Celebrations, festivals and special events.

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During difficult times we have based our planning on the children’s happiness and wellbeing. We have therefore been focusing on what is important to them, what they like, want and need, and we have particularly enjoyed learning about and celebrating festivals and special events.

Growth and change

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As we think about moving on we worked together on activities that made us think about growth and change. We started with plants including lifecycles and growing cress, beans and flowers, before exploring fruit and vegetables as we began to think about our own health and our own growth.

Sensory play

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Exploring sensory play both inside and out.

Another science experiment as requested by the children.

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The children were still talking about our ‘fun science lesson’ so we thought we should try the ‘skittles’ experiment with them in support of our colour theme this week. We were very impressed with their interest, focus and their patience as they waited for the exciting results, initially watching how to create a skittle rainbow, before having a turn to try independantly. The highlight for the children turned out to be mixing the colours at the end, and finding out what happened to the bottom of the skittles.

Discovery play in the form of a Science experiment

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We provided the children with individual bowls of cornflour, along with water and food colouring for them to combine, explore and play with freely. The children decided to find out what would happen if they also added soap.

Return to pre-school

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We were very pleased to welcome some of our children back to pre-school this week. The children as always made us very proud as they tried hard to follow unfamiliar guidelines and routines. Our focus this week was the children’s wellbeing as we settled back in, and they were clearly pleased to be back enjoying interaction with each other and the staff team. We are looking forward to continuing our journey next week.

New funding options for the September 2017 term

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From September 2017 some children will be able to receive 30 hours free childcare per week. To be eligible to claim this you, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) and earn less than £100,000 per year.

If you think you are eligible then you can check and apply via this link https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/childcare-and-advice-for-parents/free-early-education-and-childcare/free-early-education-and-childcare.aspx

If you are successful you will be given a code which you need to give to us which we can then use to claim your hours on your behalf.

Currently we are able to offer your child 21.5 hours a week.  You may therefore wish to claim your additional entitlement through a second setting or child care provider, including registered childminders.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Thank you to our families for joining us on our Easter Egg Hunt. We walked together through the village assembling at the local recreation ground. Despite the chill, we had lots of fun collecting plastic eggs to fill a giant nest. Lots of energy was expended, including by the staff, who had to keep redistributing the eggs! We exchanged our plastic eggs for a chocolate one (kindly donated by Tesco) on our return to Pre-School.