April has come and gone so quickly and as usual the children have been busy little learners!
The month began with Easter celebrations including hunts and parades at the nurseries, thank you to all who came along!
Inspirational play dough opportunities enriched the children's mathematical learning using varied stones and pegs!
Wow the story of the Three Little Pigs using on overhead projector certainly brought the story to life and led to the children making up their own stories. Through this adult led activity, the children's language and communication skills were effectively supported and furthered by our excellent practitioners!
We had another visit from the wonderful RSPB on a sunny day, perfect for becoming a habitat explorer for the day!
Many creatures were found and habitats explored. The children thoroughly enjoyed using the bug catchers to see what they could find!
We cannot wait to roll out the Bambinos approach to all Bambinos settings over the next year! This provocation room incites such strong emotions from children and adults alike. Our recent Ofsted inspectors were "blown away" by the beautiful environment!
The city nursery has transformed many children's areas to invoke curiosity and wonder in children's play and has adapted the Bambinos approach.
Children are fascinated by the heuristic and natural resources around them.
Children are given the independence to explore and become confident learners in their environment.
All seven areas of learning are experienced and present whilst interacting in the provocation room.
Problem solving, communication, expression and a heightened sense of well-being are just a few positives observed of the children whilst they are busy at play here.
Children delight in using authentic items in symbolic play and confidently take the lead in their journey of discovery!
The nurseries have all been so busy enjoying inspirational play and enriching activities this month! Here are some snippets...
Truly outstanding play and learning opportunities here - the environment was certainly the third teacher here and the children were completely engaged in this form of painting!
The RSPB came to visit us again and the children learnt all about their natural environment.
So much so they continued their play indoors and made a superb den!
This provided the children with endless possibilities within their imaginative play.
Oh my goodness the children were thrilled when they found two Plymouth Art pebbles outside the nursery! Many of our children and families join in with the pebble phenomenon that is spreading so much delight.
This was the other pebble found!
This certainly made the children's day and as such we joined in the fun and re-hid them!
One appeared outside the Plymstock nursery which was soon to be found and re-hidden...
And one was found outside the Woolwell nursery!
And last but not least, the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and the year of the dog. Happy Chinese New Year from everyone at Bambinos!
The Woolwell nursery has undergone a beautiful revamp of all inside areas! All areas are inspirational and designed to engage children and support thier learning and development.
Outstanding environments to motivate, engage and inspire our children!
It has been a busy month full of excitement, nativity plays, singing and lots of creativity from the children! We would like to thank all our parents, carers and families for all your support over the past year. We thoroughly enjoy working in strong partnership with you for the benefit of your children and we are looking forward to many more wonderful events to share with you all in 2018.
Until then please all have a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year!
The children have enjoyed a wide range of learning activities across all areas of the EYFS this November! Here is a selection....
Experimenting with and learning about magnets enabled children to estimate, problem solve and test out theories at the Plymstock nursery.
An ice balloon at the Tavistock nursery facilitated fantastic discussion and sustained shared thinking about how ice is formed and what happens to it when we add different materials to it such as paint!
The children were highly engaged carving out pumpkins at the Woolwell nursery at the begining of November. It was a wonderful sensory experience and supported the children with their fine motor skills and development in using tools!
Learning about people in our communities and how they help us was brought to life with a visit from a Dentist at the City nursery. The children thoroughly enjoyed this, especially using the giant toothbrush and learning about foods and drink that are good for our teeth.
We love this time of year! The gardens are full of beautiful colours and crunchy leaves and there is so much for the children to look at! Not only have the children enjoyed experiencing Autumn outside, they have also enjoyed Autumn inside!
Children at the Plymstock nursery created autumn leave collages in old photo frames!
The babies at the City nursery took great delight in exploring the autumn leaves recently! The colours and the fresh smells were wonderful!
This interest led into a sensory painting experience using autumnal colours .... superb learning for our little ones!
We are also very proud of the Tavistock preschool children who wrote their own poems 'All About Me' and have been published into a beautiful book! The Devon Poets initiative helps promote the enjoyment of reading and writing and it certainly sparked some fantastic learning at the nursery! Well done to all our children that took part.
It has been a busy month in all the Bambinos nurseries as we have been getting ready for the new Autumn term. We have been refreshing and renewing all rooms and have added new and exciting items to create outstanding learning environments for your children. We are looking forward to the new term and all the wonderful happy times ahead!
We would also like to say thank you to one of our preschool children (and mummy) who sent us in a lovely picture. A sunflower seed was planted and grown at nursery in June, then taken home at just 8cm tall. With a bit of love and attention it has grown into an enormous sunflower! Fantastic effort!
What a busy month July has been! It has been emotional as we have waved goodbye to our preschool children off to school and have enjoyed memorable graduation ceremonies. We would like to wish all our children going to school the very best as we send them off with high self esteem and confidence. We have also been busy enjoying the outdoors....
Walking on stilts has been so much fun for the children at the City nursery. Their balancing skills really improved from this fun activity!
And WOW did the children love creating giant bubbles in a tuff spot with a hoop! The children were fascinated by the process and were able to problem solve together when attempting to make the bubbles as big as possible!
Water play has been a favourite for all the children in the warm July weather at Woolwell.
