We are currently settling lots of new children who are starting nursery over the next few weeks.

The allotment is thriving and the children are enjoying harvesting vegetables for Miss Jackie & Miss Pat to cook. We are very grateful to one of our grandads who has offered to help us in his spare time.

We have purchased new equipment including small world items, role play & technology.

 

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The Busy Bees have been busy washing!

 

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Ducklings have been river walking & had lots of fun in the mud kitchen!

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Butterflies have been on a fairy walk in the forest & enjoyed watching the construction work at the Leisure Centre.

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Wise Owls had great fun puddle jumping & also watched the construction work at the Leisure Centre.

We were thrilled to discover this month that Ofsted have identified that only 9 nurseries in the Greater Manchester have received a triple rating of Outstanding………. And we are one of them! (the only one in Bolton). This puts us in the top 1% of all nurseries in the country. You can read more here

Employees of the month:

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Miss Vicky – for exceptional Key Person skills (nomination from a parent) & carrying out jobs outside her job description.

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Miss Sophie - for exceptional Key Person skills (nomination from a parent), supporting colleagues & carrying out duties for others in her lunch hour.


Nominations were also made for the following people:

Miss Toni – for her first aid skills & supporting the Wise Owls
Miss Kerry – for her continued support to Busy Bees
Miss Annalise – supporting colleagues
Miss Meg – continued support & being adaptable to change
Miss Lauren – carrying out duties outside her job description
Miss Hannah G – for a high level of professionalism
Miss Emma J – carrying out nursery tasks in her own time
Miss Hannah B – impressing her tutor during professional discussion
Busy Bee Team – being supportive & positive
Miss Terri/Jackie/Lindsay Mc/Lynsey F – showing an interest in the wider aspects of nursery

Miss Kim & Miss Emma J attended a training workshop ‘Effective Baby Room Practice’ looking at the developmental process during the first 2 years of a babies life.

Miss Taylor, Miss Hannah B, Miss Paige & Miss Megan attended a Paediatric First Aid course.

Miss Sarah attended a moderation meeting regarding 2Simple software which we are already using in nursery to record observations.

We are currently visiting lots of new families whose children are starting nursery over the next few weeks.

Miss Toni attended e-tracker & ASQ training sessions.


We had our Family Forest Fun Day on Saturday 9th July, which was a great success! Lots of crowns, rafts and other wooden items were made, foraging went on in the forest and seeds were planted at the Allotment.

Family Forest 1    Family Forest 2

We enjoyed a picnic and whilst the stream was running a little faster than normal the Duck Race went well and we made over £225 for Meningitis Now.


We have commissioned Pinpoint Media, a company that specialises in making promotional videos, to create some short films (approx 60 - 120 seconds each) to show the work we do with our children outdoors- particularly in the Forest, Purl Meadow and the Allotment. We hope to use these films on our website and also when we are showing parents round the nursery.


The Wise Owl children who are leaving Nursery to go to school in September, enjoyed a trip to Smithills Farm.

Smithills Farm  Smithills Farm 2


Employees of the month:

 

Miss Terri
Miss Terri - for her positivity & returning to nursery to do jobs not in her specification.

 

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Miss Lynsey F - for carrying out tasks to support nursery & colleagues, in her own time.

Nominations were also made for the following people:

Miss Sophie/Annalise/Hannah – for super team work in the Wise Owl Room.
The Butterfly team for supporting Miss Lauren on her first week as Room Leader
Miss Megan – for always giving her best & more!
Miss Pat – for extra duties not in her job role
Miss Lindsay Mc – for her fabulous organisational skills

 

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Several members of staff visited the Childcare Expo in Manchester & attended various seminars & workshops including: Improving provision for outdoor play; Children as leaders of learning; Forest School & transformative education & Little Scientists. Miss Kerry was fortunate to win a fabulous hamper full of Julia Donaldson goodies from BNG Training.


Janet attended a training course on Health & Safety.

Miss Terri attended a SENCO meeting.

Miss Sarah continued her Forest School training at Moss Bank Park.

Miss Tracy was assessed at Nursery by a Forest School Trainer from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Miss Kerry & Miss Lindsay W completed their ‘Leadership and Management’ training exploring the role & responsibilities of a leader.


