SAVE THE DATE
Lollipops Ladies Night
Just a little note to ask you to pencil us in your diaries on Friday 11th November from 7pm onwards for our Christmas Fayre Ladies Event.
This will be an evening host to a variety of craft stalls, pamper treatments and our grand prize draw, offering you a chance to get a head start on your Christmas Shopping!
The Olympic Games - Rio 2016
We will be holding a series of Olympic fun days at nursery to celebrate the Rio games. These will include "Around the world" "Olympic Games" "Water fun" "Craft Day" and "Rio Carnival". These themed days will offer a range of activities for your children to explore within their normal nursery day.
We will be tasting foods from Rio and having Olympic themed snacks. Throughout the fortnight we also welcome your children to come to nursery dressed as their favourite sporting hero.
If you as parents/carers have any further ideas, we would love to hear them. Please let your child’s Key Person know and we can incorporate these into our planned celebrations.
The Lollipops Team
We have had a very busy term in Preschool with our trip to Newbridge Farm Park and visits from teachers from across the county who look forward to welcoming your little ones in September.
Tomorrow we have our annual Graduation BBQ for all of our preschool children and their families. This is a special occasion for us to celebrate y0our child's journey and achievements throughout their time with us at Lollipops.
We are delighted to announce we have entertainment from "Make My Day" Events with Belle, Cinderella, Captain America and Spiderman joining us to celebrate.
We have Heggies pork rolls and a BBQ with a free raffle, and of course the presentation of graduation certificates and goody bags for all of the children who are off on their next adventure.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have made such precious memories with your children over the years and we will miss each and every one of them. We wish them all the luck in the world at school and hope that you are able to find time to pop in and see us in the future, as we love to know how they are all getting on.
Puppet Show For Preschool
On Tuesday 5th July 2016 we have organised for the Preschool children to see a puppet show at Widemarsh Children’s Centre. The show will be the tale “Little Bo Peep” and is being put on especially for our Preschool children by Sealegs Puppet Theatre. All the children are welcome to come to the show, those that are in nursery on a Tuesday will be walked to the children’s centre by nursery staff having carried out a full risk assessment.
We currently have a waiting list in operation at Lollipops Nursery as we have no available spaces at present.
We are however, happy to take bookings for places for your little ones on our waiting list. This applies to all spaces required from July 2016 onwards only, as we have nothing available before then. (With the exception of our Robin Room, providing care for babies aged from 3 months - 1 year)
All spaces are secured following a deposit being placed. For further information or to discuss your childcare needs please do not hesitate to get in touch with Lol or Naomi on 01432 342119 at anytime or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent and Carer's Voice
In order to continually monitor and improve quality as a nursery and ensure positive partnerships with parents and carers, we are looking to initiate a Parent and Carer’s Voice group. This concept would be similar to school P.T.A groups, getting together on a regular basis to discuss various aspects of nursery life such as fundraising activities, social events, new resources and to help implement changes.
Lollipops Parent & Carer’s Voice will be a friendly, relaxed group of parents, carers, staff and nursery friends, who meet up on regular occasions. The aim is to establish links between Lollipops and families, in order to help ensure a strong partnership throughout your child’s time at Lollipops Nursery.
This would be a very informal commitment with meetings potentially taking place on quarterly basis. Anybody can join and contribute at any time, even if you are unable to attend meetings in person any ideas can be emailed to email@example.com or discussed at nursery.
If you feel this is something you might be interested in becoming part of please let us know in person, by email or by simply coming along to our first meeting on Monday 22nd February 2016 at 6pm at nursery. We will use this initial get together to get to know each other and discuss suitable meeting dates/times and a possible agenda for the term. We look forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you there!
August has been jam packed with outings within the community! Our Parrot and Preschool children all enjoyed a trip to Broad Street Dental Surgery for their open day. The children had chance to sit in the dentists chair, look at the equipment and listen to stories about dental hygiene. The children all had a goody bag and a sticker from the dentist to bring back to nursery. We will be extending this by having a teeth week when we discuss the importance of daily tooth brushing and our preschool children have shown in interest in doctors following this trip, leading to a new role play area.
