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Many of the Wise Owls attended the Mayor’s Christmas Concert given by Bolton Music Centre at the Victoria Hall in Bolton. We went by double decker bus which was very exciting, and we just loved the concert, joining in playing instruments and singing amongst other Christmas songs, The 12 Days of Christmas.

Miss Kerry attended a course on Assessing Progress for Children with Additional Needs.

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Julie Greenhalgh, our Before and After School Care Manager started working with us and the builders magically transformed the former Butterfly Room into a lovely, cosy HYGGE style environment, including a kitchen area and breakfast bar for older children. We held an Open Night just before Christmas so that prospective parents and children could meet the Before and After School staff, Julie, Dawn and Toni, and could have a look at both the indoor and outdoor provision.

We held our annual Nativity at Holy Trinity Church involving Wise Owls and Owlets. The Church was full and the children were amazing, helping to tell the story, acting, singing and dancing.

We celebrated Christmas jumper day and raised over £50 for ‘Save the Children’.

Wise Owls, Owlets and Busy Bees enjoyed a lovely Christmas party at the new Horwich Leisure Centre. Dazzle the Clown was very funny and we were all very excited to have a visit from Father Christmas. He brought each of us a book. Butterflies and Ducklings had parties in their own rooms.

During the last week we had a lovely Christmas lunch cooked by Miss Jackie, Miss Pat and Miss Polly and some of us wore our Christmas sweaters again!

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Wise Owls went out into the Forest looking for Father Christmases. Think they eventually found some!!!

Employee of the month

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Miss Jessica – for offering support to colleagues & adapting well to new situations.

To coincide with ‘National Guide Dog Awareness Week’ we had a visit from a guide dog puppy and its trainer – the children loved meeting the puppy & learning about the role of a guide dog.

Wise Owls visited Aldi to buy some items for their tasting session. They had an exciting time.


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We held staff meetings to discuss the ethos of Croft House and also to organise rooms & equipment.

We had our Ofsted approval visit & following this moved into our new Nursery. Everyone was involved in helping with the move. There were lots of trips to Ikea for new furniture for the new nursery and we also ordered lots of new equipment and resources.

Students completed their ICT & Maths exams.

Miss Kim & Miss Vicky attended a workshop that was held at the new Nursery on the Brazleton method which is looking at baby cues.

Our new cook Polly joined Nursery & now runs the kitchen at Croft House One.

We held our ‘Open Night’ which was very successful – with lots of parents & new families attending. We raised over £100 for Meningitis Now with a Tombola & refreshments.

The Wise Owls & Owlets began practising for the Nativity.

Employees of the month for November:
Miss Jackie & Miss Pat for putting
Nursery first!

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

We said Goodbye to last years’ Wise Owls with a party at Nursery and a visit from Curious Critters.

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

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. The bats weren't keen on the rain but we did detect some presence with our special bat detectors and we learnt lots about bats and other animals who are awake at night. We found lots of creatures such as beetles, slugs and a beautiful little frog. Such an exciting evening for both children and adults!

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Miss Tracy completed Level 3 Safeguarding, and now all senior staff are qualified to Level 3.

Miss Toni attended an Aided Language Stimulation (sign along) course.

We took delivery of a Welsh Dresser for the new nursery.

Ray Sandiford, our Butterfly Expert, has donated some Buff Tip moths to nursery which are currently hibernating and will wake up in spring.

Employee of the month goes to:

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Miss Megan T for supporting her colleagues and carrying out extra tasks.

We were sad to lose most of the Wise Owls who left to go to school, however, we welcomed lots of new children who started at Croft House during the month of August & we are currently settling lots of new children who are starting nursery over the next few weeks.

The allotment is thriving and the children are enjoying harvesting vegetables for Miss Jackie & Miss Pat to cook.

During a recent Forest School session the children started to make a bridge across the brook near Nursery. Using branches from the forest, they used the loppers and the saw to cut them to size.

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The Butterflies went on a pram stroll.
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We’ve been busy choosing lots of new equipment for the new Nursery which is progressing well!

Employee of the month:

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Miss Tori - for carrying out duties above & beyond expectations.

We held our Family Forest Fun Day at the beginning of July. There were some wonderful Forest sessions for children and parents – bug-hunting, wood-crafting, scavenging and raft-building, and our very successful annual Duck Race at which we raised £201 for Meningitis Now. The afternoon concluded with a lovely picnic on Slater’s Field with lots of families enjoying being together in the sunshine. We were delighted that some of our new families joined us.


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Home visits for children of families new to Croft House commenced.

Teachers from the various local primary schools continued to visit to meet children preparing for Reception in September.

Miss Sarah went to Kearsley West Primary School to carry out a Forest School session with groups of Reception children.

We held an Open Day at our new nursery building for people who used to work there when it was an industrial building. We had over 30 visitors who enjoyed reminiscing about their experiences and telling us their memories.

We had work experience students from Rivington and Blackrod High School.

Miss Jade and Miss Beth attended a Level One Safeguarding session and Miss Toni  attended a Level Three Safeguarding session.
Miss Tracy attended a course on Social Communication and Interaction.
Miss Natasha qualified in Level 2 in Childcare.

Miss Terri’s  baby, Teddy, who was born prematurely in May, came home from hospital weighing just under 6lbs.
We ordered lots of equipment ready for our new nursery building which some of us will be moving into at the end of October. Some of the staff have been visiting the new building to plan the position of furniture.
Two of the main rooms are now plastered, one has been painted and we are currently planning floor coverings for one of them. We are also currently working on the kitchen and dining room areas.

Thanks to one of our parents we have located a superb Welsh Dresser which when it has been cleaned up will take pride of place in our new Dining Room. This is in keeping with the Hygge theme we have planned for the new Nursery.

Employee of the month – July 2017 - To be announced soon