Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Fruit Monsters!

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Part of my nutrition policy states that I will supplement meals supplied by parents/carers with healthy snacks and drinks.  The children are currently enjoying sampling different fruits and are certainly developing healthy practises in eating their five a day.  So … Continue reading

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The Big Toddle

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We’re doing the Big Toddle on 7th June in aid of Barnardos – it’s a half a mile sponsored walk at Dudley Zoo and the theme is animals so we’ll be doing our best to walk like our favourite beasts!!  If … Continue reading

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01/06/11

Last week went to plan apart from Thursday when the torrential rain diverted us from Birches Valley to explore the Museum of Cannock Chase – it was a great place to visit on a rainy day with a photographic disply … Continue reading

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Trentham Gardens

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We finally got round to visiting the Barefoot Walk at Trentham Gardens today and it was great fun. Although we all started with bare feet there was more than enough fun to be had with our shoes on…with a big … Continue reading

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23/05/11

A bit late – sorry! Last week we went to Playtime play centre on Monday, SNAP and the Lighthouse on Tuesday, Amerton Farm on Wednesday (read more in ‘2 great days out’), Cosford on Thursday and Blackbrook Zoological park on Friday (read … Continue reading

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Child Protection/Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children has been a big focus during May as I’ve completed my child concern/CAF training and this weekend participated in a Child Protection level 2 course.  Both courses look at issues for concern when working with children and have … Continue reading

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2 great days out

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This week we’ve found a couple of great destinations for the family.  On Wednesday we went to Amerton Farm, enjoying a walk around their animal rescue centre – for £2.50 we came face to face with some garden birds including … Continue reading

I want to be a lorry driver….

A great big thank you to one of our Dads who was inspired by our aspirations blog and brought us some model lorries and a bendy train from his work at a freight company (please correct me if I’m wrong!).  They linked in nicely with our passion with vehicles and added to our daily play with cars and trains.

The models have sparked lots of activities – we’ve talked about working with lorries, introduced new vocabulary such as cab/trailer/container/freight, we’ve given the small world farm animals rides ont he trucks, looked at ‘over’/’under’/’through’ as we’ve built roads and bridges with building blocks and we’ve even played with mathematics as we’ve folded the bendy train in half to make two trains!!!

Thanks Jason 🙂

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16/05/11

Last week we started with our first trip to SNAPs for a month!  It was good to be back as we played both indoors and out.  We followed a trip to the Lighthouse’s new garden with a rummage around Birches … Continue reading

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09/05/11

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We had a great first week back which started at the Birches Valley Forest Tots group where we pond dipped for tadpoles, saw a baby adder and made a leaf frog that bounces up and down 🙂  We had a … Continue reading