Busy May

It was a busy May full of activities here at High Bank Day Nursery.

Children in our toddler room flew to the moon and back thanks to the amazing rockets they made as part of theme of ‘space’. Our tweenies got some respite from nice weather we had earlier in May (where did that disappear to?) by creating some moon dough. Sensory-rich experiences are important for brain development, as well as being lots and lots of fun!

Messy play is very much encouraged in the nursery, so the tweenies enjoyed using their bodies to explore paint. Arts and crafts can make you feel happier, calmer and more energetic and judging by their work, we have some budding Picassos, Warhol’s and Banksy’s in the offing!

After the paint dried, our tweenies had fun listening to soothing music and looking at different coloured lights inside a colourful parachute. Calm music and coloured lights help children to become more relaxed and there was certainly a chilled-out atmosphere after this activity!

In pre-school, we created an emotion tree which involved asking the children how they felt that day.

Responses ranged from ‘I’m happy’ to I’m mad’, which are all totally normal emotions, and it was an important exercise which formed part of the nursery’s support of Mental Health Awareness Month.

We encourage the children in pre-school to serve the lunches themselves as it promotes confidence and independence, and they particularly enjoyed homemade fish cakes and vegetables with a parsley sauce, yum yum!

Our farm shop continues to be a hit with the pre-school children, and it was nice to see it getting some coverage in the local media.

Even though we didn’t end the month with the best of weather, the tweenies managed to go on a nice community walk where they said hello to some passing cows. Being outdoors is an important part of life at High Bank and it’s great for health and wellbeing.

On the last day of mental health awareness month, we had some animal therapy courtesy of Olaf, our resident guinea pig. Looking after animals help the children build empathy and learn to care for others and whether it’s a guinea pig, hen or dog, there’s always plenty on hand at the nursery!

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