, mark making in the sand and weighing and measuring. The fabulous feedback we received tells us the parents had fun and found it really useful to see examples in practice of how their children can learn through play and how they can implement these things at home.

We enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year this month. Our School Council decided we should mark the occasion by making lanterns and having a food tasting session. We then voted on our favourite Chinese dish.

We finished the month off with a visit to Excel Martial Arts and Dance Studio. The children enjoyed having a taster session; they played games, learnt many new moves and took part in lots of exercise while doing the obstacle courses. Thank you Excel for letting us visit – we had a lovely time!

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January 2019 at Kingswood

Happy New Year to you all – I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas!

We have welcomed 2019 into Kingswood with a few changes to our paperwork systems, some exciting activities and some sensory exploration.

“eyLog” is our new software system (that has actually been running in the background for approximately a term now) and we went live for parents to have access to this new and exciting system this month. So far we have had some really positive feedback and parents are really enjoying receiving their weekly updates, pictures and videos on what their children have been getting up to!

During the colder days we had in January the Babies showed a real curiosity about the frost and ice so we followed their interests and created some fun activities where they could explore and experience ice and what happens when it melts.

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Our Toddler Room has shown a real interest in kites recently so we embraced the International Kite Festival as a way to expand on this.The festival marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Summer months. The Toddlers had so much fun designing and making their own kites and, of course, on the field running after them!

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Finally this month, it has been a real celebration of all things sensory! The Babies really enjoyed exploring a whole range of sensory activities on offer. They investigated the smell, touch and taste of the resources provided. I think a few of the favourites on this occasion were custard powder, cocoa powder and Angel Delight powder!

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We have had a great month here at Kingswood Day Nursery and Pre-School and we are now looking forward to seeing what February brings – we will be exploring the topic ‘People Who Help Us’.

Festive Fun at Highgate in December…

In December at Highgate we hosted a range of fun festive events!

On 13th December we held our Pre-School Christmas Concerts. The children performed 2 concerts, one in the morning & one in the afternoon, for their loved ones.  We had some great outfits, from stars to homemade Christmas tree dresses! They sang a variety of festive songs including Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger &, their favourite, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney!  The audience got involved with the actions & sang along; a great time was had by all!

All the children in the nursery then enjoyed their Christmas parties, with a special visit from the big man himself!  Santa was very busy delivering presents to all the children & Pre-School had lots of questions to ask & stories to tell him!  The children had a delicious party lunch & also enjoyed various party games including pass the parcel & musical bumps. 

On Friday 14th December we all took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children.  We successfully raised over £50 for the charity – thank you to everyone participated!

On top of all these festivities, the staff had a training session on 11th December on policies & procedures.  It was a really interactive session that proved extremely useful.

We’re all now looking forward to a fab 2019 & all the upcoming events we have booked in for the Spring term. 

Press Release Fundraising Recognition for Highgate!

We’ve been honoured by Parenta with a press release praising the staff of our Handsworth branch for the amazing fundraising efforts on behalf of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The fantastic efforts of the team – most notably Kelly James – deserved some celebrating.

Here’s the article in full:

‘Snowflake’ award and TV appearance for Highgate Day Nursery, Sheffield

by Parenta | Jan 10, 2019 | Childcare news | 0 comments

‘Snowflake’ award and TV appearance for Highgate Day Nursery, Sheffield

Press release from Highgate Day Nursery, Sheffield.

Staff from Highgate Day Nursery in Sheffield took part in a sponsored walk from Highgate to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and back. They wore Sheffield Children’s Hospital t-shirts and bright yellow and blue tutus to attract attention. Everywhere was really busy as it was the day of the royal wedding and lots of people spotted them, kindly donating in the buckets they carried. The walk was even more of a challenge as it was a very hot day in the middle of a heatwave!

In addition, the nursery took part in a sponsored walk with all the children within the setting. Babies and toddlers explored the garden in a ‘bug hunt’ while the pre-school children went for a walk around our local area. They also raised more money by encouraging parents to bake for their cake sale.

In total, £1430.28 was raised which was enough money to receive a medium sized ‘snowflake’ for the schools snowflake project at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the staff were invited to a light switch-on event, where they watched a presentation about where the money had been spent. The event was attended by BBC Look North who aired the event live on TV!

Highgate Day Nursery in Sheffield is part of Early Years Care & Education Ltd which has four settings in Sheffield.  The hospital is Sheffield Children’s hospital. Kelly James at Highgate instigated most of the fundraising activities.  She said; “We are all so proud of all our staff and children at the nursery and the effort they have put into their fundraising”.

November fun at Oak Valley

The children have had a very busy month at Oak Valley Day Nursery.

Children in Need

November has seen us raising awareness for Children in Need. The children and staff came to nursery wearing spots or pyjamas and hosted a bake sale to raise money for this great cause. We managed to raise an impressive £75.23 – thank you to everyone who helped us!

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Road Safety Week

During November we elected a new Pre-School council. Their first job was to discuss Road Safety Week and think about why it is so important. The children came up with great ideas of how to stay safe and how we could include the younger children in the fun. The Babies & Toddlers enjoyed the ideas Pre-School came up with and had fun making different marks with the toy cars and paint.

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Other Activities

At Oak Valley we try to encourage independence in all aspects of our day. The children are already used to preparing their own snack and using self-service at mealtimes, but this month they have also been getting used to setting the tables by themselves and washing/drying their own pots. Well done everyone!

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The rainy weather hasn’t stopped us being active in November. As well as playing outside, we have also been using lots of energy playing parachute games, which has helped us with our numeracy skills and colours. Mini Movez have been to see us again this term and taught us some new dance moves for us to practice daily!

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With the festive season approaching, the children have been practicing their literacy skills and writing

Carols

by preparing their letters to Father Christmas. We posted these letters on the way to the residential home, where we finished off the month by singing Christmas carols to the residents.

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon

 

Look out for our other festive activities including our Christmas party,  workshops, carol concert, visit from Zoolab and a special visit from our Pre-School elf!