Babies and Toddlers, In the Nursery, News, Pre-School

Video: What Full Day Care can offer you and your child

At some point last year we took part in some filming in partnership with the local authority to show the benefits of early years education to parents and children alike. To see some snippets of our nursery have a look at the video below.

Babies and Toddlers, Home Learning, In the Nursery, News

Floppy’s Diary

As part of our commitment to strengthen the bond between home and nursery we are currently adding more and more home learning opportunities across the setting. The first part was the introduction of our online learning journals and we have now introduced a new friend to Baby and Toddler Room.

The children were immediately excited when they saw their new friend and they chose to name him Floppy because of his “big floppy ears”.

Floppy will be going home every weekend with a different child and he brings his own diary, so you can record his adventures. We kindly ask that you just go about your weekend as normal, but take Floppy with you wherever you go, so you can snap some pictures and write a diary entry about what your child did with Floppy. Please return him and his diary on the first day you come back to the setting.

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We can’t wait to read everyone’s amazing adventures with Floppy!

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Babies and Toddlers, Health and Self-Care, Health and Wellbeing, In the Nursery, Outdoor Play

How we promote self-care in young children and what that has to do with shoes…

Self-care skills are essential for young children to develop. They allow infants to become independent from their carers and learn to manage their own needs. Overall this gives them a huge confidence boost and a sense of accomplishment. And this starts with something as simple as shoes…

Let me set the following scenario from yesterday. I entered our Baby and Toddler Room around 2.30pm and found 13 highly excited but frustrated children between the ages of 14 and 32 months sitting on the carpet in front of me. I asked them if they were excited to go outside and received a resounding: “Yeeeeah!”. Then I asked who is putting their shoes on… and there was no answer. The children’s shoes were everywhere apart from on their feet and 2 teachers were present pulling on the children’s shoes and getting frustrated with shoe laces on converse. I gave a helping hand and it still took 3 adults nearly 15 minutes to get 13 children’s shoes on. To us (and your children!) these are 15 minutes of valuable outdoor play time these children have just lost – all over shoes. Out of 13 children 2 wore shoes that were remotely easy for children to open, slip their feet in and close.

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Things don’t need to be like that, if we choose practicality over fashion when children are in nursery.

Children that are toilet training need to wear clothes they can attempt to remove in about 20 seconds or less; Jogging Pants, Leggings, Trousers with stretchy waistbands are all great items of clothing. Dungarees however should not be put on a child that needs to toilet themselves unless you like the straps to get inside the loo when they are using the toilet.

Any shoes with a simple buckle or velcro strap are great to promote children’s independence, first when it comes to taking their shoes off and then later when learning to put them on. Hi-top Converse with massive laces however will leave children (and adults) dreading outdoor play.

Your child’s success can be hugely impacted by the simple choices we make daily.

It is a huge part of our curriculum (EYFS) and we are working very hard to teach children to become independent in caring for themselves. The expectations around self-care can be found in the area of Physical Development.

Early Years Foundation Stage – Curriculum

Physical Development Outcomes: What are we expected to teach?

8-20 months: “Can actively cooperate with care routines”

16-26 months: “Shows a desire to help with dressing/undressing routines.”

22-36 months: “Helps with clothing and is beginning to be independent in self-care, but still needs adult support.”

30-50 months: “Dresses with help”

40-60 months: “They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

As you can see above we are expected to teach increasing independence in dressing and self care from the age of 16 months onward. You can support your child in managing their needs by providing them with appropriate clothing and footwear and giving them time and space to practice taking off and putting on their own shoes. This will teach your child valuable skills and give them a sense of accomplishment. Children are able to handle many tasks from an age much younger than we often expect. Here are some images to illustrate that:











Health and Wellbeing, In the Nursery, Outdoor Play, Pre-School

Fun In The Park

The children had planned to go on a walk to the park with their teachers. We were all excited to discover that the park had been redone recently and the children were excited to try out the play equipment. After they finished their snack the children started trying out the new climbing frames and see saw. We have been using the magnifying glasses for the last week and some children asked to use the magnifying glasses in the park.