Some of the staff visited Queensbrook Nursery in Bolton for further inspiration & ideas for the new Nursery.

 

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Forest School sessions continued with the children enjoying Pirate themed activities.


Teachers from various schools have been visiting the Wise Owl children in preparation for staring school in September.

Janet held a Forest School session – sharing practice with staff from other nurseries & schools.

To coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championship, the children have been taking part in various football themed activities & also experienced meals & traditional foods associated with countries/teams taking part in the Euros.

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We had our Sports’ Day and Queen’s 90th birthday tea party.


Employee of the month goes to:
Miss Jackie - for carrying out additional duties
Miss Hannah G & Miss Annalise - for supporting the local community

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Terri – for continuing to be a positive role model
Miss Abi – support & dedication
Miss Lindsay Mc – going the extra mile (from a parent)
Miss Kim – being observant
Miss Sarah – supporting colleagues
Miss Vicki – for extra duties
Miss Taylor – offering support in staff absences
Miss Hannah RN – Supporting colleagues & being flexible

 

Janet & Miss Toni attended a stress & wellbeing course.

Miss Terri attended Communication Champion training.

Miss Sarah attended a five day Forest School training course at Moss Bank Park.

Miss Kerry & Miss Lindsay W continued their ‘Leadership and Management’ training exploring the role & responsibilities of a leader.

 

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We held another Family Forest Fun session – ‘raft building’ run by Rachael Jepson, lots of our families attended and enjoyed the event.

 

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We ordered some new ICT equipment, mark making utensils, sensory items & small world play resources.

Some of the staff visited Clarendon School in Bolton for inspiration/ideas for the new Nursery. Following this, we held staff meetings to discuss plans & room layouts for the new building.

Wise Owls had their group photograph taken, which will be available for purchase soon.

Forest School sessions continued with the children enjoying activities including searching for mini beasts, a scavenger hunt, making dens & exploring the environment.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Megan for her positive & enthusiastic manner with children & parents.

Nominations were also made for the following people:

Miss Terri & Miss Aimee – team work and supporting colleagues
The Wise Owl team – for working well together
Miss Emma J – continued support & guidance at swimming
Miss Hannah G – supporting a visiting student
Miss Sarah & Miss Lindsay Mc – supporting colleagues
Miss Kerry – for her artistic flair throughout nursery

Miss Emma T & Miss Annalise attended a two day Paediatric First Aid course.

Miss Sophie attended a training course on ‘Raising Early Achievement in Literacy’.

Janet attended a leadership course.

Miss Terri attended training entitled ‘Supporting Positive Behaviour in the Early Years’.

Miss Tracy attended a two day Forest School practical skills course at Brockholes Nature reserve.

Miss Sarah attended a moderation meeting, discussing expectations of young children in the area of Mathematics.

We took part in the NDNA’s annual ‘Healthy Body Happy Me’ campaign which encourages better health and happiness. The children made smoothies, fruit kebabs & vegetable pizzas and took part in lots of physical activities.

Croft House Plants


The Wise Owl children are having great success growing cabbages at the allotment.

Busy Bees are growing ‘Beanstalks’ as part of their activities centred around the Jack & the Beanstalk story.

We have been busy spring cleaning in Nursery and the Wise Owl stairs & corridor have been redecorated.

We were inspected by Environmental Health and were once again awarded the highest score of FIVE for our food handling practice and cleanliness in the kitchen.

Croft House Food Hygiene Rating

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

We held another Family Forest Fun session – ‘Pond Dipping’ run by Russell Headley, lots of our families attended and enjoyed the event.

Busy Bees have been trialing an electronic method of recording our observations. This is working extremely well and drastically cuts down the amount of time we need to spend away from the children updating Learning Journeys.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Sarah for her dedication to Nursery and for setting an example to others.

Miss Sarah

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Toni, Miss Kerry & Miss Terri – for supporting their colleagues.
Miss Lindsay Mc – always having a positive, friendly approach.
Miss Annalise & Miss Tori – for ‘putting Nursery first’.
Miss Megan – for her diligence when carrying out tasks.
The Wise Owl Team – for successfully completing parents meetings.