Forest School sessions run by Janet Rhodes started with some of our Owlets. These were run in conjunction with The Bridge St. Local Nature Reserve and volunteers from the group also joined in. We really enjoyed the stories, den-building, bug hunting, camp fires and much much more.
We held an evening meeting for parents of children who will be Wise Owls in September. This involved a walk to Purl Meadow to explore some of our Forest School facilities and activities as well as 2 brief meetings to discuss what life is like as a Wise Owl.

Croft House Nursery June 1
We held a very successful Welcome session for families of babies due to start in the Duckling Room over the summer.
Owlets had a visit from our local postman, Andy, and he explained what happens to letters and parcels after we have posted them.
Janet attended an Early Years briefing session and Miss Terri was invited to be involved in discussions with Bolton Council relating to tracking children’s progress.


Staff attended training sessions on GDPR and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

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Further plans were put in place to ensure we will be ready for Busy Bees to move to their new room in the Phase Two building in September. The roof was delivered and erected and our parents were extremely supportive on that day as we were unable to use the carpark.
The children loved watching the crane lifting the trusses!


A significant number of new resources were ordered and some of us were able to visit the building to visualise the new room. We also took delivery of a beautiful wooden den for Busy Bees as well as 2 evacuation cots for Ducklings.


We had a very enjoyable and sunny Sports Day, held in the beautiful garden of our wonderful neighbours. We were so proud of all the children who were so motivated and keen to do their best.


Several staff updated their training on Paediatric First Aid which is a requirement of all qualified staff, every three years.
Our Family Forest Fun Day was extremely successful with several Forest School activities being well attended. We held our annual Duck Race on the same day and although the water was running extremely slowly we managed to raise £200 for Meningitis Now.  Many of our families stayed to have a lovely relaxing picnic on the nearby field.

Employee of the month July 2018:

 

Miss Judy- For being diligent in her role and taking extra tasks on to support nursery.

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Other nominations:
Miss Sarah F.     -for putting Nursery’s needs first
Miss Aimee    - for thinking ahead, forward planning
Miss Sophie B    - for    taking on extra tasks in the interest of Nursery
Miss Shannon/Miss Tracy/Miss Sophie H. for working extra hours to support colleagues
The following staff for their efforts at the Family Forest Fun Day – Tracy, Kerry, Toni, Sarah F., Terri, Beth, Hannah B., Janet

Miss Sarah started Forest School sessions again with some of the Wise Owls.

Croft House Nursery Blog May 1

One of our Dads who is a Dentist, came to Nursery to talk to the older children about his job.  He counted our teeth and showed us how to brush our teeth properly. (please see Facebook).


We had a visit from a consultant from Early Start, Bolton Council. She was looking at how well we make provision for children progressing and achieving. She was very impressed with all the work we do in this area and gave us a glowing report.

Croft House Nursery Blog May 2

We celebrated the Royal Wedding with the older children. We had our own Megan and Prince Harry and we had a tea party. (please see Facebook).

Some staff attended a meeting to discuss plans for our new Wise Owl Room in Phase Two.
Wise Owls held a Bike Week when they all brought their bikes to Nursery and rode on the paths nearby.
Wise Owls also enjoyed caring for some caterpillars which eventually turned into beautiful butterflies.
Janet attended training on GDPR.
Some of the school teachers who will be taking our Wise Owls in September came to visit.
Miss Tracy and Miss Sarah went up to Purl Meadow to get it ready for all our summer Forest School sessions.

We purchased a number of items of equipment including a sensory den and other sensory items for Ducklings and a wicker den for Butterflies.

Employee of the month May 2018:

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Miss Pat - for being diligent in her role & supporting others.

Other nominations:
Miss Terri     -    thinking ahead & putting Nursery first
Miss Tracy     -    organising the Royal Wedding
Miss Sarah M     -    being accommodating
Miss Sophie B -    being accommodating
Miss Lauren J    -    taking on extra tasks in her own time
Miss Jacky G -    supporting Nursery
Miss Annalise -    supporting colleagues
Miss Sarah F     -    supporting colleagues
Miss Emma T -    being accommodating

Some chicks came to visit us for the day (please see Facebook). Some of the children held the chicks and others helped to feed them. We talked about where they had come from and how best to look after them.

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We also had a visit from Spud, Miss Kerry’s lamb. He was tiny and had to wear a nappy whilst he was at Nursery. Some of the children helped to feed him (please see Facebook)

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Miss Terri went on some courses to help her in the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Miss Annalise continued with her Sign along training.

