- People and places all fired up

Children from Walford Pre-School in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, got touse a real fireman's hose to put out an imaginary fire when theWhitchurch firecrew came to teach them about fire safety and what to dowhen they hear a fire alarm.

- Top quality

Sunshine Day Nursery in Longton, Lancashire, has achieved LancashireCounty Council's Step into Quality award, a quality assurance schemewhich supports childcare providers in reflecting on their current goodpractice and ways they can improve. Nursery manager Elis Vanden said,'This award recognises our commitment to providing top-class care forour children, but we're not resting on our laurels and have alreadystarted working towards Stage Two of the award.'

- Just hatched

Children from Footsteps Day Nursery in Tamworth, Staffordshire, wereexcited to find that the eight eggs they were keeping in an incubatorhad hatched into chicks. Nursery manager Kelly Allum said, 'The childrengave all the chicks names and drew lots of pictures.'

- Making a difference

Thorney Close Children's Centre in Sunderland has been rated 'good' byOfsted in its latest inspection. Inspectors praised centre staff fortheir determination to make a difference and their passion for childrenand families.

- Happy 100th birthday

Emma, a 100-year-old resident of the Lea nursing home in Rothwell,Leeds, had a visit from children from the Little Acorns nursery nextdoor who came to wish her a happy birthday. They sang Emma the HappyBirthday song and presented her with a box of chocolates.

- Yoga with mum

Sunbeams Pre-School in Alderholt, Dorset, invited parents to a specialyoga session in celebration of the children reaching Level 1 in theirweekly Yoga Bugs class.


- Sing and sign

Early years settings and schools are invited to help SignHealth, thehealthcare charity for deaf people, in its attempt to break an officialGuinness World Record for the most people singing and using signlanguage at the same time. The Sign2Sing world record attempt will seeparticipants perform the New Seekers song 'I'd Like to Teach the Worldto Sing' on 9 February. Settings who register to take part in the eventwill receive a resource pack including a training DVD featuring Olli theMonkey. For information visit


Mark-making took a new twist when staff at Larkswood Nursery inChingford, London, filled rainy day puddles in the playground withwashing-up liquid and let the children create all manner of lines andshapes using pushbrooms and the wheels of their trikes.

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