Exciting events this month
We started off this month by celebrating Chinese New Year. All rooms experienced different activities relating to Chinese New Year including writing names in Chinese, making dragons, trying a variety of Chinese foods using chopsticks and taking part in a Chinese dragon dance.

Children’s Mental Health Week took place on the 7th – 13th February and Busy Bees explored emotions relating to pictures, using mirrors to copy them. They then made representations in the sand using a bamboo brush and took part in some yoga. Finally, they improved their emotional well-being at the health spa, enjoying relaxing with facemasks and cucumber eye coverings.
The Wise Owls explored their emotions using the mirrors to look at how their faces show different feelings. They also shared stories, discussing character’s feelings and enjoyed a mindful walk in the forest, listening to the sounds of nature, talking about feeling relaxed and happy.

Holiday Club took place 14th-18th February where the children completed a variety of activities based around the Winter Olympics in China. They made melting snowman biscuits, snowflakes, playdough snowmen, icicles, built igloos out of sugar cubes and carried out science experiments using ice.

I am delighted to inform you that Miss Holly was runner up in the Paragon Skills Apprenticeships Award 2022. She was chosen as a finalist out of the 4000 learners who are trained by Paragon Skills, and she came second. This is a huge achievement for Holly, and we are so proud of her! I am equally delighted to let you know that Croft House Nursery was also chosen out of 1500 organisations as runner-up in the SME (Childcare) section. We are all extremely happy and thrilled with both awards!
I am also delighted to let you know that Miss Emma D has been awarded with a first-class BA Hons degree in Early Years Childhood Studies. We are all immensely proud!

Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Miss Holly who is our Employee of the Month for her fantastic achievement in coming second in the Paragon Skills Apprenticeships Awards 2022. Also “for being really influential to our daughter. She always talks about her at home and the things she's done for her” (Parent Nomination)
“for always giving brilliant specific feedback about my child’s day and doesn't rush through it! (Parent N)

Other nominations included:
Abi - for always caring about everyone’s wellbeing and making sure everyone is ok
Aimee - for creating some fantastic learning opportunities for the children, supporting staff within the room and being a wonderful room leader.
Aimee - for being really kind and comforting and spending a lot of time with my child to settle him back into nursery. (Parent Nomination)
Ayan – “she offered support to carry my bags when I had my hands full whilst carrying my child into nursery.”
Beth, Meg, Sarah and Laura from Wise Owl 2 – all wonderful and guided by a wonderful manager in Janet (Parent Nomination)
Busy Bee Room – for completing a wonderful activity during Children’s Mental Health Week. “My child hasn’t stopped talking about the amazing spa day they had with cucumbers on their eyes! Speaking to all the ladies in the room about it this morning and they all lit up and full of smiles I think they enjoyed it too! It is so lovely to see their hard work and commitment to engaging the children and making things fun especially around mental health and wellbeing as it is very important to me and everyone.” (PN)
Busy Bee Room - for supporting a colleague and taking on extra duties
Deena - for quickly implementing positive changes to the Butterfly Room
Daniella - for making the room transition as smooth as possible and for her continued support (Parent Nomination)
Duckling Room - “they have made me feel so welcome and included. I couldn’t have asked to be in a better room. The staff all look out for me which makes me feel so happy and the reason that I look forward to attending work.”

Dates for your Diary
3rd March – World Book Day
26th March 10am – Crocus Walk
15th April – Nursery closed for Good Friday
18th April – Nursery closed for Easter Monday

Staff training this month
All staff completed ‘Magic and Sparkle’ training on 17th February with Debbie Garvey, an Early Years consultant and author of several books relating to Early Years. It was our first major face to face training event for two years and was such an uplifting, positive evening. We looked at our environments from a child’s perspective, what makes them sparkle, what makes us sparkle. We also touched on brain development in the early years as well as mental health for adults and children.

Rae, Tracy, Laura, Beth, Emma T, Abi, Dawn, Deena, Daniella, Danielle, Ebony and Meg completed their paediatric first aid training on 19th February.

Some of our apprentices have completed EYFS training and revised the seven key features of effective practice.

Rachel Wo has completed FGM training.