Help us name our new hamster

Our new hamster

Our children have been exploring lot's of wildlife recently, which led to some of our older children wanting a pet for the nursery.

After deciding that some of their suggestions like a lion and a horse were not quite possible.  We decided between us that we should go for a smaller option and get them a pet hamster instead.

We had a talk with the kids about looking after small animals and the responsibilities that come with them; what happens if they were unwell, how to feed them etc.  The children were all excited about the prospect of their new pet.

Choosing our hamster

Our senior member of staff went to the pet store and brought a lovely white and grey hamster who was used to being held.  This was important as we wanted the hamster to feel comfortable straight away at our nursery and would allow the children to hold and touch the hamster without the hamster getting scared and potentially biting someone.

Our new pet arrives

The day finally came for our new hamster to join our family.  

The children all sit around in anticipation for the big reveal.  This is quite possibly the quietest the nursery has been.  Some braver children sat at the front, whilst others chose to watch from the back.

Below you can see pictures of their first meeting of our hamster.

 

Our Dilemma 

We do have one problem however.  We can't decide on a name.  This is where you come in.  Below our some suggestions from parents, children and staff.

Help us choose our hamsters name.  VOTE BELOW. 

 

We will decide by Friday 29th September.  Until then he remains nameless 🙁 

 

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Fire Department Visit (Nursery Activities)

Our Fire Department Visit (Nursery Activities)

Recently, the children of Little Blessings had a very special visit from Woodside Fire Station. Learning about different occupations is an important aspect to the children’s learning and development, as when our children grow, they will need to experience different occupations in life.

The Woodside Fire Department showed the children their fire equipment; how the fire engine works; explained their job role and even showed the children how the fire hose works. From this, our little learners gained new knowledge from their experience and have been given the opportunity to extend their vocabulary through role play.

Why we done this nursery activity?

It is important for our children to understand what happens in a fire and how the fire brigade help us, however, do our parents know some of the triggers to causing home fires? Cooking appliances were the source of ignition in 50 per cent of accidental dwelling fires and 52 per cent of non-fatal casualties in dwelling fires in 2015/16.

Useful Fire Safety Tips:

Here are some of the London Fire Brigades tips to prevent home fires. For the full list please visit the website: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/Documents/FSITH_leaflet.pdf

1. Never leave pans unattended when cooking

2. Don’t overload electrical sockets

3. Keep candles well away from curtains, furniture and clothes

4. Try to smoke outside and make sure cigarettes are put right out

5. Switch off and unplug electrical items such as TVs and avoid charging devices like mobile phones when you sleep.

Check Out Some of Our Other Nursery Activities

Library Visit

Healthy Eating Activity

Road Safety Activity

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PANCAKE DAY

Our children made and decorated pancakes.  View our efforts on our facebook page. 

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A simple pancake recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large egg or 1 egg and one yolk
  • ½ pint/280ml milk
  • 4oz/110g plain flour (4 heaped dessertspoons)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

METHOD

Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Break in the egg (and yolk, if using) and add apinch of salt and a splash of the milk. Whisk the egg, gradually incorporating the flour, to make a smooth cream. Whisk in the rest of the milk and the melted butter.

Brush a hot pan with vegetable oil before adding your batter and swilling thinly around the pan, tipping the pan so the mixture spreads evenly. It will begin to cook immediately: pour any excess back into the bowl.

When the pancake is browned on the bottom and the very edges are beginning to lift away, give the pan a shake to make sure the pancake is loose. If it is sticking anywhere, use a spatula to loosen it. When it moves freely, then you are ready to toss it - or, if you're less confident, use a spatula to turn it over. The other side will only need a few seconds. Slide out of the pan, and top with a topping of your choice

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Nursery Activity – Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Here at Little Blessing's we ensure to celebrate all festivals and cultural celebrations, particularly British. We also try to include this in meals and ensure that the children eat a variety of foods from around the world. We always spend a term looking at "all around the world" where we look at clothes, foods, music, celebrations and traditions.

Martin Luther King Day

Today we have been learning about 'Dr Martin Luther King'

Martin Luther King Day is celebrated today, 18th January 2016, in the US, and all over the world.  Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the civil rights movement in 1960s America, which meant that he hoped that black people and white people would begin to live together peacefully, with equal rights. He was assassinated in 1968.

