This term we were delighted to welcome some new children, Emily, Nathaniel, Zoe, Alice and Olivia to the Nursery as well as a very welcome extra pair of hands in the form of Gina! Gina has quickly become a very valuable member of the team and she is working hard to combine working at the Nursery with College and coursework for her level 3 Childcare qualification
For me, the highlight of the term was our Open Morning when Mill Cottage Farm brought a selection of their animals, including turkeys, goats, ducks, chickens, alpacas, rabbits, guineapigs and dogs, to us. The animals provoked a lot of excitement and interest and it was lovely to see the slightly nervous children becoming increasingly confident and beginning to handle some of the animals. The morning was extremely well attended by all our current children and parents and there were a large number of visitors, many of whom have now registered with us! It was a very busy and a very happy morning!
This term Kate has attended a level 4 Safeguarding workshop and has also updated her First Aid qualification. Maggie has completed her level 2 food safety training and she and Gina have both been to a “Keep on Talking” briefing which introduced Hampshire’s materials that support the development of children’s communication skills. Gina has also successfully completed her First Aid training for the first time. Christina continues to mentor her students through their childcare training and is also helping us to support Gina through her course!
For a Mother’s Day gift the children decorated small pots of geranium seedlings. They used marbling inks to cover paper pot covers, which produced an amazing variety of colour and pattern and they coloured butterfly or dragonfly cards to label their pots. We hope that the children will continue to nurture the seedlings at home, help to “pot them on” and be able to observe the growth of the plants and the development of the flowers all summer. In preparation for the Horticultural Spring Show, the children began to look closely at daffodils and used chalk to produce their first attempts at a life drawing. We then introduced the children to waterpaints and they explored the effect of paint used on wet paper. The final step was for each child to produce their own daffodil painting using wet paper and waterpaints. We could not have been more thrilled or impressed by the results, all of them, individual works of art!
The children are enjoying Yoga and have recently begun to work in pairs which requires, in addition to the usual concentration, a considerable amount of co-operation and trust. We are delighted by their progress and the development of their skills and very grateful to Roessa for her holistic approach to the teaching of our children and us!
We ended the term with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt around the garden on yet another beautiful, sunny Spring day. We return to Nursery on Wednesday 18th April and are looking forward to welcoming our new children and to a happy Summer Term!