We have collected together a few of our favourite activities to try at home for any family who might find themselves needing to entertain a few children around the house over the coming weeks.
Blog posts from 2020
Annie Tierney, Head of Operations, speaks about how easy it is for us to lose sight of what is important for the child when making Christmas crafts, and focus too much on creating something for the parents or a display board. When we do this, we are only thinking about the end product and not on the child’s creativity, imagination and the benefits which they gain through being able to freely be involved in arts, crafts and creative activities.
Is there still a place for plastic building blocks in a loose parts, natural environment nursery and pre-school? Building blocks are a powerful learning tool and help children to develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and reasoning. Annie Tierney, Head of Operations, discusses why we still have plastic building blocks in our nurseries and sets your children a challenge for this week.
Cotton reels, curtain rings, beads, buttons, tins, pots, pegs, stones and feathers. These are known as loose parts, and are a key part of the Kindred vision.
This week we launched our new, exciting Autumn / Winter menus. This is always an exciting week – when our children first taste our new, interesting, nutritious dishes – and our cooks wait patiently for the verdict on the new spaghetti bolognaise! This year, however, we are bubbling with excitement – our menus have been accredited by Action for Children, Eat Better, Start Better nutritionists. So, we know that they are more nutritious and tastier than ever! Providing our families even more reassurance that the food their children eat with us is going to give them the best start in life.
Just like adults, children have bad days, sad days, days where they cannot be bothered or feel overwhelmed with big emotions and the way they present this is just a normal reaction to these feelings and emotions. So, how can you help?
Mark making is more than just writing and starts from a young age. It is a sensory experience, that develops as they begin to understand that marks can carry meaning and ignites their imagination and creative skills.
Learning through play, is at the heart at we do. Annie Tierney, Head of Operations talks about how our rich, learning environments allow our children to be active learners and learn through ‘doing’.
Kindred Nurseries wins NMT award after being shortlisted for three national awards. Beating competition from around the country.
We hope you have received the news you wanted yesterday and your little one has a place secured at your first choice school for September this year. Due to a lot of our pre-school children currently being at home with their parents, Annie Tierney, Head of Operations, shares some ideas for making those important steps towards school readiness. Don't forget to download our 'Journey to big school' and our parent 'Top Tips for starting school'.