This month we took delivery of some new equipment - sorting and IT items for Ducklings, a rocket for Wise Owls, characters (soft toys) relating to popular stories and extra items for our Dolls’ House.

Lindsay W attended Early Years Provider Portal Training & Terri attended Level 2 Safeguarding training. Janet continues to work with our apprentices to ensure that as well as being well-trained, they have a good understanding of our very high standards at Croft House.
Preparations for our Nativity service continued and Wise Owls chose their parts and started to discuss costumes etc.
Staff appraisals took place.
We held our Open Night which attracted lots of prospective parents. We made lanterns for the Horwich Lantern Parade, had a camp fire, there was the opportunity to purchase items for Christmas presents, a singing session, the chance to watch videos of the children involved in their activities, festive refreshments, and an opportunity to look at displays celebrating the children’s skills and interests. Thank you for all the donations of tombola prizes – we raised over £100 for Meningitis Now!

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We took most of the Wise Owls to the Victoria Hall to participate in the Bolton Mayor’s Christmas Concert. We loved listening to the orchestra and sang along with the 12 days of Christmas and songs from Mary Poppins, Greatest Showman and Polar Express – we also saw Father Christmas. We had a fab time!

Employee of the month November 2018:

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Miss Morgan – for her positive attitude towards learning and showing initiative.

Other nominations:

Miss Meg H - going above & beyond what’s expected (from a parent)
Miss Jess - being flexible
Miss Hannah - for her positive attitude
Miss Emma J & Miss Beth - taking on extra tasks at Open Evening
All Staff - for support & efforts to make Open Evening a success

Miss Aimee attended a Music Box training session at Eagley Infant School. She learnt some new songs and musical techniques and is using these with the Ladybird children as well as others at Singing Time.

Miss Terri, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator attended a training meeting.

Janet attended a meeting with the Bolton Start well team. Updates on health issues and children’s learning and development were shared.

We took delivery of lots of new equipment e.g. an exciting dolls’ house in Busy Bees, a new cosy chair in Ducklings and some lovely furniture for our Parents’ Room.

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The builders and staff worked extremely hard to make sure that the new Wise Owl room was ready for the last week of October. The room is very exciting with a lovely Forest Den, a very impressive Smart board, and lots of new equipment. The room has lovely views over the stream and Janet saw the heron in the stream a few weeks ago.

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A nurse came in to advise staff on how to deal with children that have epilepsy.

Our Photograph Day was extremely successful, a lot less stressful than it used to be at the old nursery when there was very little space. Most parents generally seemed to be thrilled with the photos of their children.

The end of the month saw the end of a very long era for Croft House Nursery. All our Nursery children have now moved out of the original building and are altogether at the new premises. Whilst lots of people have very fond memories of the old Croft House there is no doubt that the new building provides us with so many wonderful opportunities for the future. Our Before and After School children remain at the old building until the first floor of the new building is ready for them, sometime in the New Year.

Janet continues to work with our apprentices to ensure that as well as being well-trained, they have a good understanding of our very high standards at Croft House.

Employee of the month October 2018:

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Miss Cortney – for her positive attitude towards learning & for carrying out tasks assigned to her.

Other nominations:

Miss Danielle - for reassuring a new Duckling parent

Miss Judy - for being supportive

Miss Lyndsey F - for fabulous feedback

Miss Megan H - for very enthusiastic story time

Miss Morgan - fantastic approach to afterschool club

Miss Jodie - fantastic approach to afterschool club

This month the Builders were working flat out to get the new Busy Bee Room ready for the children to use it on 3rd September...... and they managed it! Lots of lovely equipment was delivered and the staff worked really hard to make sure everything was sorted. If you haven’t already seen it, please do go and have a look.


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The First Phase of the outdoor HYGGE area was also completed.

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We had a Prosecco, Pizza and Games party one Friday evening in August to make sure all those who have been working at Croft House Nursery One/Two get to know one another.

Staff made arrangements for lots of welcoming and settling visits for new children.

Croft House Nursery 1 underwent a major clear out with the use of a Skip and preparations went ahead for remodelling the old Wise Owl Room to take Afterschool children from mid-September.

We celebrated the fact that Miss Tracy started working at Croft House 25 years ago!!!

Employee of the month August 2018:

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Miss Jackie R - for her commitment, dedication and always putting Nursery’s needs before her own.

Other nominations:
The Wise Owl team: For all their hard work in completing documents for the children leaving to go to school. Supporting others and being flexible.

