What we’ve been up to…
One of our children had been explaining their fascination of moving vehicles after regularly seeing trains pass their house.
This was a brilliant invitation to create our own train track and surrounding environment. While fully engaged in pushing, pulling, joining and connecting pieces of the trains and tracks, we discussed the importance of safety around trains.
To extend this activity in the future, we will be walking the children down to the local train station where they can see signs, trains and tracks first hand.
Although visits in the local community are something both adults and children enjoy, due to the current circumstances they are not going ahead.
We have created a new and inviting heuristic area for our toddlers to explore.
The area is homely and tranquil with a variety of textured items for little hands, feet, eyes, mouths and even noses to explore and experience.
The pre-school children have taken an interactive heuristic approach to learning and have chosen resources to support their ideas.
By allowing personal choice the children gained a sense of self confidence. It’s important to let children know that their interests, preferences, wants and needs are important and will be heard.
The children created a variety of scenarios with their chosen resources which encouraged the children to have active imaginations.
Together we were able to count, discuss shape, size and texture as well as compare quantities of items. As the learning opportunities progressed the children added more items of personal choosing and continued to extend their learning.
We have welcomed a few new starters recently, so we thought we’d introduce ourselves. For those of you that have been with us for a while, we thought that would be a useful reminder should you ever need to email one of us.
Sarah Harvey – Nursery Manager (left)
Sarah holds a Level 3 childcare qualification and has been working in the sector since 2007. She joined Ashbourne Day Nurseries in January 2018. She is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and she is paediatric first aid trained.
Zoe Toms – Deputy Manager (right)
Zoe holds a Level 3 childcare qualification and has been working in the sector since 2009. She joined Ashbourne Day Nurseries in July 2016. She is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and she is paediatric first aid trained.