Miss Toni & Miss Tracy attended Safeguarding training sessions.

Janet attended Early Years briefings.

Forest School sessions have started again – the children found freshwater shrimps, pond snails & tadpoles and enjoyed sausages & popcorn round the campfire.

Busy Bee children have been having their ‘Special Day’ bringing in photos of their family, home, pets & holidays to share with their friends.

Teachers from various schools have been visiting the Wise Owl children in preparation for staring school in September.

Wise Owls have been holding their parents’ meetings.

Ducklings have ordered new equipment including shape sorters, ICT and threading items.  We are currently in the process of ordering lots of equipment for the new Nursery & we have also had a new ‘den’ made.

We released the butterflies that the children have watched develop from caterpillars.

Work on our new nursery is progressing well with some rooms close to plastering level. Decisions are currently being made on the style of doors and lighting, and equipment needed for the dining room and kitchen. One of the outdoor areas has been fitted with artificial grass and the bi-folding doors from the new Busy Bee Room are looking spectacular.

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We have had great success growing mushrooms at the allotment & the strawberries, peas & broccoli are nearly ready to harvest.

The Wise Owl children, leaving Nursery to go to school in September, visited Smithills Farm.

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Employee of the month – June 2017

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Miss Emma J – for being a positive role model & putting nursery’s needs first.

Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Annalise     - dedication & supporting colleagues
Miss Danielle    - undertaking extra tasks
Miss Megan        - taking on tasks in her own time
Miss Lauren        - supporting colleagues
Miss Lindsay Mc    - excellent presentation & detailed Learning Journey (parent nomination)

It was Miss Kerry’s 20th year anniversary of working at Croft House Nursery!  A great achievement!

The Wise Owl children that will be leaving us for school in September had their leavers photograph taken.

Janet attended a Start Well, Early Years Meeting.

The children collected fresh eggs from the chickens at the allotment.

Staff have been visiting the new nursery building & are making plans for their rooms.

The digging/investigating area under the whispering tree has been renovated.

Butterflies have held their parents’ meetings.

Busy Bees have ordered new equipment including prams and role play items.

We held another Family Forest Fun session with nature expert Russell Hedley.  We collected minibeasts in the meadow near nursery. Two frogs were spotted and the children were able to hold them.  We caught creatures in the stream & after a short walk through the woods listening to bird calls etc we went pond dipping.

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Employees of the month – May 2017

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The Duckling Room – for their support to colleagues
Miss Kim
Miss Emma J
Miss Vicky
Miss Hannah B
Miss Emma T

Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Natasha     - taking on extra tasks and responsibilities
Miss Toni          - putting others needs first
Miss Emma J    - forward planning
Miss Sarah        - dedication & supporting colleagues   

The Wise Owl children have been busy at the allotment on Slater’s field.  They are growing onions, potatoes & peppers in the poly tunnel & have planted beetroot & broccoli in the propagator.

Miss Tracy has achieved her Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership qualification – Congratulations!

We welcomed a student from Paderborn, Germany who worked with us for ten days to experience Early Years provision. Janet attended a presentation given by her and her fellow students for local businesses at the Anderton Centre near Rivington.

Janet & Miss Lindsay attended a briefing regarding the 30 hours funding for eligible 3/4 year old children which is being introduced in September.

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The children were involved in various Easter themed activities including Easter bonnet making, baking nest cakes, decorating biscuits, Easter egg hunts & egg rolling.  

Several members of staff have completed their Paediatric First Aid training .

Parent meetings have taken place for Wise Owl children.

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The current forest school sessions have now finished – new groups will be arranged shortly.

Employee of the month – April 2017

Miss Jackie – for her dedication to Nursery.

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Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Natasha –     for showing initiative & also her confident manner
Miss Meg –         for carrying out additional duties in her own time
Wise Owls –         for completing beautiful Learning Journeys
Miss Toni -         for her organisational skills
Miss Lindsay Mc -    for supporting her colleagues

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We had our Crocus Walk, which lots of families attended, the weather was beautiful and we had a lovely time together.  We raised over £100 for Bolton Hospice.

We had a German work experience student in Nursery and Janet attended a presentation at the Anderton Centre.

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting vegetables at the allotment on Slater’s field.

Miss Meg & Miss Deena attended ‘Introduction to Phase 1 Letters & Sounds’ exploring developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s early phonics.

The children have enjoyed visits into the forest looking for
frogs & frogspawn, they also found newts.

Staff from another setting visited nursery to see our forest school provision.

Miss Terri attended ‘Understanding Early Communication and Language’ training to develop knowledge of language development from 0-5.

The local Bridge Street Nature Reserve group held a meeting at Croft House

Janet & Miss Kerry attended Level 3 Safeguarding training.

Miss Sarah attended a moderation meeting, discussing maths & phonics how these are implemented in Early Years.

Miss Tracy attended a workshop entitled ‘Number Journey’ a practical training session focusing on using the new number journey guidance to improve outcomes in maths development.

Janet has been involved in a task group meeting on funding and has also attended training on the new 30 hours funding.

We have had students on placement in Nursery from Smithills School & Runshaw College.

A number of staff have been attending First Aid training.

Staff appraisals have taken place.

Employee of the month – March 2017

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Miss Lynsey – for her good knowledge of Safeguarding procedures.

Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Hannah & Miss Annalise -    supporting a child and parent on arrival at nursery
Miss Toni -                 continued support throughout nursery
Miss Paige -                carrying out extra tasks
Miss Aimee -                for her accommodating manner
Miss Megan -                continued dedication
Miss Kerry -                carrying out duties not in her job description
Miss Deena -                showing good leadership qualities
Miss Natasha -            being confident to take on extra roles within the room

Janet attended various Early Years meetings & also visited the Nursery World Conference in London.

Miss Lindsay W. attended the first session of a Business Sustainability training programme.

The local Bridge Street Nature Reserve group held a meeting at Croft House

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Bolton Oral Health Improvement Officer, Jenny, came with her puppet friends to talk to the Wise Owls about the importance of looking after our teeth. We talked about why our teeth are so important and which foods are good or bad for our teeth. Christopher the Crocodile showed us how to clean our teeth properly!

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We had our staff training session with Debbie Garvey which was extremely productive.  The session involved us looking at quality childcare and how we can continue to provide it in our new building.  We also looked at how the brain functions and how this affects our ability to adapt to change.  We had lots of discussion time on areas such as the importance of communication, identifying how we feel about the changes that the move to our new premises will bring.

We would like to share some of our recent research into HYGGE, a Danish concept relating to creating safe, comfortable, welcoming, calming environments which we feel could play an important part in the refurbishment of our new building.  Coming soon …. look out for the display in the parents’ room!

In anticipation of World Book Day, we purchased lots of new books for Nursery, more on this in next month’s blog.

You may have noticed that we have had several of the trees surrounding nursery pruned & also the area has been surveyed to ensure that the established, large trees do not pose any safety issues.  

Shrove Tuesday – all children in Nursery on Tuesday 28th enjoyed pancakes with a choice of topping!

Employee of the month – February 2017

Miss Natasha – for her fantastic feedback on a child’s day.
(nominated by a parent)

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Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Emma J     – for her commitment to nursery
Miss Toni     - for supporting her colleagues