Miss Emma J & Miss Lauren attended ‘Introduction to Phase 1 Letters & Sounds’ exploring developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s early phonics

Miss Sarah attended a two day ‘Outdoor First Aid’ course at Brockholes Nature reserve.

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

Miss Terri attended a SENCO meeting & SEN course.(Special Educational Needs)

Miss Kerry & Miss Lindsay W. attended the first of a 5 day course ‘Leadership and Management’ exploring the role & responsibilities of a leader.

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting carrots, peas, cauliflower & beetroot at the allotment on Slater’s field.

We had our Crocus Walk, which lots of families attended & although it was cold the weather was dry and we had a lovely time together. We have raised over £150 for Bolton Hospice.

Janet has been to the Leisure Centre to see plans for the new building and Health Centre.

We held a parents’ meeting for all children who are due to move into the Busy Bee Room by September this year.

We have had a large tree removed which was obstructing the Brook. This has been sawn up to create lots of seating logs!

We held another Family Forest Fun session – run by Rachael Jepson with various activities including making spinning tops & Elder beads, creating natural art & campfire.

The children have enjoyed visits into the forest looking for frogs & frogspawn, and hoping to spot the weasel & heron.

The Wise Owl room has been re-decorated.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Hannah R for carrying out extra responsibilities in her own time.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Taylor for putting nursery first
Miss Abi for setting a good example to others

Miss Emma J attended ‘Let’s Make It Count!’ EY Conference, learning the latest tips and practical ways to support maths in early years.

Janet and Joanna attended the Nursery World Conference in London. They participated in several seminars including ‘the links between physical development and mathematics’, Literacy for Early Years and Forest School reflections and were able to see examples of the latest nursery equipment.

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting seeds ready to transfer to the poly tunnel at the allotment on Slater’s field.

We took part in the British Heart Foundation ‘Wear it, Beat it’ campaign. The children enjoyed a special red food menu & many of the children & staff wore red items of clothing to nursery. We raised £65.00!

We had both senior and full staff meetings. We had lots to discuss as the majority of staff have now been to visit the new nursery site at Longworth House.

Dean and Tyler are working hard at Longworth House clearing the buildings ready for restoration.

We had our belated Christmas staff night out and also incorporated celebrating our successful Ofsted result!

We had a lunch meeting to discuss the STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

We took delivery of some new bikes and also lots of new dolls clothes.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Tori – for her conscientious attitude towards her responsibilities.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Kerry & Miss Lauren for their caring approach.
Miss Emma J & Miss Annalise for helping out in other rooms.


We had our Ofsted inspection & are delighted to be able to tell you officially that we were once again judged to be ‘Outstanding!’

Wise Owl swimming lessons recommenced.

Miss Toni attended a Fire Awareness training course.

Miss Heather attended a Quality Network Meeting

Janet attended an Early Years Professionals’ Alliance meeting, Early Years Improvement Consultation Group (Bolton) & Early Years event for childcare settings. Aspects such as staff training, before and after school provision, challenges facing Early Years setting managers were discussed at these sessions.

Miss Sarah attended moderation of children’s writing.

Early Years Foundation Stage (in-house) training continued with level 2 students.

Initial plans were submitted for the new nursery.

The children have been visiting the allotment on Slater’s field.

We took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Miss Tracy started Forest School sessions with groups of Busy Bee & Wise Owl children.


Employee of the month goes to:

Miss Lauren for undertaking additional responsibilities & her continued support of colleagues.

Nominations were also made for the following people:

Miss Vicky – supporting a colleague in her hour of need.

Miss Tracy – for her ICT skills.

Miss Lindsay Mc – excellent role as a key person.

Miss Tori – for showing care & concern/using her first aid skills with a member of the public

Miss Terri/Abi/Sarah – for outstanding professionalism.

Miss Hannah – supporting a parent.

Miss Lindsay W – taking on extra responsibilities to support a colleague.

 The Wise Owl room was temporarily converted to a recording studio whilst we recorded the songs for the Nativity.

Miss Kerry attended a course entitled ‘Communicating with Parents’.

Janet & Miss Toni completed an online fire awareness training course.

Early Years Foundation Stage (in-house) training continued with level 2 students.

The Wise Owl Nativity at Holy Trinity Church was once again very successful. The children were fantastic and really enjoyed the event – as did the many family members and friends that came to watch.

The Busy Bee & Wise Owl children had great fun at their Christmas party at the Leisure Centre which included a visit from Father Christmas, entertainment from Dazzle the Clown, party food & disco!

Christmas parties were also held at Nursery for the Duckling & Butterfly children who enjoyed party food, singing and games.

The Wise Owl children visited Hazelbrook Nursing Home to sing Christmas songs with the residents.

Everyone in Nursery on the 18th December enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch prepared by Miss Jackie & Miss Pat.

The car park directly outside Nursery has been resurfaced.

Proposed Nursery site:-
The Site Manager, Dean and his assistant, Tyler, spent December clearing the buildings of items left by the previous owners to enable safe working for further development. Our architect has spent a considerable amount of time measuring the site and making suggestions regarding possible layout. We will be taking account of suggestions made by staff and parents before finalising plans which are due to be submitted to Bolton Council for planning approval.

Employee of the month goes to:
Miss Pat for her dedication & loyalty to Nursery.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Hannah RN – for initiating an excellent discussion regarding Learning Journeys.
Miss Aimee – for her hard work & dedication.
Miss Toni - for supporting her colleagues.
Miss Jackie – for taking on extra responsibilities.
Miss Lindsay W/Miss Vicky/Miss Lindsay Mc – for their continued support for Nursery.

As part of her Forest School training Miss Tracy completed a two day Outdoor First Aid qualification at Brockholes Nature Reserve.

The Wise Owls have started practising for the Nativity - ‘Gifts for the King’ on Saturday 12th December @ Holy Trinity Church.

Early Years Foundation Stage (in-house) training continued with level 2 students.

All staff appraisals & observations were completed focusing on how practitioners and educators engage with children.

We shared our news of the purchase of Longworth House on Bridge Street with the intention of seeking planning permission to convert to a Nursery.

We had a visit from Bernie Jordan, a Forest School practitioner, who helped the Wise Owl children & staff to create a wicker dome on Purl Meadow.

Miss Terri attended an Early Years Senco briefing.

Miss Lauren attended a course entitled ‘Embedding Music into Early Years’ at Bolton Music Centre and is enjoying sharing her knowledge with the children & staff.

We purchased some new IT equipment, Beebots - programmable floor robots, & also a new projector for the smart board.

The ‘No-mow’ on front area has been thoroughly cleaned & we have had several rooms in the Nursery re-decorated.

It was our annual ‘Open Night’ on Monday 30th November. The evening was a great success and we raised over £150.00 for Cancer Research with the Lucy Dip & contributions towards refreshments! Thank you to everyone that came along - we were delighted that so many of you were able to attend. We were very happy to see families with children that will be starting Nursery in the near future. Thanks also to Phoenix Trader greetings cards representative Sallyann, to Claire from A Step at a Time Children’s Boutique, The Book People, and to Unique Designs by Amber for bringing some of their lovely wares to sell on the night.

Employee of the month goes jointly to:
Miss Danielle for working hard even when she didn’t feel totally well & for supporting a colleague with personal matters.
Miss Lindsay Mc for her constantly professional and pleasant nature, and for going out of her way to do extra things for Nursery.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Sophie for settling into Wise Owls so quickly & for becoming a fantastic addition to the team.
Miss Terri for recycling lots of media/materials for the festive displays & still making sure they are beautiful.
Miss Kerry for helping Busy Bees & Ducklings with their festive displays.