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Together time for Toddlers



In the toddler room, Zoe, Sami, Jade and the children have been enjoying their special together time at the beginning and end of every session. The children have a special song box with some props which act as visual cues to help the children make their song choice.

As you can see it is great fun! This type of experience helps build the children’s confidence and self esteem. Next week at Stay and Play maybe some parents will get to choose a song if they come along..

We love Bookbug!

Zoe, our Bookbug leader, was so excited to see the real Bookbug here in our centre this morning and so were the children.

Bookbug popped in to our family session to see the babies and toddlers and of course the grown ups.

Then it was time for an outdoor Bookbug extravaganza!

The children went on a Bookbug Hunt and found the hidden images.

Then Bookbug went on a visit to the toddler room whilst the older children received their certificates. It was an amazing day!

Thank you Bookbug!



Stephanie was practicing some nursery rhymes with the children to help develop their phonological awareness. While playing pat-a-cake, Ben decided he would like to bake a cake. Stephanie and Ben then asked some boys and girls if they would like to help bake the cake. The children collected the resources they would need to bake the cake.

The children used lots of mathematical language as they measured the correct amounts of the various ingredients into the bowl. The children shared and managed to take turns to stir the ingredients into a gloopy paste. They poured the mixture into cake cases and put them into the oven to bake. While the children waited they sang pat-a-cake again…more than once.

The “Musical Bear” visits Cart Mill

Arran chose to dress up as Elsa this morning. Sophie decided she would be Anna and that they should play musical instruments and sing “Let it Go”.

They both used the stage to perform the song. Sharing and turntaking skills were developed as they shared the musical instruments.

Afterwards, the “Musical Bear” joined us to play a game  which will help us learn and remember the name of the musical instruments. The children were able to join in as the game went along and they learned the tune and words.

The Musical Bear promised to come back to Cart Mill Family Centre. See you soon Bear!



It’s Giggles for Book Bug Week!!

Jo and Zoe took turns to tell the story and to lead the singing.

Today we read the story called No-bots, the robot with no bottom. The children had a good giggle and wondered, “how does he sit down?”

The children also sang some of their favorite songs; these were today’s choice…

Five Cheeky Monkeys…it was fun to make the teddies bounce up and down on the stretchy blanket.

If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands. The children helped their teddy to clap their paws too and Row, Row, Row your boat; when we see the crocodile everyone likes to scream.

Express yourself!

As you can see, Expressive Arts can take different forms, from singing, moving to music, to creating tangible artwork. There are no limits to creativity, and this is why it is important to give our children the opportunity to access many different resources which they can use to express their thoughts and ideas. Each child will have a unique and individual approach to expressing themselves in different ways. Children will learn from each other as they work side by side sharing their experiences.

Good luck Shona X

Today was a day of celebrations and sadness.

Shona our wonderful Senior Clerical Officer has left us to go on to a new post at Eastwood High School as Office Manager.

Today the children sang some songs and gave her a beautiful card. We will miss her greatly.

We also birthday girl today, “Amelia” celebrated her 5th birthday. The children shared the lovely birthday cake and sang “Happy Birthday”

Later the children made some chocolate treats with marshmallows and sprinkles. Yummy!!