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 "Children enjoy ample opportunities to be active, and extend and test their physical skills. The nurturing staff team places a clear focus on promoting the children's personal, social and emotional development."

  

(Ofsted, January 2016)





Food hygiene rating '5' achieved for the ninth year

  running 2017




"Disabled children and those with special educational needs are fully included and valued. Staff work sensitively with children, planning precisely for their learning and ensuring they make sustained progress in relation to their starting points."



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11th January 2019

Posted on 11th January, 2019

This week in Jelly babies we have had lots of fun playing with the sensory mirrors as they are different shapes, we have also been looking at ourselves in different ways pulling lots of faces which the babies found really funny! We have also been doing lots of printing tools, we liked looking at different shapes we made in the paint. We ahve also been practicing our body parts and singing lots of songs to encourage this such as heads, shoulders, knees and toes. We have also been exploring different materials such as feeling ropes and bubble wrap.

 

This week we have been looking at our mackaton signs 'please' and 'thank you' at meal times and when sharing our toys.

We have also been doing lots of creative activities using paint with sponge rollers to dip, and also animal printers to make marks on paper.

We have had lots of new children settling in this week so we have been learning all about our routines and boundaries and helping all our new friends settle in as easy as possible!

Friday 4th Jan

Posted on 4th January, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the Jelly Tots and Jelly Babies blog

This week the Jelly Tots have been playing with the chalk and chalking on the chalk boards. They are all able to hold the chalks in their whole hand and makes random marks. The children have also been naming the colours they are using and starting to talk about what they have made.

The children have also been painting and using large and small paintbrushes to create their work. The children have been using the paints to name the colours they have been using.

The Jelly Tots have been playing with the books and talking about what the pictures in the books are saying dog and cat as well as duck and witch. The witch book is the Jelly Tots favourite book.

The Jelly tots have also been playing with the cars outside and taking the turns with the other children.

The Jelly babies have been having lots of fun exploring with the different cars and animals in the tents. They have been enjoying singing along sessions and dancing before meal times. They have also been exploring spaghetti while dipping it into the paint and making random marks with it.

The jelly babies have been playing with the sensory play such as foam and sand.

What a lovely week we have had hope to see you again next week.

Friday 12th Dec 2018

Posted on 14th December, 2018

This week in Jelly Babies we have had our yearly christmas party at nursery! We had lots of fun with Carrie, listening to our favorite christmas songs and dancing, playing with instruments and also doing christmas sensory play. After all this fun we then had a sepcial vsiit from Santa himself where he brought us all our very good children! We made our christmas crackers, calenders, placemats and also our salt dough plaques. As you have seen we have got stuck into lots of artwork using paints, glitters and messy materials. It has been so much fun and we have loved and learnt so much.

 

This week the Jelly Tots have enjoyed making lots of Christmas activities for the December month.

The children have really enjoyed decorating pine cones for our tree decorations! They have used pots of glue to drizzle over their chosen pine cone and were able to choose their own coloured glitter and sprinkle the glitter on top of their pine cones! The children really enjoyed being able to choose their own pine cones and said it’s their ‘Christmas tree’ for their Mommies and Daddies! We have also been learning the Makaton signs for ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ this week and been fitting it into our daily routine and activities. For example, when creating a piece of art work, we ask the children ‘Who is your picture for?’ and when responding, the children are starting to use the Makaton signs for ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ whilst answering to the adults – very well done Jelly Tots!

The children have also enjoyed listening to lots of Christmas songs and even seeing Santa himself! The children all received a special present of Santa and afterwards had a Christmas party to celebrate Christmas! The party involved lots of Christmas songs, dancing, balloons and lots of yummy party food too!

The children have also enjoyed lots of sensory play this week such as glitter in water, glitter in sand, tissue paper in sand and water, pine cones in sand and water and making salt dough decorations for Christmas bags too! The children were able to help mix all the ingredients together to make the salt dough and use a gingerbread man shape cutter to press into the salt dough to make the gingerbread man shape! The children were then able to paint their gingerbread man tree decoration whichever colour they preferred and then add a little sparkle too with their choice of coloured glitter.

 

 

Friday 7th December 2019

Posted on 7th December, 2018

Thsi week in Jelly Babies we have started our christmas activities, we have created our christmas hats, claenders, tree decorations and placemats, doing this we have used bright colours and lots of frstive glitter. We have also had lots of fun doing christmas senosry playusing materials such as tinsel and glitter.

