Spring weather makes such a difference to our nursery. Almost all the children choose to go outside in the fresh air and our building becomes quite quiet. The space we have at Milngavie to run and explore makes outside play a firm favourite with children and staff. The engagement in learning outside is visibly deeper and the children enjoy the freedom more personal space.
Thanks to our good friend Eric Avenier – our garden is now even better. Eric has worked tirelessly for the last few weeks, braving freezing and pouring weather, to finish the huge wall of sleepers in our garden, so our wee ones can have full run of the area. The new steps are built and Eric has managed to finish the job beautifully with a railing and slabs, all beautifully fitted. He has done an amazing job! Thanks to all our Welly Waddlers who have raised money to help fund this project. We know that one of our wee people has decided to do a sponsored bike ride instead! It is still not too late if you want to do something different to raise money to donate.
Today’s Coffee Break on-line with Lynn and Julie was great. Many thanks to those who came along and shared their ideas. One of the suggestions was that we might introduce all the members of staff in both bubbles so new parents might be able to identify them. We will do this over this week. Look out for news on upcoming Coffee Breaks on the blog. It’s a great way to meet and chat to other parents while we are restricted in doing this in person.
In the Rainbow Room today –
In the Daisy Room today-
In the past two weeks we have welcomed 2 new members of staff to our staff team – Nikki Canavan and Emma Carson. Nikki is our new admin assistant, working in the nursery office and Emma is our new afternoon cleaner.
With our recent return to nursery, we are focussing on our feelings – emotionally checking in with all our little people. Our new recruits are settling really well and are beginning to know that nursery is a fun place, and that Mummies and Daddies always come back for you. It is good for us to acknowledge that all emotions are ok. It is comforting for children to understand this and learn to recognise and manage the more tricky emotions in a safe and nurturing environment. We will be playing fun games and reading great stories which help us learn to do this. Children aged 3-5 are just building up a realisation that other people may think and feel differently to themselves – discovering a sense of self. You might even find your child becomes interested in how you are feeling too!
If you have recently joined nursery or have not yet sent in a photo of your family for our family tree, it would be great if you could send one. Our little ones love pointing out their families to their friends and it also gives a real link to home if you feel a bit wobbly!