We had a visit from Zoo Lab who came in to nursery to provide a "Wriggly Roadshow" for our Penguin and Butterfly children. This included snakes, Spiders, Rats and Centipedes alongside many more! Lots of the children were very brave touching various animals!
We have had several visits to the sand pit in High Town allowing the children to experience vast quantities of sand for open ended play. The penguins have shown an interest in posting objects leading to a trip to the post office to post letter back to nursery.
Our Preschool children enjoyed a trip to Play Planet to celebrate going to big school which they all loved!
Our new Sensory Room has proved a huge hit with our little ones with daily activities tailored to individual children's needs.
We cant quite believe how quickly the summer holidays have flown by! We have waved goodbye to all of our school leavers now and wish them lots of luck on their exciting new adventure at school!
We have welcomed lots of new starters ready for the new term who all seem to have settled in really well having taken advantage of our extensive settling in procedure.
July has seen the "end of an era" for 68 of our Preschool children who have left us to go off on their new adventure to school. We all had a lovely day at Dick Whittington Farm Park for our leavers trip and had an emotional Saturday at our Graduation BBQ with surprise visits from Superman, Elsa and Anna! We had graduation presentations and a yummy BBQ alongside Heggies Pig Roast This was a lovely opportunity to say goodbye to our little ones, to celebrate their achievements and thank parents and carers for choosing Lollipops for their precious children.
We are delighted to announce that we are having a brand new sensory room installed at Lollipops! Work will start week commencing 6 July 2015 and the project should be completed within three days.
We have chosen a company called "Sensory Technology" who have designed the room to our specifications and will supply and install the equipment using experienced, D.B.S checked engineers.
The room will boast padded walls and flooring to provide a soft and comfortable environment for the children. The equipment chosen includes an interactive Borealis tube which is a fantastic new product that uses LED lights to create some amazing bright dancing light sequences within a tube. This will be surrounded by Acrylic Mirrors to reflect the light effect. We are also having a fibre optic harness, a tactile light source for the children to interact with. A Solar LED Projector will be installed with changeable effects wheels to create a range of environments. A Mirror Ball with LED Pinspot will be included projected different colours onto the ceiling and walls. Also included are LED colour changing mood lights to instantly change the colour of the room with a wireless softplay cube switch for children to control the colour with a roll of the cube! An I-Digital LED Infinity Panel will be fitted onto the wall which creates the illusion of having an endless tunnel of light. It also contains an in-built microphone to give children a different interactive feature - as they make a sound in front of it the lights will dance and change colour depending on the pitch and volume received. We have also got an Interactive UV Tactile Activity Panel being installed giving the children a selection of different textures and shapes to explore. When the UV lights are on, each of the items on the board will glow in vivid, fluorescent colours. It has a range of textures, colours and finger mazes to give children different items to discover. We will finally be installing a UV Flood Light - this will allow the room to become multi functional with opportunities for children to create glow in the dark pictures and explore with UV facepaints etc.
We are so excited and will post some photographs in our Gallery of the changes within the room and of course photographs of the finished sensory room. We are so excited!!
Shhhhhh! We have some very exciting news. We have just paid the deposit for our next exciting nursery project. The children are going to love it and we can't wait to unveil it to you all! All will be revealed in due course!
This month we have welcomed several teachers from various schools across Herefordshire into nursery to meet their new pupils, ready for school in September. Our preschool leavers trip has been booked for June 2015. This year we are off to Dick Wittington Farm Park in Gloucester to make lots of memories with the children before they leave for school.
Our Preschool children are currently enjoying developing their self help skills - staff have provided a school role play area for children to spend time trying on and dressing up in different school uniforms in order to help their understanding of what is to come during the transition process.
Please click on our gallery tab to have a look at some of the children's beautiful entries to our annual Easter competition. We have had various bonnets and gardens, all of which were fantastic and very creative! All children who entered have received a certificate to say "well done" and of course, a yummy Easter egg as a special treat from the Easter Bunny!
The Parrot room and Preschool have both had a special delivery from Insect Lore...! Our very own caterpillars to watch grow. The children have enjoyed learning about life cycles and sequencing what will happen to our little caterpillars. We can't wait to see if any turn into beautiful butterflies!