Miss Sarah C: Helping in the kitchen.
Miss Sarah F: Helping in the kitchen/Creating a stimulating environment at CH1
Miss Kerry: Accommodating other’s needs & supporting nursery.
Miss Jacky G: Going beyond expectations to support nursery.
Miss Tracy: Supporting Janet.
Miss Lauren J: Giving up her own time to support nursery.
Miss Emma J: Giving up her own time to support nursery.
Miss Lindsay W: Supporting Tracy.
Miss Toni: Doing tasks in her own time.

Forest School sessions continued to be run, both with our nursery children and After School children. Whilst we always enjoy all of our outdoor sessions, we have really loved being outside so much in the sunshine! The Owlets and Wise Owls have been fishing in the stream several times recently, with some success.

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Wise Owls went on their Leavers’ Trip to Smithills Farm. They went to Pets’ Cornwhere they fed the lambs and goats and held chicks and rabbits. They also went a ride in the tractor trailer.

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ollowing on with our theme of People Who Help Us, the father of a member of staff is a Major in the Army and he came along to talk about his work. He showed the children his Ration Pack and his uniform and he explained the purposes of all his equipment.

Work started on our new HYGGE play area which is overlooked by the Butterfly and Ducking Rooms. This is being completed in several phases.
Janet had discussions with all the Room Co-ordinators to decide on the equipment to be ordered for the new Busy Bee, Wise Owl and Ladybird rooms. This was a very exciting task.
We had three young ladies from Rivington and Blackrod High School working with us for a week on Work Experience. They were very committed and enthusiastic young people who represented their School very well.
We took delivery of a wonderful and very large Doll’s House which is now in the Hub. The children love it but we are still trying to locate extra furniture for it.
Employee of the month
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Miss Lauren T
For being diligent in her role and a good role model.

Other Nomination for July 18
All Wise Owls and Owlets for welcoming and supporting new colleagues
Miss Tracy – For her continued support
Miss Jess – For her continued dedication
Miss Vicky- For her responsible actions
Miss Sarah C- Continued support with Learning Journeys
Miss Aimee – Good leadership during activities
Miss Hannah B – Putting others needs first
Miss Sarah F – Supporting her colleagues
Miss Toni – Continued support and putting others need first
Miss Jackie/ Miss Pat – Being diligent in their role

Forest School sessions run by Janet Rhodes started with some of our Owlets. These were run in conjunction with The Bridge St. Local Nature Reserve and volunteers from the group also joined in. We really enjoyed the stories, den-building, bug hunting, camp fires and much much more.
We held an evening meeting for parents of children who will be Wise Owls in September. This involved a walk to Purl Meadow to explore some of our Forest School facilities and activities as well as 2 brief meetings to discuss what life is like as a Wise Owl.

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We held a very successful Welcome session for families of babies due to start in the Duckling Room over the summer.
Owlets had a visit from our local postman, Andy, and he explained what happens to letters and parcels after we have posted them.
Janet attended an Early Years briefing session and Miss Terri was invited to be involved in discussions with Bolton Council relating to tracking children’s progress.

Staff attended training sessions on GDPR and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

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Further plans were put in place to ensure we will be ready for Busy Bees to move to their new room in the Phase Two building in September. The roof was delivered and erected and our parents were extremely supportive on that day as we were unable to use the carpark.
The children loved watching the crane lifting the trusses!

A significant number of new resources were ordered and some of us were able to visit the building to visualise the new room. We also took delivery of a beautiful wooden den for Busy Bees as well as 2 evacuation cots for Ducklings.

We had a very enjoyable and sunny Sports Day, held in the beautiful garden of our wonderful neighbours. We were so proud of all the children who were so motivated and keen to do their best.

Several staff updated their training on Paediatric First Aid which is a requirement of all qualified staff, every three years.
Our Family Forest Fun Day was extremely successful with several Forest School activities being well attended. We held our annual Duck Race on the same day and although the water was running extremely slowly we managed to raise £200 for Meningitis Now.  Many of our families stayed to have a lovely relaxing picnic on the nearby field.

Employee of the month July 2018:


Miss Judy- For being diligent in her role and taking extra tasks on to support nursery.

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Other nominations:
Miss Sarah F.     -for putting Nursery’s needs first
Miss Aimee    - for thinking ahead, forward planning
Miss Sophie B    - for    taking on extra tasks in the interest of Nursery
Miss Shannon/Miss Tracy/Miss Sophie H. for working extra hours to support colleagues
The following staff for their efforts at the Family Forest Fun Day – Tracy, Kerry, Toni, Sarah F., Terri, Beth, Hannah B., Janet