We have also been singing and dancing to christmas songs to get us in the spirit our favorite was santa got stucj up the chimley.

We have been doing lots of counting too, using stacking cups and also our fingers.

Also just as a polite reminder can we please have bibs, blankets and water bottles for each child with their names on, Thank You.

 

Thsi week in Jelly Tots we have been getting involvced in lots of christmas activities. We have been making our very own pine cones using lots of glitter, we have decorated out snowman for our christmas display and out advent calender and we have also made christmas themed biscuits which we have decorated with icing and coloured pens.

We have also been learning some christmas songs and have enjoyed singing and dancing to them to get us in the spirti.

We have had lots of fun this week learning all about christmas and what we can make for our loved ones.

Friday 23rd November 18

Posted on 23rd November, 2018

This week in Jelly babies we have had lots of fun playing with sensory materials, we have loved palying peek'a'boo through the different types of netting materials and exploring textures using their fingers and hands.

This week we have also made Chocolate Cornflake Cakes, the babies used the big spoon to mix the chocolate and the cornflakes together and even tasted them! Yum Yummm!

The babies have enjoyed playing with the ICT toys this week they have been practicing counting numbers and pressing different buttons.

We have all enjoyed taking part in national rhymes week this week, we have loved to listen to and attempt to sing the different nursery rhymes esecially '5 Currant Buns'. The babies have also been exploring in the water play too, they loved splashing in the water and playing and exploring with the animals that we added.

 

This week in Jelly Tots We have been working very hard on both our fine and gross motor skills. We have been doing lots of working including mark making in the sand to creative different marks, animals in the sand where we looked at different animal noises, building train tracks and looking at the different sounds that can be heard when looking at trains and chalking on our chalk boards all in order to support our fine motor progression.

To work on our gross motor skills we have been very active, we have been making chocolate cornflake cakes for our cooking activity which was both very messy and very yummy! We have also been involved with role play activities such as puppets, and dressing up and we have also been doing out Tumble Tots dancing and exploring with different ways of moving.

This weeks makaton sign was "Sorry", so we have been working hard every day to learn this to use at nursery.

Fri 16th November

Posted on 16th November, 2018

Hello and welcome back to Jelly babies and Jelly tots blog

This week the Jelly babies have been using different objects to paint pictures. They have been using wooden blocks, paint brushes and their body parts to create their lovely work.

They have also been making cakes for the cake sale, the children took turns to mix the ingredients and practising using their tools.

The children have been using felt tips to create their lovely pictures of Pudsey to celebrate children in need.

We have been playing with our new role play tools cooking and moving. The children have been pretending to tasting for the food.

The children have been playing in the sand, using different tools such as utensils, buckets and spades.

They have also been playing with the corn flour.

We have also been making hand prints with different colours.

This week in Jelly tots we have been enjoyed using our fine motor skills to create lots of lovely and colourful marks on our Pudsey bear pictures for children in need.

We have also enjoyed dressing up in Pudsey bear themed clothing and colours with bear ears.

We have also enjoyed mixing lots of ingredients together to make gooey chocolate brownies to sell at our cake sale.

We have also done lots of sensory play using dry rice, sand and water. Filling little tubs with the pasta and the tipping it out onto the tray.

We are also still working on our Makaton signing and we are still learning how to do the ABC song in Makaton.

Thank you for reading our blog see ypu next week.

Friday 9th November 2018

Posted on 9th November, 2018

Hello and welcome back to the Jelly babies and Jelly Tots blog.

The children in jelly babies have been making some Diwali cards they have used a variety of different colours to mark make on the paper. The children had lots of fun playing at our Diwali party using bubbles and balloons as well as dancing to a variety of cultural music to help the children learn about different music styles.

The children have been playing with lots of small world toys such as the dolls house and making them sit on the furniture they had also lots of fun playing with the dolls and dressing them.

The children have been sticking and gluing using lots of glue and paper as well as using a variety of tissue paper and lots of really bright colours.

The children have also been exploring the water and mixing food colouring into the water and splashing around and looking at the animals with the duplo.

They have also been playing in the sand and building castles using the buckets and spades.

