Barbar Nursery

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Stratford Park

Homework!

At Stratford Park we have started to send home activities for children to do with their parents and families as informal “homework”. For the first “homework” activity, the pre-school children went home with a skittles experiment, so the children could observe the colours mix and come away from the sweets. This followed on from learning about colours and colour mixing at nursery. Some parents sent us photos, observations and comments from when their child completed their tasks. It was lovely to see these pictures; we talked to the children at nursery about how their activities went.

As we had such positive comments, we thought we would share our experiences with the rest of Stroud. We placed an article in the Stroud News and Journal on Wednesday 11th January; it was published showing two of our children completing their experiment at home and some of the children’ and parent’s comments.

We plan to carry on setting informal “homework” for the children to try once a term. This term, the babies will have a simple task too!

Stratford Park Christmas Play

At Stratford Park this Christmas, we decided to put on a Christmas production of, The Three Little Christmas Trees! The babies made Christmas tree hats and sang along to all the songs. The pre-school children were given characters and made costumes and hats to suit their roles. The children learnt eight new songs and sang very loudly!

We also served mulled punch and Christmas snacks for the parents and families and the children had juice and snacks. Most parents and families came to watch the play and we had lots of lovely comments.

One parent said: “Thank you very much for the children’s Christmas play this year. We appreciate that events like that are above and beyond expectations so they are even more appreciated. A lovely way to start the Christmas season. Many Thanks!” L. Stoten

Stratford Park Charity Toddle!

On Friday 22nd July 2016, Stratford Park held their annual Toddle. We normally hold this charity event for Barnardo’s which supports vulnerable children and young people. However, this year we chose to give the money to Archie’s Chance to Dance. Tamsin who works in the baby room at Stratford Park suggested this as Archie is her nephew and needs to raise £85,000 to go to America and have an operation to enable him to walk without support from his frame. Archie loves to run, play football and dance and just wants to play like his friends.

For the event, the children were very involved in the preparation. They made masks and bracelets that they wore while going for the walk. They also made bunting to decorate the garden and three different types of cakes/ biscuits for the children and parents to eat.

All children and parents were invited and Archie and his mum came too! They walked the route around Stratford Park Leisure Centre garden and Archie did very well needing a little support when going up the hills. Back at nursery, we had a buffet of tasty snacks and a raffle with a selection of donated presents.

We raised a total of £138.60 which will help massively to this heart warming cause so thank you everyone who came and donated!

A Makeover at Stratford Park!

The Barbar team have been busy creating a new fun exciting environment for your children to learn and explore, as we have given our babies and toddler room a makeover.

A Toddler Triathlon to raise money for Diabetes UK

Earlier this year one of our children was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a life changing condition. We decided to hold a toddler triathlon to raise money for Diabetes UK as they were so helpful to the family during this difficult time. The children put in lots of hard work practising the trike, tramp and treasure elements of the triathlon as well as getting lots of sponsorship.

On the day we held a Cake sale and a raffle and we had lots of parents turn up to support the children in racing and getting their ‘I did it for Diabetes UK’ medals. In total we raised a whopping £1006 and we couldn’t be prouder of all the effort everybody put in.

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