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.

Miss Emma J & Miss Lauren attended ‘Introduction to Phase 1 Letters & Sounds’ exploring developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s early phonics

Miss Sarah attended a two day ‘Outdoor First Aid’ course at Brockholes Nature reserve.

We had a German work experience student in Nursery and Janet attended a presentation at the Anderton Centre.

Miss Terri attended a SENCO meeting & SEN course.(Special Educational Needs)

Miss Kerry & Miss Lindsay W. attended the first of a 5 day course ‘Leadership and Management’ exploring the role & responsibilities of a leader.

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting carrots, peas, cauliflower & beetroot at the allotment on Slater’s field.

We had our Crocus Walk, which lots of families attended & although it was cold the weather was dry and we had a lovely time together. We have raised over £150 for Bolton Hospice.

Janet has been to the Leisure Centre to see plans for the new building and Health Centre.

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

We have had a large tree removed which was obstructing the Brook. This has been sawn up to create lots of seating logs!

We held another Family Forest Fun session – run by Rachael Jepson with various activities including making spinning tops & Elder beads, creating natural art & campfire.

The children have enjoyed visits into the forest looking for frogs & frogspawn, and hoping to spot the weasel & heron.


The Wise Owl room has been re-decorated.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Hannah R for carrying out extra responsibilities in her own time.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Taylor for putting nursery first
Miss Abi for setting a good example to others

Miss Emma J attended ‘Let’s Make It Count!’ EY Conference, learning the latest tips and practical ways to support maths in early years.

Janet and Joanna attended the Nursery World Conference in London. They participated in several seminars including ‘the links between physical development and mathematics’, Literacy for Early Years and Forest School reflections and were able to see examples of the latest nursery equipment.

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting seeds ready to transfer to the poly tunnel at the allotment on Slater’s field.

We took part in the British Heart Foundation ‘Wear it, Beat it’ campaign. The children enjoyed a special red food menu & many of the children & staff wore red items of clothing to nursery. We raised £65.00!

We had both senior and full staff meetings. We had lots to discuss as the majority of staff have now been to visit the new nursery site at Longworth House.

Dean and Tyler are working hard at Longworth House clearing the buildings ready for restoration.


We had our belated Christmas staff night out and also incorporated celebrating our successful Ofsted result!

We had a lunch meeting to discuss the STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

We took delivery of some new bikes and also lots of new dolls clothes.

Employee of the month goes to: Miss Tori – for her conscientious attitude towards her responsibilities.

Nominations were also made for the following people:
Miss Kerry & Miss Lauren for their caring approach.
Miss Emma J & Miss Annalise for helping out in other rooms.

 

We had our Ofsted inspection & are delighted to be able to tell you officially that we were once again judged to be ‘Outstanding!’

Wise Owl swimming lessons recommenced.

Miss Toni attended a Fire Awareness training course.

Miss Heather attended a Quality Network Meeting

Janet attended an Early Years Professionals’ Alliance meeting, Early Years Improvement Consultation Group (Bolton) & Early Years event for childcare settings. Aspects such as staff training, before and after school provision, challenges facing Early Years setting managers were discussed at these sessions.

Miss Sarah attended moderation of children’s writing.

Early Years Foundation Stage (in-house) training continued with level 2 students.

Initial plans were submitted for the new nursery.

The children have been visiting the allotment on Slater’s field.

We took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Miss Tracy started Forest School sessions with groups of Busy Bee & Wise Owl children.

 

Employee of the month goes to:

Miss Lauren for undertaking additional responsibilities & her continued support of colleagues.

Nominations were also made for the following people:

Miss Vicky – supporting a colleague in her hour of need.

Miss Tracy – for her ICT skills.

Miss Lindsay Mc – excellent role as a key person.

Miss Tori – for showing care & concern/using her first aid skills with a member of the public

Miss Terri/Abi/Sarah – for outstanding professionalism.

Miss Hannah – supporting a parent.

Miss Lindsay W – taking on extra responsibilities to support a colleague.