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.

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!

Dressing up

Baking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

  Council

Road safety

Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Independence

 

 

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!

Parachute

 

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!

 

’17-’18 End of year review

However unlikely it may seem to be, we’re suddenly in August drawing the year to a close! Although I usually leave the blogging to others, I’ve decided to proffer this in addition.

Firstly, I’d like to start by congratulating our four fantastic settings and their Managers on what has been an amazing first year to our new and improved Company. We’ve seen an abundance of visitors into nursery, trips out for the children, workshops which lots of our current families will have participated in and enriching extra-curricular events such as Zoolab, Mini Movez and pottery painting. We’ve introduced our Facebook pages which have had a brilliant reception across the board, particularly in terms of keeping parents informed of upcoming occasions and being able to see photos in a timelier fashion. We’ve also, obviously, released our new website with this blog feature!

A year ago, the owner made the decision to employ me as an Area Manager – I am the person who monitors progress in all our branches and provides support to the Managers in all areas of administration, staffing and the general running of the settings. Together, we then decided to employ an overarching Special Educational Needs Coordinator to support the many children we cater for with additional needs – we found Clare Hough who slotted in so perfectly and is now considered invaluable. Next on the agenda in our bid to boost our quality was to find a Quality Practice Manager to spend time in each of the branches evaluating the environments we have on offer and the practice of our staff – Anna Cam came onboard and superseded our hopes and expectations. She does all of what we wanted as well as supporting staff with feedback, targets and tailored training, making her priceless.

We’ve presented a multitude of enriching aspects to how we run our settings over the year – the majority of parents now take advantage of being able to pay their monthly fees by BACS transfer; a termly newsletter is now sent out keeping the information streamlined, more relevant and up to date; ‘Fresh Fruit Friday’ is on offer in each branch on the last Friday of each month providing a tasty, free snack and a great opportunity to model healthy eating choices; a lending library is in operation in each of our settings encouraging children and parents to share literary opportunities together at home; the nursery menus had a huge overhaul which gave the children the chance to experiment with lots of new and exciting dishes that all take into account the recommended nutritional values and portion sizes; we’ve extended our opening hours to 7am-7pm Mon-Fri assisting greatly with many of our working families’ needs; last but by no means least, we’ve undertaken an enormous amount of maintenance and improvements across all four of our branches to ensure the environment is kept to a high standard for each and every one of the children we care for.

There’s been a definite move towards striving for quality and, in that vein, we’ve been making conscious efforts to let our staff know just how valued they are. We’ve introduced Room Coordinators to enable people who’d like to progress in their career with us; several staff incentives to boost morale and keep motivation high have been introduced; and an amazing Christmas celebration which ended 2017 beautifully. Perhaps best of all, July saw the EYCE staff team embark on a ‘seaside jolly’ to Scarborough for the day! The trip was a treat from the owner to thank us all for an extremely successful year and to celebrate a year of the newly branded Company. It was a really lovely day with gorgeous sunshine, beautiful scenery and a relaxing boat trip, all perfectly topped off with an amazing fish and chip lunch!

As I look forward to the new academic year, and more success for Early Years Care and Education Ltd, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful employees and to all our existing families for their continued support.

Lisa Mapley – Area Manager

July at Oak Valley- Outdoor play

This month we’ve had a lovely time exploring in our new discovery garden. We found loads of bugs and minibeasts which we took back into the classroom to talk about. The children decided they wanted to feed their new friends, so gave them carrots and cucumber! After enjoying getting dirty, digging and playing in the mud kitchen, they transferred their learning experience indoors and took full advantage of our baking supplies and made mud pies!

 

baking litter picking

Toddler Room have been making the most of the gorgeous weather we had with a trip to Graves Park! The children enjoyed a tram ride to feed the animals, played on the equipment and finished with a tasty picnic. Our school leavers had their annual trip to Western Park Museum. The children loved all the interactive displays and dressing up in the fabulous costumes

 

Our Pre-School council have been helping the environment this month! With the help of our hi-visibility vests and litter pickers we have been making our surrounding areas cleaner and tidier. Well done everyone!

 

We have been supporting the England football team this month by making flags and learning songs! Even though we didn’t end up winning the World Cup, we had a fantastic time enjoying all our football activities! #teamEngland

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Posted by Oak Valley Day Nursery on Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Sunday 15th July saw the EYCE staff team embark on a ‘seaside jolly’ to Scarborough for the day! The trip was a treat from the owner to thank them for an extremely successful year and to celebrate a year of the newly branded Company. It was a really lovely day with gorgeous sunshine, beautiful scenery and a relaxing boat trip, all perfectly topped off with an amazing fish and chip lunch!! 🚌🏖👙🐟🍿

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In addition to our regular ‘Mini Moverz’ session, this month we also welcomed in ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’. The children learnt lots of new songs and dance routines to help keep them active.

 

We finished a lovely month off with our school leavers Graduation Ceremony and workshop. Good luck to our class of 2018, you will be missed! We’re certain you’ll all have a great time at school – don’t forget us too soon!!

 

March activities at Oak Valley

 

We have had a busy month at Oak Valley Day Nursery. March has seen us raise money for charity on World Book Day – the children came to nursery dressed up in fancy dress and we had a picnic lunch whilst listening to our favourite stories! Our Baby Room also marked the occasion by visiting the local library for a story telling event.

The children have picked the theme of fire engines as one of their topics this month; their interest in a passing emergency vehicle led us into making our own fire engine and the children dressing up and using hoses to put the fire out! We are going to visit some fire engines in the upcoming weeks so the children can sit in and pretend to drive them!

Even the ‘Beast from the East’ failed to stop our fun as we enjoyed building snowmen and making snow angels. Parenta magazine even featured the Company in an article they ran on snow days as we manged to brave the weather conditions and open nursery every day.

Baby Room hosted a sensory ‘Stay and Play’ session for parents and carers to attend and get messy with them. They explored shaving foam, water, coloured pasta and feet painting. A fun time was had by all!

Toddler Room had their Easter workshop where we joined in with baking, crafts and even made bird feeders for the garden. Meanwhile Pre-school had a sports day to raise awareness for Sport Relief by taking part in the egg and spoon race along with an assault course and playing various other garden games.

Bertie our Pre-School Bear has also had a busy month – he has been having adventures at the children’s houses and has been on many day trips. He has recently returned from his holidays in France! We have loved reading about what he has been up to.

For Mother’s Day, the children have been pot painting, decorating mugs and coasters for their Mums. This is something the children enjoy doing throughout the year and often decorate keepsakes to bring home

The children showed an interested in the distance of things and how far objects could travel, so we spent one sunny morning making aeroplanes. The children then took them outside into the garden and flew them. We used markers in the grass to see how far our aeroplanes could travel and had races to see which could go the furthest.

 

To top off our busy month we had our routine environmental health inspection which saw us keep our 5* hygiene rating.