The children have been been mixing the gloop with warm and cold water and feeling the different textures with their fingers.

The children have been singing and dancing to tmble tots and baby shark.

The jelly tots have enjoyed having lots of different food during our Diwali party and copying our teachers dance moves to Diwali music. They have also  enjoyed  making lots of firework pictures enhancing our fine motor skills.

They have also been working on our self care too, where they have been finding their own belongings and attempting to undo and redo the zips on their coats.

Jelly Tots have enjoyed learning the abc song in Makaton alongside their teachers

What a lovely week we have had hope to see you soon

Friday 2nd November 18

Posted on 2nd November, 2018

This week in Jelly Babies we have had lots of fun doing foam play this week, we have been moving our hands in the foam and making marks in the foam. We have started decorating our diwali cards, we chose to decorate stars as its all about the festival of light. We have been doing lots of sensory play, we enjoyed exploring different materials and adding materials into foam and water. We loved the zoo lab as well, we saw a tortoise, snail, mice and a snake. the babies were very gentle and really kind seeing the different animals. We have been doing sand play and creating sand pictures too. They loved getting messy and dribbling the glue on the paper. We loved the halloween party too. The babies all dressed up and Carrie the dance teacher came in and danced with us! We loved eating the yummy party food as well.

 

This week in Jelly Tots we have been spending some time up in the smarties room. We have been exploring their toys and actvities as well as getting to know the children and staff. To find out what we have been doing with the smarties, head over to the Smarties and Sweeties blog. 

Jelly Babies and Jelly Tots Blog, 26th october

Posted on 26th October, 2018

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This week in Jelly Babies we have had lots of dun doing gloop play. We have been adding food colouring into the gloop, we made orange, yellow and blue gloop. We have been exploring different textures too by adding oats into the gloop and adding more water to make it runnier.

We have been playing with shape sorters, and working out which shapes fit into which holes. The babies were really good at this.

The children have been creating their halloween cards ready for next week. They had a choice of what materials to used to decorate their cards. They used glitter, glue, tissue paper, paint and objects to print onto their cards. They look great!

The children really enjoyed dressing up this week, they have been doing halloween dress up, wearing witches outfits and dracula too.

The Jelly Babies have been playing with pop up toys, pressing the buttons and working out which buttons to press to make the toys pop up. The children also enjoyed playing with the spinning top toys, they wereb pressing the tops and watching the balls spin and move inside.

The Jelly babies have enjoyed outdoor play this week, we have been playing with the interactive wall, and exploring the mud kitchen.

We also made some yummy flapjacks, the babies helped to mix the ingredients and had a touching session before hand where they got to touch the ingredients and feel the foods. The Jelly babies also enjoyed tasting the flapjacks too! 

 

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This week in Jelly tots the makaton sign we have been practicing is 'hello' and 'please'. Everytime we say these words we are signing and encouraging the children to do it too, they have been doing great at this and are catching onto this well. 

They have been making halloween pictures too, they have been doing glueing and sticking and using emtpy sweet halloween wrappers. 

The jelly tots have been playing with the bikes in the garden, they have been racing up and down and around the outdoorr equipment. 

The children have enjoyed dressing up this week, they have been wearing dressing up outfits. They loved deciding and choosing which outfits and hats to wear. 

We also made some yummy flap jacks too, they loved adding the chocolate into the flapjacks and eating them too!

Friday 19th October 2018

Posted on 19th October, 2018

This week we have had a very creative week in Jelly Babies. We have been getting very messy in the sensory play, We have explored different textures such as cornflour play, sand play and cooking making Jam Tarts. We have also been working on our social skills including getting used to our routine in babies, settling in sessions with new friends and adapting to the routine. We have also been taking part in activites such as dancing to party songs, dressing up for Halloween and also making our Halloween cards.

This weeks Makaton sign was "Hello" and "Goodbye".

 

This week in Jelly Tots we have been working towards our story of the month which is 'Room on the broom', we have been reading the book to learn about what happens to the witch, and we ahve also being getting creative and creating a display for everyone to enjoy. We have linked our book in with the Halloween theme you may have noticed around nursery, we have been getting involved with halloween dress up, getting involved with Halloween textured activities such as animal/insects play and also looking at their features and noises they make,

This weeks Makaton signs have been "Look", "Hello" and "Goodbye".