We have Concept Photography booked in for the 16th & 17th April, please ensure you speak to your child Key Person to book your child in.
We are very excited to announce that we have some very special new friends!
We have some little fairies who have set up home within our sensory garden! We came to nursery on Monday morning and there they were - beautiful fairies and some lovely little gnomes enjoying our Lollipops garden! We hope they are here to stay and look forward to spending time in their garden with them and seeing what they get up to!
(Please see our gallery to have a peek at their lovely little garden.)
Apologies about the lack of "News"... The months are just flying by! The countdown to Christmas was a hive of activity with our 2 Nativity productions, Trips to the Courtyard Theatre and lots of lively Christmas parties! We are now well and truly into the new year! We all had a lovely break for Christmas and have all returned to nursery with lots of energy and enthusiasm, excited for what 2015 has to offer at Lollipops.
January has seen lots of our little ones move into the next room, staff supported these transitions with lots of love and support. We have also welcomed some new babies to Lollipops, who all seem to have settled well. We are all very excited about becoming part of their early years journey at Lollipops. The children have all had lovely tales to tell about their magical visits from Santa. and have given us lots of ideas to extend within our short term planning.
February has included "Red Day" in aid of the British Heart Foundation which helped us raise £38 towards the charity. A group of our Butterfly children then visited the B.H.F charity shop in High Town to hand in our donation. We have celebrated Valentines Day and Chinese New Year and have delved into several different child led themes within the play rooms. Preschool have shown a real interest in Safari animals which has instigated a Safari themed role play area, whereas the Parrot Room are looking at Pirates and will be having a "Pirate" week during the first week of March, with party food and lots of themed activities.
We have received lots of lovely feedback from our annual questionnaires which is always so nice to decimate to our hardworking team. We had some feedback regarding the door bell which you will be pleased to know has now been rectified.
September welcomes the return of our students. we have two new girls from Hoople training who attend 5 days per week and have settled in really well warming to the children within their new rooms. We also have 3 girls who are still in school who come to Lollipops once a week to gain valuable hands on experience in childcare.
We have said a final farewell to all our school leavers and wish them lots of luck at school! We are missing their little characters already!
We have had lots of new children starting with us over the summer, especially in the baby room . We are delighted to say they are settling in really well taking to life at Lollipops with ease.
We have had Venesta into nursery to measure up for new toilet cubicles in our three children's toilet areas. These have now been delivered and will be installed in due course, brightening up our toilets with our lovely Lollipops fushia colour scheme.
The Parrot children had a lovely day out on 16th September. We took all 47 children to the West Midlands Safari Park for an exciting day out to see the animals. They enjoyed visiting all the different enclosures, had lunch and enjoyed spending time in the gift shop choosing a safari themed treat. They had a great time and were all rather tired on the journey home!
July & August 2014
July and August have been a very busy few months, especially for our Preschool children!
We have had Laura, a qualified dance teacher, come to nursery to explore music and movement with the Preschool children.
On Thursday 10th July we had our annual leavers trip for all the little ones leaving us to go to school. This year we went to Cattle Country Adventure Park in Gloucester. The children were very excited on the bus journey there, singing "Frozen" songs and "the Wheels on the Bus." When we arrived we split into small groups to explore everything the park had to offer, from trampolines to soft play, to an outdoor splash pool. The children loved it all! We all pretended we were knights hiding in the castle and enjoyed visiting the animals at the back of the park. We had a picnic lunch, visited the gift shop and all enjoyed an ice cream in the sunshine. It was a very tiring but lovely day with lots of memories made. The bus was considerably quieter on the way home with lots of little ones having a little sleep after their busy day!
On Wednesday 16th July we had our Leavers party for Preschool at nursery. The children enjoyed a BBQ in the garden with, With party games, pass the parcel and goody bags for everyone, complete with a Lollipops teddy for every child.
On Friday 25th July the Parrot Room enjoyed a visit from Zoolab, getting up close and personal with various animals such as rats, snakes, crabs and millipedes. Some children were a little bit unsure at first but soon got more confident touching snails and peering closely at tarantulas!
