We received news that we had been successful in a bid for Capital Funding from the Government to help us provide more places for 3 and 4 year olds. The funding relates to the Government's quest to provide extra places to support the delivery of the 30 hours childcare offer for 3 and 4 year old from September 2017.  This means that a substantial part of our new building on Bridge Street will be ready for use this September.

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Wise Owl swimming lessons recommenced.

Janet & Miss Kerry attended an Early Help and Child Action at Level 2 level course.

Miss Kim attended an ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ training course.

Forest School sessions have started again with the children enjoying activities such as hunting for mini beasts, making pastry & feeding the birds, they particularly enjoyed ‘1,2,3, Where are you’ in which they run away from the leader and then come back when instructed to – this is a great way of children developing their listening skills.

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster.  The children enjoyed a Chinese meal of sweet & sour chicken & noodles.  Wise Owls attempted to use chopsticks and have also been learning about the customs associated with Chinese New Year.

We took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  We have lots of bird feeders in the area surrounding nursery and have been carrying out surveys to see which birds visit us. We also made lots of our own bird food & feeders & went into the forest to feed the birds.

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On Burn’s Night the Wise Owls tried haggis, neaps & tatties, made Scottish flags and read about the poet, Robert Burns.

Employee of the month – January 2017

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Miss Vicky – for carrying out duties in her own time & for demonstrating humility in a challenging situation.

Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

Miss Danielle – for her involvement in weekly swimming lessons.
Miss Toni - for putting others first.
Butterfly Room – for supporting a colleague.

The Wise Owls attended the Mayor of Bolton’s Children’s Christmas Concert which was fabulous!  The children enjoyed singing along and playing their instruments.

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All children and staff in Nursery on the 21st December enjoyed a Christmas lunch and wore Christmas jumpers/boppers etc to raise funds for ‘Save the Children’.

The buildings across from Nursery are currently being demolished to make way for new housing – hopefully this won’t cause too much disruption.

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We had our annual Nativity on the morning of Saturday 10th December at Holy Trinity Church.  The children were brilliant!  Lots of family and friends came to watch – a lovely start to Christmas!

The Wise Owl children & staff visited Hazelbrook Nursing home in Horwich, to sing Christmas songs with the residents.

Christmas parties were held at nursery for Duckling and Butterfly children with games & party food.  Busy Bees & Wise Owls had their party at Horwich Leisure Centre with entertainment from Dazzle the Clown and a visit from Father Christmas.

We would like to thank Carr’s for their very kind donation of pasties and sausage rolls for a staff lunch time treat!  

There have been developments at Longworth House where nursery conversion plans are going well – interior walls have now been built and what will eventually be the Baby Suite has been completely roofed. The area designated as the Nursery ‘Hub’ is currently being re-built.

We had a ‘movie afternoon’ when the children watched the recording of the Nativity service.  We set up the large screen and projector in the Beehive.

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Miss Tracy – dedication & commitment to work

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Miss Aimee – dedication & commitment to work


Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

Miss Danielle – for being flexible & supporting colleagues.
Miss Terri/Miss Meg – continued support.
Miss Jackie – for her kindness & thinking of others.
Miss Lindsay W – for perseverance & carrying out extra tasks.

Miss Terry attended a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) briefing and has also now completed her ELKLAN (supporting children in their speech, language and communication needs) training course.

All Level 2 students attended a Safeguarding training course.

Janet attended an Education Improvement Consultation Group – discussing Early Years issues, and also completed her Level 2 Safeguarding training.

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We had a visit from the Early Years Education Consultant to update us on Early Years issues.

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Rehearsing is well underway for the Wise Owls Nativity service on Saturday 10th December – look out for photos on the next blog.

We held another Family Forest Fun event – ‘preparing for winter nature walk’, led by Russell Headley. Even though it was a cold, morning, we made bird feeders with pastry, walked into forest, & identified lots of different birds.

We have been very busy working on our Christmas displays – you are welcome to take a look when you are next at Nursery.

Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

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Miss Kerry – for her diversity, support, dedication and commitment to Nursery.

Miss Lindsay W/Miss Toni/Janet – supporting colleagues
Miss Natasha – for using her initiative & taking responsibility for presenting a display board
Miss Hannah B – dedication & forward planning
Miss Paige – showing a positive approach to new responsibilities

Miss Kerry attended the latest Early Years briefing focusing on updates and developments within the Early Years sector.  

Lots of forest school activities have taken place, Miss Sarah was assessed & Miss Tracy has now completed her training.

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Miss Toni attended a 3 day ‘First Aid at Work’ training course.

Staff appraisals have taken place.

We have replaced some equipment throughout nursery including sleeping mats, blankets, prams & cosy toes.  

The photographer has been in nursery – photos will be arriving shortly!

We have posted two more short videos on our Facebook page – take a look and let us know what you think.


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One of our parents very kindly came into nursery to help the Wise Owls with their Diwali celebrations.  We dressed up in saris and danced with the dandiya sticks


We held a ‘get together’/meeting for the parents of children in the Duckling room.
Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

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Miss Kim -    for her commitment to Nursery

Miss Sarah    -    undertaking duties not in her job description
Miss Natasha    -    giving excellent feedback to parents
Miss Megan    -    fabulous feedback (nomination from parent)
Miss Toni    -    for her continued support in Butterflies
Miss Pat    -    for doing extra jobs
Miss Lynsey    -    her continuous enthusiasm and support
Miss Terri    -    her support and dedication
Miss Kerry    -    her continuous support in the Busy Bees
Miss Jackie    -    taking on extra tasks to support her colleagues 

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.