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)

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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.

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.

Wise Owl swimming lessons recommenced at the new Leisure Centre.

Janet attended a Health & Safety/Fire awareness training course.

Forest School sessions have started again with the children enjoying activities such as hunting for mini beasts, making pastry & feeding the birds. They particularly enjoyed ‘1,2,3, Where are you’ in which they run away from the leader and then come back when instructed to – this is a great way of children developing their listening skills.

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We took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  We have lots of bird feeders in the area surrounding nursery and have been carrying out surveys to see which birds visit us. We also made lots of our own bird food & feeders.

A meeting was held at Croft House to discuss the future of the local nature reserve.

Staff appraisals started.

We have purchased new prams for the Duckling room & Busy Bees ordered new outdoor equipment.

Miss Megan W. is now qualified Level 3 & Miss Tasha & Miss Megan H. passed their ICT exams.

Our Before and After School Care provision is now up and running & is already very popular, with a wide range of activities available ...

Employee of the month – January 2018

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Miss Kim – for being a good role model.


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Many of the Wise Owls attended the Mayor’s Christmas Concert given by Bolton Music Centre at the Victoria Hall in Bolton. We went by double decker bus which was very exciting, and we just loved the concert, joining in playing instruments and singing amongst other Christmas songs, The 12 Days of Christmas.

Miss Kerry attended a course on Assessing Progress for Children with Additional Needs.

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Julie Greenhalgh, our Before and After School Care Manager started working with us and the builders magically transformed the former Butterfly Room into a lovely, cosy HYGGE style environment, including a kitchen area and breakfast bar for older children. We held an Open Night just before Christmas so that prospective parents and children could meet the Before and After School staff, Julie, Dawn and Toni, and could have a look at both the indoor and outdoor provision.

We held our annual Nativity at Holy Trinity Church involving Wise Owls and Owlets. The Church was full and the children were amazing, helping to tell the story, acting, singing and dancing.

We celebrated Christmas jumper day and raised over £50 for ‘Save the Children’.

Wise Owls, Owlets and Busy Bees enjoyed a lovely Christmas party at the new Horwich Leisure Centre. Dazzle the Clown was very funny and we were all very excited to have a visit from Father Christmas. He brought each of us a book. Butterflies and Ducklings had parties in their own rooms.

During the last week we had a lovely Christmas lunch cooked by Miss Jackie, Miss Pat and Miss Polly and some of us wore our Christmas sweaters again!

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Wise Owls went out into the Forest looking for Father Christmases. Think they eventually found some!!!

Employee of the month

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Miss Jessica – for offering support to colleagues & adapting well to new situations.

To coincide with ‘National Guide Dog Awareness Week’ we had a visit from a guide dog puppy and its trainer – the children loved meeting the puppy & learning about the role of a guide dog.

Wise Owls visited Aldi to buy some items for their tasting session. They had an exciting time.


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We held staff meetings to discuss the ethos of Croft House and also to organise rooms & equipment.

We had our Ofsted approval visit & following this moved into our new Nursery. Everyone was involved in helping with the move. There were lots of trips to Ikea for new furniture for the new nursery and we also ordered lots of new equipment and resources.

Students completed their ICT & Maths exams.

Miss Kim & Miss Vicky attended a workshop that was held at the new Nursery on the Brazleton method which is looking at baby cues.

Our new cook Polly joined Nursery & now runs the kitchen at Croft House One.

We held our ‘Open Night’ which was very successful – with lots of parents & new families attending. We raised over £100 for Meningitis Now with a Tombola & refreshments.

The Wise Owls & Owlets began practising for the Nativity.

Employees of the month for November:
Miss Jackie & Miss Pat for putting
Nursery first!

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September was a very busy month with lots of new children starting Nursery and getting to know us.

We said Goodbye to last years’ Wise Owls with a party at Nursery and a visit from Curious Critters.

The new Wise Owls have begun their swimming lessons at Horwich Leisure Centre. So far, these have gone very well.

We had a very exciting session out in the Forest with children and parents, just as it was going dark one evening, being bat detectives. This was taken by Russell Hedley of Nature Walks and Talks. The bats weren't keen on the rain but we did detect some presence with our special bat detectors and we learnt lots about bats and other animals who are awake at night. We found lots of creatures such as beetles, slugs and a beautiful little frog. Such an exciting evening for both children and adults!

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Miss Tracy completed Level 3 Safeguarding, and now all senior staff are qualified to Level 3.

Miss Toni attended an Aided Language Stimulation (sign along) course.

We took delivery of a Welsh Dresser for the new nursery.

Ray Sandiford, our Butterfly Expert, has donated some Buff Tip moths to nursery which are currently hibernating and will wake up in spring.

Employee of the month goes to:

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Miss Megan T for supporting her colleagues and carrying out extra tasks.