Forest school Training. Day one.

A big thank you Dave Churchward, our Forest School tutor and general action man. Today has been spent learning about our woodland, from different types of trees, to the structure of the forest A lot of book learning and admin and then out into the forest in the pouring rain where I found one of these frogs!

What today has really been about is the need for clear thinking about minimising risk to children and how we do that in a systematic way so that they can understand and access activities we might shy away from. On top of that there has been an afternoon of practical work with bow saws and loppers as well as time for reflection on how children learn and how we build up their resilience by setting them up to succeed by concentrating on small processes rather than outcomes. 

I made a star out of lopped beech and coasters out of sawed birch. Both activities that we can replicate with the children. 

What is clear is that the forest schools holistic approach to children’s learning is something we can all benefit from. I have ended the day tired but very pleased to be involved. The process will last until June. There is much reading and work to be done however I have to say that I am really enjoying it. 

Tonight’s essential reading is on knots, fire lighting, fire safety and forest management. I just hope my matches didn’t get too soggy in all this rain! The weather will be better tomorrow


Congratulations to Hannah!

We’d like to say a big congratulations to Hannah who has today graduated with a 2:2 in her Childhood Studies Degree! Hannah has been with us since she was a Level 3 student and it has been a pleasure to watch her professional career develop. We’re sure you will agree she is a credit to herself and her team.

This now brings our number of Graduate Practitioners to three with a further member of staff working towards it.


Hannah Beck, Graduate Practitioner

Pre-school Football Sessions!


At Danesmoor House Day Nursery we are very lucky to have visits from Coach Shane every Wednesday afternoon.

Research has shown that football develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches children the importance of teamwork, so it can play an important part in your child’s physical and social development. It requires children to sprint after the ball and jog up and down the field, which are activities that build endurance and speed. Dribbling and shooting the ball develops agility and coordination. The health benefits of active sports such as football include stronger bones and muscles, decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and decreased chance of becoming overweight.

Furthermore aerobic exercise causes the heart to beat faster. When aerobic exercise occurs regularly, it “strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells.”

All our pre-school children have the option of taking part in football sessions. Furthermore, anyone who has signed up for nursery grant sessions for either January or April 2017 can pop along and participate in the sessions now. The cost is £3.50 per session and starts at 1pm until 1.30pm on Wednesdays.

Don’t forget any children signed up for January or April 2017 Nursery Education Grant sessions are also eligible for 3 hours free childcare per week, beginning as soon as your child turns 3!

Artist in Residence

At Danesmoor we are extremely fortunate to have an Artist in Residence visit us once a week. Sara is also a Qualified Teacher and the work she has done with our children is out of this world – some of you may remember how excited the children were when the Fairies visited us and created their very own fairy garden!

Up until now, Sara has focused mainly in the pre-school but she will now spend time in every one of our rooms from our smallest babies right up until our after-school children. We can’t wait to see what exciting work she will create next!

You can visit Sara’s own Facebook Page at

She will also be at the Festival of Thrift, Lingfield Point this weekend so do pop over and say hello.


Free Childcare as soon as your child turns 3!

IMG_4346.JPGEvery child in the UK is currently entitled to 15 hours free Nursery Education Grant from the term after their 3rd birthday. However, at Danesmoor House Day Nursery, all new customers signing up for a January 2017 nursery grant start before October the 31st, will be offered 3 hours a week absolutely free* as soon as your child turns 3!

Danesmoor provides a rich and stimulating experience for your child, a pre school run by a Qualified Early Years Teacher, an Artist in Residence on a Tuesday and a Football coach on a Wednesday. Your child will enjoy stories, friendship, fresh air and lots of fun. The only question is what will you do with your free time?


*Free Care subject to advanced sign up for January 2017, eligibility for NEG in January 2017 and minimum of 6 month attendance or charges for childcare will apply.

Live Life on the Veg!

The lovely people from Riverford Organic Farmers will be visiting us at nursery tomorrow (Tuesday 13th September) to set up a stall between 3pm and 6pm. The children have already tasted their gorgeous fruit boxes and we look forward to welcoming them into nursery to hear more about how they grow and harvest their produce.

If you are unfamiliar with Riverford, they have been growing organic veg since 1987, choosing varieties for flavour and looking after our soil, wildlife and birds. Every day they pick, pack and deliver the very best from our fields straight to customer’s doorsteps. Their veg boxes recently won ‘Ethical product of the decade’ at the Observer awards.

Their charity partner Send a Cow also helps African families and orphans to grow their way out of poverty. Like them, they believe in good farming as the source of food, lives and communities.

If you’d like to help, there are different ways you can donate.

– Add a £1 donation to Send a Cow to any Riverford order you purchase.
– Refer a friend to Riverford and they’ll donate £10 on your behalf
– Email them on or call 01803 762059 if you’d like to donate.

Pop along to the see them tomorrow to find out more and taste some free samples. You will also be able to take advantage of a special offer on the day.

You can find out more by visiting

Your Children and E-Safety.

Many children who attend the setting will already have access to the internet, whether that be through a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Access to computer programmes and apps at the setting are restricted to pre loaded software selected by the practitioners. None of the children will have access to the internet in any shape or form. Children only have access to designated tablets with access to the Wi Fi network password protected.

Practitioners in the setting have access to Nursery tablets to enable them to use the 2 simple app, which is used to track pupil progress. These are connected securely to a central data base that is password protected and allows photos of your child to be securely updated. They are used for this purpose only.

Staff do not have access to the internet other than through the office computers and these are used for work related activities.

Click here to watch a short E Safety video with your child.