Here are some pictures:

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Food and Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing, In the Nursery

The New Menu is Ready

I have updated the menu page to add the new Nursery Menu.

You can find it here.

The children have been enjoying the new meals and we have had some interesting discussions around what we are eating and what the dishes are called and where they originate from.

If you have suggestions on dishes to add to the next menu, feel free to email me your suggestions.

In the Nursery, News

The Smallest Kitchen in Chingford? Well it’s had a refurb!

Although we may have first placed guaranteed in a competition of the smallest kitchen in the whole of Chingford, this doesn’t stop us from serving delicious meals for our children day in day out.

Over the Christmas Holidays we have had some much needed work done in our kitchen. We received a new worktop with a bigger sink to take care of all those dishes as well as new cupboard fronts, tiling and a general re-paint.

Here are some pictures of the finished work. Unfortunately… it still doesn’t make the kitchen any bigger!

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In the Nursery, News

Online Learning Journals are Here

In December 2015 we decided to move with the times and change over to Online Learning Journals. After researching a few different options we have decided to go with Tapestry. Tapestry has been created by the members of the Foundation Stage Forum, a forum for Early Years Teachers, that wanted to reduce the amount of time and effort the current learning journals take. It has great security features, it’s easy for teachers and parents to use and will make partnership working so much easier.




Please click on the picture above to check out Tapestry’s Website and learn more about their awesome features.

We are holding a parent’s evening on 1/2/2016 between 6.00 and 7.30pm for you to be able to experience Tapestry. Please RSVP to the manager or on the facebook event page.


Babies and Toddlers, Home Learning, In the Nursery

International Month, Babies and Toddlers – Nov 2015

The younger children have also been joining in with the international month. They enjoyed singing the continent song at circle time and many of the children learnt the names of the continents during this week. The children were leaving to go home waving and saying “bye Africa, bye Europe…”



The children also enjoyed making their own continents. They firstly coloured their paper plates blue to make the ocean and then glued the continents onto it. Again the older children enjoyed naming the continents.

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Home Learning

Talk to your children about the places they live in and places they go and how other places for examples in stories you read are “far away”. You can teach your children new concepts and language through lots of songs. Join in and sing the continent song at home:

Links to the EYFS (Curriculum)

8-20 months: Communication and Language: Moves whole bodies to sounds they enjoy such as music or a regular beat.

16-26 months: Communication and Language: Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.

22-36 months: Communication and Language: Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.


Charity Events, Festivals and Parties, Home Learning, In the Nursery

Christmas Shoe Boxes – Nov 2015

The nursery would like to send out a big thank you to all parents that donated a shoe box as well as those that donated £3.00 to help cover the shipping costs. The boxes have now been dropped of at the Samaritan’s Purse head office in Buckhurst Hill and will be on their merry way from tomorrow.

The parents that have made a donation will be forwarded the email with the information about where our shoe boxes went. This will be at some point in January.


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The children showing off their certificate!

Everyone had fun today finishing the nursery shoe boxes off as well as checking all of those donated to make sure they meet the criteria set out by the Samaritan’s Purse. The children chatted about where the shoe boxes might go and how this might make children happy. Everyone also made a wish that all child will have a happy Christmas together with their families.

Home Learning

If you would like to extend this activity with your child at home, you could have a look at pictures online of children living in different continents. You could discuss any of the following with your child:

  • How do people’s homes/buildings/schools look? How are they built and what makes them different?
  • What is public transport like? Are there buses or trains?
  • How are people dressed? Are there any traditional clothes within that culture?
  • You could then have a go at making a house or clothes from a different culture.

Links to the EYFS (curriculum)

Understanding of the World (22-36 months) – Learns that they have similarities and differences that connect them to, and distinguish them from others.

Understanding of the World (40-60 months) – Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

Here are some pictures: