Spooky isn’t it?

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I love it when children get messy and slimy, and there is nothing more slimy than the insides of a pumpkin.
Our Halloween pumpkins are quite the success and the pumpkin masks that the children have made are quite scary. If you don’t believe me, hide in the dark whilst wearing one tonight and see who you can make scream!
And what do you do with your pumpkin when it is scooped out? Why you give it to chef to make a special Halloween soup with sweet potato carrots and peppers. Delicious.

How do you hide a courgette in your fairy cake?

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According to our new chef, Jules it’s easy! I know what you are thinking but its true. Courgettes in cake. So if your child has pushed away his or her plate of vegetables you can always give them a cake and they will never know. They think they’ve come out on top but in fact it is a hands down parental victory. I have hidden vegetables in bolognese sauce before but never cakes.

The new chef is working out really well. The food quality is amazing and she has brought with her great new recipes and we will be publishing our four week menu soon and putting it on the website so that you will know exactly what your little one has been eating and enable you to plan your meals ahead.

The children are really enjoying the food as well. The roast vegetable frittata went down a treat today. Tomorrow the vegetable soup for tea is going to be very nice served with fresh bread and butter.

Tracking the progress.

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The new tracking tool is now up and running. The tracking tool has been created by our local authority and will enable your child’s key carer to track the progress that they make as they move through the setting.
Children are given a baseline assessment in the first six weeks of attending the setting and the tool will be updated every half term so that we can make sure every one is making good progress. When the baseline assessment is completed we will invite you in for a brief chat about how your child is settling in and how you as a parent are getting on with our nursery routines.

The tracking of children’s development is a crucial part of what we do. It enables your child’s key carer to plan for you child’s needs and preferences, as well as giving us an indication of if they need a little bit of help or encouragement to bring them on. As parents your input is vital as no one knows your child better than you.

All the information that we record is eventually sent on to your child’s school so that they know who they are due to meet in the September term and they can start preparing their planning. The tool has been created by the local authority in conjunction with nurseries and schools and is a good example of how the local authority work in partnership with us.

The parental discussion is our way of giving you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. It allows us to share information in a more detailed way than a diary sheet or a conversation at the end of the day. The team are really looking forward to speaking to you about the activities and opportunities your child has here at Danesmoor House.

You will be asked to come an appointment soon with your child’s key carer, we look forward to having the opportunity to share all the wonderful opportunities that your child has here at Danesmoor House Day Nursery.

Story and Rhyme Time.

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We like having visitors to Danesmoor House, especially Suzy Youldon from Crown Street Library. Not only did Suzy come and do a story rhyme time, pictured above being as thin as a pin, she also brought in the book start packs for those children starting school in September. Suzy will make regular visits to the preschool, telling stories and promoting the library. She is absolutely brilliant with the children. She has tonnes of energy and the children really look forward to her visits. The Crown Street Library team are an invaluable resource to us as a setting and as parents. If your child has enjoyed the visit today, Suzy also runs a free story and craft session on a Saturday morning at Crown Street Library. Pictured below playing in the sand dressed as a pirate! Sessions start at 10:30am.

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Staff Training.

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A big thanks to all staff, who stayed late tonight to update their epi-pen training. Although there are increasing numbers of children with significant allergies, it is still very rare to encounter a severe reaction, even though this is the case, all staff have received training.
The epi-pen training is the last line of defence against allergic reactions. The most important weapon in our arsenal is communication. If a child has a severe allergy it will already be in a child’s induction records. This will be passed on to key carers and of course the kitchen. Allergy information is displayed in the kitchen on the allergy board and in the dining room with a picture on the allergy board. This ensures that chef knows what food to prepare and the staff know what food to give out. This is a double fail safe routine.
There are no recipes in the setting that contain nuts of any kind and the only food given to the children always passes through the kitchen. This includes shop bought cakes that parents bring in to celebrate special events.
We cook from fresh every day using whole foods. This means that we know exactly what the ingredients in our food are.
If you suspect that your child does have a significant allergic reaction, it is important that they are fully tested so that if they do, you can access training and the setting can be given an epi-pen that can be stored on site.
Despite having children passing through the nursery with allergies it is important to remember that we have never needed to use an epi-pen on site.

They are amazing though aren’t they.

Children never cease to amaze me. They can do astounding things if given the opportunity. One young lady at Danesmoor House completed a floor puzzle all by herself this week.

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So what is so special about this I hear you cry? Well this 3 your old child has performed a complex task that is helping her develop her spatial awareness, her fine and gross motor skills as well as her ability to recognise patterns colours and shapes. She has chosen an activity and sustained both her interest and her concentration until the task was complete. Her key carer recognised that this was an important observation, noted it down and photographed it as evidence that can contribute to her tracking record. This is a fantastic outcome for a three year old child, but it just goes to show you that Danesmoor House Day Nursery is a setting that allows children to grow learn and achieve.

Little Scientists.

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The toddlers in the 2-3 room are busy exploring the natural world around them. They are looking at our new season, autumn.
The team in the 2-3 room have created an environment that enables them to play with soil, use dried leaves for printing and books to help them recognise leaf shapes.

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All this of course links to their outside play which gives them the opportunity to link what they are doing inside with what they can experience outside.

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It keeps them busy and messy while they learn about the world around them through all their senses.