Chinese New Year celebrations were explained to the children today. We decorated the nursery with good luck symbols on the walls, lucky red and gold lanterns and blossom trees, and lots and lots of red – an auspicious colour in Chinese culture. The children took turns to play the lion, the monk leading the parade, and the musicians responsible for making lots of noise – which everyone did really well.
The lion wasn’t the only animal at nursery that day. Nursery mascot Rebecca Rabbit turned up too, to distribute lucky red envelopes – another New Year tradition. She helped the children to learn New Year greetings in Chinese – “Xin Nian Kuai Le” – Happy New Year and “Dor Shair” – Thank You.
Festive food is always special, but this Chinese banquet was extra special, because it included spring rolls and fortune cookies the children had made themselves. Other treats were rice, noodles and sweet and sour chicken. The children even got to try eating with chopsticks – even if they ‘cheated’ a bit by using elastic bands to keep them under control.
Little Farmers nurse practitioner Zoe said: “This has been so much fun. We have put in an awful lot of research and planning, but it’s been worth it. “The children have learned so much, they’ve tried new foods and they’ve enjoyed dancing to the beat of the drum during the lion dance. There’s been quite a party atmosphere here today.”
"Staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the children's individual needs and provide a stimulating environment where all children are excited and motivated to learn. Observations of children are consistently used to plan for children's individual next steps in learning."
Linda Shore, Ofsted Inspector
"This provision is outstanding . All practitioners have high aspirations for children's achievement. This means the nursery is exceptional in the way it meets the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and they make very rapid progress towards the early learning goals."
Ofsted inspector Caroline Midgley
"The Staff always make my child feel happy, safe and secure. The Staff are always approachable, welcoming any queries, concerns and often encourage new ideas from parents and children. My daughter often get comments she is lovely and often models herself on the staff."
Scott, Olivia's Dad
"My son, eats food at nursery that he wouldn't / doesn't eat at home. Which is fantastic! I think the other children eating well shows him there something more to this dish than he thinks."
Laura, Austin's mum