Say Yes To Yoga

We are so excited to announce that all of our staff have now attended a 2 hour training session on Yoga for Children.

 

During this training we covered many different yoga positions, breathing exercises and group yoga moves. 

 

Yoga helps to engage the heart, mind and body. It helps children to develop their emotional intelligence, communication skills, trust and empathy.

 

It is also a great non competitive activity which helps to nurture teamwork and leadership, and helps to provide a calmer and more productive learning environment.

But most importantly, it is lots of fun!

Apples and Pears

Our children at Walker Street Nursery were lucky enough to explore Maureen Crandles garden today.

We were there on a very special visit – to help harvest the apples and pears from the beautiful fruitful trees.

We filled five huge tubs of the fruit which we donated to businesses for everyone to enjoy.

And of course we kept a load back for Suzi to make some yummy fruit crumble.

 

Our Heroes Next Door

The children at Walker Street had a very special visit from the Fire Brigade last week.

We were all very excited to sit inside the fire engine, try on their hats and play with the water hose.

Even though firefighters had 2 emergency calls while they were with us and had to rush off, they came back each time and answered all our questions.

We are so lucky to have such dedicated emergency service teams.

Forest School Is Back!

We are so lucky to have Steve and our Forest School team back in action after the Summer.

All our pre school children have the amazing opportunity to enjoy Forest School once a week.

From climbing our very own mountain, Blackford Hill, to picking brambles to bake with back at nursery, the boys and girls enjoy every minute.

Our June and July Winners

Congratulations to our June and July Employee of the Month Winners in Mindfulness.

Doune Terrace Nursery – Zowie and Idrani

Early Days and OCH Nursery – Jose and Georgia

Walker Street Nursery – Jenny and Veronica

Melville Street Nursery – Dionne and Kismet

Support Staff – Kay and Isabel


August Incentive

Our Employee of the month, staff incentive focus for August will be on Room Area Planning.  The criteria for this are as follows:

Area planning is a tool used by practitioners to develop areas in each room.

This provides children with challenging and stimulating learning experiences.

Please feel free to look at these sheets on the planning boards outside each room and feedback would be much appreciated.

August Planning

We are paying attention to four 4 curricular areas this month with the intention of engaging and challenging all of our children. Each key worker will set activities at an appropriate level for every child and you will be able to see this on their learning journals.

In order for the learning to continue outside of the nursery I have included a short description of our focus areas as well as some activities that can be carried out at home.

Literacy

This month we will be focusing on listening and talking. Every week we will be introducing a new rhyme to encourage the children to participate and join in.

Small circle time activities will also run every day to encourage our children to practice their good listening and talking skills.

The simple act of singing nursery rhymes at home not only increases children’s confidence but allows them to hear rhyming words which is essential for being able to learn to read.

Numeracy

We will be paying a lot of attention to shapes this month. We will go on walks to try and identify shapes in the environment and use shapes within the classroom and garden to construct different objects. To extend this learning, we will look at the different properties of 2D shapes and for the older children we will begin to introduce 3D shapes.

Going on shape hunts in the local environment as well as around the house is a really easy and fun way to encourage children to think about shapes.

Health and Wellbeing

In order to help children understand how to keep themselves safe we will be learning that some things are unsafe to touch and eat. We will do this through our time at the snack table, small group discussions as well as using simple pictures to demonstrate safe and unsafe objects.  We will also find out why medicine is important and why it needs to be kept in a safe place.

Having conversations about the ‘medicine cupboard’ and ‘cleaning cupboard’ at home is a perfect opportunity for children to learn first-hand how they can keep themselves safe in their own house.

Social studies

As part of our topic we will be identifying people in the community who help us and we will be learning about their roles. We will do this through role play, trips, songs, stories, art activities and much more.

By exploring your own local community and looking out for places such as the pharmacy, shops, doctors and dentists is a great starting point for conversations about people who help us.

Introducing Jordyn

Hello my name is Jordyn, I am 16 years old.

I am working towards achieving my dream of helping children to learn in a safe and happy environment.

I enjoy using my skills to enable each child to progress as an individual.

My hobbies include horse riding and stock car racing.

I am really looking forward to getting to know all the children and help them with their development.

Free Family Fun at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Our pre school children at Melville Street enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, playing on their new summer installation.

It was such a lovely day, just a short stroll from the nursery

The event is running every afternoon until Sun 12 August. They also have a special End of Summer family party on the last day!

Have a look at their website for more details