Windmill Under 5s Preschool

Lacey Green & Loosley Row Sports & Social Club, Main Road, Lacey Green, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0PL

Registered Charity No: 1026976. Ofsted Registered No: EY285935.

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September 19, 2018

A lovely, calm start to the new term. It is a joy to welcome our new starters and they seem to be settling in well. It is always a pleasure to work with new children and discover their personalities, finding out what they will bring to Windmills. Those children that were with us last year are doing a fantastic job of welcoming the new children and lots of Windmills are being earned! The Windmill certificates are a celebration of kindness and support our positive behavior ethos. We also continue with Cookie and Biscuit and the WOW moments.

Our weekly themes come from the children and their interests. So far we have looked at Under the Sea , following a child’s interest in mermaids. We enjoyed creating a sea display using different painting techniques and the wonderful donations of shoeboxes provided opportunities for cutting and sticking to make sea scenes. This week has been all about 'people who help us', largely due to the fascination with emergency vehicles. They have really enjoyed...

Today we had a spontaneous opportunity to walk the children around the field and observe the cows that had just been released into the neighbouring field. The farmer was there after pick up yesterday (in his much admired 'loader') mending the fence so they didn't escape! We were able to talk about where our food comes from, and a bit about how milk is produced.

Another action packed period as we as a staff continually reflect on our practice and look to improve and develop wherever we can. This term we have altered how we do snack in line with OFSTED suggestions. A member of staff is allocated a day on which they open the 'café'. The children are then given an opportunity to come and have snack as they wish to during a period of an hour or so mid morning. The children have adapted to this change really well.

Another positive move forwards is the introduction of mindfulness. One of our parents, Zettie, has kindly given up her time and led a few sessions, which the children really enjoy. Games are played with a focus on noticing and discussions are based on feelings and how our body and mind feel. Discussions are reflected everyday at snack time with the children when they are asked how they are feeling that day.  Initially we had a room full of 'calm' children – or so they said but they are now relating better to how they actually feel.  We are...

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