Swimming lessons for the Wise Owls re-commenced following the Easter break.

Staff appraisals continued to be held.

Our friend Bernie came to help us tidy up our wicker den on the Meadow.

One of our Dads who is a police officer, came to Nursery to talk to the older children about his job. He showed us his special van and allowed us to sit in it (please see Facebook).

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Sarah and Janet visited a local nursery to see how they teach phonics to their pre-schoolers.

We purchased a number of items of equipment including a den for Busy Bees (another is coming soon for Butterflies), some mini quad bikes for Butterflies and quite a lot of ‘Builders’ tools’ to link in with our ‘real builders’ who are working on Phase Two of the Nursery. They were very jealous of our cement mixer, spirit levels and tape measures!

Employee of the month April 2018:

Miss Heather - for putting Nursery first and being diligent in her role.

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Other nominations:
Miss Toni - putting others needs before her own
Miss Jade - supporting her colleagues
Miss Lauren - following safeguarding policy & procedures
Miss Sophie - undertaking tasks in her own time
Miss Pat - taking on extra tasks & supporting others
Miss Jackie - supporting staff & breakfast & mealtimes
Miss Polly - for her pasta dish (nominated by a grandparent)
Miss Danielle - taking on the duty of tidying the staff room
Miss Beth - her role as a key person (nominated by a parent)

Several staff attended courses on working with children with additional needs.

Miss Annalise started on her Signalong course.

We had lovely weather and a really good turnout for our annual Crocus Walk to Rivington Barn

Croft House Nursery Blog March 1

Mr Liam Carr from Carr’s Pasties came to work with Owlets to show them how to make delicious pasties.

We had Lauren, a student from Paderborn, Germany, working with Wise Owls. The children loved her.

Some of the Wise Owls had afternoon tea in the Dining Room at Croft House Two as part of their ‘café’ theme. This will
continue into April

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We took delivery of some new tyres and crates to help us develop our outdoor area.

Employee of the month – March 2018

March Employee of the month

Employee of the month is Miss Emma J for putting Nursery’s needs first and for being diligent in her role


Nominations:
Miss Toni for putting others’ needs before her own
Miss Jade and Miss Abi for their dedication to their Key children.
Miss Lauren J for excellent communication skills and for updating kitchen staff with important information.
Miss Terri for her continue support to the Busy Bees
Miss Lauren T. Miss Hannah G., Miss Vicky and Miss Tori for taking on additional tasks
The Wise Owl Team for welcoming Miss Lauren T.
Employee of the month is Miss Emma J for putting Nursery’s needs first and for being diligent in her role.

Wise Owls celebrated the Chinese New Year by, amongst other things, making a Chinese dragon and creating a dance with it (please see our Facebook page).

We had a full staff meeting at which we discussed how to give Fantastic Focussed Feedback to parents and ensuring that every aspect of our practice is Outstanding.

Lindsay and Janet attended training on GDPR (General Data protection Regulation)

Croft House Nursery Blog February 1

Croft House Nursery Blog February 2

We had lots of fun in the snow!

Mr Carr, from Carr’s pasties came into Croft House Nursery 1 to help Owlets and Wise Owls make delicious pasties (please see our Facebook page).

Miss Polly, our Cook at CH1  did some baking with our older children.

Janet attended the Bolton Early Years briefing which covered a number of topics relating to early years.

Everyone sampled pancakes at Nursery on Shrove Tuesday.

We celebrated St. Valentine’s Day by making things for the people we love.

Busy Bees visited the chickens near the school allotment – other children visited the allotment to see what is currently growing.

And finally…. Janet became a Grandma – her daughter-in-law, Laura and son, Jonny became the proud new parents of a beautiful little boy called Isaac Martin. Janet is besotted!

                Employee of the month – February 2018

Feb Employee of the month

Employee of the month award goes to Miss Hannah G. for being an
excellent Key Person and for her continued support in the Owlet Room.


Nominations:
Miss Jade, Miss Vicky and Miss Beth for their Fantastic Focussed Feedback to parents.
Miss Aimee, Miss Sophie B., Miss Megan H., and Miss Heather for undertaking extra duties that were not expected of them
 Miss Maria for being diligent in her work
 Miss Pat for continuing to support CH 1 as well as working in the kitchen at CH2,
Miss Polly for taking on extra tasks.
Employee of the month award goes to Miss Hannah G. for being an excellent Key Person and for her continued support in the Owlet Room.