We have been saying goodbye to children over the past few weeks as they leave us ready to prepare themselves for the new challenge ahead in September. Some left at the end of term whilst some will be staying until they start school spending the summer with us.
We hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful weather. We have been spending lots of time outside and out within the community.
The Parrot Room recently extended a child's interest by taking a group of children to the Mini Golf Course in Hereford to play golf which they loved!
The garden is complete and looking amazing! The children love it and don't seem to tire of sliding down the hill! It looks beautiful and the children are now thinking of different ways to put "Lollipops" stamp on it, by creating their own bunting to decorate it etc.
We have had several visits in Preschool from teachers from schools across Herefordshire, ensuring a smooth transition for our school leavers. The children have been preparing for school by accessing our "School" role play area, allowing them to dress up in various school uniforms, take the register and take part in school based activities.
Our staff have been accessing more training this month. 10 of our staff members have taken part in up to date Food Hygiene courses and 8 staff members have completed additional N.V.Q Level 3 units in specialist areas, to maintain their individual Continued Professional Development.
We have been making the most of the beautiful sunshine taking the children out and about within the community. We have visited the library to choose our favourite books and have taken a small groups of children to Sainsbury's to choose ice creams for all their friends after having a "Beach Day" in the garden with sand and paddling pools.
The garden is well under way and looking amazing!! We cant wait to show all of the children! In the meantime we are using the staff car park to access outdoor play each day and of course getting out and about as much as we can in this lovely weather!
The summer is fast approaching, which means our big boys and girls in Preschool are beginning to prepare for their next exciting adventure - School!! On Monday 2nd June Jenny will be coming to nursery to take "Graduation" photos for the Preschool children going off to school in September. Please see your child's key person if you would like you child to have these taken.
We are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Kitty Brimfield. Katie from the office had her beautiful little girl on 7th May 2014 at 4.04am, and weighed 10lb 9.5oz! Congratulations from everyone at Lollipops!
And... A huge congratulations to Lol and Keith who got married on Friday 16th May at 12pm!! it was a beautiful day and the sun shone all weekend for their wedding celebrations! All the staff at Lollipops wish them a lifetime of love, health and happiness xxx
March & April 2014
Wow the months are flying by!
Lollipops has been a hive of activity as always. Our Easter bonnet and garden competition was a roaring success as always. All the entries were beautiful and received a certificate and of course a yummy Easter egg! Well done to all the children (and parents!) who took the time to participate.
15 members of staff thoroughly enjoyed in house Sign-A-Long training and are able to include basic signs within the daily routine which the children have responded really well to.
Our garden project starts on Monday 19th May. We have blacked out the windows to unsure the renovation is a lovely surprise for everyone!
The children have enjoyed lots of lovely walks to the park, town and common. We also took a group of children to the opening of the New Market Development where they enjoyed a nice hot chocolate at Costa and soaked up the excitement of the new shops opening!
The Parrot and Preschool rooms have some visitors ... Caterpillars! Each room has got 5 five that we hope will turn into beautiful butterflies! The children have taken a real interest in the life cycle of Butterflies and have been drawing the different stages of life in Preschool, as well as making butterfly wings to fly around nursery with!
We have had our usual visits from Pedro and Gemma and have also had a photographer at nursery. He captured some lovely photos and the photos are due back at nursery mid May.
Congratulations to Becci Forsyth who welcomed baby Ned in to the world on 5th March. Hes is gorgeous and both mum and NEd are doing really well.
another busy month at lollipops!
We have enjoyed some of the recent sunny days, spending lots of time outside and we have enjoyed lots of trips out and about in the community. We have been to the park and library, and the children have also helped out with the shopping at the supermarket!
We have received lots of questionnaires back, with so many really lovely comments! Its so nice to be able to feed back to all of our hardworking staff, the praise and thanks you have included, which further boosts the self esteem of our highly dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, who really do thrive looking after your little ones. Its so rewarding to hear how well you feel we are doing as after all, we are here to provide a high quality, personal and flexible childcare service for you and your families.
We had some comments regarding daily feedback in our Preschool room which has already been improved by reintroducing daily diaries for each child, providing a means of communication that can be kept open, between the nursery setting and home environment. The preschool children will also be given a book bag to keep it in, also promoting the opportunity for children to take books home.
