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Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:30am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm

 

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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 

 

Lottery funded

Rocket Science Experiment

 We are currently taking part in a 'Rocket Science' experiment which is running in partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency.  

On September 2nd last year, two kilograms of rocket seed blasted off into space from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.  They travelled on board the Soyuz 44S rocket on their way to the International Space Station where they would be stored in microgravity.  Having spent six months on board the ISS with our own British Astronaut, Tim Peake, the seeds made their way back down to Earth with Scott Kelly on 2nd March.  


We began the Rocket Science experiment on 12th April, having received the information pack and two packs of seeds during the Easter holidays.  Each pack contained 100 seeds, with one pack having been in space whilst the other remained on Earth - we don't know which is which so are excited to monitor the growth, observing any differences.  Over the next 35 days, the children will be waiting for the first shoots to appear, measuring the growth and making comparisons which will be uploaded to a national database.  The findings will be analysed and published for everyone to see.

 

Spring Walks

 Since the start of the Summer term, our focus has been 'Ready, Steady, Grow' which has developed from the children's interests before Easter.  As part of this, we have been out and about hunting for signs of Spring.  We've enjoyed visiting our Wildflower garden just off the Town Trail and walking around New Mills to see if there is any frog spawn in the little stream.

 

Last week, we explored the school grounds using the iPads and digital cameras to photograph our findings - the children also enjoyed taking photos of each other!  On our way, the children were encouraged to use their senses and talk about what they could see, hear and smell around them.  First of all, we heard our footsteps as we marched across the playground.  Then we stood very still, listening for environmental sounds around us.

 

"I can hear the birds singing" - Charlie, 4

"There's a dog barking" - Leo, 4

"There's more birds now." - Lola, 2

"I can hear a car on the road." - Mason, 3

"What are those birds saying?" - Charlie, 4

 

We used spotter sheets to record what we had spotted and to practise our mark making skills.  The children were pleased to have found many signs of Spring including daffodils, blossom, frog spawn in the pond, buds, minibeasts and birds collecting nesting materials.

 

September Sessions 2016 - Preschool

 Although we have only just entered the Spring term, the Autumn term is already beckoning.  If your child is already with us and you would like to change their sessions from September, now is the time to tell us.  If you're looking for childcare from the Autumn term, then we would welcome you contacting us for a visit or more information on what we can offer you and your child.  

 

Why choose Busy Bees?

Easter Stay & Play

On Tuesday afternoon, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  These are a fabulous opportunity for parents, carers, younger siblings and other family members to come along and join us in craft and cookery activities as well as stories and rhymes.

 

This half term, our stay and play had an Easter theme.  We enjoyed exploring the Forest School area where we tried large scale mark making, played in the Mud Kitchen, hunted for bugs, planted sunflowers and joined in with an Easter egg hunt.

 

Afterwards, we returned indoors to greet our special visitors - two fluffy rabbits from Newbridge Farm Park.  The rabbits were named Anna and Elsa which made them even more appealing!  The children were very gentle and calm as they stroked them and tried feeding them carrots.

 

We would like to thank Vivie and her mum, Katie, for bringing the rabbits along to show us.  Newbridge opens for Easter this Friday.  You can find more information here: newbridgefarmpark.com/

 

Here are some photos from our wonderful afternoon:

 

Forest School Play

This morning, after baking our animal shaped biscuits, we went down to explore the Forest School. We enjoyed feeding the birds, breaking up the bread into pieces and measuring out seed.  We used our new binoculars to spy birds but Leo commented that "that they won't come over as they are with their Mums."  Although we didn't see any birds, we did see lots of children playing the playground.  We thought about how they looked far away without the binolculars but close up with them.

The jungle phone was used to make calls to each other, practising our speaking and listening skills.  There was also time for bug hunting and looking for signs of Spring.  Kayden spotted the daffoldils, noticing their bright yellow colour.  We found lots of sticks which we used to practise our mathematical language - long, short, big, little.  

We also enjoying playing hide and seek in the tipi, looking in the mirrors, playing tag and exploring the bendy willow sticks.

**** September Bookings ****

We are now taking Preschool bookings for September for children aged two, three and four years.  If you will be looking for childcare from the Autumn term, please have a look around our website or Facebook page to see what we have to offer your family.  We welcome visitors to Busy Bees so please give us a call to arrange a time to be shown around.  

 

Music Pool

 Since the beginning of January, the Preschool children have been enjoying music and movement sessions with Alison from the Music Pool in Hereford.  We have invested some of our Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding in the sessions as we believe the experiences will impact on learning and development as music, movement and song can:

* improve children's confidence 
* help with personal, social, emotional and creative development
* increase language and numeracy skills
* refine listening skills as children notice changes in tempo or pitch
* improve balance, coordination, and rhythm through dance and movement activities   
* improve small motor skills‐learning finger plays and playing musical instruments
* develop large motor skills
 

Here are some photos from our sessions:

We begin by seeing if we have our voices ready.  This could be our singing, whispering, grumpy, squeaky or thinking voice.  The children enjoy telling Alison which voice they have today!

Walk to Clarks and the Post Office

 Last week, we were thinking all about balloons which involved floating and sinking, using them to develop our physical skills, investigating number, size and colour and for creative activities.  This led on to exploring measurements as we thought about how high a balloon could go in the air, how far a balloon could travel and how it expands when filled with air.

 

On Friday, we decided to take this interest in measurements further by thinking about what else we could measure, beginning with our feet.  A small group of children were taken into Ledbury to visit Clarks shoe shop.  Afterwards, we called in to the Post Office to investigate how Jodie's parcels were weighed and the cost calulcated.

 

Here are some photos of our adventure:

Christmas Stay and Play

Every half term, we hold a stay and play session for parents and carers.  This is an opportunity for the children's family members to come into the setting to join in with craft and cookery activities as well as story and song time.  

 

These events are always well attended and we are pleased to say that our Christmas session didn't disappoint.  Parents, carers, grandparents and siblings enjoyed making Christmas tree decorations, baking biscuits and a seasonal story of 'Bless You Santa'.  Afterwards, the children sang Christmas songs to their family members including 'Twinkle Twinkle', 'Jingle Bells', 'When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.  

 

Here are some photographs of our afternoon: 

Houses and Homes

 This week and last, we have been thinking about construction.  We've been looking at photos of local landmarks including the Church, Market House, War Memorial and Train Station.

To follow on from this, we went on a walk to look at buildings in the local neighbourhood.