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The Hive

Bye Street

Ledbury

Herefordshire

HR8 2AG

 

 

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 

 

Lottery funded

A Gorgeous Spring Afternoon

 It was such a lovely afternoon today that we all went down to the Forest School area to play.  We enjoyed digging, building, bug hunting, running, balancing, climbing, singing, playing games and engaging in imaginary play.  Here are some photos of our wonderful afternoon in the sunshine.

Jack in the Beanstalk Fun

 We recently explored the subject of growth and planted some runner beans which quickly led on to an interest in 'Jack in the Beanstalk.'  This really captured the children's imagination and we were impressed with how they incorporated the book in to their play.  We saw some fabulous creations which the children built using both small and large wooden blocks, Duplo, Lego, pegs and peg board and tree stumps.  We used the opportunity to encourage the children to build on their mathematical language by using vocabularly such as:

* Big/bigger/biggest

* Small/smaller/smallest

* Tall/taller/tallest

* Short/shorter/shortest

* More/less/extra/add/take away

 

We also used positional language including behind/on top/next to/under etc.

 

We measured and recorded the growth of beanstalks grown in jam jars so we could see the roots and shoots appear.  

 

Here are some photos of the fun we have been having:

Vacancy

 We currently have two vacancies which could either be taken by two people as two separate roles or the positions could be combined to create a role for one person.

 

Stay and Play - Valentines

 On Thursday 12th February, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for parents, carers, grandparents and younger siblings to join us at Busy Bees for a craft  and cookery activity, story and singing.  Aside from the set stay and play sessions, parents are welcome to stay whenever they wish - we love having you along!

This one had a Valentines theme and we made and decorated heart biscuits and made colourful hanging hearts at the craft table.  We ended the session with a story of Guess How Much I Love You and enjoyed using the Sing it Bag to choose songs to sing with those who came along to play with us.

Our recent stay and play had a fantastic turnout - it was lovely to see so many of you, especially the younger siblings who enjoyed playing with the toys and resources, listening to a story and exploring the setting.

Here are some photos of the afternoon:

Vacancy

 We currently have two positions available at Busy Bees.  These can be taken by the same person or by two different people.  The vacancies are as follows:



Position: Term Time Assistant/Holiday Club Manager

Tesco Farm to Fork Visit

 On Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon this week, the children in our Butterfly group visisted Tesco, Ledbury as part of the nationwide Farm to Fork initiative.  The aim of this is to encourage children to develop an interest in where their food comes from.  You can find out more about Farm to Fork here:

 

www.eathappyproject.com/farm-to-fork/

 

Stay and Play - Christmas (2)

 On Tuesday morning, we held our second stay and play session for Christmas.  We began the morning with a Nativity where the children dressed in traditional costumes and sang songs including Twinkle Twinkle, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Visit to the Church and Library

 As this week is the last week of the term before we break up for Christmas, we have been having lots of festive fun.  However, it is important for us to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas.  On Tuesday afternoon, we took all of the children to St Michael and All Angels Church.

Christmas Stay & Play

 This afternoon, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  Parents and grandparents joined us from 2pm and we began by singing some of our favourite songs.  

Katie led the singing....we were particulalry impressed with the parents.  Very tuneful!

 

Forest School - Autumn term

 Fay, our qualified Forest School Leader began leading Forest School sessions at the start of the Autumn term.  The children in our Butterfly group, all due to start school next September, enjoy Forest School sessions every Wednesday afternoon.  Fay and Jodie support the children to get ready for the sessions, although we do encourage the children to put on their coats and wellies independently as much as possible.  They then visit the woodland area to the rear of Busy Bees where the one and a half hour sessions are held.  

Each block of sessions runs for six weeks with Fay planning fun, motivating and challenging activities for the children to participate in.  As well as a structured adult led activity, children have free choice over the games they would like to play and some of the activities they would like to do.  Particular favourites are hide and seek, exploring the digging pit and bug hunting.  Some of the activities Fay has previously planned include den building, clay play, making charcoal for mark making and making wooden dolly peg 'Guys' for Guy Fawkes Day.

At the end of each block of sessions, the group have a fire as they sit around the log circle.  The previous five weeks build up to this event, with the children learning the essential rules associated with the fire and log circle.  When the group have their next fire, they will be cooking toast and beans!

Below, you will see a selection of photos of the children at Forest School.