At Little Achievers Nurseries we celebrate a variety of festivals and celebrations.
Its a time of year that is busy for festivals including Halloween, Bonfire Night, Divali and not to forget Christmas!
All these are celebrated in our nurseries with lots more throughout the year.
Attending Little Achievers are families from a variety of beliefs and cultures. Its important to embrace these and teach children about them. Learning that everyone is different is an important aspect of life and this begins from early on. The understanding that not only do people look different, but they believe in different things, and celebrate different celebrations. By experiencing these in our nurseries, we develop understanding and accepting children of each other and the community they are in. They become children who are valued and supported, leading to confident learners.
A celebration is described as ‘ a special social event, such as a party, when you celebrate something’
‘Special’ to me, describes how children should feel when they come to Little Achievers Nurseries. Because what they believe, and what their families believe, is special to them. They are confident to share their beliefs because we accept everyone.
Most recently we have been celebrating Halloween. Although the background of Halloween can lead us to stories about witches or the dead, we encourage children to look at it as a fun event, that everyone is allowed to take part in if they choose to. Children can think of the things they may do at home, for example trick or treating or party’s, and for those who don’t celebrate it is an opportunity to learn about it and understand what it is? This creates an environment of mutual respect and understanding.
Remember – Every Child is Special and Unique
This week at Little Achievers the children are taking part in Ready, Steady, Listen. This is in partnership with Usborne Books.
The aim is to allow children to develop a passion of reading and listening for pleasure.
So this week the children will be sponsored to listen for an amount of time per day with their parent, an adult or older child. Usborne books will then offer up to 60% of the money raised in free books to our nurseries.
What is listening?
As technology increases, children seem to be spending less and less time outdoors and more time spent inside on tablets and games consoles.
This has been recognised and so the Forest School Approach has become more and more popular.
Rosy Apple Childcare has two Forest School Nurseries:
Little Achievers Urban Forest School, Preston, PR1 3QU
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery, Blackburn, BB1 9DQ
All children whilst in the Owls room at Little Achievers are able to access Forest School sessions. We transport children from our nurseries to our Forest School settings and sessions are led by our qualified Forest School Leaders.
What is a Forest School?
The Early Years Foundation Stage states that:
‘Providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis (unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example unsafe weather conditions).’
At all our Little Achievers Nurseries we ensure that children have continuous provision both indoors and outdoors – this means that they have access to both environments and are able to choose where they play. It is important to remember not all children learn in the same way and in the same environment.
There are huge benefits to the outdoors and that’s why a bit of rain doesn’t stop us from letting children access it. Possibilities are endless with no restraints on the space children can be creative and the noise they make. It enables them to be ‘free’. Physical development is enhanced along with sensory experiences. Children can create, problem solve, communicate and imagine.
We have been super busy recently!
Part of being a Reggio inspired setting is constantly adapting and changing your environment and this is what all of our Nurseries do regularly in line with our children and their interests and development.
As well as that we are still implementing the Reggio Emilia Approach throughout our settings and each one is different and unique!
Little Achievers Day Nursery
We have been busy throughout the last few months implementing changes to the Owls and Bluebells room. Making these curious and exciting for the children. We have also developed the outdoor unit into a Laboratory for the Owls children to explore and create.
Little Achievers Urban Forest School
We have lots of exciting things planned as we begin to develop the Bluebells room and an outdoor shed into something a little extra special! Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this.
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery
The outdoor area has had a re-vamp and looks so inviting and challenging. We have also added a sand shed for the children to investigate.
Little Achievers Nursery in the Park
The environment is constantly changing and developing here and a new fairy garden has been developed outside.
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One of the key roles of the Reggio Emilia approach is the third teacher. This is not an actual teacher, as in a person but instead the environment in the setting.
Children thrive in an environment that is well suited to their interests and stages of development. It should be welcoming, pleasing to the eye, represent the communities cultures and beliefs, embrace nature and be filled with purposeful resources.
It is important that the environment is not over stimulating to children’s senses.
This week all our nurseries are celebrating National Story Telling Week.
Each nursery have their own activities taking place to support this.
In every nursery we are surrounded by books in all areas, and also provide cosy, quiet spaces and time to read to our children. In the home, bed time stories are just as important, as well as general reading at a quiet time of the day.
But storytelling is not just getting a book and reading the words! It involves adapting to the characters and making the story ‘come to life’, or making up a story using props for prompts.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Rosy Apple Childcare!
As Christmas is fast approaching its important to note that it is not the one and only celebration we take part in at Little Achievers Nurseries.
We celebrate a wide range of cultural celebrations and events throughout the year – but some people may wonder why?
In all our nurseries we have children from a variety of cultures where English may not be their first language and so we not only celebrate events, but also provide an environment for children to learn day to day life of their friends and peers. It is through these activities that children begin to embrace and value each others differences.
Ways we promote diversity and inclusion:-
-Setting up a role play area to include children’s photos and their families, dressing up resources to include a variety of fabrics and fancy dress.
-Food tasting a variety of different foods
-Inviting families in for stay and play sessions.
-Taking part in celebrations from a wide range of cultures and religions
-Learning words from different languages to help support children with English as an additional language.
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This week all our Nurseries have celebrated World Nursery Rhyme Week!
Nursery rhymes play such an important role in children’s early years. They are a fun way to learn!
Every year we celebrate World Nursery Rhyme week to promote the importance of rhymes in early years.
The nursery rhymes are different every year and this years rhymes include I’m a little teapot, Humpty Dumpty, A sailor went to sea, five currant buns and round and round the garden.
When we sing nursery rhymes to children they develop:-
Language and Communication – by singing to children we gain their attention as singing is fun! Children can learn new words through repetitive verses and develop their listening and concentration skills
Maths – songs such as five currant buns promote counting both forwards and backwards.
Social Skills – songs tend to be sung in small groups, children join together to sing with their friends, which can include turn taking.
Imagination and Physical – fantasy rhymes that we can do actions to and act out encourage children’s imagination as well at physical skills.
The most important thing is that nursery rhymes are fun! As we remember from my previous blog, learning needs to be fun for children to develop and want to play.
Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3 – Wales Online