Introducing the Cockenzie Pea People

You may or may not have heard your child talking about Sally, Hugo and friends. These are not new children in our nursery but are in fact the names of our Cockenzie Pea People.

Part of our nursery development plan last year was to improve how we embed the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators into everyday life in the nursery. Our aim was to find a way to explain to the children what they need to help them grow, develop and thrive. We decided to name the wellbeing icons from the Care Inspectorate documents and use them as characters to help the wellbeing words become part of everyday conversation in the nursery.

The children are encouraged to think which icon relates to different parts of their lives and we have pictures of the pea people up around the nursery. You will also see them appearing on the entries in the children’s learning stories.

Remembrance Day

Yesterday we celebrated Remembrance Day at nursery. It was a really busy day with group discussions and a short video to watch. We decorated poppy shortbread for our snack and made some beautiful poppy artwork. All the children did a fantastic job remaining quiet for one whole minute!!
We also started making poppy wreaths using branches from our willow tree in the garden. We plan to take these to the Remembrance memorial on our walk next week.

A message from our school House and Vice Captains!

Dear Parents/Carers We would like to inform you that on Friday the 19th November we will be holding a dress down day for Children in Need 2021.“Together we can” Your child can wear something yellow, yellow and spotty, spotty, Pudsey accessories or just dress down. SUSU supports Children in Need » Students' Union BlogIf you can, we would appreciate it if your child could bring in a small donation. Every little donation helps. Thank you Cockenzie House and Vice Captains

SNACK

After our parent calls some feedback we received was you would like more information on what we have for snack.

Here is an example menu of what we have for snack on a weekly basis. We always have one carbohydrate on the menu daily and always include at least one portion of fruit or veg. 

We ask the children before we order our shopping what foods they would like for snack.

Monday am

Cheese, crackers, melon and cucumber

Monday pm

Scotch pancake, plain yoghurt and berries

Tuesday am

Toast, beans, apple

Tuesday pm

Carrot sticks, cucumber, hummus and pitta

Wednesday am

Grapes, oatcakes, blueberries

Wednesday pm

Banana, rice cake/corn cake and pepper slices

Thursday am

Cream cheese, bagels, oranges and cherry tomatoes

Thursday pm

Breadsticks, tzatziki dip, pineapple

On Friday’s we try to have a more filling snack as we don’t have lunch in nursery:

Homemade Soup and bread 

Toasted panini or baguette with fillings such as ham/tuna/cheese

Roti pizza (roti covered with tomato purée topped with cheese and toppings)

Tomato/plain pasta or rice with veg such as broccoli/peas/carrots)

Scrambled eggs and toast

Fish finger sandwiches

Porridge

Again all served with veg and/or fruit.

We offer milk or water only at nursery and water is available all day for the children.

We also do baking with the children some weeks. This is a great learning experience and we bake things such as banana bread, apple crumble and scones. We use low sugar recipes and serve a small portion of these with extra fruit/ veg on the side. 

Snack is on our Nursery Improvement Plan this year and as a team we are focusing on:

-Child involvement and learning opportunities (Meal planning and preparation).

-Providing healthy and nutritious snacks based on the ‘Setting the Table’ documnent https://hub.careinspectorate.com/media/1615/setting-the-table-nutritional-guidance-and-standards-for-childcare.pdf and the ‘Food Matters’ government guidance https://hub.careinspectorate.com/how-we-support-improvement/care-inspectorate-programmes-and-publications/food-matters/

-Adding early literacy and numeracy opportunities into our snack times.

-Encouraging children to try and explore new foods

Photo’s of our snack routine will be uploaded soon for you all to see. 

We hope this was helpful 🙂 let us know your thoughts!

Displaying the children’s Art!

Sadly you can’t come and see all the beautiful art displayed on our walls just now so here is a glimpse of our displays!

I think you will all agree we have some amazing artists in nursery!

Arts and crafts are planned around calendar events and also through responsive planning around the children’s current interests.

This is our Learning Journey wall, here we display all the topics and activities we cover every month.

Keeping safe near our nursery fire!

Leading up to bonfire night we had lots of discussions about how we keep ourselves safe near fire.
This week we decided to put all our knowledge into action when Mrs Hardman made a campfire in our nursery garden!
Have a chat with your children at home about our fire rules- they are very Achieving Ali’s and Responsible Reggie’s!
We always need to have a bucket of water near the fire, stay out of the fire circle and the children learnt a safe way to get up and down from the log they are sitting on!

We will continue to have a campfire in our garden and plan to cook some tasty snack on it over the coming weeks!