It has been a busy couple of months at The Children’s Room. For parents who have missed the newsletter or prospective parents who may wonder what we get up to on a day to day basis read on for a run down of some of things we have been doing.
A highlight in August was the Graduation Ceremony for our school leavers. Although we were very sad to see them go we could not have been more delighted to celebrate with our lovely pre-schoolers and their families. It was a beautiful sunny Friday evening and the prosecco was flowing and Louise, our manager, (who should really enter British Bake Off) made fabulous cupcakes for everyone. Jen our Deputy along with Nicki, Tulip room leader had been working on some songs with the children. Needless to say the children performed them beautifully. Every child received their leavers certificate and t-shirt and gave their teachers a huge hug when they said goodbye.
Caterpillars and butterflies
In the meantime our younger children have not been resting on their laurels. We have been embracing nature as a way of learning. We were very excited to get some caterpillars which we saw go in to chrysalis and then a lucky group of children actually saw one emerge and become a butterfly. Once all the butterflies had arrived we took them down to the end garden and released them.
Some of our little ones have been out exploring the wildlife reserve and were delighted to see the ducks who came to say hello at the pond. Then for those who had not got out and about we had a visit from a local farmer who brought some haybales to climb on and taught the children and about seeds, planting and farm life. We have stored up the bags of seeds the children were given and can use them through the winter to feed the birds.
As we all know, especially this weekend with the rain pounding down, autumn is afoot and lots of our children have been embracing the seasons. We have been making artwork with apple block printing in rustic hues of red, orange and yellow and autumn wreaths with fallen leaves and twigs.
Behind the scenes
While the children have been buzzing away with their lovely educators there has also been a lot happening behind the scenes. Jo, our education and childcare expert has been in training everyone on early years brain development as well as running an evening workshop on the new EYFS framework. We have launched a new assessment system which we hope will be more effective for staff and more informative for parents. It comprises of the following elements:
- regular photos of children shared with their families
- jotters to note key developmental moments for each person’s key children
- monthly baseline assessments to check in on how children are progressing
- the reintroduction of parents evenings (first one will be this November)
We have a lot more plans up our sleeve so keep an eye out! In the meantime if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch!