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 help@riverford.co.uk 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 http://www.riverford.co.uk/aboutus/riverforddeal

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.

 

 

We are becoming a Forest School!

We at Danesmoor have begun the process of becoming one of the first accredited Forest Schools in the region. The process should take around 6 months and once we have been assessed and qualified we will be entitled to join the Forest School Association. This is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all’. Only accredited Forest School Practitioners and Schools are able to join this body.

What is a Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

Key Findings

Research has shown that Forest Schools increase young people’s self-confidence and self-esteem and evaluation suggests Forest Schools make a difference in the following ways:

  • Confidence: children had the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence
  • Social skills: children gained increased awareness of the consequences of their actions on peers through team activities such as sharing tools and participating in play
  • Communication: language development was prompted by the children’s sensory experiences
  • Motivation: the woodland tended to fascinate the children and they developed a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time
  • Physical skills: these improvements were characterised by the development of physical stamina and gross and fine motor skills
  • Knowledge and understanding: the children developed an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment

We are extremely fortunate to have an extensive wooded area within our grounds. We therefore intend to practice the Forest School Ethos alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage to give all our children a truly unique and rounded experience.

Look out for further updates on our Facebook Page where we will share lots of photographs and blogs showing our training experiences, beginning 19th September!

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Maths Champions Research Project

Work begins this term on the Maths Champions Research Project, in conjunction with Durham University and the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association). Maths Champions is initially a year long programme which supports children and staff by embedding maths into play and activities. Led by a designated graduate member of staff (in our case our Qualified Early Years Teacher, Rachel) its aim is to build confidence in maths among children and practitioners.maths20champions20logo

95% of Maths Champions have found improvements in children’s maths development!

Creative Outcomes.

  
Sarah and the children have being getting creative on the topic of dinosaurs. After making their dinosaur cave, Sarah got them started on looking at shapes of bones made out of cardboard. The children painted them white, and today we hung the bones up. We now have our very own dinosaur. Big creative outcomes can be achieved with the children if they only have to do little bits at a time. We are now going to ask the children to come up with a name for this terrifying beast!

New Term, new look.

We have had a busy summer making important changes to our pre-school and car park.  

 
The changes to the pre school room are aimed at improving the opportunities for pre school. The layout has completely changed and new furniture installed to increase engagement in all the learning areas. The dining room has been moved into what was the 0-1 room and this has enabled us to increase the space available for the children without increasing the capacity of the pre school. This will improve your child’s daily experience and build on the excellent work already being done with the children.  

    
 There is a second round of pre-school investment to be made in December.

Outside the car park is being improved to increase the number of drop off and pick up points and the driveway being made wider to reduce congestion at the entrance at busy times. 

The next major set of works will be completed in the outside area in December. A decked outside area will become an out door classroom and dining space for children and the level of the garden will be raised and a sports grass surface will be used to improve drainage.

The community room is also moving downstairs to provide extra space for the 18 month to three age group. Giving them access to 2 large rooms and a dedicated sleep room upstairs. 

We hope you all feel the benefit of these changes and would ask you to bear with us whilst changes are being made.