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We had our Crocus Walk, which lots of families attended, the weather was beautiful and we had a lovely time together.  We raised over £100 for Bolton Hospice.

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

The Wise Owl children have been busy planting vegetables at the allotment on Slater’s field.

Miss Meg & Miss Deena attended ‘Introduction to Phase 1 Letters & Sounds’ exploring developmentally appropriate activities to support children’s early phonics.

The children have enjoyed visits into the forest looking for
frogs & frogspawn, they also found newts.

Staff from another setting visited nursery to see our forest school provision.

Miss Terri attended ‘Understanding Early Communication and Language’ training to develop knowledge of language development from 0-5.

The local Bridge Street Nature Reserve group held a meeting at Croft House

Janet & Miss Kerry attended Level 3 Safeguarding training.

Miss Sarah attended a moderation meeting, discussing maths & phonics how these are implemented in Early Years.

Miss Tracy attended a workshop entitled ‘Number Journey’ a practical training session focusing on using the new number journey guidance to improve outcomes in maths development.

Janet has been involved in a task group meeting on funding and has also attended training on the new 30 hours funding.

We have had students on placement in Nursery from Smithills School & Runshaw College.

A number of staff have been attending First Aid training.

Staff appraisals have taken place.

Employee of the month – March 2017

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Miss Lynsey – for her good knowledge of Safeguarding procedures.

Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Hannah & Miss Annalise -    supporting a child and parent on arrival at nursery
Miss Toni -                 continued support throughout nursery
Miss Paige -                carrying out extra tasks
Miss Aimee -                for her accommodating manner
Miss Megan -                continued dedication
Miss Kerry -                carrying out duties not in her job description
Miss Deena -                showing good leadership qualities
Miss Natasha -            being confident to take on extra roles within the room

Janet attended various Early Years meetings & also visited the Nursery World Conference in London.

Miss Lindsay W. attended the first session of a Business Sustainability training programme.

The local Bridge Street Nature Reserve group held a meeting at Croft House

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Bolton Oral Health Improvement Officer, Jenny, came with her puppet friends to talk to the Wise Owls about the importance of looking after our teeth. We talked about why our teeth are so important and which foods are good or bad for our teeth. Christopher the Crocodile showed us how to clean our teeth properly!

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We had our staff training session with Debbie Garvey which was extremely productive.  The session involved us looking at quality childcare and how we can continue to provide it in our new building.  We also looked at how the brain functions and how this affects our ability to adapt to change.  We had lots of discussion time on areas such as the importance of communication, identifying how we feel about the changes that the move to our new premises will bring.

We would like to share some of our recent research into HYGGE, a Danish concept relating to creating safe, comfortable, welcoming, calming environments which we feel could play an important part in the refurbishment of our new building.  Coming soon …. look out for the display in the parents’ room!

In anticipation of World Book Day, we purchased lots of new books for Nursery, more on this in next month’s blog.

You may have noticed that we have had several of the trees surrounding nursery pruned & also the area has been surveyed to ensure that the established, large trees do not pose any safety issues.  

Shrove Tuesday – all children in Nursery on Tuesday 28th enjoyed pancakes with a choice of topping!

Employee of the month – February 2017

Miss Natasha – for her fantastic feedback on a child’s day.
(nominated by a parent)

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Nominations were also received for:-

Miss Emma J     – for her commitment to nursery
Miss Toni     - for supporting her colleagues

We received news that we had been successful in a bid for Capital Funding from the Government to help us provide more places for 3 and 4 year olds. The funding relates to the Government's quest to provide extra places to support the delivery of the 30 hours childcare offer for 3 and 4 year old from September 2017.  This means that a substantial part of our new building on Bridge Street will be ready for use this September.

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Wise Owl swimming lessons recommenced.

Janet & Miss Kerry attended an Early Help and Child Action at Level 2 level course.

Miss Kim attended an ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ 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.

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster.  The children enjoyed a Chinese meal of sweet & sour chicken & noodles.  Wise Owls attempted to use chopsticks and have also been learning about the customs associated with Chinese New Year.

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 & went into the forest to feed the birds.

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On Burn’s Night the Wise Owls tried haggis, neaps & tatties, made Scottish flags and read about the poet, Robert Burns.

Employee of the month – January 2017

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Miss Vicky – for carrying out duties in her own time & for demonstrating humility in a challenging situation.

Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

Miss Danielle – for her involvement in weekly swimming lessons.
Miss Toni - for putting others first.
Butterfly Room – for supporting a colleague.

The Wise Owls attended the Mayor of Bolton’s Children’s Christmas Concert which was fabulous!  The children enjoyed singing along and playing their instruments.

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All children and staff in Nursery on the 21st December enjoyed a Christmas lunch and wore Christmas jumpers/boppers etc to raise funds for ‘Save the Children’.

The buildings across from Nursery are currently being demolished to make way for new housing – hopefully this won’t cause too much disruption.

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We had our annual Nativity on the morning of Saturday 10th December at Holy Trinity Church.  The children were brilliant!  Lots of family and friends came to watch – a lovely start to Christmas!

The Wise Owl children & staff visited Hazelbrook Nursing home in Horwich, to sing Christmas songs with the residents.

Christmas parties were held at nursery for Duckling and Butterfly children with games & party food.  Busy Bees & Wise Owls had their party at Horwich Leisure Centre with entertainment from Dazzle the Clown and a visit from Father Christmas.

We would like to thank Carr’s for their very kind donation of pasties and sausage rolls for a staff lunch time treat!  

There have been developments at Longworth House where nursery conversion plans are going well – interior walls have now been built and what will eventually be the Baby Suite has been completely roofed. The area designated as the Nursery ‘Hub’ is currently being re-built.

We had a ‘movie afternoon’ when the children watched the recording of the Nativity service.  We set up the large screen and projector in the Beehive.

Employees of the month - December 2016

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Miss Tracy – dedication & commitment to work

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Miss Aimee – dedication & commitment to work


Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

Miss Danielle – for being flexible & supporting colleagues.
Miss Terri/Miss Meg – continued support.
Miss Jackie – for her kindness & thinking of others.
Miss Lindsay W – for perseverance & carrying out extra tasks.

Miss Terry attended a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) briefing and has also now completed her ELKLAN (supporting children in their speech, language and communication needs) training course.

All Level 2 students attended a Safeguarding training course.

Janet attended an Education Improvement Consultation Group – discussing Early Years issues, and also completed her Level 2 Safeguarding training.

November 1

We had a visit from the Early Years Education Consultant to update us on Early Years issues.

November 2

Rehearsing is well underway for the Wise Owls Nativity service on Saturday 10th December – look out for photos on the next blog.

We held another Family Forest Fun event – ‘preparing for winter nature walk’, led by Russell Headley. Even though it was a cold, morning, we made bird feeders with pastry, walked into forest, & identified lots of different birds.

We have been very busy working on our Christmas displays – you are welcome to take a look when you are next at Nursery.

Nominations for Employee of the month are as follows:-

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Miss Kerry – for her diversity, support, dedication and commitment to Nursery.

Miss Lindsay W/Miss Toni/Janet – supporting colleagues
Miss Natasha – for using her initiative & taking responsibility for presenting a display board
Miss Hannah B – dedication & forward planning
Miss Paige – showing a positive approach to new responsibilities