Summer Term 2018
Summer News Update
Term Dates and Holiday Club
For children who attend for 15 or 30 hour funded places (term time only) the summer term will end on Friday 13th July.
We are now taking bookings for a summer holiday club. We will be planning a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities over the summer holidays based around the interests of the children. We accept holiday club bookings on an ad-hoc basis and we offer both full and half day sessions. All meals are included. If you would like to book your child’s place for the summer holidays then please do not hesitate to contact the nursery office.
Fathers’ Day Celebrations
We are celebrated Fathers’ Day on Friday 15th June with an afternoon tea for dads, granddads, uncles, significant male relatives.
On 1st August, we will be celebrating Yorkshire Day in the Baby Bunnies room by exploring Yorkshire puddings, wearing Yorkshire themed outfits, exploring themed play trays and eating Yorkshire themed food.
Our Toddler Room children and staff celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan with a party fit for the Queen! We made red, white and blue buns ready for a special tea party. The toddlers dressed up in princess and prince costumes ready for their special tea party. The children enjoyed playing with the castle and knights throughout the day; making wedding rings out of play dough; made a cardboard castle and made crowns.
Tour De Yorkshire
We celebrated the Tour De Yorkshire by making blue and yellow flags; holding our own bike race outside and we watched short clips on television of the race as it came through our local area.
The children in the Toddler Room have been learning about Jack and the Beanstalk and have been planting beans to support their learning. The children planed their seed and then took it home to watch it grow. The children took very good care of their plants by remembering to water them, we have seen some fantastic photos of the growing beanstalks.
We have been observing and looking after some caterpillar eggs which then hatched into caterpillars. We have watched the caterpillars grow and form their cocoon. We then waited for the cocoons to hatch into butterflies. The butterflies were all different colours, we released them into the garden area and watched them fly away.
EXCITING NEWS FOR WRAPAROUND - UPDATE
Over the last two weeks, we have been working tirelessly on our Wraparound Rooms. We have been working non-stop choosing and purchasing exciting, quality new equipment, furniture, toys and general resources for our present Wraparound room, (which will be for our older wraparound children), and our New Wraparound Room, (which will be for our younger wraparound children).
I have always enjoyed buying new equipment and setting up rooms throughout the entire 17 years that I have owned Brambly Hedge. It really does give me a real thrill to be doing all of this – I want and expect that we provide the highest possible standards throughout the entire nursery.
We have now placed nearly all the orders for this new equipment and enormous packages are arriving at the nursery on a daily basis. I will now be at the nursery over the next few days setting up these two rooms. I estimate that we will be spending a staggering £5,000 - £6,000 but it gives me so much pleasure knowing that our children will have a fantastic time in our two Wraparound Rooms.
All our staff are also very excited about what we are creating and they also are working so, so hard to ensure we offer absolute excellence in our Wraparound care. Virtually all equipment and resources will be ready and in place by the end of this week with the ‘finishing touches’ being done early next week.
And there will be no price increases for Wraparound care for the rest of 2017 and the whole of 2018.
We will be visited by the nursery photographers on 19th and 20th October. Parents are welcome to bring a change of clothes for their child on photograph day. The timeslots for photographs are now available to book with the office, however, if your child usually attends nursery on a Thursday or Friday then the nursery staff will accompany them to have their photograph taken.
We have been collecting long-life products over the
recent weeks and very much appreciate the donations that parents have
made. We have been developing children’s understanding of farming and
where products come from and have been focusing on looking after our
environment. We will be making donations to elderly residents in the
local area with the donations that we have received for the Harvest
We will be celebrating Halloween on 31st October with a range of Halloween themed activities including messy play trays, arts and crafts and baking activities. We will be exploring and carving pumpkins and we will end the day with a Halloween party. If your child would like to wear a costume on 31st October then they are welcome to do so but we do please ask that children do not wear masks.
We will be celebrating Bonfire Night with the children with a range of activities including making chocolate apples, learning about fire safety and staying safe at a firework display, creating firework pictures and sharing our experiences of bonfire night.
Toddler Room – In the Night Sky
In the toddler room, we will be exploring the topic of ‘In the Night Sky’ during November which we will based on the book ‘Whatever Next...’ which is a well-loved story in the toddler room. The book explores a young bear’s imagination as he creates his own rocket from boxes to visit the moon. Gina has planned a wide range of themed activities including providing children with the opportunity to recreate their own trip to the moon using the same items as the bear in the story, holding a pyjama day for the toddler room and taking a walk in our outdoor areas in the early evening with the torches to explore how the nursery looks in the dark.
We will be celebrating Christmas with our traditional Christmas dinner, a Christmas party afternoon, art and craft activities, singing Christmas songs (with our annual Christmas sing-a-long), a visit from Father Christmas and a Christmas jumper day.
Brambly Hedge Nursery News Spring and Summer Term 2016
We are continuing our work with the Oral Health Promotion team to participate in the ‘Work Together, Smile Forever’ programme where children aged 2 years and over can take part in a voluntary Fluoride Varnish Application Scheme which is free for all children aged over 2 years and can help significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay later in life. This is a simple and painless application of a fluoride varnish to the teeth.
In April, the Primary and Pre School children will be performing a variety of number songs at their Spring Concert. All the parents / carers are invited to attend from 2pm on 14th and 15th April. There will also be a contribution from some of our younger Toddler Room children.
Forest School Day
On Friday 18th March, we are holding a Forest School Experience day for the 3-5 year olds who will participate in a full day of activities within our onsite woodland area. The activities offered will include; leaf painting, den building, fire building, making clay fairy homes, wood whittling and an outdoor picnic. The children will be playing a range of team games such as nest building and hide and seek.
Father’s Day Breakfast with our Babies
Following a very successful Mothers’ Day afternoon tea in the baby unit, Mel, our Head of Babies, will also be organising a Fathers’ Day breakfast in June for the baby room fathers and grandfathers.
Upcoming Events / Celebrations
Throughout the Spring and Summer Term, we will be
celebrating the following events:
- St George’s Day
- Euro Championships 2016
- Tour De Yorkshire
- Fathers’ Day