Preschool children from Sandbrook Park Nursery and residents at nearby Half Acre House care home in Rochdale have struck up an unlikely friendship, breaking down barriers between young and old.
The children asked for song requests and one centenarian woman; aged 104 was delighted when she was taken back to her childhood with ‘Wheels on the bus.’ Aoife sang a solo of ‘Twinkle, twinkle’ to the joy of the residents.
Earlier on in the day, the children had baked some Easter bunny biscuits to share with their new friends. Both young and old talked about all the exciting things happening over Easter. The atmosphere was electric, and some of the children even had the residents up dancing with them! Lesley Ryder, one of the Care home managers, said ”All the residents enjoyed the visit. It brightened up their day. Sandbrook Park Nursery have been here before and the residents really enjoy these visits.” Katie Webster, nursery manager said, “The children and the residents had so much fun today, and we can’t wait for our next visit”.
Fisherfield Childcare nurseries celebrated St Patrick’s Day by dressing in green, having an Irish theme party and discovering the beauty and traditions of our sister country.
Katie Webster, Nursery Manager, said “The children at Sandbrook Park have loved celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a fabulous Irish party. The children dressed in green and jigged away to some traditional Irish music!”
Do you know why we dress in green?
It is thought to revolve around the leprechaun and the legend that wearing green makes one invisible to the mischievous fairies!
There were Gruffalos, caterpillars, bears, aliens and all sorts of characters, as Fisherfield Childcare celebrated World Book Day. All 7 Fisherfield nurseries, across Rochdale and Bury, took part in World Book Day. The children are being encouraged to come into Nursery dressed as their favourite character from a book. They enjoyed all manner of activities based around some of their favourite books. Children at one nursery even prepared for the day by eating the same things as those eaten by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
All the children and staff have loved getting dressed up for World Book Day. The Little Lambs wanted to take their nursery rhyme time a little further and re-enacted Humpty Dumpty and even crack some egg props ….. but couldn’t fix him back together again. It was a really fun day for all!
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