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.
We were delighted to have Anthony, who runs a local carpet cleaning business, to come in this evening and donate his services to clean all our floors...free of charge! Thank you to Alison for the introduction and to Anthony for making our carpets, rugs, kitchen and toilet floors beautifully clean (and practically sparkling!) once again. If you're looking for a professional carpet, upholstery or tile floor cleaning service - do give him a call on 07462 900 999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following pond discussions yesterday one of the children bought in some tadpoles. It was super to see them in 'real life' and the children had an opportunity to look at them using magnifying glasses. One of the children was inspired to draw a picture and put it on our pond display. A little over a week later and one of the tadpoles (pictured) had transformed into a frog and was delighted to be released into his new home.
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...
We've been busy finishing off a few jobs since the BIG Spring Clean in April, and now have two tables to extend our mud kitchen play area. Thanks to Leon who built them from old wooden palettes, kindly donated by Stuart at Blanchfords in Princes Risborough. It's great to recycle old items into something that can encourage plenty of imaginative play in our preschoolers.