Nursery World's Noticeboard - Oz day, Burns Night and other goings on

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See what nurseries across the country have been up to.

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OUTSTANDING CELEBRATIONS

Happy Days flagship nursery in Summercourt, Newquay has been celebrating receiving an 'outstanding' grade in its latest Ofsted inspection. Jackie Arthur, managing director of Happy Days Nurseries, said, 'We are delighted with the result as Summercourt is our brand new nursery and it has been developed to lead the industry in terms of environment, learning and what we can offer parents.'

AUSSIE SKYPE CHAT

Children at The Old Station Nursery at Lincoln Marina were given the opportunity to speak to children in Australia through Skype. Nursery manager Sam Waite's sister, Jo Tout, lives in Canberra and arranged for her family to speak to the children about life on the other side of the world. The idea behind the chat was to give children the chance to learn more about Australia and ask the family questions about how they celebrated Australia Day on 26 January last month.

BURNS NIGHT

Bright Horizons' Nursery on the Green and Pre School in Frimley Green, Surrey, took part in Burns Night celebrations. The children were invited to attend nursery in tartan clothes and share a Scottish lunch prepared by the chef. They had the opportunity to bake shortbread biscuits in cookery club and were even visited by a bagpipe player, Oscar. He talked to the children about Burns Night and what he was wearing, and treated them to a performance.

THE ANIMALS TAKE OVER

Kids Planet Day Nurseries in Lymm were visited by 'Animals Take Over' as part of their animals month. The staff and children had the chance to meet a whole array of animals and some of the children were even brave enough to hold snakes, frogs, owls and chinchillas.

FIRST AID SUCCESS

Tootsies Day Nursery in Farnham joined forces with its local St John's Ambulance group to hold a first aid workshop to teach parents about first aid, particularly for young children. They were taught about resuscitation in babies, children and adults and how to deal with choking incidents. More than 50 adults attended and a further event is scheduled for this month.

MAKING A SPLASH

Children at Happy Child Nursery in Shepherd's Bush have been enjoying the wet weather with 'step in a puddle day'. Despite the weather drying up a little the day after, staff ensured the children were able to continue playing in the puddles by splashing buckets of water over the park.

STORY TIME

Little Acorns Day Nursery in Gomersal engaged in literary activities for National Storytelling Week. The children were able to learn about authors and illustrators while being told stories by their practitioners. The children then turned their hand to writing and illustrating their own book about their adventures in the snow. Pre-school leader Yvonne Shaw said, 'Books play a huge part in everything we do in nursery. We use them to support learning and share knowledge with the children. We also read to them in small groups to nurture our key person relationships.'

CLOSE SHAVE

Children at Kiddi Caru in Northampton have been getting messy with shaving foam. In exploring the shape and texture they described it as being cold, soft and feeling like snow. They didn't have to wait long for the real thing.

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