Happy New Year! We hope that you and your family all enjoyed the festive period and had a wonderful new year.

Exciting events this month
We started off this month by learning about winter. The children have explored in winter themed tuff trays, been learning about Arctic/Antarctic animals, tracing letters in snow sand, building snowmen using playdough and different 2D shapes and making hot chocolates using cocoa playdough, marshmallows and sprinkles.

Wise Owl 2s have been learning about ‘Burns Night’ and discussed why it is celebrated. They explored haggis in the tuff tray and used their senses to describe the texture and smell. They also listened to bagpipes and had a go at some Scottish dancing!

We have been celebrating The Big Garden Birdwatch by completing a variety of bird related activities, including bird spotting in the forest, making bird feeders, painting pictures of birds and researching facts about birds.

The children in After School club celebrated National Lego day and worked in groups to design and construct different models from Lego bricks.

Swimming lessons have restarted for Wise Owl 2 children at Horwich Leisure Centre as well as Forest School sessions.

Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Judy who is our Employee of the Month for always doing jobs beyond her expected role. She always greets every child with a big smile and offers her support to all rooms without a second thought. She also purchases toys for the children.

Other nominations included:
Beth – for completing fantastic evidence me observations. They are detailed, very informative and regularly updated. “My child has recently moved rooms and has settled so well - thank you so much.” (Parent nomination)
Cortney – for always giving such fantastic feedback. (Parent nomination)
Dawn - for her continued support and dedication when in After School Club whilst a member of staff was absent
Emma D - for always offering support to others when in need.
Emma S - “for always going the extra mile to bond with my child and giving lovely feedback.” (Parent nomination)
Jacky G - for helping and supporting After School Club
Jackie W - for her continued support and dedication in After School Club whilst a member of staff was absent.
Kim - “for being absolutely fantastic. She is a very calming influence and so knowledgeable.” (Parent nomination)
Lindsay M - for being a good listening ear and helping to make the day run smoothly.
Lucy - for taking the lead during a challenging week.
Morgan - for how well she managed the room during a challenging week.
Rachel Wi - for always giving lovely feedback – “you can tell she really knows the children and spots the little things, which makes her feedback feel special and so personal. Our little boy is always happy to go to her and if he has a wobble we know he is happy to go to Miss Rachel for comfort and reassurance.” (Parent nomination)
Shannon - for always being so positive and interested in what's going on with my child and us as a family. We really appreciate the attention and kindness she continues to show to my child, helping her feel so comfortable at nursery. (Parent nomination)
Terri - for being a supportive team player and taking on extra roles.

Dates for your Diary

17th February – Staff training (Nursery to close at 4pm)
3rd March – World Book Day
26th March 10am – Crocus Walk
15th April – Nursery closed for Good Friday
18th April – Nursery closed for Easter Monday

Resources purchased.

Wise Owl 1s have purchased bird feeders and planted spring bulbs.

Wise Owl 2s have purchased a toy fire engine and some Arctic animals.

Staff training this month

All staff have completed Safeguarding training and Prevent Duty and British Values training.

Exciting News
I am thrilled to announce that Miss Holly has been nominated as Apprentice of the Year with Paragon Skills, our main apprentice training provider. Very well done to Miss Holly who qualified in the summer last year!
We have also been informed that Croft House Nursery has been nominated as Childcare SME Employer of the Year with Paragon Skills.