September was a very busy month with lots of new children starting Nursery and getting to know us.

We had a very fruitful senior staff meeting at Café Italia in Bolton starting with a meal followed by discussions.

We said Goodbye to last years’ Wise Owls with a party at Nursery and entertainment by Looby Lou.

The new Wise Owls have begun their swimming lessons at Horwich Leisure Centre. So far, these have gone very well.

The decorator came and painted the Bee Hive and some of the doors and we had some work done to the Fire Escape roof near the Wise Owl room. The Pod has been re-varnished.

Miss Kerry went on a course on how to write an Education, Health and Care Plan and Miss Terri began her Elklan course (speech and language support).

Forest School sessions, taken by Miss Tracy and Miss Sarah, both of whom are in the process of qualifying as Forest School Teachers, have started with Wise Owls and are now held every week with one of two groups.

We had a staff meeting where we discussed how to give Fantastic Focused Feedback (FFF) to parents and also aspects of The Characteristics of Effective Learning (Development Matters). Individual rooms also had their own meetings.

The Wise Owls bought some equipment e.g. Superheroes, dinosaurs and toy prams and babies. We also purchased a variety of items for the allotment on the instruction of one of our Grandads who is helping us to prepare for next spring.

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The Butterflies went to look at the progress being made to Horwich’s new Leisure Centre and some of them were able to get on a bus that parked up nearby!

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We had a very exciting session out in the Forest with children and parents, just as it was going dark one evening, being bat detectives. This was taken by Russell Hedley of Nature Walks and Talks. We found two different species of bats; we heard an owl and some of us could smell a fox!

Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-
Miss Megan for picking up litter and recycling items
Miss Annalise for putting nursery first and demonstrating good Key Person skills
Miss Kerry for carrying out jobs not in her Job Description
Miss Toni for her professionalism and demonstrating the ability to improvise.

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The award goes to Miss Lindsay (Office Manager) for her professionalism and for demonstrating the ability to improvise and carry out jobs not in her job description.