When we teach children about Martin Luther King Jr, we teach them how one man, full of determination, made a change in the world. We teach them that everyone, in their own way, can make a difference - however small, for good (or bad).

Some activities we got involved in today in honour of MLK  was learning a poem by him called:

 'Colours'

Wouldn't it be terrible? Wouldn't it be sad?
If just one single colour was the colour that we had?
If everything was purple? Or red? Or blue? Or green?
If yellow, pink, or orange was all that could be seen?
Can you just imagine how dull the world would be
If just one single colour was all that we could see?

Some of our older children then helped the staff come with our own poem on equality.  Do you like it:

Our Poem:

 

It's nice to be friends

with the people around us,

No matter the colour they had

It would be sad,

If we just stick to one,

everyone would be equal .

No matter of the colour of their  skin,

Can you imagine how life would be

If we wasn't friends with everyone we see

Little Blessings Staff and Children

We also looked at different photo's and pictures of him and coloured in pictures of him also using colours that he used in his poem.

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Childcare Croydon, Nursery Croydon

Childcare Croydon, Nursery Croydon

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We visited Ashburton Library

Our children have shown a keen interest in reading books, especially one particular child who is very advanced in her phonics, so we decided to take them to one of our local libraries to let them choose and read some of their books.  They were very excited.

Although, we usually go to South Norwood Library, today we went to Ashburton which is a little further.  The kids loved the walk and even ran into a friendly cat, which you can see below.

At the library we read lots and lots of books and even stayed for their wiggle and jiggle session, which was loads of fun.  We will definitely be regularly attending Ashburton library, especially when we change location on the 23rd November.  As the staff were very friendly and the children enjoyed their time there.

I would definitely recommend their sessions for any parent.  To view other sessions run by Croydon libraries for parents please click here: Croydon Library Events

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Healthy Eating Month

During the month of September we taught the children all about how to keep a healthy diet, and what foods are good for you and which ones aren't.  We planned various activities to develop their understanding of this.  Some of them are shown below.

Healthy or Unhealthy?

The children were given pictures of different fruit ranging from doughnuts and burgers to apples and oranges.  They then had to decide which plate to put the food on, the green plate for healthy foods or the red plate for unhealthy food.

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Creating a Eat-Well Plate

We got pictures of the different categories of food and got the children to put them on the right part of the plate to create a well balanced meal.  These categories were 'Fruit and Vegetables', 'Bread, Rice and Potatoes with other starchy foods', 'Meat, Fish, Eggs and Beans',  and 'Milk and Dairy Products' 

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Food Shopping Trip

All the children were given money so that they could go to the shop and buy fruits of their choice. One of the children was excited to get her favourite fruit which was apples. Here they learnt about variety of new fruits and chose some to buy. They then used the money they were given to pay the cashier. 

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Making Fruit Salad

After the shopping trip it's time to eat the fruit :D. We all got involved and chopped up the fruit to make a yummy fruit salad. It was delicious, we had it for our pudding.

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Road Safety Activity

May’s Nursery Activity

For the month of May, we planned activities around road safety to mark Road Safety Week (starting the 4th May to the 10th May). This created our theme for the month.  

In one of these activities the children drew and created their own zebra crossing.  

We then played a traffic light game and extended this by introducing the zebra crossing they had created.  We then extended this further the next day by taking them on a trip to visit a zebra crossing.

Traffic Light and Zebra Crossing Game

This was a fun activity which can be replicated at your home or at school, and does well to teach children about how traffic lights and zebra crossings are used.

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In this game we initially cut out red and green circles.  The children stood at one end of our garden and the practitioner at the other. They were taught that when the practitioner held up the green circle they were allowed to go and run or walk to the other side of the garden. When red was held up they were taught to stop.

This helped teach that in relation to traffic lights green means go and red means stop. 

This game was extended and a zebra crossing, which they had made earlier, was introduced.  Here they were taught that when you get to a zebra crossing that you are supposed to stop, look left and right and then cross when it is safe to do so.

The same game continued but now they also had to stop at the zebra crossing.

