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Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:30am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm

 

Spaces now available!

 

 

 

Diary Dates

Autumn Term  2017:

First day:  Tuesday 5th September

Half term:  Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

Last day:   Friday 15th December

 

Spring Term 2018:

First day:   Wednesday 3rd January 

Half Term: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd February

Last day: Thursday 29th March

 

Summer Term 2018:

First day:  Monday 16th April 

May Bank holiday: Monday 7th May 

Half term:  Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 

Term ends: Friday 20th July 

 

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Letter to the Queen!

 Recently, the children at our Breakfast and After School Club were showing lots of interest in the Queen.  They had plenty of questions which we did our best to answer but then decided that perhaps the children could write to the Queen with their questions instead.  Children spent time and effort writing their letters and drawing pictures for her and then walked to the Post Office in Ledbury to post it.

 

Stay and Play - Summer Term (2)

 On Wednesday morning, we held our fnal stay and play session of this school year.  It coincided with our 'Marlon Day' so it was a great opportunity for parents, siblings and other family members to meet the notorious Marlon.  Although some parents were already aware of Marlon, some were unsure who or what he was.  We explained that he is a green, round soft toy who is a friend to everyone.  He has been so popular with the children all year that it didn't seem right to end the year without a Marlon celebration.

 

The morning started with a special circle time where Marlon was used for circle games, encouraging the children to listen and join in with the songs.  Afterwards, decorating biscuits to look like Marlon was a popular activity.  Some of them were very accurate indeed!

 

There were also opportunities to explore the green rice, thinking about ways to move it between the bottles.  Children and parents could decorate paper plates to look like Marlon too.  Holly did a great job of face painting and the children were delighted to see themselves look like Marlon.

 

Last Forest School Session of the School Year

 On Tuesday afternoon, the Butterfly group were excited to particiapte in their final Forest School session of this school year.  Last week, they talked about having a fire and what they would like to cook on it.  The children had many suggestions but managed to narrow it down to:

* Cakes (welsh cakes)

* Watermelon

* Marshmallows

* Bananas

 

The children excitedly got ready for the session whilst Fay lit the fire in the pit.  When we got down to the Forest School area, we sat around the log circle where we went through the rules of the fire.  We then made our way round to the fire pit, sitting on the logs surrounding it so we weren't too close.  We watched the flames and listened to the sticks make a cracking sound as they burned.

 

 The children were given half a banana which had a slit lengthways along it.  They then pushed chocolate buttons into the slit before wrapping the banana in tin foil.  Fay carefully placed the bananas around the fire so they would warm through and melt the chocolate.  While these were cooking, Fay gave each child a piece of dough which they flattened out before choosing a topping - grated cheese or raisins.  These were then cooked on a baking sheet on the fire.  While we waited, we all had a slice of watermelon.

 

Soon, the bananas were ready so Emma, Fay and Michelle carefully unwrapped the foil and checked they weren't too hot before giving to the children.  There was much delight as the children scooped out the chocolatey banana, licking their fingers to make sure there was none wasted!  The welsh cakes took a little longer to cook so we all had a slice of watermelon while we waited.  We talked about the colours of it, outside and inside and whether we had tried it before.  Some of us held it and were surprised how heavy it was.

 

Once we had finished our feast, Fay asked how we could put the fire out.  "Water" replied Basia.

 

We had time for a play in the Forest School area before rejoining the log circle where Fay handed our certificates. 

 

What a great afternoon!

An Afternoon of Outdoor Play

 We love playing outdoors at Busy Bees and like to provide many activities for the children to enjoy and explore.  Last Friday, the whole group spent the entire afternoon outside.  The children chose where they would like to play and what they would like to play with.  The mud kitchen was particularly popular where lots of meals were cooked including stew, salad, soup, pies and cakes.  Some children chose to bug hunt, using the identification posters to find out what they had discovered hiding under the logs and tyres.  Other children preferred to read books, construct with the soft shapes, play in the tee-pee or role play around the log circle.

 

Train Station Visit

 Children at Preschool have recently shown lots of interest in transport, particularly trains. We'd already llooked at photographs on the iPads of trains and stations but the children wanted to see a "real life train." On Friday 30th June, we took our Butterfly group for a walk to Ledbury train station.

The children walked really sensibly, chatting away excitedly about what they were going to see.  When we arrived at the station, we waited patiently in the shelter for the train to arrive.  It was a little late so we listened to the announcements made by the station master. 

Busy Bees Relocation

Busy Bees have been given notice to leave the Portacabin as of October 31st 2017.  We are in the process of securing new premises which will be within walking distance of LPS.  Should the plans not come to fruition by the time we have to vacate, we will relocate to the Children's Centre temporarily until the end of July 2018 should we need to.

 

Swimming Pool Visit

 This morning, a group of us visited the newly refurbished Ledbury Swimming Pool. 

 

We had to take our socks and shoes off to walk through the changing rooms and the children managed this brilliantly.  Well done, Busy Bees! 

 

The pool wasn't open for public swimming as it was a staff training morning.  We got to see the lifeguards jumping in the pool, 'saving' each other which led on to us discussing water safety with the children.  Some of the Busy Bees children in the group have swimming lessons in the pool and chatted happily to us about their experiences.  Others talked about wearing swimming costumes and goggles.

 

"I have pink goggles" - Sophie, 4

"My goggles are magic" - Mollie, 3

"Blue goggles" - Linas, 3

 

September Spaces

 We are now taking bookings for September 2017!!

 

We have spaces available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to start this Autumn term at Busy Bees.  From this September, some children may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare - parents can check their eligibility here:

 

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

 On May 18th, we celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day at Busy Bees.  This is a global campaign aimed at celebrating and inspiring outdoor play.  The staff were challenged to come up with activities for particular areas, such as mark making, Forest School fun, water play and physical development.  They all did amazingly well to plan some fun, stimulating and exciting activities for the day which helped the day go so fantastically well.

 

Here are some photos of our fun:

 

We enjoyed mark making on our 'every child is an artist' board and using the cars in paint and rolling them down the slide.

Betty the Tarantula

Today, Hollie brought in a tarantula named Betty to visit the children.  Betty is a Chilean Rose tarantula.  She came in to Breakfast Club where the children were excited to learn lots of interesting facts, listening intently and asking interesting questions.  The grown ups were a little more reluctant to get up close to look inside Betty's tank but soon became a little braver as the morning went on.