We are always looking to improve our garden, and top of the list was a mud kitchen for the children to enjoy. We didn't want an off the shelf option (excuse the pun), we wanted to build something from scratch with recycled materials.
What’s a mud kitchen I hear you ask? A mud kitchen is designed as an outdoor kitchen where children use mud, leaves, twigs and foliage to make their pies and creations. It’s fantastically messy fun for all!
Thanks to parents donating pallets, Stan (maintenance manager) was able to craft a kitchen by adding a sink, some kitchen units, and a wooden hob. We now have a lovely new mud kitchen positioned in the front garden.
The kitchen will be fully functioning with a tap to allow for running water. Some of our staff have provided unwanted pots, pans and utensils. All donations of kitchen utensils will be greatly appreciated.
We all look forward to seeing what the children cook up!
There's always something to do in our garden. Arran and the team have been working away, adding new features and making upgrades. So far this year:
Flying Colours Nursery is delighted to have been shortlisted for the National Day Nursery Associations Nursery Of The Year 2017.
The NDNA Nursery Awards, now in their 14th year, are the only early years awards voted for by parents as well as judged on excellence. This year saw a record response with nearly 200 entries and over 6970 votes from England, Scotland, Wales and Internationally.
As a finalist, we will now undergo a rigorous inspection process looking at the setting, the team, management and our practice. The results from this visit will be presented to a judging panel on the 24th May and a winner will be announced on the 30 June at the NDNA conference being hosted at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
You can view the full shortlist of nurseries on the NDNA website here.
For Red Nose Day 2017, the whole nursery got involved in activities from smoothie making to bobbing for noses. Pre-school made biscuits and toddlers baked cakes which were then on sale for parents to purchase.
Thanks to the generosity of our parents, you've helped to raise £145 for Comic Relief. That money will now be put to work, transforming lives across the UK and the world's poorest communities.
You can donate to our Just Giving page here.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States has produced new guidance that states that babies should be given peanuts early – even at four months old – in order to reduce the risk of allergy. The guidance also states that children with other allergies or severe eczema should start on peanut containing foods between four and six month old (with medical supervision).
The full guidance document is available here.