Bug hunts have been very popular at the Plymstock nursery throughout July as children have enjoyed discovering insects and garden creatures. So much so they helped build a natural tuff spot to continue this play inside!
Sports Day at the Tavistock nursery was fantastic! The preschool children had an amazing energetic afternoon with parents and families.
We look forward to the next parent and family event. Please look out for details in your newsletter!
It has been beautiful this month and all the children have been enjoying lots of time outside! Children at the Plymstock nursery have been busy cooking in the garden!
And enjoying water play when it has been warm....
Mud pies have been a popular activity recently at the Woolwell nursery and bug hunts!
The children at the Tavistock nursery planted vegetables in the vegetable patch and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the fruits of their labour!
And we have all been super excited to see the new decking activities coming together at the City nursery!
We look forward to an amazing summer at all the nurseries with lots of fun, laughter and learning! :)
The children became astronauts and explorers for the day last week for Space Day!
Individual rooms were transformed into Space Stations for children to experience!
Space themed activities were top of the agenda and the children were highly engaged in all of them.
We tried to see the moon!
Children were able to develop hand eye coordination with this space rocket activity and follow the lasers!
Children of all ages thoroughly enjoyed all sorts of creative play including sticking and painting planets and making rockets.
Lunchtime was particularly fun with a space theme too!
We have been very busy at the Plymstock nursery this month learning lots of new skills such as self serving! Meal times present many learning opportunities including social skills, fine motor skills and now the ability to manipulate and effectively use utensils to serve! The children are thoroughly enjoying this development.
The children at the City Nursery have been learning about the Enormous Turnip, farmyards and worms! With all the rain we have been having recently the worms have been out and the children have taken great delight in searching for them!
The Tavistock nursery has been inspiring the children with tuff spot play! Skilled practitioners tuned into the children's interests and presented the children with interesting resources to engage with. Recently they have had animal themed tuff spots and even a snow inspired train track!
The children at the Woolwell nursery have been feeling creative! They have been developing their skills when grasping and manipulating paint brushes and tickling their toes at the same time! The preschool children have also been completely engrossed in dinosaur play! An awe inspiring dinosaur corner has presented the children with endless play options and has enabled some fantastic communication!
We are all looking forward to April and what Easter may bring!
Our weekend event this term across all Bambinos settings is Finger Gym!
We recognise that children need to develop strength and coordination skills from their shoulders, down through their elbows, wrists and fingers. We help children to develop these skills daily at nursery through many fun and inspiring activities. The Finger Gym event was an opportunity to share some of these methods with our parents and families!
The children loved making marks in a range of sensory trays including flour, lentils and rice. We also had large tuff spots of sand and moon sand for variety. Circles, shapes and lines were made and some letters too!
The children were very good at strengthening their shoulders and elbows when digging in the sand.
The end of the session included a play dough disco! This was lots of fun and we hope all parents and families enjoyed it as much as we did! If you haven't attended a termly weekend event yet, please check your newsletter or our Facebook page for upcoming dates!
What an amazing day full of awe and wonder we had last week at the Plymstock nursery! The children had shown an interest in sea animals recently so a real Turbot was brought in fresh from the fish mongers to extend the children's learning and experience of a real sea animal! The children were highly inspired by this exciting learning provocative and it led to wonderful communication moments and expression form all the children.
Here is an example of an observational drawing one of the preschool children drew independently of the Turbot. The children then looked again at their first drawing and talked about the differences and similarities between the drawing and the Turbot. They looked at the shapes and sizes of various parts and then drew a second draft.....
Wow! The childen were able to sharpen their observational skills and use their knowledge of shape, space and measure to create an improved draft of the Turbot with confidence. The children were so pleased with their work and this was celebrated with each other and their families!
A wonderful festive evening at the Woolwell nursery! Woolwell's first community Christmas tree has been put up outside the nursery and was lit up by one of our preschoolers! Thank you to local Councillor Nicky Hopwood and all volunteers from the Woolwell community to make this possible. We are looking forward to next year already!
Thank you to all our children and families that came to our Knowing Me Knowing You event! This was a wonderful opportunity to play alongside key persons and get to know everyone a little more!
Family members were treated to some of the children's daily sensory experiences and concoction making....
And things got a bit messy!
Much fun was had in the tuff spot with sand.
The children enjoyed demonstrating their fine motor skills in using tools and pouring and emptying containers.
The children particularly enjoyed mark making on the table with foam and giving their fingers lots of exercise!
Welcome to all our new children and families and a warm hello to all our existing children and families! The children have settled in beautifully into the new term. The Autumn term is a wonderful season full of exciting moments and learning opportunities that we look forward to sharing with you over the next few months.
We have been enjoying the rain and the shine this September and discovering what we can find and do in the garden!
Creating pathways and different ways to move around has enabled high quality problem solving opportunities and the children have realy enjoyed challenging themselves and their peers in this play.
Indoors the children have been experimenting with mixing colours and painting on different surfaces such as foil! Presenting the children with alternative tools has helped widen their understanding of mark making and has resulted in some lovely memorable moments for them!
Fun, investigation and problem solving was the theme of the day at Plymstock during the recent Maths is fun morning!
Children, parents, carers, brothers, sisters and staff all had a wonderful time exploring maths and we hope to see you all again at our next weekend event!