DESIGN GUIDANCE FOR EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE SERVICES
As part of the expansion of early learning and childcare to 1,140 hours by 2020, the Scottish Government, in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust and the Care Inspectorate are developing design guidance for early learning and childcare service providers.
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Hi everyone the Bees have been very busy again. We have been creating our own patterns with the threading pens. We managed to use our fine motor skills to sew lines, shapes and mazes.
On Wednesday we went to the Woodies where we had fun with the Talking Tubes . We talked into the phone part and listened when our friends talked back to us. Some of us hid behind the trees with our tubes.
We threaded ribbons through the wicker numbers.
It was a windy day so we were able to fly our bag kites again. They flew really high!!!
The Bees have been taking advantage of the fabulous, sunny weather to do lots of outdoor learning. On Monday we explored the gym trail, working especially on our balance. The children then made their own frog face on their cupcakes that Olivia and Archie helped to bake and then we had snack at the outside picnic tables.
Wheeled toys with the Grasshoppers was an ideal opportunity to learn about sharing space as we had scooters, bikes, pedal carts, buggies and the new space hoppers. Our new children were keen to observe and then to try out their skills.
Midweek, thanks to our two stalwart helpers, Sandra (Lucy’s mum) and Fiona (Anna’s mum) we managed to spend all our nursery time at the Woodies. The children were excited to help build their own den. They made tube shakers with recycled cardboard and natural materials from the trees and ground. Then they decorated them and of course, tried them out!
Thursday was joint play in the Wildlife Garden. There were many activities to choose from. They were ‘Make a Lollipop, Pop Goes the Froggie, beanbag practice, planting sunflower seeds and gardening or using the chalk grabber and compass. Wow, Busy Bees for sure!
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy term ahead!
The boys and girls thoroughly enjoy playing outdoors and so we plan on spending a lot of our time outside around the school along with the woodies. So far we have went to the wildlife garden and even enjoyed having snack there with the grasshoppers! The boys and girls have made a beautiful job of the garden and should be very proud.
At the start of the week the bees were very busy planting geraniums with Mrs Walker and the children look forward to planting them in our beautiful garden.
Not only this but we had very special visitors come to the nursery on Thursday to perform and explore music and musical instruments with the children. Mrs Black and her amazing students carried out an excellent session incorporating a favourite, The Gruffalo, for the bees. They had an amazing time and are still talking about it. Thank you again!
The bees have also been very warm and welcoming to our new children Sebastian and Sara. We hope they are settling well and are enjoying nursery.
Have a great long weekend and we will see you all back on Wednesday!
On Thursday we helped Caitlin celebrate St Patrick’s Day by making Irish flags and necklaces. We went to the Dining Room to do some Irish dancing and had a parade, marching while playing our musical instruments.
Friday saw us take part in an obstacle course for Sports Relief. The Bees managed to raise £21 for charity. Thanks you all for your support.
We have been designing and making our own Easter Bonnets for our Easter Parade on Thursday.
The children have all decorated a boiled egg with a variety of art and craft materials and made them all look special. We went out to the Playground to roll them until they cracked(some took longer than others) The Easter Bunny came and left some eggs for us hidden in the Wildlife Garden. Did anyone see him? He was too quick for us.
We had our Easter Parade on Thursday but we had a slight wardrobe malfunction so instead of wearing our Bonnets on our head(they kept slipping off!!!) we had them on our backs. So Primary 1 room 5 came to watch our Easter Backpack Parade instead but they still thought we looked great . Well done everyone.
Don’t we look cool!!
Hope you all have a Happy Easter holiday see you all on Monday 18th April.
All aboard! We started the week by enjoying the spring sunshine at the train and little house area of the playground. The children were eager to get their tickets and to journey to the beach and to Burger Kings.
The children have been investigating some science with the expanding water beads in the water tray, pouring, sieving,measuring and observing. Adam noticed “I put them in the water and they grew bigger and bigger.” Isaac said ” They feel slimy and cold.” Ellie said ” They are squashy- gooshie”
We had a visit from Miss Aitken’s Room 5 children who came to read their own book “We’re going on a Dinosaur Hunt”. The Bees really admired Rm 5’s work and chose their favourite dinosaurs and pictures.Lily was particularly proud to have her big brother, Max come to read.
The Busy Bee Song
The children took turns of being the bee or the honey pot. They suggested different positions for the bee to follow and they also practised counting, putting one finger up for each number. Lots of excited buzzing!
Another reminder that Friday is Library Day and also that the children are in Continue reading →
The bees have been extremely busy as usual. On Friday the children took part in paired reading with the older children throughout the school, bringing in their favourite book for them to read to them. The boys and girls really enjoyed it!
We went to the wildlife garden on Tuesday instead of wheeled toys due to the snow! Thank you for continuing to bring helmets with Aberdeen’s unpredictable weather. We always try to go outside even if the toys are not an option!
On Wednesday we managed to venture over to our woodies as we had the help and support from Fiona (Anna’s mum) and Sandra (Lucy’s mum). We are so grateful and want to thank you on behalf of the children for signing up multiple times. They enjoyed using the different resources, particularly rolling the hula hoops all the way down the hill and chasing after them. Please remember to sign up for the woodies each week if you are able to! We cannot go without you. We are aware this can be difficult and so would like to express family members are welcome too!
The children have spent some time through at the dining hall and participated well in ziggy activities with our student Caitlin.
Science activities have been implemented this week. It is lovely to see the children’s enthusiasm in experimenting and finding out the wonders of the world. Our magnet table and water funnels have proven popular.
I would like to say a huge thank you to parents and family members who have brought in treasure for our treasure box! The children have been excited and are proud to have contributed to the nursery.
As always, please remember library books! We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out!
Hello everyone! The children have had another busy week in nursery.
The children have been helping to replant the Spring bulbs out of the outside planters into the smaller ones in preparation for the upgrade of the nursery garden.
We didn’t manage to go to the Woodies this week as we didn’t have enough helpers. Please add your name to the helper list if you can help. So on Wednesday the children had great fun at the Wildlife Garden instead. There was lots of “fishing “going on with our ribbon fishing rods and stick fish.
We followed the hula hoop path and sorted ordered and counted the wooden numbers
As part of World Book Day (Thurday 3rd March) every child has received £1 book token. Also on Friday the primary 6/7 class will be coming to nursery to do paired reading with the nursery children. They will read to them from a selection of our Library Books. So remember to bring your one back on Friday.
Hi everyone, it has been another busy week with the Bees!
On Friday, Luda led the children to do some actions/dance to some Interactive songs in various languages.
We have also been learning some new number and action songs. Nicole taught us ‘Ten Little Indian Boys and Girls so we could practise counting forwards and backwards from 1-5 or to 10. Some of our Bees are now confident to sing solo to the rest of the group who are learning how to be a good audience.
The pirate ship has caused a great deal of excitement, triggering a lot of expressive and imaginative language. Ooooh Aargh,
We decided not to go to the Woodies this week but to a smaller coned area, especially for our newer children. The others have been helping them to follow the safety rules and to practise our “walking in twos” before we go out again to the busy street. We also had a joint “free-flow play” in the nursery, nursery garden and in the infant playground instead of the wheeled toys to help settle our new -starts and to accustom them to being in larger groups.
Finally, just a reminder that tomorrow is Library Day.