Happy Birthday First Steps
We were extremely happy to celebrate First Steps 26th birthday on Tuesday 26th March. We had a party tea with all the children with lots of treats and cake for us all to share. It’s a real milestone to have reached and without the ongoing support of the children, families and staff we wouldn’t be the thriving setting we are today so thankyou to everyone past and present that has been involved with the nursery, here’s to another twenty-six years.
World Book Day
On Thursday 7th of March we celebrated World Book Day. We celebrated books, authors and illustrators. Reading is such an integral part of childhood and learning. At First Steps we are extremely passionate about all thing’s literacy. The children and staff had a fantastic day dressing up, reading stories and participating in games and activities based around books.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
We will soon be saying goodbye to Rosie-May who will be going on maternity leave in May we wish her all the best. We are also welcoming some new staff Jamie Ball will be joining us full time, Jamie has been a student at the setting for some time and has become a valued member of the team and we are delighted to announce that she has accepted a position with us. We are also welcoming Clair Hayman and Elaine Fry. Clair started First Steps as a parent and will soon be joining us as a member of staff which we are delighted about, we always strive to build parent-partnership relationships and Clair has helped us take this to a new level. Elaine joins us on a part time basis she has been an absolute pleasure and has a true passion and gift when it comes to children,
We are now full steam ahead with school preparations and school readiness and are working with the children, parents and teachers to achieve a smooth transition. We work very closely with the local schools and are aware of the desired skills that they like the children to start school;
- Going to the toilet independently
- Dressing and undressing without support
- Putting coat on independently
- Recognising their name
- Understanding what is expected of them in terms of behaviour.
If you would like any other information about school readiness please do speak to your child’s key person. We also are very excited to tell you that the pre-school summer party will be on July 26th at 2pm until 4pm we would also like to welcome parents to come in at 3.45pm to watch the children graduate from First Steps.
We have been focusing on messy and malleable play recently which has given the children some lovely sensory experiences it also enables us to open conversations about what they are feeling, smelling and looking at stimulating their senses and using describing words. It is fascinating how children can learn from the simplest ingredients. We have also been playing with small world toys such as cars, castles, people and animals which has encouraged the children to roleplay creating characters scenarios and situations which in turn encourages them to play with others as well as alongside their friends. We have also been able to go for walks to the local park which was enjoyed by all and we were able to discuss things such as road safety and spot local wildlife.
We certainly have been stars in the toddler room. We have been learning new dances and songs from our sing and sign sessions which the children have picked up so quickly and remembered well and at times have had to remind staff of the actions. This is a good way to encourage language by copying adults and singing key phrases as well as developing their physical ability and memory. Thankyou to everyone that has returned the Easter eggs they are decorating the room beautifully.
Well we are spring ready in the baby room and the sunshine is a very welcome sight. We have been freezing spring flowers in water and the children have had multiple sensory experiences playing with ice, water and then flowers. We have been able to go for some walks in the sunshine to visit the ducks and play on the swings which has been a lot of fun and also encouraged our animal noises. No experience goes without learning and that is what makes each day special.
Guide Dog Association
We have had a very special visit from the guide dog association. The children got to meet Major who is currently training to be a service dog. They learned about how to approach dogs, especially service dogs and how important they are to the people that need them. The lovely volunteers told us all about how hard Major works and also answered lots of questions about dogs and listened to the children’s stories about their own pets. This was a lovely opportunity for the children to learn about the care of animals and people in our local community. We would like to thank The Guide Dog Association for their fantastic visit and an extra special thank you to Major who was very well behaved and was a perfect ambassador for guide dogs.
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Zoo Lab who came to show us snakes, spiders, rats, bearded dragons, scorpions, cockroaches and so much more. This was extremely exciting for all the children. Some were very brave to touch and hold the animals, as part of the EYFS we take care of living things such as our fish and tadpoles but this was a great opportunity for the children to learn about different animals and their needs. Hopefully next time their braveness will rub off on the staff when it comes to snakes 😊
Please be reminded that we will be closed Good Friday 19th of April and Easter Monday 22nd of April.
Thank you so much to everyone that participated in our Easter Egg competition, they have decorated the rooms beautifully and it has been almost impossible to judge the winners. Our judge was Bridget from Bright Stars Nursery who kindly came in to help us. We also have a feeling that the Easter Bunny may be visiting us soon luckily the Nursery children have made a bed in case he or she gets tired while delivering the eggs. Fingers crossed the Easter Bunny leaves us some treats