The School House Nursery celebrated their first birthday with a fun fair. It is the first public event since the comprehensive refurbishment of both the nursery and ‘Running Wild’, the soft play area, by its new owners, Fisherfield Childcare.
The event raised an amazing £840.00 for Fisherfield Childcare’s chosen charity, the NSPCC.
Attractions included Running Wild, the soft play party centre, a penalty shoot-out, face painting, princess and pirates pamper sessions, raffle, cake stall, tombola, food and drink stalls, as well as workshops hosted by the Rochdale Family Learning Service which included decorating Mother’s Day key rings.
Nursery manager Sabrina said: “It was lovely to see all the families have some Fisherfield fun. We feel proud to show off the nursery to the public, the renovations started this time last year, and we are in our next phase of exciting plans for our large outdoor space. We would like to thank the parents for their support, all the staff who have given up their Saturday to raise money for the NSPCC, and the local people and businesses of Middleton.
Aleksandra, mother to Theo aged 1 said ”It has been a great day, they enjoyed Running Wild the most, and it is lovely to see Theo’s nursery, he seems to like it here, sometimes he doesn’t want to leave when I pick him up!”.
Flour + eggs + milk = Lots of fun. That was the lesson learned by children at Fisherfield Childcare when they marked Shrove Tuesday in the traditional way. Pancake-making (and eating!) sessions took place at all of Fisherfield’s 7 nurseries.
At Sandbrook Park in Rochdale, the children experimented with different consistencies of batter. One was even strong enough to stick a plastic egg to a wooden spoon, a ‘magic trick’ that prompted three-year-old Alex to declare: “I’m a wizard!” For the Little Farmers, only one thing was more fun than tossing their pancakes – and that was, of course, eating them! Team leader Crystal said “They really enjoyed the pancake flipping. Everyone was really keen to join in and have a go.
The children also learned a little about why pancakes are eaten on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the start of Lent. They talked about Lent traditions, and what they might want to give up for Lent.
"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