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Planting and Gardening Activity

March's Nursery Activity

To link in with our Garden Centre Trip at the end of last month the children planted seeds and flowers to give to their mums for mothers day.  

In this activity they choose what plant  or flower the wished to plant, poured soil into the containers, planted and watered the soil.

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What we learnt: the main area developed in this activity was the children's understanding of the world, though they also developed in the other  six areas.  Click here to find out more about the seven areas of learning.

Ages 0-2: Children of this age group developed their fine motor skills grasping the spoon with either the tripod grip or with their whole hand to pour the soil into the sand.  They also developed their communication learning new words such as plants, beans and flower.

Ages 2-3:  Children of this age group developed the mathematical skills counting how many spoons of soil to put in. This is important in demonstrating that a range of things can be counted.  They developed their personal, social and emotional as well playing cooperatively with others.

Ages 3-5:  Through this activity the children learnt about growth and decay, being taught what it needs for a plant or flower to grow, for example water and sunlight.  They also learnt how vegetables are made learning that vegetables grow from seeds. 

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Garden Center Trip

Planting and Gardening

 

The end of March meant the end of our theme for the month - planting and gardening.

To mark this we took the children to the local garden center at Cherry Orchard to develop their understanding of the world.

Through this trip we supported the children s development in the following areas:

Understanding of the World:

  • The children were able to learn about the things they have observed at the garden centre such as plants, signs people and objects.  
  • They showed care and concern for living things and their environment, observing some of the workers looking after and watering the plants.
  • They were able to explore similarities, differences, and patterns through observing and feeling the plants, trees and flowers.

Communication and Language:

  • The children were able to develop their vocabulary  through talking about what they saw in their new environment, sharing experiences with adults support through open ended questions.  
  • They were able to develop their listening skills through following simple sentences, and even more complex sentences such as "we are going to put on our jackets first and then our boots"
  • They were able to develop their understanding of simple concepts such as big and little.  
  • The children also explored their vocabulary as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing their own feelings, experiences and thoughts.  

Personal, Social and Emotional:

  • The children displayed friendly behaviour, initiating conversation and forming good relationships when walking around the garden centre.  
  • They were able to express own preferences to what plant they liked and wanted.  
  • They enjoyed the responsibility of carrying out some small tasks given to them such as carrying their own plant back to the nursery.  
  • They were able to develop their understanding and cooperates with some boundaries and interest.  

Mathematics:

  • The children were able to develop their understanding around numbers, e.g. reciting some number names in sequences, comparing between quantities, and using some language of quantities, such as more and a lot.  
  • Their understanding around shapes was enhanced as they noticed simple shapes and patterns of the plants and flowers and the different shapes in the signs that they saw along the way and back.  
  • The children were taking an interest in the different shapes and colours that they observed at the garden centre

Physical Development:

  • The children were able to develop their walking skills through walking on uneven surfaces and climbing up and down stairs
  • They were able to express when they needed to rest and have a drink, through this they showed awareness of what their body needs and observe the effects of different activities on their bodies.  
  • When exploring the plants they were encouraged to wash hands afterwards so that they were aware of the need to regularly wash hands to help contribute to good health

 

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Making a Tree Activity

February's Nursery Activity

In February we took the children to the woods to explore the outside environment.  In this activity they collected branches to take back to the nursery to make their own tree.

They choose branches of different sizes, with leaves of different shapes and colour.  This gave them an experience of nature and taught them things about the environment.

Whilst there the children saw butterflies, spiders, worms and other insects as well as other animals such as squirrels, dogs and birds.  A ladybird even landed on one of our child's hand.

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What we learnt: The main area that was developed was the children's understanding of the world, though they also improved their physical and personal, social and emotional development.  Find out more about the different areas of learning here:

Ages 0-2: Children of this age group demonstrated and developed on their ability to closely observe what animals do.  They also developed physically being able to maneuver around different obstacles found in woods and climbing objects and stairs with support.

Ages 2-3: The children aged two to three were able to notice detailed features of objects in their environment such as spots on ladybirds, the different colours and patterns of the leaves

Ages 3-5: Here they developed in various areas.  They were able:

  • to comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world, 
  • talk about some of the things they have observed,
  • talk about why things happen and how things work,
  • develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time
  • shows care and concern for living things and the environment

 

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