Playing outside encourages children to respect nature, the environment and helps provide some good old fashioned exercise. Flying Colours Nursery is lucky to benefit from our amazing garden with excellent resources and we encourage staff and children to create activities that utilise the excellent resources. But you don’t need to have a big garden or equipment to enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some activities you can do at home to bring the outside in and vice versa.
Why not collect some leaves on your walk home and capture the beautiful details by putting a sheet of paper over the top and rubbing a crayon over it! You could also create an autumn tree collage with the leaves and objects you found outside.
Edinburgh is home to some amazing free parks where children can explore and enjoy seeing the leaves change colour and fall to the ground. You can also experience the beautiful foliage that Scotland has to offer.
To create your own sensory toys, collect some used bottles and wash them out with warm soapy water. Collect items from outside such as acorns, leaves and flowers - the more colourful and noisy the better! Finally, fill the bottles with your items to create some nature sensory bottles to shake and experience!
Always Remember - There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.
The Department of Health and NHS National Services Scotland recently issued an 'Estates and Facilities Alert' about electrical socket covers/protectors. The update concludes that in certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets.
After government planning in the 1940s to improve building standards, the British 13 Amp plug socket is widely considered among the safest in the world. UK plug sockets must by law have an interlocking shutter mechanism to stop the insertion of foreign material into the socket tubes. The act of inserting and removing socket covers can damage this mechanism allowing foreign objects to be inserted directly onto live parts within the socket, thus presenting a risk of electric shock.
The alert recommends:
At Flying Colours Nursery we installed a new RCD protected circuit to ensure the highest safety standards for our staff and children.
You can read the full guidance here, or for more detailed information have a look at www.fatallyflawed.org.uk
We’ve been doing lots of settle-ins in the last 2 weeks at Flying Colours! Just look at these happy faces.
We appreciate that settling a child into nursery can be a difficult and a worrying time for both child and parents. At Flying Colours we aim to provide help to the whole family to ensure a smooth transition for everyone.
Below, you will find our staff’s top tips for parents their settling children into nursery;
Your child will be invited for settle in visits which will give them time to build up a relationship with their new key worker and other people in the nursery. You will spend some time with your child in the nursery to begin with, then gradually leave them for longer periods of time to settle in themselves.
While settling your child into nursery may seem like a daunting and sometimes difficult task, it is also extremely beneficial to their development. We appreciate that each child is different, and at Flying Colours we recognise that children need different amounts of time and a different approach when settling in. We pride ourselves on the personal touch we put into our settle ins - Every child is catered for and treated as the little individual that they are.