We have 15 staff members who will be going on Sign-a-long training in March. This will take place on a Saturday and each staff member will receive an accredited certificate. The use of Sign-a-long will then be cascaded throughout the nursery, providing support for children with speech and language difficulties or other additional needs.
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely relaxing Christmas break and are ready for a busy 2014!
January has meant a move up within the play rooms at Lollipops. The children have taken to their new rooms with ease and have settled alongside their new Key Person, helping to familiarise them with the new routines. We have had visits from Pedro and Gemma and have had a weekly session at widemarsh Children's Centre, wrapping up warm to visit the soft play room.
The children have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. We have made lanterns, tried fortune cookies, danced with our junk model dragon and tried lots of tasty Chinese foods. The younger children have explored new tastes with messy play using cooked rice and noodles. We looked at other cultures and discussed how we are all different and that's what makes us special.
The Preschool children have shown a big interest in coffee throughout January. This led to a Lollipops Coffee shop being set up where the children had real coffee beans and teabags to mix, pour and stir in Costa takeaway cups. They served cupcakes to friends and created menus, took orders and cleared tables in the Lollipops Coffee shop. We extended this interest by taking the children to Costa in Hereford to experience a real Coffee shop!
Our annual questionnaire has been handed out to which we have asked to be returned by Friday 21st Feb. We will use your comments to asses what we do well and any suggestions for improvement to make Lollipops even better!
On Friday 14th February we will be having a "Red Day" to celebrate Valentines Day, children are welcome to wear something red to nursery and we will be having lots of red themed activities and messy play.
What a busy few weeks we have had at Lollipops!
The preschool children preformed beautifully this morning at our Christmas Nativity at St Nicholas Church in Hereford. They all dressed up and did really well learning their lines and sang very enthusiastically! The Preschool children had a lovely Christmas party with lots of games, party food and dancing at Widemarsh Children's Centre. We have had Glazy Moo pottery in and Christmas visits from both Pedro and Gemma from Little Notes Music.
The children have enjoyed Christmas parties within their rooms and tomorrow we will draw our Christmas Raffle. We have some excellent prizes including a signed HUFC Football, next/Aldi/Tesco/Sainsburys Vouchers, Pandora bracelet, Toys and Crafts, courtyard Tickets, Weston Cider tickets and much much more... Good Luck!
The children have been enjoying play sessions in preparation for when they move classrooms in January. They have all settled well and are looking forward to new challenges ahead.
We have had the plans for our garden area sent through and we are very excited - They are lovely! We will keep you up to date with timeframes and any new ideas using a display in the foyer.
Can we remind you that Lollipops will close on Monday 23rd December at 4pm prompt and we will reopen at 7am on Thursday 2nd January.
May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout 2013. it has been an absolute pleasure caring for your precious children and we look forward to the exciting possibilities that 2014 has to offer.
Lol and her team would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2014!
We have got lots of exciting activities planned during the lead up to Christmas.
Please keep checking the calendar for dates and times of upcoming events at Lollipops including the end of term parents evening and the Preschool Christmas Nativity.
You will be pleased to hear that we raised £115 for children in need this year. The children (and staff!) all had great fun dressing up in their pyjamas and enjoyed trying some yummy cakes during the Halloween cake sale.
We are currently looking at the possibility of re landscaping our outdoor space. We will be consulting with the children in each classroom as to what they enjoy and any ideas or activities they might like to experience whilst outside. We also value your opinions as parents and carers. If you have any ideas or are aware of any interests your child has whilst outside at home, please do let us know. Our garden is for the children, we want it to be as inviting, inspirational and meaningful as possible to ensure children at Lollipops get the most out of their outdoor play experiences. Any ideas, comments or pictures are warmly welcome - please pass these on to your child's Key Person.
Can we take this opportunity to remind all parents to ensure their children come to nursery fully prepared for outdoor play. The weather has been very chilly recently but we strongly feel that outside play is important each and every day. Even the change in weather provides learning experiences for children, gaining valuable understanding of the world. Could parents provide warm clothes, hats, coats and wellies which you are, of course, more than welcome to keep at nursery.