THREE HAMSTERS GET A NEW HOME
The Old Station Nursery in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, welcomed three new additions to the setting - hamsters Splodge, Nee Knaw and Ga Ga.
The Syrian hamsters, along with cages and bedding, were donated to the nursery by the owners of The Pet Shop and Reptile Ranch, also in Faringdon, whose child attends the setting.
Nursery manager Maggie Barrett said, 'The children were so excited to welcome their new hamsters and spent a great deal of thought choosing names for them.'
The nursery chain's managing director, Sarah Steel, also sent in a picture of Nursery World's youngest reader - 16-month-old Kyle Wade (right).
Children at Kiddi Caru's Caldecotte Day Nursery in Milton Keynes tried their hand at making pizzas and cakes. The children were able to weigh, measure, touch, smell and taste the different ingredients they used to create their culinary masterpieces.
A POOH BEAR PICNIC
Children from Sunbeams Day Nurseries in Harrogate and Leeds celebrated the 130th birthday of AA Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, on 18 January.
The children brought along their favourite teddy bears who joined them for an indoor picnic complete with sandwiches filled with Winnie the Pooh's favourite food, honey. They also listened to stories written by the author and enjoyed teddy bear-themed games.
Thirty-six practitioners from Busy Bees' nurseries in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas celebrated completing the last stage of their training programmes with friends, family and colleagues. A third of those who attended the ceremony achieved the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce, 11 achieved the Level 3 and the final 13 completed their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Management. A number of special awards were also presented for 'outstanding achievement', 'motivation and effort' and 'most impressive career progression.'
A TASTE OF CHINESE
Kidsunlimited Wandsworth nursery has introduced a language and culture programme to support children's overall learning and development.
The ku:language and culture sessions offer children the chance to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, write some Chinese characters and join in with activities such as Tai Chi and paper cutting.
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